I have finally taken the plunge and sorted the loan and soon to appear on my drive is an '05 325i sport convertible, grey with black leather and an auto box. You have no idea how long I have admired and wanted exactly that car!
I put down the deposit yesterday and will pick it up probably tomorrow but........
I did an HPI and everything looks good but it says that the VRM is no longer on the car and that the V5 issue date is incorrect. My theory is that it has had a private plate on it and the last owner has not notified the DVLA that he has taken it off - or does it mean something else? HPI stated that the VRM and the VIN matched so that is the only thing that makes sense to me.
Hopefully it will all be ok and photos will follow. (ps my only previous German and best car I have owned was a 2000 S3 Quattro which if I wanted a hot hatch, I would thoroughly recommend as it was awesome! hence S3quattrodrift)