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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I popped in to a local supermarket car park at the weekend to use the cash machine and was amused to see both a space grey 535d Touring (535-something anyway - it had the right exhausts but no badge) and red Boxster with black (or they may have been grey) wheels in there.
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I assume it was Waitrose?    
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Sorry no, it was the orange place!
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That's not too bad!
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Sounds good Martin. Whether a car will be comfortable for 4 hour stints in the seat is one of those things you can never know until you try it in a new car!
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That's true, which is why I try and borrow a car for a decent period of time before making my decision.
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The 535d was in for its first service today, at just past 19,000 miles.  Nothing to report other than I was looked after pretty well, they have a service 'greeter' first thing in the morning who got me a coffee and directed me to an advisor.  I got a video from the technician, but he didn't have much to say other than there is plenty of life left in the tyres and brakes.  It was very nice not having to pay anything and I can't fault them at all.

I had a look in the service section in the iDrive and there's a new option called 'Service History'.  When you go into that it lists the services (date, dealer, mileage) and clicking the service brings up a list of work carried out.  I think it's a really good idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:

I had a look in the service section in the iDrive and there's a new option called 'Service History'. †When you go into that it lists the services (date, dealer, mileage) and clicking the service brings up a list of work carried out. †I think it's a really good idea.


I agree and think it is essential really. My wife's A5 didn't have a service book and we were told that it is all held in the computer. When I pointed out that I had no access to that part of the system and had no way to confirm it had been serviced correctly the salesman did admit that was a problem - it was resolved by a few phone calls to the servicing dealer who then scanned the service history through but it will be a real problem for private buyers in a few years if Audi don't update the system on the A5 in a similar fashion.

I am hoping that mine will get a similar update when it is in.

When I was in getting my wheels earlier in the week, I asked if they updated the satnav when the car came in for a service. I was told that they don't and I would need to buy an update on a memory stick or get it done by a download at the dealer. I was told the cost was around £250 which I think is ludicrous and should be done free of charge whilst the car is in warranty.
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Mazda are the same.  Lindsey's car has no stampable service book and when I bought it, the Subaru people I bought it from phoned through to their Mazda section to get the history.  They wrote it in the blank pages of the service book and stamped it for me.  That has gone in the file with all the receipts I have spent since owning it.
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Everything is stored on the key as well.  In order to complete the paperwork for the loan car, she put the key in the reader and it printed the documentation out including the current mileage and litres of fuel.
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Does this mean that servicing will have to be at a dealer or the record will be lost?
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I don't know.  Nobby's could reset the service indicator but I doubt they'd be able to add the history, especially it has a dealer code as part of the record
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Now, you're not seriously going to say that you bought a 60-grand car and you're taking it to Nobby's for the servicing after just a year, are you?
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No!  That was the old company car.  This has a 5 year, 50,000 miles service pack (so 2 years for me) and it will continue to go to the main dealer when that runs out.
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Mazda are the same.


Yes, I noticed that in the Mazda 3 brochure.

I guess in simple terms so long as you keep receipts (which are dated and mileage recorded plus everything invoiced is noted) then that should be sufficient should you not have a book - but I do like a book that is clean and tidy.
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I forgot to check the book, will have a look tomorrow, but I do have the paperwork in a little folder
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Do you still get the little ring binders with new BMWs?
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Michael wrote:
Do you still get the little ring binders with new BMWs?


Sorry, just seen your question!

No, it's some very thick manuals in a nice wallet.
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Full valet yesterday including exterior polish, seat clean etc. Used Dr Leather wipes as it wasn't that long ago that I gave the seats a good clean with the spray and they're just as good, the leather is nice and soft with a lovely matt finish.

I'm really pleased I went for Space Grey, it really sparkles in the sun and shows off the various creases/curves really well. †



Before anybody points it out, I'd forgotten that I'd run out of tyre dressing, so will pick some up today!
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That looks so good, wearing it's miles well.
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Thanks!  There are a fair few stone chips on the front and even a couple on the wheels, which is annoying, but it's probably only really obvious to me.
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Looks good Martin, you know I'm not a fan of grey and silver cars but space grey does suit the current 5 well.

I had the Eastern Europeans at Tesco give the Insignia a good going over. I don't have a driveway where I live now so I don't have anywhere decent to do it myself. Looks good but it's starting to show up the plethora of minor scratches its picked up over the last couple of years. If anyone can recommend a decent polish I'd welcome the advice - I don't like the idea of just trusting the directions on a bottle of T-Cut and finding it strips the paint off!
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I still haven't given mine a clean with the stuff John recommended as the weather has been too hot or it has been too dark. I need a garage.
Grey suits BMWs and that one in particular but the LED lights do improve the front considerably.
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Younger daughter was home this week-end and I spend a good few hours washing and polishing her Fiesta, and a slight adjustment to the position of the offside headlamp now means that it's very difficult to tell that it was accident damaged.
Hard to believe that the insurance co wanted to write it off


If you look closely the offside edge of the bonnet is ever so slightly out of shape and isn't level with the front wing all the way up.

EDIT: Oh, and the Ka is very similar in colour to Space Grey which does indeed show the creases etc in a good way ;-)
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I still haven't given mine a clean with the stuff John recommended as the weather has been too hot or it has been too dark. I need a garage.
Grey suits BMWs and that one in particular but the LED lights do improve the front considerably.


They do. † They really sharpen up the front and make the headlights look shallower as the rings are wider due to the indicators being a strip of LEDs across the top (rather than a normal bulb at the side on the facelift cars).

It's a bigger difference straight on, but you can see it on this picture.  I took it in the station car park a little while back, as I thought it was a good example of how much of a difference the right spec/trim/colour can make.

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Is that a "BMW parking only" area of the car park?
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Our train station has more of a Land Rover profile. As I walk through it I often look to see if their is a model from each range, I've had a full house, including Disco Sport, more than once.
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Grey BMW estates are the best
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Big Blue wrote:
Grey BMW estates are the best


Indeed!

Michael wrote:
Our train station has more of a Land Rover profile. As I walk through it I often look to see if their is a model from each range, I've had a full house, including Disco Sport, more than once.


There are several Range Rovers in my local station, along with an M4, M6 GC, Maserati Gran Turismo etc last time I was there, not what you expect to see in Wellingborough!  Surprisingly they were all parked near the entrance in the horrible narrow/tight spaces, rather than the bottom end which is much more spacious (where I was parked).


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Big Blue wrote:
Grey estates are the best


FYP!  
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Martin wrote:
There are several Range Rovers in my local station, along with an M4, M6 GC, Maserati Gran Turismo etc last time I was there, not what you expect to see in Wellingborough! †Surprisingly they were all parked near the entrance in the horrible narrow/tight spaces, rather than the bottom end which is much more spacious (where I was parked).


All lazy bastards then as well (assuming near the entrance  = nearer the platform too)? Or perhaps far to important to waste time walking more than 10 yards?
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Probably both!
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Adaptive LED lighting geek question. How do they perform in fog, especially at night? Do you switch off the high beam assist so you don't get glare from the fog? Is the adaptivemagic doing its thing really visible in fog - can you see the individual beams moving about?

Just wondered!  
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I don't know about the adaptive LED's but my adaptive Xenons were perfect this morning in thick fog. The adaptive function can be switched off (or more correctly has to be switched on) so I dare say that if it starts to do daft things, you just turn it off. The turning light function is great in fog and makes visibility so much better.

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Good question!

In light fog they're fine and you can really see the light beams moving around and the individual LEDs switching on / off, it's the same when in heavy rain.  In thick fog it's best to leave the auto high beam switched off, although the reflection from the fog usually keeps them in dipped beam anyway.  LEDs do cut through the fog really well and it has LED foglights as well, which are very bright, but not really needed.
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I don't know about the adaptive LED's but my adaptive Xenons were perfect this morning in thick fog. The adaptive function can be switched off (or more correctly has to be switched on) so I dare say that if it starts to do daft things, you just turn it off. The turning light function is great in fog and makes visibility so much better.

BMW have everything covered †


Turning lights are an excellent idea - something I have always wanted and now have. I hate turning sharply in the dark, looking into a pool of inky blackness - where you are headed - while the lights face elsewhere. Indeed I have on occasion (in cars like the 156's with crap headlights) briefly turned on the front fogs just for a particular turn.

Such paranoia stems from a time when I was about 26, and absolutely hammering it home in the 156 2.5 V6, at about 1 in the morning. I was going round a small roundabout in a village centre, and there were two drunks in the road - clearly they thought from my speed that I was going straight over, but I was going right - and with no street lights and my headlights pointing elsewhere all I saw was two dim shadows, one jumping each way as I turned. Very, very scary.
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I used to think that cornering lights were a waste of time, as the beam length of a foglight is so short. †I'm now a total convert and find them really useful, as they're like a high powered searchlight!

The cornering light is a 3 LED array, which you can see on the far right of this picture.  The position within the headlight unit means it's pointing exactly where you want it and you get both a broad spread of light and more power than a normal fog light (more than my LED fog lights)



I've shared this before, it's the 4 series unit, but it shows how the corning lights are used for turns and in town to broaden the spread of light. †It also shows you what happens in poor weather etc

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†LEDs do cut through the fog really well and it has LED foglights as well, which are very bright, but not really needed.


I wonder if LED foglights will be next for "cheaper" cars.
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More and more cars have them now.  There isn't another option on the 5 series, the SE doesn't have any at all (xenons are std), but the Luxury/M Sport all have LED foglights whatever the headlight option.  I've turned them on once to see what they were like, but haven't needed to use them, even when the fog was pretty thick yesterday.
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PhilD wrote:
Martin wrote:

†LEDs do cut through the fog really well and it has LED foglights as well, which are very bright, but not really needed.


I wonder if LED foglights will be next for "cheaper" cars.


I'm considering some aftermarket HID headlights (decent ones, not 20 quid Chinese Ebay things) for the V50 but I have seen an increasing number of aftermarket LED headlight kits.

Thanks for the fog update Martin - I wondered what they'd be like whilst driving home in the fog yesterday.
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The DS4 has cornering fog lights and I was convinced it would be a gimmick but it's incredible how useful they are at illuminating where you are going.
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Think the Captur has, too. It arrives on Sunday.
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Think the Captur has, too. It arrives on Sunday.

Yes it does, and both the front fog lamps come on when you select reverse (and the headlights are on) ..... bizarre
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Think the Captur has, too. It arrives on Sunday.

Yes it does, and both the front fog lamps come on when you select reverse (and the headlights are on) ..... bizarre


Yes, even odder that Renault obviously do this for a reason where as PSA do the exact opposite; select reverse and the cornering fog lamps don't function.
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The Mercedes front fogs come on in reverse depending which way the wheel was turned.  It is because if you have the wheel turned, the front of the car will swing around and it is useful to be able to see if you will hit anything.
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The Mercedes front fogs come on in reverse depending which way the wheel was turned. †It is because if you have the wheel turned, the front of the car will swing around and it is useful to be able to see if you will hit anything.


Useful maybe but how many of us are regularly hitting things and cursing our lack of clever fog lights?!
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The Mercedes front fogs come on in reverse depending which way the wheel was turned. †It is because if you have the wheel turned, the front of the car will swing around and it is useful to be able to see if you will hit anything.


Useful maybe but how many of us are regularly hitting things and cursing our lack of clever fog lights?!


I would hope that all of us a careful and observant enough so that such fripperies weren't entirely necessary.
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The Mercedes front fogs come on in reverse depending which way the wheel was turned. †It is because if you have the wheel turned, the front of the car will swing around and it is useful to be able to see if you will hit anything.


Which you can only see once you've passed it?!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Bullitt wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
The Mercedes front fogs come on in reverse depending which way the wheel was turned. †It is because if you have the wheel turned, the front of the car will swing around and it is useful to be able to see if you will hit anything.


Which you can only see once you've passed it?!


Err no.  If the wheel was turned left then the right fog came on in reverse and the left, if the wheel was turned right.  Basically the opposite to what happens when you turn going forward.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still don't get it - the fog light points forward so it might illuminate wider, but it won't show something alongside you that you could swing in to.

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