General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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Kadafi39
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1775 posts since 30/10/09

22 Sep 2020 10:57
NickMSM wrote:
Razorlight123 wrote:
NickMSM wrote:
Razorlight123 wrote: Anyone here done a speaker upgrade to their car and in stages (i.e. upgrade speakers first then install an amp).

Worthwhile?

Yes in my Defender. Focal speakers/sub/amp. Made a massive difference, but the standard 'system' is a joke as you might expect. Did headunit and speakers first, didn't make a huge difference as still tinny but a lot clearer. Once I added the Focal sub/amp it made a huge difference and sounds very good for a Defender!

That's where I'm at, the BMW standard is terrible.

I have also upgraded the head unit to an Android 10, again OEM is terrible. Looking to sort the speakers out now and will probably follow your approach regarding an amp at a future point.

Hopefully I'm able to do it myself

I think a lot of BMW owners also use Focal as most are the same size as they are in a Defender. Changing the speakers will give a lot more clarity, but for extra bass you'll need the sub. The Focal ibus 2.1 is excellent and should fit under a seat so no tacky crap in the boot etc.

Yes focal do an upgrade kit as do bavsound and rainbow components, the drivers are the same size as the oem and fit in the same door card/under seat brackets so nothing needs modifying. Something like this:

https://www.carelectronicsnottingham.co.uk/focal-ifbmw-s-plug-play-bmw-1-3-5-series-2-way-component-speakers-40w-rms-pair

It depends how far you want to go with the upgrade but if you are decided on installing a separate amp then I would suggest you do it all in one go otherwise you'll be taking interior bits apart numerous times to run wires and cabling and the more you take it apart the more clips youll break! They're only cheap plastic clips and spares are easily sourced but its just more headache to do it in bits.
Rirawin
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9405 posts since 17/7/05

posted 22 Sep 2020 11:31, edited 22 Sep 2020 11:31
ismvil wrote: Saw a Taycan at Warwick Services this morning, looks pretty good in the flesh. None of the charging stations were working properly though, lending more weight to my view if you’re relying on public infrastructure it’s all Tesla right now. If you can charge at home / work all the options are good.

Watching Long Way Up (no nan) and it highlights well the importance of a decent infrastructure. Surprised BP hasn't made plans to put Chargemaster points at all their BP stations, but I guess the problem is all of them are franchises anyway and it would be a matter of convincing the franchise owner to put one up.

Saw an ID.3 out on the M4 weekend just gone when driving back from Wales. Looks Cool
Kadafi39
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1775 posts since 30/10/09

22 Sep 2020 11:53
Rirawin wrote:
ismvil wrote: Saw a Taycan at Warwick Services this morning, looks pretty good in the flesh. None of the charging stations were working properly though, lending more weight to my view if you’re relying on public infrastructure it’s all Tesla right now. If you can charge at home / work all the options are good.

Watching Long Way Up (no nan) and it highlights well the importance of a decent infrastructure. Surprised BP hasn't made plans to put Chargemaster points at all their BP stations, but I guess the problem is all of them are franchises anyway and it would be a matter of convincing the franchise owner to put one up.

Saw an ID.3 out on the M4 weekend just gone when driving back from Wales. Looks Cool

Isnt it sort of at the sacrifice of the product they're selling too? Im sure bp and the other oil/petroleum companies dont want electric cars to take off or become the norm or they're literally making their own product obsolete for many people.
jacko198
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422 posts since 23/10/09

22 Sep 2020 15:03
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here



Razorlight123
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4673 posts since 13/1/10

posted 22 Sep 2020 17:08, edited 22 Sep 2020 17:08
I initially hated the new shape BMWs, but I'm slowly liking them Oops

jacko198 wrote:
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here


I always enjoy this guys car reviews
RickRude
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3576 posts since 13/1/12

22 Sep 2020 18:09
Thanks chaps
swede
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9064 posts since 21/3/09

23 Sep 2020 06:59
jacko198 wrote:
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here


what is the point of these small SUV-type vehicles? that looks so shite. do people not like hatchbacks anymore?
Mr.X.
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3025 posts since 23/6/13

23 Sep 2020 07:41
Higher up. Bigger interior? I'm not a fan either. Range Rover Evoque or that open top version Sick!
illwill
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4057 posts since 17/5/04

posted 23 Sep 2020 09:07, edited 23 Sep 2020 09:07
swede wrote:
jacko198 wrote:
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here


what is the point of these small SUV-type vehicles? that looks so shite. do people not like hatchbacks anymore?

Birds (and shortarses) like them because of the higher driving position.

It also makes it far easier to get young kids in and out of car seats.
gaffer
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510 posts since 13/4/05

23 Sep 2020 09:09
Rirawin wrote: Further to my query above, I'm getting range anxiety with the thought of owning an electric car (even if it's for a short period). Looking at the new Zoe and the range is 249 miles WLPT, but in real terms it's more like 200-210. Reason for wanting to lease one for short term is I plan to make multiple long car trips back home (250 miles each way) in November, December and January, and by leasing a car on a monthly basis it would work out far cheaper than just renting one for a week, or even getting the train.

With OnTo (previously Evezy) you get free membership to the Polar charging network (didn't realise there were so many of them), and looking on Zap-Map the charging points on the route don't appear to be too reliable. I'm guessing it's worth signing up to at least another charging network to ensure you're covered? If so what networks are worth signing up to/well maintained for short term ownership (not looking to be tied into a 12 month subscription), a question for the electric car owners for the forum.

Failing the above, any recommendations for companies that do short term leases, max 3 months for ICE cars? Google brings up a load, but many of them look a little suspect. Therefore, recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

I've had a BEV i3s for a year now and can count on one hand the number of issues I've had with charging points, although i wouldn't say i'm a heavy user of the motorway services chargers. I'm only subscribed to ChargeYourCar because they manage the chargers on behalf of the council where I live (free to use Ubercool ). For longer journeys you just need the Ecotricity app for the motorway services, most of the others have contactless payment on the charger. Some of them give you a cheaper price per kWh if you use their app/subscribe, but you can do that on the fly if you want.
If you do have a problem they can often start the charge remotely for you and generally you'll get that charge for free as well.
Owning a leccy car does mean you have to plan long journeys more meticulously and with a plan B for charging, but you soon get used to it Ubercool
swede
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9064 posts since 21/3/09

23 Sep 2020 09:19
Mr.X. wrote: Higher up. Bigger interior? I'm not a fan either. Range Rover Evoque or that open top version Sick!

open top evoque is up there with the juke as one of the worst cars on Britain's roads
swede
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9064 posts since 21/3/09

23 Sep 2020 09:22
illwill wrote: Birds (and shortarses) like them because of the higher driving position

SUVs in general definitely channel manlet energy imo
ismvil
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1391 posts since 16/9/11

23 Sep 2020 09:52
Open top Evoque what the actual fuck honestly
gaffer
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510 posts since 13/4/05

23 Sep 2020 10:03

Open top Evoque a tragic reflection of today's society
stoney
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17605 posts since 22/1/05

23 Sep 2020 19:16
Does it make much difference to your bills changing your elec tariff ? I charge every 3 days over night. You can get cheap night rates but then more expensive in the day looks like.
RickRude
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3576 posts since 13/1/12

23 Sep 2020 20:13
swede wrote:
jacko198 wrote:
RickRude wrote: Are X2’s any good?

Best place for car reviews here


what is the point of these small SUV-type vehicles? that looks so shite. do people not like hatchbacks anymore?

For me it’s for the wife and kids - She’s got a 1 series but want something bigger and likes the smaller SUV.

jacko198
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422 posts since 23/10/09

23 Sep 2020 20:53
From all accounts the X2 is less practical than the X1. A 2017 facelift onwards X1 seems to beat everything in its class for the price. Although the XC40 came out pretty well too in this video

NickMSM
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400 posts since 21/8/13

24 Sep 2020 08:20
Merc GLA? My dad has just got the new one, seems okay. Practical if you like that sought of car. He looked at the Volvo too but the infotainment is rubbish and gearbox can be sluggish.
RickRude
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3576 posts since 13/1/12

24 Sep 2020 09:21
It’s in the list - Shes keen on the 3008 and all the reviews I read and see say it a winner. Gonna test drive some first. We both do not care about speed. More safety and practicality for children etc without having a massive SUV.
swede
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9064 posts since 21/3/09

24 Sep 2020 09:37
gaffer wrote: Open top Evoque a tragic reflection of today's society

Laughing out loud