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Everything posted by Calypso-E34

  1. I’ve had my current F10 525d se 6 cylinder for coming up on 4 years now, and it’s time to think about a replacement. Instinct says that I should probably be looking for another F10 - either a 535i or a 530d. Sport nice, SE fine. Alternatively, I am thinking of an Audi A6 saloon or avant, a Mazda 6 or some sort of Lexus. Any other suggestions?
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    Paint protection

    I had Supagard on my current car when I bought it - it was 6 years old at the time. I found it great, was still looking pretty good after a couple of years. I think the cost was going to be £100, but ended up getting it free. I wouldn't be paying £750 to have your new one ceramic coated. Make some inquiries at car detailers locally and get some idea of what's out there, and what the costs might be. As Dan said, stick this post in the Detailing section, and you should get some good advice. Good luck with your nice new car!
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    E61 525i replacement questions and suggestions

    I have a 2011 F10 525d six cylinder. I got it just about 4 years ago now, and taken it from 50000 miles to its current 85000. I have to say it's one of the better cars I've had, with no particular issues. Over the 4 years I've had it, its had brakes all round, a set of tyres and some coil springs. You could do a lot worse than look into one of these. Should be cheap enough by now I'd imagine.
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    Late BMW F10 530i / D or Audi A6?

    Yes, it pretty much has. Apart from normal servicing, over the nearly 4 years it has had a driver’s door switch pack and two rear springs under warranty, two front springs, a set of tyres and discs and pads all round.
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    eBay seller changes

    I haven’t sold on eBay for a while. Listed something today, and got a message saying payments no longer go to my PayPal account. Not only that, but when something sells, it takes 6 days to get paid instead of instantly as was the case before. Does anyone know if there’s a way around this?? Also extra fees if your item sells to someone outside the UK. I think this is all a bit of a rip off.
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    eBay seller changes

    Hey Duncan I haven’t bought new spares for a while, but I can look back and see for you tomorrow. if you have a pic of the watch front and back, send it to me and I’ll see what the story is. A pic of the inside would be handy too if you have it. With many inexpensive watches, you can buy the movement fairly cheaply, with others you can get parts. I’ve spent many hours trawling eBay for NLA bits over the years. It’s hard to find stuff when some sellers don’t list the bits with any recognisable reference!!
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    eBay seller changes

    My experience of selling to people in other countries using the eBay Global Shipping Programme has been good. I do a decent listing, with lots of pictures, and honest description, and I have never had a problem. I use this mainly when I sell 70s and 80s Seiko watches, which I refurbish at home. Most of these, despite the cost, have gone to the USA or Germany.
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    Sabine Schmidt Tribute.

    Some absolute COCKWOMBLE somewhere has decided that this won't be shown on BBC1 if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. What possible reason could there be for this????
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    eBay seller changes

    Morning Tim Interesting to hear your point of view. My main gripe here was the delay in payment and the additional fee charged to the seller for overseas sales. I get that the 3% fee we had to pay to PayPal before was an annoyance - but eBay have raised their own fees now from 10% to 12.8% plus 30p now, so not much saving there really for stuff I sell. I don't know why PayPal went along with that to be honest, and I think they will at some point start to re-introduce a fee somewhere for people paying for eBay purchases using their platform - after all, if they don't, what's in it for them? I agree with you on the GSP - it's great for sellers, and I have used it a few times. Not so great for buyers, as they are paying for this, but overall I'd much rather use this than anything else.
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    eBay seller changes

    I tried this - and they wouldn’t let me list without a PayPal option.
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    eBay seller changes

    The email I received said they initiate payment within 2 days, and it then takes up to 4 days to hit your account. Plus - that’s BUSINESS days - so it could well take up to 9 days if it’s near a bank holiday weekend.
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    Any other cars that seem to have just disappeared?

    Love that XJ12C - but I'd prefer it in green or Greensand - or that mustard yellow they did. Unusual to see one without its vinyl roof! I think the Series II was the pick of the bunch with XJs generally. Seriously - this would be on my list of big Lotto win cars. The one Wheeler Dealers did was a beauty - although I think that was a Six.
  13. I'm having some issues with the windscreen washer nozzle rail on my F10. It was leaking where it connects to the pipe leading to the reservoir, but now the connector there has snapped completely. I've bodged the job for now with a bit of rubber pipe. Does anyone have one for sale? I don't want to take it to BMW as it's a simple fit and they will fleece me for the part.
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    F10 !525d fuel economy

    I posted on this a while ago, but can’t find the thread. my car is a 2010 525d 3.0. On my normal routes, I used to see between 37 and 40 mpg. A couple of months ago, this dropped to around 32. I thought I’d leave it until service time. So - major service carried out at a local garage last week - oil, all the filters etc. Since I got it back, it’s averaging bloody 28mpg. That’s ludicrous - I don’t even drive it hard. Anyone have any idea what might be wrong? It seems to be driving ok.
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    Returning new car?

    I noticed this on every Volvo I have ever had with leather seats. It took me aback a bit at first, but it didn't bother me for long.
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    Old BMW booklets

    I was having a rummage in one of the wardrobes here today, and came across a few old BMW booklets. Here are a few of them. Service book is brand new - no idea where I picked that up!
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    Anyone selling a 1:43 scale E28?

    I didn't find anything I liked at reasonable money in 1:43 size, so I went for 1:18. Bought the Norev one, which based on the quality of another of their models I have, should be OK. An M535i rather than an M5.
  18. I’m looking for a decent quality model of the E28 5 series. Not fussed about which model in the range it is - M5, M535i, 535i, 528i - whatever. Needs to be realistically priced and in good nick. anyone got anything? If I can’t find one, I might think about a 1:18.
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    Can I test drive your F11? Please! Glasgow based!

    That would be absolutely against every rule in force at the moment in relation to Covid-19. The rules are there for a very good reason. Given this forum’s current rules regarding advertising cars for sale, I would be removing this post entirely I think.
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    Anyone selling a 1:43 scale E28?

    I have one of those little Herpa models. They’re decent!
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    Anyone selling a 1:43 scale E28?

    Are all the cars in the link you posted yours Duncan, or do you have others for sale?
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    Anyone selling a 1:43 scale E28?

    I like the Autoart one Duncan. They are too expensive for me now unfortunately. I’m raging too, as I had one a few years ago and sold it. I thought about the Bond one, but no. im considering the Gama, but not that impressed with it. I was looking at E60s in 1:43 too. Hard to come by.
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    ebay and vat.

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    ebay and vat.

    Let me give you an example where I have some experience - scale model cars. Not sure about others, but I would always try to buy from a UK source first. Sometimes though, that is not possible. I give you the example of one company based in the EU, who make high end 1:18 models. They don't have a retailer in the UK, so you buy direct. Pre Brexit, you paid the same as everyone else in the world. with €13 postage. Now, not only are you paying more for the car, but the carriage is now €51. Ebay is now adding VAT to what you pay for purchases outside the UK. This is because rather than the system which existed before where VAT was charged at the point of import for anything coming from outside the EU, now it is charged at the point of purchase for goods under £135 - the old system still applies to goods over that value. There used to be a £15 exemption - which covered a fair number of eBay purchases. That is no longer the case. SO - non UK sellers who wish to supply goods to consumers in the UK now have to register for UK VAT, charge it, and pay it over. This is WAY too much hassle for most small sellers - so instead they just don't bother selling to UK customers anymore. Couriers will now charge silly amounts to send stuff to the UK because of the extra paperwork involved for them - so more cost for Joe puplic at home on his PC trying to order stuff. From the UK Government point of view, they get their VAT much more easily, and don't have to check so many items at customs - it's win win for them. At least it is as long as the imports keep coming - which they may not. It's a pain in the arse for everyone.
  25. I was out and about today, and decided to take a drive around the car dealerships in Inverness, looking for inspiration for my next car. I wanted to see if there was something out there I should consider other than the obvious choices. I didn't see much that I would be keen to come home in. I'm looking to spend around £13000. I think I'm going to stick with BMW 5 Series, so it will be another F10 / F11. As I don't want to go anywhere near a four cylinder diesel engine, I guess the choice will be either a 530d, or one of the petrol engined cars. Am I right in saying that there are no 6 cylinder petrols below the 540i?