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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

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I will be ordering a BMW 330e in February, though...

Not a full electric, but I’ll look forward to seeing what you think about it.

Also if you’re able could you PM me some info on the oils you talked about in another thread..

“We use gas to liquid technology and have more or less eliminated evaporation, plus these oils are much more pure so tend to keep EGR systems and crank breathers cleaner.”

Specifically which ones they are, I’d be interested to learn more, thanks.
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Only a few worth knowing about the 330e.

They're very fast. iPerformance mode gives you 296bhp.

BIK is £190 / month - compared with £410 for a 520d.

They charge very quickly on a 50kW charger, and although I'll have a 3kW charger fitted at home, I'll very rarely use it.
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A 3KW charger over 8 hours will give you 24 KWH into the battery. Pretty slow by any standards but ok if the car is not in use everyday. 6KW (30 Amp) far more useful and the house wont be bumping against its overload/fuse.
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

The 330e is one of those cars that mainly exists to dodge BIK.

Hence a battery of 12KWH and a max of 4 hours to fully charged on a 3kw charger.
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Actually, that's one thing the press have missed out - when reading comparisons between the 330e and Passat GTE, they all slate the Passat for being capped at 3.7kW charging... I'd heard BMW were going for higher charge rates with the 'new shape' 3-series, but it appears they've haven't!

So you're looking at 90 minutes for an 80% charge.

Probably good enough for my use, as I'm rarely at a site for less than 90 mins, but not great if only 50kW chargers are available!

Which means I may well end up with a Passat GTE Estate instead.
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Out of interest, what's the range on electric power alone?
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35-40 miles for the new generation cars.
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I see! Is that worth the additional cost and complexity?
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I was following a Nissan Leaf yesterday on a dual carriageway. One good thing was it's constant speed rather than randomly changing speed like the Note on which it was based.
However like most Nissans, it struggled to notice when the LH lane had more than enough space to pull into.
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I see! Is that worth the additional cost and complexity?
Not really my problem. The M Sport is under the £40k ‘luxury car’ road tax and they are viewed very favourably for company car tax... list price isn’t too far off the 320d and cheaper than the 330d which is of more equivalent performance.

As a company car, a PHEV with 40-50 miles range saves you a good £200 per month in tax.
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40 to 50 miles range in electric mode is ideal for town driving and probably all most folks need. For longer journeys the engine does the work. Sounds great.
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Re: What's made you not grumpy but not smile either today?

Little Man is 1 today..

Was putting some of his stuff in the loft, sad times cos he's had this stuff since day 1 and he's growing up so fast.

Cannot believe last night a year ago I was exploring just how quickly I could get from my house to the Hospital at 2am. To quote my wife.."Steve, theres a car...Steve we're catching it...Steve!!" Will say I saw the car at half a mile and made a mental calculation that at the time I'd catch it he'd be entering a dual carriageway..and I'd have a free lane..as a result the closing speed was slightly more on the epic side than usual. But then she went back to screaming and I went back to halving my previous best time. You don't need a fast car..you just need motivation and commitment Feels like yesterday.

Can't believe the years gone so fast! Loads of stuff you think you may never do...lots of things you'll think aren't important that are..and lots of other things you don't a give stuff about any more.
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More a mixture of some smiles and a bit of "grump"

Thursday was an absolutely sweltering day up here in Edinburgh, as it was for us all of course. My older boy, who had a day off work (shifts) rang up inviting us across for a tea time barbecue - lovely, thanks very much son! Oh, and can you just have a wee look at the lawn mower, it's broken.

The "smiley bit" is that we had a lovely afternoon, with my grandson trying to soak us all by jumping in and out of their blow up paddling pool. Tasty barbecue fare and some nice iced orange juice (no beer for me with my dodgy tum). When It was time to go home we put the mower in the boot.

In fact the mower - Bosch Rotax - was pretty much still working but the height adjusting lever had snapped off. Pretty much the whole thing is made of plastic so I was concerned that it was not going to be possible to dismantle it if it was all bonded joints. But no, it's all held together with screws! Finding the screws was quite another task but eventually it all came apart (one of the screws is now "hiding" under my tool box stack - may need the "magnet on a pole" to get it back, if I can see it). The broken part is a one piece connecting link between the front and rear axles - made from plastic - with a lever sticking up at right angles in the middle which sticks out the top of the chassis so allowing you to adjust mowing height. It's this lever which he's snapped off. I didn't take any pics before I started but here's one of the repaired part.

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The vertical "knob" had snapped off where it joins the main beam of the piece. Simple thought I. Get on the internet and order up a new one. I had to go and sit down when I saw the prices though (£30+) so repair's got to be worth a try. I surprised myself by managing to drill a hole right up through the beam and shaft of the handle into which I JB welded a piece of 5/8" (8mm?) steel tube (I think it came off the old Ambassador I used to own?) then I Araldited and pop riveted a small plate to further reinforce the repair (Used the Araldite because I ran out of JB Weld)

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So now it's got to cure for 24 hours before I can reassemble it all and find out if it's going to work. Hopefully, if my preparation has been good so the adhesive gets a good key, I think this will be at least as strong as the original - if rather lacking in aesthetic appeal?
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Little Man is 1 today..

Was putting some of his stuff in the loft, sad times cos he's had this stuff since day 1 and he's growing up so fast.

Cannot believe last night a year ago I was exploring just how quickly I could get from my house to the Hospital at 2am. To quote my wife.."Steve, theres a car...Steve we're catching it...Steve!!" Will say I saw the car at half a mile and made a mental calculation that at the time I'd catch it he'd be entering a dual carriageway..and I'd have a free lane..as a result the closing speed was slightly more on the epic side than usual. But then she went back to screaming and I went back to halving my previous best time. You don't need a fast car..you just need motivation and commitment Feels like yesterday.

Can't believe the years gone so fast! Loads of stuff you think you may never do...lots of things you'll think aren't important that are..and lots of other things you don't a give stuff about any more.
My third daughter was born in 2010 seems like yesterday but then so does #1 who was born in 1990. Son was born in 2013. I was taxi driver and hand holder on all events. The last two needed more input from dad because midwives are more hands off these days. Mum was reminded and encouraged to hold her tummy muscles between contractions so the obstetrican would not need her forceps.
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Little Man is 1 today..

Was putting some of his stuff in the loft, sad times cos he's had this stuff since day 1 and he's growing up so fast.

Can't believe the years gone so fast! Loads of stuff you think you may never do...lots of things you'll think aren't important that are..and lots of other things you don't a give stuff about any more.
We did the trip to the hospital 3 times ( If i were you I'd stop at 2 given the option - once they outnumber you all is lost!).

Yup, those years (no apostrophe - years in the plural for us) absolutely rush by. Having children, and, arguably even more, Grandchildren sorts out a lot of the really important things in life and orders priorities.

We have 4 grandchildren. The youngest is now 6 so Mrs Jock did a big toys sort out and then got me to put all the really "baby" stuff up in the loft together with our old, but still very serviceable, pram and pushchair. That was in the early spring of this year. Guess what? there's another one (grandchild) arriving in September! should never have put the pram up in the loft. My daughter in law is convinced that's what caused it!
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