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Old 30th Aug 2015, 09:44
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X5 3.0D has maximum speed of around 200-210 km/h dunno exactly, and it needs helluva lot of road to achieve it.
I believe it was a X5 M50d, same 3l diesel engine as quoted in the original text, just a few more turbos. Would be able to do over 270 km/h but is limited to 250 km/h. Quite a nice toy for 60€/day, but personally i prefer the small beemers, like the 4 gran coupe or the M2.

Ducati make cars?
Well, since they are owned by audi which is itself owned by VW, one might say there are a few car makers in the family...
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Old 30th Aug 2015, 10:11
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You got a BMW X5 M50D for only 60 euros per day? Where did you get that offer? I just checked Sixt, and they want 322 euros per day from Frankfurt Airport for that same vehicle.

It's difficult to find a VW Golf for that price here in Germany, the only place where you can "cruise nicely" at 250 km/h.

The idea of pushing any SUV up to 250 and calling that "cruising" says a lot about the person putting that foolishness out as reasonable. You may find that there's a reason for that 250 being the mechanical limit for normal vehicles and normal drivers, along with 130 being the legal limit (sort of).

It's always interesting, if a bit disappointing, to compare the GPS speed read-out with what the speedometer is saying, especially as one approaches Vmax. 250 on the clock is usually just 235 or so in reality, which is simply ego-crushing for some.
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Old 30th Aug 2015, 13:21
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I don't get why the BMW 4x4 drivers are always so agressive on motorways.
If you wanted something fast, you could have got a 5 series tourer with a much nicer engine.

And that X6 is the ugliest thing on the road bar a Ssangyong.

All about status I guess.

I was very tempted by that new 5 series when it first came out, but when they wanted 5 grand for the nicer alloys I went elsewhere.
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 04:37
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I did once leave a note on a quadruple-parked car apologizing for the body damage, but explaining that I wasn't about to make it good if they had to take up 4 spaces.

Didn't touch the car, but was hoping I would give the owner a few bad minutes searching for the non-existent scratches.

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Old 31st Aug 2015, 07:35
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TWB3, I did something similar when some a-hole moved my motor bike so it was illegally parked, so he could park his car legally. I left a greasy note saying I'd loosened the nuts on one wheel - he should guess which one. Of course, I hadn't...or had I?
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 13:27
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My wife and I had the amusing experience of coming back to the family Camry that I'd parked in the street while we went shopping - only to find two very earnest and concerned young ladies standing near the Camry, who advised us they had witnessed an unpleasant event.

A driver had parked near to the Camry and had driven out of his spot very carelessly, and heavily sideswiped the corner of the rear bumper of the Camry, seriously damaging it - and the offender hadn't even stopped!

They assured us the offenders numberplate had been noted, and they handed it to us with great earnestness.

Whilst we thanked them for their diligent and neighbourly work - the problem was, the bumper had already been badly dented when my wife backed into a tree a couple of weeks before! The offender hadn't affected the damage one iota!

We had a good chuckle about it - and discussed whether it might have been nearly worth the effort to track down the offender, blame him for all the damage, and hand him a sizeable bill for the repair!

However, we reckoned that possibly the worry that he might have been seen, and was waiting daily to be advised his number had been taken by witnesses, was probably enough punishment for his bad driving and irresponsible behaviour!

Then again - blokes like that, probably have little feelings of guilt, and he probably never even thought about the damage again, less than 5 mins after he departed the scene of the crime!
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 14:51
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hydromet and twb3

I would just like your view on the following.

Disabled parking places allow a margin either side to open the doors of the car fully, which facility most disabled drivers need.

Every now and then a really smart motorbike rider spots a space which will accommodate his machine, and parks it in the "spare" space of the disabled spot.

Just recently I returned to my car, on a disabled bay, permit properly displayed, to find that the owner of a BMW motorbike had taken advantage of the space to park his extravagant machine. So close to my car that you could not have passed a sheet of paper between his bike and my door handle without tearing it.

I waited for one hour for him to return, but then had to get going because I had an appoinment to keep,

So I tried to move his bike. These bloody things are heavy, unstable and impossible to steer. So while I tried to move it, it fell over. Not, unfortunately the way that would have freed access to my car.

So I had to phone to cancel my rather important appointment, and await developments.

I saw a local police patrol car cruising by, hailed it and explained what had happened. Just then the owner of said machine returned. He was outraged at the damage that he thought might have been caused to his precious phallic symbol, and demanded that the fuzz arrest me for criminal damage.

Their response was to slap him a hefty fine for abuse of a disabled parking bay.

He then had the temerity to demand our help to upright his bike.

My response was "I can't help, I am disabled" (I am not supposed to lift weights above 2 or 3 kilos. This beast weighed a few kilos more)

The police response was "Sort it out yourself and if in ten minutes you are still here, you will have a second ticket"

Your views, please?
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 15:27
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Originally Posted by wings folded
Your views, please?
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 16:04
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In a 2011 survey it was found that 53% of BMW drivers used their horn at least once on every journey - this put them top of the league table. I can well believe this. (The average is 18%.)

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Old 31st Aug 2015, 16:41
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I don't own (or drive) a BMW.

After owning my last car for ten years, only sounding the horn once a year (during the pre-MOT check) I was forced to acquire a 'new' horn from a scrapyard as it 'failed to sound' when tested (by me).
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 17:47
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You waited an hour!? Jiminy, you're a calmer person than me. But why didn't you get in the other side - did you feel you couldn't reverse without touching it?

I want a blue badge, but they won't give me one. But also, I like bikes, but know I couldn't handle it if it went over 30 degrees.

Perhaps you could have sawen the handlebar off
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 17:58
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Ironic that when following this thread I notice there is an advert to the right offering BMW business rental.
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 18:21
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Loose rivets,

if you alight your vehicle from the other side, you will find that various necessary instruments are not present: Accelerator, clutch, brake, steering wheel to name a few
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 19:11
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My bike failed its TüV (like an MOT) when the horn turned out not to work. It hadn't been used since the last biennial inspection, I guess. It is a BMW, actually ....
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 19:16
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Yes, it was only that I do a check of functions before the MOT proper that I discovered that my horn didn't work.
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 19:44
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As far as I'm concerned, sounding the horn is a sign of failure and incompetence - both as a driver and a person.

I have a mate who blasts his horn at someone at least once every journey.
Last time I was with him, I was forced to say loudly "Look mate, you do that again and I'll take my snips and remove your wiring!"
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Old 31st Aug 2015, 20:25
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Used bumper for sale

A while back I returned to my car at a crowded shopping centre to find that some (expletive deleted) had converted my bay into a tandem bay.
I used the tow hitch of my aged BMW to relocate the car to a more convenient spot.
Unfortunately the bumper hitched itself to the towball and departed with me. I only became aware of this when I stopped to investigate the strange rasping noise.
Anyone in the market for a slightly used Ford Focus front bumper?
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Old 8th Sep 2015, 18:40
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Old 9th Sep 2015, 02:07
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Actually the horn is a WARNING not a REBUKE...

Yes I still recall most of the Roadcraft manual.

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Old 9th Sep 2015, 03:24
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But why didn't you get in the other side -
?? Depending upon the degree of incapacity - presumably there was sufficient incapacity to warrant the issue of the blue badge in the first place ? - it might not have been possible to move across to the driving seat having entered on the passenger side. I find it hard enough at times, and am fully mobile.

Just a thought.
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