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#61 TITx


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 10:00 PM

Peter, it must have been tough protecting us all during the cold war from the comfort of a Hilton hotel :)  Yes, I was army.


I never buy new so was able to get the extras I wanted with a bit of shopping around. Ford heated windscreens are great but no complaints with the BMW as it warms up quickly and clears the screen. After the Octavia anything would be better. Once got it in the car to find ice inside the windscreen, waiting 10-15 mins for the screen to clear was quite common. In the end I had two dehumidifier bags inside the car to try and keep the condensation under control. I'm pretty sure the electrical problems were down to the condensation too. Quite a common problem in Octavia's with people checking everything from damaged seals and door membranes to now avail as it just bad design. 


I've been impressed with the BMW. Everything is just right and the grip, as you said, has been amazing not what I was expecting at all. 

My wife has had an M Sport 1 Series Coupe for a few years and I never found it uncomfortable at all with the low profile run flats and sports suspension. The 3 Series I bought has 19 inch and rides better than the Octavia by country mile and comparable to the Mondoe TiTx with it's Koni FSD but totally out classes either in handling and grip.


Not sure if it's the same with yours but the F30's have a second power outlet under the glove box, still only comes on with the ignition though.

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#62 peterex


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:28 AM

OK about the cold war and the Hilton--------I wish!  :}  :}  :}


Re the Beemer yep I have the hole under the glove box but no second power point anywhere! Some have points behind the centre console and in the boot but not mine which is a pain. Mine is a business edition. It's a one owner but was a private lease car. At the end of the lease it seems the owner declined the offer of outright purchase so it was put out to the trade by the lease company. It was in immaculate condition when I bought it with just 32k on the clock! I was looking at second hand Focus's at the time I found it. The focus's would have been about 2 years old with less mileage whereas the Beemer was 4 years old for the same money. When I drove it it was a no brainer of a choice despite not being as well equipped, the quality and drive were in a different league. I'd done my homework on the 3 series and I decided I wanted the 3 litre, with sat nav, folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, 17 inch wheels, and a manual gearbox  so it ticked all the boxes pretty much.

As standard it has the 245 bhp engine which gave it a fair turn of speed and acceleration. But I found a local tuning establishment who worked their magic for £375. They did before and after RR runs with a print out which now gives me 281BHP and 620 Nm of torque!  By Beemer 3 litre standards it's a mild tune but it's quite sufficient.

The fuel consumption seems slightly better, on a long fast run I've seen 55mpg on the computer. Then with a week touring th Yorkshire dales the actual manually checked consumption worked out at 48mpg! Possibly about the same as my old TIT X! 

You might be interested to know there is a Beemer website online where if you input your registration number it will give you the complete build standard for your particular car. Beemer records are very good. 

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