Morning all, Having now had the new car 3 weeks I thought a little update about how it's settling in, what's good and what isn't and also how it compares to my old E91. The car is an F30 335d M Sport with a fair few options which I picked up from Burnley just over 3 weeks ago. In general I'm very pleased with it (aside from it not having adaptive dampers as advertised ) Technology The technology is definitely more advanced than in the E91, the heated steering wheel being my current favourite toy especially in this cold weather it warms up nicely then maintains an even temperature, the button is in an odd position just next to the base of the indicator stalk and I had to consult the manual to find it at first. Gone is the cruise control stalk to be replaced with buttons on the left of the steering wheel, it's quite intuitive. The TPMS system is a lot more advanced with the pressures of each tyre shown in the iDrive. I've used the reversing camera a little but I still instinctively look over my shoulder and find my peripheral vision just as good, the one good thing about the camera is when I reverse on the drive and can see my cat sat there glaring before he decides to move in the last second, he does have a death wish sometimes! The dab radio, phone integration - being able to press the call button then scroll through contacts seems very good although I've not used it yet I can certainly see the benefit - my wife always grumbled that I wasn't contactable while driving, this seems like a decent hands-free solution. I've updated the maps to the latest 2018-2 version using an FSC code generator. The black panel display is nice to have. The HK system is quite punchy, but clarity and distortion suffers if taking the volume really high, however on low to mid volume there's nothing to complain about, it's certainly better than the base stereo but to improve on the current system I'd need to spend the wrong side of £700 for an upgrade so not really worth doing. The auto lights and wipers which some may take for granted are very useful. Driving What do you do when you have an empty dual carriageway and the lights have just gone green? You see what the car does with pedal to the metal The way the car surges forward with urgency and no wheelspin, the second turbo coming in shoving you back into the seat and only a few seconds later having to slow down as you're at illegal speeds - then looking behind to see everyone else a couple hundred yards back. Not that I do this much at all really as it's not needed, just a gentle press of the throttle is enough to propel you forward at a brisk (but not silly) pace without going all gung-ho. The 8 speed box is sublime and makes for a very relaxing driving experience, gone are the days of left leg ache from having to change gear driving around town. MPG is currently at 41.6 The SE suspension - as standard on the 335d makes for a comfortable ride on the whole - that is it's downfall though as it doesn't cope particularly well in corners with too much body roll. It's not quite the nautical handling of a Citroen Xsara Picasso mind, but not what you'd expect from a premium car. It's also quite crashy on bumps and doesn't feel particularly composed. However, the relaxing driving style and effortless overtaking allows you to make swift progress, the power on tap is totally wasted on these roads and unless in Germany or on a track you wouldn't be able to use the car to it's full potential. Comparisons to the E91 My E91 had the 2.0 diesel N47 engine and I retrofitted various items to lift it out of it's poverty spec status. I won't go into detail on all of the retrofits but only on bits where there's a significant difference. I find that the heated seats on the F30 don't get as warm as the ones on the E91 - the old ones you could almost fry eggs on they got very warm indeed. Also the side bolsters really held you in place whereas on the F30 they don't squeeze you much at all - whether that's the general population getting larger or me getting thinner (doubtful) I don't know. The E91 was 10 years old. The handling is probably the biggest difference I've noticed in day to day driving. The E91 being lighter and with only a 4 pot up front made it quite nimble, also the Bilstein B12 suspension that I fitted ensured it held the road. In fact the E91 was very chuckable and predictable in corners, point the steering wheel where you wanted to go and it went in that direction. The B12 kit didn't sacrifice comfort but dealt with potholes much better than the F30 does. Feedback through the steering wheel was better too. I've heard that the suspension is one of the let-downs of the pre-LCI F3x models which can be greatly improved with an aftermarket solution. Mind you, the standard E91 SE suspension was a let down so maybe I'm comparing apples with oranges, but you'd think BMW would have sorted it out 10 years later! Obviously technology improves and so proved the case, driving the E91 around town was not particularly pleasant, occasionally I'd find myself in the wrong gear - too fast for 1st and too slow for 2nd so would have to slow down even further to then speed up in 1st before finally moving to 2nd. Most likely that was a result of the tall gearing in the 6 speed manual. The E91 was more practical obviously being a touring. Sadly to my detriment I've found that my F30 doesn't have folding rear seats as standard (on a £41k car no less ) unless they were specced as a £450 option. Not handy for fitting my model planes into. For trips to IKEA the seat backrest can be removed though but it's not practical to do that regularly. Overall In general the F30 is a big step up from my old car. Bigger better engine, better gearbox and better interior. The 41.6mpg I'm getting surpasses the 38mpg I was getting in the E91 and that had a 2.0 engine! It's a relaxed cruiser and will soak up the motorway miles. Driver involvement is more lacking and maybe this is case with ever more gadgets and safety devices present, a big part of that is the rive I'm sure with the car not feeling like a typical RWD BMW. I'm pretty sure with sorted suspension a lot of that feeling would be ameliorated somewhat and I'd at least gain comfort on today's roads and more predicatable handling. With trips up to Durham in the winter I can forego the RWD feeling for at least knowing I have more chance of not getting stuck on snowy roads There were fewer distractions in the E91 and so concentration was only on the road ahead. The sore point is the lack of through-load access, which we'll have to see how that fares over time.