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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 154,741

    He thinks you have a Z4.
     
  2. AlphaMale1

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 27, 2018

    Posts: 258

    Ooops this, quoted the wrong person.
    Any how, MHD does support the N55 platform too :)
     
  3. shaank

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 11, 2009

    Posts: 2,218

    Location: Edinburgh

    Took my M4 F83 (convertible) out on track. And it was bloody good fun. Might be the heavier convertible, but I had a great time, and it's not like it spends that much time on track compared to cruising / on roads etc. :D First time out with it, so I'm sure I'll be better next time.


     
  4. booyaka

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 19, 2006

    Posts: 12,658

    nice - mind me asking what was the cost for this/insurance situation etc. Been tempted to take my Golf Gti to Knockhill but never sure about the insurance. Do you need a helmet etc?
     
  5. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 14, 2004

    Posts: 4,629

    Location: location, location

    Track day cost will be anything from ~£150-£1000 depending on organiser, location and number of spaces.

    On top of this you need to factor in the additional wear & tear, especially tyres & brakes, but also suspension components, clutch, and to a degree "non-consumables" such as your gearbox & engine. Typically 5 miles on track is probably the wear & tear equivalent of 3-5000 miles on the road.

    If you're driving a road car on a track day then normally the best way is to go out on a gentle warm up lap, then do 5-15 fast laps (dependent on circuit length), followed by a cool down lap or two then park up and let everything cool down (not TOO much) for say 30-60 minutes before going out again.

    You always have to wear a helmet for track days. Most will also mandate long sleeve tops and trousers (as opposed to t-shirts & shorts).

    Some specialist insurers will offer or include track day cover on certain types of cars for a limited number of track days per year, but generally the excesses are high (£2000+). You can buy dedicated track day cover, but that is also expensive and carries a high excess. Insurance will cover only your car.
     
  6. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 5,608

    Dropped the 5 back in for the drive train issue but sadly no mini courtesy car today, instead I'm in this hideous thing!

    [​IMG]

    How did they manage to make the face-lift coupe the most beautiful bmw ever made and the pre-facelift sedan so, so ugly?!
     
  7. alx

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 10, 2003

    Posts: 6,000

    Location: Dubai, UAE

    Great car, my 35iS was the same colour combo, loved it. Enjoy!
     
  8. shaank

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 11, 2009

    Posts: 2,218

    Location: Edinburgh

    Check out the RevLimits track days (facebook) - this one was £90 for 2 hours. Helmet hire is free, though I have my own. Ideally you want decent brake pads and change the fluid for something decent, otherwise your good to go. Insurance, didn't bother with it personally, but I did get a quote for £230 on 'insuremytrackday' or something similar.
     
  9. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 5,608

    Picked the car up as apparently the issue was all sorted, again - but as I left work it happened again(!) so left it with them :(

    But on the plus...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Yeah baby!

     
  10. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 6, 2010

    Posts: 1,276

    Location: Newport

    Thank you, it is a lovely car, and a fantastic engine!
     
  11. Ast3r

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 6, 2009

    Posts: 655

    Location: London

    Hey chaps, didn't really want to open a separate thread so decided to ask here.

    My E92 M3 has had the GTS Software + Stage 2 to go with the decat. Ever since I got the stage 2 + gts done the car seems to "thump/jolt" for a split second if I'm at high speed/rev and get off the throttle completely and back on right away. If I get off but let it go down in speed to around 70mph or 3k rpm the thump doesn't occur. Is this a characteristic of the GTS software as it does kick harder when upshifting which I've heard is normal.

    I'm aware that the GTS software basically reduces clutch slip and thus causing the harder upshifts but I don't see why it would thump/jolt like that when off throttle then back on. I don't think it's engine/gearbox mounts as it would occur everytime, not just over a certain speed, which is what kind of leads me to believe it's computer controlled.

    Basically it feels as if the car disengages the diff when I let go then it re-engages it when I get back on throttle.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
  12. NVP

    Soldato

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    Did the software change anything in your throttle response?
     
  13. Simon

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

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    Location: Berks / Moscow

    GTS is know for this. It has a bigger clutch pack on the DCT so changes are more fierce. What it’s sounds like is the car is going into neutral too early.

    Is the lurch like when you are coming to a stop and then change your mind and boot it? The clutch has to engage quickly hence the jolt

    DCT need driving like a manual and understanding of the box. You can’t really drive like a auto with toque converter. The ‘Dual clutch’ term is misleading. It’s basically two manual gearboxes working together with electronic control.

    Also which D and S mode are you in? Try D5
     
  14. AmDaMan

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,960

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    What can people tell me about the E87/E81 130i & the E90 330i (<2008)? I'm looking for another hack that is a bit more modern than the E39 530i (although I love this car and will still keep it). I’m after one of these as I really like the engine and they seem good value over here. The fuel economy on the E39 is a bit rubbish though, I take it this did not improve much in the 1/3 series? I’m familiar with the cooling system, rocker gasket issues etc. but I’m not too bothered as I’ll be working on it myself. Cheers
     
  15. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    I went from an E39 to an E92 and it was a big mistake. It's not really massively more modern, it's still full of monochrome displays etc and frankly the E87 is a nasty thing to sit in.

    I don't think this was a very good era for BMW.
     
  16. Simon

    Capodecina

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    You need at least a 2011 Exx for the improved idrive
     
  17. [TW]Fox

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    It was September 2008 build onwards.
     
  18. Simon

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    What was? The facelift in 2011 went to decent idrive with combox from CIC
     
  19. [TW]Fox

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    CIC was the last version of idrive available in the E90/91/92 and was introduced from September 2008 production. The Combox began in March 2010 but was hardly a major change, it's still the same CIC system but it added the capability for Bluetooth streaming and album art.

    The next version of idrive after CIC was NBT in 2012 and was not fitted to any e9x.

    There was no facelift for the E9x in 2011 either. E90 facelift was September 2008, E92/93 was March 2010.
     
  20. AmDaMan

    Mobster

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    Location: Wellington, NZ

    Looking at the facelift it seems that's a bit more than I was wanting to pay for the E9x. Maybe I need to reassess the options then - did the 2007/8 E81/7 get the updated idrive as well? Why is it nasty to sit in? The interior looks to be of reasonable quality although I haven't driven one yet.