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    Head or Heart?

    I am stuck between the choise of 2 vehicles, this will be my first bmw and really cannot decide between the 2

    1. BMW 318D ES, 2006, 89,000 miles £5000

    2. BMW 325I SE, 2005, 97,000 miles £5350

    Both have long mot and full service history

    My pros and cons for the 2 are,

    1. Pro's - Low miles, potentially a very good car priced at £5000 (same value as webuyanycar.com) good on fuel/tax ect...
    1. Cons - Es model, rumored to be sluggish??? worries about turbos going @90,000 miles??? I won the car on a auction, no feedback and poorly advertised and wondering if its to cheap to be true

    2. Pro's - Looks sporty, SE model, I drive system, Local car
    2. Cons - High mileage, potentially juicy to run

    Any advice would be massivly accepted, I am not info'd up at all on bmw's so any tips on what to look out for or concerns on the 2 would also be a help.
    Are my pros and cons correct?

    Which 1 seems the better deal?? 1 or 2

    Mpg isnt a massive input as I donot clock up many miles however I would want to run another car that does 18mpg like my last 1.
     
     

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    Oh and head says 318d, heart says 325i 325i is more me but 318 is obviously more practical and a bargain price
     
     

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    325 every time If miles are not an issue - I have a 325ti M Sport Special (Order) - 6 Cylinder fun!!!

    Do you need a bigger car - there are a few good 325ti Compacts out there? for bargain money £3500-£4000 with only 50k miles on. Not everyone's cuppa though, Marmite.

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    No I like the look of the 05+ 3 series saloons so that is pretty much a must
     
     

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    325i petrol if not doing high miles. Diesel. Urgh. Only if doing BIG miles a year, but sell it once it first starts playing up,
     
     

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    Are the diesel more prone to problems?

    The seller seems very keen to sell the 318d. I won it for £5000. (its reserve) I tried to pull out as it only had 2 weels mot left and he offered to put a 12 month ticket on for free, thus with no feedback and only opened his account less than 30 days ago I am suspisious.

    Would the mileage of the 325i put you off at all?
     
     

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    97,000 miles wouldn't put me off on a well looked after petrol engine, diesels are more expensive to maintain IMO in the long run so if you are doing low miles they are pointless.

    I just replaced a turbo on a Pug 307, 49,000 miles from new. Diesel. Guy reckons the oil was changed on time but it was filthy and the turbo oil feed pipe was blocked solid. £550 for a turbo, that's a lot of petrol you can buy for that.......
     
     

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    Which 1 will hold its value better?
     
     

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    Hello and welcome to the forum

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