High miles life with an F10 520d M Sport...100k and counting

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High miles life with an F10 520d M Sport...100k and counting

Post by theguvnor » 17 Dec 2016, 22:05

I'll always remember my first drive in an E39 5 series. My brother had just taken delivery of his brand new company car a silver 528i SE, with upgrade turbine alloys, black leather and the auto tiptronic box. I drove it around his estate ( housing we ain't that posh ) and i was a blown away 23 year old. I had to have one, one day. And I did, two in fact. The biggest compliment i can pay the F10 is that it makes me feel like that starry eyed 23 year old again. I never really gelled with the E60, good from some angles awkward from others and the interior seemed a step back in quality from the E39. BMW are bang back on form ( for me!) with the F10, the interior is very well resolved and i like the way it follows the top line of the bonnet across the dash. Very solid in feel and appearance. My F10 has the oyster leather, and some shawoody woody with aluminium trim which is nicely different from the sea of black leather and silver trim that most F10's in M Sport trim seem to have. The seats are brilliant, comfortable and electric adjustment in all but fore and aft...a bit of penny pinching there me thinks. I decided that i wanted the 'big nav' rather than the poundshop nav and boy am I glad I did. Big clear maps, and easy to zoom in and out with the i drive controller.

Ahhh..idrive. I've found it intuitive easy to use and a great interface. And now the bit where Neal switches off....!! The 2.0D lump is refined for a diesel, giving decent shove for overtaking and making long schleps on the motorway a breeze. It has the 8 speed sports box wth flappy paddles, which to be honest I've used once and then left alone which probably sums up the true nature of this car.....with the 2.0D its a cruiser and top end rep mobile rather than an out and out sports saloon. Thats very probably saved for the straight sixes, and the V8....

Looks wise in Sophisto Grey 2 ( I daren't ask what happened to Sophisto Grey the first ) with the M sport body kit its pretty much bang on, aggressive without looking too much like Paul Walkers company car. As a late pre Lci model on 18's it loses out on a bit of visual clout with the 19's but as I'm playing the milage game i'm going for the better ride and cheaper tyres. I must admit i have no complaints about the ride with runflats, composed smooth and so much better than Ruth's old 118 M Sport which sometimes felt like it had granite for suspension.

Economy has been averaging out at the moment at 45mpg over the past two weeks, which isn't bad at all considering the drives its had.

Now an FX 3 series was also on the radar when i was buying, but to be honest there was very little in it in price and you get so much more car for your money with the 5 used. Its a car i look back at when i walk away from it, look forward to driving and makes long journeys a pleasure. It ticks my boxes.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by cockneyrebel » 18 Dec 2016, 00:29

Great write up Matt, glad your enjoying her :thumbup:
looks like you made the right choice.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by M60NJP » 18 Dec 2016, 09:37

Good bit of prose Matt - even I grudgingly made some nice noises about the 'engine' when I drove one!! Agree on the interior.

I have come to the conclusion that I'm a heavy footed driver! The one I borrowed only averaged high 30s and most of that was motorway/A roads!!

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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by theguvnor » 18 Dec 2016, 18:47

Cheers chaps. Had a play with the flappy paddles on the way back from Derbyshire tonight and it definitely makes progress swifter banging through the gears!

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My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by theguvnor » 28 Dec 2016, 08:18

My new job is a national job which I do not start until January, but even with out that just with collecting my daughter and dropping her back to Derbyshire several times and picking number one son up from Harrogate I've done 2,800 miles since I picked it up! Just two negatives. Totally forgot about how light leather loves picking up jeans die ( luckily comes off easy with leather cleaner ) and the stop start isn't the smoothest thing in the world. But apart from that, my Xmas motorway jaunts have been relaxed and a price of cake.

Except for the idiots that only drive on the motorways at Christmas!! I've seen more scary driving in the past four days than I can remember . Take care people the cockwombles are out

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Post by M60NJP » 28 Dec 2016, 10:04

WhatCar (almost) agree with you!!

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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by theguvnor » 20 Feb 2017, 21:43

10,000 mile report.....simply the best mile
Munching car I've ever had. 428 miles done today, apart from being a tad tired felt totally A1 after the long journey. Still averaging 46mpg, still don't really ever stick it in sport or play with the flappy paddles. Big nav is great, adaptive routing mostly spot on. Stereo is decent enough, slowly loading the HD up with late '90s dance shite and the rest of my eclectic music taste. Can't recommend the F10 5 series enough. The 2.0d does its job.....six cylinder would sound better and go a bit quicker but then again drink more.

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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by theguvnor » 21 Feb 2017, 14:40

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I was in Durham yesterday......Dover today.....

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Post by cockneyrebel » 21 Feb 2017, 15:52

theguvnor wrote:Image

I was in Durham yesterday......Dover today.....

Old Slapper springs to mind =)) but I suppose
you've gotta earn. :d

Motor looking good mate.
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Re: My first two weeks with the F10 520d M Sport...

Post by theguvnor » 21 Feb 2017, 17:05

Cheers Si! Another couple hundred miles down today. Went to the Isle Of Sheppy. It's not twinned with anywhere just has a suicide pack with Mosul

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