I'm a complete newbie when it comes to BMW's, been a French car owner pretty much my entire driving career (let the abuse commence! ), but I had my last one - a Peugeot 407SW - written off just before Christmas. Been wafting around in a 66 plate Insignia CDTi SRi hire car since then, whilst on the lookout for a replacement motor. A couple of my friends had suggested a 320d (I'm a diesel fan, don't know why, just prefer driving them over petrols), and I did consider it to start with, but had my eye on an Audi A6 TDI Quattro. Unfortunately, I missed out on that one, and by this point, the idea of a BM had grown on me quite a bit, based on the examples I was seeing within my modest budget, and the reasonable insurance quotes I'd been getting as well.
Then this one popped up. £895 for a black 2001 320d, with a brand spanking new MOT, so I went to view it. Now, it does have a mismatched front bumper, a little lacquer peel on the back bumper, and a small patch of rust on the o/s/r arch, but with the cheque from my settlement for the 407, I can afford to buy the car, insure it outright fully comp for a year, AND get the bumpers and rust fixed, and still have a little change left over from the cheque, so I put a deposit on it!
Pics from the advert:
Heading back to London on Saturday to collect it, and I actually can't wait!
Oh, and prepare for the onslaught of Noobish questions!