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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
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    GAP Insurance

    New car ordered, on it's way - wahoo! Should be here in a couple of weeks hopefully. Two things have changed - we're spending a fairish chunk more, and our new house is down unlit, narrow country lanes.... We wondered whether it was worth getting GAP insurance as we're paying on PCP. I obviously need to recheck what my insurance covers (Admiral), but any top tips or thoughts...?
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    It's also a bit of a game too if you're doing a trade in and leasing - which bits of the deal have scope for manouevre for them. Remember anything they buy is now a liability on their books till they sell it, plus there is the cashflow too. It's why I PCP - you're effectively only financing the depreciation anyway. So my trade in was only little more but then I got a very healthy discount on the new car, and then a reduction on the PCP. Could someone else have done better? Absolutely. Did I achieve and exceed and my ingoing target? Absolutely, so I'm happy.
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    Help choosing a G30

    No, you haven't misunderstood, nor do I disagree. You just haven't read what I said johnyboy said earlier " I tried all manner of permutations when I was spec'ing my 5 series, not one of them resulted in the reduction to the monthly cost. " But monthly cost is directly related to the GFV as you're financing the depreciation. That implied all options are created equal (ie it's just about cost, not value) which doesn't seem right to me. I was being curious as to whether we could calculate which options had/held the most value, as the op believes a lower spec will shift faster and be better "value". Given enough data points, we could probably come up with some crude guesses.
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    Help choosing a G30

    Unless you're getting the options for free, I would have thought they will make a difference in the monthlies - somebody somewhere is having to pay for them. Crudely, every £1,000 adds £25pm. But agreed, choosing different option combinations that totaled the same price didn't seem to make a material difference on the GFV. Note though that GFV isn't necessarily what the car is worth, just what it is worth to the dealer/BMW, balanced with incentivising you to stay in brand by making sure you have a little equity in the car. I guess, logically, we should be able to prove this one way or another - find two cars of the same age, pcp length etc, one highly specced, one lowly specced, and compare the GMF from the finance agreements. One other thought - who sets the GMV? The dealer, BMW or BMW finance...?
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    G32 First Service

    I picked up the new car yesterday - . I asked about the service pack, and they said BMW is dropping it in it's current form, which is why it's not on the website anymore. I saw the email announcement briefly, but didn't get chance to read it properly, but it looks like it'll be removed from the next run of price lists as well. Instead, they're being told to "push" the pay monthly option. It'll be curious how many go for this - an X5 is £35 per month for three years is £1,260. The salesman said "...and that's why we didn't mention it to you."
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    G32 First Service

    Many thanks. I think it'd make sense for me. Just struggling to find anything about it on any dealers pages, let alone a price. Found it on the price list. Bugger - something I could have negotiated on!
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    G32 First Service

    Curious. A service pack has never been mentioned, in any of my discussions. I'm picking up the new car tomorrow so will ask as plan to likely keep it pretty much the full 4 years. Looking on the BMW website, I see "Value Servicing" and Fast Lane" but no prices. I assume the former is what is being referred to as service pack...? The dealers website is down currently.
  19. Interesting! To be fair, I think it does look better in real-life - I also chose a pic to show how different it was. I found it more flexible than the current as you can configure it, clearer to read and provided far more information at a glance. I guess (I'll find out next week) than you can probably get it to emulate the old style to an extent.
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    GAP Insurance

    Many thanks guys! @BobaYes, I believe I'll get a new car, just checking exactly what that means. It looks to be 1st year only, but its not clear whether it's exactly the same. We struck a good deal and got better spec'd car than we'd initially gone in for - don't want to stuck with a lower spec car for 3, 4 years while paying for a higher one! @sjak92 Thanks. That was my thinking - a big sum and on a 4 year plan means there will be a sizeable gap in yrs 2 & 3 at least. Thanks for the suggestions where to look! "New baby" Ok. Confession time More new baby elephant. Ended up ordering a G05 which is approximately the size of Wales! An expensive weekend - after a flight delay, we ended getting 4 hours sleep. Then got up and had bought the G05 and a house by lunchtime!
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    Things I hate about my 5 series

    If we're listing our Please Improve This BMW In The Next Update, mine would include the following. As someone said, far from unhappy with my experience - more that some of these are so simple to have got right initially, just makes me grumpy that they didn't! 1) Bluetooth/audio. I just don't understand how this is so pants considering it's not exactly new technology?! 2) Aircon. Never gets really cold, and never seems to be quite right 3) OTA Map Updates. It's managed it once in two years... 4) The app. It just seems to lose more functionality everytime I use it. Now it only says I have a car, and 32 litres in the tank 5) The app. Not a typo - same thing, different issue. Do occasionally use it to send a direction to the car. But when I do, it wants me to go the same destination every journey for the next few weeks and no way of stopping it 6) Not being able to set my default mode ie eco pro 7) Responsiveness of swapping driving modes.
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    530e hybrid - long trip no plug in - how to do it?

    The X5 hybrid will be the most expensive petrol and only the M50D is more expensive in the current UK range. Definitely need to do sums!
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    530e hybrid - long trip no plug in - how to do it?

    The argument there is that the generation centrally is more efficient, when you factor in the enviro cost of also distributing the fuel to stations etc My mpg varies on a 50 mile plus trip between 44 and 56mpg, depending on weather, conditions and speed
  24. Another +1 for the HUD though note (unless it's changed) the speed limit info is only shown if you but an additional (quite expensive) package.
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    530e hybrid - long trip no plug in - how to do it?

    Thanks guys. That's what I'm trying to figure. OH's commute is c12 miles one way. However, I don't think that there is a charging point at the other end. If she could do round trip on a charge, then perhaps it stacks up. I'd need to do a spreadsheet to do the math properly though
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