What to do when your bored with the car, but........
you don't normally keep them more than 3 years and its now 6 yrs old
you like the car, but bored with it,
can't justify the expense of changing it
its only got 40k on it, just run in.
Have a visit from Simon at emaps, oh yes, that's the engine sorted,
Inspired by other postings I have read on BMWLAND recently and recognising the 10 year milestone of ownership for my e61, I thought I would post a summary which I hope will be of interest to other owners/enthusiasts. I did post a 3 yr report way back, but I think that was lost when the original BMWLAND website was superseded.
Specification & usage.
I bought the e61 from a dealer in 2010 for £12,000, with only 47k miles on the clock. MY is 2004. Quite a basic spec, really; 530d SE, Silver grey, Dakota leather interior, manual transmission. Over the first 5 years I used the car for both high business mileage and personal use, clocking up over 23k miles/annum. From that point onwards, mileage per annum has reduced as my business mileage has come down. Current mileage is c. 244k [approximately the mileage to the moon!]. I bought a 430d 2 years ago, restricting its use for business, but couldn’t bring myself to sell the e61, and it is still proving a good workhorse for...
The day that l collected the 6GT l called in to see Scott at perfect polish Shrewsbury to see what would be the best way to enhance and protect the new purchase and l decided to go for the Ultimate protection package and the car was booked in for the first week of January, so the work was started on the 4th January.
That night Boris tried to throw a spanner in the works by announcing England's lockdown V3 which meant all non essential retail should close, but after checking with the powers that be we were told that as the car was already in and work had started before the lockdown then the work could be completed
so the car had the following, full exterior decontamination, wheels off arches deep cleaned and all plastics treated, engine bay deep clean and protection, wheels and callipers deep cleaned and ceramic coated, multi stage paintwork correction, then the car had PPF applied to the front end, bumper, bonnet, lights, wings, wing mirrors, full side skirts and the rear bumper...