Sorry Matthew for taking so long to reply to your question, it has been some time since I looked at the forum and I am now catching up with some free time whilst on holiday.
On the seat front I have found a comfortable setting after a lot fiddling and that’s a great step forward so my drive to southern France was very comfortable a week ago.
Really enjoying the car, refinement is it’s strongest feature for me. No other niggles of consequence, I agree with a number of other who have posted observations but in truth most don’t distract from the overall enjoyment.
The change to BMW after so long with Mercedes was to enjoy a change of brand and a BMW straight six. However BMW are not strangers to me. I grew up with my father having a number of BMWs, E3 2800, E28 M535i, E34 540i, then a whole series of 3 series saloons and coupes to his present E93 325i which he uses daily in his 87th year.
Additionally the BMW dealer gave me £3000 more in part exchange than my Mercedes dealer of 12 years for my E63 against a new E63. So after a lot of discussion with them and then as a matter of principle I was on my way to a BMW dealership. This started disastrously as I was completely ignored in Cooper Croydon for 45 minutes despite the receptionist best efforts to extract a salesperson from their glazed bunkers. I left without speaking to anyone.
Next day I was at Specialist Cars of Tring to see a M5 demonstrator they had for sale. However the journey from my home to Tring should take just over an hour. Two hours and a bit later and 10 miles short of the garage I pulled off the M25 with a totally different view on the car I wanted to change to. Was a near on 600 BHP super saloon what I need in the real world? My rural commute is great fun but for all of 5 mins. I have had some truly astonishing times in the AMGs but in reality these were such a small part of the overall mileage accumulated. So head ruling heart and a very interesting piece in mind by respected motoring journalist Chris Harris M5 v E63 concluding the next models down in each range achieved 95% of the super saloons ability’s so making real world sense. This made me take a lot more interest in Specialist’s Dealer Principal’s generously specified 540i. An hour later we were completing the paperwork and I collected the car the next morning.
Blunt performance comparisons say the cars are quite away apart but as Harris concluded 95% of the time the 540i (and no doubt a 530d) are real world very close.
By the way very impressed with Specialist Cars who made me feel very welcome.