You nailed it there James. My heart is saying keep it and my head is saying that it's time to move on. The automatics in the BMW make life so much easier along with cruise control for motorway driving. Plus, it can be overridden for enthusiatic driving
The biggest selling points for me for the BMW is the noise isolation, driving dynamics and relaxing motorway drive as a result. I don't really care about the badge or what it says about me. The drawbacks are a smaller boot compared to the Mondeo, higher running costs( tax, servicing) and the issue with transferring my current sound system which will need a few bits and bobs. Nothing major there and I just need to find one within budget, drive the Mondeo and the 320D back to back, and then make a decision
Thanks man. Not really a new new job as we move jobs within the HSE every 6 months. It's a new experience for me and I am looking forward to it as I didn't really like my previous posting.
The Mondeo is still a definite maybe as well due to the hatchback boot being very practical. It would mean that I could get away from driving an estate car for another few years lol. I was thinking about the Titanium/Titanium X, 2L diesel, 160bhp. From reviews I read, it is refined, quiet on the motorways, has plenty of poke(albeit that I will probably remap it either way and gut the dpf) and has good driving dynamics for a FWD car.
What is the main difference between the Titanium and the Titanium X for the MK4/4.5 Mondeo? The Mk4.5 has got really nice lines and looks very good on 18 inch rims. It's big without being too big, doesn't stand out which I like and is very practical with the hatchback boot. Plus, all of my sound system could be transferred over a weekend without too much hassle to the car. This is going to be a bit of an issue with the BMW as it uses 4 inch drivers for the speakers
Another option in the same line as Lenny's are Mtec brakes, dimpled and grooved. Got them for my car along with the Goodrich braided line. The work well, look good and didn't break the bank. I also waited till my discs were on the way out before I upgraded them ☺
Just wanted to hear the thoughts of other members about this: I have switched jobs and will be moving houses around mid August. My commute will become a 200km return journey 4-5 days/week from the 80km that it is currently. The car at present has 116,000 miles/186,683.904 km on the clock. I will roughly put on 25,000 miles/40,233 km (work and social trips) over the next 6 months on the car. This means that I will have to service the car at least 2 more times with all the wear and tear that it will go through, which will need changing. I know that the shocks are on the way out and my other concern is that, on the motorway, the car is fairly noisy still. This will definitely annoy me on the journey to work everyday. At present there are not forseeable major repairs to be done. Timing belt, water pump, brake discs and brake pads are all done. Next service is at 120,000 miles.
So, do I keep the car, bear with it's inherent flaws and take the depreciation hit or cut my losses and get a car of similar value with lesser mileage? Also, the other issue is that our family has now grown with a 2 boys aged 4 and 6 weeks. The boot of the Focus is starting to feel small and I don't think the next car will be a Focus. At the moment, I am very tempted to get a BMW 320D E90 if I can find one within budget.
I always love the way you subtlety modify the cars you own to great effect while retaining the originality.
At the recent car show in Terenure College in Dublin the past weekend, there was a silver version of your car and it was not as nice as your one ☺
Sadly the reduced boot space is tempting me away from the next upgrade being a MK3.5 to a Mondeo Titanium X Sport. The more I look at the Mondeo, the more it looks like a good fit for our growing family.
Great to hear you like the JL Audio sub and enclosure combination. It's a big difference I reckon from your 12" subwoofer. I was in a similar situation and I still smile everytime the new sub kicks in. Enjoy
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I had a very similar experience recently and mine was for swing arm bushes, timing belt, water pump and front brake pads, rear brake shoes from my local Ford dealership. After getting the quote, for the first time, I switched and got my car booked at the local indie garage. Their quote was about 1/3 of the price and used good quality parts. Since then, I have returned to the local indie garage for further aftermarket parts fitment and would trust him with my car.
I have to say though that my local Ford dealership have been very good to me over the last 2 years and the level of service is exceptional. Recently, I had been having issues with a tyre losing air and the car went back to them a few times, where it was fixed for free as that's part of the deal servicing the car with them. They fix a puncture for free if it happens in between services. Plus, with the Ford Motorcraft deal, the service cost €129, which is decent when considering. I still will bring the car there for the service but due to the cost of parts/labour, will get repairs done by the local indie garage.