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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in 13k E39 Champagne Edition Sold   
    I miss my Champers II, but wouldn't pay more than 5-6k for a near perfect one.  This price is silly.
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Anil, I had my mums funeral last Friday (not covid related, she was 93 and old age got her).  Between the virus and regulations, there ended up being only 5 of us there. If the attendees are not living in the same household, they will be asked to sit 2 metres apart.  No gathering afterwards either.  We're planning on doing a get together after all this blows over.
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Oh Anil, so very sorry to hear that.
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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Lotus Carlton.   
    I had a Carlton 3000 GSI 24 valve for about 9 years, loved it.  That said I don't think there was ever a day when everything worked 100%, but it didn't seem to matter too much (I was younger then).
     
    Hi Anil - put a cheeky bid in.  I may do the same.  I'm starting to think about a 'weekend' car that makes good noises as my current wheels don't.
     
    I recon 40+k for the Carlton?
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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Digital dashboards!   
    Well, it's been a good couple of years since I posted here, but I've still been following some of the threads.  Some of you may remember I had (briefly) an E39 Champagne II.  I still think they are one of the best looking cars ever made.  Hi to AnilS btw.
     
    Anyways, to chip in to the digital dash thing.  I have left the internal combustion engine fold and now have a two year lease on a Tesla Model 3 Performance.  It's like nothing else I've ever driven - until you drive one of these things you will not believe the instant torque that just launches you towards distant horizons, no matter what speed you happen to be doing.  It's like your brain is hard wired to the throttle.  0-60 in 3 seconds, 30-70 in 2.8!!!!
     
    Almost all controls are managed via the central 15" touchcreen.  I find this not to be a problem at all, although it won't be to everyones taste.  Speed is on the top right, always in line of sight and very easy to read.  The Nav (they use Google maps with Teslas own overlay) is utterly brilliant, and the music and video capabilities are second to none in my view.  FM, DAB, TuneIn (internet) radio, Spotify and...  USB which has my complete (20,000+ tracks including 300+ FLAC albums) on it.  When in Park, it also has YouTube and NetFlix and...  access to my Plex home server with nearly 500 movies and almost 100 TV series.  All in full screen.
     
    Overall, it's utterly fantastic, but I do have a couple of things I would like to see improved:
     
    1. Range.  In reality, on a cold day at motorway speeds it's 230-240 miles.  Tesla have their own charging network so that's not really a problem.  On the plus side, I wake up every morning with a full charge so never, ever think about range when I'm at home tootling about.
    2.  Road noise.  It's a bit louder than it should be, mostly down to 20" wheels and low profile tyres, especially on concrete surfaces, but Tesla really do need to do something about it. 
    Oh, and it's very, very cheap to fuel up.  250 miles costs about £11.
     
    Pics attached
    Cheers all and happy new year
    Paul
     
     
     


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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Digital dashboards!   
    Well, it's been a good couple of years since I posted here, but I've still been following some of the threads.  Some of you may remember I had (briefly) an E39 Champagne II.  I still think they are one of the best looking cars ever made.  Hi to AnilS btw.
     
    Anyways, to chip in to the digital dash thing.  I have left the internal combustion engine fold and now have a two year lease on a Tesla Model 3 Performance.  It's like nothing else I've ever driven - until you drive one of these things you will not believe the instant torque that just launches you towards distant horizons, no matter what speed you happen to be doing.  It's like your brain is hard wired to the throttle.  0-60 in 3 seconds, 30-70 in 2.8!!!!
     
    Almost all controls are managed via the central 15" touchcreen.  I find this not to be a problem at all, although it won't be to everyones taste.  Speed is on the top right, always in line of sight and very easy to read.  The Nav (they use Google maps with Teslas own overlay) is utterly brilliant, and the music and video capabilities are second to none in my view.  FM, DAB, TuneIn (internet) radio, Spotify and...  USB which has my complete (20,000+ tracks including 300+ FLAC albums) on it.  When in Park, it also has YouTube and NetFlix and...  access to my Plex home server with nearly 500 movies and almost 100 TV series.  All in full screen.
     
    Overall, it's utterly fantastic, but I do have a couple of things I would like to see improved:
     
    1. Range.  In reality, on a cold day at motorway speeds it's 230-240 miles.  Tesla have their own charging network so that's not really a problem.  On the plus side, I wake up every morning with a full charge so never, ever think about range when I'm at home tootling about.
    2.  Road noise.  It's a bit louder than it should be, mostly down to 20" wheels and low profile tyres, especially on concrete surfaces, but Tesla really do need to do something about it. 
    Oh, and it's very, very cheap to fuel up.  250 miles costs about £11.
     
    Pics attached
    Cheers all and happy new year
    Paul
     
     
     


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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in 530i sport e39 with 2k miles!!   
    His cars hang around forever, some of these have been for sale for getting on for two years or more.  I've had his stock list in my bookmarks for years and take the odd peek, nearly the same stock for ages and ages.
     
    https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/dealer/615390
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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i M Sport Champagne Edition (ebay)   
    No interior pics either.  The seats can easily look dirty and a tired on these (I know, I had one which I treated to some decent leather care).  It's about £4 - 4.5k in really good condition.  And it will need money spent on it - they all do at this age.
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in 530i sport champagne spec 2   
    I had a Champagne II for a while - still miss it.  If you haven't already, check that cooling system.  In particular, remove the undertray and look at the bottom of the rad.  If it's not straight i.e. it's now curved, it's near the end of its life.    You can also easily revitalise the seats by re colouring them.  I did it and they looked almost new again.  The sound system is average but can be much improved by uprating the BM54 amp in the boot (search for Baris on this forum).  Happy Champering!!!
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    rincewind got a reaction from RickyZ in 530i on eBay - looks to be a lovely example   
    They started on 02 plates for Champage 1, then swapped to Champagne 2 spec somewhere around 03 plates.
     
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    rincewind got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in 530i on eBay - looks to be a lovely example   
    It does indeed look lovely.  It's not a Champagne II as claimed though.  52 plates were Champagne I - hence the brushed ally trim which the I's had along with no extended leather along the centre console. 
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    rincewind reacted to Calypso-E34 in Yet another dreamer...   
    My experience with the E39 530i I had was very similar to yours - always needing something.  It's why I moved it on - and stayed away from BMWs for over 3 years. I'm back now with the simple to look after E34 - and an F10 with a cast iron warranty for daily driving.
     
    Funny - the Poplar trim IS hard to find - but there's not that many people after it either.  I was selling a set a few years ago, and it took an eternity.
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    rincewind reacted to BarryM in Coding a new battery   
    I did some background work when we had to replace the battery in our 2009 120d and managed to code it in DIS but it wasn't particularly intuitive. I did feel a sense of achievement as it wasn't posted anywhere specifically for the E87.
     
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    rincewind reacted to Clavurion in Coding a new battery   
    Again some bedtime reading. CLICK
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Car for my lad   
    I'm all good here. Now retired and loving it! I've told the daughter that her first car will be around the 2k mark. Much more sensible as the chance of damage is greater in that first year or two of driving.
     
     
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Car for my lad   
    1.3k - I wish. Daughter turns 17 next year and is convinced she's getting a Fiat 500. I'm not so sure. How's things Anil?
     
     
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    rincewind reacted to AnilS in Amazing dilemma - Nissan GTR replacement   
    Not surprised at all. Well done and orange looks immense (if a little chavvy). What colour is his car and mileage?
     
    My GTR has now gone to a good home and replacing it is futile.
     
    Money in the bank for now.
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    rincewind reacted to Steve van hool in E39 M5 Silverstone Blue Facelift spec 12 month Mot VGC   
    A car is never but never the same after a decent prang, it is a unitary construction as opposed to having a chassis,and absorbs shock loads in an accident, it was designed that way to offer a degree of protection. if it was just a wing or a door ok, anything more, forget it. 
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    rincewind reacted to bmpaul in What do you like most about your E39?   
    The looks. Even all these years on i still maintain its one of the best looking cars in that exec class made. Not to mention how they drive, but definitely the looks
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Amazing dilemma - Nissan GTR replacement   
    I like the sound of it. I'm thinking Tesla Model 3 when they come out late next year. With large battery pack, dual motors and updated hi fi...
    Bit if a departure I know but I'm really impressed with Tesla. A guy in my village has the Model S. He took me for a spin - good grief is all I can say.
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Amazing dilemma - Nissan GTR replacement   
    I've always liked Saabs, strangely though, the less powerful versions. The torque steer on the turbos is not to my liking.
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    rincewind got a reaction from AnilS in Amazing dilemma - Nissan GTR replacement   
    An E39 perhaps?
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    rincewind reacted to The Flying Banana in Jamworths 2001 530i Sport   
    Thorpe or Eorpe?
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    rincewind reacted to duncan-uk in Ronnie Corbet RIP   
    Are you sure he wasn't far away?
     
     
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    rincewind got a reaction from 740mick in Modern classics... What to buy with 3k... Discuss   
    I had a Gsi 24v for about 8 years.  Great car, loads of character.
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