I am sorry I have been remiss in not giving an update on my change from my 63 plate X3 xDrive 30d M Sport (Pre LCI F25) to an Audi Q5 Quattro S line 2.0 TFSI 252 bhp S tronic 4 x 4. Please pull up a chair, get comfortable and read on. For some time I had been toing and froing on whether to keep the F25 for several more years or move to another car, preferably another 4 X 4. Not a large one like a Range Rover or one of the smaller Cross Overs. There were multiple reasons for the indecision, but, I was starting to find the front sports seats in the X3 really hard and uncomfortable. Several times after driving for only around 45 minutes, sometimes less, I would have to get out and walk around to ease the pressure on the back of the thigh muscles. No amount of adjustment to the seats allowed me to get completely comfortable. So I started the search. I had already sat in the later X1 2.0i when it came out, and dismissed it because if I was going to move to another new or nearly new 4 x 4, it needed to be petrol with a similar power output (250 bhp) to my current X3 30d. Also under consideration was my low annual mileage of around 7k miles. The only other vehicles I had owned recently that had enough get up and go (for safe overtaking on single lane roads) was my previous remapped e91 325d M Sport and the current F25 30d, both with an approximately 0 to 60 mph time of 6 seconds. Along with this, the poor press on diesels in my opinion was appearing to depress diesel sales, so I thought I might get a good price for my X3 (Euro 5) whilst the going was good. Remember this was in June/July of this year, before the latest car sales were released. Anyway, I spent hours reading reports on just about every 4 x 4 that was released to the market with a well-tuned petrol unit of around 250 bhp. Early on whilst reading, none seemed to satisfy my aspirations unless I went for a new X3 xDrive 40i (another hard seat BMW!) or the big stuff at silly money that I was not willing to pay out. It would sit outside the house depreciating faster than the proverbial. The kids, the grandchildren and now 2 great grandchildren will have the benefit of the money unless we need it for our care home fees. Eventually after a lot more searching/reading, I found on paper that the new Mk II FY series Audi Q5 Quattro S Line 2.0 litre TFSI 252 bhp S Tronic might fit the bill, so I told my wife I was going to have a look at the local dealership. When I got there, I found the 2.0 litre TFSI was as rare as hen’s teeth and they only had one in the area. The salesman got the trade plates out and off we went. That was it for me! It was as quick if not more so than my current X3 30d and it was really smooth and quiet with very linear acceleration up into the unmentionable figures. It was unbelievably quiet whilst cruising at high speed, with me being able to hear just the tyre noise. So to cut a long story short (I am rambling too much anyway), I asked the salesman to ring my wife as I drove around the local area and we quickly travelled the 15 miles to pick her up from home. We toured round the local area getting a good feel of it and she agreed it was extremely quiet and more importantly it was very comfortable. After nearly 2 hours we got back to the dealership and they said if we agreed to purchase the ex-management 9 month old car with 5,500 miles on the clock in 4 days’ time (end of July) they would give me a good price on my X3. We agreed the deal and exchanged on 30th July. There is an addendum to this that will make for good reading, but more of that later after posting a few photographs.