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oldjohnny last won the day on January 31

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About oldjohnny

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  • Birthday 03/11/1946

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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. oldjohnny

    Idrive gone funny.

    I only wish the sat nav would respond to a good slap as well. Tried all the usual cleaning methods but 'Cannot read disc' message due I believe to the laser being Donald Ducked. Not a big deal at my age as I have a fair idea where i'm going now.
  2. oldjohnny

    Idrive gone funny.

    Many thanks for your kind offer Marko. I have since been speaking to the previous owner, (a pal) and mentioned this to him. "No worries" he informed me, and issued precise instructions how to fix it, as in a quick slap on the top of the dash! All working again for the moment anyhow but thanks again. Appreciate that.
  3. oldjohnny

    Idrive gone funny.

    Today my Idrive suddenly looks like an old tv when the aerial signal was bad. The graphics are swaying from side to side as in wavy lines. Radio etc all working except the sat nav which lay down a year ago. It's a pre LCI 530d so Is it goodnight from him, or can it be reset?
  4. oldjohnny

    Silverstone Auction

    Cheers. Really enjoyed this especially the last sequence of BMWs. Off to bed now to dream of a lottery win. Any idea how to watch the auction live?
  5. oldjohnny

    Do you let your better half drive your BMW? :)

    Mainly the same from me as the various comments above. We are lucky to be short of potholes in our area but the amount of ramps, or sleeping policemen as they are politely called seem to grow every day. Apart from the main roads there is hardly a street devoid of these bloody things. Completely irrelevant to 'her indoors' of course who goes over them as if they are invisible. Both our cars needed front suspension work this year as she uses both but any comment goes up in the cloud with all the other google wisdom. However, I continue to study via my Open University course on the after effects of pints of Guiness on the elderly and rely on her for the transportation from my local to the home abode so I can't have one without the orher. (Or I will do when they open again).
  6. oldjohnny

    No torque wrench needed.

    I wonder could I use mine as a PILE driver?
  7. oldjohnny

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    Thanks to everyone for the posts and comments on the V8. I will never know with this one as it was gone before I could even get to see it. I do, however feel this is not the end of the story.
  8. oldjohnny

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    Thanks for the comments DennisCooper. I must admit that had I been aware, (before buying) of the many and varied problems associated with my old E60 530d I wouldn't have touched it at all. Yes, I have spent more than usual over the past few years and don't regret any of it. The return has been a big saloon a cut above the rest so the 645 V8 may yet get further consideration. You only live once, and not for much longer if something other than draught Dettol isn't discovered shortly.
  9. oldjohnny

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    Many thanks. My reason for contemplating the V8 came about following a request from a friend (who deals a bit) to go with him to collect and drive back a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8. It refueled my desire to listen to this gurgle for ever when driving anywhere. As you say, everyone should have or drive one before they leave the planet.
  10. oldjohnny

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    OOOPS! Just phoned a friend of a friend who works in a main BMW garage. His description of this model was as follows. "Your two happiest days of ownership with the 645 will be the day you buy it and the day you get rid of it". Very susceptible to electrical woes and generally troublesome, so that's the end of that methinks.
  11. oldjohnny

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    Anyone have any experience of one of these beasties? 2005 with 120K and full history. Probably lucky to get over 20mpg from the 4.4lt V8 petrol but as I don't do a lot of mileage nowdays I am sorely tempted. Reckon about the £3000 mark to get it less the trade in on my 2003 530d.
  12. oldjohnny

    Tailgating, is it just me?

    In my early thirties, (disgracefully of course) I found myself being tailgated by a young cub and his passenger, driving what was probably his first set of wheels, namely a mini. Wheel spats, spotlights, ariels everywhere etc. On this rural road I was subject to flashing lights, horn blasting and the two fingers out the window. I was driving an old VW pick up and suddenly had to hit the anchors to avoid a very large buffalo which came out of nowhere!!! The result, even for a low speed bump was of course the sudden deterioration of the mini with all the accessories scattered everywhere. I went around to find my aggressor standing with his hands on his head literally crying his eyes out. There was no physical damage. Never heard another word about it. Of course back then I was bereft of wrinkles and sagging muscles. If I tried that today I would no doubt have my coconut decorated by a machette.
  13. oldjohnny

    Tailgating, is it just me?

    If this old man can give you some advice, which I was given many moons ago regarding tailgaters, it is to just let them past. They are better in front of you as behind you.
  14. oldjohnny

    Oil Level.

    Computer says oil level ok. Dipstick only at top of the first mark. Action needed?
  15. oldjohnny

    BMW 7 series, Ugly!

    What's not to like? Just £70,000 plus and a 14 slice toaster in the front as standard.