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17-02-13, 22:57 #1
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
17-02-13, 22:59 #2
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
17-02-13, 23:09 #3
You you you ..............
17-02-13, 23:10 #4
18-02-13, 10:27 #5
*shakes head* I'm not angry with you, Mustrum, darling, merely disappointed.
18-02-13, 10:39 #6
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I'm about to buy a Citroen Berlingo Multispace.
18-02-13, 11:50 #7
Will it be a real BMW like your real MG? :-p
18-02-13, 12:18 #8
18-02-13, 12:38 #9
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.
18-02-13, 14:52 #10
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- Aug 2011
18-02-13, 20:01 #11
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.
18-02-13, 22:15 #12
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.
19-02-13, 10:14 #13
Tim is correct. The number of BMW's that were floundering in the snow was unbelievable. How about a Golf TDi?
19-02-13, 12:07 #14
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.
19-02-13, 12:38 #15
19-02-13, 17:36 #16
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.
19-02-13, 19:18 #17
19-02-13, 19:51 #18
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.
19-02-13, 20:10 #19
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