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Advice Car choice dilemma, what would you do?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by kuro, May 3, 2014.

  1. kuro

    kuro Busy Member

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    I will soon be in a position to lay out a lot of money on my first really decent car.

    I have narrowed it down to a few cars with a late model BMW coupe 320d or 330d being the front runner as I have always liked the look of these.

    Had a look at an msport highline coupe in a local dealers the other day. It looked fantastic in le mans blue with a cream leather interior and 19 inch alloys but this has now thrown up a problem that may put me off buying a car like this. I commute 80 miles a day 4 days a week. Most of this is on the A38 from just outside plymouth to exeter which is no problem. However, the last couple of miles involve driving out into the Devon countryside to where I work. The last half a mile is on an appalling narrow lane which is full of potholes and in wet weather the car will regularly get covered in mud which will do it no favours.

    This got me thinking about maybe getting a cheaper daily driver to do the commute and spend the other half of my budget on a weekend toy that wouldnt get covered in c##p on a daily basis.

    Anyone else on here do something similar and can give advice on the pros and cons.
     
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    I've driven company cars for the last 25 years and have had BMW's (3 & 5 series), Audi's (A4 & A6) and Mercedes (C & E class) and they all have their own features, advantages and benefits but the Beemers are defiantly the best drivers cars, mainly down to being rear wheel drive. I'd say go for as new a 3 series as you can (look for an efficient dynamics model) as they're built to last and will give you excellent performance as well as over 50 mpg when driven on longer runs (ideal for you daily commute).

    Don't be frightened of a higher mileage car as long as it's got full service history as company cars are service regularly in accordance to their requirements (condition based servicing). I've handed back 3 year old cars with over 150k miles that run better than when new and are good for another 100k if serviced as required.

    There are so many BMW indys about now that have all the latest service software to allow them to service the car at about half the cost of the dealer.

    Happy hunting :)
     
  3. terry1001

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    The 3 litre version will cost you more to run and the 2 litre is pretty quick anyway. Low profile tyres look good but cost more, have a harder ride and are more easily damaged (tyres and rims) in potholes. The auto gearboxes are good especially on the 7 speed version. If you keep your car polished the mud will wash off easily enough, just drive carefully through the crud.
    If you're buying new or nearly new then you are going to lose a lot through depreciation, when you come to sell high mileage cars you won't get offered a sensible price. The dealers will sell you a high mileage car and tell you it's barely run in (and that's not far out, I sold a 520d at 95,000 and it still drove like new) but buying it back off you is a different matter.
    You might be better off with an older diesel Focus estate and a weekend toy.
     
  4. kuro

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    But thats my problem, I had my eyes on the 3 series coupe but fear the car will get ruined by driving it out into the countryside 4 days a week. Like I said this will be my first chance in owning something a bit special so would I be better off getting a daily hack and have a special car for the weekends and the occasional dry commute to work.

    The way I look at it at the moment I could get a newish mainstream diesel hack and something like a late model mk1 audi tt. My budget of around 17k would allow me these two cars for the same price as a BMW coupe and not worry about the hack getting covered in s##t.
     
  5. kal el

    kal el Posting Addict

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    have you got kids etc, seriously i would scrub the 17g on one car look at getting a fabia vrs 1900tdi for work, excellent mpg,£130 tax a year, fast and sporty and takes a hammering but look at an m3 cab for the weekend or s2000, or an older 320d or anything that takes your fancy.

    fabia about 3gs

    14gs left but it depends on your choice also the vrs hold their value very well. have a good think about whats best for you and your needs then only you can decide
     
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    Yes I have kids hence why im thinking of a tt coupe as the weekender as I could still squash them in the back if needed. Problem with the fabia would be finding a low mileage one.
     
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    I've got a 320d Tourer F31 184 BHP which is plenty enough. It's a fantastic car. Con's are the diesel engine is a bit noisy but quietens once you're moving and internal trim isn't quite Audi territory. Pro's RWD is leagues ahead of any FWD I've owned (Audi's, VW's, Honda). If you can, get the 8 speed auto and do try one before you buy. It's an incredible bit of technology and really makes the car a pleasure to drive, factor in you've got 4 drive modes from economy throughout to sport+ makes for a very flexible car whether in town, B roads or motorways.

    Whatever you go for good luck
     
  8. GIRLYPANTS

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    id buy a a cheap run around and spend the money on something good, like taking family or friends on a nice holiday or doing my house up
     
  9. kuro

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    Ill be in a position to do that aswell. No way id spend all my money on a car.
     
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    The new ford ranger with 3.0d
    Just because its huge and awesome!
    New lexus is, makes bmw's look terd
    Im really not a bmw fan. I worked at bmw for 5 years as a factory trained technician and who ever says they are well built is having your pants down. And the have drab interiors.
    My old man has bought the lexus is and it very impressive
     
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    Weeeeeeeell, I'm retired and no sprogs to consider, and I have a Hyundai Tucson 4x4 diesel as every day transport, and an Alfa Spider as a weekend and holiday toy..............works for me! Spending enormous amounts of money on summat that is just going to depreciate in value is just bonkers to me, but then I don't set much store on "image" and or what the neighbours / work colleagues think. I have certainly never given a suff about having the right badge in the car park.

    Then there's the Bumwa thing to consider..............you've heard it all before so I don't need to repeat it here.:D
     
  12. kuro

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    Bumwa??? have I missed something?

    Anyway I have given the 2 car thing some thought and am coming round to the idea. I can pick up a 2 or 3 year old 15 to 20k mileage insignia sri diesel for around 10 or 11k. That would leave me with about 6k for a weekend car.

    There are a few I have on my list, audi tt, mgtf, mx5, s2000 and a totally leftfield choice in the shape of a smart brabus roadster which is a pretty rare car. Before anyone says anything about the gearbox I owned a smartcar before and loved it. Im thinking low tax and insurance plus good mpg and the potential to sell it on without a loss would make this a good choice.

    Also briefly thought about another bike but its a good few years since ive ridden one and the roads are very different to when I had my rd350lc.
     
  13. Ichabod Armacost

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    I guess you must have...................I would do whatever floats yer boat mate:) You will only get subjective answers on here anyway, and my guess is none of 'em will suit you. Oh regarding the BuMWa thing, most folk I have spoken to on the subject have told me that there is a far higher % of BuMWa drivers that behave like total cocks on the road than drivers of any other marque..........I have to say that in my 49 years of driving experience that seems to be the case. Must be a blitzkrieg mentality or summat!:D
     
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    Have you seen the leg room in the back of a TT NONE! i love the Iconic car and considered one but so unpractical treat it as a 2 seater, you wont even get a child in the back and you wont get anything of size ie air guns golf clubs luggage in the boot
     
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    My Alfa Spider is exactly the same, totally impractical.......................But a whole lot of fun!:D
     
  16. Chinnymonster81

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    Buy a Range Rover Sport. No worries about pot holes and rough ground, quick and reasonably spacious just the running cost to worry about.
     
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    Why not get the saloon 320D unless you don't need a proper boot at all.
     
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    +1 on the range
     
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    buy a cheaper one and a better gun you know it makes sense
     
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    Agreed, you'll not be squeezing kids in the back of a tt, my vote would be a A6 or A4, 3l or the T.
     

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