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Big Blue

Would you buy.....

.... a former press car?

This is the car the journos got to thrash when it was new. I know as I have seen it in articles (and it's not exactly a common car!)

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201406044744562/
PG

I could not even get as far as that question - the colour rules that one out. I don't think the new shape 5 wears light colours at all well, especially white.
Martin

I don't think I would, no, not unless it was really cheap.

Colour aside, that's a fantastic spec, comfort seats and panoramic roof are rare but would be the first things I'd spec.
Giant

Hypothetically:
+ stupidly high spec
+ carefully tended between loanees (I assume)
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos

With a rare car like the Alpina, I might decide it worth the risk, but for any relatively available car I'd stay clear of known press cars.
PR

I did!

My Megane 225 was HN04 GFY which saw service in Autocar's road test and 0-100-0 challenge amongst other trials.

Given how fault riddled it was, I'd be reluctant to do it again, although that may have been as much to do with the car itself as its background... It did have a very good spec, though, which as has already been pointed out is usually the case with press demos.
Big Blue

PG wrote:
I could not even get as far as that question - the colour rules that one out. I don't think the new shape 5 wears light colours at all well, especially white.


Whilst I pointed out that one I didn't mean that on specifically. I am also not keen on them in white but they look a million times better than their predecessor in touring guise when in dark colours.

Also B5 Touring F11 in RHD = rocking horse shit, but at 80k specced-up no surprises! The D5 is nigh on 25k less.
Humphrey The Pug

We supplied Evo's Clio V6 230 MkI and bought it back when they had finished with it and I subsequently sold it on as a used car, as far as I'm aware it had no issues at all.

It had a stonking exhaust.

We also sold a press 197 or 200, can't remember which one, and I think that has been issue free too.
JohnC

It's probably OK whilst still in warranty but I wouldn't touch one afterwards. Thrashed from cold, smoked around tracks, so engine, gearbox, diff and brakes/wheel bearings will all have done the equivalent of 50,000 before it has been run in.
I know a motoring journalist who drives the cars like most normal people for 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time he is a lunatic - he has his own favourite routes which include roads that some cars bottom out on and others see air (and then bottom out), rev limiters are tested regularly and full bore acceleration tests have to be practised lots of time to get it right. The recent F Type left some black stripes in front of our office!
However if it is a more standard car, it probably gets treated much more gently.
Frank Bullitt

As John says, if it's the 'shag blaster oversteer nurburgerking ring edition' not a chance but if it's a cooking car then that's ok. That will have been driven as a waft-fest most of the time. Then fucked. Probably like all Alpina's
Michael

That colour would rule it out for a start but the previous keepers would put me right off.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Quote:
Hypothetically:
+ stupidly high spec

- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos


I wouldn't risk it, as Piers's experience shows.
It's one of the reasons I prefer to buy new... you never know with a used car just how it's been treated or driven
Frank Bullitt

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Quote:
Hypothetically:
+ stupidly high spec

- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos
- thrashed by journos


I wouldn't risk it, as Piers's experience shows.
It's one of the reasons I prefer to buy new... you never know with a used car just how it's been treated or driven


Yes, I assume you've never seen a car being driven off a ship and around a port. Mechanical sympathy is not the term I'd use
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Frank Bullitt wrote:

Yes, I assume you've never seen a car being driven off a ship and around a port. Mechanical sympathy is not the term I'd use

Not in person, no... but I've heard stories.
At least this only happens the once though over a comparatively short distance, rather than repeatedly ragging a car unmercilessly numerous times (including taking performance figures and exploring the limits of its handling)
Nice Guy Eddie

A buddy of mine has just bought an ex merc benz world e63 amg and on inspection its as tight as a drum. I guess its all about the warranty but it wouldn't bother me, as others have said, just not that Alpina.

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