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Time For Change

Postby highlander » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:16 pm

Hello all,

I've just posted an ad for my Coupe on the "For Sale/Wanted" section

I've had the pleasure of being the custodian of this beautiful and rewarding car since November 2010, so nearly 7 years - the longest I've owned any car. It's not always been plain sailing, but I've absolutely loved Coupe ownership. I loved having the 406 saloon before it, too.

Unfortunately I am starting to need a 4-door car again, and don't have the space or the means to keep the Coupe as a second car.

I'm picking up my 08-plated BMW 525i M-Sport tomorrow from a dealer in Glasgow. It's testament to the design and quality of the Coupe that I really, REALLY struggled to find a car I felt I could move to without "downgrading" in terms of the interior trim and kit list.

I plan on sticking around here and helping out as much as I can (I've learned a fair amount about the 406 saloon and 406 Coupe in the time I've owned them, but I'm no mechanic), so it's not really goodbye.

Maybe I'll fall back into Coupe ownership at some point in future - who knows?
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Re: Time For Change

Postby steve_earwig » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:45 am

What, you couldn't find a Volvo? :frown: It's a sad day but those of us not rolling about in piles of cash sometimes have to be sensible :(
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Re: Time For Change

Postby Doggy » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:38 pm

Sorry to see the coupe go, but I guess we all have to move on at some point.

Hope the Bimmer works out well for you.

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Re: Time For Change

Postby highlander » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:26 pm

Not sure I'm old enough to have a Volvo yet, Steve!

The BMW is actually an epic cruiser; I'm quite enjoying it already. It has some features the Coupe didn't have built-in (front and rear parking sensors, push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free), but lacks some that it did (the seats seem to be manually-adjusted, and don't have heating elements (not that mine ever worked anyway)). I actually think the seats in the Coupe have better quality leather, and as for how it looks - the Coupe would win that beauty contest, hands-down.

It's a big heavy bus but buggering hell does it know how to shift. It makes going fast seem rather effortless.

It also cost just shy of £4500, which is an awful lot of car for the money. Though the bork factor does have me a little concerned, I must admit... I may take out a warranty, if I can find one that isn't stupidly over-priced.
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Re: Time For Change

Postby Welly » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:03 am

highlander wrote:BMW 525i M-Sport


Here, you'll be needing one of these:

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Re: Time For Change

Postby highlander » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:28 am

It's surprisingly good on fuel, actually - probably to do with having a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The MPG gauge showed high 30s - 50+ on the cruise on the way back. Actually better than the Coupe in places.

I'll be keeping an eye on it as time goes on.

I nearly bought a 745i ...
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Re: Time For Change

Postby Welly » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:21 pm

I was only kidding really, I remember they compared the 530i to the 530d and they weren't that different to run overall.

I like the 5's and may* have eyed up 535d's from time to time after someone told me how shiftily they shift.

I've had my Volvo 8 years and a tiny voice in my head keeps suggesting I should change it.......especially on Sunday when my eggsauce repair* has failed and revealed a 50% crack around the tubing. Just spent £300 on 2 x tyres (which went on the back before Doggy chirps up).

My 2.5 pez seems to do 28mpg now it's over 90,000 miles it does better (or I don't drive it so hard).

You did well to avoid the 745, unless they're brand-new they seem to come with an awkward image....like the owner of a Romanian Car Wash with a 13 year old 750iL :|
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Re: Time For Change

Postby highlander » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:16 pm

Welly wrote:I like the 5's and may* have eyed up 535d's from time to time after someone told me how shiftily they shift.


The 6 cylinder petrol is butter-smooth, and the acceleration is very deceptive as the cabin noise deadening material is very good. Just apply a little pressure on the gas pedal, glance at the speedo and OH MY GOD I'M DOING 90 HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN

The only real disappointment I've had so far is that although the car supports hands-free calling via Bluetooth, it doesn't support music via Bluetooth, which is a feature of my old Sony head unit that got used ALL the time. I've bought a Bluetooth-to-AUX port adapter which should bridge the gap nicely (and cheaply) but it does feel a bit daft having to buy stuff like that for what is basically an executive barge that should really have had that built-in. The next generation 5 series (F10) does have it built-in but is still too new for me to have been able to afford one.

The dealership that had the 745i also had a 520d. The original purchaser of this 520d must have had exceptionally deep pockets because EVERY optional extra on the car had been specified - heads-up display, night-vision camera, heated and cooled seats, radar-guided cruise control, that feature where the car automatically stays in-lane, roller blind on the rear window, electric sunroof... the works. Didn't buy it because I don't need a diesel - if that car had the engine from the 745i then I'd have bitten the dealer's hand off in order to get it.

The 745i just had too many buttons and features; it just felt like there would be too many distractions to deal with. It was the short wheelbase (non-Limo) version, so still a car for the driver rather than the passenger. The 5-series interior just felt a lot more familiar. Everything is laid out in quite a similar way to the 406, and at no point so far have I thought to myself "what were they THINKING?"
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Re: Time For Change

Postby steve_earwig » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:59 pm

highlander wrote:radar-guided tailgating control

Did you fix the indicators yet? (somebody had to :oops: )

T'wife's cousin bought a Bimmer a couple of years back (don't ask me what sort, my interest doesn't stretch that far), nearly new, shiny, shiny, shiny black. I just look at it and think I'd never want to leave it parked anywhere without an armed guard...
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Re: Time For Change

Postby highlander » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:02 pm

steve_earwig wrote:
highlander wrote:radar-guided tailgating control

Did you fix the indicators yet? (somebody had to :oops: )


Somebody = me!

First thing I checked was if the original owner had ticked the optional extra for "directional indication lights". Oddly enough, he had - bonus! :cheesy:

I even use them
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