You get what you pay for with BMW engines though; small engined cars appear much cheaper than the bigger ones, even though the rest of the car can be specced to be exactly the same. The 318Ci is as much use as a chocoloate fire guard though IMO. Id take a 320D over that any day. The 318i is mediocre in the performance and noise department, may as well get the diesel and get good MPG.I test drove a 04 plate 325ci a few weeks ago. I just felt that with the new coupe almost here, I could nearly have a brand new 318ci new model for what they wanted for a 2 year old one! I wouldn't buy a 4 pot BM but it's just a point.
I found Boxsters quite attractive because the finance deals are very good - payments are similar to a ?10k cheaper car as residuals are so strong. However, standard Boxster spec is absolutely pathetic and the dealer line is you need about a ?5k budget for options whatever you buy. This, the 2 seater only nature and the 5 month wait put me off in the end, but now the new shape car is hitting used forecourts you should get a better deal.I am siding slightly with the idea of a Boxster now, that or another GTI. I've come to the conclusion that the R32 isn't worth the extra over the GTI from reading posts here and on Irish VW sites.