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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Why did you buy what you bought?  Reply with quote

So, I got an email from Autocar (I'm sure some of you did as well) to take a survey, asking the question, "Why did you buy what you bought?"

It doesn't apply to me of course, but I thought that's a fair question to ask around here.

So then, why did you buy the car you bought?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cause its frickin awesome.

I wanted to go down to running one car so it needed to cover all bases.
Could do a number of track days a year
Comfortable to do a load of miles in
subtle enough to use as a company car
Have all the toys like DAB, Climate
Something you can thrash the balls off

To be honest the car found me, the Porsche dealer got wind of the fact I'd sold the 993 and given they needed to sell 8 used cars to hit their used car target with only a week to spare they gave me a deal to good to refuse.

In fact I've just cancelled my M2 as I'm loving it so much.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Defender. Always wanted one since about 1995 and I need a working vehicle. By working, I mean I can put it to work before anyone tries to be funny.  It's also something that I don't have to be too precious about in cosmetic terms as they suit battle scars to an extent.

TVR.  Wanted one since I first saw one at a motor show in my teens.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C-Max: Was in the showroom when I went it, not particularly intending to buy, already discounted as it was the superseded model (no Aston Martin grille), had been looking for something to replace the Galaxy for a while due to its increasing maintenance bills, and I haggled the price down to a level where I could afford the finance.  Shame it is white but beggars can't be choosers !  It had most of the options I'd have chosen myself (parking sensors f&r, spare wheel, keyless start/stop). That our own cbeaks1 then very generously offered an Ambassador code was the (white) icing on the cake

Fiesta: Was loaned one when the Ka was having its sensor failure investigated and fixed, and it was such a hoot to drive that I thought I'd upgrade the Ka if I could afford it..... which it turned out, I could (on finance)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got he Golf because, aside from the obvious need to keep below 99g CO2 for tax purposes, I was fed up of the big old boat engine I had stuck out the front of the Insignia so the opportunity to have a revvy petrol turbo whilst still meeting the aforementioned emissions target made it a no brainer (I also snuck it in before VW had to re-rate it to 107g!). I also wanted a car with a decent interior and the usual toys of the long distance driver (sensors, nav and dab being the most pertinent). The colour was chosen as I've not had a red car in over 10 years all the other colours VW offer are boring.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted an E92 M3; W2.0 didn't. So I replaced the B10 with a B5 BiTurbo Touring.

I had actually hankered after an F11 as I thought they were so good looking after the E61 so that swayed me a bit too.

The twin turbo V8 played no part in the decision. Yeah right .....
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I bought what many of my friends called the yellow hearse many years ago because the car and price suited me at the time.  I did not buy Bess as a long term car but she does all I need.

Having a boot at both ends was a plus point when I was wandering around the country working NHS on the agency and needing to carry a fair bit of kit to go from job to job.

A lot of water under the bridge since then and I cannot really say any of the moderns I have owned did anything to make a strong case to keep over Bess.  If I were to consider new or another car it would need to be something with a bit of emotion rather than clinical efficiency so not exactly a long list.

Porsche 912
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted a spacius family estate car and I like effortless waftynes and good overtaking ability in my daily driver. Nothing does all of that better than an E-Class estate with Airmatic suspension. I also like to have a top quality sound system, a sunroof and heated memory seats. Fortunately the original owner had ticked all the right option boxes for me so it was an easy decision to make when I saw it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We wanted (needed) a 5 door family car with the expectant arrival of our daughter nearly 8 years ago, essentials were a car that had a large boot for the pushchair and baby paraphernalia and shopping plus convenience of a largeish 5 door car for easy access to the rear.

Only one car on my shopping list at the time and that was a Mondeo TDCi. Wanted the 2.2 and tested the ST TDCi and perhaps wish I had waited for one to come on the market but found a 2 year Titanium X with 27k miles and fully serviced priced on the forecourt at £8300 but negotiated this down to £7850 with half a tank of diesel so that's probably 65% depreciation in 2 years

I wanted it in top FG spec, so found a Titanium X spec (heated seats are a must for me), came with half-leather, climate cooled seats and bluetooth. The only option I initially missed (but no longer do as I have hardwired my phone in to play music direct from my phone) is the 6 CD autochanger, strangely it wasn't specced when bought new, I just have the standard fit Sony 6 speaker single CD unit (but the sound is very impressive)

Why the Mondeo apart from being a great drivers car....one reason...who the fuck what would be mad enough to want to own and drive a fucking Vectra. End of*


* or a Laguna

Edit: after buying the Mondeo i did get a chances to look at a friends Mazda 6. His was in TS2 spec. Looked ok but I didn't like the plastics inside, felt cheap. Pleased i chose what i chose.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We go the C3 because Tina liked the look of it, it was priced well, suited her needs and was in fantastic condition.

It has never let her down, however it is time for it to go now.

I remember that the guy was selling it for his dad, it was 6 years (I think) old and had done about 30k, the back seat had never been used and the guy said that his dad never used the A/C as it (with a role of his eyes)"used more fuel"; 5k a year, I don't think he would have noticed.

Looking now and comparing to then, used cars are definately better value now, however far less abundant as private sales.

In the 7 years that we have had it, it's been uses and abused and not particularly looked after, it's never let Tina down and apart from servicing has only needed a set of front discs and pads, tyres and a couple of bulbs, there has been the odd weird electrical issue that has come and gone but it's been a bloody good car.

Not bad for a shitty French car!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Volvo:-
I wanted a 4x4 as the ease of access & driving position suits me better. Plus it looks the dogs bollocks when it's clean & polished. And it was £300 a month.

Her DS3:-
It was in budget and you could get it in purple.....
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MX5 - Bought it cheap to sell it on for a profit, liked it so much I kept it, plus the boys could do autotests in it.

Mini Cooper D - nicest, fastest car I could find that was insurable for a 17 yr old.

X5 - always wanted to try the SUV thing, needed something with lots of rear space for 16/18 yr old boys who are 6ft plus, big-fully loaded SUV's were the same price as mid size models. Also wanted something a bit more professional for work than a 13yr old Honda, and the Honda needed new suspension and potentially other stuff as it crept towards 140K miles.

X5 is great....but.....too big for Mrs. GBB to be comfortable driving so I suspect we'll do a re-jig at some point next year back to her having the family car when the eldest goes to uni and I'll go to something smaller and sportier. We will see. A lot of changes upcoming and I'd planned to keep the Honda through to that point but circumstances dictated an earlier change.
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The Mrs egged me on...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted a car that was fast, good to drive, practical (meaning has back doors and a decent boot), well-equipped, elegant, wasn't too big for London and which didn't cost the earth to buy or run.

That kind of meant that the 4/5-door "coupaloon" or what we used to term a "fastback" was really what I needed, not least because my wife has an aversion to "boxy and boring" estate cars.

And happily, given I probably liked it the most of any of the options we considered (short of a Giulia Quadrifoglio), the discount (20%) and finance offer (2.9% APR) from BMW on a built-to-order 440i GC beat anything else available by a country mile.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do sometimes wonder.

It's was big enough for the dogs although it won't be for long. It was cheap though.

I like it at times, today being one of them, but others it's damned hard work.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a Subaru!

I was a bit too old to go down the Impreza route even then, really, plus it needed to be able to carry the dogs. I wanted something fairly quick, auto because my left knee was playing merry Hell at the time, and it's pretty rare. Oh, and something of a sleeper!

Plus, Mark raved about his and I listened . . . . .
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boxer6 wrote:
It's a Subaru!

I was a bit too old to go down the Impreza route even then, really, plus it needed to be able to carry the dogs. I wanted something fairly quick, auto because my left knee was playing merry Hell at the time, and it's pretty rare. Oh, and something of a sleeper!

Plus, Mark raved about his and I listened . . . . .


The one car that I regret selling. I tell a lie, there have been two - my Fourtrak I had in the 90s can be added to that list too.
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TreVoR wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
It's a Subaru!

I was a bit too old to go down the Impreza route even then, really, plus it needed to be able to carry the dogs. I wanted something fairly quick, auto because my left knee was playing merry Hell at the time, and it's pretty rare. Oh, and something of a sleeper!

Plus, Mark raved about his and I listened . . . . .


The one car that I regret selling. I tell a lie, there have been two - my Fourtrak I had in the 90s can be added to that list too.


I'm sure I've said this before, but I've never had, or contemplated having, one car for so long. It's far from perfect, and there are more than a few things about it that I'm not keen on, but 8½ years in and I still love it.
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SAAB: It was comfier, rarer and cheaper like-for-like than the equivalent Mondeo. Plus it has Nightmode.
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Night panel in Saab speak.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:

I wanted to go down to running one car so it needed to cover all bases.
Could do a number of track days a year
Comfortable to do a load of miles in
subtle enough to use as a company car
Have all the toys like DAB, Climate
Something you can thrash the balls off


Song lyrics?

My reason? It's a red Volvo estate with 300bhp. That's it.
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Michael wrote:
Night panel in Saab speak.


That's what I meant.  
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I bought the Cayman S because I thought it would combine most of the best elements of the E46 M3 and VX220 Turbo that I had previously owned, in a single vehicular package.  Like Ed, I (still) think that a Cayman is a cracking everyday/practical sports car.

I bought the M3 because it's a manual rear wheel drive V8 with a truly special engine in a relatively compact package.  It took me about 3 years fully to bond with it, but I'm glad that I persevered.  It's a lovely thing, although quite a grown-up driving experience compared to the E46 M3.

I bought the GT4 because I'm a fan of the Cayman's chassis, ride and handling and the prospect of a GT version was tremendously exciting.  It's the most special car that I have owned and a real experience every time I drive it.  The car is not without its downsides and is currently not an everyday driving proposition for me.  That said, I hope either to keep it for a very long time or trade it in for a future new GT Porsche should I be in a position to have that option.
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Because the XFR seemed the next logical step from an NA V8 XF that I was getting bored with and I could afford to change. I'd always wanted one ever since they came out. It is what a fast Jag should be - an iron fist in a velvet glove. And being red was a nice change. Plus Mrs PG likes driving it too.

Our Shogun is the farm "truck" and it has done that job prefectly well for the past 8 years (in April).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mini Countryman - I needed something that was insurable after Miss July's spectacular demise, and I was in a Mini showroom before the launch and got a look at the interior, which swung the deal all on its own.

It was supposed to be a stop-gap, but then I quit my well-paid contracting job to start a music production company, and therefore couldn't afford a new car, and needed something that could carry a double bass and loads of other musician paraphenalia, so six years later, I still have it.

Life, huh?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted a more rounded hot hatch than the Clio

5 years later and I still love it.  Tech, Mpg, C02 have all moved on , but I still think it has enough punch to keep up with the hottest of hatches around now (apart from the loony ones like the RS3, A45) .   And the noise still makes me smile, especially when it's properly warm.  

I want an estate next, and a 340i Touring  in glacier silver or mineral grey is top of the wish list.   The new B58 engine sounds a cracker. I was chatting to a 340i saloon owner at Castle Combe on saturday, and he says he's averaging around 35mpg, and sees 42-45 on a motorway cruise. It also sounded very fruity when he fired it up.  Bmw forums I've read are also saying that the engine is punching way about the quoted bhp figure (350hp is pretty normal on a dyno apparently) . Big want, but out of my price range at the minute.
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I wanted a more rounded hot hatch than the Clio

5 years later and I still love it.  Tech, Mpg, C02 have all moved on , but I still think it has enough punch to keep up with the hottest of hatches around now (apart from the loony ones like the RS3, A45) .   And the noise still makes me smile, especially when it's properly warm.  

I want an estate next, and a 340i Touring  in glacier silver or mineral grey is top of the wish list.   The new B58 engine sounds a cracker. I was chatting to a 340i saloon owner at Castle Combe on saturday, and he says he's averaging around 35mpg, and sees 42-45 on a motorway cruise. It also sounded very fruity when he fired it up.  Bmw forums I've read are also saying that the engine is punching way about the quoted bhp figure (350hp is pretty normal on a dyno apparently) . Big want, but out of my price range at the minute.

Would an M140i do the estate thing, or are you doing a Michael and getting some seriously big dogs?
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I reckon his missus has started looking at puschairs...
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After my Touring went back to the lease company and I took on an A6 saloon we needed something with a hatchback to fit the dog in. The idea of a SUV had been floating round in Mrs.Sacamano's mind and a 500X was in the plans, circumstances overtook us and the FIAT hadn't been released yet so we looked at the KIA Sportage, the Ford Kuga, and the Nissan Qashqai. The Quashqai was the one that really impressed and on the back of Mrs. Sacamano working for NUFC and the salesman being their no.1 fan (signed shirt, photos etc) a good deal was worked out. Certainly not regretted it. I thought we might be swayed by the Kadjar when that came out but, having looked at it, still prefer the Nissan.

The BMW was just a case of the lease company phoning up saying they had a 320d MSport in white and did I want it?


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My 3 Series coupe did all I ever needed a car to do and at 8 years old it seemed the natural thing to buy the current version, the 4 series.

It has 4 good sized seats and because the back seats are set low in the car, it can take 2 adults easily. The boot is a great size with folding rear seats (another of my must haves). With the right engine it also goes like stink and returns a very decent mpg figure so it covers most of my requirements in being relatively spacious, fast and versatile.

The 4 series also came with a bonus, 4WD, which means I can escape from our unsalted cul de sac and up the steepish road to the main road with considerably more ease than I used to with RWD (and prats who mess with you on a wet roundabout or a set of lights can be dispensed with easily as they scrabble with traction)

I can't say that I find it as interactive as I did the 335D but it does a lot of things much better in the ride department. My particular car was also loaded with extras.

I suppose the fact that its (ridiculous) £52.5K list price was reduced to £39K with a free 5 year service pack after 3mths and 3,000 miles was also a big persuader instead of the discounted new one I was considering which came with a lot fewer extras and cost an extra £3.5K.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
but then I quit my well-paid contracting job to start a music production company, and therefore couldn't afford a new car, and needed something that could carry a double bass and loads of other musician paraphenalia, so six years later, I still have it.

Life, huh?


Didn't know that. How's it going?

Also how do you find the Countryman, am thinking it might be Mrs. GBB's next car in 18 months time?

I swapped a 93 Cabriolet for a leggy Mondeo when I went out on my own.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I suppose the fact that its (ridiculous) £52.5K list price was reduced to £39K with a free 5 year service pack after 3mths and 3,000 miles was also a big persuader instead of the discounted new one I was considering which came with a lot fewer extras and cost an extra £3.5K.


Just curious - what options have you got on yours that I haven't? Full voodoo lights? Just wondering what accounts for the difference in list price (mine was £48.3k list and £39.1k post-discount), notwithstanding that the 435xd lists at around £2k more than a 440i.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comfort access, auto parking and rear view camera, adaptive lights (think you have these too) Pro Nav (which was £900 extra when mine was bought), Lumbar support, enhanced Bluetooth with phone cradle, heated steering wheel, folding/auto dimming outside mirrors, interior comfort package. The MSport Plus package also wasn't available so mine has the big brakes, 19" wheels, Harman Kardon etc all priced separately. Also sunroof and adaptive suspension like yours.

The total came to £51725 before delivery according to the new car quotation sheet they printed before I bought it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Comfort access, auto parking and rear view camera, adaptive lights (think you have these too) Pro Nav (which was £900 extra when mine was bought), Lumbar support, enhanced Bluetooth with phone cradle, heated steering wheel, folding/auto dimming outside mirrors, interior comfort package. The MSport Plus package also wasn't available so mine has the big brakes, 19" wheels, Harman Kardon etc all priced separately. Also sunroof and adaptive suspension like yours.

The total came to £51725 before delivery according to the new car quotation sheet they printed before I bought it.


Ah, ok. Yes I don't have Comfort Access, Auto Park, lumbar support, enhanced Bluetooth or heated steering wheel - on PCP there's a balancing act that mitigates against anything that falls too far into the FG spectrum.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I was going to need something cheap to insure!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Racing Teatray wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Comfort access, auto parking and rear view camera, adaptive lights (think you have these too) Pro Nav (which was £900 extra when mine was bought), Lumbar support, enhanced Bluetooth with phone cradle, heated steering wheel, folding/auto dimming outside mirrors, interior comfort package. The MSport Plus package also wasn't available so mine has the big brakes, 19" wheels, Harman Kardon etc all priced separately. Also sunroof and adaptive suspension like yours.

The total came to £51725 before delivery according to the new car quotation sheet they printed before I bought it.


Ah, ok. Yes I don't have Comfort Access, Auto Park, lumbar support, enhanced Bluetooth or heated steering wheel - on PCP there's a balancing act that mitigates against anything that falls too far into the FG spectrum.


That's true, but you can use man maths to increase the deposit if you need to keep (psychologically) the monthly payments to a set figure.  That's what I did when I decided to add voodoo lights to the spec.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fiat Coupe - decided we wanted a sporty(ish) 2nd car and after looking at a £7k Punto HGT realised we could get a decent Coupe for a little less. Don't regret that decision nearly 13 years later.

M5 - felt mildly dissatisfied with the performance of the Alfa GT 3.2 (lacking in mid-range compared with the Coupe), went to look at the M5 but didn't really expect to be able to get it but the dealer agreed to a direct swap.

370 - quite fancied another Alfa GT 3.2, while accepting its limitations, but saw a 350Z parked beside the beach when we went for a walk one day. We both liked the look and arranged a test drive to see what it was like and if Mrs Tim could see over the dashboard. I also remembered seeing a yellow 370Z when they were first out, it was on display at Ocean Terminal at Edinburgh and I absolutely loved the wheels.....

320d - Mrs Tim was unable to drive for a couple of months when I got the 2005 320d with the vast mileage. As soon as she did the complaints started so I pointed out the 320d we bought, we tested it and she did the deal.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After an MX5, I fancied an open-top car with the right mix of sportiness (although the steering can be a bit indelicate and I miss the relatively affordable driftability of the MX), long-distance refinement (wife had discounted another MX5 on these grounds), six-or-eight-cylinderiness (I'd discounted another MX5), soft-top (apologies to SLK fans as the roof was deemed to rob the boot of luggage space when travelling on weekends away) and relative cheapness (compared to 986 Boxsters). It also definitely had to fit down the side of the house when parked up... And I liked the look of them, and eventually one came up at the right price (colour unimportant, though I do like the Montego Blue it, er, sports).

In fact, I'd quite fancied a Z4 since I saw/heard a 3-litre one being booted up a hill near Ilfracombe in 2003. No regrets three-and-a-half years later, and no inkling/need to change either.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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After an MX5, I fancied an open-top car with the right mix of sportiness (although the steering can be a bit indelicate and I miss the relatively affordable driftability of the MX), long-distance refinement (wife had discounted another MX5 on these grounds), six-or-eight-cylinderiness (I'd discounted another MX5), soft-top (apologies to SLK fans as the roof was deemed to rob the boot of luggage space when travelling on weekends away) and relative cheapness (compared to 986 Boxsters). It also definitely had to fit down the side of the house when parked up... And I liked the look of them, and eventually one came up at the right price (colour unimportant, though I do like the Montego Blue it, er, sports).

In fact, I'd quite fancied a Z4 since I saw/heard a 3-litre one being booted up a hill near Ilfracombe in 2003. No regrets three-and-a-half years later, and no inkling/need to change either.


If it's Montego Blue, presume it's a first gen car without the folding hard-top?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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boc70 wrote:
After an MX5, I fancied an open-top car with the right mix of sportiness (although the steering can be a bit indelicate and I miss the relatively affordable driftability of the MX), long-distance refinement (wife had discounted another MX5 on these grounds), six-or-eight-cylinderiness (I'd discounted another MX5), soft-top (apologies to SLK fans as the roof was deemed to rob the boot of luggage space when travelling on weekends away) and relative cheapness (compared to 986 Boxsters). It also definitely had to fit down the side of the house when parked up... And I liked the look of them, and eventually one came up at the right price (colour unimportant, though I do like the Montego Blue it, er, sports).

In fact, I'd quite fancied a Z4 since I saw/heard a 3-litre one being booted up a hill near Ilfracombe in 2003. No regrets three-and-a-half years later, and no inkling/need to change either.


If it's Montego Blue, presume it's a first gen car without the folding hard-top?


Yes, first-gen LCI, to coin their phrase, Montegoblau being unavailable on the pre-facelift, although the faintly bewildering array of BMW blues means I could be wrong there.

I slightly prefer the second-gen interior (although the Danish*-style minimalism of mine makes a nicely striking counterpoint to the slash-it-all-over exterior) and the slight return of the shark-nose, but the folding hardtop went against them. And the price at the time.

*True that, I think. Styled by a Danish bloke, Anders Warming, apparently.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Also how do you find the Countryman, am thinking it might be Mrs. GBB's next car in 18 months time?

It does what it does very well - for a car with a small road footprint, it's excellently spacious - four of me would be perfectly comfortable. Unless you're doing huge mileage, go for the Cooper S, as it's by far the most lively.

Presumably you'll be looking used rather than the new model?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Andy C wrote:
I wanted a more rounded hot hatch than the Clio

5 years later and I still love it.  Tech, Mpg, C02 have all moved on , but I still think it has enough punch to keep up with the hottest of hatches around now (apart from the loony ones like the RS3, A45) .   And the noise still makes me smile, especially when it's properly warm.  

I want an estate next, and a 340i Touring  in glacier silver or mineral grey is top of the wish list.   The new B58 engine sounds a cracker. I was chatting to a 340i saloon owner at Castle Combe on saturday, and he says he's averaging around 35mpg, and sees 42-45 on a motorway cruise. It also sounded very fruity when he fired it up.  Bmw forums I've read are also saying that the engine is punching way about the quoted bhp figure (350hp is pretty normal on a dyno apparently) . Big want, but out of my price range at the minute.

Would an M140i do the estate thing, or are you doing a Michael and getting some seriously big dogs?


As you can see , he's too big  for the ST now, hence why I want a 3 Touring
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I reckon his missus has started looking at puschairs...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Also how do you find the Countryman, am thinking it might be Mrs. GBB's next car in 18 months time?

It does what it does very well - for a car with a small road footprint, it's excellently spacious - four of me would be perfectly comfortable. Unless you're doing huge mileage, go for the Cooper S, as it's by far the most lively.

Presumably you'll be looking used rather than the new model?


Not sure. Was planning to look at new model tomorrow but worried it might look poor in some angles. Space is main issue but not sure what we'll really need without the boys at home.

My desire to chop and change means I'd like something we can use as family transport when needed without it being too big and something I can enjoy driving but Mrs. GBB is happy with the size of.

Present thoughts are that now is the time for the X5, plenty of space as family transport but when just 2 of us it will feel daft and unnecessary.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new model has a bigger boot but even the old one is pretty spacious.

Plus there are some cracking deals on the run-out model. For the price of a boggo new 2wd Countryman Cooper automatic, my mother got herself a run-out Countryman Cooper S All4 automatic with over £4k of options (inc. Chilli pack).

Assuming you don't need an auto, I expect they probably still have some stock availability.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I'm really thinking forwards to 18/24 months time when youngest has passed his test and the MINI can be upsized for something less insurance friendly and the X5 downsized for empty nesters  


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