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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 9:24 
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CAR GET! Turns out it came over on the boat Saturday, so the guy got it registered and taxed today, and we did the switch this afternoon.


Just realised the twelve month anniversary of i30N Fastback ownership passed a week ago.

That's practically keeper territory for me.

We've been reopening quite a lot of stuff this week so car dealerships are back in action with social distancing in place, Facebook knows about this so is bombarding me with car advertisements.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:10 
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Is the speed limit still in place?


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:47 
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Is the speed limit still in place?


>:(

Hopefully going back to normal in the not too distant future.

Tell you what though, my MPG has gone through the roof, turns out that going everywhere at 40mph in 5th gear is really fuel efficient.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 12:58 
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Not as fuel efficient as going everywhere at 0mph.

My normal mileage is around 1,200 miles per month, and I have to fill up the Yaris' tank about once a week.

Nearly two months on one tank so far and I've still got about a quarter of it left.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 13:03 
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I filled up yesterday for the first time since late march. 99.7p per litre!


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 13:06 
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I put in £25 in mid-March. Lasted until last week. I then filled up so should be good until September now.

I have been taking Sal to work and picking her up every day, so I’m probably driving more regularly than before, but not doing any medium or long trips at all.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:39 
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Filled up the RAV4 yesterday, first time in ages and cost us £46 rather than the usual mid 70s!

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 13:21 
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Yeah, I normally use half a tank a week. Entered lockdown around march 23rd (work started sending people home before mandatory) with about half a tank (modern VAG senders are colossal liars) and I filled it up on Saturday without even getting into the red.

Insurance renewal coming up, I'm planning on removing commuting use and declaring 2000 miles; a confused quote got LV out at £175! I'm with them already, £290 the year.

All the fearmongering about tax hikes this year, mine has come in at just over £13/mo, up from just under £13/mo.


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 22:01 
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Finally got the driver’s seat back into the Celica, after buying two other sets of second hand rails off eBay that didn’t fit.

Bought some proper Bride rails from Japan, and they fit perfectly - as one would hope for the bloody money paid for them.

Just gotta charge the battery now and hopefully it’ll still all be alright!

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 18:31 
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Custom manifold for the Essex-mgb. The original was a bit bulky to fit between the chassis rails, block and steering column


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2020 19:42 
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Get your money back mate, it’s full of holes.

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I will post another pic after it's welded up then you demanding humanoid.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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That’s definitely not bulky

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Hah, it fits, suck on that Zardoz!


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 0:39 
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Get your money back mate, it’s full of holes.


Those are speed holes.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 2:49 
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That looks purdy.

I had a lovely drive this afternoon, the superb really comes alive when everything is put in sport and manual and then you hold the traction control button down for 5 seconds.

It's due an oil service, I really need to accidentally get Startin Skoda to put the ECU and TCU remaps on while they're at it, now they're Racing Line resellers.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 15:45 
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/driver-200mph-motorway-speeding-sussex-police-a9527946.html

Fastest I’ve gone since lockdown is 44mph

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Do it!

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 14:27 
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Hive mind: any lookouts I should be aware of when:

A) buying a second hand BMW
B) buying from Motorpoint?

https://www.motorpoint.co.uk/vehicleadvert/bmw/3%20series%20saloon/996888

https://www.motorpoint.co.uk/vehicleadvert/bmw/3%20series%20saloon/971521


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 14:45 
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I'd be staring hard at that 9.9% interest rate. As ever with Beemers, they're quite spec sensitive. I'd want the Pro Nav package as the standard one is shite apparently. Stereo upgrade to Harmann would be good too. Check it's not on run-flat tyres as apparently they ruin the ride.
I also understand that those 330E's don't actually produce the economy you expect, so if you're doing the miles, get a diesel. Other than that, I'd go petrol, but then I do fuckall mileage per annum.
Hang on, I noticed the annual mileage is down on those links as 6k pa. I'd get a petrol. The straight six in my M140i did mid 20s around town and high 30s on a run, which for the performance always boggled my mind.

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Also parts are going to be expensive if anything goes wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Mr Chonks wrote:
Also parts are going to be expensive when things go wrong constantly.

FTFBMW.

I still regret selling both, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 16:48 
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Eurgh, think I might stay away then. I'd hope the car wouldn't have too much go wrong with it given only three years old, and would be getting a three year warranty. But can be doing without something that is going to regularly let us down.


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 17:10 
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A three year old 3 series is unlikely to be giving you too much shit. I've no direct experience of the Hybrid ones, so it's possible they may be a little more flaky than the petrol/diesel version.

I've had a *lot* of BMWs over the years (admittedly not usually for the long haul) and the only ones that have ever given me any problems are the M cars and the older models. I know, I know, anecdotes are not data.

That said, If you do look at extended warranties, I can strongly recommend you get the BMW Mondial warranty (or whatever they call it these days) rather than the Motorpoint one. It has certain entry requirements (mileage being one, both those cars would be fine - the other major one is that it has to have been serviced on time and on schedule at BMW dealers, but they do sometimes allow exceptions to this rule)

The big advantage with the BMW warranty is that they basically just sort it straight away, don't really ask any questions, and don't expect you to pay for it and then be reimbursed when the warranty claim goes through, which tends to be the case with third-party warranties.

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 17:11 
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GazChap wrote:
A three year old 3 series is unlikely to be giving you too much shit. I've no direct experience of the Hybrid ones, so it's possible they may be a little more flaky than the petrol/diesel version.

I've had a *lot* of BMWs over the years (admittedly not usually for the long haul) and the only ones that have ever given me any problems are the M cars and the older models. I know, I know, anecdotes are not data.

That said, If you do look at extended warranties, I can strongly recommend you get the BMW Mondial warranty (or whatever they call it these days) rather than the Motorpoint one. It has certain entry requirements (mileage being one, both those cars would be fine - the other major one is that it has to have been serviced on time and on schedule at BMW dealers, but they do sometimes allow exceptions to this rule)

The big advantage with the BMW warranty is that they basically just sort it straight away, don't really ask any questions, and don't expect you to pay for it and then be reimbursed when the warranty claim goes through, which tends to be the case with third-party warranties.


That's very good to know, thank you.


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 17:53 
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A lot of the motorpoint cars are ex rentals, hence the good prices. Its up to you if that makes a difference.


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Trooper wrote:
A lot of the motorpoint cars are ex rentals, hence the good prices. Its up to you if that makes a difference.


Yeah I was concerned about that. Most of the ones I looked at were ex rental, but the Msport above was one.private owner.

Also confirmed that it's the standard sat nav.


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GazChap wrote:
A three year old 3 series is unlikely to be giving you too much shit. I've no direct experience of the Hybrid ones, so it's possible they may be a little more flaky than the petrol/diesel version.


My next door neighbour's 69 plate hybrid has broken down twice and took weeks to fix, but that's a sample size of 1 so isn't particularly reliable.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 11:22 
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Yeah, I guess there's always the possibility of a lemon. According to Autocar's buyer's guide, this 3 series ('12-'18) is considered the most reliable 3 series since the '99-'06 models.

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