And about time too, the old one had got quite dirty. Having had a BMW 3 series four times in a row (the navy one, the black one, the sort-of-bluey one, the grey diesel Coupe) I thought it was time for a change… time to go for something radically different. So today I took delivery of a BMW 5 series.

The 5 seriesAs I was at the IBM office at North Harbour today, the car’s maiden voyage was back up the M3. And being a nice warm Spring day, the front is now plastered with assorted dead insects who weren’t watching where they were going.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not particularly interested in cars, so the thing I was most excited about was the built-in iPod connectivity, allowing you to play your iPod through the car’s system and navigate your music via the built-in display. Ports got his new jam-jar a couple of months ago and has blogged on this nifty capability.

As for the rest of the car… hmmm, very nice. Inflatable tyres, see-through windows, go-faster foot pedal, the usual. To be honest it’s wasted on me. Note the choice of wheels – much easier to clean.