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Prospective S3 owner from 320d a BMW 320d

J3oef Jan 9, 2020

  1. Goner

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  3. Jcbmally

    Jcbmally Started with nothing & still have most of it left.

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    Like @wab172uk says I would check the other stock and again as others have stated I would not chose the S3 with the BMW on offer. The BMW also has adaptive suspension that make a big difference, yes the interior can be perceived as a little dated but when you consider how much bang for your buck your getting its a small compromise, oh and from experience the BMW seats are very comfy.
    EDIT: Just my opinion fella :thumbs up:
     
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  4. Goner

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    This!

    I find it very hard to sit upright (as opposed to slouched) in my saloon, mrs BM.. no problem, that is much more comfortable and i find the driving position better too.

    Everything else you've said bang on agree with.
     
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  5. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    Super Sport seat are excellent. In 5 years I never once complained about mine.

    Cash buying isn't what it once was, as they will get a kick back from the finance provider, so it's in their interests to push you towards finance.

    There are 1,129 S3's currently on Autotrader. So you're not limited to choice. Unless a dealer is offering at least a 12 month warranty, then maybe look to buy from a private seller. That way paying cash could get you a better deal.

    There is very little wrong with the car being advertised. For me choosing against an S3 or M135i / M140i, I'd still buy the S3, as I prefer the looks (both inside and out) and the all weather ability. Might not be as quick in a straight line, but who really cares?

    If I was looking to buy that particular S3, I'd be trying to get the price closer to £18,000. If he doesn't play ball, simply walk away. Loads to choose from.
     
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  6. J3oef

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    :) Now why did you do that? Its completely thrown my thought process out the window

    I must say, i agree with the seats. The seats in my 320d are very very comfy and on long journeys i have zero issues, my last car a seat leon fr, those seats were awful on long journeys, back ache the lot. The wife's TT's are nice but not as comfy as mine. I suppose regarding S3/135i interior, its all down to personal preference, essentially i'd imagine you can get the same if not similar spec/tech in both cars.

    There are plenty on Autotrader yes, but it seems the well specced ones are over my budget of 19. It seems i am maybe comparing the last car which had a good spec to one which i must have now, hence why i thought the previous s3 was nice and well specced although expensive given the year of the car.

    I'll just have to bide my time i guess and weigh up the options, go check a few out in the local area, take them out etc and go from there. It doesn't necessarily have to be that S3/dealer in scotland as its no where near where i am in Lancashire.
     
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  8. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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  9. J3oef

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    Money has been put down on that M235i :D what a machine, soooo much better in person compared to those website pics. I'm well chuffed, This was the second car this morning, first was an S3 which was nice and ticked a lot of boxes but once i seen the BMW, my mind was made up! Managed to get £5500 for my current car as part exchange which is good as i was hoping to get 6k for it privately.
     
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  10. Jcbmally

    Jcbmally Started with nothing & still have most of it left.

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    Great news buddy, the M235i is a cool looking car. As long as your happy then its matter less what others think :thumbs up:
     
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  11. J3oef

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    Cheers fella :)

    What a great forum this is, not many places i've signed up to are this welcoming and have balanced views on cars plus those of other brands.
     
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  13. pburv

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    Forum rules..........No pics and or it hasn't happened.:whistle2:
    Congrats on the purchase looks like a 'corker' of a motor.:thumbs up:
    ps Garage pics don't count lol
     
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  14. J3oef

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    HaHa, pics will follow next weekend when i collect it. I cannot wait :)
     
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  15. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    Congratulations Buddy. Hope you enjoy it.
     
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  16. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    Few of us (including me) on here have recently moved away from Audi for one reason or another. BMW is winning a few of us over to the Dark side.

    Now if you'd bought a Mercedes? That would have been an entirely different situation, Lol.
     
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    Never been a fan of Mercedes, Don't know why, just doesn't do it for me. What did you have previously and move to?
     
  18. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    I moved from S3 Saloon to X3 M40i.

    Had a test drive of the new A35 AMG Hatch, and found the ride awful.
     
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    Very nice :) Mate at work wants an A35, he currently has a 220 diesel a class but each to their own.
     
  20. A4B9

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    You can’t beat a straight 6. Congratulations, you’ve definitely made the right choice going for the BM
     
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  21. Goner

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    Enjoy!
     
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    Good end to the the thread. It's nice to see you have found the car you want so quickly I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. Enjoy !

    Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
     
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  23. J3oef

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    Thanks all for the input and views. Just out of interest, do any of you bother with GAP insurance? Thanks
     
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  24. pburv

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    I didn't on my S3. Thought I would take the risk. Took out GAP on my wife's Q3 though...The thought of having both cars involved in a theft or accident would hit my finances too much. For peace of mind and depending on cost I would probably take out GAP insurance again. At the end of the day it's your decision. Also if you do decide then I would say shop around as dealers GAP packages tend to be on the high side.
     
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    I've carried out a quote and its £148 for 3 years Invoice Gap which seems to be the one most people go for so they don't lose out. Seems very reasonable and for such a price would be worth taking for £50 a year just for peace of mind.
     
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  26. pburv

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    Yep sounds good.£50 a year ain't going to break the bank.:icon thumright:
     
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  27. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    That's a good price. GAP insurance for me is a must.
     
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    He might not want one at 50K miles...
     
  30. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    To go along side the M235i he just bought?
     
  31. Peto

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    I mean only 3 door and some shady practices behind it would never even deal with
    I have A3 2015 and I want to trade in to buy S3 but only 5 door and I can see nice one for 15.100k or 16k So plenty money I need to save
     
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    50k is very nice mileage car to buy .. audi with 80k is just heating up :)
     
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  35. pburv

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    Nice colour mate...Given the choice again on a new car I would have to have BMW on my wish list:icon thumright:
     

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