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Mercedes list the AMG GTR kerb weight at 1,650Kg, this includes fuel tank 90% full, driver 68 kg, and luggage 7 kg.
BMW puts the M4 CSL kerb weight at 1625kg with the same additions included.

Also, that’s one small/skinny driver - LH weighs more than that!
 
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Test drove a 340i (2018) earlier, back to back with an S5 (2018)

Similar price (27k), both different cars.


340i arguably the better driving car. Better steering feel, has adaptive suspension, adaptive LED, sunroof, HK. Well kitted out for me.


But the S5 felt like a better all round car. More aggressive also in gears, ferocity of the engine, but also smoother in comfort. Also well kitted out with B&O, matrix LED, virtual dash (loved it). But, the steering felt numb.


I preferred driving the 340i, but it feels dated. I got into it from my 320d and it’s identical. Same iDrive (I upgraded mine), same steering wheel, everything. It even had the exact same rattles as my car in the doors - mad for 18k miles.

I don’t know if it feels like a 4 year car. It doesn’t feel as special as the S5, but it is nicer to drive and has features I prefer (mainly adaptive suspension and sunroof). I can add an MPSSK to give it more power too.


Decisions…
 
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Hi all,

I have just put down a reserve on a 66 plate 430d 3.0 M Sport and i have a few questions if anyone would be happy to help.

Ive been told that extended warranties on BMW are pretty much necessary, ive been shopping about and found one on "protect 4 sure" for 3 years @ £570, has anyone used this place and if so what are your experiences ?

Also one major thing for me is that being a 66 plate the car doesnt support Android Auto, anyone with a BMW of this age or older for that matter been able to get andriod auto working?

Cheers all!
 
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Hi all,

I have just put down a reserve on a 66 plate 340d 3.0 M Sport and i have a few questions if anyone would be happy to help.

Ive been told that extended warranties on BMW are pretty much necessary, ive been shopping about and found one on "protect 4 sure" for 3 years @ £570, has anyone used this place and if so what are your experiences ?

Also one major thing for me is that being a 66 plate the car doesnt support Android Auto, anyone with a BMW of this age or older for that matter been able to get andriod auto working?

Cheers all!
General consensus is not to bother with 3rd party warranties as they so rarely pay out. Stick to BMW warranty if they'll allow you, or YOLO it.
 
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The BMW warranty is pretty cheap on a 3 series too.

Though you should probably check what it is you've bought as there are no 66 plate 340d...
 
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General consensus is not to bother with 3rd party warranties as they so rarely pay out. Stick to BMW warranty if they'll allow you, or YOLO it.
Just looked at the BMW offical warranty and they want £ 613 a year !

The place where im potentially buying from offer a 3year deal for £870 which can be used at BMW repair shops and there own. I might have to get that, seems fairly cheap in comparison.
 
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The BMW warranty is more expensive than third party warranties because it actually pays out, and allows you to use main dealers and their facilities.

Third party warranties are a complete mixed bag and should be avoided if you want true peace of mind, IMO.
 
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Hi all,

I have just put down a reserve on a 66 plate 430d 3.0 M Sport and i have a few questions if anyone would be happy to help.

Ive been told that extended warranties on BMW are pretty much necessary, ive been shopping about and found one on "protect 4 sure" for 3 years @ £570, has anyone used this place and if so what are your experiences ?

Also one major thing for me is that being a 66 plate the car doesnt support Android Auto, anyone with a BMW of this age or older for that matter been able to get andriod auto working?

Cheers all!
What mileage is it on?
 
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Just looked at the BMW offical warranty and they want £ 613 a year !

The place where im potentially buying from offer a 3year deal for £870 which can be used at BMW repair shops and there own. I might have to get that, seems fairly cheap in comparison.
3 years of no protection versus 1 year of protection..tbh at that price I'd YOLO it. I can't imagine a 3 litre diesel goes wrong all that often and there must be hundreds of replacement lumps on the second hand market? Likewise for all the other bits that may go wrong.
 
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Just looked at the BMW offical warranty and they want £ 613 a year !

If the car doesn't have an existing BMW warranty then the price is higher but next year you'll get a lower renewal price I'd imagine.

£600 a year seems fine? I pay more than that for a 530d which is mechanically the same basically!
 
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3 years of no protection versus 1 year of protection..tbh at that price I'd YOLO it. I can't imagine a 3 litre diesel goes wrong all that often and there must be hundreds of replacement lumps on the second hand market? Likewise for all the other bits that may go wrong.
Yeah I think you maybe right.

First time BMW for me having been a Mazda owner most of my driving life, I knew the costs of owning a BMW can be high but now pricing everything up its getting close to what I can afford.

Looking at extended warranties and shopping around for a decent service plan at a bmw specialist is something I never had to really consider when bombing about in Mazda's, and been able to take them to any old garage knowing it wont cost the earth.

With cost of living and bills sky rocketing its making me think again! Sad times lol
 
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