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Old 3rd August 2006, 21:36   #1
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BiTurbo #472 now in UK

They're quite impressive cars, aren't they?
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Excellent!

We need to see pictures!!
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Old 3rd August 2006, 22:42   #3
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First impressions

My first impressions are:

1. That petrol tank is enormous..... the displays sits at "> 621 miles" for ages

2. The car feels really good to drive - really solid, precise steering and handling. I love the heavy / solid / precise feel of the car.

3. You can't really appreciate the performance if you're not on unrestricted autobahns.. If you took someone for a quick drive, they wouldn't see the car's true character. I planned to take two days for the trip but did it in onbe day without feeling tired - and it's down to the car. I can't imagine doing that in any other car. Weird. Today was (I assume) exactly what the car was built for.

4. I'm not sure about the stripes. I think the car would look meaner and sleeker without stripes...

5. It's incredibly smooth.... That engine is amazing.

6. It's so refreshing to be treated as an adult - ie being able to choose your own speed on autobahns instead if being hounded by speed cameras every half a mile...

7. The car looks good with foreign plates on. Wish there was some way to keep them!

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Old 3rd August 2006, 22:43   #4
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I forgot my camera so... er... no pictures yet!!
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Glad to see you picked the Bi Turbo up OK, and that were no problems.
Look forward to seeing it in the near future.
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Welcome to the B10BT party! you'll never leave....
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congrats.. glad the trip went well..looking forward to those pics
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Greg,

Seriously. Welcome to the fraternity of the B10 BiTurbo!

I am so glad you had the b*lls to make the decision to pull the trigger. Isn't the car just simply so special? I too really love the heavy feel of the car which gives good feedback at speed.

Plus, I can put more golf bags in the trunk than other people's newer 740i's!
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Hi Greg,

Glad you bit the bullet. Is it as good as we thought? And the big question, how does it compare to the one you drove last Saturday?

Congrats - now for the list of work..... What's planned/needed?

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Thanks guys.

Brian - turns out that since the car is more than 10 years old, it doesn't need the conformance stuff at all. It just needs an MOT, and therefore the lights / indicators etc.

Dave - the car's not perfect - air con doesn't work for example. Nor does the cigar lighter which wouldn't normally be a problem (I don't smoke) but I was relying on my GPS unit to get me home and without power, it's battery ran out early in the day leaving me completely blind! Had to buy a map, and the map I bought was rubbish so I wasted some time going round in circles. The engine feels very strong, and the car feels really tight and well planted on the road so hopefully the major things are OK. I would be interested to let you drive it and compare it with yours.... probably a more meaningful comparison that way round!

I had also forgotten how much headroom you lose with a sunroof! I have a very long torso (and short legs) so I always have headroom problems with cars... and the sunroof takes a couple of crucial inches away. It's probably not the end of the world because it won't be a daily driver.. but if I could, I'd magically make the sunroof disappear so I could have my seat how I want it and feel more comfortable.

The car in general terms is amazing though. They really don't make them like that any more - everything about it feels solid and built to last.

So - things needed are
a) Headlamp switch, foglight switch and side indicators - I need help on this because whilst I know which end of a drill to hold I'm not confident using the right type of bit at the right speed to make sure paint doesn't melt or flake or chip... and if I bought some rust preventer I'd probably buy the wrong stuff that's cheap and doesn't work properly etc etc etc

b) Air con - hopefully just needs re-gassing?

c) Cigar lighter (for GPS) - I did check fuses but couldn't see anything blown. Will investigate further.

d) Radio - would be nice to get something out of the speakers. Not crucial - I wouldn't drive the car to listen to the radio - but it ought to work. I may be able to do this bit myself.

Having been warned by everyone about letting the turbos cool down properly I was somewhat concerned when I rounded a bend after some high speed driving to find a traffic jam..... probably not an ideal way to start but what can you do.

BTW why is the differential oil temperature displayed? I assume it's displayed so you can take action if it gets too high? What is too high? It seems fine at high speed but the temperature rises in traffic.

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