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  • Location
    The Kingdom of Fife
  • Interests
    Anything tecchy.
  • Occupation
    Retired :o)


  • Garage
    G31 520D SE in mineral white.

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  1. Boba

    Service notifications

    That sounds a joy - I do about 5000 miles/year so I'll be putting up with the warning for a while! (But not until next year sometime I guess ).
  2. Boba

    Tyres, wear and best tyres

    19" on Pirelli seem acceptably quiet taking into account wheel size and low profile. No experience of other tyres on this car so can't comment comparatively. Still thumps a bit on Fife's pothole-strewn roads of course .
  3. Boba

    Time to Change the Company Car

    Still don't understand why they'd think that white LED(s) showing anything but white would be anything other than a faulty LED unit. Controlling them changes the intensity not the colour.
  4. Boba


    Outstanding result. Shame it's been trashed but could have been trashed a lot more with a box of matches I guess! It'll fix. As others have said, the main thing is that no harm came to you and yours!
  5. Boba

    Arm Rest

    Shiny new car, rusty old brain .
  6. Boba

    Arm Rest

    Not tried that yet - I'm kinda used to popping a CD in the slot - maybe need to get more up to date with technology.
  7. Boba

    Icon lights failing?

    Never driven an F-series so can't comment there, but I'd say the same about my previous E39 touring and E61 cars. The E39 handling was superb, a real driver's car, and I'd go back in a heartbeat. The G31 is packed with technology and seems more towards a mini-limousine, and the styling has moved to reflect fashion, but in terms of responsiveness and handling I'm not sure it shows the 20 year age difference. Can't compare the 5 with the 3 in any generation. The 3 has always targeted the mass wannabe market and the cost-paring really shows. I do miss the extra 2 cylinders though
  8. Boba

    Tyres, wear and best tyres

    +1 I can understand the FS guys being picky although it does seem a bit nasty somehow as the car's value is unaltered. I think the insurers would have a difficult time defending their position if the wheel/tyre combination was recognised as a 'BMW-legal' option. Doesn't stop them trying it on of course, but I should think it's comparable to using a different make of tyre, or different wheel size, or winter tyres or even a remould provided always that it's permissible according to the vehicle manufacturer. I'd have been willing to rebut such a try-on.
  9. Boba

    Under boot storage - gone?

    It's there on the G31 though admittedly it's not what you'd call large! Handy for a few bits and pieces though.
  10. Boba

    Speed Limit Display?

    I'm interested, but as I live in Fife a group buy (or maybe any buy) sounds improbable.
  11. Boba

    Arm Rest

    Yes I suppose it's quite firm, hard even, but TBH in my normal driving position (10 to 2) my elbow doesn't touch it. i wish the compartment beneath it had a partition. I keep a few bits and pieces there and I'd like to keep some CDs separately. Might improvise something.
  12. Boba

    Icon lights failing?

    My first and only mini was a Mini Cooper (not S) back around 1970. Nothing like today's - much smaller and giving a new meaning to the word basic! But it went like hell and stuck to the ground like glue.
  13. Boba

    Icon lights failing?

    Have you mentioned to your wife that she's driving a shitbox? Probably better not. .
  14. Boba

    Road noise

    Biggish, maybe, but very difficult to quantify. +5db is between 3 and 4 times greater 'noise power'. The problems are though that it's measured externally not inside the car, different tyres make different 'sorts' of noise, people hear different sorts of noise differently, and different people have different sensitivities to 'noise power'. I've read that (for HiFi) it typically takes +10db to sound twice as loud (which is another big, big difference ). Typical EU faffing IMHO, but I suppose it IS true to say that a higher db rating will sound 'a bit' noisier.
  15. Boba

    520D Mileages

    +1 (but I do really low miles so no real cost penalty for me ).