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  • in reply to: SAAB News #4533
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    Apparently, Danny Bahar is available to assist the pre-Christmas new model rollout.

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  • in reply to: Somebody stop me #4519
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    Artill, it’s horses for courses. I’ve said before that a decent auto is bearable, and some of the DSGs are actually nearly as rewarding as a good manual. I fear we’ll have to get used to it, as a decent manual is a rare beast in a quick car now.

    As for the ‘why’, Lesia, without being facetious about a big sum of money, you can put it down to curiosity, I guess. That, and the fact that, on a personal basis at least, it’s very cheap motoring in a fast and practical car. My biggest worry is its lack of engine noise, which til now has always been a major element in my driving enjoyment.

    I’m still on the fence at the moment. Prudence would suggest waiting until they’re in the country and established, but I’m not known for my patience – a £30k deposit for the model with the extra Duracells seems a bit steep. I’ll let you know if/when I take the plunge.

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  • in reply to: Car Finance explained : how the PCP works #4511
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    There is usually a “cooling off period” when it comes to signing finance agreements as part of consumer law. I’m not sure if it applies to PCP deals, but can’t see why it wouldn’t.

    It seems extremely odd to me to have left with no paperwork at all. I’d ring the dealer and just tell them you’re cancelling and see what their response is. If you’re set on the new car, tell them what you’ve seen elsewhere and tell them they must beat that deal to get your business. As you’ve not yet paid a deposit, I don’t see that there’s anything to lose.

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  • in reply to: New BMW X5 unveiled #4448
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Angus Young wrote:</div>Can anyone explain the point of these kind of cars to me?

    I can only say why I bought one – has plenty of room for kids and stuff, tows well and has good wading depth (for launching my boat). Once I had decided on an SUV for those reasons, it came down to the one with the fewest compromises in on-road behaviour. That left me with the choice between a Cayenne Turbo S or the X5 M, and having driven them both, couldn’t justify the additional £25k for the Porker.

    My X5 is now 3 and a half years old and is a veteran of 16000 miles, and must say, I really enjoy driving it. Is it as good as a 5 series for normal driving? No way.

    No argument from me – in these pictures, the new one is not a well resolved look. X1-esque it is, and that is a real shame.

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  • in reply to: Humour me – find your inner female… #4447
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    Afternoon. I guess you wanted some alternative suggestions, so here’s a magnificent one from left field – a Maserati Spyder GT. I’m unable to confirm on the ISOFIX issue, but there is a fine 2003 example on Autotrader with change from £16k. Stunning, and a 4.2 V8 knocks spots off anything in a Z4 this side of the M version.

    For the avoidance of doubt, when I sign off as LG, I am neither of the aforementioned LG Senior or LG Junior. I remain, simply, LG.

    LG

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  • in reply to: Best place for replacement windscreen? #3946
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    Angus Young wrote:On the front.

    Cheeky!

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  • in reply to: Audi S3 #3945
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    This is the beauty of the Ford Ranger 3.2D. You always know when you’re doing over 60.

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  • in reply to: 2nd hand (relatively new) – Diesel or Petrol? #3762
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    Hi Philo. Based on your standard commute of 12 miles, I’m not entirely sure that a modern diesel would return a big MPG gain. Diesels with DPFs are frequently quoted as being less economical than petrol equivalents before the engine has warmed up. Depending on the type of route your 12 miles consists of, the engine may well hardly be up to normal operating temperature by the time you arrive at work.

    Artill’s right. £14k is a lot of money. Buy the car you like the most.

    LG

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  • in reply to: The F-type #3761
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    rich_uk wrote: It seems they’ve opted for exclusivity which may starve off depreciation and get return custom.

    :-D

    I’m not so sure, Rich. I think once the initial demand has been met, these will depreciate just as badly as the other cars in the range. As a result of the fuel consumption, I think you’ll start finding used V8s coming in at the same price as used V6s within 18 months.

    I’m not sure about it yet. Put alongsdide certain rivals, it does look very expensive, but then, in my opinion, it makes an SLS roadster look very expensive.

    Lots of silly talk on inferior sites about it being as quick as a 911 Turbo. Never in a million years – this is a quick car, but not in that league.

    Some comedy clips on Youtube show an XKR seeing off a 911 turbo. Having owned a 5.0 XKR and a 911 Turbo S back-to-back, I can confidently say the Jag wouldn’t know which way the Porsche went.

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  • in reply to: Best place for replacement windscreen? #3760
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    Unfortunately, his policy doesn’t cover the windscreen. A bit of cost reduction that has proved to be a false economy.

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  • in reply to: Freelander #3546
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    It might sound as though my advice is partisan, but I can highly recommend a Ranger Wildtrak 3.2. Very tax efficient. Not very fuel efficient.

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  • in reply to: How to save money on your car insurance #3523
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    I get a great deal on my cars, and its a variation of the Admiral multi-car policy.

    I simply insure 1,200 commercial vehicles and 32 company cars and then get an excellent discount on my personal cars. I haven’t tried keying in 1,241 vehicles on the Admiral Multicar site, but I don’t think they’d compete with my current provider.

    On a serious note, I think the brokers now find it hard to compete with the online boys. The trouble is that motor (and home and pet) insurance has become an off-the-shelf item, and there is no reward for loyal custom.

    It irks me that often when you get a renewal quote from your existing insurer, it is more than the quote for a new customer with the same supplier.

    I recently voted with my feet on my pet insurance when MORE THAN wanted an extra £2 a month from me if I renewed, vs cancelling the policy and starting a new one. How is this right???

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  • in reply to: Advice re E36/E46 #3355
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    Angus Young wrote:

    liquidgold wrote:

    petrolheadinrussia wrote:The z3 is the worst car I ever driven!

    and I agree (yes!) with PHIR, it was a really poor car.

    Granted. But ‘worst car ever driven’? Clearly, then, none of you have driven a Maestro.

    Oh, its not the worst I have ever driven, but it was very poor. I think the worst car I’ve owned was a Vauxhall Frontera Sport.

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  • in reply to: Advice re E36/E46 #3352
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    petrolheadinrussia wrote:The z3 is the worst car I ever driven!

    Whilst waiting for my E46 to be delivered, I ran two Z3s for about 2 months each. One was a 2.8, and I agree (yes!) with PHIR, it was a really poor car. I swapped it for a Z3M, and the difference was unbelievable. It wasn’t the engine – the 2.8 straight 6 was a great engine, but the M version steered and stopped better by a huge margin.

    For what its worth, I’d still go for the E46 for the reasons that The Colonel mentioned, but I ran an E36 328i MSport for over 2 years and it was terrific. I still think that engine was one of the most characterful 6s BMW made.

    I think you’ll enjoy whichever you go for, but for me the huge step forward from E36 to E46 would swing it for me.

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  • in reply to: Skillz #3315
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    Stig, thats a stunning photo.

    Workwise, I’m a bit of a jack of all trades (and master of none) – Accounting, employment law, marketing, manufacturing (in sheet metal and machined parts), product design, commercial vehicles, vehicle graphics and wraps, vehicle security, tracking systems, PTO systems, winches, BUS programming and fleet management.

    I’ve got various licences, ratings, qualifications and certificates for planes, helicopters and boats.

    If anyone does win Rich’s £1.7m, let me know – my true specialism is p155ing it up the wall. (DBS / XKR cab are points of fact)

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