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  1. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    I probably would, but from October 2021 when the Ulta Low Emmision Zone spreads to out to the north and south circulars, the London Mayor wants to charge me £12.50 everytime I take the car off the drive (because it is Euro 3). It already costs me this to go into central London (inside the congestion zone). Not that I drive into town. Added to which my local authority is upping my resident street parking charge from £120/pa to £280pa from April this year. Charges are now to be based on emissions. They are out to get us!! I can see this spreading to other cities before 2035.
  2. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Thanks for posting. Ruled out due to the limited size of the boot.
  3. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Would that be you?
  4. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Quite like the look of these as they are a bit different. Not sure I want a three door "estate" though and not sure the golf clubs would fit in the boot! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-C30-T5-R-Design-2010-stunning-condition/303436498466?hash=item46a6398622:g:Hd0AAOSwtoleFPuw
  5. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    You're too generous!
  6. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    I was hoping it wasn't too far off £20k now! Showing my age here, but I had a Mk2 Gti in 1985. Now that would have appreciated if I had stuck it in a garage!
  7. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Thanks for the report. That's pretty impressive. I guess one of the main worries is getting down to your 12-15% charge and struggling to find a rapid charger or, as I have read, finding that the one you are aiming for is out of order/busy etc. Definitely one for the shorter journeys, for me. I would find it a struggle not being able to "make progress" on motorways when the need arose!
  8. gbrownings

    Independent Specialist for servicing in Surrey

    I have used http://www.twgautomotive.co.uk/ in Camberley and they are very good. Set up by a couple of former BMW technicians a few yeaars ago they provide all main dealer services at half the price. Will, is the boss and knows his stuff.
  9. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Interesting. So, what is your real world mileage and charging up time for a normal drive? I do drive around the south east and Oxfordshire (golfing dog walking etc) and wouldn't want to spend half the day looking for and charging the car. My wife has an Si4 Evoque (actually a really nice car to drive) which does about the same mpg as my M5 (which she won't drive ) and she is quite keen on the idea of our "other" car being more environmentally-friendly. I will though almost certainly have to sell the M5 to buy a replacement one.
  10. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Nice idea, but perhaps a little too complicated for me!
  11. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Funnily enough I was just watching a YouTube thing on M140i v M135i. Definitely interesting although, having had a BMW since 2006, I was thinking about a change of manufacturer.
  12. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    OK I will explore the EV option further. I have been reading about the problems of getting rid of lithium, but I guess they will eventually find a way or an alternative.
  13. gbrownings

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Probably very sound advice. Not sure I am quite ready for an EV although it clearly makes sense. I dont think the old golf clubs will fit in an i3 boot which I read somewhere is quite small.... Now, where's my crack pipe!
  14. https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/bmw-m5-sold-auction-pebble-beach/ sorry if posted before, but just stumbled on this (as I search e39 v Gti Golf in Google)... OMG as they say.
  15. After 13 years ownership of my E39 M5 I am thinking of selling. Various reasons (the impending threat of London's ULEZ charge of £12.50/day spreading to my part of London being the major one). Much as I still love my car, I can't justify paying this just to leave my drive! I really struggle to think of what I could replace it with. I only drove 2.5k miles last year (at 14mpg) so think something more economical, with decent performance when needed and big enough to squeeze the golf clubs in the boot and able to handle our great capital's roads with their potholes and interminable "traffic calming" measures. A hot(ish) hatch (not a Honda R) seemed a good start and ticked most of my boxes. So, I test drove a new Golf Gti DSG performance. All the write-ups rave about this car but I was really disappointed. It was OK inside with all the modern stuff but on the road it felt really sluggish, bouncy and not very settled (not very techinical description, sorry!). The only missing relevance optional extra was dynamic chasis option. Maybe that would make a difference? It was a relief to get back into my M5 with 100k on the clock (albeit the GTi had a few less creaks!) Anyway, anyone any views/experience on the BMW to Golf Gti move or driven both? Did I miss something? Any ideas what else I might try? Budget £25-30k subject to what I raise through selling mine! Any thoughts appreciated.
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