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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, 12 Apr 2012.

  1. MrRockliffe

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Apr 2014

    Posts: 4,495

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Wait.

    You don’t need a 30k car yet :)


    If you really want a new car, get a decent in between.


    This is what I’ve ended up doing. Rather than spending 26k on a new car, I’ve spent 11 on a 320d, so it’s still a massive upgrade from what I’m used to without making me feel as though I’m waiting for prices to crash.


    Maybe a Leon Cupra if you want a nice petrol? Or a golf?

    They’ll be a big step up from your Mondeo :)
     
  2. ShivP

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Oct 2013

    Posts: 8,982

    Location: Leicester

    Ultimately, like Fox I'd probably want a G30 M340i. I'm probably happy up to 35k, the cheapest AUC is £40k and autotrader around 38k. Again though, it seems bonkers value when a 2017-2018 Audi S5 is like £36k and it's by most accounts a worse car(?)
    Eg http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202107155055844?atmobcid=soc3

    I think I'll 'slog it' with the Fiesta for a couple of weeks and see how it goes
     
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  3. rG-tom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Nov 2004

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: North Beds

    This is a tough one (and something you and I have discussed at length). It really depends on what you value in the car. I've driven the new-gen cars, and I do agree they're a nice step up interior wise (though there's a stark difference when sitting in a tired, poorly specified f30 vs a low mileage well spec'd one), but I would absolutely take the b58 engine in an f3x over a 4 cylinder c. 250bhp in the g2x. Even if someone offered me a free swap from my 440i for a new shape 330i, I wouldn't take it if it came tied to a "you can't then sell the car to fund a 340i" condition.

    I literally swapped one F36 (430i) for another F36 (440i) because of the engine, and for me the b58 engine is the absolute highlight of the car. Yes, I got a good deal on the swap that made it a no-brainer, but I think I still would've been happy if I'd had to pay the 4-6k difference I probably should have had to pay. The 4 cylinder in the 430i was fine, and for "sedate" driving absolutely adequate and far from slow, but the 440i's engine is truly awesome.

    • If you always drive in comfort and don't ever get close to using the performance, then the g20 is obviously the right choice. The 330i isn't slow, but it isn't quick.
    • If you will use the performance of the b58, the g20 won't satisfy you.

    Doesn't change that the pricing is bonkers on all used stuff at the moment, and there is no correct answer.
     
  4. MrRockliffe

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    How about a 540i instead?
     
  5. ShivP

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Oct 2013

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    Location: Leicester

    Too big for me, literally on my own 99% of the time. I aimed to get something smaller than the Mondeo :D
     
  6. rG-tom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Nov 2004

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: North Beds

    m240i would be a great shout for you....
     
  7. MrRockliffe

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    Yep fair enough - it’s a big car, but might be a good compromise and your way into a modern 6 cylinder petrol :)

    M240i?
     
  8. ShivP

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Oct 2013

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    Location: Leicester

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yes, but I just want more "interior" as well. I have test driven an M140 and the interior was somewhat lacklustre considering they were asking 26k for it!
     
  9. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 27,150

    There isn't a huge difference between the Fx 1/2 series and the Fx 3 series?
     
  10. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 158,166

    Exactly! It's part of the issue with the 3 series... It has the interior of a bigger 1 Series.
     
  11. chanjy

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Dec 2003

    Posts: 4,971

    Yup, if you didn't like the M140i interior then the 440i is going to be... very similar!
     
  12. Kenai

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Apr 2009

    Posts: 22,130

    Well if he just wants 'more' interior, then it sounds ideal :p

    It's like a 1 series but there's a bit more of it :D
     
  13. chanjy

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  14. XeNoN89

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 6 Mar 2007

    Posts: 8,679

    Location: SW19

  15. Greebo

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

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    Location: Co Durham

    Hope so, that looks decent.
     
  16. Smokey26

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Apr 2010

    Posts: 1,275

    Location: West Midlands

    Finally got the hybrid turbos on the 335i and custom tune. Did some quick dragy runs and did a 7.05 100-200kph but was invalid because of slope. Not bad for just normal Fuel.

    Hopefully get it on dyno to see what it's running. Must be well north of 500hp. The power is very linear, very little lag, no let up all the way to recline. Noticeable difference from before.

    Very happy bunny haha.
     
  17. hanmer

    Associate

    Joined: 29 Jan 2010

    Posts: 73

    So after a three month wait, its finally here. M340i in Sunset Orange with Tacora red interior :D. Only option I went for was the tech plus pack. So the HUD, drive recorder, surround camera, driver assistance professional (the autonomous driving stuff). Only lost out on wireless charging which I wouldnt have used anyway, due to the chip shortage. Going to be good and get through the run in period before I do any spirited driving.

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  18. MissChief

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Jul 2010

    Posts: 21,379

    Gorgeous colour on the outside, not so sure about the interior, but my own BMW is black on black so I can't talk!
     
  19. Uncle_Gravy

    Mobster

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

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    Location: S.E Wales

    Absolutely gorgeous, totally not jealous at all. Enjoy
     
  20. Smokey26

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Apr 2010

    Posts: 1,275

    Location: West Midlands

    Very nice car. Interior is quite brave with the outside colour! What engine is in those the b58?

    Do not like the front end though, like all new BMW's I think it's vile lol.