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BMW and M Power Owners

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

  1. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,392

    Yeah that's correct, however the article states the 4 will be the first bmw with vertical grills since the E9... so more likely it will be the grill from the M3 quoted a few posts back
     
  2. muon

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 8, 2006

    Posts: 18,694

    Location: London

    So why not post that then some random CGI mockup.

    It's just clickbait from AutoExpress.
     
  3. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,392

    Because I didn't see that until now :confused:
     
  4. hurfdurf

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 17, 2009

    Posts: 8,727

    They serviced my Z4M twice when needed and were fantastic.
     
  5. Fusion

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 10,337

    Location: Notts

    A factory photo doesn’t mean that’s the final, signed off production design. It could be a sample/proto. I work in manufacturing engineering and designs/processes can change a lot!
     
  6. dale1uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 15, 2005

    Posts: 2,073

    Location: Newcastle

    My mate is moving back to the UK from Russia in a fortnights time and he's interested in picking up an e92 M3. His budget will be up to £14k but obviously would like to spend a little less if possible.

    What are the main things to look out for/know about on these? Any must have options to go for? How is the DCT box in this budget? A good option or is the manual better, or is it just down to driver preference?
     
  7. theone8181

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 27, 2013

    Posts: 4,086

    I'm surprised it wouldn't just look like the normal 3 series with a biscuit in if you get my drift. I did wonder/hope the grill was that size to experiment with airflow I.e. blank it off if needed to see how big it can be.
     
  8. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 85,578

    Location: South Coast

    You know what I will miss if I ever move on from the E46? Manual throttle blips. They sound so so good with the Eventuri and the bit of extra meat from the thinner CSL manifold. Even driving around town is fun and that's without driving like a plank. Enable sport mode for faster throttle response then from 4th to 3rd blip just before gear 3 engages, then down to 2nd the same way and repeat for 1st before coming to a stop at lights etc. The induction noise is just unique and different each time depending on how much travel and how quick I am on the the throttle. It's something I can never ever tire of and will dearly miss in the distant future because as the saying goes, all good things always come to an end :(

    Absolutely love the engine response through the entire rev range. Keeping it as refined and quiet as the rest of traffic or let it sing on tap without having to switch between 13 different modes or exhaust valves etc. And with the roof down it's just amplified even more.

    The car has cost me loads in running, and maintenance, but I feel it has been absolutely worth it for the continued driving experience it gives to all the senses for everyone in the cabin and the ears of those outside :D

    The fact that after over 5 years of ownership I have not felt I need anything more from a car speaks volumes as I tend to get bored and try something else with most things I buy once the fun factor has gone. Not so here.

    I would never buy another one though because getting it back and keeping it to a certain standard is just too much faff.

    Unless a CSL finds its way into my hands one day...
     
  9. muon

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 8, 2006

    Posts: 18,694

    Location: London

    It's none of those.

    AutoExpress have paid

    https://www.avarvarii.com/about

    to come up with a guess, probably with some editorial guidance.

    edit:

    I see you probably meant the secret shot within the factory.

    Either way I want to counter any notion that those renders came from BMW in any way whatsoever.
     
  10. lnoton

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 14, 2009

    Posts: 3,675

    Location: Cheshire

    So running a 66 plate f10 with nbt Pro Nav.

    What happens when 3g gets turned off in a few years. Perhaps 2022.

    Planning of keeping this car for a while. Might be a shame to loose rtti. Would rtti still run over 2g? I presume it's pretty small data so should do.

    I guess all the online stuff is pretty cack, so it's of no real value.
     
  11. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,246

    People in the states are going a bit crazy over this as both 3G and 2g are being switched off there, rendering online services in the f10/11/01 (etc) platform cars redundant. Here in the UK there are no plans to switch off GPRS as it is used by so many legacy services, RTTI works over GPRS as well as 3G so I guess it’ll be fine?
     
  12. tsinc80697

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 10, 2006

    Posts: 7,715

    Location: North West

    Bit different to everyone else’s BMW in here but thought I’d post an in progress shot of my track car.

    [​IMG]

    Aiming for below 1200kg which is over 300kg lighter than when it came out of the factory.

    Been a work in progress since March last year but on to the final stages now with a full respray on the interior and exterior over the next couple of weeks.
     
  13. lnoton

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 14, 2009

    Posts: 3,675

    Location: Cheshire

    I'd seen the stuff in the states. Then I saw an article about Vodafone switching 3g off.

    I think bmw use Vodafone.

    The online stuff is utter nonsense, but if key addon services like rtti and sos start failing that would be disappointing. And actually may effect the resale value of the car. Or at least reduce the audience of interested buyers.

    I guess a replacement droid headunit would be an option, or bmw do a nice thing and swop out the telematic box. It should be plug and play!
     
  14. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,246

    As I say I don’t think that there are plans to switch GPRS off here for many years, so very basic functionality such as assist and rtti should continue to function?
    3G has been announced as going so it’ll make anything requiring any bandwidth redundant for sure.
     
  15. MrKnifey

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 3, 2008

    Posts: 3,053

    Location: Nelson, South Wales


    Nice, whats the specs of it?
     
  16. tsinc80697

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 10, 2006

    Posts: 7,715

    Location: North West

    • Engine refresh
      • Vanos rebuild
      • Head gasket
      • Bottom end bolts and bearings
      • Water pump
      • Oil pump
      • Custom radiator and oil cooler to allow for GTR style airbox.
    • GTR style airbox
    • AP Pro 5000 R brakes running BTCC discs and pads
    • Intrax 1k2 suspension
    • Twin exit lightweight exhaust
    • Fully polybushed
    • Custom Cage's 8 point weld-in cage
    • 5 speed gearbox
    • ClutchMasters FX400 6 puck ceramic clutch
    • Fibreglass panels; front bumper, bonnet, wings, doors, rear bumper and bootlid
    • Carbon panels; roof, splitter, canards, rear wing
    • Flocked dashboard
    • Plastics4Performance perspex windows
    • Heated front screen
    • Wheels & tyres
      • Michelin slicks
        • NTM Pista III 18x10 ET25
      • Dunlop Direzza DZ036G semi-slicks
        • Apex ARC-8 18x9.5 ET35
      • Michelin P2G wets
        • Team Dynamics 1.2 18x9 ET35
    • Various
      • Samsonas shifter
      • Cartek isolator
      • 1200g lithium battery
      • Carbontec carbon footrests and roof vent
      • Vbox HD2 & OLED display
    Panels have gone off for prep respray. It'll then need to go back for the aero to be fitted, wiring tidy up, geo and mapping.
     
  17. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,392

    If anyone is bored, fancy finding the best petrol e70 Lci x5 they can, lowest mileage, lowest owners, highest spec. See if you can find something I'm missing. Appreciated :)
     
  18. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 155,570

    That would be quite a downgrade, you realise it's basically a jacked up E61 which dates from 2003?
     
  19. NVP

    Soldato

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,392

    Ain't for me, we re-jigging the car situation - wifes 3 series is too cramped for us and the kids and pram etc. Gonna get her an X5 but don't want to spend more than 20k so going to have to be e70 range.

    If it was up to me I'd get her an L200, but seems I've turned her into a snob now and she doesn't want anything that isn't a bmw... I've created a monster!


    Wait till you see what I'm gonna "downgrade" to though :D
     
  20. Jez

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,246

    I’ve looked at these a lot (x5s) and even seen quite a few of them sell, £20k easily gets an F15 and is waaaay too much to even consider an E series bmw for. The e70 is properly old and I’d argue into near bargain run it into the ground only territory now :confused: