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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. Calypso-E34

    My BMW E60 Saying Goodbye

    I think you'll enjoy the F10 - it's a cracking car. In terms of interior quality and ambiance, I'd say the F10 was a step up / natural progression from the E39 - the interior of the E60 was just a mistake in terms of the dash and buttons at least.
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    New Dials (and iDrive screen?) on Configurator for G30/1

    I don’t mind screen based instruments per se, but I really don’t like this setup. They should have have an option / setting for a standard look display like the F10 and all BMWs before it. Then everyone is happy, no?
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    New Dials (and iDrive screen?) on Configurator for G30/1

    Worst instrument display in the history of motoring - ESPECIALLY for a 5 Series upwards. Looks like Playstation graphics. I will NEVER EVER buy a car with a dash that looks like this - and if that means abandoning BMW, then so be it.
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    Back in a Beemer Whooohoooo

    Actually thinking about using that pic as wallpaper.....
  5. Calypso-E34

    Back in a Beemer Whooohoooo

    Lovely car! Not many in that condition with under 70k now!
  6. Calypso-E34

    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    OK, calm down Dorothy! My only point was that Volvo made an LPG available - I didn't say it was competition for Electric cars. BUT When I go to fill up in Inverness, there is always a minimum of 8 - 10 cars on the forecourt, and these turn over roughly every 10 minutes. That's a LOT of cars in a day. Now suppose we all went electric tomorrow. Minimum charge time? Lets call it an hour. So you have just as many cars on the road, but now when they need to charge, they will be there for an hour instead of 10 minutes. Can anyone see how much more extra space will be needed? OK, some will charge at home or at work, but this id a tourist town. More land will be needed for sure. Best way would be to develop universal car batteries small enough to be swapped out a 'filling station' - you drive in, change batteries, and drive out fully charged. That's what you need.
  7. Calypso-E34

    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    I seem to recall Volvo offering one or two bi-fuel cars - LPG / Petrol. Not sure how well they sold though.
  8. Calypso-E34

    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    I'm surprised that more work wasn't done on hydrogen fuel cells. I think there was going to be a significantly higher cost in installing the infrastructure, but to be honest, current filling stations could take that burden on with a bit of state help. When you think about it, charging stations are going to take up a hell of a lot of space to accommodate all the cars. Hydrogen you just fill and go - just like now! All the filling stations keep going - everybody's happy! Probably something to do with emissions.......
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    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    To be honest, I don't mind electric cars. I place refinement quite high on my list of priorities when it comes to the car I drive every day. Electric power would work well in that respect. The issues I have with this type of car are range and depreciation. Those are the two things which would put me off at the moment. I daresay manufacturers will get past the issue of range - Tesla already have - but a way will have to be found to either make the batteries longer lasting, or make replacements cheaper. I looked at a 530e on Saturday (the black one in the first pic above). Nice, but as far as I know, you sacrifice some luggage space, and the car will only do something like 28 miles in electric only mode. That said, that would do me for my daily commute. Plus, I could drive to Ireland in it without any worries.
  10. Calypso-E34

    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    I'd be interested to try out a 520i, and see how that goes. I think I'd miss the torque my current car has though - the 6 cylinder 3.0 in the 525d is pretty good. Not silly fast by any means, but most of the time does everything I need it to do.
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    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    The 8 is a 640d. Is that likely to be any worse in terms of reliability than say, a 540d?
  12. Calypso-E34

    Wander round the local BMW dealer

    I disagree! I like it. My Wife drives a Kuga, and I would much prefer this. It looks good standing in front of it.
  13. Calypso-E34

    Brake discs - how long should they last?

    Thats what I was hoping to hear someone say! It is possible that these discs were the originals!
  14. Calypso-E34

    Brake discs - how long should they last?

    The discs on my car are a fair size too. Maybe because it’s the 3.0 525d.
  15. I was having a bit of brake work done on the F10 today, so had a chance to wander around for a bit. I tell you what struck me. I had a look at two cars - a Five and a Seven - and I honestly struggled to see any difference in size. I know the Seven is bigger, but I just couldn’t see it. X2 surprised me in that I actually liked it! 840 would look better in another colour, but I thought it was pretty good looking - I’ve heard a lot of people slate it, but standing beside it, it looked good to me!