Car languishing on the drive most of the time now, flying back and forth to Dublin every week. However wife backed it into her car whilst manouvering in the drive so she's using it whilst hers is at the menders. (A6 scrape, A4 big dent). Only doing about 450 mile a month now and for the next year probably. Trying to decide if i should sell it and bank the cash, but every time i boot it up the road a small grin appears. (Tip for you, if you car is feeling slow and boring, go and use a few hire cars - Vectras, Kias, Astras, Focus, C5, Punto to name a few - you'll soon remember how it is when the car goes slower up the hills, has no power to overtake, and the frustration you used to have that all disappeared when you invested in all that torque.) The some days better than others feature remains, but it definitely prefers the colder weather we are having just now. However the intermittent use means no meaningful data really.
Was interested to read above about the power potential, but you're right, there's 9 tenths of feck all info on tuning this engine to be found. Think that without major work eg changing turbos etc, as described above you aren't going to go much further than 210hp without losing the torque or getting an engine thats less pleasurable to drive. Probably better moving on to the 3 litre with a box or remap. I'm tempted by the 535 BMW with its big and little turbos, but haven't driven one, and no point lashing out all that cash if i'm doing such a tiny mileage.
Oh, and we sold the house. Easy really, all you do is wait a year, pay an obscenely large amount of interest bills poll tax you name it on both houses , take 40k off the price and then get haggled down another 10k, do the solicitors job for them, and then take the proceeds down to Asda to put through the change sorting machine. Thank kcuf thats over with. Now I can start sorting this one out. Anybody want 4 or 5 sinks and about 10 mirrors? Previous occupants obviously had different priorities, mirrors everywhere and no door on the garage.