Should this post go here? If not please move. Long ramble ahead. Put the kettle on. Use of 2,000 words when 50 will do? That'll be Harry! Sometimes you just get it right. The Cyborg is a case in point. I researched for weeks, waited for the right car and didn’t skimp or dither (too much) on the spec I wanted. Because I started the search with a narrow view, the number of possible candidates in the UK came down to three., with the 750Li I ended up with being the obvious leading contender. In the end I skipped power fold mirrors and privacy glass. All other boxes were ticked and a few more besides. My running report spanning some years has alas gone with BMWLand. I wish I had kept copies but I didn’t. So that’s that. I’m not going back to the beginning and reconstituting it again but I will say that although not cheap to run and prone to a fair number of bugs and failures (pretty much all covered by the warranty), it is the best car I have ever had. It was everything I’d hoped for and more. And the last time it rolls off my drive will be just as special an occasion as when it first rolled on, eight years ago. The novelty never wore off. It’s a great car and that’s how I will remember it. The plan was to spare no expense but be realistic. So for the past two years it has not been to the BMW dealer for all work, the routine stuff and MOTs being done by a local Indie. Dents and scuffs were fixed. But as is always the case, trim and paintwork have faded (the car is 11 years old now and hasn’t been garaged for eight). It still shines but the little chips, less than transparent lacquer in places, slightly ratty patches, phantom rattles, a little bit of corrosion, mean that it’s at a fork in the road. I’d keep it as a project if that was my thing, but it isn’t. I need something for business. Not doing big business miles, but to turn up in and do long drives occasionally. And of course to have some fun in the Mendips, where you can kill a car without breaking the speed limit if you are clumsy enough, and where you can scrape its door mirrors on the crown of the road, also without breaking the speed limit. Don’t think a Seven can do this? Well, in terms of the F01/2 you’d be right. It had somewhat arthritic dynamic ability. But the E65/66, for all its outlandish looks is the last of the old school Sevens. It has deep ability where it counts. It drives like a proper old fashioned BMW. The F01/2 to me feels numb, detached, not something you can drive through the seat of your pants (or even through your palms or finger tips). And the ride is awful. So where to go? Difficult. I have (not too seriously) considered many candidates over the past year and have been unmoved when it came down to it. Better to continue in a cheap banger with infinite feel good factor. Why spend money on something which seems a compromise? But the turn of this year has seen the day of reckoning approach. I could still run The Cyborg for a year or two, but it’s time and I know it. After a lot of scratching about it had come down to the M5. Once you filter for a few must have toys, the pool of cars at the right price isn’t impossibly big. But I’ve only seen one with ventilated seats and if you have had such seats you’ll know why I don’t want to give them up. We recently had an F10 520d on loan for three days and I racked up a few miles in it. Even on the brittle, choppy, crash, bang, wander-all-over-the-road E60, I thought the 2.0d was little short of brilliant for what it was, and the latest 520d implementation makes me seriously question why I wouldn’t run one. Apart from the fact I dislike diesel it’s down to vanity and a refusal to settle for acceptable. But I can excuse myself on the grounds of being a “petrolhead” as opposed to a vain, stupid bloke of a certain age. So, moving on….. What the 520d showed us is that the F10 is a more than good car. Remarkably good if you consider just how patchy the E60 could be depending on spec, tyres and wheels. We could live with one. And of course, while an M5 would not be remotely the same car, the size, on board tech, parking, visibility etc. would be similar. So that got me pointing in the right direction. It was some time later that I realised I was thinking too much inside the box. The idea of having two X cars on the drive is ridiculous. But what if one really wicked and well toyed X car eventually replaced the first X car and we then had the wriggle room to do something different? Like run a Tesla, or an iCar or maybe get that Cayman? Helen’s car is huge fun to drive. It hasn’t turned out to be at all difficult to live with or drive all over the country. I’m surprised at how much I like it. Of course it rides hard, but the ride and steering are communicative and accurate. It is not beset with the same choppiness and nervous ride/steering which blighted the first generations of BMWs fitted with RFTs. Fold in the vanity factor and the scope for something different enough to cushion the pain of Cyborg loss makes it start to look rather interesting. Although when I filtered it down for M Cars with full leather and ventilated seats I was back where I was in 2008 with the Seven. I had been doing some idle research over Easter and seen the X6M supersonic fire engine at Sytner. “Wrong colour” was the immediate conclusion, but the more I kept coming back to it the more it looked like the right colour. Shortly afterwards it disappeared. Not surprising. I thought someone had snapped it up like I was beginning to want to. A week later it’s back at a grand less. Turns out that the private plate was taken off and that required it to be taken off line for a few days while the details were updated. We went to see it today. The red paint is lightly chipped in the places you would expect it to be. I can’t quibble on a 5.5 year old car, although the sills ahead of the rear arches are peppered, like in Helen’s X5. They will be machine polished. Fair enough. If they irritate afterwards (unlikely) I will get a smart repair done down the line. The leading part of the rear arch on the X6M (and maybe the X6 – don’t know) has a protective film. This is being renewed and the car will have a full valet. All the wheels are immaculate. There are no dents, scuffs or scratches. The reason I am not being ultra picky, apart from the fact that the wear and tear is light and superficial is the interior. It’s mint. The other reason is because of how it drove – immaculately. How could I possibly say no? The Insured Warranty for the 750 costs £167 per month with a £100 excess. I do not know how much the X6M will cost but if I was buying on its present mileage, off the back of the first dealer supplied year, it would be £103 with a £100 excess. £84 with a £250 excess. Impressive. If all goes to plan, we will have it on Friday. After all that was concluded we went for a drive round the Ascot area in an i3. Honestly, I was expecting better. I think they have tried too hard to be different. The front and rear doors not working together in tight spaces is the obvious one but it’s – to our thinking at least – wantonly quirky merely for the sake of it. The big let-down for me was the seats. Not too comfortable with insufficient base tilt and poor thigh support. It was also difficult for me to find a decent wheel to seat arrangement – in fact I didn’t find one. So the i3 is off our list. We were surprised at how much we didn’t like it. What you couldn’t help but like was the nippy and accurate way it drove. Brilliant drive. But an uncomfortable and at times impractical car. Here’s the Cyborg with its original plates back on, waiting to be collected on Friday. I am sad. I can’t think why. It’s the best car I’ve ever had (which is to be celebrated) and it’s being replaced with what looks to be the other best car I ever had. More in due course.