if you go to the dealers, theres plently of decent aftermarket parts / alternatives
Test drive is indeed needed. Need to decide if I could live with the interior even before handling etc becomes an issue..Yeah I'd imagine around £1k loss but probably a bit less, depends on whether you sell privately etc, they are really rapid and masses of torque, why not test drive one just to see if it suits?
That is also a concern. It is also what is troubling me slightly about the 330i - some people say they are great for doing sky high miles and others say they are fraught with issues or at least a hatfull of niggles every five minutes....Where are you gonna find the extra £2k if something goes wrong?
Ive already got a hammer = sorted :thumbup: :lol:socket set + Bentley manual solver of all problems, ive not paid anyone to work on any of minis in the last three years, happy days and DIY is fun
i too am a brand snob - cant bring myself to go close to a vauxhall :lol: - but the mazda is still appealing due to the mad pace/power it has... it does look dull (even perhaps a bit too stealth, so just dull) but the pace would be so much fun :lol:it still dosent make me want one Dave, even though there both slower, id still rather have the bmw or the cockster, end of the day one is a brand snob and mazda is just too junior management for me