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    Senior Member Mustrum Ridcully - Kicking Against The Pricks's Avatar
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    I never thought the day would come....

    The MG is dead. I am gutted.

    So. It's new car time.

    I have an interest free loan from the bank of Dad.

    I have researched the balance between budget, performance, reliability and relative economy. It looks like I am about to do something I NEVER thought I'd do: buy a BMW.

    Will I go to hell?

    PS I am planning to get a top of the range one - i.e. one that has indicators

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    Senior Member Mustrum Ridcully - Kicking Against The Pricks's Avatar
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    PS I blame the French. And the Germans.
    Last edited by Mustrum Ridcully - Kicking Against The Pricks; 17-02-13 at 23:01. Reason: silly small phone keyboard = foolish random spelling errors

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    You you you ..............

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    Words fail me.

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    *shakes head* I'm not angry with you, Mustrum, darling, merely disappointed.

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    I'm about to buy a Citroen Berlingo Multispace.

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    Will it be a real BMW like your real MG? :-p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby View Post
    Will it be a real BMW like your real MG? :-p

    Do you mean "Are you buying a Mini, Mustrum?" ?

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    You're all rotters!

    I did have a look at the 177bhp V6 MG ZS, but sadly couldn't find any new enough to have a chance of having any residual reliability, and the MGZT V6 only does 24 mpg.

    Unfortunately, given my budget (the bank of dad has not lent me enough for a Jaguar XKR Drop-head), for the size car that I need, then on paper the Beemer 3 series looks like the best compromise between performance, reliability and economy.

    Bummer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum Ridcully - Kicking Against The Pricks View Post
    You're all rotters!

    I did have a look at the 177bhp V6 MG ZS, but sadly couldn't find any new enough to have a chance of having any residual reliability, and the MGZT V6 only does 24 mpg.

    Unfortunately, given my budget (the bank of dad has not lent me enough for a Jaguar XKR Drop-head), for the size car that I need, then on paper the Beemer 3 series looks like the best compromise between performance, reliability and economy.

    Bummer
    There's nowt wrong with Bimmers!

    Bimmer drivers however ...

    *looks out of front window*

    Ah, f3ck

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    One of my mates has a 3 series beemer. Travelling from Consett to Tosside and back in it was the worst 5 hours I have ever spent in a car. Torture is the only way I can describe the journey.

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    And when it snows, you will be stuck. It won't go anywhere.
    Please don't do it.
    Get a merc if you have to, at least you can pretend to be a taxi.

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    Senior Member Lord Greenville's Avatar
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    Tim is correct. The number of BMW's that were floundering in the snow was unbelievable. How about a Golf TDi?

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    Don't listen to them mustrum, BM's are excellent drivers cars. Loads stuck in the snow because some people don't know how to drive RWD / turn off the traction control.

    If you're buying new, you'll get the global "phone a BMW " service which means you can phone them from anywhere with any issue and they'll sort you out.

    The also have best diesels on the market currently.

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    Audi.
    and i doubt its a new one,

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    Front engine rear wheel drive is never going to excel in the snow. However, for the vast majority of the year they are nice cars to drive.

    Just make sure you have an independent BMW specialist or a local garage that likes beemers as the stealers prices are particularly eye-watering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post

    If you're buying new
    FFS Sake Stan - how much money do you think my Dad's lent me??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post

    The also have best diesels on the market currently.
    According to whom?

    seriously Mustrum, a lot depends on your budget and the relevant age of the car. Stan is fortunate in knowing what his has been up to for the last 5 years and does a limited mileage.

    A friend sees a lot through his workshop (he's one of a handful of independents that has access to all the BMW kit the dealers use) which have been hammered, mechanically speaking. They tend not to have a single problem but several things go at the same time & the ECUs & associated gubbins are very expensive.

    The number of owners can be a give away re how cared for it's actually been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorehound View Post
    One of my mates has a 3 series beemer. Travelling from Consett to Tosside and back in it was the worst 5 hours I have ever spent in a car. Torture is the only way I can describe the journey.
    was that the cars fault or your mates bad singing,driving or was he listening to radio 2..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Greenville View Post
    Tim is correct. The number of BMW's that were floundering in the snow was unbelievable. How about a Golf TDi?
    i had one of those recently,dual mass flywheel thingy on em,clutch went common on them apparently,eye wateringly expensive to fix..i now have a jap car with a warranty

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