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Ive found Smooth Chill on my radio, it’s actually called Smooth Chill and not just Chill as it is on my Merc. You can now all sleep at night and I can get the full ‘lift’ music experience in my 5.
 
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Love my 10 preset quick buttons and my manual aircon controls. BMW had the mix perfect IMO.
Completely agree. I like the new infotainment system but touch screens and big ugly panels are a step backwards. Give me a clock cluster any day.
 
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If they spend more time passing about with the infotainment than the steering wheel or accelerator pedal they shouldn't be driving.
Pretty sure people are buying cars because they have steering wheels and brakes, so that box is universally ticked.
 
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No. Read what I said.
Something about not being distracted by infotainment - i.e. infotainment that is non-distracting is important. Having to engage with a touchscreen for basic functions is distracting.

So we agree, infotainment is a key consideration?
 
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Just lost a few brain cells reading this argument.

Nobody actually buys a car just because of the infotainment, but of course it can be a factor between two otherwise similar cars.
 
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Just lost a few brain cells reading this argument.

Nobody actually buys a car just because of the infotainment, but of course it can be a factor between two otherwise similar cars.
Agreed, I'd say I'd not buy a car because of infotainment. I really hated that in my Jaguar you had to use a physical button and then the touchscreen to sort heated seats out - a Tesla takes this idiocy to the extreme and Audi have begun to follow suit.

And tbh I am a bit disappointed I couldn't get a Leaf and had to get an e2008 as I was looking forward to the Bose sound system and I know how garbage the French stuff is going to be.
 
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If they spend more time passing about with the infotainment than the steering wheel or accelerator pedal they shouldn't be driving
they have lane-following/auto-cruise as a get out of jail card when distracted by the infotainment, and you have retina tracking.
If I had a big tablet display in the car for streaming service access it must be difficult not to whimsically browse tracks, as I've been doing this evening on some Vangelis ones.
( Has mazda relented on their principals that touch screens are a distraction and buttons are needed, the NHTSA and japanese still think they are a liability, but there is not enough safety data. YET)

but touch screens and big ugly panels are a step backwards
Does look like the bmw panels are not yet oled so there will be some nightime glow and inferior viewing angles.
 
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Anyone that buys a car purely based on the infotainment is an idiot.
For many people the aesthetics and the tactile feel of the interior are important, especially as many owners won’t even run the engine to even over 5,000 rpm, never mind using WoT or getting to the redline. It’s the feeling inside that matters to many.
 
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So, yesterday I had some ******* idiot decide to pull out of a junction straight into the rear drivers side of my 130i. The OSR wheel took the brunt of it, which has caused suspension damage, and the rear door and arch are also dented. The driver admitted full liability and his insurance company are now dealing with it. Going off my description and pictures of the damage they believe it's repairable, but I'm not so sure. Unfortunately there are only a handful of 5 door manual LCI 130is for sale in the whole of the UK, so if I do need to replace it it's going to be a nightmare :(

Oh, and I'm booked and paid up for a trip to the Nurburgring with it from the 9th-13th of June :mad::(:mad:

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It wouldn’t surprise me if they write it off, given the age and value of the car…

Yeah, that was my initial thinking. I would cost me ~£5k to replace it like for like, but the ones currently for sale are either ropey for sub £4k, or lower mileage, overpriced ones around £7k.

It's getting collected and being assessed on Monday, so I will know more by the middle of next week
 
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