Better late than never A quick update and a couple of pictures of my new car.
I collected the car about 4 weeks ago but with various things including a two week holiday I have not had a chance to post an update. This is my first diesel car, I have managed to resist turning to the dark side until the age of 46!
The car is epic! It is very refined and extremely quiet even with the 20” wheels and new Dunlop run flats fitted before collection. The engine and gearbox are a perfect combination and the noise when pressing on sounds more petrol V8 than 3L diesel. No regrets whatsoever moving on from the 3.0 N53 petrol, especially not the MPG. My long term average for the 530i was around 27mpg. So far my average for the 640d is 41MPG and on a recent 380 mile round trip the trip showed 47MPG!
The professional Nav, HUD and reversing camera are great options. The car is comfortable for 4 people including having two six foot teenagers in the back and more than capable of taking...
Been slow coming, was hoping to post a complete account as the car entered its 7th year in the middle of July. There's an outstanding bit of warranty work to complete before declaring the 535i in "A1 condition". Car now covered just over 42,000 miles, still looks good and generally aging well.
The past year for the 535i has been a bit eventful, confirming running a BMW under extended warranty is a wise decision, with added trips to the garage for warranty work. Also confirms that BMW are not the most reliable or durable cars. No surprise to me, as my track record has shown age and mileage have little bearing on what goes wrong.
Has included the ‘common’ F11 air spring issue, and a further CA problem, requiring another new door handle. This time on the driver’s door. The fault hasn't caused a battery drain, like the first occasion, so decided to live with the lack of CA on the driver’s door for several months, until a scheduled garage visit.
Another 6 months (ish), time for an update following upon on the 40k post (which contained more pics ☺).
Here’s a reminder of my trusty steed…
So 2½ years and the miles accumulate, as do the stone chips on the front. I’m still very happy with the car. The touch-up paint, even though the official Space Grey, is slightly lighter at some angles which is a tad annoying but less unsightly than leaving things untouched.
A rather loud rattle appeared in the back somewhere when the car was cold and pulling away gently while running at low speed. This was traced to the high-level brake light housing, which I carefully removed (it unclips fairly easily), lined with my trusty 3M furry tape and re-fitted. Fixed. Cracked front number plate was replaced following the stone impact I mentioned last time.
There was a...