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  1. BacktoBeemer

    Time to Change the Company Car

    I'd welcome thoughts. Having previously owned a 335i M Sport Coupe (E90) and prior to that a 525i Touring (E61), three years ago, I switched to Audi (the other Bavarian Motor Manufacturer) and went for the S5 Sportsback Black Edition, with a few upgrades. It has served me well running all over the UK and when I hand it back in a few months time it will have clocked 100k plus miles in just about three years. There are two cars in the running as replacements. Another S5, a safe option that isn't going to let me down or a 540i M Sport Saloon (G30) which isn't quite as quick but has a lot more room and appears to benefit from technology that has moved forward significantly in the last three years. If it is to be the 540i (and I'm more and more inclined in that direction as each day passes) then are then any real 'must have' options? Driving Assistant Plus Parking Assistant Plus Electronic Damper Control Harman & Kardon Sound System These options totalling circa £5k have all been 'recommended' by my local 'friendly' BMW dealer. That said, I get the EDC and equally love a variety of music, the basic BMW system in the 335i didn't match the B&O system in the Audi, but there is a limit and £3.7k on a sound upgrade if you go top of the range seems a little over the top. Having read a number of threads on here it is pretty difficult to gauge the manufacturing lead-time, the fore mention 'friendly' dealer suggested twelve weeks from point of order, that looks conservative relative to some experiences. So any thoughts or observations on the above, particularly the extras and lead time would be welcome and in return if it is to be the BMW I promise to keep you all posted with updates as the journey progresses to the exciting day of delivery and probably beyond.