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Post by Topdawg on Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:00 pm

Need to change my car. The missus is paying for the car, but I'm the main driver.

Missus wants a bimmer which I'm not keen on unless it's an estate but she fancies one of these stupid SUV types like an X6 or, if I can persuade her, something a little smaller and less thirsty, like an X3 or something.

I'd prefer an estate car like a passat.

The main thing for me is I want the space and some comfort. I don't want something that's gonna make me keep going back to the garage for expensive repairs (like the jag I had when we got married), so something just a few years old, maybe with a little manufacturers warranty left (for what that's worth).

What's essential for me:

Parking aid
Climate control
Folding mirrors
Cruise control
Bi-xenon headlights would be nice
built in sat nav
prefer automatic
tire pressure monitoring/run flats
some entertainment system (DAB radio would be nice)
heated seats would be nice
massaging seats would be nice
safety features
automatic headlights/wiper



Any suggestions?
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Post by blueboy on Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:07 pm

I've got a BMW 320D Sport Touring. Got everything on it...a few years old but fully loaded.

If you want a massage, save yourself some money and go to a local Thai massage place! Or buy one online to fit in your car whenever you're driving it! 

https://www.rosebrides.com/thai-brides.html

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Post by Topdawg on Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:21 pm

A mate of mine has 330D, I think, and he loves it. I'm not into big engines anymore as you don't really get the chance to use the power with all these bloody smart motorways and cameras everywhere. I get done for speeding once or twice a year as it is.

I'll check the 320D estate out. cheers.
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Post by Moonchester on Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:52 pm

I drive a Dacia..  nowhere near the spec you're looking for... :p
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Post by leopold on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:52 am

I'm stuck for choice because I only get a very short list of options through the leasing company at work.  I've opted for a Renault Scenic this time around, but then again it's new.  I've no idea about what they cost to maintain these days, as it's not something I don't need to worry about too much.

Just don't get an X6.  It's only got four seats and a stupidly small boot, but it's the size of a small yacht.
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:11 am

4 seats is good as I’ve two kids do no space for the mother in law!!! But I need space for transporting stuff about. The X6 reminds me of the film robocop.
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Post by leopold on Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:49 am

Ha ha, now you mention it, I can see it!  The X6 is woeful, it's just a jacked up 6 series and I think it looks like the driver is overcompensating for something...  If you're thinking of a Beemer, then one of the Touring versions would be far better.  I believe the 5 series has a huge boot.
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:06 am

The 5 series does have a bigger boot than the 3 series Touring. The boot on mine is pretty big and what I do like is the double boot cover. Obviously one part slides to cover the boot, another can also slide upwards above the back seats with a net, so if you have dogs, or want something to be secured, it's pretty good for that.
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:31 pm

I used to have a 5 series before I got married and it was nice. 

I've narrowed it down to 3 series touring, 5 series touring or passat estate. I guess the 5 series will have the biggest bottom the 3. Need to arrange some test drives methinks.
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:45 pm

If you are looking for a used one...this is where I got mine from. 

They have a couple of 530D Sport Touring's at the moment.

https://www.wavertreecarcentre.co.uk/used-bmw-5-series-liverpool-mersyside-1443441
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:03 pm

cheers.

this is where i was looking. 

https://www.motorpoint.co.uk/used-cars/bmw/5%20series/options/-maxfinance=1000-minfinance=0-transmission=4-fueltype=0-estate_bs=on-app=20-sn=on-bt=on-dab=on

probably would end up going for a 2.0l diesel (massive step down from the power of my 3.0 mercy or 545 bimmer but when can you drive fast these days?)
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Post by leopold on Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:21 pm

The last Passat estate I drove was huge.  I don't know how it compares size wise to the beemer, but I think I can safely say it won't be as satisfying to drive.
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:30 pm

Drove a Passat a few times as hire cars...massive room, but agree, nowhere near the drive of a BMW. If you get the Sport Touring, even the 2.0l I have, the switch between Eco Pro to Sport is pretty amazing in performance. 

I'm getting approx 65mpg at the moment out of mine. 

Best driving car I've owned. If you can get the Sport version, it's worth it.
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:38 pm

Topdawg wrote:cheers.

this is where i was looking. 

https://www.motorpoint.co.uk/used-cars/bmw/5%20series/options/-maxfinance=1000-minfinance=0-transmission=4-fueltype=0-estate_bs=on-app=20-sn=on-bt=on-dab=on

probably would end up going for a 2.0l diesel (massive step down from the power of my 3.0 mercy or 545 bimmer but when can you drive fast these days?)
Just to give you an idea, I bought mine last year after the Audi was written off. I got a 62 plate with 80k on the clock and got it for £10k cash with brand new wheels, brakes etc. The wheels always get comments. It was absolutely mint, no marks out or in. Runs brilliantly. As you say, 2.0l has plenty of pulling power for most motorways. Had a young kid in a Golf GTI (66) wanting to race me on the motorway the other week. I shoved it in Sport mode and it kept pretty close to it for a few miles until traffic stopped us. Mine must be twice the weight of his. Think he was a little surprised!
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:44 pm

The only downside is it's rear wheel drive...so if the weathers shit, icy etc...you have to be careful. But it gives you plenty of electronic warnings if your wheels might be spinning.
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Post by Paulpowersleftfoot on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:53 pm

I'm driving a mustang convertible over here
Really uncomfortable and not half the car I expected it to be
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:53 pm

Really? One of the new ones? I really wanted one of those.
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:15 pm

Some good prices if you’re happy with a 5-6 yr old car. It’s great value if it runs without issue for 3-4 years. I’d worry something big and bad would go wrong. My mercedes was great but there’s an oil leak and the electrics are playing up. Not worth repairing at dealer prices!
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:34 pm

Topdawg wrote:Some good prices if you’re happy with a 5-6 yr old car. It’s great value if it runs without issue for 3-4 years. I’d worry something big and bad would go wrong. My mercedes was great but there’s an oil leak and the electrics are playing up. Not worth repairing at dealer prices!
Guess that's the trade off...knowing what's a good car and not. I've got a mate who owns a garage...so can get him to look over my cars. 

Got a friend who got the Jag F-Pace brand new....he spent more time with a courtesy car than he did drive his own in the first 6 months.
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:44 pm

I reckon I had about 8 years trouble free driving with the merc and then suddenly things went wrong in the autumn.
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:55 pm

8 years?....that's a result. My old Suzuki Vitara 4x4 that I kept for driving on the farm, gave up the ghost 3 months ago after 14 years....guess I got lucky as nothing ever went wrong with it.  Sad
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Post by shakencity on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:17 pm

Sod yer Mercs, Mustangs n Beemers fellas, my Volvo S40s absolutely brilliant.
Got most of the spec you're after...heated leather seats, built in sat-nav, auto wipers, air con, auto folding mirrors, parking sensors, cruise control, 6-disc CD changer, bluetooth ....but unfortunately no massage seats.
 
Only a 1.6D, but averages around 55mpg and is very nippy on the motorway. Does me anyway.
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Post by Moonchester on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:23 pm


broom broom...

even a volvo is above my price-bracket  :p
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:48 pm

shakencity wrote:Sod yer Mercs, Mustangs n Beemers fellas, my Volvo S40s absolutely brilliant.
Got most of the spec you're after...heated leather seats, built in sat-nav, auto wipers, air con, auto folding mirrors, parking sensors, cruise control, 6-disc CD changer, bluetooth ....but unfortunately no massage seats.
 
Only a 1.6D, but averages around 55mpg and is very nippy on the motorway. Does me anyway.
I had an S40 when I lived in Milnrow....loved it.
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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:51 pm

blueboy wrote:
shakencity wrote:Sod yer Mercs, Mustangs n Beemers fellas, my Volvo S40s absolutely brilliant.
Got most of the spec you're after...heated leather seats, built in sat-nav, auto wipers, air con, auto folding mirrors, parking sensors, cruise control, 6-disc CD changer, bluetooth ....but unfortunately no massage seats.
 
Only a 1.6D, but averages around 55mpg and is very nippy on the motorway. Does me anyway.
I had an S40 when I lived in Milnrow....loved it.
What the S40 or Milnrow?  Razz
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:54 pm

Oh...definitely the car.  affraid

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Post by Topdawg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:56 pm

Milnrow is a bit of a shithole. I’d be surprised if we never bumped into each other years ago
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Post by blueboy on Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:46 pm

It was OK 14 years ago...before we moved. 

Used to live on Albert St, from 97-99....then bought a weavers cottage on the next street, Charles Lane. 
But my wife and kids were getting a bit of abuse from locals (mainly 18/19 year olds), walking to Primary School, until I lost it and nearly buried one of them...so we decided to move to Chester before I got would have gotten arrested. Rolling Eyes
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