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  1. E39mad

    F10 535i

    Great kit - looks like blue to me not Carbon Black. Comfort seats and VDC together a great but desirable option. Just a shame no folding rear seats.
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    JIA Jensen FF 'Interceptor'

    My dad had two Interceptors bought around 1989/90 and sold 6 years later. One was a MkIII convertible. Blue with only 24000 miles - bought for £25000 and sold for same amount - you can put a one in front of those numbers now!! The other was an FF and a very unusual one. It was at the time the only MkIV FF in the world. That is had a complete rebuild by the West Bromwich factory in the 1980's. It was white with blue leather and a German doctor paid about £40000 for the complete rebuild including a new 5.7 litre Chrysler V8 and gearbox. It was RHD and brought back on a low loader. Again paid same money as the vert and sold for the same and is now worth a small house. I drove the FF to Tatton Show in the early 1990's - man that bonnet was long. Great looking GT cars but were prone to overheating if you pushed them.
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    Next car?

    If you want comfort over anything else in the 5 and 6 get one with adaptive suspension and comfort seats plus avoid large wheels. I think 18" max for the G31 rather than 19" or 20". You can get the M Sport with 18" wheels on the 520d. The 6 is a bigger car iirc and generally come with more standard kit (sunroof and memory seats). I know you can have adaptive suspension on the X3 but don't think comfort seats are available so it's adding lumbar support to sports seats. Audi A6 - I don't know much about them but by all accounts avoid S-Line models which are notorious for rock hard suspension. My father has a current generation A4 Allroad 3.0 V6 diesel and it is a brilliantly made car. I like the Tiguan as a shape but never driven one. Not sure the powertrain/gearbox combinations are up to BMW standards and economy suffers on the more powerful models. Diesel should not be a problem for you if you are doing one motorway run a week. Nice conundrum to have - let us know how you get on.
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    Pubs shut, takeaway recommendations

    Alcohol free beer...what's that Tiny Rebel brewery do some great beers (Newport based) and Cwtch is a personal favourite (ex-champion beer of Britain)- they do home delivery.
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    Pubs shut, takeaway recommendations

    Yep, nothing better than a proper keg cask ale. Bottles tend to be tastier than cans. The best canned beer that is almost the same as the keg imho is Adnams Ghost Ship. Both bottled and canned ales have additional additives to give them a shelf life which is one reason they don't taste the same. A cask beer once tapped and vented has about 10 days before it goes off and tends to be just natural ingredients hence the better taste.
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    ULEZ regulations affect both petrol and diesel cars. Older petrol cars are being sold such as E39 540i's as they would be charged.
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    Pubs shut, takeaway recommendations

    My neighbour used to have a small microbrewery - won Champion ale of Cheshire in 2013 and he still brews occasionally at a large bottling plant. He has made me into a bit a real ale geek teaching me which hops to look for such as Citra or Cascade. So many good local microbreweries around. For me Red Willow in Macclesfield have some fantastic beers (available online to order) and we also have Bollington and Storm Breweries locally. Spoilt for choice from local suppliers.
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    Pubs shut, takeaway recommendations

    I like hoppy real ales so enjoy the following: Ghost Ship Citra Hopnik
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    Yes I get all that - but why specifically are petrol cars going to increase in value (you don't mention diesels) ?
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    Looking to buy F10 Petrol

    Don't quite understand why? They are banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 not the supply of petrol and diesel. In fact hybrids are not being banned so why will petrol cars alone go up in price?
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    E39, M5's still appreciating in value?

    If you are looking at it against other investments (I realise you personally are not) you need to add all the running costs involved to, road tax, insurance, servicing, MOT's etc added up for every year of ownership. As you say most people buy them with their heart and want to use them and if it goes up in value then that is just an added bonus. You can't make money at the bank and the stock market is volatile so where do people put their cash? As to E39 M5's in particular - no reason why they shouldn't carry on going up in value.
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    My 2003 E39 530i Sport Champagne Edition II

    That's a lovely car Mani - congratulations. In addition to the other vibration checks with such a low mileage it's worth also looking at the discs for warping or corrosion. Vibration plagued my first E39 many moons ago and it was the discs that were the ultimate culprit - mileage at the time was only about 50000.
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    Ford Kuga - Gone.

    Sensible move Mark. New motor looks good. Is it 4 wheel drive?
  14. I am not a fan of any political party but blaming everything on the one party is a nonsense. Blaming the Tories for Brexit and the break up of the UK is easy but it's not that simple. Tony Blair started the break up of the Union by providing Scotland and Wales with their own Assemblies in order to hopefully retain votes. What has actually happened is that is has caused a nationalist rising taking them further away from the Union in an attempt to be totally independent. Scotland in particular blame everything on a remote Westminster hiding their own ineptitude in running their own country. Blair and Brown brought about and encouraged borrowing on a scale never seen before whereby everybody could live great lives even if they didn't work or contribute to the national purse. Well we all know how it fell apart and caused hardship for many who were enticed into an endless mentality of borrow without the consequences. Result a disenfranchised element of the population (mainly ex mining and manufacturing areas which have not been rejuvenated) who have been ignored for decades and historically voted on the left but saw London and the SE get rich and money thrown at it from successive govts yet nothing ever came their way. They wanted a scapegoat and the EU was (wrongly) on their radar. They wanted change and used this instead of changing to a govt that actually changed something for them. BTW I voted to remain but did I do not believe people really knew how deeply entrenched we were within it - the Lisbon Treaty was not really understood at the time or publicised properly otherwise there may have been a bigger stand against it. Personally I am not a fan of big government or big businesses - they are inefficient and therefore costly (to you and I) - being autocratic and faceless when it comes to accountability. So there we have it, both main parties are a shambles and have been for the last 25 years. Nothing much I can do about it so I try to ignore most of it and enjoy life.
  15. E39mad

    How to dispute a property valuation?

    They tend to err on the side of caution unfortunately. Mainly because of their PI insurance. Get 3 local estate agents out and ask them to write/email to you with their views on what to market the property at. That should be free.
  16. Thanks Tim I'll PM you with pictures etc
  17. We are having a clear out at Mad towers and have the following original colour brochures available for sale. PM me if interested in any and I will let you know the condition, no of pages and details etc/send a picture. Prices will be competitive and below ebay selling prices as want to move them on. BMW: 1 series: E87 hatch 76 pages 2007 E87 coupe 72 pages 2007 E88 convertible 72 pages 2008 3 series: E21 8 page colour 1975 E30 50 page colour 1983 and 1984 2 and 4 door E34 colour charts. Three 6 page A4 colour from 1988 1990 & 1991 E36 saloon 50 page colour 1991 E36 compact 42 page colour 1994 E90 saloon 68 page colour 2006 E91 estate 68 page 2007 E92 coupe 68 page 2007 + price list/spec E93 convertible 72 page 2007 5 series: E34 colour and fabric brochure 6 pages 1988, 1990, 1991 E61 42 page colour brochure 2004 F10 70 page colour 2009 6 series: E24 630CS 633csi 635csi from 1978 42 page colour E24 628csi 633csi 635csi from 1981 48 page colour E63/E64 82 page colour brochure from 2008 7 series: E23 728, 730, 733i 46 page colour from 1978 E23 728i 732i 735i 46 page colour from 1979 E65 30 page colour from 2002 8 series E31 850ci price booklet 4 small pages 1993 E31 840ci price booklet 4 small pages 1996 Other marques: Audi 1986 range brochure incl Quatto and Quattro Sport 26 page colour Audi coupe 44 page colour 1991 Audi 80 36 page colour 1986 Audi 80 52 page colour 1991 Mini convertible 2002 colour Lancia: Beta saloon coupe HPE & spider 12 page colour from 1970's 1986 range brochure Thema, Prisma, Delta, Y10 34 pages Lancia Beta 16 page colour 1974 Lancia Beta Spyder fold out brochure 8 pages black and white 1970's Others all colour brochures unless stated: Nissan 200SX 1994 Toyota Landcruiser 1975 Toyota model range 1986 Morgan range 1992 including pricelist Austin Princess 1976 Wosleley 18/22 Saloon (Princess) 1970's Jaguar XF saloon 2010 Vauxhall Royale saloon and coupe 1978 Renault Clio 1992 Citroen Dyane 1973 Merc C class saloon and estate 2007 and 2009 Citroen XM 1990 (Bigger than A4) Citroen CX 1984 and 1985 Citroen BX 1984 Fiat 131 estate 1976 VW Golf 1977 VW Golf GTi convertible 1984 VW Golf 1986 VW Polo Coupe 1986 Opel range 1976 and 1977 Opel Kadett 1978 Opel Record 1978 Vauxhall Carlton 1978 and 1986 Opel Kadett 1980 Vauxhall Cavalier 1978 Cavalier Hatchback 1978 Volvo 264 1975 Volvo 245 estate 1975 Saab 900 1979 Saab 99L 1974 Saab 9000 1984 Saab 900 Turbo 1979 Peugeot 304 1976 Peugeot 504 Estate 1975 saloon 1976 Peugeot 204 1976 Peugeot 104 1977 Peugeot 505 1980 Peugeot 305 1978 Peugeot 205 1986 Peugeot 604 1976 Renault 4 1975 Renault 5 GTL 1976 Renault 16 1975 Renault range 1976 and 1977 Renault 30TS 1975 Renault 25 1984 Renault 20 1970's Renault 14 1976 Citroen Estates Ami, GS and DS23 Safari 1975 Citroen GS 1974 and 1975
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    The E39 range is 25 years old.

    To be fair some E39's were starting to be scrapped after ten years. One's that had cooked their engines due to poor cooling systems. Swirl flaps breaking and terminally lunching the auto diesel engines. E60's are not immune either due to the 6 speed auto boxes.
  19. Drive an auto - it's probably the first generation whereby you could definitely say it's way ahead of the manual. Better mpg and lower emissions too. Even the auto's are hard to come by. By the way contrary to the E39 they are M Sport not Sport .......
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    The E39 range is 25 years old.

    The eight speed ZF box is seemless - you rarely notice any change in gear and it changes far quicker than the old 5 speed in the E39. The 8 speed is renowned as one of the best auto boxes in the world and has been used from the humble 1 series through to the 6/7/8 series. The interior is subjective - I like both from a design viewpoint. Quality wise nothing has broken on the F11 inside whereas the E39 had a few brittle plastics that broke such as cupholders and also had the infamous fading pixels.
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    The E39 range is 25 years old.

    Having owned an E39 touring for ten years (got when six months old) and having had an F11 in the family for ten years also since new (my father had it for the 1st three years) herewith is my observation between the two: The E39 rusts a lot more - tailgate in particular. So far no rust on the F11. Reliability is about the same - neither ever broke down. The E39 had faulty parking sensors, warped discs and new front suspension parts whereas the F11 needed new rear airbag suspension and aircon condenser. The F11 has a far better automatic gearbox. The ride handling combination on the E39 is better as is the steering feel by some way. The Comfort Seats in the F11 are the best seats I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in and heat elements work straight away (always took time on the E39) Overall there is not much between the two running costs wise - both have been cheap to run without BMW warranties. The heart and feel says the E39 is the better car but the F11 is equally good but in different ways. The F11 feels like it will last another 10 years but time will tell. I fear govt regulations will drive us out of them before we find out.
  22. Mark has bought a few to go with his collection. Anyone else interested, much cheaper than ebay!!
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    Tyre sizes...

    We have all season tyres on our F11 - luckily being an SE there is a lot of choice being on 17" rims so have none RFT Michellin Crossclimates and they are superb. My Tyres bring up two choices (same as previously listed), Pirelli RFT or Vredestein none RFT for the 19" rears: https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&kategorie=6&tabs=on&Breite=275&Quer=35&Felge=19&sowigan=GAN&suchen=Search+for+tyres We have all season Vredesteins Quatracs on the Fiesta and it is a great tyre.
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    Nice surprise

    My car is originally from Blue Bell Crewe but Halliwell Jones Wilmslow are much closer. It had a 5 year service pack purchased when new. Booked it in for an oil change and cabin filters only and HJ Wilmslow presented me with a bill for over £500. I nearly fell off the chair. Told the lady I think you'll find this car has a service pack and a quick check later they gave me the keys and let me go. I prefer to use Blue Bell if I can or want to use an official dealership, which is rare. Now there are price limits on BMW website for older cars (mines 10 years old in two month) it has been back for an oil and filter change to Wilmslow for about £130 which is about the same as my indy so gets an official stamp (whatever that means these days).