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

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    Tyres prevent wheel scuffing

    I've got a late 2018 5 Series G30 with 19" wheels and it appears that the tyres cleverly overhang the wheels a bit - so that it's less likely I'll scuff the alloys. Is this a new thing and all of the latest models? I say good.
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    Yes, but they can catch you unawares sometimes - especially when there is a variable limit on a motorway. Would also be good in towns you are not familiar with Mr Er.
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    This couldn't actually happen, could it?

    I've often thought it would be handy to be able to press a button to keep me automatically to the speed limits. Would save me from any accidental penalty points and on motorwork road works (although it'd have to be mighty techno to be able to do the last bit). However, I wouldn't want it imposed on me.
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    Help - A cyclist broke my wing mirror (deliberately)

    There has been a happy ending to this saga. I took the car to BMW who said £252 for the repair, comprising a new mirror cover, painting it and labour .... IF.... they didn't find any more issues and they couldn't rule out a whole new mirror. I took it to a local paint shop who said, nothing wrong with the mirror whole mechanism or cover, just need to take and and refit and replace the separately-available repeater unit. £37.50 plus VAT plus labour = £100. They did it this morning, checked it as all perfect and just picked it up and I even noticed as I was driving away that they had topped up my washer fluid bottle. Outstanding! As for cycling thug. I waited for him a the pinch point on the path on Monday like I said and while exchanging words (including some death threats he didn't attempt to follow through on) I padlocked his bike through the frame to the railings with my old motorcycle chain lock that's been in the garage unused for 15 years. Tough old thing that won't bolt crop. He went all Rumplestiltskin, yelled and then cried. He can keep the lock - but he'll need an angle grinder with a power supply. I checked while driving past in this morning. It's still there as of midday Wednesday (today) minus the wheels, saddle and handlebars. I hope it wasn't him who removed them. Possibly worth £100 and 20 minutes of my time.
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    Help - A cyclist broke my wing mirror (deliberately)

    Just had a quote from supplying dealer. £74 for part, £45 to paint plus whatever they charge to fit. I reckon maybe £90 for that. Can't fit it myself. Can't even wire a plug and don't want to compromise the car. I will get it done properly, as obviously, having shelled £60K out on a top spec car, I can afford £200 odd to fix it occasionally. I won't go through my insurance. I don't have a dashcam fitted at present. I was fleetingly tempted to extract revenge on him - and with reference to Gonzo and Pidgeonpost above - I am a big guy and I can sort someone out if I want. However, I am also a pragmatist. It's not worth my bother getting down to the level of a scumbag. Who knows, even in leafy Hampshire, someone may carry a knife - and then there's the plod to think about. It's not worth risking a change to my, in most ways, pleasant existence to go down the rogue route. No. I will wait for him tomorrow. I turned the car, shouted and told him to stop and he didn't. But, I did see that his route is riding down the pavement and then going through the park. Tomorrow, I will be waiting for him at the pinch point before the park and video the meeting telling him he damaged my car. If he admits it - then I'll go the the plod which is next door to my office. All in all, life like that. Couldv'e been worse.
  6. Grrrrrrr! Had a confrontation with a cyclist this morning. He tried to squeeze past me in an impossible space, got upset that I didn't get out of the way ...... and he slapped my wing mirror. Just minor damage. Mirror functions all fine bit the indicator light bit is broken. It's the latest 2018 G30 model. Can any one tell me where I can get a replacement cover (UK driver side) and how / who would fit this and how much?
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    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.
  8. 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.