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Hi, hope this is the correct section etc.

Basically when i joined up here i wanted a 630i but there still about £14000, but the price of fuel is getting worse, and road tax and insurance is expensive,

i can afford to buy and run it, but i'd not have much money left over at the end of each month to save and spending in the pub.

i could buy an e46 M3 for about £8000 but insurance servicing would be expensive.

I've been looking at the e92 coupe with 2.0 petrol and diesel engines. insurance is nice and cheap road tax is cheap, serviceign shouldn't be too bad, there quite new ad i could get an extended warrenty.

so i just wanted to know the pros and cons of each engine really.

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Hi Paul,

I can only offer some advice ref the E92 320 as i have one. I came from a diesel and i must admit have enjoyed the change. Mostly in part due to the 320 being so quiet but also when thrashed the engine can be sporty as well

As expected you get less torque but you just have to adjust your driving style and use the revs more which i have learnt to do. In terms of mpg i cant say i have noticed having any less money than i did with the diesel, obviously there is a difference but i cant notice it. With unleaded at around 128p it costs £75 to fill up, around town i get just over 400 miles, but drive it like captain slow on a run and you could see 520+ miles which i have done a few times

Servicing wise, i have mine booked in for a 2 year service at grosvenor bmw reading (indy) which is going to be roughly £300. Last BMW dealer service they missed a few things hence why its 300 to rectify the mistakes!

All in all a reasonably cheap car to run

If you are thinking of buying one consider a car auction, i bought mine from a bmw specialist with 15k on the clock only to find out he got it a few days previous from an auction, i would imagine i paid more for it than he did! next time i'll hit the auctions...

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cloughy
 

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many thanks for your reply.

i've never owned a diesel, but i do like the sound of 50mpg cheaper road tax but not the sound of the engine.

Petrol isn't too bad either i guess, 500 miles to a tank i would be very happy with i dont usually drive quick i just follow the speed of the traffic, unless there tanking it:hihi

i will be gettign it from the local car auctions they have loads avaliable, as i also think why buy a car from the stealer who has just bought it from an auction themselves.

warrentwise will give me a warrenty anyway if i want one.

thanks for your help.
 

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I had a 320imsport nice car but missing that extra go have now got a 123dmsport coupe can here that its not a petrol when stood outside the car but rest of the time just as quite as the 320i so i wouldent be swayed by the noise.:)
 

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thanks, i've been reading up and it seems BMW diesel turbos, need replacement turbos at some point so the money i saved on fuel costs would be lost when getting a new turbo fitted.

is this true?

is the m sport and the se only different really by the wheels and suspension?

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thanks, i've been reading up and it seems BMW diesel turbos, need replacement turbos at some point so the money i saved on fuel costs would be lost when getting a new turbo fitted.

is this true?

is the m sport and the se only different really by the wheels and suspension?

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Turbo life is dependent on servicing correctly and driving correctly (letting the engine warm up before accelerating hard and let it cool a little after a hard drive, this technique should be used on all engines but especially affects turbo life) BMW made a **** up with the e46 range with the crank case breather arrangement, which lead to alot of failures of there turbos. But believe they've lernt from there mistake and sorted it now :thumbsup

Have a test drive of the 2 cars only you can say which you prefer.
 

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thanks mate, im swaying towards the petrol, but im not sure what milage ill be doing until i start my new job in 3 weeks time, so that might make me change.

been looking at the cars today, there pleanty avaliable so ill be getting one soon, if anyone knows anything else i should look out for please let me know.

few little plans i've got for the car i get but will have to see how my funds are doing.

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Turbos do go on higher milage 320ds but there are also issues with the 320i re injecters and coils mine had some problems but ran well most of the time but i know someone who had one 3yrs and it never ran right, as far as se v msport as well as wheels and suspension you get steering wheel nice body kit and a few other bits and pieces but they do cost more as do the diesel over the petrol saleman at the garage told me they could have sold my 320i 10 times over if it had been a diesel.:thumbsup
 
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