Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Feedback


About qprdude

  • Rank
  • Birthday 05/05/1951

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Cars, Bowling, Golf, holidays.
  • Occupation
    Retired oil engineer. Formerly onshore.Latterly lubricant engineer


  • Garage
    Renault Clio sport, Citroen DS5, soon to be replaced by a 520 SE BMW

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. qprdude

    F10 vibration

    On a recent trip, I felt a vibration in the car between 70 and 80 mph. Under 70 was OK, and over 80 wasn't so bad. I didn't feel it through the steering, just through the seats. There are two new cheapo tyres fitted to the front, and I don't think they are runflats. I'd never heard of Aptany!. The rears are runflats and reasonably new. Any clues?
  2. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Ok cheers. I've reset the favourites, thanks for the info
  3. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    I'm off to try it now
  4. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Android for me. Haven't got a Apple device in the house
  5. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Yes, I'vr done that Matthew thanks. Not a huge list of option but I had read somewhere that they didn't have some stuff available but obviously not such aknowledgeable forum as this one. If I read the manual on the connect drive a thousand times, I'll never understand it all. I have one minor problem, in that the last owner left his favourite phone numbers (clever (silly) boy) on the car and by pressing the buttons (market radio) I start calling (1)his home (2) his work (3) His docyor (4) His son, etc. I can't find a way to delete them.
  6. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Yes. Love the sparkly black trim on the dash too. It has a couple of extras that I didn't expect although it's only SE spec.
  7. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Finally got myself a BMW. I paid £1148 to have the DS5 Sat Nav repaired before P/X so was glad to get rid. Picked up the 5 series, loaded up our ready packed luggage and set off for a little trip. Aberdeen and back in the first week, so a 1400 mile test drive. SWMBO spent most of the journey from Surrey to Penrith reading the owners manual and educating me on what I've got. Very comfortable and efficient MPG was around 52, so a good 10 MPG better than the DS5. Arrived at Penrith for an overnight stop at 9 pm, after leaving Surrey at 3.20 and suffering some very heavy traffic and even heavier rain. Everything worked as it should and there were no major surprises. We felt fresh after the first leg of the journey , and continued next day in perfect conditions. Very light traffic and an enjoyable 4 hours to Aberdeen. I have to say, I could have achieved a much better MPG but I wasn't hanging about. Love the car, Love the auto gear selector and the general comfort. Quiet and smooth all the way. Good on the twisty local bits too. So far, well pleased.
  8. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Yeah, my missus drives a little manual car and is hesitant about changing. She's never driven an auto but to be honest, I kind of agree with sticking with what you're comfortable with as you get older. I doubbt if I will ever own a manual again.
  9. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Cheers Matthew. Thats a surprise, because many drivers wouldn't consider an auto car. I suppose BMW know their customer base. I don't suppose I will ever progress to ownership of the new model.
  10. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Don't you worry. The amount of gears isn't the most important thing, as long as they work. I don't suppose all test drives can define every single thing, especially if you are driving a marque for the first time. I had different priorities I just like to know what these beasts have. Basically, my current car shows what gear your box is in, whether in auto or manual. It never entered my head that it would only show( or where) in manual mode. That's kind is why I joined this wonderful font of knowledge. I'm a bit too old for a lecture on car buying ,thanks all the same.
  11. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Yes, and " well respected" experts too! Magazines you would think would have more integrity!
  12. qprdude

    Auto box on MY 2011 520d

    Thanks for that. Amazing how so many motoring " experts" say, " Available with a six speed manual or six speed semi automatic gearbox". Seems like all these " experts" spout some rubbish. As usual, owners forum is the place to come for correct info.
  13. I can't seem to get a definitive answer as to how many gears are in the auto box. Can anyone enlighten me? Cheers.
  14. qprdude

    Info on tyres.

    It's not.
  15. qprdude

    Info on tyres.

    So if I fit non run flats to the front wheels, I need to ensure that the same valves are fitted on the same corners?( if TPMS). Not sure what system is on the car as it's not mentioned in the options by a vin nimber search. It's a 2011 model so I suspect no TPMS, just TPWS.