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I'm thinking of swapping my 52 plate Vectra 2.2 Sri (61k on clock, FSH) for and older E39 5 series BMW.

I'd consider a 100,000+ mile model as long as it has history and is in good nick etc.

I'm swaying towards a 530D but would consider a 530i or even a 535i (V8). I'd prefer a Sport model with leather and alloys.

Only do 8k per year so fuel isn't so much an issue for me. I just want something big and comfortable and powerful that's gonna be as reliable as an old anvil.

My budget is around 5K. What are the pitfalls? Anyone got any useful input?

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I'm thinking of swapping my 52 plate Vectra 2.2 Sri (61k on clock, FSH) for and older E39 5 series BMW.

I'd consider a 100,000+ mile model as long as it has history and is in good nick etc.

I'm swaying towards a 530D but would consider a 530i or even a 535i (V8). I'd prefer a Sport model with leather and alloys.

Only do 8k per year so fuel isn't so much an issue for me. I just want something big and comfortable and powerful that's gonna be as reliable as an old anvil.

My budget is around 5K. What are the pitfalls? Anyone got any useful input?

Old Lexus.

Just as good, more reliable, and people will let you out of junctions.

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What are the pitfalls? Anyone got any useful input?

You'll be hated by all right-minded drivers as the BMW driving scum you have become.

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What is it about BMW drivers?

Whenever theres a car parked on the highstreet blocking traffic with the hazards on outside a takeaway or a cashpoint, its always a BMW, without exception.

When I was a kid, the only people I knew with BMWs were the local gangsters/drug dealers, so fair enough (sort of). No point being the local toughguy if you can't flaunt the rules of the road and get away with it. But perhaps it was the Marque all along.

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I never let in a BMW because of the number of times I have seen them driven badly or selfishly.

My apologies if there exists a considerate BMW driver out there.

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What is it about BMW drivers?

Whenever theres a car parked on the highstreet blocking traffic with the hazards on outside a takeaway or a cashpoint, its always a BMW, without exception.

Usually driven by coppers round my way...

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I'm thinking of swapping my 52 plate Vectra 2.2 Sri (61k on clock, FSH) for and older E39 5 series BMW.

I'd consider a 100,000+ mile model as long as it has history and is in good nick etc.

I'm swaying towards a 530D but would consider a 530i or even a 535i (V8). I'd prefer a Sport model with leather and alloys.

Only do 8k per year so fuel isn't so much an issue for me. I just want something big and comfortable and powerful that's gonna be as reliable as an old anvil.

My budget is around 5K. What are the pitfalls? Anyone got any useful input?

A mate had a 530D, 54 reg. Done 100,000 miles in it. In the last year he had it, it cost £10k in repair bills and was still fvcked. I took him down to the BMW garage to pick it up once. They done all this work to it, then it still wouldn't start.

Got a Lexus 430h now.

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Every car I saw stuck on the snow last January was a BMW. Without the weight of the engine over the wheels, RWD is hopeless. Gave me great pleasure walking past a stuck beemer with wheels spinning going nowhere, get into my FWD hatchback and drive off :-) Its a shame cos I'd have one otherwise.

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I feel it USED to be a car of distinction, but now is viewed as a status symbol for those without.

Now if you were talking Audi, that might be a different matter.

BMW? You can keep it.

To the OP, don't waste that gratuity on a mid life crisis car! ;)

Oh yes, quite like Audis. I had an A4 behind me today and it looked like a Ford Escort, which IMHO was a fantastic looking car (Mark V / VI) that was unappreciated because it was so common.

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Oh yes, quite like Audis. I had an A4 behind me today and it looked like a Ford Escort, which IMHO was a fantastic looking car (Mark V / VI) that was unappreciated because it was so common.

Have to go back to the Mexico for it to be a great Ford Escort.

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Every car I saw stuck on the snow last January was a BMW. Without the weight of the engine over the wheels, RWD is hopeless. Gave me great pleasure walking past a stuck beemer with wheels spinning going nowhere, get into my FWD hatchback and drive off :-) Its a shame cos I'd have one otherwise.

Might that be because of the wide tyres?

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My 735 v8 was great, and I drove it in a particularly friendly, gracious manner at all times to buck the stereotype. But maybe as it was the luxo-barge model of the marque it didn't quite have the same wa-nk-er image as the smaller ones. Still was amusing watching people who thought I was going to be a nobber look in surprise when I let them in/out and never once parked illegally or in anyone's way.

But with that budget, you can get one with rain sensing wipers, park sensors, maybe a radio controlled atomic clock, maybe phone and comms pack (mine had a dial-up port in the back for fax machines as it was from 2000).

The 3.5L v8 was too small for the 7 series frame, but I reckon on a 5 series it would go well. Sounds a little girly for a v8, but then the cylinders are comparatively small. If you want some real v8 growl, go for a 540 which is more the ticket.

And watch for the plastic rads which blow, and the gearboxes can pop the reverse gear which is a 1000 quid repair.

And the pixels on the displays go wrong after a few years -800 quid for a new dash binnacle (ebay solvent/pressure repairs are a bit shyte and often fail).

Nah sod it, you can get a 740 for that money. But I like the sport model with the special seats in it, and my next one will have that.

TFH

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BMW is all a bit "new money" really. It's what every chav aspires to once they get a few quid. And they do seem to attract a certain type of aggressive driver. Must admit, I don't let them out either. And if it's a BMW 4x4, well then you just have the full archetypal toss pot all rolled up into one, ridiculously shaped lump of metal (anyone seen that new X6 - I nearly pissed myself laughing!)

It's a shame the brand has such an awful image because they really are a good car and the current 2 litre diesel engine is a belter and really good on CO2 for the company car tax.

I suspect it's just cycles and the Toss Pot carriage du jour will be something else in a few years.

I have an Audi A4 now and I'm not sure the Audi image is too good these days either. Oh and it's only a year old and the clutch makes a horrible rattling noise when it's engaged and the engine warning light has just come on so it has to go in for a repair next week... not massively impressed.

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Have to go back to the Mexico for it to be a great Ford Escort.

My dad had an Escort Mexico. In baked bean orange.

It was my coming into existence that precipitated its sale.

Not sure he has ever forgiven me actually.

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It's a shame the brand has such an awful image because they really are a good car and the current 2 litre diesel engine is a belter and really good on CO2 for the company car tax.

Agreed. Any BMW pre-1980 is acceptable.

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I feel it USED to be a car of distinction, but now is viewed as a status symbol for those without.

Now if you were talking Audi, that might be a different matter.

BMW? You can keep it.

To the OP, don't waste that gratuity on a mid life crisis car! ;)

Oh do keep up, Audis have been the w@nkers car of choice for a couple of years now.

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Oh do keep up, Audis have been the w@nkers car of choice for a couple of years now.

I just bought one. 54 A6 3.0 Tdi Quattro, not chavvy at all really, fast and comfy.

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Old Lexus.

Just as good, more reliable, and people will let you out of junctions.

Or else you run them over like Tony Soprano! ;)

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What is it about BMW drivers?

Whenever theres a car parked on the highstreet blocking traffic with the hazards on outside a takeaway or a cashpoint, its always a BMW, without exception.

When I was a kid, the only people I knew with BMWs were the local gangsters/drug dealers, so fair enough (sort of). No point being the local toughguy if you can't flaunt the rules of the road and get away with it. But perhaps it was the Marque all along.

NO no no! now its Subaru Impreza drivers with their stupid over sized exhausts and dump valves, grown up chav retards,oh and you must have the `Dusk till Dawn' tattoo on your arm and have it half out the window as you drive down narrow streets listening to P Diddy at 60 miles an hour with Shazza and Dazza thinking "wow, look at all those people lookin at us".

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Oh yes, quite like Audis. I had an A4 behind me today and it looked like a Ford Escort, which IMHO was a fantastic looking car (Mark V / VI) that was unappreciated because it was so common.
I am coming to the conclusion that you know nowt about cars..... :)

That Escort was an unexpurgated piece of crap (until 1994) when they had a stab at making it drive OK. An absolute runt of a car and looked it too..

from what you've posted, get you a two tone blue a Ford Escort 1.4 dash cabriolet and Robert's your father's boyfriend.

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I am coming to the conclusion that you know nowt about cars..... :)

That Escort was an unexpurgated piece of crap (until 1994) when they had a stab at making it drive OK. An absolute runt of a car and looked it too..

from what you've posted, get you a two tone blue a Ford Escort 1.4 dash cabriolet and Robert's your father's boyfriend.

I didn't say the Escort was a good car (certainly the ones I had weren't), just great looking.

I like your suggestion, this is a good-looking car:

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