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Stuart Davies

What Car To Go For?

  

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  1. 1. Changing my car on Friday so after some advice on what to go for.

    • BMW 320D (173) Manual Touring Estate
    • Audi A4 Avant TDi (140) SE or S-Line Estate
    • Volkswagen Passat TDi (140/170) SE Estate


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Great choice, and you went for the wagon, much rarer especially in the 3 series and a usefull improvement in space without comprimising performance.

Leather is better, ok might burn your balls on a really hot day and freeze your bum on a cold one (until the heated seats have warmed up) but for comfort and resale you just cannot beat a bit of dead cow laying around inside.

Find a enthusiastic BMW specialist within your area and enjoy better service and cheaper prices than main stealers....unless of course its under extended factory warranty still?

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you just cannot beat a bit of dead cow laying around inside.

:unsure: Never thought of it like that - better 'hyde' (get it?) this thread from Mach! :whistle:

No the car was out of its 3-year warranty in October last year and I didn't buy any extra cover either which I know is a bit of a risk. Only come with one key too so just bought 2 others (one for the wife and one spare) from my local AD at the princely sum of £199 inc.VAT! :furious:

What I’m also annoyed about is that I've also won a second hand key on the ‘flea-of-bays’ for £30 only to be told by BMW that they are not reprogrammable so if anyone knows any different then I'd be VERY grateful to here from you...

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you just cannot beat a bit of dead cow laying around inside.

:unsure: Never thought of it like that - better 'hyde' (get it?) this thread from Mach! :whistle:

No the car was out of its 3-year warranty in October last year and I didn't buy any extra cover either which I know is a bit of a risk. Only come with one key too so just bought 2 others (one for the wife and one spare) from my local AD at the princely sum of £199 inc.VAT! :furious:

What I’m also annoyed about is that I've also won a second hand key on the ‘flea-of-bays’ for £30 only to be told by BMW that they are not reprogrammable so if anyone knows any different then I'd be VERY grateful to here from you...

They speaketh the truth I'm afraid. Re-programming second-hand keys wouldn't be very sensible.

All new BMWs should have 10 keys assigned to them, therefore if you contact your dealer and ask them for a replacement they should be able to order you one with the correct documentation provided (as long as the previous owner hasn't lost 9 keys!).

Can't imagine they'll be cheap though....

Edit: Sorry just read post properly, you already sorted keys and you already found out it was expensive.....

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you just cannot beat a bit of dead cow laying around inside.

:unsure: Never thought of it like that - better 'hyde' (get it?) this thread from Mach! :whistle:

No the car was out of its 3-year warranty in October last year and I didn't buy any extra cover either which I know is a bit of a risk. Only come with one key too so just bought 2 others (one for the wife and one spare) from my local AD at the princely sum of £199 inc.VAT! :furious:

What I’m also annoyed about is that I've also won a second hand key on the ‘flea-of-bays’ for £30 only to be told by BMW that they are not reprogrammable so if anyone knows any different then I'd be VERY grateful to here from you...

They speaketh the truth I'm afraid. Re-programming second-hand keys wouldn't be very sensible.

All new BMWs should have 10 keys assigned to them, therefore if you contact your dealer and ask them for a replacement they should be able to order you one with the correct documentation provided (as long as the previous owner hasn't lost 9 keys!).

Can't imagine they'll be cheap though....

Edit: Sorry just read post properly, you already sorted keys and you already found out it was expensive.....

But they are probably the "Ultimate unlocking machine" :D

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only just spotted this thread. not a merc but by far the best of the 3 you listed.

all passats are rubbish with the possible excpetion of the 170 estate one of me german service mates drives. and even that is only ok.

i have had of electrical problems with cars across the vw range, and how crap is the new'ish sirocco compared to the old one!

only audis i have driven have been A3s hired at the airport and they were all crap over even medium distances.

used 320 is a super choice, had one for a while before i told me last boss what to do with his job.

now live 8 miles from work and dont travel anyore - hence the current ride is the 710's old put put - 12 year old mazda 3 estate. :partytime:

doesnt really perform, certainly doesnt corner, looks terrible but just goes on and on.

perhaps when the points clear later this year i'll buy something worth driving again.

happy motoring!

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