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V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI #1641311
23/05/2020 21:37
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I think the decision is made (we've put the Roomster up for sale and made an offer on a 545i), but what advice can you give us about how to maximise the V8 Beemer experience?
We don't do many miles, so we're not that fussed about mpg, but is there anything we can do to make the car more fun, (tastefully) noisy, yet retain the outward subtlety?



Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1641383
27/05/2020 15:25
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I won't suggest my exhaust guy again. wink

How old is it? Does it have the 'angel eye' headlights?

Perhaps a subtle lowering kit, remap and zorst would be sufficient.

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Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1641391
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It's a 2005 545i SE Touring with 125k miles.
My eyes are wide open and, as we've opted for the cheapest one in the UK, I'm prepared for it to be a disaster!
Ideally, I'd like a >ahem< subtle map with a few grown up pops and bangs, in combination with an exhaust. Perhaps not from the crazy South African in Cardiff though...! Lowering? Probably not, knowing the roads round here.



Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1641444
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Well, to the surprise of nobody, we bought it! Needs a few bodywork scrapes fixed, plus the headlights need clearing (not too much of a problem...), drove home in rather fine fashion!
Think I'll probably always be paranoid about it, but I'm at the start of a journey and so far I rather like it. Especially the way it goes from drowsy cruise to hyperspace in a fraction of a second.
And all for under 3500 quid. So far.



Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1641469
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Excellent. I want a video of the engine please. Revving if possible.
wink

Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Gripped] #1641471
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Originally Posted by Gripped
Excellent. I want a video of the engine please. Revving if possible.
wink


I think that can be arranged - but probably not til the weekend now, as we are crazy busy at work.

First drive yesterday to visit step-daughter (under social distancing measures, naturally) was about 90 minutes each way, mostly on A-roads.
The car seems exactly as I expected - smooth, comfortable and quiet. The gearbox is dead smooth and if you stick your foot down, it leaps forward and keeps leaping!
The V8 is obviously much too subtle and quiet for my tastes, but it seems to be doing its job.
The paranoia begins in earnest tomorrow with a first check at the local garage (he's a VAG specialist, but knows his way around other stuff). If that doesn't show anything financially fatal, we'll buy a few odds and ends: spacesaver spare, new key, etc.
If it's bad news, we'll have to weep into our leaked oil and take the hit!



Re: V8 BMW 545i vs Skoda Roomster 1.9TDI [Re: Jim_Clennell] #1641475
01/06/2020 22:47
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Well, I guess if it's driving well with no odd noises and the gearbox, brakes and suspension is smooth, then fingers crossed there's nothing major.

Unfortunately in Wales we're still stuck at home albeit with a 5 mile radius to drive....


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