and of course two lots of Road Fund License, Insurance, two parking spaces,
along with two resident's permits (if necessary, and the second permit is
often heavily loaded if there isn't a second person in the household to
register it against), two lots of natural resources and energy required to
make the thing in the first place, two lots of annual servicing bills (and
decent independent BMW, Volvo et al services aren't that much more expensive
than Fords - if you want to see high service & parts bills try buying one of
the higher end Hondas) etc etc.
But then this only applies in the real world...
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richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
I've had three 5 Series in the past 10 or so years - an E28, 34 and now an
E39. Only one ever broke down, and that was a faulty alternator at about
90,000 miles on the E34. And it only broke down because I kept going until
the battery died as I was on my way to work.
My brother still has the E28, and is determined to run it past 250,000
Sure they all have niggles that can cause problems, but what car hasn't?
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
I won't disagree. I ran a 316 and a 318i for a total of 14 years. The
latter was the most enjoyable car I've owned, but by far the least reliable,
and it was serviced on the dot. Weakest point was the hydraulic clutch.
Either cylinder would let go with little or no warning. Slave cylinder
dumped fluid outside, master dumped it all over the drivers footwell.
Average life of a pair was 3-4 years (and they had to be changed as a pair).
The radiator gave out with a bang, likewise coolant hoses, alternator
mounts, two fuel relays, battery earth mounting point (all around the
100-120K mark). And the clutch was replaced. A Cavalier I owned at the
same time let me down once in 7 years when the camshaft snapped. Ran that
to nearly 150K miles, on its original clutch.
I couldn't really recommend a 3-series, although to be fair they are now
about 3 models further on.
I had a Phillips washing machine that lasted 18-19 years. "Great quality" I
hear you cry. When I replaced it the new machine washed clothes far, far
better as technology had moved on. I would have been better off if it
packed up after 9 years.
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