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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    This is entirely hypothetical and I'm just asking for askings sake

    Surely a car is a tool that does it job, does it matter if it's made in Yokohama or Frankfurt?
    My wifes Mini Cooper is our daily driver. I just chose to buy a convertible a few years back after not owning a car of my own for many years. I really enjoy roof down motoring, so want to stick with a convertible. If I'm going to buy such a car as a toy, then it doesn't have to be practical or a "tool for the job", just something I like and puts a smile on my face.

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    Whats all this about swirl flaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Whats all this about swirl flaps?
    Thats the older (E46) 2l diesels iirc.

    They fall off, in to the intake and down into the motor causing a (lot of) mess.

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    No Jap car will ever grace my driveway! I hate the bloody things! My mates Son has a type R and he loves it but it has the most ridiculous wrap round dash thing that lights up like the bridge on the starship enterprise. Hideous. German understated FTW!
    FFS, you rode a Harley. You have lost all your rights. Tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    Whats all this about swirl flaps?
    There the things I was trying to think of, they’re not on the 118/318d variant of the 2l diesel.

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    Try an E36

    My son and his mates quite like them although apparently they do eat rear tyres

    My boy is driving the touring but now owns the other one as it had more power and his mate has moved up to a turbo one for British Drift Championship lower leagues


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    Quote Originally Posted by scud View Post
    I had a 118d on a 58 plate for four years.

    No engine problems, same engine as the 120d, but without whatever gives the higher power 120 problems.

    The only problem I had was with wheel speed sensors, a common problem that needs drive shafts replacing because the reluctor ring warps with corrosion.
    FWIW, you can get replacement relucter rings now. So its a fraction of the price to repair.

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    I had an E92, it was great. The E93 really doesn't float my boat. It's heavier, less stiff and at the ages they are now will suffer from leaky roof seals.

    I'd buy a cheap Z4 (but not the 2.2, even the 2.0 is betterer) for some top down thrills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Thats the older (E46) 2l diesels iirc.

    They fall off, in to the intake and down into the motor causing a (lot of) mess.
    All the sixers of that era, had it on my petrol 330ci but was lucky as it didn't drop in.

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    If you want an e92 I have a lovely 335 petrol that's had all of the common weak spots sorted (turbos, fuel pump, rocker gasket, boost chamber). I'm only selling it as I have bought an M3 (which it is quicker than!)

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    If you want an e92 I have a lovely 335 petrol that's had all of the common weak spots sorted (turbos, fuel pump, rocker gasket, boost chamber). I'm only selling it as I have bought an M3 (which it is quicker than!)
    Cheers Bro, but it'd have to be a e93. My deal is roof down motoring first and foremost. Performance, whilst nice, isn't the be all for me. I'm married to Ms Daisy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    FWIW, you can get replacement relucter rings now. So its a fraction of the price to repair.
    I did look at that when I had mine, but it wasn’t particularly expensive and easier to do the complete shaft.

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    Mrs Nidge had one. A 2014 run-out model in Estoril Blue with all the upgrades you would expect on a run-out. The 19 inch wheels and ultra low profiles looked good but made for a very harsh ride, the roof operation was smooth and quick and it was a pretty looking car. The only things that went wrong were the tyre pressure management system which would randomly trigger a warning despite correct pressures and, more seriously, a second gear synchro failing at 30k miles... it was 9 months out of warranty but BMW stumped up 100% of the labour and 80% of the parts bill. Apparently it’s relatively common and BMW don’t have a part number for the synchro so the only remedy is a complete new gearbox- avoid any car with even a hint of a crunch when changing into 2nd

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidge View Post
    Mrs Nidge had one. A 2014 run-out model in Estoril Blue with all the upgrades you would expect on a run-out. The 19 inch wheels and ultra low profiles looked good but made for a very harsh ride, the roof operation was smooth and quick and it was a pretty looking car. The only things that went wrong were the tyre pressure management system which would randomly trigger a warning despite correct pressures and, more seriously, a second gear synchro failing at 30k miles... it was 9 months out of warranty but BMW stumped up 100% of the labour and 80% of the parts bill. Apparently it’s relatively common and BMW don’t have a part number for the synchro so the only remedy is a complete new gearbox- avoid any car with even a hint of a crunch when changing into 2nd
    Or buy an auto.

    Mine had the tiptronic slush box and was lovely and smooth, but still allowed a bit of fun in sports mode, especially if you used the flappy paddles on the steering wheel. I believe the later ones got a dual clutch jobbie.

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    I would deffo have an auto. Not keen on manual cars tbh.

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