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    Best comparison site?

    I found it varies each time you search (as in brand & model, and quite when), but auto-ebid and uknewcars were generally the best deals for me for the times I've shopped. Broadspeed generally came out worst (but still a fair discount), and car wow varied between very good and very poor, but never best. I end up searching them all, and then go to my local dealer armed with the evidence. Each time he's more or less met the best deal within a couple of minutes. I say more or less as while I could have pushed harder, I'd have lost time I'd never get back and soured our relationship - knowing I do my homework, their opening price was pretty close to what I was aiming for.
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    G30 LCI

    I actually don't mind that look. I think my (very mild) dislike about the X5 grill is more that it doesn't look quite right rather than the size. I think I'd perhaps prefer a taller grill, but a smaller/shaped lower vent like above. Sort half way between the Q7 and X5
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    Keyless access break in

    I thought I'd read in the forums that once the key is stationary, after a few seconds it, for want of a better phrase, turns off. Someone broke into our car last night, and I can only assume they boosted the key. Thankfully nothing taken, and no damage. What do you do - do you put their keys in Faraday cages inside the house? Is there a "safe" distance? I thought to be honest the keys were far enough away. Any recommendations for a nice looking cage?
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    Keyless access break in

    I now have visions of you sat in the boot, alongside the dog...!
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    Keyless access break in

    But would it also start the car?
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    Keyless access break in

    I may have confused things with my title! I don't have comfort access, just the standard keys. I more meant that I didn't have to physically stick a key in the door to open it. Thanks for the links - I think there is a real gap in the market for something a little more practical and a lot more attractive! I don't want to fiddle around trying to prise off a lid to then fish out a set of keys - I like my Chinese bowl that holds them all and my coins!
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    What you planning to change to ?

    Sure. And others will be better placed than me to explain! I think a few things that stand out, some of which maybe down to when I got my G30. iDrive - the new, full version. Just a significantly better experience all round. That said, still a few little things they could have done to make it even better! More options for "free". There are all sorts of bits and pieces that come as standard that you have to spec on a G30. I chose not to on the G30, and I'm not necessarily sure I would do on this car, but collectively makes it feel a little more loaded, and therefore more luxury. ACC, wireless charging, being able to connect two phones, SLI on the HUD, etc. I thought the build quality and the layout on the G30 were better than the competition - I think the G05 is even better. Only main irritant is the cover over the cupholders - just awkward to use.
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    How efficient is the coasting function?

    I'd never realised CC was so bad. I assumed it would be sufficiently clever to figure out most efficient use of fuel.
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    Tilting wing mirror

    Same as @Carrman2018. When it went in for its first service, they did a software update that various things, but for me the two main things were the mirror and a different feel to acceleration. I did a post about it c. 2 years ago - I'll see if I can dig it out.
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    What you planning to change to ?

    I would have happily gone on to a new G30 for the moment (though would have enjoyed testing everything again!), but circumstances changed, and have upgraded to an X5. And I do mean upgrade. I think there is as large a difference in quality & tech between the G05 & the G30 as there was between the old 5 and the G30. That said, given the price increase, there bl%$£^& should be
  11. List is c£5k between a 30d msport and a 45e msport. At the time, the dealer wouldn't go very far on discounts on the 45e as it wasn't yet on sale, but we easily got a big discount off the 30d. Can't honestly remember the numbers but I seem to recall it was well over 10k difference, perhaps even close to 15k. We didn't get as far as PCP quotes tbf, which would have narrowed the gap I suspect.
  12. We went through the same calculations. OH daily commute would almost be possible on a single charge, though nowhere to charge at the other end (there's barely anywhere to park!). Then we looked at what the costs - we could get a lot more for a lot less on an ordinary X5 than just the base X5e. Don't get me wrong, the base is pretty well specc'd but coupled with the wait time at the time, it just didn't add up. I think that's then issue - at the moment, it was a fair bit cheaper to stick with diesel, even after you took into account the savings, and you get a significantly nicer car. While I'm pro electric (believe me, I tried to make the sums work!), pragmatism outweighs principles. For us, either the prices need to be a bit more comparable and/or the range improved. The closer the range is to, say, 100miles the more the running costs start to make a bigger impact.
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    Real World mpg 530d v 540i

    More a thought triggered by your comment. I know we don't get much snow in the south, but my 520D m-sport failed miserably to get up the mild hill we lived on the last time we had a few inches. We couldn't even get it off the drive, so it blocked in all our other cars. Lesson learnt - snow forecast now equates to car shuffling!
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    Just buying a 530e, my first BMW.

    No - but it is fully air conditioned
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    off to pastures new

    Interesting. I didn't think people went for them these days - this is the first car since c1995 that has had one. I note my dealer only has a handful with sunroofs, with the vast majority without. Anyway, whether it has an impact or not was already built into the PCP so somewhat academic!
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    G31 520d

    I sat or tested pretty much everything when I was looking at the G30. And of course the following are purely personal views The Jag felt cheap when I drove it - I had mentally rejected it before we even got on to the main road and felt small compared to the others Audi seemed to think they were doing me a favour and would only let me take out a used car they had for sale. It was nice enough but, as above, at that point quite dated Volvo. I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn't like the interior - and I really wanted to like it to. Didn't even bother taking for a test drive Also looked at Lexus (ok if you're under 4'11"), land rovers (disappointingly small) and various other brands. The Merc was the closest competitor for me. I'd been perfectly happy I think, but it just felt a little less special to me. The G30 had just come out and so the tech and the interior just felt a little more up to date. One thing to perhaps think about - I have tall children and I'm tall. We thought the G30 has more legroom behind the seats, but the middle has the controls and the shaft "hump". I can't honestly remember the middle of the Merc (it still has the hump) but that might be a factor for you.
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    off to pastures new

    Off the top of my head: Pano roof tech pack m sport plus in Sapphire We bought a pre-reg so didn't get everything we initially wanted but very happy with what we got! In addition to the sunroof growing on us, I think I've fessed up on a different thread that I get the HK sound system now (I had obviously had a duff demo car where it sounded like a speaker in a sock in a coal mine). Actually, it was quite interesting looking at the specs of all the pre-regs - surprised by the option lists/combination of options. In particular, many of them had the 7 seats and I don't think we saw a single comfort/comfort plus (though I may be misremembering). But we couldn't seem to get the tech pack without the sunroof. I did wonder if that was deliberate.
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    off to pastures new

    iD7 I went for the X5 as well and much prefer the iD7 look, but of course it's all personal preference. I wish I could configure the dash a bit more in particular. I rarely use the touchscreen but have more issue with the gesture control - a bit too gimmicy and glitchy for me currently. Panoramic sunroof. We bought a pre-reg and we ended up with the roof as a bit of compromise to get the other things we wanted at the price we wanted. Having lived with it, I'm still not sure it's worth the price (£2,440!), but it us rather nice, particularly at night as it's lit up with lots of little dots in the same ambient colour as the rest of the car. Unlimited budget, I'd get it again, just where it's in the pecking order of real life budgets!
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    Cruise Control in Eco Pro Mode

    No. As far as I can tell its not related to inclines at all - happens on pretty flat sections too.. If anything, the car has a sense of humour - it waits till I pull out to overtake....
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    Cruise Control in Eco Pro Mode

    Yeah - drives me nuts (we discussed this a few years ago). I don't mind the principle, just wished it was a little smarter/more configurable. I ended up turning it off.
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    Broadly right, or rather, broadly my thinking. For me, I did some rough calcs of cost of ownership over a 10 year period, based on my old car vs a fixed sum each month. Man Maths* warning - not saying this is the right way, but how I figured it! Nothing wrong with keeping a car, but I think the longer you keep it, the more it makes sense to keep it unless you know what you're doing - particularly till it starts getting too expensive to keep. Our little car is 10 years old and has had virtually nothing done to it and I expect to keep for another 5 at least. 2nd car hit 10 yrs, 120k and almost overnight started getting (expensive) problems. The calc The first is "lumpy" - big sum up front, smaller but growing lumps towards the end as you have to start doing more repairs. I included cost of having to borrow and pay off the lump in the first place and the cost of AA each year etc. The difference between them is the new car "premium" - I divided the sum by 10 years to see what that was per month/day. * Man Maths - the ability to make any calculation show why your shiny new toy is practically giving itself away to you
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    Ride, Noise, RoF Tyres And All That Stuff

    And mine were still on their original after 27k. I would say it's the quietest car I've ever owned - this does seem to suggest that something is wrong with the tyre set-up..?
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    Holy cow! Unless he was getting really, really good discounts, it's a "good news! story that makes the buyer look stupid, and the dealer pretty darn tight! I wonder what commission that he was responsible for over that period...?!
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    Bye bye G30

    Mine is a similar spec, though I didn't get the Lie Cockpit Does it tell you, don't worry, you're not really going that fast? (Which is stupid easy to do in it - it's a bit of a beast) Auto boot - as in waggling your foot underneath...? I think I must have just missed the cutoff for the MY as I don't have that or the dashcam...I think. I keep finding things that I have that aren't listed anywhere!
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    This is pretty much what I did, with almost exactly the same cars! Am I really sjak92 and I don't realise it?! If you're looking at the true cost of ownership, I think another (small) factor in this is what happens in the time of ownership. While I had the G30 I only did one service - no tyres, no MOT, etc. If I'd held on till 4 years rather 2.5, I'd be adding on (guessing) another 2k at least. While I think there are lots of wrong answers, I don't think there is one right answer. It depends on your circumstance, current interest rates, etc Key is understanding what you intend to do and what that means for the various options. Says The Ministry for Stating The Obvious