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  • Summary

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What does this car say about you?

    Family man who likes to drive something a little different. I certianly do not think it is an exclusive badge anymore!

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    Nice looking and equiped car for the money

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Any car that drives as well as this must be worth considering again. However time will tell how reliable it is!

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Providing it is reasonably reliable, another BMW estate (5 series) but I plan to keep this one for a good few years it it behaves!

  • Buying experience

    5 out of 5 5.0

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    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    September 2009

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Good deal from GK Ford/mazda dealer. Great trade in on my old A4 and also paid 50% towards a 3 year warranty.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Car was in A1 condition with one previous owner with only 60K miles. Equipment level on SE is also very good

    What was the dealer like?

    Very friendly and not difficult to deal with. Car had 7 months MOT but they agreed to put 12 months on with no hassle.

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Suspension and stearing are the best in any car I have previously had. A little "slugish" in lower gears (despite it having a 0 to 60 time of 9.6 seconds). However it is a heavy car and is outstanding on the motorway.

    What's it like to park?

    No problem. reverse sensors help.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Not yet but only had it several months. Worth getting a warranty as the BMW diesels have a history of turbo problems. Full service history is also a must

    What's most practical about your car?

    Easy to drive with great stearing and suspension. Good sized estate but obviously not as big as a passat etc.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    6 disc CD changer and reverse parking sensors, which also protect the side of the car.