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  1. E39mad

    34 years ago since hurricane of 87 last night

    I lived near the Hamble River and was a student at Southampton College at that time. Slept through the whole thing and woke up to carnage. I have pictures of coasters on the shore of Southampton Water, yachts on the beaches, static caravans upside down etc.
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    Our new G31 family wagon

    Welcome - that's a fine looking touring you've got yourself. Depending upon where you are in the country you may wish to consider winter tyres. Some more knowledgeable with the G31 should be along soon to assist with the other queries.
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    Ticked over 80000 miles today

    A quick tot up of costs since warranty outside of ordinary servicing shows a total spend of £1600 (parts and labour) which equates to £200 a year - cheap motoring for an express bus.
  4. I had to travel from Cheshire to Newport South Wales today and back - a 350 mile return journey. At absolute pleasure in the 520d and feel as fresh as a daisy having spent 6 hours in the car - the optional Comfort Seats are just brilliant. The car averaged an amazing 54 mpg on the journey and ticked over 80000 at Ross on Wye on the way home. Filled up near Newport as fuel is 8 pence a litre cheaper than near Macclesfield and got off the M6 at Sandbach with the computer reading 160 miles travelled and 704 miles remaining in the tank - so a 864 potential range - average speed was 60mph. Just shows what great cruisers these cars can be. No stop/start or mild hybrid on my 2010 bus!!
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    BMW Stopping Wheel Storage

    You need to cover them up to protect from UV degradation and ideally lie them flat and depressurise - I used to lower mine to about 1.4 psi and stack them with cardboard in between.
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    Ticked over 80000 miles today

    I forgot that I had a new lower suspension arm fitted last December as there was play in it. Passed the MOT but was an advisory.
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    Ticked over 80000 miles today

    Other than std servicing we have had the following in 8 years since being out of warranty: 1 set of front and rear brake pads Replacement suspension airbags (one failed so replaced both) Air conditioning condenser (hole in it) New egr valve Headlight control module Gearbox oil service Not bad really and cost wise certainly not worth running a warranty for.
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    E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced

    Just trying to help you get to the right answer - clearly there's no helping some folk when the correct information is placed in front of them. Show me any BMW official literature where there is a BMW E39 M Sport. I'll have a bet with you that there is absolutely none in the UK - when I get time I can copy the original brochures for you if you like so you can see what they say but you seem to dismiss the information in any event to favour what you want to hear. Good luck with your search
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    E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced

    As there was never an E39 M Sport suggest your just stick 535i Sport or 530i Sport in. M Sport designations came in during the E60/61 production. The term "M Sport" will therefore not be any government car info data for any E39 whereas "Sport" will. Imola red is lovely colour - I've seen a few 525i 528i 540i in this colour on top the 530i 535i mentioned. You could also try 520i 525d and 530d
  10. There are a quite a few of us out there with a 5 and another BMW of some flavour or other. Dunc's new to him 330ci got me thinking we should have a thread. Well if you do please put your pics up. I'll start with my 1999 built E36 328i Mtec manual - owned since 2013:
  11. Looks good - I always find it a shame that the Champers II did not have the electric memory and heated seats of the Champers I Five years is long time between oil changes 2016 to 2021. Can't be many left with such low miles.
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    My 'new to me' 2011 F01 730D

    That colour will do your OCD over polishing no good at all
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    My 'new to me' 2011 F01 730D

    Great looking motor that Dan - congratulations. Is it Imperial Blue or Black? Whatever it is I like the contract with Oyster/black leather and comfort seats (same as my car!) and I like the wheels too.
  14. The E36 convertible went through it's MOT this week with only 350 miles added overall and now sits around 86500 miles. A new house being built in our garden and Mrs Mad is still off work with long covid so doesn't drive it. It's a garage queen which is only used between May and October. We have owned the car since 2013 and spent a lot of time and money getting it to the excellent condition for it's age that it is now. Prices have risen especially for a 328i with genuine factory manual Sport like this one. Wrong time of year probably but considering our options.
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    Time to move the 328i on?

    I think I've decided to keep it for the time being and take stock of the fleet once the house build is done and we know more about my wife's condition. In the meantime I've seen that E36 M3 verts with similar miles and condition are now north of £16000. In a coupe an M3 is understandable but not necessary in a vert imho where there is a little more flex and speed isn't everything in top down driving. You get enough sensation with a sonorous 2.8 straight six.
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    Time to move the 328i on?

    I'd put it up for around £8000 Rich. It had a new quality roof last year at over £1000, not that the old one leaked but the stitching on the outside was starting to go and the back window had a small crack in it. Also wanted a blue roof over a black one The genuine Alpina alloys with excellent Goodyear tyres are worth a £1000. It's not showroom but it is one of the best E36's out there according to Darren Paul (BMW independent in Bredbury).
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    Time to move the 328i on?

    Thanks Duncan. It's not costing much to keep - insurance is £140 a year, tax is £150pa and MOT including servicing averages out at about £200pa. It probably gains that much in value each year. We don't really need the money. I don't think we'd replace at present. The Fiesta only did 1500 miles last year and the 520d is due to do about 3000. We need to keep the Fiesta for our son and daughter to drive (son is already learning). Maybe until we are in the new house and we know whether Mrs Mad will be rid of this long covid and back in work (currently no commuting into Manchester) will we take stock. I think one car that could replace the 520d and 328i would be the most sensible thing but who wants to sensible when you are only here once!!
  18. I never understand a plate that tells people what car it is as those who are interested should already know. Anyway maybe of interest to someone with an E34 https://dvlatimedauction.co.uk/auction/B240/E34BMW
  19. I wouldn't worry. I cannot remember any reports of F10/11 dpf problems which could have been an issue with the previous generation. Did BMW change the way it generates to stop them getting clogged up.
  20. Had an oil & filter change and brake fluid change at the Indy. Last oil was May 2020 and only done 5000 miles in that time but I like to change it every year. Car now just short of 80000 miles. Rear brake pads say 3000 miles left but Indy says the pads are half worn. Had this last time in that the idrive/sensor keeps changing the distance left - so much so there was another 10000 miles in them before changing.
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    Photos of the 3 Pre LCI Grills

    You have a lot of grilles The chrome is a no for me on white car so one of the other two. Quite like the look of the Cerium.
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    Swirl flaps ?

    My 525d manual definitely did not have swirl flaps. My understanding is that the pre-facelift 530d's with the 184bhp engine also did not have the swirl flaps.
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    Show us pics of your none 5 BMW

    Yep the E36 reminds me of what BMW's used to be - a straight six sonorous petrol with communicative steering in small agile package - where did it all go wrong ...lol Off to Oulton Park in it this weekend to watch some vintage car racing!
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    Show us pics of your none 5 BMW

    Hi Rich I really like the look of the F06 and has to be the best looking BM of the last 10 years. If I didn't need an estate (dog and wife with long covid requiring a scooter atm) I'd be all over one. Cheers Rupert
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    Show us pics of your none 5 BMW

    Wow - some wonderful cars there - the E26 is my favourite as I sat in one as an 11 year in old in Blue Bell Wilmslow back in 1979. Also have a soft spot for the E24 as my dad had a 1982 628csi then a 1984 635csi. My dad also had an E23 728 E32 735i amongst the E12 525 E34s an E39 540i and an E65 735i. I wonder where I got my BMW lust from!! The E38 Alpina is also epic - remember seeing it years ago at a Cat and Fiddle meeting. I am sure there is an E32 or two on here also. Hoping some have an E30 out there or even an E21 amongst the 3 series guys. An E3 or an E9 would be epic but never seen any on here.