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General Discussion / Re: North Coast 500
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:03:03 PM »
Lovely countryside up there. The days there will be getting rather short, as it is a relatively high latitude, so an early start is advisable!

Dornoch well worth a vist, also Eillan Donan castle, Dunrobin castle (if open).

The lounge / Re: Speed limit to be cut to 20mph in central London
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:44:50 AM »
On the actual achieved vs average speed point above, during the night the roads are generally pretty clear and speeds in excess of 20mph and below 30/40mph are entirely safe and reasonable on the broader carriageways. The RAC did point this out and proposed that the limit be raised at these times, but this has not been accepted as far as I can see. The outcome is now simply providing easy pickings for speed cams at those times.

The lounge / Re: Speed limit to be cut to 20mph in central London
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:37:05 AM »
Indeed as X5Sport says, in a very clearly signposted 20mph zone I have been aggressively tailgated and flashed to speed up by clearly visually-challenged morons. However, these days an attempt to point out the rules might result in bonkers road rage, stabbing, acid attack and God knows what :(

The lounge / Speed limit to be cut to 20mph in central London
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:41:14 PM »

I am pretty dubious about this; a previous similar exercise lead to precisely the opposite of the desired outcome: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/17/20mph-limit-dangerous-costly-reverse-council-admits/

Speed cameras, box junctions, traffic wardens, give me a break; and on the observed lunacy of some cyclists, scooterists, and motorbikers, no action whatsoever.  :(

P.S. This will be coming to your area soon, wherever you live, mark my words...

General Discussion / Re: London 'T' charge
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:18:28 PM »
Just FTR, the ULEZ extension has gone through (subject to legislation etc). The ULEZ on-line vehicle checker is at:
I found it now says my car passes the standard, whereas previous it didn't, FWIW.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Passenger door mirror...
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:43:17 AM »
...isn't heating or moving. The original option code is 313 "Exterior Mirror Package", and FWIW I have heated seats with manual adjustment. The RHS mirror does not appear to have electric folding. So I think I need the 5-wire version? Looking at a few breakers' spares on the 'bay, and some guides on YT, it does seem feasible to swap the mirror cover to retain my current paint colour finish. The job would involve removing the door trim, airbags, etc. Anyone done this or similar?

Would definitely like a usable reverse gear kerb view tilting function as not doing too well on parallel parking!

Newbies section / Re: New E83 3.0Si Owner
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:25:05 AM »
Nice!  :thumbsup:

The lounge / Re: BMW 7 Series nicked in under 60 seconds
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:19:49 AM »
Do these RFID pouches actually work?

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Driver's heated seat fault?
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:13:58 AM »
Hmm, I've disconnected the battery several times and not felt that I've missed any significant "stored data". If you do disconnect it, make sure not to close the rear hatch, as otherwise you'll have to crawl into the back and poke around the lock from the inside to reopen it.

The seat fix I've seen in a YT vid looked like quite a lot of effort...

Also note a common issue, search "bmw e83 valve cover gasket" which leads to a whiffy smell of oil smoke around the engine and in the cabin. Relatively easily fixed, albeit a bit fiddly in places, some good vids on YT. Expect to need to do this at least by 100K miles or before; also get spark plugs changed at the same time.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: Hard wire
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »
When done, a post in the How-To section with some pics would be great!

General Discussion / Re: London 'T' charge
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:19:33 AM »
The official proposals on this change have now been published: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation

The proposals confirm the extension of the controlled ULEZ area up to but not including the North and South Circular roads in London. It would start in April 2019 with residents having an exemption until October 2021. This would apply to:
    Diesel cars, vans, minibuses and similar vehicles – Euro 6 NOx and PM
    Petrol cars, vans and similar vehicles – Euro 4 NOx
    Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and similar vehicles – Euro 3 NOx

One particular irritation about the proposal is that the charges would apply every day, whereas the Congestion Charge applies only on weekdays.

Although described as a "consultation" I would be very sceptical about any material change.

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