Hi joined up a couple of days ago having agreed to buy and then collecting my first BM
About 8 years ago a friend of mine bought a new 330D Sport at that time I was running my mildly fettled UK model MY98 Subaru Impreza Turbo as my daily hack and fun car. We went on a trip with several friends to the 'Ring and the car wowed me...I vowed that when the time came for me to buy a more sensible car I would seriously consider a 330D.
Roll on a few years and that time came, however the scoob was far more highly developed by then and I could not afford the car I wanted, so I bought a new Focus diesel, that was February '03. The Focus was a great car and served me well over 103k miles until last Tuesday when it met with an unfortunate end on a country lane when I had a choice of running over 3 or 4 pedestrians or hoping I could avoid a tractor on the otherside of the road...unfortunately this wasn't to be...
Still, it did it's job sacrificing itself to protect me from serious harm.
Now I needed a replacement, something that would act as a suitable daily driver, be moderately entertaining and act as a tow vehicle for my much enhanced Impreza that is soon to be back up and running after a 4 year tune up...I'd been keeping an eye on the classifieds and a few months ago saw something I liked, but decided not to do anything as there was little point in replacing a perfectly functional car that wasn't worth much. So, on Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised when I found the same car re-advertised...went to see it on Thursday, placed a deposit and collected it yesterday.
What have I bought? A 2002 530D M Sport Touring Auto, no it's not a 330, but when I tried one I found it too cramped for my tastes, besides the 530 should make a better tow car.
The car cost me £5600, is covered 143k miles, and is pretty good nick, it started life as a dealer demo car and it has nigh on every toy! Still, I've found a few niggles with it that I need to sort, but hopefully nothing too drastic:
Air Con needs re-gassing
The outside temp sensor seems to have packed up (it thinks it's -40)
The O/S speakers aren't working (got the 10 speaker audio system with the built in Sat Nav/TV and a a 6 disc changer in the boot)
The rear wash wipe has siezed in the rear glass hatch and once that's freed off I need to see if the motor still works
The front passenger seat airbag switch needs replacing.
When I get a chance I'll get a mate of mine who maps cars for a living to plug his laptop in to the OBD port and give the ecu a thorough interrogation.
I'm sure I'll be around here asking questions