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Old 19th March 2010, 15:45   #121
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I'm confused that once you drive a on deflated RFT (ie using the RFT feature on a punctured RFT tyre) the tyre cannot be repaired and has to be replaced. Is this correct ???
I'm curious about this too. Heard of these things before, and they aren't very reassuring. Hope someone can shed light on this.
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Does the 320D CE manual say as to how many max kms you can drive on the run-flats and at what max speed?

I'm confused that once you drive a on deflated RFT (ie using the RFT feature on a punctured RFT tyre) the tyre cannot be repaired and has to be replaced. Is this correct ???
If you drive for 300km, yes. If you respond to the TPS and get off road and repair tyre (easiliy done if it is a nail) and reinflate - not an issue
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If you drive for 300km, yes. If you respond to the TPS and get off road and repair tyre (easiliy done if it is a nail) and reinflate - not an issue
Thanks Ajit. And for this, a regular tubeless tyre repair kit will do the trick? How much can I expect to pay for a reputed good quality kit? Any brands you would recommend? need for all three cars actually.
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Kit costs around Rs 800. Go to any good quality tyre shop. It is only a rubber bung of sorts and tools with that. Again if the damage is on the sidewall. You need a new tyre. You might need a small jack or space to roll car slowly to look for that nail though. Easier if a front tyre - access wise
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Is the BMW Secure and BSI transferable to the second owner?
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Is the BMW Secure and BSI transferable to the second owner?
BSI sure is. About the BMW Secure, ask Nitronium.
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Only the 525d has the silver plates, rest have normal white plates. However I maintain the same font on all my car's plates for years. But seems like this won't last too long as my driver was fined recently for the font being too thin, seems like the cops are on a drive to make our fonts bolder !
It's best to get HSRPs now. IMO, they look great too. I have HSRPs on all cars except the E280. The bonus is, they meet all regulations in terms of font size, font thickness, plate size, etc.

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Then there might be a lot of regulations they might pick on us for. For example, the front plate is supposed to have the entire font in one line itself, while the rear plate is required to have it in two different lines i.e. MH xx on one line and yy 1234 under it in another line.
This depends on type of vehicle (hence the shape of space to put rear plate). For eg: many SUVs have the two line plate design for rear and one line design for front while all sedans have one line plates for front and rear. Check Utsav's webpage for more info.
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slot the gear shifter into DS and floor it. None of that equipment-list crap will be able to catch up with you then. Or ever. Obliterated. Finito.
If I remember correctly it says M/S. Its amazing actually to shift up you have to pull back on the stalk. Its so so amazing feeling. And the yellow traction light comes on. It truly is the Ultimate Driving Machine. I get to drive around a 530D Highline and trust me I always hate myself every-time I have to press the Start/Stop button and hand over the keys.
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If I remember correctly it says M/S. Its amazing actually to shift up you have to pull back on the stalk.
It's the Sport-DS mode. And I find the opposite arrangement for tiptronic very unintuitive, because in every other car, you logically push the shifter up to upshift and pull it down towards yourself for downshift. Anyway, trivial matters
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I'm curious about this too. Heard of these things before, and they aren't very reassuring. Hope someone can shed light on this.
Don't worry about punctures, they can be treated at regular places that do you're tubeless tyres. They wont even know the difference hence the treatment is the same, a local roadside chap can fix it too.
Only, don't try and repair the sidewall damage, I was foolish enough to try it and the alignment went for a total toss.
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It's the Sport-DS mode. And I find the opposite arrangement for tiptronic very unintuitive, because in every other car, you logically push the shifter up to upshift and pull it down towards yourself for downshift. Anyway, trivial matters
No I meant it says M/S on the stalk. I am pretty sure about this. And I actually like it. And its way better then the other automatics tiptronics I've driven.
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slot the gear shifter into DS
If I remember correctly it says M/S. Its amazing actually to shift up you have to pull back on the stalk.
It's M/S on the shifter, and DS in the driver information display window.

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And I find the opposite arrangement for tiptronic very unintuitive, because in every other car, you logically push the shifter up to upshift and pull it down towards yourself for downshift.
BMW had the push-up/forward-to-upshift arrangement in their older cars atleast until MY2001.

Here's a pic of the shifter from the older E38, which I used to drive:
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I don't know why they changed it to the current setup. Maybe because the sequential transmissions used in race cars have the pull-down/backward-to-upshift mode, if I'm not mistaken.

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The car is now nearing 1,000 km. The feeling that there's a Beemer in the garage still hasn't sunk in !! This is the first car we bother to cover every night, and it's never left unattended on the streets. Still being run in, but occasionally the needle does fly past 3000rpm. The wave of torque is insane, I'm starting to really enjoy this car. The best part about it is, the on-board computer shows 8.9 kmpl, and with the tankful-to tankful method I calculated the figure at 8.73 kmpl. So overall very happy with the car. And the boon of an automatic is obvious... I'm loving it !!

BTW swalloed male ego and got down to reading the owners manual yesterday. And I didn't understand squat. This is the first time I'm feeling technologically challenged.

Can someone PLEASE tell me how to prevent the interior lights from coming on everytime I unlock the car / open a door ? The interior lights up like diwali and attracts too much attention on the street.
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Im having the same problem and it lights up like a stadium inside with both the front and back lights coming on !!

Am managing by switching off the lights as i open the door !

Planning to study the manual in detail once again to see if i can find the solution. And agree with you on the manual being hard to understand Ive read it a couple of time and still have many doubts.
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@ Nirmal : I'm planning to dump all my to-do's on the workshop but the first service is just so damn far away...
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