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  1. Hi all, Noobie here. Great forum! After running an Audi A4 2.0 TDI Avant for 12 years from new, I've finally decided to take the plunge and upgrade to an F11 530d M Sport Touring I've read most of Cadwell Parker's recent potential purchase thread, which was very useful indeed. I'm looking for what I would call a really nice car that I can run for 5 years or more, ideally no more than 5 years old and with less than 40k miles on it. Use will mostly be longer runs on motorways and A-roads, a mixture of business and family trips. It'd be nice to buy AUC although I must admit I'm tempted by the higher spec I could achieve by buying outside of the BMW dealer network. I'm expecting the car will be a big upgrade over what I'm currently driving, so at the moment I'm thinking that the only essential would be the pro-nav, although HK sound would be nice. Pan roof and VDC would also be nice, although I've read one or two stories about these going wrong on older cars, so perhaps best to avoid? I've come across this one which is certainly the right kind of age and mileage and listed at £22,495 is just within the budget set by the boss ... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201902014521738 It's on 19 inch runflats, which I see from elsewhere on this and other forums have a bit of a reputation for being harsh (without VDC or Adaptive Drive). However, if most of my driving is motorways and A-roads is this likely to be an issue for me? To date I've only driven cars on 18 inch runflats (std M Sport suspension), but of course would testdrive over a range of road types before purchasing. The bigger issue for me is that this particular car was over 9k miles late for its initial service (at nearly 28k miles), despite it being covered by a 5-year / 50k mile service pack! I've seen the service record and as far as I can tell there's no mention of any additional maintenance being required as a result. I suppose the question is whether I should walk away now, or whether the initial service is so minor that this is not really an issue?? I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. At 31k miles the car is still covered by the service pack and would be covered by a 6-month warranty, but I don't want something like this to come back to haunt me in years to come! I also note that the car has an outstanding recall, presumably the recent ERG recall. Should I be concerned about that? Any comments or advice greatly appreciated!
  2. Is there any way to easily spot whether the leaking yellow grommet issue is present on a car or has been previously rectified? Obviously if the carpet is damp there's an issue somewhere but on a car which has been stored inside for some time any existing problem might not be immediately apparent. Also the current owner might have no idea about the issue and be unaware whether or not the fix had been done. Does this problem appear on all cars eventually and is it dependent on mileage, the age of the car or is it more random? I'm going to have a look at a couple of cars this afternoon so I'd appreciate any pointers on what to look for to spot a repair. CP
  3. There seem to be far more M Sports around than SEs just now so I'm reconsidering my options, subject to test drive. As long as it has 18 inch wheels and the suspension is not rock hard I might compromise. I've seen this car advertised on BMWAUC. It seems to be rather lacking in tasty options but is relatively low mileage so might make a sensible purchase from a reliability point of view and also be easier to sell on in three years with another 50000 miles on the clock. What do you all reckon? If I could get it for £16000 with two years comprehensive warranty would that be a reasonably good deal? CP
  4. Hello all, I've been in the market for a 5GT for quite a while now (only car me and my wife agree on for her bad back). I've got a list of a few constraints from her about age/milage (LCI, 80kish or less, within 100 miles of Newcastle and max £15k) and the best of the bunch is apparenrly this: https://www.dacemotorgroup.co.uk/used-bmw-5-series-gran-turismo-stockport-cheshire-1645990 https://www.mdecoder.com/decode/d287427 I've reserved it and planning to drive down on Wednesday. Originally I was thrilled there was one within our constraints (as apparently living in the NE means almost every car here is overpriced) however on doing some research into what the car comes with and it's pretty barebones. It's also been at the dealer for a while (approx 6 months), but has just been to BMW for the egr done so I don't have to worry about that. My main questions are: 1) With it being so bare will there be features I can't easily add that will be missed? (Complex things like adaptive headlights etc) 2) Is it really worth what they are asking? 3) Am I kidding myself that I need a 30/35 or would the 20 be enough if it came with more jazz? Any and all thoughts or advice appreciated before Thursday, Alex