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  1. Yesterday the load cover failed to retract. It did move about three inches, but then stopped. Next time I opened the boot it worked perfectly. Then again, it didn't open beyond the first three inches. I expect it's a control issue, rather than hardware. Am I missing something? Have I inadvertantly done something which means the extent of travel is reduced? Or do I have an issue?
  2. Advice on buying, please

    Have you seen the thread here on water ingress through the bulkhead? Worth a look.
  3. 4 days?!? I tracked the ships. They all do in in well under 24 hours. Maybe the status is "at sea" for longer, because it takes a while for the shipper to release them to storage? Or are you not UK?
  4. Diesel - full tank range thread

    I suspect that cruise control can mean a better or a worse result, depending where it's used. I've always considered that consistency of speed is the main challenge when looking at efficiency. Cruise will help this when the road is clear and without roundabouts etc. My suspicion is that as cruise will not 'read the road' it cannot get to the same level of efficiency. EcoPro shows the distance the vehicle has coasted, but it won't disengage to coast to (for example) a roundabout. I think that cruise is only an economy tool when up to speed and on a long, clear trip.....
  5. 530dx towing

    Sorry all. Wrong link. Check out the swerve test.
  6. 530dx towing

    Anyone else tow? Also, this is interesting:
  7. Diesel - full tank range thread

    10 litres more, I think.....
  8. Diesel - full tank range thread

    But the tank will be larger on the 540i?
  9. Diesel - full tank range thread

    I like the idea of this. I'm game. Let's see what can be done.....
  10. 530d vs 540d vs 550d

    I know many of us were disappointed that BMW UK did not choose to bring th 540d or the 550d to these shores. I left behind a 335d when I collected my 530d and (whilst the 5 is so mauch better in nearly every way) would have loved the option for the slightly more powerful engine. I found a comparison of the four engine options. Link here It was interesting to me that there was not too much difference between the 530d and the 540d. My interest is now in the 550d..... How much difference is there between the two? I understand that there are four turbos and all the associated plumbing, but presumably there are different ECUs, control units, etc? Ultimately I'd love to understand how easily the 530d could be 'upgarded' to have a 550d engine. I've never really modded a car, and have never really felt that upgrades are worthwhile, but this has got me thinking. Thoughts appreciated.
  11. G31 OEM stickers

    Found these on RealOEM. Not sure they would suit a grey car. Maybe someone with white?
  12. 530d vs 540d vs 550d

    An M5 won't be an estate. It won't be a diesel, so won't have the grunt for towing. And it won't have the economy. Beyond that, I'm sure you're right. Thanks!
  13. Load area cover problem

    It's working again now. I'll need to keep an eye on it. Maybe a software update when it next goes in for something..... Thanks for the heads up!
  14. G31 530dx

    Only ordered six weeks ago, and she's here. Really happy. Observations to follow....
  15. G31 530dx

    More observations.... Active Cruise Control This is really good. Makes motorways pleasant and is very consistent. The settings for larger gaps would cause issues with people getting impatient and undertaking. In turn, that creates one of the worst situations - a rapidly closing gap which means the car anchors on hard! Also worth noting that the car has speed limit display despite it not being specified. Comfort seats with massage. These are awesome. I read a comment from someone stating that if you couldn't get comfortable in these, you needed a new body. It's true. The massage function is great. Lots of choices and intensities which makes it usable. I tried massage seats in an S4 and they felt very unrefined. Surround view. Still getting used to this, but I'm not quite getting what I want from this yet. I'd like to be able to see curbs when pulling round to ticket machines in car parks. I'll try selecting a specific camera..... Homelink. Oh my. The simple things. Instead of fishing for the remote whilst pulling into the driveway, the button on the mirror is an easy option. Great few quid spend. Less helpful if you don't have electric garage doors....
  16. G31 530dx

    You can see the neck of the towbar in the first photo above.
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  18. G31 530dx

    I once stood a set of tyres on concrete and, when they were moved, they left marks on the floor. That suggests some kind of reaction between the concrete and the rubber. We've had various cars 'live' in this garage, and some (my wife's TT convertible, for example) have stood for weeks without moving. It seemed sensible to take any precautions! Not sure if it's in my head, or whether there is any basis in science, but it's one of those 'can't do any harm' things.....
  19. G31 530dx

    Good spot! We changed the colour on the day of order. There was a grey G31 in the collection bay, and the F31 was Mineral Grey. So it was swapped. It also means that the mother-in-law hasn't noticed the car change, despite going out in it yesterday afternoon. Just a grey BMW estate!
  20. G31 530dx

    So, the HK is good. More adjustable and a more 'complete' sound than standard. That said, the difference isn't as noticable as it was in an F31 (standard to HK). Happy I have it, but probably wouldn't mind is I were buying used and the one I found had everything else but not HK. If you get what I mean! Soft close doors I'll reserve judgement. Shut 'normally' the doors just close as they normally would. If they just catch, then they close themselves. I guess it means no second attempts, and (conversely) no need to slam them to make sure they close. The challenge will be that those who slam them, will still slam them.... No, the towbar is not a well tucked away as it has been on my previous F10s. It's not an issue for me and it's not very noticable. I'll get a photo. Interestingly, the towbar has been changed. I've had two previously and the mechanism is smoother. There is also now a brake cable eye on the stem. More to follow!
  21. Hello Peter, They are Pirelli Cinturato P7 runflats. Standard BMW factory fit. I'm in Norwich, but pass MK regularly. I put them on Gumtree for £300. It seemed fair, as they appear to be around £150 each online. Happy to discuss, mind. Let me know if they are of interest. Many thanks, Ben
  22. Gents, (and any lurking ladies) Does anyone know whether a set of 18 inch BMW rims (like the 400m) will fit on a G30/31 with M Sport brakes? I know that M Sport brakes on an F30/31 mean that 18's are the minimum despite smaller wheels being available for cars without the bigger brakes. I'm looking at a cheaper set of wheels for winter tyres. 18's are much easier to source and the tyres are much cheaper. Thanks.
  23. Discounts on new

    In case anyone else is lurking and considering placing an order, I thought it may be useful to post my figures. I've just ordered a G31 530dx and have managed to get 17.8% discount. To me, that seems very good. Clearly I could now be left crying into my cornflakes when somebody tells me they got twice that....!
  24. Discounts on new

    I had the 540i and the 530dx on consecutive weekends. I love the 540i. It has real pace. But you have to work it. The 530d is effortless and doesn't need to swap cogs to make good progress. In my opinion, the diesel is the right choice for this car. In a 3 series, maybe I'd go petrol... Fuel economy was also masively different. Trips to London each weekend so around 250 miles for us. The 540i managed just 27mpg. The 530d did 44mpg. That's a whole world different to me when I do around 20k miles each year. Money no object, what would I buy? A 530dx. Or an M3.