Car change

Place to discuss your non-ALPINA car / problems with your car

Moderator: neil

Post Reply
User avatar
MikeR
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 502
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm
Location: Near Cambridge

Car change

Post by MikeR » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:57 am

Hi
We now have a young puppy in the family, so I'm thinking of changing the D3 Biturbo saloon. Initial thought is to get an estate. I don't think I could get another Alpina past Mrs R, plus they're hard to find anyway....have mildly been thinking of a second hand Audi S4 Avant....
In the meantime I got my latest company all-diesel car list (I am currently "opting out"). There are some nice estates (A4, Octavia VRS, Superb, Passat, Accord etc), but these caught my eye, any thoughts?
BMW X3 xdrive 2.0 SE
Evoque ed4 Pure Tech
Volvo XC60 D4 se nav or r design nav

Cheers
F31 Msport 335D Xdrive. 2014.
No. 097. D3BT Saloon 2010. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD
No. 389. D3MT Saloon 2007. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD

AidanB10
ALPI
ALPI
Posts: 432
Joined: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:43 am

Post by AidanB10 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:34 pm

If you're going X3 make sure it has the 8 speed auto gearbox, it is a must!
'00 E39 B10 V8 Saloon #456 (Weekend) - Traded
'10 E90N D3 BT Saloon #262 (Daily) -Traded
'06 E60 M5 Saloon (Daily)

Broch
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 772
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:11 am
Location: Aberdeenshire

Post by Broch » Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:13 am

Hi Mike, I can't comment on the 2.0d, but certainly the auto gear box is a very nice option. RFT are very good for my misses, as it's her that usually drives the car anyway. Although I've been the one who's had 4 punctures in just over 2 years ownership, all insured BTW.
18k mile service intervals on the earlier cars. I change the oil/filter at half that. I believe the new LCD cars are now 10k intervals
Rear brake pads were changed at 30k on mine, with some owners reporting lower than this. Due to active stabilisation on high speed turns, and braking with them to limit nose dive.
Depends what you want the car for/to do. A lot of extras can add to the joy of owning one, but can be expensive if it's fully loaded with toys 8)
My neighbour has an Evoque, and says that the boot space is very limiting.
Can't help with anything Volvo sorry.

HTH, Onzie
B6 Convertible
B3s Bi-Turbo Tourer

User avatar
MikeR
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 502
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm
Location: Near Cambridge

Post by MikeR » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:57 am

Broch wrote:Hi Mike, I can't comment on the 2.0d, but certainly the RFT are very good for my misses, as it's her that usually drives the car anyway.
Thanks for that. What's RFT stand for? :oops:
F31 Msport 335D Xdrive. 2014.
No. 097. D3BT Saloon 2010. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD
No. 389. D3MT Saloon 2007. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD

jamesa
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 1229
Joined: Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:23 pm
Location: Aberdeenshire

Post by jamesa » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:09 am

Run Flat Tyres ...

A colleague has two Evoque`s in the family, many issues with them :(
B10 V8 Touring #160 Alpina Blue ... SOLD

User avatar
MikeR
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 502
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm
Location: Near Cambridge

Post by MikeR » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:22 pm

Well the latest is that the company car policy is about to change so that they will only provide cars to people who do above a certain business mileage. I am well under the threshold, so a private car change is likely the way ahead.

I think I'm leaning towards an "interesting" estate (and relatively young - needs to be fairly reliable) - maybe an S4 Avant - not sure I want to risk an older RS4... Also I'm not sure I have the mental fortitude come car tax time to shell out £500!

Any thoughts? There are some D3s out there but swmbo won't let me have another black Alpina!
F31 Msport 335D Xdrive. 2014.
No. 097. D3BT Saloon 2010. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD
No. 389. D3MT Saloon 2007. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD

rc944
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 806
Joined: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:21 pm
Location: London / Bucks

Post by rc944 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:54 pm

My currrent front runner to the outgoing e39 sport touring is a c55 amg estate.. good luck finding one though
Alpina E46 B3s Coupe
E39 525i Sport Touring (again)
Ducati 748R
E39 525i Sport Touring (sold)
E46 330i Sport Touring (sold)
Porsche 964, 968 CS, 944 S2 (sold)
VW Mk4 R32 (sold)

User avatar
MikeR
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 502
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm
Location: Near Cambridge

Post by MikeR » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:33 pm

rc944 wrote:My currrent front runner to the outgoing e39 sport touring is a c55 amg estate.. good luck finding one though
Will the tax be lower on those as they're older? IIRC beyond a certain age there's a ceiling on the tax?
F31 Msport 335D Xdrive. 2014.
No. 097. D3BT Saloon 2010. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD
No. 389. D3MT Saloon 2007. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD

KevinM
A
A
Posts: 55
Joined: Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:16 pm
Location: Edinburgh

Post by KevinM » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:28 am

Tell your wife that you will get an Alpina and she will like it!
There are a few available right now.

Failing that, spec an Alpina with minimal trim, re-badge it as a BMW. She will never know. Stealth Alpina!

I don't care much for any of the others you mentioned..
BMW Alpina B5 2006, #222

E24man
ALPINA
ALPINA
Posts: 2376
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:41 am
Location: Surrey

Post by E24man » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:12 pm

KevinM wrote:
Failing that, spec an Alpina with minimal trim, re-badge it as a BMW. She will never know. Stealth Alpina!
OOOOHHHHH!!!!!

I like this lots.

You might even get away with, 'It's just a bog standard BMW. It's only got Alpina wheels as you wouldn't let me have a proper Alpina".



:D
E24man

2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)

User avatar
MikeR
ALPIN
ALPIN
Posts: 502
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm
Location: Near Cambridge

Post by MikeR » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:26 pm

:shifty !!!

Yes - partly it's "not another Alpina" (it would "only" be my third in a row...) but going on current D3 BT Tourings available it would be the 7th black car as well in her eyes (one was dark bronze but she said "it's virtually black") - major hurdle! Maybe a wrapped Alpina?! :shh
F31 Msport 335D Xdrive. 2014.
No. 097. D3BT Saloon 2010. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD
No. 389. D3MT Saloon 2007. Manual. Black Sapphire. SOLD

Post Reply