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Old 25 February 2010, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by zip106 View Post
WRT tyre/wheel/suspension combo's, I found the M sport suspension with 19' wheels on NON run flat tyres works very well.
Quite compliant but not overly harsh.
Better than RFT's, 18" (as standard) with the M sport suspension.
That's what I have and is by far the best I have experienced. However I have heard it can be down to each individual car (maybe brand of tyre-mine are conti's).

BTW a change from a Spec C to a diesel is a long way. The 5 is nowhere near as responsive in engine or chassis and needs a bit of an attitude change in the way you drive. Just pretend you're nearly 50.
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Old 25 February 2010, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by scooby-tc View Post
cheers for your input so far guys,I think i will hold out for a march 07 model 535d.I would ideally like the m sport version but i might be a bit over stretched budget wise unless they start coming down in price with the introduction of the new 10 plate cars in march.
Fingers crossed eh
I would stick with your sub, why buy a overpriced, unreilable barge!, the money you spend on a bmw, would cover your petrol costs in the sub for years!
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Old 25 February 2010, 11:19 PM
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i assume you have never driven a spec c ? it has a much smaller tank than all the other imprezas and only averages 18mpg or thereabouts.I have had imprezas for 11 years and to be honest i am bored to death with them.They are not comfortable motorway cruisers,the suspension is hard the boot space is small and impractable and the image is about as bad as any marque can get not to mention 400+ a year tax and hideous fuel bills and imprezas are the most prone to engine failures of any car i can think of (except RX7)

Sorry dude i have made my mind up and i am going for a comfortable motorway cruiser with ample boot space

shall i go on
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Old 26 February 2010, 07:52 AM
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Not sure how economical the 3.0/35 engines are but our 2.0d went from Nottingham - Leicester - Edinburgh - Leicester - Nottingham on 70 of diesel and still had 40 miles left in the tank.
This, doing 80 mph most of the time .
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Old 26 February 2010, 08:20 AM
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Best I ever got out of my remapped 535 (e60) was 33 mpg, that was with a puncture (rft) going slow on the moterway, driving what i call normal you should get low 20,s
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Old 26 February 2010, 09:23 AM
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If your aiming for an M5 you might as well go for one now IMO.

Getting a 535d is going to always having you thinking you should have got the M5, the negative is the fuel cunsumption on the M5 but you plan to be getting one anyway. If anything goes wrong with the 535d then the cost will more than offset the fuel saving. All IMHO.

WRT Subaru engines blowing up often this is true. But when you look at model histories you will find you have the most reliable engine Subaru has built with the twin scroll. How many twin scrolls do you know that have blown up? I don't recall seeing any of the OEM JDM 2.0ltr Twin Scroll.

As Alan mentioned above (the ~20mpg) your probably talking a difference of 5mpg in reality between 535d vs M5. Go on you only live once get the M5
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Old 26 February 2010, 03:19 PM
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I am aware the 2.0 twinscroll is probably the most reliable engine subaru have made but but bmw vs subaru in terms of reliability,bmw win every time.My point was it is a track focused car with no soundproofing so not the most comfortable car to take on motorways with 2 small children,hence me wanting something big and comfortable
I have just enquired about a couple of M5s one of which has an awful red leather interior but the car is a nice colour so i could live with it

just have to wait and see what happens
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Old 26 February 2010, 03:20 PM
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5mpg between an M5 and a 535d?!!!!!!!!! M5s do not much more than 10mpg. A 535d will do 30-35 if driven like it's been stolen.

And all this about them blowing up - any got any facts on how many have "blown up" because despite being on many relevant forums, only one has ever had a mention of 35d engine problems. They seem a lot more reliable than 35i engines and the range gets very good reliability ratings. A scoob compared to a 5 series for build quality? The scoob has the interior of a low rent Daihatsu. The 5er is a "proper" luxury motor. Leave a scoob stock and it's pretty solid but start mucking about with them and they blow up.

Saying a 535d will cost the same as an M5 because the 535d "might blow up" (VERY VERY unlikely!!!) is utterly mental.

Yes an M5 is a great car, yes the scoob is a lot of fun but puuurlease cut the utter BS when trying to justify your points.
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Old 26 February 2010, 03:22 PM
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I think he was referring to a remapped 535d
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Old 26 February 2010, 03:32 PM
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What for mpg or blowing up?

Mpg often improves with a remap unless you go mental and reliability seems good.
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Old 26 February 2010, 04:01 PM
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no one is talking about blowing up, we are talking about turbo faliures, etc
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Old 26 February 2010, 05:03 PM
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Turbo failure and...?
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Old 26 February 2010, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Matteeboy View Post
Turbo failure and...?
swirl flaps, gearbox , Just sold my remapped 535, ~I would not buy another bmw.
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Old 26 February 2010, 05:41 PM
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Well I've heard of very few problems in the 335d so I don't think I'll be losing sleep on this one...
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Old 26 February 2010, 05:45 PM
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mine was a late 54 plate Im sure the newer ones are much better.
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Old 26 February 2010, 06:14 PM
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Seems that post 56 reg gets a better gearbox. Post 57 (I think) gets the same power and torque as the 335d. Maybe they sorted the issues?

Will still get mine thoroughly checked when it's serviced.
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Old 26 February 2010, 06:17 PM
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just make sure the gearbox oil gets changed as BMW state that it never needs changing and remove the swirl flaps (very common mod on 335/535ds)
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Old 26 February 2010, 06:58 PM
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Will do. Had swirl flap failure on my 1.9CDTi Astra - it was pretty bad news but under warranty. Vx were utter cr4p though. Sorted it but damaged the car and tried to get away with it.
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Old 26 February 2010, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by scooby-tc View Post
i assume you have never driven a spec c ? it has a much smaller tank than all the other imprezas and only averages 18mpg or thereabouts.I have had imprezas for 11 years and to be honest i am bored to death with them.They are not comfortable motorway cruisers,the suspension is hard the boot space is small and impractable and the image is about as bad as any marque can get not to mention 400+ a year tax and hideous fuel bills and imprezas are the most prone to engine failures of any car i can think of (except RX7)

Sorry dude i have made my mind up and i am going for a comfortable motorway cruiser with ample boot space

shall i go on



That why i got rid of mine

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Old 26 February 2010, 09:03 PM
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And how is your 335i going? Fun?

Just had a lovely blast (took a relative home - 30 miles away) in my twin turbo 6 pot Bimmer
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Old 26 February 2010, 09:12 PM
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I have decided to get a late 06 535d for a year then chop it in for an M5 next year

just got to find my perfect oil burner,and it must have ALL the toys including HUD so i could be looking for a little while
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Old 26 February 2010, 09:18 PM
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I can think of worse "punishments...!"
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Old 26 February 2010, 10:18 PM
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Old diesel for the slog to work & save the Spec C for w/end blasts? We always come back to scoobs

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Are you nuts in that for sale thread, the guy's offering a deposit & to buy in 2 months time?

Originally Posted by scooby-tc View Post
I have had imprezas for 11 years and to be honest i am bored to death with them.

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Old 26 February 2010, 10:35 PM
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Ive already got an 06 plate octavia diesel for work

and yes i have always been nuts
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Old 27 February 2010, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by scooby-tc View Post
cheers for your input so far guys,I think i will hold out for a march 07 model 535d.I would ideally like the m sport version but i might be a bit over stretched budget wise unless they start coming down in price with the introduction of the new 10 plate cars in march.
Fingers crossed eh
Where are you based mate. I work for BMW in london, so i might be able to have a word for you and get you a few test drives.
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Old 27 February 2010, 12:13 AM
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i am based in Southsea,Portsmouth but work in London quite often
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