320d E92 (sorry, another derv...) new members car

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    Hello all.
    New member here, had the E92 since Sept 2018 and am very much enjoying the experience again. Went for an auto for the first time ever and am not regretting the decision, took me a while to get used to the new driving experience, but have got a good handle on using the paddles occasionally to take charge.
    Car is well specced, M Sport Edition, so pretty happy with the overall experience. It lacked DAB so I've added a Dension unit and this is an excellent OEM like upgrade (pictures below).
    Other than that the car is standard, for now....
    Had an oil and filter service a month ago at a local indie, Kaydens Independent in Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield. Great service and very helpful.
    I'm slightly worried about the 313 style (?) alloys, have read many stories of them cracking so drive carefully around the shocking pot holes around here.
    Looking forward to contributing to the site.
     
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    Upgraded the wheel locking bolts and changed all the other bolts as they were corroded and looked naff.

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    Also updated the software on the I-Drive and also updated to the latest nav maps.
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    And finally, the DAB upgrade.
    After a lot of research the Dension U unit seemed to be the best shout. £145 all in, but looks like it is part of the original spec rather than a separate add on unit.
    Unit sits in the arm rest and plugs into the USB. The aerial is on the drivers side rear passenger window.

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    Welcome to BMW Land! (y)

    No need to apologise for driving a diesel. Lots of us like them on this forum. :)
     
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    Cheers for the welcome. Looks like I might need to shrink the photos to small next time I upload from Tapatalk!

    I think the diesel works well with the ZF6 auto box, torque and ratios fit well together.
     
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    Welcome! Just saw this post, nice car.

    Nice Audi in the pic also :)

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    My F30 is the first automatic that I've owned in many cars that I've had.

    I certainly would not go back to a manual. The ZF-8 is a gem and well matched to the 6 pot diesel.
    It's just effortless and the smart technology means that your always in the right gear for what ever's ahead.
    And if you want some fun in Sport mode just select M/S and use the paddles. :driving:
     
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    The pull on the diesel is pretty impressive, in sport mode with a heavy foot it takes off, picks up speed at an alarming rate if not careful.
    Even though the ZF isn’t a dual clutch it is rapid enough in manual mode.
    If I’m “pushing on” I preempt the gear box and drop down manually coming into a corner or island to give me the desired throttle response. I enjoy that part, makes me think about and plan the drive. Or I can just be a right old lazy git and waft along....!
     
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    That’s the good Mrs W’s A1. Zips about nicely for a 1.4. She loves it, better than the 2005 Mini she had before.
     
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    With these immaculate and rather large alloys I am being careful where I park....taxi to the kerb....!

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    I didn’t realise that the ConnectedDrive account holds previous service details on there. Logged in last night and found this:

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    Nice to know the service book matches the electronic version.
     
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    @Wynne71 Thanks - I never saw this on my connected drive, i have found it now under My Account heading at the top... also reminds me that my connected drive serves run out this year, some in May, some in Aug so will have to decide what, if any, to renew. Only things I use the most are the sat nav so Map updates be good to keep and also sending destinations to the car via the app. Never used concierge service etc.

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    Sorry, I should have said where it was. Correct, under My Account - Electronic Service History. If you click on the "Details" at the side of each listing it tell you what was done at that service.
    Randomly mine only starts at 30K. Will check the book and see what happened there.
     
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    And on the latest ZFs there is a link to the Sat-Nav whereby the car can 'read the road' with the result that it prepares itself for the next junction or roundabout by changing down without any driver input other than lifting your foot off the pedal.
     
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    Welcome , nice car :).
     
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    welcome!

    nice car and some nice touches regarding the DAB


    runflats and those alloys can cause hairline cracks. My neighbour has the same car, and is going through the pain of having his nearside rear repaired.
    runflat v normal tyres is a long standing debate. I went with normal tyres on the X3 and previous 5 series, for a better ride.
    Lots of info on here and the net to make up your own mind.
     
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    Thanks pinewood.

    I’m enjoying the car at the moment, in between avoiding pot holes and bumps....you’ve all got me utterly paranoid about these wheels.....

    Drove to Nottingham this morning, the state of the roads in the city centre is shocking. Surprised I had any wheels left after that journey.

    On my previous E92 I changed the 18” RFTs to XL tyres, made a difference all round. Will consider the same on this one, although all the tyres are still 6mm+ currently.
     

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