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Old 11-12-2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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Car choice around £5500

Ive recently Sold my Type R

Fantastic car but has became unpractical for my daily commute. ive never owned a diesel and have been advised against due to market values and future plans to eliminate them which is a good fair comment. but they also fit the bill for my daily 40+ mile motorway trip.

Im Doing around 200mile + any weekend trips with the family, so ideally looking for a 4 door. a little comfort with a little power when needed.

been and viewed 3 cars so far and lets just say they were no where near as described and thats me being nice.

cars I considered that I like look wise , features and size

BMW 525/530D around 2006-2008
BMW 330/325D same years
Audi A3 Sportback 140 or 170 model.

read a few bad reviews on common faults on the 5 series, swirl flaps and so on, so it put me off a little but love the looks.

drove the 330d auto and it was a fantastic drive and size, Body work was shocking ( meant to have been immaculate )

haven't drove a 5 series or A3 yet but will be on Friday as a lad ive been talking to has both in his possesion. Spoke to Andy and he's reccomded a few nice big comfy cars for me to consider, Like early CLS mercs and a few Jags, so just looking for other options and views. Thank you

Must have ideally:

4/5 doors
comfy
reliable
half decent power

The A3 I'm viewing is the 2.0tdi 140ps and the 5 series is the 525D 2.5 177bhp model ( went to a 3.0 around 2007 197bhp )

both described as immaculate and the guy sounds genuine.

Cheers all.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:29 PM   #2
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Peugeot 508?
There's one on auto trader 11 plate 2.0 hdi, less than 50k in budget.

Or not premium enough?

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Old 11-12-2017, 10:35 PM   #3
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Golf gttdi might work for you. Great on fuel and as much fun as a gti
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nice looking motor but not a french car fan at all sorry.
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Old 12-12-2017, 12:03 AM   #5
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what about skoda Octavia, could even sneak in a VRS TDI CR for about 6K
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Audi A6 Quattro s line if poss. They have good resale value and once you’ve driven Quattro it’s hard to drive others
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Hi bud.

Just a few alternatives

Mazda 6 2.2d sport

Lexus is220d sport

Mondeo 2.2 tdci titanium x

However, my choice would be a Volvo s40 2.4 D5 R-design - sounds awesome with a 5 pot engine.
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3

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Old 12-12-2017, 08:23 AM   #8
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Seat Leon FR tdi170? I had one and it was a brilliant car and with a map produced ample power too!
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Have you tried looking for some reliable high-mileage cars?
If comfort's the main priority, you might get lucky with a Volvo V70, an C/E-Class or an Audi A6?
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Honda Accord 2.2 Dtec Type S?

As with all Accords, easy to drive, handles well, comfortable, well spec'd and OK ish performance. It also stands out from the sea of Audi, BMW and Merc company cars.



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