11th Dec 2009, 18:32

Your car is the E87 model. Compare it to the E82 model (newer) and comments by Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.

14th Dec 2009, 10:01

Seems to be similar to what happened when they launched the 318ti in the 90's. Fun little car with a zippy engine, but not up to the same standard as its coupe brother.

4th Jan 2017, 07:42

The E82 is orders of magnitude more expensive than the older base models. Not exactly a good direct comparison I'd say.

29th May 2017, 20:35

Horses for courses I suppose.

I've got a 2007 120d at the moment, which I am getting rid of this week in fact. Not due to the fact that she's given me trouble, far from it. She's now ten years old and although I have always had BMW carry out all work, MoTs and servicing on her, there are those niggly little things that are just starting to go wrong now mainly due to age and wear and tear.

She's given me four years of trouble free motoring and I'll be very sad to see her go (I get quite attached to my cars).

As I said, she's always been serviced and repaired through BMW as I won't compromise on risking non-BMW parts being used, BUT as to be expected they're not cheap. Example: Fluid leak in the gear box traced to a cracked £10-ish rubber seal. Cost to fix: £600.00. Cost of adjusting tracking: £250.00. That's a dealership for you and when I bought her, I knew the cost of maintaining was never going to be in Ford Focus territory.

In the last five months, I'd spent around £1500.00 on her. Not correcting things that were down to misuse or neglect. Just small everyday things that needed doing; tyres, the aforementioned fluid leak, new wiper blades, a new bonnet catch, MoT etc. It all mounts up.

But I felt it was a wise decision to let her go before something major possibly happened, and I was potentially stuck with a car that I may not have been able to afford to get fixed, or it would have cost more than the car was worth to fix. A shame really because I had intended to keep her for a few more years and she only has just over 73,000 on the clock. That's low for a near spotless ten-year-old Beemer with a full manufacturer service history!

As a closing viewpoint. I do, however, think BMW trade on their name and they are expensive for what they are. According to a report I read recently, for costs, Audi came out highest, followed by BMW, followed by Mercedes. That order surprised me as I'd have thought it would have been the other way round, with BMW in the middle.

But would I buy another BMW? Yes I probably would, but ONLY if it had a full BMW history.