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General Car Chat / Re: Selling an expensive car
« on: 19 November 2019, 09:04:42 »
I guess I need to read the small print about what day insurance covers. Would it be unreasonable if I asked for a refundable deposit if day insurance doesn't cover fault claims?

Mine has electric seats too which is quite rare on the 3 series. This was one of my criteria because of my back. I agree, the Omegas are supremely comfortable  :'(

Sorry to offend any BMW/Merc/Audi drivers  :P  but a lot of them are knobs. I'm turning into one  :-[

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General Car Chat / Re: Selling an expensive car
« on: 18 November 2019, 16:59:01 »
Its a weird one, padding in the lumber region gives me a back ache. All the cars I have owned have given me some pain and after turning lumber support fully off I feel comfy. Problem with German manufactures is that they make you pay extra for it and most people don't spec them.

I don't want to swap out seats, I think that would put a lot of buyers off in the future.

I would try selling privately first before WBAC or trading in it, see how that goes. Although I can see the benefits of doing so. BMW, Merc, Audis do see to attract a certain breed of drivers. There will certainly be plenty of tyre kickers and test pilots.

I paid cash for the car. I have been looking at the C43 AMG coupe but they are still ridiculously expensive so will wait a bit

As for test drives, surely fully comp only covers driving other cars TP only. So great for third party but not so for me

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General Car Chat / Selling an expensive car
« on: 18 November 2019, 12:27:31 »
So I recently bought a 2017 BMW 340i. Waited a long time for one with the right spec so when this one came up on the BMW used approved site, I put a deposit down and bought it without test driving it.

On the way home after a while I noticed my lower back was hurting but I just assumed (and hoped) I'll play about with seat positions and it'll be fine. I have owned it around a month or so I'm still not comfortable, from as little as 20 mins drive.

So I have decided to sell it. This car is 20k+ so I wanted to ask how you would deal with potential buyers wanting test drives?

Payment I guess would be back transfer only but is it reversible?


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General Car Chat / Re: For the enthusiast
« on: 07 October 2019, 16:57:12 »
I sold mine for measly 400. It was one of the last models, in the best colour and spec  :'(  and the engine had jusy run in (at a mere 150k)


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General Discussion Area / Re: Thomas Cook no longer trading.
« on: 23 September 2019, 07:08:41 »
I was about to book my flights with them for October until a work colleague told me about their impending demise. Phew, disaster averted. Kids would have been devastated  8)

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General Car Chat / Re: Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 16 September 2019, 13:12:59 »
;D in fuel costs alone
compare
Omega 25 MPG ,200 miles per week =47
new mondeo 50 MPG, 200 miles per week =23.50
Omega depreciation 3 years 0.00  ;D
ford mondeo 21k new depreciation 3 years@11k miles p/a 40% =8400

8400 minus 3666 (the extra fuel for omega over 3 years)= 4740 saving  :y

When comparing cars cost of ownership against Omega or any other banger, how the newer car makes you feel gets overlooked. That comes at a price.

I owned the Omega for four months, made me miserable as hell and the missus sometimes refused to get in it and the kids said it smells weird. But it was cheap to buy and other than fuel I did nothing, not even wash it (I spent many hours inflating the tyres though)  ::)

I can live on mackeral, veg and rice and live healthily and very cheaply but it would bring me no joy. But I'd be bored or I can spend a bit more, eat out now and again which would bring me joy and get me laid  ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 15 September 2019, 23:45:35 »
;D in fuel costs alone
compare
Omega 25 MPG ,200 miles per week =47
new mondeo 50 MPG, 200 miles per week =23.50
Omega depreciation 3 years 0.00  ;D
ford mondeo 21k new depreciation 3 years@11k miles p/a 40% =8400
Omega, three sets of cam cover gaskets, coil pack, hbv, timing belt, welding= 474 tops
8400 minus 3666 (the extra fuel for omega over 3 years)=  massive saving
Agreed  :y
yes, the mondeo head gasket fail will be covered by the warranty won't it  ::)

Plus, you won't miss any days at work with the mondeo  :)
???
I'm a builder, I'm NOT meant to turn up when I say  ;D

You're not buying the mondeo, SMD is  :P


Like hell I am  ;D

I think I've found the replacement, though whether its better than the mondeo is subjective

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General Car Chat / Re: Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 15 September 2019, 17:24:16 »
 ;D in fuel costs alone

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General Car Chat / Re: Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 15 September 2019, 17:20:49 »
I will be devastated when they sell for thousands and I let it go for the price of a pair of Crockett and Jones  :'(

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General Car Chat / Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 15 September 2019, 14:47:52 »
Yes, my future classic is gone

Seller said he plans to put the engine and tranny in a kit car so that means this car won't live long enough to reach classic status  :(

But the missus is happy its gone

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Well, looks like that's that sorted then :D

 ;D

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That car has now been sold. They told me they have an older model with similar mileage but basic spec for the same price.

No thank you  :y

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I spend 50% of my time commuting in BMW 2018 m140i and before that m235i.

The ride in BMWs is absolutely horrific, its utter utter shite. They feel poorly made, cheap, tin like, with cheap materials. Plastics, trim, doors etc all feel cheap.

Economical thorough, even with 3.0 twin turbo. 30mpg easy.

So Id walk away myself and look at Jagggs

I echo what Mr YZ250 said. You're really comparing apples with oranges. The 3 & 4 series in rides a lot better than the baby BMWs, adaptive suspension improves things even further as far as comfort goes. Ditto the interior.

My friend and his brother have M140i, F30 Active Hybrid 3 and 420i and I spent many hours in my brothers F30 and we are in agreement.

If you really want to compare apples with apples, the Jag XE, which is a direct competitor to the 3/4 series has noticeably inferior cabin according to owners and professional car reviewers (and I spent countless hours trawling forums and reading articles)

By the way, the M140i is twin scroll single turbo  :y

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Exactly Lizzie  :-*

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Its a 440i Gran Coupe, one owner, motorway miles etc.

I haven't seen it yet, it's 135 miles away so at least 3 hours drive. Usually I wouldn't even consider it but it has a very good spec and I would only go for it if the price was reduced closer to 20k. Its a used approved from BMW (so one year manufacturers warranty) and it's priced at 23.5k. Actually it's been on there for at least 3-4 months and hasn't sold so either mileage, price or condition (or a combination) is putting people off.

My annual mileage is about 5k so if i kept it 5 years, it would have 75k on a 7 year old car which averages out.

There are lower mileage (20k miles) cars available on autotrader trader but with very basic spec.

Would this (or the fact its a BMW) put you off?

For this money the car world has far more to offer....just saying. :y

All opinions welcome. And still open to suggestions

Thanks for the comments. I guess I agree with those sentiments too

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