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  • Premier Icon Kryton57
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    So I have a 10yo 330i saloon, with thule racks does me ok. UNTIL I changed my job and the 1000m per month is starting to hurt from a fuel cost perspective.

    Thing is, although its in good nick etc no one wants to buy it as its not really a car for this economy. But I need a diesel mile muncher and while I’m at more practicality. To add to the issues wifey is on maternity, 2 kids in nursery and I live london so life isn’t cheap and payment beyond £170 a month isn’t achievable. My options as I think they are:

    A) lease something and cut my losses on the Beemer
    B) buy a £3k autotrader classic stw estate car and use the Beemer as a deposit probably accepting 1/2 of its private sale value

    C?

    sbd16v
    Member

    I’ve just been there had a nice astra coupe turbo but had a 6 month course that ment I was travling 1200 a month so was going to Cost a fortune, cue the corsa deisel cheap as chips to buy insure and run 60 mpg on a run, 50mpg with3 guys a weekend’s worth of mtbing gear and 3 bikes on the tow bar.

    I’ve always wanted a 330i and there falling to the price I might think about one when I drop the miles again what mpg do you get in real life out of it

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    This week – with the racks on – I’ve had 29.7 recorded on the clock over 450 miles. Half of that was on the M1, and that also include 2 mornings of 40 miles each stop start on the m25.

    properbikeco
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    why are those your 2 options?

    how about: sell the bmw and buy a car you can afford to run?
    have you actually calculated the fuel saving and weighed this up against the cost of changing your car? You may be surpised…

    sbd16v
    Member

    Yeh fine for short trips but can’t match the 50 plus you can get with a deisel, what about a 320d ? Good boost on mpg and around the same value

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Isn’t 1000 miles a month about average? If thats work mileage surely they’re paying something? I imagine it’ll take you a long time to recover the cost of a new car when your fuel costs are going to be about what you’d be paying for the new car, assuming you own the 330 outright.

    Edit: basically what properbikeco said, buying a new car to save money is probably a false economy!

    trail_rat
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    Only thing i would consider is – what does the wife have

    Do you need 2 massive cars

    Get a small diesel with descent power and comfy seats

    Fiesta /Lupo / polo/fabia something like that

    Id also look at buying such a car new – used the prices are mental as they are en vogue

    Run it for 2/3 years flog it itll still be worth something nice with 40k on clock due to economy and low road tax and repair bills minimal.

    Big cars in which youll spend most of your working life traveling round in on your own – burning money

    trail_rat
    Member

    Oh ad you say trade in will be half private value – up here i could buy a 10 year old 330 for <1500 quid with about 85k on the clock.

    Probably find the trade in is closer to the sale price than the optimistic autotrader adds that never sell.

    Premier Icon BigJohn
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    Have you worked out the monthly saving on fuel if you bought a car with better MPG?

    Edit – as the bloke above said an hour ago.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    njee20 – Member
    Isn’t 1000 miles a month about average? If thats work mileage surely they’re paying something? I imagine it’ll take you a long time to recover the cost of a new car when your fuel costs are going to be about what you’d be paying for the new car, assuming you own the 330 outright.

    Edit: basically what properbikeco said, buying a new car to save money is probably a false economy!

    Yes, it is paid for and I get 20p per mile fuel from work (becuase I also get a “car allowance”). Buying a new car would be more expensive than paying for the fuel extras, yes.

    No brainer I guess, but it needs re-gassing and a new rear light lens so it “feels” expensive. 😳

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Lets see – 1000 miles a month at 28MPG = 36 gallons x £5.90 = £212.40. Minus 20p per mile or £200 is…

    oh, £12 difference. 😳

    Thats funny it feels worse.

    trail_rat
    Member

    And if your car did 50mpg youd spend 95 quid a month less on fuel – would take alot ofmonths to pay for your new car….

    b r
    Member

    Yes, it is paid for and I get 20p per mile fuel from work (becuase I also get a “car allowance”). Buying a new car would be more expensive than paying for the fuel extras, yes.

    You also need to claim the difference (at your tax rate) between the 20ppm you are paid (what’s a ‘car allowance’ got to do with it, it’s a red-herring) and the allowable 45ppm.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Br I am doing that.

    Trail rat, yes it seems obvious now….

    ji
    Member

    C) get it converted to LPG and roughly half your fuel costs. Have a 4.3 litre Lexus that runs a dream on LPG, so it can be done on big engines.

    gmex619
    Member

    I have a 2.0 mondeo with a 32-38 average mpg. And it carries bikes with ease.

    TiRed
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    Drive slower. Save the difference.

    properbikeco
    Member

    and take the rack off when not being used

    trail_rat
    Member

    i dont understand what gmex driving a mondeo offers to this 😉 it would be about a million miles before changing to your mondeo broke
    even let alone saved anything.

    Premier Icon martymac
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    id echo the thoughts above about slow down a bit, take off the racks when not using, check tyre pressures, empty the boot.
    use the car til its dead, buy an economical one next time around.
    and, id also add, 29 mpg isnt bad at all for a car like that, my wifes 1.6 petrol focus only does 33 (round town though)

    simply_oli_y
    Member

    I’ve a 316 estate, and a defender. Would love a bigger engined beemer :D. Economy is over rated.

    Would echo comments above, generally it will take a while to get anything back if you change (unless you do it for no cost.)

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Despite the fact the rack is on effect 4 locks and 4 bolts I can’t be arsed to keep changing it. However, now its summer ill use my soft bike bag to carry the bike around on the odd occasion I do I think.

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