Had a '95 320D wagon since end of October. Fantastic to drive, not quite as economical as I'd like, OK for bikes, not too bad in the snow, despite the silly tyres once you'd got going. Stopping was a very bad idea though. Not had too much trouble with other drivers being idiots (or no more than usual anyway)
Help, wife wants to buy a BMW
My wife had quite a few test drives when looking for something a bit bigger to replace her mini.
She's not a keen driver but within minutes of trying a 1 series she decided that it was the best one. They are just nicer to drive than so much of the competition - better weighted steering, with better feel, better balanced chassis etc.
We've now got a 120d M sport and I've had an old 520 for years (car before that was a 944 turbo)
I have a 320d, Great car... Just got a new tyre 255/35/R18 Run Flat Michelin, Cost £250... So deffo not cheap!
Made up with the car though!
Take it from me. Go find a 10-12 yr old 328i convertible with as low a mileage as you can get. Super fast 0-60 7secs, super reliable, parts available, cycle rack goes on back or I take roof down and just stick my orange straight in! Cool. On my second
Start weening her of the indicators now
Old 5 series for me, not cheap on fuel but bugger-all depreciation and parts are no more expensive than equivelent Fords/Vauxhalls.
Whatever you get, don't get 'M' suspension nor big wheels/tyres - there is no rule that says firm cars have good handling...
Afraid I agree with Clarkson on this one, Audi Drivers are the new Bmw Drivers so go for it.
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