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  • Summary

    3 out of 5 3.0

    What does this car say about you?

    I can afford a prestige car but I need family size space. Middle management.

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

    Posh but not inspiring.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    No, my career has moved on from having to hammer home a first impression.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Whatever pleases us most. In the end it was a rx8 but we are now looking to change that for a classic car or a RAV4.

  • Buying experience

    4 out of 5 4.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    January 2008

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Yeah. Bought from a lady in Romford who drove it over to me in Bristol. About 1500 cheaper than buying locally for a low mileage car.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Needed the credibility it bought.

    What was the dealer like?

  • Driving it

    2 out of 5 2.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Dull. Geared for economy not responsiveness. Nose heavy negating any rear wheel drive dynamics. Steering not up to bmw reputation. Not numb but certainly not direct or super communicative.

    What's it like to park?

    Easy. Square and with parking sensors.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    Handbrake got loose.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Pdc and split rear tailgate (window opens separately to rest of tailgate meaning you can load up like a shopping trolley without alk the bags fallng out).

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Parking sensors.