Reading about this BMW 3-series vs MK4 Mondeo stuff is really funny. When all the motoring magazines at the time of launch of both these cars heaped praise on them both, calling the 3-series best in class for a small size exec saloon, and the Mondeo best for the large regular hatch/saloon class, what the hell difference does a badge make. I've owned cars from Yugos to BMW's/Jags in my time, and enjoyed nearly all of them. Currently in our household there's a Porsche, Skoda and a Ford; they're all good cars.
One thing I would say is that last winter on a very snowy road, I was driving to work in a Kia 4x4 (good car by the way, though obviously a BMW X1, X3, X5 driver won't think so), the car in front of me that ground to a stop up a hill was one of the latest 3-series. I obviously drove round him in my 4x4, and the bloke behind me in a Mondeo also drove round him, front end snapping from side to side, it was pretty funny really (neither of us stopped to give the 3--series driver a lift, guess our cars weren't "premium" enough!)
Have you ever driven a Mondeo?
On a visit to UK in 08, I was looking for an Audi at auction; they wheeled in this 05 TDCi estate. A quick glance, and 3 seconds later I owned it at 3500 pounds.
Before the auction I had never even heard of a Mondeo. But its looks stunned me. It had 78000 on it, I drove it all over the EU to Turkey, and it was so good I shipped it to NZ. I parted with the car in 2011 April with 120000 on it. It did 5L per 100 and 6L per hundred at 130km/h on the autobahn.
It never cost me a cent, and was a better car than my 500SL Mercedes ever was.
They are starting to really hold their price, because of the reliability and fuel economy.
They are a better car and better looking than a BMW, and anyone who says au contraire is just swayed by the badge.
It says it all; BMW have to have their own breakdown service LOL!
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