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    • Smellyonion
    • By Smellyonion 8th Aug 18, 3:01 PM
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    Which would you choose as a motorway cruiser?
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    • 8th Aug 18, 3:01 PM
    Which would you choose as a motorway cruiser? 8th Aug 18 at 3:01 PM
    Hi




    I am looking at around 10k for either;


    BMW 320d
    Infinity q50
    Mazda6


    Your experiences?, what would you go for?
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    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 8th Aug 18, 3:11 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 3:11 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 3:11 PM
    Hi




    I am looking at around 10k for either;


    BMW 320d
    Infinity q50
    Mazda6


    Your experiences?, what would you go for?
    Originally posted by Smellyonion
    What mileage do you do?
    "We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem."
    • Smellyonion
    • By Smellyonion 8th Aug 18, 3:19 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 3:19 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 3:19 PM
    17k a year.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 8th Aug 18, 4:01 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:01 PM
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    BMW are costly to repair and build quality and reliability is not what it used to be. They and Mercedes are definitely trading on past reputations.

    10k on the Mazda will get you a lot more than 10k on a BMW.
    • Indout96
    • By Indout96 8th Aug 18, 4:17 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:17 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:17 PM
    The infinity is a nice car but odd looks so may be harder to sell on later if you are not running it in to ground.
    From the choices I would pick that.


    If you are open to other choices - Volvo S60 is very well built and nice to drive
    Understeer is when the front of the car hits the wall.
    Oversteer is when the back of the car hits the wall
    BHP is how fast you hit the wall
    Torque is how far you take the wall after you hit it.
    • Arklight
    • By Arklight 8th Aug 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:19 PM
    Although it takes a while to get up to 70, I had good experiences with the Nissan Almera as a motorway cruiser. It catches they eye of the babes when you pull into a motorway service station too.
    • facade
    • By facade 8th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
    Although it takes a while to get up to 70, I had good experiences with the Nissan Almera as a motorway cruiser. It catches they eye of the babes when you pull into a motorway service station too.
    Originally posted by Arklight

    Do you know of one for sale under 10K?
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • Arklight
    • By Arklight 8th Aug 18, 4:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:32 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:32 PM
    Do you know of one for sale under 10K?
    Originally posted by facade
    I am glad you asked this question. There are many Almeras for sale nationwide in good condition for much less than 10k. There is probably one near you.

    Failing that I am happy to source Almeras for members of this forum for a special price.
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 8th Aug 18, 4:33 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:33 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 4:33 PM
    Do you know of one for sale under 10K?
    Originally posted by facade
    You know I don't think he does, he's never linked an autotrader page here for one has he?
    • waamo
    • By waamo 8th Aug 18, 4:50 PM
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    Audi A4. For 10k you can get an absolute cracker.
    This space for hire.
    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 8th Aug 18, 4:51 PM
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    I've got a Mazda 6 - you definitely get a lot of gadgets for the money and it's good on the motorway.

    That said I'm in the process of changing it for a beemer - I do think BMWs are more refined.
    • Smellyonion
    • By Smellyonion 8th Aug 18, 4:55 PM
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    Although it takes a while to get up to 70, I had good experiences with the Nissan Almera as a motorway cruiser. It catches they eye of the babes when you pull into a motorway service station too.
    Originally posted by Arklight

    I suppose I could buy one for everyday of the week. Not sure what the neighbours will make of it when I clog up the on street parking..




    I am leaning towards the mazda 6.


    I never considered a Volvo but a quick look shows that they offer a good performance/ efficiency ratio. The off putting element is the interior. Very outdated.


    I worry that with BMWs, it would have been driven by boy racers and the parts are particularly.


    With the Q50, do you think that it looks like an old Toyota corolla?
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 8th Aug 18, 4:58 PM
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    I never considered a Volvo but a quick look shows that they offer a good performance/ efficiency ratio. The off putting element is the interior. Very outdated.

    Originally posted by Smellyonion
    Probably why I have just bought one not much change in 15 years but not nearly as clunky as it was in the 80's
    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 8th Aug 18, 5:04 PM
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    I should add the Mazda 6 is quite a big motor. In particular it's quite long which can make finding a parking space more difficult. On the other hand there's also loads of room inside which can be handy. Make sure you go for at least the 2015 facelift version as they did a lot of improvements that year.
    • Jonesya
    • By Jonesya 8th Aug 18, 6:53 PM
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    How long are you planning on keeping it?

    If you're aiming to keep it for a while then you might want to factor in reliability and look at Toyotas.
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 8th Aug 18, 8:02 PM
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    Dont know much about Infinity.

    However out of the BMW 3 series and Mazda 6. It would be the 6 due to reliability and cost of running.

    Well, actually for doing 17k motorway miles I would get a Toyota or Volvo but you didnt mention those.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 8th Aug 18, 8:11 PM
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    Dont know much about Infinity.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    It is obviously a very obscure vehicle because everyone is spelling it incorrectly - it is Infiniti
    • C_Mababejive
    • By C_Mababejive 8th Aug 18, 10:13 PM
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    Honda CRV

    Dont buy a Beemer
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    • ginashamz
    • By ginashamz 8th Aug 18, 11:38 PM
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    My commute now consists of a 40 mile return motorway journey and my Mazda RX8. Revs are always high (4k) doing 70mph on 6th gear, uncomfortable harsh ride, 20-25mpg at best and a very noisy cabin. Thankfully its only 20 miles each way so I actually enjoy the commute but anything more than that and I'd hate the car.
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 9th Aug 18, 12:10 AM
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    I used to get 60mpg+ with my 320D on a motorway
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