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    After reading so many forum posts over the last month or so i decided time to register myself
    I am looking to buy a car strictly for work commute and could do with advise.I know after loads of research its going to be BMW but can't nail the model.
    My criteria is as follows

    40000 miles per year/need good mpg
    75% motorway driving
    High spec with creature comforts,leather,satnav etc etc

    I get 22p per mile off my company so know if i can squeeze near 50 mpg i'm quids in.After reading loads of posts still can't work out if go auto or manual.Must confess to be a petrol head so performance is important,but needs to be diesel.Budget wise i have £15000 ready to buy,but will only consider 40000 miles on clock or less.
    This Sunday i'm test driving 3 BMW 120d x Drives,thinking that 4 wheel drive with give me safer drive in all weather conditions.
    Being diesel will 100% get mapped as want to squeeze out what i can.

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    If you're spending most of your miles on the motorway, I wouldn't bother with xdrive because you frankly wouldn't need it. You get through tyres quicker and wont get as good mpg as RWD. I imagine you could get a nice 125d for your budget with lots of extras

    eg. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...o=14000&page=1
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    Id drop x drive.

    22p per mile gives you £8800 a year.

    Why not lease? 2 year contract will give you high monthly payments but car will be under 3 years old and still on warranty. Plus id go for a 3 series for comfort based on such high miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjak92 View Post
    Id drop x drive.

    22p per mile gives you £8800 a year.

    Why not lease? 2 year contract will give you high monthly payments but car will be under 3 years old and still on warranty. Plus id go for a 3 series for comfort based on such high miles
    Have you ever leased a car with 40k/year mileage limit? Most leases are 8-10k year max and then charge per mile after that
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    Your quite right leasing over 10000 gets bloody expensive.My company give me £5300 a year less tax,plus the 22p mile.Not forgetting I have to buy fuel,insure and service.
    I notice you guys saying no to xdrive is it known to have problems.Have looked at
    320d
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    5 series bit big and juicy.Comfort doing high mileage is priority I suppose
     
     

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    So just as an example, ive found this 320d GT - I know not to everyone's taste but

    A) I know this dealer, very good help from them, not too far from Oxford Either
    B) Space and comfort of a 5 series, economy of a 3 series, very good equipment levels
    C) Matches OP requirements
    D) Being a Luxury line, it will be perfect for long Motorway cruises.

    BMW 320d Luxury Gran Turismo - Tring

    Now, to those that say that you cant do PCP on 40k a year.

    With the above car, costing £20,429 OTR

    £1000 Deposit, over 36 Months, 40k miles a year = £477.63 a month

    £477.63 x 12 months = £5731.56

    The car will average 50mpg doing mixed driving, I had one for a week and average over 50 doing motorway and twisty roads in the peak district, ragged it as it was a loaner, but for the purpose of this calculation lets say 50mpg

    Cost of fuel per year at 50mpg based on a litre of fuel costing 113.9 (my local) will be £4142.40

    So running the car (obviously insurance etc is not included here) will be £9873.96 a year for the OP. Considering that he gets £8800 a year for his fuel allowance, the car costs him £1073.96 per year + the initial deposit. That's less than a £100 a month and considering how much nicer this will be on a LONG journey compared to a 1 series.

    After 3 years, give it back, take another. Problem sorted. 3 Years of motoring will cost him just over £4221.88 + plus insurance and maintenance. How many of you can beat that?

    *Drops Mic*
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    Might just be me, but if I was doing 30k motorway miles per year I would not be bothered about performance. No point on so called 'smart' motorways. I would go with the most economical and comfortable example I could find. Something like a really high spec 320ed or similar.

    What about something like this
    BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr 2.0


    '59 LCI 335i M Sport Manual, Sapphire Black, Professional Nav and Black Dakota Interior
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    At that mileage I'd be looking at a F10 520d, lovely motorway cruiser with great economy. I'd suggest driving one at least, bit of a mare to park but even the 3 is quite large these days!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike335i View Post
    Might just be me, but if I was doing 30k motorway miles per year I would not be bothered about performance. No point on so called 'smart' motorways. I would go with the most economical and comfortable example I could find. Something like a really high spec 320ed or similar.

    What about something like this
    BMW 3 SERIES 320d SE 4dr 2.0
    +1 or something cheap and a Z4 for the weekend
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    But look how poorly spec'd that car is, not even nav.

    I agree with that many miles you want economy, a 2.0 diesel still has more than enough grunt for overtaking in every day scenarios.

    In regards of the 5 series, yes lovely car, I have one, but considerably worse on fuel. 50mpg on a motorway run is very steady driving, it's a big old thing remember
     
     

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