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Thinking about the replacement for the 130i which has been a good 'compromise car' for the last couple of years

Thing is, I need something for the day to day slog - motorways, station car parks, kids football practice AND something that's fun and fast.

I've started thinking maybe 2 cars serves my needs better next time around.

For my budget of circa £20k I could get two £10k cars - say an E60 530d Auto and a Boxster S OR a one car, say a nice 335i, 911 (997s may be in budget soon) or M3.

I do 15k miles a year, need at least one car to have rear seats for small kids.

What do you think?

Updated November 10, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Personally I'd go the two car route if you have somewhere to park them. As nice as a Boxster is I'd be looking for something a little more different for weekend fun. Does a Westfield type car appeal or an Elise?

I suppose you have to think whether you would actually use the second one - or Woolf it end up sat on the garage waiting for that perfect day when you don't need to carry kids/leave it at the station/fit the shopping in/etc...

I would rather have one car that could do everything, even if that means a slight compromise.

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Rich

Rich B said...

I suppose you have to think whether you would actually use the second one - or Woolf it end up sat on the garage waiting for that perfect day when you don't need to carry kids/leave it at the station/fit the shopping in/etc...

I would rather have one car that could do everything, even if that means a slight compromise.

Rich B makes a good point, especially if you have a young family. For me personally I've used my weekend car a handful of times since my son was born over a year ago as other things take priority now, whereas before it was every other weekend.

2 cars. The 530d is very tuneable too, not much money on a remap sees E46 M3 performance.

i too am in the 2 car camp, but would be looking at the westfield/elise side of things for the fun car....and less than £10K here.

Be honest though as others have said, will you use it. I sold my westfield through complete lack of use, although this was due in large to not likeing that experience anymore.

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Would the fun car have to have back seats too?

I am in the one car camp on this one, there are plenty cars capable of carrying your family and having some fun.

Unless you are getting a track toy/Sunday car that you plan to keep for a long time like an Elise/Caterham in which case might be worth it.

£20k would get you some nice stuff right enough.

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JL said...

It's a valid point from Gavin (a phrase I use rarely!)

i tried the 2 car route, didn't work for me

i would prefer a B7 Avant RS4 over a dull car and a fun one

http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/audi/rs4/rs4-quattro-avant-last-sold-by-audi-in-july-2011--best-under-20k-and-under-60k-miles/875746

Updated November 11, 2012 at 7:41 AM

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'Je suis Clarkson' !!!

WIBBLE

I'm loving the two cars route at the moment. I don't have any kids though, so it's a bit easier to choose the fun car as I don't have any practicality requirements.

I don't plan to ever be without a fun car, kids or otherwise, but having never been there who knows I guess.

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Now stop trolling me you hat-wearing thundermut.

Pisch comes up trumps for a change using his Audi bias ;)

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Mike1215 said....

"Rev could learn a lot from you"

2 cars all the way.

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Much blasphemy ensued, and some menace, which I stopped by dismounting and opening the carriage door, and intimating an intention of mending the road with his immediate remains, if he did not hold his tongue. He held it.

McSwede said...

Pisch comes up trumps for a change using his Audi bias ;)

because they are brilliant all in one cars, i tried an oil burner barge, it made me want to drive into a wall out of boredom

i am looking forward to driving the new A45 AMG merc when that comes out next year, rumors are bimmer and merc are going to introduce more 4*4s which could be interesting, hopefully BMW will finally bring over the M3 touring as well

Updated November 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

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'Je suis Clarkson' !!!

WIBBLE

Abbey Clancy looks great and yes she probably does to both ??

But can she cook and clean like a live-in maid?

You need two cars.

Updated November 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We're a two car family but we're not restricted to taking tge 'boring' car if I need to take the family out. I'm 99% sure I'd barely use a 2 seater, but at the moment I do ~5000 miles a year in the fun car.

Don't you find the 130 a great compromise though? It'd be top of my list if I could only have one car.

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Ben
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"you don't look like a fussy eater"

Now I have space, the idea of only owning one car is just wrong. Currently I'm happy to admit I have three bangers (with a combined value of less than £2000 let alone twenty), two of which work!

Mind you an extra 18k would be nice, I would probably end up with a whole fleet of cheap and interesting older cars.....

I'd buy 1 500BHP+ car. Save on the extra insurance, tax and servicing and spend it on fuel.

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How about not having a sig at all?

2 cars - but choose the right 2 cars. The Boxster is a great car but when I ran a 330i Touring and a Boxster, the Boxster didn't get enough use. It would be a better compromise single car because it's too capable and not special enough just for weekends.

So, something like a 5-series and an Elise.

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Without contract and subject to prejudice

Thanks for some great replies - most of which sort of re-affirm where I'm at with this.

The 130i is a great compromise car but it is just that - a compromise.

I need something to do 150 miles at 6am in the rain on on November Monday morning (as today). Sadly, I crave the comfort of a 5 Series (or even A8) for wafting.

At the same time, if I replace if with another 'one size fits all' car I just fear that I'm missing out on all those car itches that I need to scratch - Porsche, TVR, Elise.

Seems I'm answering my own question....

Keep the ideas and views coming...

1 estate or 4X4 and 1 fun car.

The fun car doesn't have to be a 2 seater coupe or Elise etc. Just something different enough to want to drive when the journey allows it and practical enough to be fun all year round.

Dave!

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I came here to drink milk and kick ass..... and i've just finished my milk!!!!

Still reckon the Land Cruiser / M5 combo takes some beating. The main thing is to make sure the boring car is not boring.

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Much blasphemy ensued, and some menace, which I stopped by dismounting and opening the carriage door, and intimating an intention of mending the road with his immediate remains, if he did not hold his tongue. He held it.

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