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    Thought i'd sign up and say hi! as I've just bought a new car for the better half today a 1998 BMW 316 Compact (E36) in solid black with FSH, 75k on the clock, Borbet alloys and overall cracking condition for the year. It was the first time i had driven a compact (had only ever driven a 320Ci and a 330Ci before) and was quite impressed with it's handling on the twisties - would probably put my C70 T5 to shame! lol!!.. it's not the fastest car out there but the engine seems quite torquey at motorway speeds and it's a good step up from her previous car (Ford Ka!) lol!..

    I think we'll be looking at changing the orange indicators (front and side over) as well as changing the rear lights to the more modern looking white and red items.

    Here's some pics (not the best as i think they were taken with a phone! lol! - i'll post better ones if it ever stops raining and if i can crowbar her out of it! lol! as she's away shopping just now!):





    and here's one of my C70 T5 for good measure lol!:

     
     

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    Nice cars dude

    Welcome to the forum......its great to have you aboard


    Whats the T5 like for running costs and reliability by the way please
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostist View Post
    Nice cars dude

    Welcome to the forum......its great to have you aboard


    Whats the T5 like for running costs and reliability by the way please
    thanks for the reply!

    the T5 only returns around 20 mpg around town but that stretches to 32 mpg on the motorway.. reliability wise it's not a problem - people have down strip downs on their engines for rebuilds at 250,000 miles (as recommended in the service manual) only to find the original honing marks on the bores! lol!.. they're pretty much like BMW's that way as long as they've been well looked after/serviced with plenty of quality oil changes then you won't have too many problems on that front..
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangster View Post
    thanks for the reply!

    the T5 only returns around 20 mpg around town but that stretches to 32 mpg on the motorway.. reliability wise it's not a problem - people have down strip downs on their engines for rebuilds at 250,000 miles (as recommended in the service manual) only to find the original honing marks on the bores! lol!.. they're pretty much like BMW's that way as long as they've been well looked after/serviced with plenty of quality oil changes then you won't have too many problems on that front..
    20mpg

    Thats not tooo bad compared to some big BMs

    But with current petrol prices it is still very costly!!!

    I had heard Volvos were solid cars in all ways

    Sounds like a trusty steed to me...and very quick for a big cruiser
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostist View Post
    20mpg

    Thats not tooo bad compared to some big BMs

    But with current petrol prices it is still very costly!!!

    I had heard Volvos were solid cars in all ways

    Sounds like a trusty steed to me...and very quick for a big cruiser
    lol! - that's what i keep telling myself.. although the 316 compact should help balance the fuel bills out a bit! lol!.. i was looking at M3's before the T5 but a T5 came up with a rare spec (exactly what i was looking for) and i manged ot get it for a bargain price so at the time so i pounced on it.. i will own a BMW at some point though! - maybe as my next car as i quite fancy an E46 M3..
     
     

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    Pangster, welcome! Welcome the the joy of the pride of Munich. I have an E36 318ti Compact, 103k on it, and it's an absolute joy. About to convert to LPG, you might want to consider it yourself, big savings to be had, spesh that Vulva! Anyway, good luck to ya!
     
     

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    Pangster, welcome to the forum.

    Very nice cars you have there my friend
     
     

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    hello again Pangster!

    Only 2 things wrong with the C70 T5 imo, body roll and and no RWD
    Let the fun times roll .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSK View Post
    hello again Pangster!

    Only 2 things wrong with the C70 T5 imo, body roll and and no RWD
    lol! - agreed!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSK View Post
    hello again Pangster!

    Only 2 things wrong with the C70 T5 imo, body roll and and no RWD
    Good point mate
     
     

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