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    Another Alpina (D5 F10 this time)

    Maybe because I'm rapidly approaching 50; those Alpina B5's (B7's, and even B3's) look the business inside and out - refined, subtle, classy, powerful, and relatively understated. Do I think they're worth as much (or more) than the relative M car? Not on your Nelly... completely different market and to me, nowhere near the same value.Having said that - very few buyers would be cross-shopping an Alpina and an M3/5 so it's a moot point, like most others.
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    Am I mad to be considering this? 2001 E53 X5

    No more than I must be looking at this one: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1869040774.htm
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    My wee wunabout...

    So after selling the e91 and failing dismally at owning something sensible - common sense prevailed and we flicked the Mazda 6 getting something smaller/newer for Mrs SiW something that would also serve as our commuter car; and leave me a few grand to get something a bit more "me" that I can have a few fun and games with. Come on down a wee NZ new e46 compact that will give me the chance to do a little tinkering (but not a lot), whilst not being completely boring to drive over the hill to Martinborough every month or so. It isn't a minter - but is something I'm confident having a go with doing a few things to (namely some interior trim and stereo updates). I'll get some nicer wheels for it at some stage. But that aside - I'll be refreshing the cooling system and doing something about the (slightly) tired steering. I'll also be getting a dent dude (or dudette) to wave their wand over the roof where someone has been practising their tap dancing. It drives well (for a 200km car), and goes around corners pretty well - but it can of course be better 😆
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    My wee wunabout...

    Yeah, they had it for months - and it owed them (far) too much which was reflected in their asking price. The presentation left a bit to be desired which worked in my favour too... the main thing was it drove well and has been looked after so ticked the boxes for me. I just wish it had a third pedal. If you do decide you want one, let me know (as I'm contemplating something more useful for a 2nd car that gets little use).
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    BMW 120i new member

    Which one is? (genuine question - I've not a clue which 4/6/8 is the most reliable? Aside from linking complexity to reliability).
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    E36 328i Factory manual coupe

    Many did - haha! But I meant after I sold it and bought something cheaper/fun-ner... picked up a 325ti but jeez I wish it was a manual.
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    E36 328i Factory manual coupe

    Damn - wish this was around when i was looking a coupla months back. Jeez, I need a manual.
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    E39 540i touring

    That'd be a decent cruiser - priced well too.
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    2003 E39 525i Touring $OLD

    A V10 Mazda?... now that'd go a little better than mine did 😛
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    Grand Tour Season 2

    Apparently he's given up the fags so packed it on a bit.
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    My wee wunabout...

    Went in to Winger today and ordered a "proper" euro plate for it as that front bumper gap makes me cringe every time I see it (and no Kyu, I won't be swapping in a Msport front bumper/headlight assembly - haha). Have also got some cupholders on the way... and thinking about audio options. 2003 doesn't seem that long ago!
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    My wee wunabout...

    No, you were bang on - though probably not what you had in mind (and I did look at a 330i but it was ruuuuuuffff).
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    My wee wunabout...

    Yeah - the price was pretty good; got it from a dealer I know who's been sitting on it for far too long... mainly as it was overpriced (it owed them too much too; a former employee gave far too much for it as a trade) so I gave them an easy chance to get rid of it and they can put something profitable onto the same space! I'm not entirely sure they realised what they had - and as soon as I drove it; well, you know how it happens
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    I've often thought about a 325ti as a cheap daily runner... one with a additional 500cc would be slightly less cheap to run but more smiley to drive... https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1555978824.htm?rsqid=456a6688c3a34ae9819a25722a327e0c Shame about the "executive" interior... but easy enough to improve: BMW Compact 325Ti 2001 _ Trade Me001.htm BMW Compact 325Ti 2001 _ Trade Me002.htm BMW Compact 325Ti 2001 _ Trade Me003.htm
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    And sure enough - a couple of corners later:
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    My wee wunabout...

    Yeah it was - it's no garage queen but seems mechanically sound... a good little second car that I'll be happy to have a little play with. Currently reading old threads re audio upgrades!
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    My wee wunabout...

    It came with an extra couple of pots Kyu... and no - but I know the garage that the previous owner (for several years) had it serviced before trading it, so did some digging and it all came up 👍
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    So after selling the E91, I came over all sensible-like and bought a 2008 Mazda 6 Sport Liftback thingamagigee... lovely car - it's the top spec; leather, s/roof, parking sensors (rear), etc... NZ new, 130km, nice light blue/silver colour. But goooodddddammmmmn it's boring. So, in the new year it's going on T/me; and will get something sensible (and smaller) for Mrs Smithy (ie: Maz2 Sprt) which'll be our commuter car - and I'll get something cheap with a bit of a pulse. I know, I know, shoulda kept the E91 - hindsight eh! Anyway if anyone has "a friend" who wants a nice sensible, slightly sporty, Kiwi new liftback with a decent service history. Let me know. Price-wise will be around the $10k mark - will probably advertise in the 11's. Cheers Slightly Frustrated of Lower Hutt.
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    Anyone selling a BMW related personalised plate?

    I'm currently wishing I held on to the one I had on my e91 before I sold it. Ahhh well.
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    Yes, there are plenty of 540i options in and around Wellington - also checked out a nice original 535i whilst in Nelson the other day... bluddy boring spec tho.
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    1.9 auto of course!
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    North Island East Coast Roadtrip

    How was the restaurant?... Have to get up there and give it a go one of these days - might be a good roady once the fleet is updated!
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    That narrows it down... could also be an e36; or an e39; or ???...
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    The target has been acquired.
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    The 6 is goneski - traded on a suitably small, hatchbacky, and Asian as per above... now to find a weekend hack for me. Something not completely boring and with a very limited budget (like, $5k) so sorry @treone - the M car is a way away yet for me sadly; got other priorities this year (namely mortgage smashing).