V10 M6 Could it be!

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    I think this might have something to do with the windscreen mount which then required a video flip.

    This is good news I'm learning already :)
     
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    Figured it out was the aspect ratio on my camera.. Whoops you live and learn.

    Taking the car for a run tomorrow as cant be bothered with the train!

    I think then come the weekend ill give it another clean as all the mud grime and rain has taken the shine away, haven't driven it as much as I would like given we have the Q5 which is the daily workhorse and has the child seat my son however does love the car he runs up to it rubs the wheels and tries to open the door :rofll: let him sit in it and at the tender age of 2 he was happily pressing the engine start button with no help or encouragement

    God help me!
     
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    The less you drive it the more special it becomes. I drove my E60 every day and piled the miles on and it became no more special to me than a 520d - until I got rid of it and then it was instant regret!!!!!!!!

    I never take my F10 M5 for granted now. I know it is special and I love every drive.
     
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    Well thats becoming a familiar sight :whistling::rofll:
     
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    Sooooo

    I have done around 300 miles or so in the car now and feel a lot more confident with it they have been mainly motorway and early morning trips on the edge of London so I have experienced the slow traffic ability and the motorway cruise capability.

    It is incredibly easy to live with and the comfort level is brilliant for what is a 13 year old car, ill also say that I like the SMG gearbox its taken a few trips to figure out what it is trying to do but with this engine I feel it works very well.

    The car's best feature is the ability for it to make me laugh out loud! yes that may be sad but I do not care one bit I have only put it in M mode a few times and floored it and J E S U S it just picks up speed with no effort you have to pay attention at the numbers plus the wiggle from the rear end I literally just whoooped out loud, this to me is what cars are meant to do what a machine! I genuinely love this bloody thing.

    Its due another clean which I am going to do myself so need to research what cleaning stuff to use been looking at Dodo Juice, Chemical guys etc so I guess it comes down to preference.

    Side note -

    Broke my first part

    Bloody petrol cap retention cord thankfully eBay to the rescue for a whole £6 :)
     
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    Fellow users,


    Was 50:50 on doing this but ultimately I conceded that it wouldn't be a bad thing to have and will help me keep track of what I have done and what needs doing and also wasn't sure if it needed a separate thread but will leave that to a mod if they want to split it :)

    Background

    This is the clichè dream machine that I have always wanted ever since seeing one trundle down the high street then seeing it on top gear my heart was sold I needed to have one of these however at the time I was too young, didn't have the money and Insurance wasn't my friend.

    I had a brief flirt with M power BMW's in 2012 with a lovely E46 Estoril Blue M3 which I regret selling but truth be told at the time I couldn't afford to run the car or have it serviced and kept to a standard which I want but sometimes don't always achieve.

    Fast forward to December 2019 and it is time to replace the current car we have a Cayenne its been a workhorse but a single car which is showing signs of age and my reluctance to spend more money on it after putting in a decent amount I decided to refresh the car situation. A few occasions had occurred so far that having a single car was proving inconvenient also as the wife was a named driver she wasn't earning any no claims so two cars were decided a good idea.

    The age-old saying of having a good woman came true at this point -

    Her car requirements were simply heated and comfy seats sound simple.. Really wasn't in the end after much looking and searching a jewel in the rough appeared in the shape of an Audi Q5 with low miles decent spec and the much wanted heated leather comfy seats, insurance was cheap too RESULT!

    I at this point had looked at all sorts of cars varying in spec from JCW minis to Jags but I wanted something practical for me so a boot, I also wanted heated seats and something with poke I had a look at some e92 M3's which became a possibility then a moment of madness led me to search on auto trader by engine size I saw the M6 range of cars appear and suddenly my search parameters were altered.

    The usual high miles or high owner cars were rife but there was this one car @16k (more than I wanted to spend on myself) that caught my eye purely because the colour was different from the standard silver and black versions and this didn't have 7 + owners. Opening the advert it read perfectly Blue, Grey/white leather, brilliant spec, low owners, low miles and then I saw what I consider the holy grail Transferable BMW warranty my interest very much grabbed. I spoke to the wife who saw my reaction when I saw it and said its too much for me to spend on myself, well she corrected me and told me in no uncertain terms to buy the bloody thing.. Okay

    I reached out to the seller and immediately hit it off with him a very humble and genuine person I personally think it's important to get a good vibe from the seller a few days worth of emails and what's app exchanges mainly for my 2 million questions. During this time another M6 had appeared with the same low miles, owners and BMW warranty it had also had a new clutch however it was in Glasgow but was a lot cheaper but silver. I spoke to the Blue M6 owner explaining what I had seen and said purely on price reasons I had to consider it and estimate a cost of 1.5k to get to Glasgow and drive back down he understood and reduced the price for me to 15k :D.

    I went down to view the car and then something happened which has never happened to me before the seller refused to sell the car to me on that day. The car had developed a PDC error and sensors needed replacing his words where I wouldn't want to buy a car with a fault and I wouldn't sell a car with a fault, can't knock him for that I left a deposit and went home sad and excited at the same time.

    BMW dealer delivered some glum news that the part had to be ordered and I wouldn't be getting my machine before Christmas January 4th would be my day to collect it and I was a very excited chap a car I had wanted for years was suddenly a few hours away. A few hours on the train, cup of tea and some strange excuse for a bacon roll and I was in the sellers living room looking at paperwork, transferring money and taking the keys from him.
     
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    The dealership visit for the PDC sensors went well even if the cost fitted for 2 was £540!

    [​IMG]IMG-20191223-WA0030 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr


    The previous owner gave it one last clean before the sale which he said broke his heart!

    [​IMG]IMG-20191215-WA0003 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr



    I thoroughly enjoyed the drive home I didn't pin it too much as it's average speed and then the M25 cameras but in the brief moments, I got to overtake I quickly respected the power of the car the speedo nearly in triple figures several times with no effort what so ever, impressive and humbling in equal measures.

    Very comfortable and it draws some attention that's for sure.

    Parking said M6 on my drive, however, was a totally butt-clenching experience - I have a drop curb but for some godforsaken reason it has a lip before you actually get on the drive so I nearly parked my M6 in the living room and the nice smell of clutch

    Something I need to resolve it's a pain in the ass!

    That aside I'm like a big kid with a grin the size of the equator finding all sorts of options on it at the moment like soft-close doors and keyless entry auto boot and more which I will detail later.
     
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    The car has a full BMW service history which made nice reading and only 3 owners a big factor me as I personally never feel happy seeing a car with 7/8 + owners

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_125627 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_125634 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_125638 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    My first port of call is to have the oil change frequency increased to 5k, this is a personal preference and due to the limited amount of mileage, I will end up doing in the car.

    Warranty work has been performed on the car and listed below

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130328 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    Parking sensors

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130415 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    Throttle valve actuator motor

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130212 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    Telephone ariel

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130057 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    Security Update

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130136 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    CD Changer

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_130032 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    4 Vanos Solenoids

    I can only imagine the total of all that work without a warranty!
     
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    irst thing I wanted to do was have the car cleaned properly inside and out and I sourced the services of a friend for this, I knew he would do a thorough job and give myself a good starting point.

    [​IMG]FB_IMG_1582131575683 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FB_IMG_1582131581408 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    The clean done what I expected and highlighted some chips and marks in the paintwork and exterior trim which on a 13yr old car is to be expected but things to add to my list to restore factory look.

    A close up of the colour which I think is truly stunning on this car although it made me realise how faded the M badge was!

    [​IMG]e63 M6.2 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr


    First thing ordered

    [​IMG]IMG_20200219_171010 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr


    Upon refuelling which you seem to do quite often in this :D the tether snapped so have to order one of those
     
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    Beautiful colour, good write up and fascinating reading.
     
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    Stunning car!
     
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    I can see what you mean by that lip on the drive, bottom clenching moments!
    Smart looking car, hopefully it is a cracker for you.
     
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    That is the smaller lip which is the easy side to park on can you believe, out of shot the lip is around 3 inches tall the Q5 parks that side now its less "clenching" haha

    Thank you for the kind words
     
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    Thank you more updates to come over the next few days all being well
     
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    Nice new tether in place, may not seem like a "big" thing but it annoyed the hell out of me when it snapped nice and cheap to replace so no excuse.

    [​IMG]IMG_20200220_102240 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr


    With that done a quick scan of the interior, I am not a massive mod man I favour the factory look as opposed to highly modifying a car I admire those that do it but its never been my thing. Apologies to those who may have been hoping otherwise.

    Sneak peek at my work in progress iPod install, it has the telephone prep which I have 0 use for so working around it at the moment.

    [​IMG]IMG_20200220_102648 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    One thing that has stuck out since I saw the car was the ashtray area which is showing signs of wear and the actual socket has a lot of crap in it which affected the use of the assembly. Replacements are being sourced.

    [​IMG]IMG_20200220_102353 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr


    The car has done around 500 miles in my ownership now and it's being used for what I intended the boot is great for the several hobbies I do and it has vindicated itself in terms of practicality as it carries everything with ease!

    Some pics from the RC track I found myself at

    [​IMG]IMG_20200122_131315 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_20200122_131327 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_20200122_131334 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_20200122_131300 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_20200122_131250 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr
     
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    Good write up. Your service history is exactly like mine. All BMW except one service (yours is Munich Legends) and mine is a general independent garage.

    I think I’m the 6th owner of my car with it being a dealer demonstrator to start with as it was one of the first in the country I believe.

    Great cars, I’ve had mine for three and a bit years now and done about 7,000 miles. I took mine to the Czech Republic and back for my brother in laws wedding and went to the petrol station 7 times They could really do with a 100 litre petrol tank instead of the 70 litre tank. Best I got out of mine was 303 miles fill you fill.

    Cheers and enjoy.


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    It is surprising how long the car is, longer in fact than the cayenne we had but much nicer to look at IMO :)

    [​IMG]IMG_20200220_102940 by Brian McGinty, on Flickr

    Looking forward to a break in the weather so I can give it a full clean inside and out its overdue one but the weather has made it impossible where we are.

    So far I've managed to get 260 miles out of the tank which I was pleasantly surprised with considering the tiny fuel tank and monster under the bonnet I was happy with that.

    Lowest I've got was 11mpg :D
    Highest was 21mpg

    Fuel economy isn't an issue for me it's not a daily driver but it does baffle me the tiny fuel tank the car has, all is forgiven however when you hear the engine sing.
     
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    It is incredible the fuel tank is so small isn't it :whistling::whistling:

    it is absolutely everything I wanted it to be I am not disappointed at all :D The car has had 4 owners oddly the first owner transferred it to his wife? i assume he done something daft or banned maybe who knows its amazing that some of them have 9 or more owners :yikes:
     
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    I once got 27mpg out of my E60. Was at a constant 55 on the m25 for my entire journey as traffic wouldn't allow any higher speed and was amazed but that was the one and only time I saw over 20mpg. The tank really is so damn small and filling up every day got old very fast lol.
    The F10 has an 80ltr tank and coupled with far better economy makes it absolutely fantastic.
    I have been told the F90 is back to 70ltrs or so due to packaging reasons but do not know for this for definite.
     

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