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  1. First proper fill - 505kms and 50.2L. Jussssst under 10l/100Kms. 👍
  2. On the drive from AKL to Whangarei, I managed 12.6km/L - about 7.9l/100kms via OBC. Average speed was 93km/h on the OBC. Haven't filled up yet and will report once I do.
  3. Yes it is. N55 engine. Twin scroll turbo - goes well enough. I've just come from a Nissan Fuga 450GT - up top, the V8 is better, but at normal driving there is more surge and punch for cut and thrust driving.
  4. Having been in an E39 530i Touring previously, this has been a long time coming. I’m trying to get my head around the Idrive. As well as the size of the car. It’s long! Ride is not bad on 19” RFT. Needs a Towbar and some tints and I think she’s good.
  5. I used prior to purchase - I don't think it digs into the detail tho.
  6. Dealer is top class. Good honest guy. He does pick his cars. Full BMW service history! First for any car I’ve bought 2nd hand.
  7. So I pulled the trigger. Artic white Msport 535i with black leather Adaptive M sport suspension Panoramic sunroof Active steering etc love it 👍
  8. So I drove a 535i. I need to recalibrate my brain. The n55 is seriously quick; quick enough for me. Was tempted to try the 550i but I’ve heard about the turbo v8 and it’s lack of reliability. I also saw a 335i Active Hybrid in M-Sport. Looks cool. Certainly nicer than a E90. Very few F30 335i available - that must be a real rocket.
  9. racechip? sounds interesting
  10. Hi. I’m in the market for a 535i M-Sport. I’ve tried to find a touring but they are not in my price range of $30K. The f10 has a reputation for being a bit numb in comparison to the E39 - which I would buy in a heartbeat again - but they are getting on in age and mint examples are hard to find. So my reading is that the N55 engine is better compared to the N54 in terms of reliability. Another other issues to worry about? Thanks!
  11. Welcome Greg. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Sold my 530i 01 Msport wagon earlier this year. Just under 150k Kms. I got $11k so pretty happy. It was mechanically mint. Some minor cosmetic bits.
  13. From Auckland I'd go via sh27 then cut onto sh29 towards Sh1. On Sh1 there is this amazing little gem of a road that is right by the Waikato river called Horahora road. Bugger all traffic with long straights and some chicanes to slow you down. I usually take this road to get to Taupo or if I have to do a clinic at Tokoroa. IveIf you were after some awesome roads, you could cut across Arapuni dam and take Waipapa Road and head towards Taupo OR continue on Old Taupo Rd. From Taupo, I'd cut across to National Park and drive SH4 and the paraparas. Then it's the horrible drive to Wellington. Look up the roads on Google maps. Wicked fun. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. $20 reserve. Fits most BMWs.
  15. Depends on how much u are willing to spend. Diesels are not that much cheaper once RUC's are taken into account. An E46 318i can be had for not much and would be reasonably reliable and certainly more comfy than a polo. I've seen a W124 merc for about $4k. That would be my pick for an everyday long distance cruiser. Utterly reliable but not cheap to maintain. Good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk