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About Calypso-E34

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    Financial Controller, Company Secretary, Company Director.


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    F10 525d SE Auto

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  1. Yeah - I think most people got the gist without the pedantics.....
  2. Calypso-E34

    BMW Connected Drive - Problems purchasing

    Never mind! it took about 40 minutes, and I let it work away while I took the long way home. All good now!
  3. Calypso-E34

    BMW Connected Drive - Problems purchasing

    So - BMW have managed to get their system working again, and I have purchased the BMW Connected Package Plus, which includes the Sat Nav updates - WooHoo!! I have downloaded the map update, and extracted it to a USB stick, and all that went fine - took about an hour all in. Now it's time to upload this to the car. Can anyone tell me how long this takes, and whether I can do it without the engine running? I don't want to start this and then have to stop again because the battery is being drained or whatever.
  4. I've been looking around at some used cars, as I may change the F10 520d I only recently purchased. Looking around at the few cars I would even consider in the up to £18k bracket, one of the things I'm seeing is that cars registered after April 1st 2017, with an original list price of over £40k (any BMW 5 Series, Volvo S/V 90, E Class Benz, Audi A6 etc) is costing a fair wedge to tax. So a 66 plate 520d for example will cost you £30 per year, but a 2017 car will cost you the thick end of £500! Call me a penny pincher, but that influences my choices. The high rate is payable for 5 years after the first year, so for two 2017 registered cars, where one is registered in March, and the other in April, if I buy the later car now, for 2 years I will pay the higher rate - so an extra £900 odd quid in total. Harsh, when you are buying a car which was originally over £40k on an £18k budget.
  5. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    I think the earlier E39 M52 cars such as the one you have there were more reliable - no fly by wire electronic throttle body nonsense. If I was buying another one, I would look for a 1996 or thereabouts 528i or 540i, bog standard, with the 16" Style 33 'turbine' wheels, in Glacier Green, with the rare dark green cloth interior (good luck with that).
  6. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    Very fair. If I hadn't had so many silly issues on mine, it might well still be parked in my drive, as it was a cracking thing to look at and drive. That said, it's still going wherever it is - 143000 miles on it now. About 40000 of those since it left me.
  7. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    Nice cars alright, but I've been there and done that. E39s are way too needy to run as a reliable daily now. The last one I had was a low mile, well looked after 530i. I spent a fair bit on preventative maintenance too - and still it always needed something. Fine as a weekend car if you can do the work yourself, but a pain in the arse as a daily.
  8. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    I did have a look at a Superb, but at the time I thought the BMW was just better - and in many ways, it probably is. My problem now is that nothing else is really floating my boat. Cars seem to have risen in price substantially in the last few weeks for anything half decent. So too has the value of trade-ins of course. Any decent BMW 530d that comes up seems to be priced highly too - I saw one yesterday on a 2014 plate - albeit with only 37000 miles up - and they wanted £18000 for it. Too old to have much in the way of finance options either.
  9. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    Looks like trouble ahead for electric - as predicted. Good - maybe they’ll put some more effort into Hydrogen. https://news.stv.tv/world/electric-car-chargers-to-switch-off-at-peak-times-to-avoid-blackouts?fbclid=IwAR03sPACS1bjJnSjJztRCPnMrFWhRZBaZjJtHkqAEtY8ShMHd2Pt2USR2eA
  10. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    To be honest Duncan, it's 2 things. Firstly, the engine. It's been fully serviced, everything attended to, and the EGR replaced - and I swear it is louder at idle now than it was before. Secondly - it just doesn't feel anything like as robust inside as my 10 year old F10 525. Trim feels cheaper, it creaks more - just feels very different. Maybe the Sixes are better put together than the Fours, but I can't see how that would work - or maybe they changed the quality on the LCi cars - who knows. Biggest issue I have now really is that there aren't too many other cars that I like! Maybe just buy an old shed to smoke about in until something I like comes up.
  11. Calypso-E34

    First day with the F10 Lci 520d Sport

    So....... I have had all the issues with the car resolved, and it's had a new EGR valve, as the other one was faulty. HOWEVER I don't think this car is for me. I've had it since mid July now, and I'm just not getting on with it. What to replace it with though?
  12. Calypso-E34

    Bloody nice courtesy car!!

    The 5 cylinder engines sounded great - even the diesels sounded good! You don't get that with this car - but what you do get is refinement. Most of the time for me now, refinement is what I'm after. After I am finished with my current BMW 520d, I think I'll be looking around for a car like this Volvo - but in any case, not another 4 cylinder diesel. The 520d is fine under light load, but a bit vocal when you put your foot down - and not in a good way. Last car was a 6 cylinder 525d, which sounded better.
  13. Calypso-E34

    Bloody nice courtesy car!!

    The 520d has gone back to the garage from where I bought it today, which happens to be a Volvo dealership. They in turn are sending it to the local BMW dealership to have some issues attended to. I knew I was getting a courtesy car, and last time I got a wee XC40 - not my usual flavour of car, but nice enough. I was expecting the same today - but oh no. Not even close. Today, they gave me a Volvo S90 T8 Recharge. Lovely looking car, and a plug in hybrid with a combined output of 385 BHP!!!!!!!! Sweet baby Jesus - this thing has some poke! I want one. Now.
  14. Calypso-E34

    Filming the Ronin car chases.

    I really have never understood why that sort of thing happens. With the size of budget these movies have, there's no reason to skimp on props, and normally they have someone in charge of continuity.