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  1. Taxboy

    Any 530e owners out there

    Thanks for your helpful comments. I didn't realise the earlier version did such low electric mileage. Around 30 miles electric would work for me as it would cover pootling around generally. Full electric doesn't quite work yet with the lack of a standardised charging structure for the times when doing short but longer distance breaks - nearly said weekend but realised soon that won't apply to me [emoji3] Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
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    Any 530e owners out there

    I'm currently running an F10 520D but with impending retirement believe a PHEV will suit my needs. For those owners could you please be kind enough to share your experience of living with the car good, bad or ugly. It would also be helpful if you could advise what your previous vehicle was and a comparison. Finally (I'm not asking much !!) did you test out any other models before choosing the BMW. I'm toying with the idea I may not need the size of the 5 series so considering a 330e or ....... whisper this a Volvo S60 T8 Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Advice required

    Sounds like you gave it the full treatment ! I'm just wondering if the Meguiars polish stopped the wax fully bonding to the paint. You could test this next time you wash the car by cleaning half the bonnet with panel wipe, which should remove any trace of old wax and then applying another coat of wax to all of the bonnet. Alternatively if you want your wax layer to last longer you can add a sacrificial layer that protects it - more product to buy ! I would suggest if you go down this route you might want to try Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer. It's less than a tenner a bottle online and easy to apply - spray on wipe off .... not when the panel is hot [emoji91] The only slight downside is it won't make your panel feel silky smooth but it's very glossy and sheds water like crazy. It should last for about 4/6 weeks Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
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    Advice required

    Can I ask what products you used for the polishing phase before applying the wax. Normally wax needs to bond to clean paint rather than the last product used to last the longest unless they are designed to work together. This might be the cause of your problem Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Cleaning wheel arches

    I use a long handled washing up brush to give a good scrub when dry to get the worse off and loosen the crud. I then use an all purpose cleaner to spray and leave for a few minutes before pressure washing. Only problem is it only lasts for a few drives and you need to do it again [emoji3][emoji3] Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    530e Replacement Battery Cost

    Thanks for sharing that. Presumably costs may decrease over time as PHEV become more common and there is an opportunity for non OEM players to enter the market. I'm thinking in a similar way to catalytic converters Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
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    Budget dual action polisher

    Most recommended is a DAS 6 Pro. Have a look here https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/paint-correction/polishing-machines/dual-action-polishers or here https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/products/paint-correction/polishing-machines.html?p=2 I don't know your budget but machine only is £115 or there are kits with pads / polish. Best bet is to give either of them a call and talk through your requirements. Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
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    Current Sat Nav Map Version

    When you buy you first download an installer. In the installer there is a drop down box and choose West. It's just East is shown as the default. Like you I let mine lapse for a couple of years. The biggest difference I found other than some new roads had been included was the number of roads with traffic info if you subscribe to RTTI as well had increased. As it's an annual subscription you will get any updates for the coming year Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Current Sat Nav Map Version

    I've got 2020-1. Just remember to download the West version ....... unlike me [emoji55] Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Map Upgrade 2020-1 East Issues

    Just to update. Like most things it's user error [emoji3] I should have downloaded Europe West. I hadn't realised there was an alternative and that BMW defaults to German users as standard, hence Europe East. I had assumed incorrectly it would default to my vehicle's requirements Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
  11. I upgraded the map via USB from the connected drive site but lots of my map has disappeared e.g roads totally missing. Dark areas for towns but no roads at all. I rang BMW who advised to update Connected Drive in the car and wait for 24 hrs. If this doesn't solve the issue I will need to take the car in. Just wondered if anyone else had this issue as I can see I'll end up paying the dealer to fix and then arguing with BMW UK to try and get my money back Car is a 63 reg 520d SE Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Current Sat Nav Map Version

    Thanks for that. Can't seem to find the download link on the ConnectedDrive site though even though my service is valid until 2020 [emoji848] Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
  13. I've currently got the 2019-1 maps for my 2013 520d with pro sat nav. I can't work out from the BMW Connected Web site if this is the current version. Can anyone confirm please Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
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    Brake prices - why so varied?

    Apparently there's a shortage of OEM brake discs for my F10 520 at the moment. My dealer cancelled the appointment yesterday as they couldn't get the parts due to a problem with the back order. Unfortunately I haven't found a suitable indy so stuck with the dealer £484 for front pads and discs Sent from my moto g(7) plus using Tapatalk
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    Are you still subject to the Porsche tax on servicing and parts compared to BMW ?
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