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Some of you know that for the last 37,442 miles (14 months), I had one of these:



I eventually picked it up on April 1st 2004.
It's an Orinoco Limited Edition 1995 3.8 M5.

Before I bought it, I used to change my car quite frequently (More often than my underpants, in fact) because I couldn't find (or afford) anything I really liked.

Well, I had this for ages, then sold it yesterday.

I used it for everything.

Driving for work:



Towing a motorbike trailer for leisure:



Putting in 8m40 laps of the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife:



A little bit of maintenance occasionally:



Quite a lot of this:



And a lot of this:



Loads of this:



And a few of these:



Four European holidays:





And quite a bit of this:



I miss it already. what a fantastic swiss-army knife of a car.
Okay, so it's compromised in some ways, but what a useful tool.

Statistics during a year and two months:

Two new windscreens ----- £100
8400 Litres of Unleaded --- £7400
Eight 245/40ZR18 tyres --- £1230
Maintenance, Oil, parts --- £4440
Tax, fines and insurance -- £1600
Depreciation -------------- £2230

Grand Total -------------- £16900

45p per mile? ------------ Bargain.



Anyway, as I said, I've sold it. And bought an M3 Evolution.



Unfortunately I'm already a bit bored of the M3. The steering is much better, and it's a little bit more modern, but the trim quality is not anywhere near the same league as the brilliantly screwed-together E34.
Otherwise, it's more of the same.

Anyway, because I'm bored of my M3 Evo already, it's for sale. And I'll be looking for a replacement.

My needs are complicated, so perhaps I'll just have to go back to changing my car every month like I used to! There's just nothing like the M5!

:)
 

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Great post AndyE and great pics.

I used to have the same problem....changing cars (not as often as you it sounds like)...

1994 323i E30
1996 635Csi

no car till 2003

2003 M5 E34
2004 Alpina B8
2004 Sierra Cosworth black
2004 Sierra Cosworth white (never again)
2004 Saab 9000 3,2t
2004 M5 E34 (mine)
2005 Ford Sierra 2,0 DOHC (work horse)

Very happy with the M5 at the moment. Will hopefully keep it for at least a couple of years more, if not more.
 

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Andy,

I hope whoever you sold it to doesn't find this thread!!!!

I don't remember reading in the ebay auction "thrashed within an inch of its life".......

Can't believe you are sacking the M3 already...
Although, I have seen nicer examples if I'm honest!

It reminds me of the time last year when for some reason i bought a brand new, wait for it ....... Ford StreetKa!!!!

I had it 2 months, did 2K miles, hated it, sold it back to the same dealer and lost £2.5K..

With regards to something else, what about a fast Impreza, Evo or Intergrale???

I can see you mastering 4 wheel drifts as well as you mastered rear wheel drifts!!!!

Steve
 

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Jahangeer said:
I used to have the same problem....changing cars (not as often as you it sounds like)...
Before I bought the M5, in the last 12 months alone I had 12 cars. Perhaps I'll be back to that frequency of change!!

The previous 12 months:

Vauxhall Calibra 16v
BMW 320i
BMW 325i
Vauxhall Calibra 16v
Audi Quattro
Cavalier 4WD
Carlton 3000 GSi
Jaguar XJS
Vauxhall Vectra
Vauxhall Calibra SE7
Renault Sport Megane
BMW M535i
farrell said:
Was there something dynamically that you did'nt like about the car ?
No, not at all. I think the handling is excellent and the steering rack heralds a return to some sorely missed feel and feedback!! The brakes are surprisingly good too, although they have been mildly upgraded from standard. It's just not enough of a change from the M5 I suppose, a little bit too similar!! I did enjoy driving to work this morning though, 75 miles from home to Basingstoke, all minor roads!
hertfordshire1 said:
I don't remember reading in the ebay auction "thrashed within an inch of its life".......
Ha ha!! Always maintained though!
hertfordshire1 said:
Can't believe you are sacking the M3 already... Although, I have seen nicer examples if I'm honest!
Nicer examples? Where! It's immaculate! And I love the colour!!
hertfordshire1 said:
With regards to something else, what about a fast Impreza, Evo or Intergrale???
Perhaps an Impreza for a while. I've also got a hankering to try an E46 330d sport for a bit, so might give one of those a go!
 

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Andy,

Get a EVO8, 400 BHP and you'll love it....

Stay away from Vauxhalls, unless it has the words Carlton & Lotus stamped on its ***!!!!

Steve

330d - I think you'd get bored of that to quickly mate...
 

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AndyE said:
I'd struggle to justify the cost of an FQ400! The 330d could be excellent fun once I'd found an LSD for it! ;)
What money are you looking at?

Somone I know is selling and EVO 7/8 with 400BHP for 18k
It think it was a FQ340 (or something) and had been modified further!!

I fancy an Intergrale...
Saw one for sale yesterday. Just sitting there it had so much presence.....
Looked awesome.......

Will get one at some point.

Steve
 

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AndyE said:
Before I bought the M5, in the last 12 months alone I had 12 cars. Perhaps I'll be back to that frequency of change!!

The previous 12 months:

Vauxhall Calibra 16v
BMW 320i
BMW 325i
Vauxhall Calibra 16v
Audi Quattro
Cavalier 4WD
Carlton 3000 GSi
Jaguar XJS
Vauxhall Vectra
Vauxhall Calibra SE7
Renault Sport Megane
BMW M535i
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Hah - my fiance would kill me! Wait till I tell her there are people out there much crazier than me (in a nice way of-course!) :biggrin:
 

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hertfordshire1 said:
What money are you looking at?

Somone I know is selling and EVO 7/8 with 400BHP for 18k
It think it was a FQ340 (or something) and had been modified further!!

I fancy an Intergrale...
Saw one for sale yesterday. Just sitting there it had so much presence.....
Looked awesome.......

Will get one at some point.

Steve
I am with you Steve I love the Integrale but .....not as an every day car....Although I think if you can get the right specialist they are OK. As a friend of mine has one but he as he works in London his mileage is not like yours as he does not drive to work ...or mine 460 miles in two days for work!

Simon

PS Andy nice report
 

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Agreed
The Integrale Evo 1 & 11 are special cars. I love them but boy do they need some looking after.
A nice to have but something for high days & drydays.

A true classic.

Farrell

P.S

Andy, I can recommend a Skyline seeing as you spend more time sideways than a fiddler crab... Just choose wisely.

DF
 

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Nice report Andy, my mate who drives a M635csi Highline sent me a link to the BMW Car Mag post, hoped it would be here. Why do you not try an E39 ? or an M Coupe? no doubt similar to the e36. Maserati 3200gt's are tumbling hard price wise ??? V6 clio.....I think your next car will originate from the Far East but those turbo charged thingies don't sound too good, but if your going to change often, try ///m all.
Cheers,
Phil.
 

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Although the craziness of a Skyline appeals to me, I don't like the image or the tendancy of high prices of an R34. Older versions than that don't appeal for some reason.

I don't want an e39 M5, they've got the same rubbish steering as the E34 M5. I DO like the torque though, it must be one of the best roadcar engines.

I've driven one fairly extensively, including at the Ring. They feel very heavy - the E34 hides it's weight well, but the modernity of the e39 is definitely a plus...

I do quite fancy an M Coupe Breadvan, but I also fancy a 330D Sport for a while. At the moment I'd like the 330d first. Sensible me.
 

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Andy,


I had a 2002 M Coupé 'Breadvan' for a while - from new - it was quite frankly the best handling car I'd ever driven, athough I'm sure the Evo / WRX brigade would probably run rings round it :-


I did the Bedford Autodrome circuit in it in March 2003 - shortly before I sold it - and surprised myself at some of the cars that ended up moving out of my way.......(Pics attached).

Still miss it now - two seats just no good now there's 4 of us.
 

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