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    G30 hybrid 2018, Z3 2.8 E36 1997, F55 1.5 2016

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  1. TheDarkLord

    G30 petrol or diesel

    530e hybrid. It's a no brainer. I commute 42 miles and then another 42 miles back at night. Town driving with approximately 30 mile motorway bit in the middle. I average just over 70 mpg. However, when you want to go for it - the hybrid is quick - especially at low speeds and off the line. I suspect the 0-30 time of the hybrid is faster than others. That's not the only benefit. It's whisper quiet when on electric - which is about 50% of the commute. That adds to the quality limo thing. You won't be legislated or priced off the road as you might soon be in a diesel - and you'll feel as if you're doing your bit for cutting pollution. ALL of my in town stuff is electric, which must be of benefit to children and all pedestrians around.
  2. I see that the hybrid version has an uprated battery which they claim can travel 36 miles on electric power alone - 28% more than the previously claimed 28 miles. I mean that 28 really means 20 so the 36 might really mean 26. Still, a useful amount more. But could I really put up with that grill. Chris Bangle isn't still around is he?
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    Real world mpg and range

    Got this on my 42 mile trip home. Twelve miles of town and the rest motorway or fast dual carriageway. Hit a bit of traffic in two or three places. Had a full charge (it said 21 miles) at the start. This is a record. I average high 60s.
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    Just ordered, now the long wait!

    The standard leather that I have is very comfortable. Way better than my previous 1,3, and 4 Series seats.
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    That funny third key

    I ordered the display key option with my new (Oct 18) 530e. That mean I got 1 x display key, 1 x normal key and third key ..... which is just a metal key. Sort of an emergency thing I guess. Is there anything I can do to convert this to a 2nd "normal key" with a casing and push buttons and the like.
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    PHEV not being used as intended!

    I have a 41 to 45 mile one way commute - depending on which route I take. The first 6 or 7 miles and the last 5 miles are through town. The bit in between is fast dual carriageway and the M27 motorway. I leave the car in Auto eDrive, apart from a bit where I go up a hill for a mile in the middle of the trip. I put it in Max eDrive temporarily for that mile. I start out with about 20 miles of electric charge and end up with about 10 left in reserve while going along the motorway. So, when I am 10 miles out from my destination - I switch to Max eDrive and do the last bit fully electric. And you can see the figures I get. That's a good day listed above. I average 70 mpg - but can sometimes get low 60s mpg. In normal driving, you can't really tell the difference in power between eDrive of any kind and petrol power. I think - although I'll need to check this - that I have to deduct some mpg from the above as I do pay about £1.25 from the electricity charge for each trip. I could probably go about 8 miles on that amount of fuel. So I have to deduct 8 mpg from the figures each time. But still good I say and I'm not emitting pollutants in town either at the start or end of the journey.
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    PHEV not being used as intended!

    Meantime, when people like me DO use them properly .....
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    What tyres for a Z4 28i 2014

    Hi My other car is a Z4 28i M Sport with 18 inch tyres. It's done 38K miles, 10K of which have been in my ownership, and needs a new set of tyres. I'm guessing the present set, Bridgestone Potenza run flats are the second set to be on there. Anyone know what the originals would have been? And would they have been run flats originally?
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    The 7 Series then...

    I had back to back test drives with a 5 Series and a 7 Series ...... and decided that the 7 Series wasn't sufficiently different to warrant the extra £20K outlay. It was also a bit long. My new 530e is a bit long for my driveway and overhangs most public parking parking spaces. The 7 would have been a step too far. The 7 is a great car, but I'd only recommend a 7 series if you spend a lot of time in the back of it being driven around by someone. Don't underestimate the 5 series. It really is a huge step forward from a 3, 4 or the previous version of the 5 series.
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    Can't fit dash cam to 530e hybrid

    I think he was talking to me. But I'm not listening.
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    Can't fit dash cam to 530e hybrid

    Indeed. I was offered a BlackVue DR590W-2CH - which is a front and rear device which they would add some other power supply. They knew how to fit that one. That'd be £319 inc VAT all in. I'm having a look at that and might to do it. However, I guess I might be able to go back with some of the advice above and get things in action. It's not something to get wound up about. I'm not so hung up on the price. If the BlackVue appears to get good reviews and would do the front and back job, then I'd be happy with it.
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    Can't fit dash cam to 530e hybrid

    I have blocked your man there. You get lots of helpful hints from on forums like this - but you do, for some reason, get people who wish to snipe at you just for asking a question. Maybe it makes him feel powerful? Who knows or cares. And yes. Thank you, you are quite right. I work 12 hours a day and don't have the time - or skill - to fit a dash cam. £30 is a no brainer for me.
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    Can't fit dash cam to 530e hybrid

    Thank you for the tip. Although the mind boggles why you don't understand that Halfords ........ a £1.1 billion turnover nationwide company ....... uses a team of dedicated electrical fitters experienced in fitting accessories rather than shop assistants to fit things. Maybe the clue is in your subtitle? I'm guessing the guy hasn't come across this generation of car before or the fitter is a less experienced chap. We all have to start somewhere.
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    Can't fit dash cam to 530e hybrid

    Hi Can anyone help or suggest a solution please? I tried to get the old NextBase dash cam from my previous car fitted to my new G30 530e hybrid. Halfords - who supplied and fitted the original - quoted 1/2 an hour and £30 for the task - basically running a cable from the fusebox in the boot up to the rear view mirror to plug into the cam. That would turn the camera on when the ignition was on and off when the ignition was switched off. However, they couldn't do it. He said they couldn't find a live fuse - whatever that means. Is there always an issue with G30s in general with this? is it an issue with hybrids? Or are they not doing it right? Any help would be appreciated.
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    530e Performance without electric

    Well - I have a commute of 82 miles (41 miles there plus 41 miles back). I can charge at both ends. 5 miles town at start, 31 miles motorway in the middle, 4 miles town at the end. That's not short/town driving. It works for me. I regularly get 65 to 70 mpg ....... and it is as smooth and as quiet as can be.