BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Mjpbmw » 04 Jun 2016, 20:33

Anyone ever used ramp it up? Looks like there are a few round the country. Tempted to hire a ramp and a mechanic for an hour. Change the vital fluids, give it a good once over and get acquainted with my new car.

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Post by theguvnor » 04 Jun 2016, 20:43

Not a problem!

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Mjpbmw » 12 Nov 2016, 14:10

Hi all. An update on bmw ownership. Had it nearly six months now. Runs really good. 26mpg average but 30+ on a run which I though was ok. Love the feeling of burying the loud peddle and get it above 3000rpm and it goes like stink.

Bought it as a tow car really but not towed anything yet. Any thoughts on which gearbox setting for towing? Does it matter? I'm thinking it would hold a few more revs and provide a bit more engine breaking in sport. Any opinions?

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by M60NJP » 12 Nov 2016, 15:31

Glad it's going well! MPG is pretty decent overall. I've never towed much but always left autos in 'normal' D seting and let the 'box sort out the ratios. There's enough grunt in the x28 engine so as not to worry........depending what you're towing!!

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Discostew38 » 13 Nov 2016, 16:34

Mjpbmw wrote:
Bought it as a tow car really but not towed anything yet. Any thoughts on which gearbox setting for towing? Does it matter? I'm thinking it would hold a few more revs and provide a bit more engine breaking in sport. Any opinions?
I had a E39 530i and I towed a caravan with it
You don't need to worry about playing with gearbox setting just leave it in D and that's it
I used to get 27mpg day to day but that drops to 17mpg dragging the caravan
Life's to short to be driving boring cars
It's all about the old school

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Mjpbmw » 08 May 2018, 22:46

Hi all.

So 2 years later and unfortunately my first bemmer is about done. The dreaded rot has got to the rear end. Got a puncture and went to jack it up but jacking point more or less gave way. Turned out tyres were gone on inside edge and suspect suspension geometry is out, probably from when it was repaired before. Sad because everything else is good. Even air conditioning is ice cold.

Going to stick it on ebay and see if anyone is up for the challenge.

Question is what do I buy now. Test drove a 2015 530d on the weekend. Awesome bit expensive. Deal breaker was trying to negotiate towbar install. He estimated £2000 for genuine item cause it comes with upgraded fan which is clearly overkill. Trouble is fitting an aftermarket one 'may invalidate the warranty'.

Seen a 2011 520d with 150k miles that looks nice for 6650. What you think of those miles?

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by M60NJP » 09 May 2018, 07:16

I'm biased against diesels and wonder oif their residuals will crash further over the next couple of years.

150k is OK if the service history is solid and the price is right, but even then some parts will simply wear-out so allow for (e.g.) shock absorbers etc?

I think the tow bar is a bu.llsit tale - check out Witter for the kit and they have a network of installers.

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Mjpbmw » 05 Jul 2018, 22:45

Hi all.

So now a second time BMW owner. F11 520d luxury 2013. Nice car. Lots of gadgets! I don't consider myself a technophobe but has taken a bit of working out. 42mpg so far which is impressive. Not a patch on a 6 pot petrol and all things considered I would rather have the old banger if it hadn't fallen apart. The figures suggest it has equivalent performance but just doesn't have the same satisfyingly delivery. The near catastrophic failure or the old one compelled me to buy a decent car though.

Do they still sell 6 cylinder petrol models? I guess they are all now turbo charged which is nice but lack that instant and progressive response.

Looked at a few e39s but quite expensive for an older car. Modern classic? Just make sure you check thoroughly for rot!

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Re: BMW First Timer - now I see what the fuss is about!

Post by Alan Gunn » 06 Jul 2018, 06:56

Whatever you get you should get 6 pot's the 4 pot's just don't work/sound right.
Lesson for your next purchase.

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