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I'd welcome thoughts.

 

Having previously owned a 335i M Sport Coupe (E90) and prior to that a 525i Touring (E61), three years ago, I switched to Audi (the other Bavarian Motor Manufacturer) :o and went for the S5 Sportsback Black Edition, with a few upgrades. It has served me well running all over the UK and when I hand it back in a few months time it will have clocked 100k plus miles in just about three years.

 

There are two cars in the running as replacements. Another S5, a safe option that isn't going to let me down or a 540i M Sport Saloon (G30) which isn't quite as quick but has a lot more room and appears to benefit from technology that has moved forward significantly in the last three years.

 

If it is to be the 540i (and I'm more and more inclined in that direction as each day passes) then are then any real 'must have' options? :-D

 

  • Driving Assistant Plus
  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Electronic Damper Control
  • Harman & Kardon Sound System

 

These options totalling circa £5k have all been 'recommended' by my local 'friendly' BMW dealer. :rolleyes: That said, I get the EDC and equally love a variety of music, the basic BMW system in the 335i didn't match the B&O system in the Audi, but there is a limit and £3.7k on a sound upgrade if you go top of the range seems a little over the top.

 

Having read a number of threads on here it is pretty difficult to gauge the manufacturing lead-time, the fore mention 'friendly' dealer suggested twelve weeks from point of order, that looks conservative relative to some experiences.

 

So any thoughts or observations on the above, particularly the extras and lead time would be welcome and in return if it is to be the BMW I promise to keep you all posted with updates as the journey progresses to the exciting day of delivery and probably beyond.

 

 

 

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Wont comment on engine, I have a diesel due to miles done. 

 

Harman Kardon very nice once broken in and equalised correctly. 

 

Parking assistant is nice but reversing camera on its own makes car easy to park tbh. I would also go for the ICON Adaptive lights in the Lightining Package. Brilliant kit. 

 

Delivery time for me was also quoted at 12 weeks. Car ordered on 13th May, was supposed to pick up late July. 

 

Arrived at dealer within 4 weeks and sat for a further 3 waiting for me to pick up. 

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Thanks for your feedback. I had the adaptive lights in the 335i and didn't notice the benefit, but I'm sure the technology has moved these on too and certainly it looks like the benefit of them adjusting to on coming traffic is a great plus.

 

Leadtime for your own was pretty quick then?

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Harman Kardon is a must if you like your music. As mentioned, once it’s broken in and set up properly (and fed a half decent source) it’s very good.

 

If on larger wheels and run-flats, then adaptive dampers are a real plus point.

 

Otherwise you can’t really end up with a bad car!

 

Nice username by the way haha. 

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14 minutes ago, Back2Beemer said:

Nice username by the way haha. 

 

Bloody hell, there’s two of you!

 

leadtime was very quick. I don’t have loads of options but when I ordered the dealer told me that I picked unusual combinations of colour (white with blue leather) so may have a late build allocation. 

 

I also picked stuff which people didn’t seem to go for at first ie lights and power boot. Dealer was great with mine, had no issues of holding the car over (was remortgaging so played to my advantage) 

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Thanks both. Looks like Beemer may gain a bit of market share lol 

 

Think I’ll go down the demonstrator route and give the 540i a bit of a try. 

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Correcting original typos !

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Yep I think wires have been crossed. My earlier comment was that I’d struggle to justify the £3.7k for the B&W system but would go for the HK which is a little less than £1k I believe. 

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correct typo

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Hi, great choice to get back to Beamer, I think the 540i would be a great choice.

 

I spent a lot of time considering the spec and defo worth considering seperate options versus the packages or vice versa.  

 

For example, I wanted the 20” wheels and privacy glass and planned them as seperate options, I then realised adding the M Sport Plus Package was only £125 more and includes HK, so a no brainer.  On the other side, I looked at Driving Assistant packages and only wanted Active Cruise so added the option only, and gave me budget for Visability Package and the excellent adaptive lights. 

 

Goodluck with your spec!!  

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Parvus77 thanks for your comments. The package versus individual options considerations will be key when making the final selection, although it appears there is always something in the package that I'm not fussed about and when you remove that the individual options are less expensive that's marketing for you I guess :-D - apologies to the marketeers out there......:P

 

BMW corporate have confirmed that I can have a play in a 540i M Sport demonstrator (suspect it will be fully loaded) for a few days in March - evidently they don't have any ??? 540i M Sport saloons at the moment so it will be a touring but should give me a reasonable idea of feel and certainly an opportunity to see which of the options will suit.

 

 

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For me, the must-haves are:

  • adaptive drive (my F11 has a far better ride than my E61, yet corners much flatter)
  • adaptive cruise  (I’m surprised how useful this is - it makes driving on busy motorways so much more relaxing)
  • HK sound system (my E61 had HK, but my F11 had the base system, so I got it upgraded by In-Car Audiofile)
  • Lumbar support (I’m surprised this isn’t standard)
  • Reversing camera (I find my F11 easier to reverse than my E61, which only had the parking sensors)
  • Xenons

Nice to haves would be:

  • Comfort seats (though I’ve never driven a BMW with comfort seats)
  • HUD (It is surprisingly useful, and not that expensive)
  • Adaptive LED headlights (they make driving at night more relaxing)
  • A V8 (I miss my 545)

The overhead view camera is nice, but I think I’d be happy with just the reversing camera. I’ve neve used the auto park. The blind spot assist is comforting, but I adjust my door mirrors so there are no blind spots.

 

Whether you’re better off buying the individual options or the packages depends on how much you value the other items in the package.

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Thanks for this BMW Corporate have agreed to let me play in a demonstrator for a bit so that should help determine what the options are to be, your comments greatly appreciated too.

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I only realised when I looked on the BMW web site that electric front seats + driver memory and folding exterior mirrors are both optional extras, so I'll add them to my list of must haves. I expected them to be standard on a 540i!

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35 minutes ago, dewidaniels said:

I only realised when I looked on the BMW web site that electric front seats + driver memory and folding exterior mirrors are both optional extras, so I'll add them to my list of must haves. I expected them to be standard on a 540i!

 

The standard equipment is Trim Related not engine. The only extra you get on a bigger engine is the fact that larger alloys come as standard, for example, 520d M Sport comes on 18's as standard, 19's and 20's are an option, but a 525d M Sport or 530d M sport get 19's as standard to accommodate the bigger brakes (which are incidentally the blue m sport ones) no difference at all apart from that.

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3 hours ago, sjak92 said:

 

The standard equipment is Trim Related not engine. The only extra you get on a bigger engine is the fact that larger alloys come as standard, for example, 520d M Sport comes on 18's as standard, 19's and 20's are an option, but a 525d M Sport or 530d M sport get 19's as standard to accommodate the bigger brakes (which are incidentally the blue m sport ones) no difference at all apart from that.

Folding mirrors are a real plus - mixed thoughts on memory seats - had them on both previous Beemers and current Audi set up once and hardly touched since - for rare occasions the ‘other half’ drives I think I’ll take the hassle of resetting the seat position and spend the £1k + elsewhere......

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10 hours ago, BacktoBeemer said:

Folding mirrors are a real plus - mixed thoughts on memory seats - had them on both previous Beemers and current Audi set up once and hardly touched since - for rare occasions the ‘other half’ drives I think I’ll take the hassle of resetting the seat position and spend the £1k + elsewhere......

 

exactly what i did, remember that manual seats are still electric in all directions except sliding the seat base back and forwards

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14 hours ago, sjak92 said:

 

The standard equipment is Trim Related not engine. The only extra you get on a bigger engine is the fact that larger alloys come as standard, for example, 520d M Sport comes on 18's as standard, 19's and 20's are an option, but a 525d M Sport or 530d M sport get 19's as standard to accommodate the bigger brakes (which are incidentally the blue m sport ones) no difference at all apart from that.

That wasn't always the case. I have a brochure for my 2005 E61 545i. Electric seats with memory function were standard on the 545i, but not on smaller engines. Also, there's no mention of folding exterior mirrors being an optional extra. BMW seem to have become more stingy on later models.

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11 hours ago, BacktoBeemer said:

Folding mirrors are a real plus - mixed thoughts on memory seats - had them on both previous Beemers and current Audi set up once and hardly touched since - for rare occasions the ‘other half’ drives I think I’ll take the hassle of resetting the seat position and spend the £1k + elsewhere......

My wife loves the fact that when she opens the car with her key, not only does the seat move to her preferred position, but the radio retunes itself to her presets. I like the fact that when the car's been serviced, I only have to press the memory button to restore the seat to my preferred position.

 

PS I agree I’m not sure that’s worth £945. I bought both my BMWs second-hand, and they both came with that option. I would consider lumbar support at £275 to be essential, but I do have a bad back.

 

PPS I’m a bit puzzled why electric seats with memory at £945 seem a reasonably common option, but comfort seats at £1,265 seem to be very rare.

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Has anybody had their new car professionally 'detailed' prior to collection from the dealer, of just afterwards afterwards. It appears to be a growing trend and some of the results look amasing, however I do need to drive the thing and suspect I wouldn't want to if it looked so good! 

 

Does it last ? Does it make cleaning easier? Please share thoughts or experiences.

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9 minutes ago, BacktoBeemer said:

Has anybody had their new car professionally 'detailed' prior to collection from the dealer, of just afterwards afterwards. It appears to be a growing trend and some of the results look amasing, however I do need to drive the thing and suspect I wouldn't want to if it looked so good! 

 

Does it last ? Does it make cleaning easier? Please share thoughts or experiences.

 

I’ve done it myself, and yes a well detailed car is MUCH easier to clean.

 

I wouldn’t take any dealer offers, they are a rip off and poorly applied or in some cases not at all! Best to find an independent specialist. 

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2 minutes ago, Back2Beemer said:

 

I’ve done it myself, and yes a well detailed car is MUCH easier to clean.

 

I wouldn’t take any dealer offers, they are a rip off and poorly applied or in some cases not at all! Best to find an independent specialist. 

No doubt the dealer uses the same 21 year olds that deliver the cars - after they have used a grit filled sponge to clean it.....

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I precisely said no cleaning on mine and wanted the plastic coverings removed right before collection. 

 

Im a little OCD about paintwork and never let anyone touch the car in terms of cleaning apart from me unless they are a proper Pro. One of the reasons I took a white car is the fact that it is in fact easier to maintain in terms of swirl marks, scratches etc

 

Car went straight home and had a wash, clay bar, polish and hard wax applied. 

 

Will have all of the above done during Easter Friday and Saturday with a deep cut polish and Ceramic Coating applied now instead of Wax (didn't apply ceramic straight away as a detailer friend said ceramic coat and white paint not a good idea straight away).

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