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About PeterS

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    Audi S3
  • Birthday 02/02/1971


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    West Sussex
  • Occupation
    finance director
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    Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI S Line
  1. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    I'd like to claim it was skill, but it wasn't. It was luck
  2. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    In Azures defence, the Michelins on the 235i are noticeably less grippy in cold / wet conditions than whatever tyres were fitted to the 520d I had a few years ago. That was quite happy in proper snow, never mind the pathetic conditions on the roundabout I almost lost the 235i. Which is a road that I've driven round in many RWD cars in far worse conditions than I experienced last week The absolute torque figures are, I think, fairly similar for both cars (well, within 20% of each other) though I've no idea what the actual torque curves looks like, but either way either way in normal use the car gets power down and feels more planted on the winter tyres than the Michelins on cold/damp roads. Though, on a dry sunny day like today when, for experimental purposes only, I floored it on an empty straight stretch of road it did struggle to get the power down Though, that's not the point of them really is it, and they're almost certainly not 'essential', but then neither's the car
  3. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    I have to admit that it was a cold / wet road moment that resulted in me fitting winter wheels / tyres. It was on an innocuous roundabout on the A27 / A29 intersection at Fontwell, at slowish speed. It's a largish roundabout, with a slight downhill slope when coming from the west and heading south. Which I was. I've driven round it literally thousands of times in RWD cars, diesel and petrol, BMW and Merc, manual and auto. Last Monday night, cold but just above freezing, and damp resulted in the most spectacular, though unintentional, drift round 270 degrees of it as I entered from the west and headed south. Complete luck that I didn't actually spin the car, so I decided that the michelins weren't best suited to winter conditions, even in the south
  4. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    Oh and not sure what my iPhone's done to that picture... but just look at the grip in Sainsbury's car park
  5. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    What did you do in the end AzureS3? I had a set of style 380/ fitted at the weekend, with continental tyres and the TPMS valves. The wheels were second hand (from and the sensors aftermarket. But they were coded to the car before despatch, and after reinitialising the system all working fine! They're 205/50/17, and feel more surefooted in wet conditions. Full throttle acceleration on dry roads on the other hand does highlight rather more twitchiness than on the 18" Michelins! Looks odd on 17" wheel mind you
  6. Coincidence!

    Registered at BMWs import centre at Thorne; mine was bought with a 'Friends and Family' discount (of 18% I recall, how things have changed. You'll get more than that through a broker now!). We're very close to the Rolls Royce plant at Goodwood
  7. Coincidence!

    In 2005 I bought a new car, a BMW 535d SE touring. Registration YE55XAL. Sold it many years ago. Today, in our car park at work I saw YE55XAK - what are the chances of that its a 520d M Sport Touring...
  8. LED Headlamps

    Our A3 has 'normal' LED headlights, and they are very good when dipped. Better than the xenons on the BMW. But mainbeam on the BMW is better. The Merc had what they called ILS (adaptive xenons with auto mainbeam) and that did modify the beam pattern on motorways, as well as transitioning gradually from full to dipped beam when you came up behind someone. It was never fooled by road signs (it had speed limit assist which read the signs, which might be why?) but motorway junction signs on unlit motorways could sometimes make them dip. I'd really like to try some of these new LED matrix type lights, but they still very expensive. They also weren't available on the 2 series
  9. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    Mind you, judging by the temperature the tyres reached *after* half an hours driving, perhaps I should fit winter's cold down here
  10. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    Worse than that, they seem to be 205/50/17!! Seems like it could be fun to me
  11. About to order these winter tyres, thoughts

    Good news...BMW will now sell you some 17" winter wheels / tyres for £900
  12. BMW New vs Used

    I've had a carbon black 5 series, and as a colour it wasn't a patch on that blue. That looks fantastic
  13. BMW New vs Used

    My E61 shape 535d touring averaged 28.2mpg from memory, but that was a pre facelift model. Facelfted ones were better, and the F10 shape is surely better again? Mid to high 30s doesn't seem unreasonable, expectation wise, to me?
  14. BMW New vs Used

    Assuming it's similar to the engine in mine (it is petrol, isn't it?) then a 1,600kg manual 2 series has averaged 28.5mpg per the OBC over 4K miles. It'll do low/mid 30s on long journeys, driven sensibly. It'll do low teens if thrashed...☺️