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Back2Beemer last won the day on January 4 2018

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  1. Back2Beemer

    About to buy-carplay help

    I’ve not actually tried it, as I don’t feel I need CarPlay really - the only thing I use is Spotify, and I can get that through BMW apps without the need for CarPlay. I’d just assumed you must be able to if the option was there in the menu.
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    About to buy-carplay help

    hmmm - mine gives me the option to subscribe to it in my menus? I definitely don’t have any of the enhanced Bluetooth or anything.
  3. Back2Beemer

    About to buy-carplay help

    I have none of those options, and you can get CarPlay via BMW online services & just paying the subscription. Others have just had a it coded in.
  4. Back2Beemer

    G30 coding - North East?

    In that case, anyone near Carlisle / borders that can help??
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    New Ride

    Nice - what options does it have?
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    G30 coding - North East?

    Hi all, Is anyone based around the Newcastle / North East area that would be willing to code some bits for me in exchange for my eternal gratitude...and beer tokens! Looking at CarPlay and a couple of other bits. Thanks in advance.
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    520 Petrol Vs Diesel

    @sjak92 I’m pretty sure the B48 20i engine is identical to the 30i in terms of hardware, they’re just running different maps. In terms of refinement in the 5, the 20i is noticeably smoother and more refined than the 20d around town etc, but on the motorway at a cruise there’s no difference at all. Hope you’re enjoying the new X5 - my mate has just ordered one in pretty much your colour & spec. Looking forward to having a drive in it.
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    520 Petrol Vs Diesel

    That’s amazing economy for a petrol! The difference in refinement between the 20i and 20d was huge, although the 6cyl diesels are a lot smoother than the 4’s. I think the sweet spot in the range is probably the 530d, but I’d definitely consider a 30i if I wasn’t doing the mileage I do. It’s actually exactly the same unit as the 20i but in a higher state of tune.
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    520 Petrol Vs Diesel

    I couldn’t honestly say as I’ve just been around the doors in it & not done any longer journeys. I doubt it would get anywhere near my 520d which is easily in the high 50’s at a steady 80mph cruise. See no reason why it wouldn’t be into the 40’s on the same basis though - the long 8th gear massively helps with economy.
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    520 Petrol Vs Diesel

    So...my 520d has gone in today for a couple of bits of warranty work, and I have a courtesy car. Said courtesy car happens to be a 520i, albeit in M-sport trim rather than SE. Having not driven a 5 with the 20i engine before, I thought it was going to be a really interesting comparison, and I have to say I’d probably pick it over the diesel (if I wasn’t doing mental mileage). It’s smoother, quieter, just as quick - a real pleasant surprise! A couple of negatives - the ride with M-sport suspension and run flat tyres is noticeably more jiggly around town, but the car does feel nicer when pressing on, as in feels more planted. Also only having the standard sound system (mine has HK) made me realise its worth every penny of the £900 it costs - it sounds appalling in standard form. Mediterranean blue is also a lovely colour in the flesh!
  11. Back2Beemer

    Bye bye G30

    Very nice! Love Mineral White as a colour. Enjoy.
  12. Back2Beemer

    520 Petrol Vs Diesel

    Unless all you’re doing is ultra short journeys all of the time, then you should never have a DPF issue. You just need to ensure that once in a while the car is brought up to temperature and driven on a motorway for 15/20 mins. I’ve not driven a 520i, but driven a 2 series coupe with the same engine and it was good, however the 5 weighs a lot more, so you’d benefit a lot more from the significantly higher torque on the diesel in a bigger car.
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    ^^^ This. Dealers will often work to near zero margin on new cars, as they have targets set for the manufacturers where they’re paid a large bonus for hitting volumes. They will discount heavily and offer better finance rates than used. Sometimes people will take out finance on a brand new car to get the discounts, pick up the car and just pay it off! Used is only really the best option for cash buyers in my opinion, and your chances of getting big discounts from the window price, as dealers will make their biggest cash margin in used sales.
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    Depreciation in 12 months.

    @Jay Beach if all you’re bothered about is a bit more oomph, then consider a tuning box or remap? You get very healthy gains on the 20d engine from either. Of course there’s warranty & insurance to think about, the latter being only an admin fee when I had a tuning box on my last car.
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    Buying exlease 530e?

    Yeah I knew all about that - essentially Hybrid tech in exchange for Diesel engines. My apologies about the Prius comment, I actually hadn’t realised they ever did a PHEV version, mostly because of the fact I’d not be seen dead in one. Agree they’re BIK machines, or if you’re absolutely determined you want to be a city centre “no emissions” activist. I’ll stick with my Diesel.