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Pulling onto the motorway slip road (long slip road) there was a 65 plate F10 series a way behind me so I pressed the sport button gave it the beans, the F10 series followed suit passed me like I was accelerating in 7th.

 

Any guesses which 5 it was...?

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3 hours ago, sshooie said:

Pulling onto the motorway slip road (long slip road) there was a 65 plate F10 series a way behind me so I pressed the sport button gave it the beans, the F10 series followed suit passed me like I was accelerating in 7th.

 

Any guesses which 5 it was...?

 

Alpina D5? :-) 

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Probably when you first spotted him/her, they were already powering in say 4th and closing in on you, fast, by the time you react and your car then gathers itself up, drops a few cogs and goes, you are dust. 

 

There isn't a lot you can do, just don't rise to it and keep the points off your license.

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I instigated it to be fair, and I'd also say he was keeping distance until I floored it, he was behind me for 1/4 mile up to reaching the slip road with c5 cars lengths so doing nothing to suggest he would entertain my 'blip'

 

Bottom spanked in any case.

 

No points in over 10 years fingers crossed.

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Tbh I thought there was a fair difference between a 535d and 530d is that not the case?

 

BTW handy tip if anyone's brakes are noisy / creaky when coming to a dead stop - you are not using them hard enough. Had a good blast up the brecon beacon yesterday; some great roads. Lots of hard braking and they are lovely and quiet today. 

 

 

 

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I had a 530d and now a 535d and I can tell you there is a big difference.  0-60 in 5.7sec in my 2 tonne GT.  245bhp verses 313bhp and a great noise.

 

It will comfortably beat a 535i GT, and 30mpg all day long.

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4 hours ago, sshooie said:

I wish, a 535d salon, I genuinely thought the difference would be much much less but he passed me with ease.

 

We do have a 50-54bhp bhp advantage....and a little more torque. Saying that I am carrying a little more weight in a 640 version. 

 

Caught off guard though from motorway roadworks mind off the turbos pretty much then it can feel sluggish still, I tend to deliberately flappy paddle mine down a few gears to get it ready. But even in kickdown it does leave many falling over themselves.

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I have mine as 6.4 - 60, with the 535 salon as 5.3, not a massive difference on paper and I appreciate the difference in torque and it was a rolling start (c30mph) but I didn't expect to see such a gap appear so quickly.

 

Ah well.

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Bit bored of my 245HP 530d after 2 years of ownership - think the time has come for a 535d. Or a 335d xDrive - they certainly do not hang about!

 
Ruling out a 640d as whilst lovely cars, they're unsuited to UK roads IMO. 
 
Or I could keep the 530d and consequently keep hold of my license a bit longer too!
 
Decisions, decisions...

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I get bored, but I keep driving this and thinking how good an all rounder it is, it ticks every box for me (nearly) and I'd only change for want, not need and I know I'd regret not going F11 again.

 

I've done c50k in this over 2 years too and loved it, so smooth, comfy, eats the miles and has a real understated presence I like.

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16 minutes ago, F10530D said:

Bit bored of my 245HP 530d after 2 years of ownership - think the time has come for a 535d. Or a 335d xDrive - they certainly do not hang about!

 
Ruling out a 640d as whilst lovely cars, they're unsuited to UK roads IMO. 
 
Or I could keep the 530d and consequently keep hold of my license a bit longer too!
 
Decisions, decisions...

 

In regards to the 640 it is not that much bigger than a 5 series really, it is perception more I think. The real downside is the standard UK car parking space being a bit short for the 6. Most of the time mine is in a large car parking space or a drive though so it is fine. They still have the same issues with multi story car parks for example. 

 

The C pillar can cause the odd issue when changing lanes as well in my experience.

 

As we are just about to buy our first house though a major issue was garage length...similar to the issue like car parking spaces. Many estate agents said a large garage and it was just about 5 metres, unfortunately not quite long enough for my baby.

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24 minutes ago, Ninja59 said:

 

In regards to the 640 it is not that much bigger than a 5 series really, it is perception more I think. The real downside is the standard UK car parking space being a bit short for the 6. Most of the time mine is in a large car parking space or a drive though so it is fine. They still have the same issues with multi story car parks for example. 

 

The C pillar can cause the odd issue when changing lanes as well in my experience.

 

As we are just about to buy our first house though a major issue was garage length...similar to the issue like car parking spaces. Many estate agents said a large garage and it was just about 5 metres, unfortunately not quite long enough for my baby.

 

I just manage to squeeze the F11 into our "single" garage - House builders' definition and my definition of "single" differ vastly. A single garage, in my humble opinion is 3m x 6m. Not the 5m x 2.4m they generally build here. I park mine with just 75mm of space between the back of the car and the lock mechanism on my garage door. A G31 is longer still and the GT would be a no way!. So screwed really for my next car (unless I build a house to my exacting specification) and I do have a problem leaving the big expensive car on the driveway. I'll just keep the F11 and hope it goes on for ever as I can't afford to build a house and where do you find the land anyway?

 

Oh, I think i started ranting and didn't even notice!

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1 hour ago, Matthew Ashton said:

 

I just manage to squeeze the F11 into our "single" garage - House builders' definition and my definition of "single" differ vastly. A single garage, in my humble opinion is 3m x 6m. Not the 5m x 2.4m they generally build here. I park mine with just 75mm of space between the back of the car and the lock mechanism on my garage door. A G31 is longer still and the GT would be a no way!. So screwed really for my next car (unless I build a house to my exacting specification) and I do have a problem leaving the big expensive car on the driveway. I'll just keep the F11 and hope it goes on for ever as I can't afford to build a house and where do you find the land anyway?

 

Oh, I think i started ranting and didn't even notice!

 

Builders certainly do have a different opinion on what a garage is. Mine is "double" and is bang on 5mx5.01m (5x5 is minimum to call it a double I believe?)

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Re garages, the definition of size was based on cars we drove in the 1960's and 1970's. All you need to do is compare a Ford Cortina in size to today's Mondeo and you will see what I mean.

 

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1 hour ago, 535i Andrew said:

Re garages, the definition of size was based on cars we drove in the 1960's and 1970's. All you need to do is compare a Ford Cortina in size to today's Mondeo and you will see what I mean.

 

 

But my house was built in ‘81! So what’s the excuse now, hey?

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We have the same issue when we design Station car parks. The design standard* calls for 4.8 x 2.4 m bays, you can get more in, but we used to draw them up at 5 x 2.5 m bays.....if the client didn't look too closely, we got away with it and they had fewer complaints of doors being dinged.

 

*again based on a car from the 1960-1970s.

 

You build bigger garages you then have a smaller house or less garden on a given plot size, neither of which sell houses to the masses. Sadly as Matthew is a rare exception who actually garages his car, most garages contain lawnmowers and  such other rubbish that you haven't thrown out yet rather than need to be actually big enough to put a car that isn't a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. Folk would rather have a bigger living room than a garage big enough for a F11!

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Likewise as nobody wants to/can't keep a car in a garage and wants the extra space inside the house.

 

My garage was rebuilt in 1998 but the previous owner built a work bench at the rear of one half so I have loads of tool storage space but its not long enough to get my E39 in when we moved in and I've never tried to get a car in since.

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