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  1. Thanks for that. I've had a few cars riding on 19inch low profiles and I think maybe the local roads around here would be uncomfortable. Nothing ruled out yet, as the only 5 series I have ever been in is my brothers one. It's a 6 cyl, probably 535 ? but it's a 2007 I think, so might be a bit different!!
  2. This is a really helpful forum. The Citroen one is also excellent for advice and friendly banter. Before almost settling for a BMW, I had toyed with the idea of a Jag XF, then I took a fancy to a VW CC. I took a test drive and it was really nice, with three suspension modes and a decent spec. I was nearly convinced, until I joined a VW forum, to do just what I'm doing here. I posted much the same questions regarding the CC and the first response I got was from an administrator who bluntly told me I had posted in the technical section before introducing myself as a newbie. He then went on to ask what I was doing on a VW forum when I owned a Citroen! I guess he didn't bother to read my post before sounding off. That more or less decided me that I would be looking at another brand. After one post, I have been made to feel welcome, given some very good advice and also told how to post the request for advice in this section after starting in the Newbie section. This is obviously a forum with a better class of membership with helpful suggestions rather than bitter moaning. Thanks for allowing me aboard.
  3. Good to know the 5 has owners with taste in football teams! On the way home today, I stopped at a garage and had a seat in a C Class merc estate (Just for comparison purposes!) It was 'orrible. Theseats were hard, the handbrake was foot operated and the cabin didn't look premium at all. The salesman said the C Class is the competition for the 3 series ,but not for me. Still waiting for a try of the 5 series.
  4. That's really not any more expensive than my Citroen. I would have expected most BMW work to be quite a bit more.
  5. Interesting that you got rid of the Run Flats. Does that affect the tyre monitoring system? Does the system need to be recalibrated. Mine are valve and wheel specific . I've had two Hondas. One Accord and one Honda Shadow motorbike.
  6. Thanks. Another positive one. I had a rover 75 where the ECU sat in the void space uder the wipers and if both drains got blocked it got drowned. Definitely something to watch out for, cheers.
  7. Cheers Johnny. Yes, that's true, but for once in my entire car buying life (think I'm close to 30 so far!) ( cars, not years)I actually trust the garage I'm dealing with. To be honest, I haven't really had too many bad experiences ,and always seem to have managed to get things done without much hassle. The DS 5 had an oil leak that I noticed on the drive after a couple of days ownership. The DS5 had a crankcase seal leaking after a couple of days ownership and the warranty paid out no problem. Took three days and a few hundred quid for the job! I had a 4 Year warranty with my C5 and had five expensive fixes for free. If the worst comes to the worst, i'll borrow money from the wife to pay!
  8. Thanks for that. I can't abide Nav with European postcode ability. The boss is in charge of maps and she insists on postcode search, after we have had to update our last two Citroens. Can't get the VIN yet but I'll try the nav when I get my hands on the car.
  9. All good stuff. The car I will be looking at next is a 2011 SE in Tasman green with 56,000 on the clock with a full Synter service history and a new MOT. Asking price is a little higher than some but as always, a better trade in price on my Citroen. Swings and roundabouts. 3 Months RAC warranty and a years RAC roadside (£45?) . All their cars are well presented, including alloy refurb if required. So far, the spec is sketchy. Full electric heated Oyster leather (with electric lumbar!), DAB radio, Professional Sat Nav and Reverse camera. Power fold mirrors, rear electric blind and I've just noticed that the 17" fully refurbished multi spoke alloys. I'm assuming that the sat nav will be the 5 digit postcode jobbie. I paid £140 to have the DS5 firmware upgraded to take 7 digits.
  10. Unfortunately, the 530 is way out of my budget! The DS5 has about the worst suspension I have ever suffered, and I go back to the days of the ford popular! Torsion bar and dampers that would be more suited to a tram! Citroens big car lost the Hydraulic suspension with the demise of the C5 model. There seems to be an awful lot of 520 BMW's on the road, surely they can't all have rattly timing chains? I'm still learning about these beasts but I'm willing to accept less than perfection at 8 years old. Seems to be a bit of a disaster on wheels though. Any good points. My brother has a 6 cyl job , but thats a 2008.
  11. Am I allowed on here without having a 5 series yet/ I'm dipping my ancient toe into the BMW waters and will be going to look at another 520d today. The last rear wheel drive car I had was a Jaguar S type so I suspect I've forgotten how to drive them. I don't need to get from a to b in the blink of an eye, but I need comfort. Currently I have a Citroen DS5, which is wonderful inside and out.....until you get to the suspension. Absolutely woeful, hence the search for something a little more forgiving that a horse and cart. Is there anything I should be aware of ? The car is a 2011 2.0l D SE. Haven't seen pictures yet, or spec, as it's arriving at the garage today sometime. I love all the bells and whistles but realise I'm probably going to have to compromise , as I'm never going to get the stuff that the DS5 has as standard. These 5 series look to be pretty well specced though, even the base model. Any advice on what to look out for and what to avoid will be much appreciated. Thanks
  12. qprdude

    So new I haven't got one yet

    Thanks for that.
  13. qprdude

    So new I haven't got one yet

    Am I allowed on here without having a 5 series yet/ I'm dipping my ancient toe into the BMW waters and will be going to look at another 520d today. The last rear wheel drive car I had was a Jaguar S type so I suspect I've forgotten how to drive them. I don't need to get from a to b in the blink of an eye, but I need comfort. Currently I have a Citroen DS5, which is wonderful inside and out.....until you get to the suspension. Absolutely woeful, hence the search for something a little more forgiving that a horse and cart. Is there anything I should be aware of ? The car is a 2011 2.0l D SE. Haven't seen pictures yet, or spec, as it's arriving at the garage today sometime. I love all the bells and whistles but realise I'm probably going to have to compromise , as I'm never going to get the stuff that the DS5 has as standard. These 5 series look to be pretty well specced though, even the base model. Any advice on what to look out for and what to avoid will be much appreciated. Thanks
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