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I've been looking into my next car now my insurance has dropped some. I really want a powerful rear wheel or 4 wheel drive saloon or similar. I've been looking at the BMW 330d and the Mazda Rx8, obviously the BMW is a safe bet but a bit boring. I've heard the mazda is fuel and oil hungry and needs regular expensive servicing, is this true? Any other recommendations? It will be a second hand as I'm not loaded! Cheers guys.
 

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My old man has a 530d and he used to have a 330d with the M-sport pack, slip it a remap and trust me it is far from a boring engine! That six pot diesel is a wicked motor and even makes a good noise when getting a lick on. SOOOOOO much torque!

The RX8 is a very high maintenance motor, and you'll spend a fortune on fuel as you'll rarely see more than 23 mpg.
 

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The RX8, as above, plus no torque!
My liftshare has an E39 530d, and that engine is superb. Next year it's getting the pre-cats removed, and a remap. That should give it 500Nm, which after he sampled my Merc, is what he really wants. A petrol Beemer 6 cylinder would be nice, but I've grown to like modern diesels, and I can't afford petrol for 30,000 miles per year!!!!
 

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My price range will be 6-8k, there's a 54reg 330d saloon in a garage nearby, 54000 on the clock for 6999 which looks good. Really it depends what I can get for the Jetta.

The S2000 is nice, maybe a bit girly looking! But I'm sure its a good machine, I trust Honda. My lawnmowers never let me down! I'll stick it on the shortlist.
 

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Take your time, test drive loads, and then test drive lots of whatever you decide on. Enjoy the experience, and keep us updated!
 

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My price range will be 6-8k, there's a 54reg 330d saloon in a garage nearby, 54000 on the clock for 6999 which looks good. Really it depends what I can get for the Jetta.

The S2000 is nice, maybe a bit girly looking! But I'm sure its a good machine, I trust Honda. My lawnmowers never let me down! I'll stick it on the shortlist.
The 330d sounds like it's fair money, but depends on what spec it is (ES/SE/M etc) Either way, sounds like it's worth a look with those miles. Also 54 plate is the right side of the facelift (IIRC) so it's the foxier looking one with the higher output.

Looked at S2000's and Civic R's last year, and they just seemed like a lot of hard work to wind up and get any poke? However, Anthracite S2000 with the blood red leather interior....Hmmmm [In-love] but definitely got a hairdresser/MX5 driver image.

Looked into RX8's as well (spooky) but gave up after driving one and then finding out that they need regular rebuilds and pretty much constant flow of fresh oil!

Now got me thinking about car shopping again [*-)]
 

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The Mazda Rx8 have the rotary engines as far as im aware and according to many people and from a friends experience they're not brilliant as most require an engine rebuild at approx 80k+ (he was told this when his went wrong and he took it to a mazda specialist)..

And after having a BMW (okay it wasnt powerful but was a convertible) they are appaling in anything other than dry weather from my experience but its a 'BMW'. I felt scared sometimes due to the power being in rear wheels. So just bare that in mind. Not slating it totally though didnt have common faults like coilpacks, failing regulators etc..
 

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Suni, your mate's Beemer was either old, worn out, or had dangerous tyres fitted. Modern Beemers with ESP are extremely safe in all conditions. My Merc has been a joy in dry, wet, and even the recent wintry weather. That's rear-wheel drive and a fair bit of torques.
 

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The 2004ish 3 series is definatly my favorite BMW in terms of looks, I'm trawling through eBay and Autotrader. The Audi A4 was the first car I thought of but they are expensive for what is basically a Passat! It seems the Rx8 is the kind of car you want to drive but don't want to own. My dad had a merc E320 estate, the engine was phenomenal but it was a big heavy beast. Do the saloon type, newer mercs feel any lighter or more agile? I wish VW put the v6 tdi Toureg engine into a 4wd Jetta body! IMO the Jetta is still one of the best looking cars on the road, I'm just soo fed up of front wheel drive.

Something like this looks good,
http://autotrader.mobi/used-cars/advert/201050375189641/viewing-48?PHPSESSID=tb0spk8c42kbqnnoho9tn0fer3
 

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The Audi A4 was the first car I thought of but they are expensive for what is basically a Passat!
I thought you wanted rear wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. Nearly all Passats are front wheel drive, while the Audi is fairly well available with Quattro. With a budget of £8k you can very nearly get into a 3.2 V6 A4 Quattro which is really good spec and low mileage. This one (in Coventry). Drop the engine size down to 3.0ltr and the choice is even wider, and a choice of manual/automatic gearbox.

See how many 4wd Passats you can find which tick the boxes.
 

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I have looked at the passat 3.2 4motion saloon but its a bit too thirsty. I do like Audi obviously but you do pay a lot for the badge. I drove a standard 2.0 02reg Suberu Impretza recently and although it was quick it didn't feel solid or particularly well built. Not like a sturdy German motor anyway, that's how I felt. I will have a look for some reasonable A4's, the one you linked was very nice but definatly stretching the budget!
 

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Suni, your mate's Beemer was either old, worn out, or had dangerous tyres fitted. Modern Beemers with ESP are extremely safe in all conditions. My Merc has been a joy in dry, wet, and even the recent wintry weather. That's rear-wheel drive and a fair bit of torques.
It was my BMW infact, lol it wasnt that old it was 2003; was well maintained and serviced. It had premium michelin tyres which I thought was a safe bet and did also have esp too. I dont drive like an idiot at all. Maybe it was just an odd duckling..
 
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