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Do you know when in 2018 the 340i was manufactured? if it's after July and has the PPF the MPSSK can't be fitted - I discovered this when I had mine.
Good point, it’s after 2018 - had completely forgotten about this

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Spent more time in both cars today. Have driven both for about 2 hours, and really got to know them quite well.


I take back what I said about the steering feel of the S5. It’s just different, but after some twisty roads, it’s no more absent of feel than the BMW, of which I’m familiar with.


It’s definitely the more special car, especially in the paint I’m looking at. Even inside feels more premium. This makes sense though - it’s a newer car, and it’s different, which is part of the fun.

It’s more special to drive too - the Quattro makes for an absurd pace off the mark, it’s brutal.


Will be putting a deposit down tomorrow to hold and then hoping to collect next weekend :)
 
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Always amazes me how Alpinas ride on rubber bands yet they manage to make them comfortable yet other manufacturers can't manage it. What's the trick?
 
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Always amazes me how Alpinas ride on rubber bands yet they manage to make them comfortable yet other manufacturers can't manage it. What's the trick?
Money

Cars are typically made to a budget in mind - Alpinas are different in that excellent ride/engine/build are an expectation, and people will pay what they need to for it.
 
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Interesting to see discussion on warranties, as yesterday I placed a deposit on a manual LCI E92 335i. It drives very well and is in extremely good condition, but I think that it has covered 100k miles excludes it from any BMW warranty?

The dealer can offer a Warranty Assist Gold product for up to two years; has anyone had experience with claims from this company?
 
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I'm not sure how useful a warranty is going to be for you on a car of that age and mileage. There is one BMW warranty product available - driveline cover - but it will be very expensive unfortunately.
 
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Facelifted Alpina B3 looks really nice!

Part of the reason why the M3 looks so bad is because the car on which it is based, the 3 Series, looks so good. Why did they do it? The current 3 Series is probably one of the best looking 4 door saloons BMW have ever managed to produce :(
 
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Hi all,

I have just put down a reserve on a 66 plate 430d 3.0 M Sport and i have a few questions if anyone would be happy to help.

Ive been told that extended warranties on BMW are pretty much necessary, ive been shopping about and found one on "protect 4 sure" for 3 years @ £570, has anyone used this place and if so what are your experiences ?

Also one major thing for me is that being a 66 plate the car doesnt support Android Auto, anyone with a BMW of this age or older for that matter been able to get andriod auto working?

Cheers all!
I bought a 2015 428i Gran Coupe last July was was really conflicted about the BMW warranty and in the end decided to run the gauntlet and not bother. The car has been absolutely faultless with nothing going wrong at all. No squeaks or rattles, no complaints from the car itself either. I mean little things like the Bluetooth streaming from my phone sometimes throws a bit of a wobbler, I think maybe three times the reversing camera hasn’t worked but then comes back to life but nothing major or serious has happened. Having said that a Diesel engine, especially a modern, high power one is a complex beast so perhaps a warranty might be useful. As said the BMW one is really the only one worth it’s weight in gold. Remember to increase the excess to £250 (anything that’s going to cost less than that just get done yourself at a local independent) and remove the roadside assistance if you already have that from elsewhere. I get it with my premium bank account through the AA for example. This usually brings the price down to a more manageable level.
 
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Remember to increase the excess to £250

The entire point of the warranty is peace of mind and not having to mess about phoning up random garages whenever something goes wrong. For me, the £250 excess stops this.

If I'm paying for a BMW warranty it is because I don't want to have to deal with random garages for minor issues.
 
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I need to top up the coolant for my m340d, can't find anywhere obvious that says what I need and Halford/ euro car parts saybthey can't help? Any ideas?
 
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it is unusual to need to top the coolant up on such a new car. It's a sealed system so you probably need to be asking yourself where it's gone..
 
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The entire point of the warranty is peace of mind and not having to mess about phoning up random garages whenever something goes wrong. For me, the £250 excess stops this.

If I'm paying for a BMW warranty it is because I don't want to have to deal with random garages for minor issues.
I can see that benefit too.
 
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Popped into my local BMW dealers yesterday & found these in stock

M5 - Brand new but have to say the colour is not to my tastes :D
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840D - Do like the look of this, & was more affordable than the M8 they also had in stock
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M4 - Interested in this one, but not sure on owning a white car
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M8 - really liked this unfortunately, out of my price range at £88K
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Indeed, the M4 was marked up at £46k which I agree is a bit much. I'm thinking of spending more around the £30K mark when I eventually PX my current car.
I'm in no rush, my current car is fine just fancy more power :D

They had a brand new M2 in stock for £49k, which was very nice but not quite what I want
 
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