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    Another car thread....

    I've got a BMW M5, it's the third one I've owned, and although I really enjoy driving it and listening to it, I need something a bit more practical, ideally something with a boot for the dogs.

    My choices are the new Merc C63 estate, Audi RS4 estate or a BMW X3 M40i. Has anyone got any experience of them? What are your thoughts?

    Thanks 😊

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    MX5

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    MX5
    Absolutely not 🤣 where would the dogs go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickdutch View Post
    Absolutely not 藍 where would the dogs go?
    Next to the shampoo and curlers...

    I've had five M5s over the years, went to a 2014 RS4 for a couple years but boring as F.

    The C63, and E63 in particular, get good write-ups.

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    Not quite in your league but I've got one of the new A6 Avants with the dual screen dash, same as A7 and A8.
    Lovely car with loads of space in the back for my kids and dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucelee View Post
    Not quite in your league but I've got one of the new A6 Avants with the dual screen dash, same as A7 and A8.
    Lovely car with loads of space in the back for my kids and dogs.
    I really like the A6 Avant, I'm tempted to add the S6 or even RS6 to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Next to the shampoo and curlers...

    I've had five M5s over the years, went to a 2014 RS4 for a couple years but boring as F.

    The C63, and E63 in particular, get good write-ups.
    The RS4 feedback is good to now, they look good, sound good, but what's the point if you could be driving a 2l diesel?

    Are you back in an M5?

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    The new rs6 looks fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenlec View Post
    The new rs6 looks fantastic.
    Doesn't it just, but a new RS6 is a little beyond my budget.

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    Buy a Range Rover. I’m sure the dogs would appreciate the more sedate journey.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Buy a Range Rover. I’m sure the dogs would appreciate the more sedate journey.
    And he lives in Solihull

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    MX5
    PHer ?

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    X3M? Should be a good compromise for M performance and SUV styling..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkeeboy View Post
    SUV styling
    Isn't that an oxymoron?
    You can live in your car but you can't drive your house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    And he lives in Solihull
    That's exactly the reason not to buy one, every other car is a JLR car, maybe a slight exaggeration, but the point stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkeeboy View Post
    X3M? Should be a good compromise for M performance and SUV styling..


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    That's what I was hoping, maybe I need to accept that the days of owning a V8 need to be over?

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    Slightly off topic but how is the M5? Is it the F10 or F90 version?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dickdutch View Post
    That's exactly the reason not to buy one, every other car is a JLR car, maybe a slight exaggeration, but the point stands.

    That's what I was hoping, maybe I need to accept that the days of owning a V8 need to be over?
    If it helps, we changed an X5 (35) to a newer X4 M Sport.

    Bit smaller, much quicker and averaging 38mpg as opposed to 23mpg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lenlec View Post
    The new rs6 looks fantastic.
    I’ve got to say I like it from the front but the back is Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    I’ve got to say I like it from the front but the back is Barry
    Didn’t think I was that bad looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkeeboy View Post
    Slightly off topic but how is the M5? Is it the F10 or F90 version?


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    It's my third one, speaks for itself, every time I come to change, I get another one.

    It's the F10, I'm not sold on the F90 version, and it's really expensive. But the M5 is probably the best car I'll ever own, I doubt I'll get a car that I like as much, it looks good (in my opinion), it's quicker than most other cars you come across, it's incredibly comfortable and it sounds brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    I’ve got to say I like it from the front but the back is Barry
    I agree with this; it looks good aside from the rear, specifically the detail around the exhausts and the bit in between.

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    If you regularly carry adult rear seat passengers don't consider the RS4, look at the RS6 or S6. Both will make you smile, the RS6 will make you laugh out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    RS6 will make you laugh out loud.
    As does +80k for an estate car.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    As does +80k for an estate car.
    An estate car that will outperform many sports cars. Have you owned and driven one?

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    Had an rs6 for the weekend a few weeks back as we’re looking at new car and what a car, I particularly like when it shuts down 4 cylinders for eco driving although I thought the boot would have been bigger, maybe on the small side for family with 2 kids

    Just to edit op the rs4 is a boring car I wouldn’t bother
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    Unfortunately iv not had the privilege to own either but I think it has to be a choice between a RS6 or E63 estate.

    If you are into modifications then you can really push the E63 to some serious BHP......... 1000+.

    I assume your in Birmingham so MSL are on your door step.

    Good luck with the choice.

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    Alternatively you get yourself ready for the 3rd decade of this century and get an electric car. I test drove the I-pace last week, and it’s was superb fun to drive. 0-60 in 4.5s and instant throttle response means it’s probably faster than any of the previously mentioned cars in real world conditions. Reasonably practical compared with the other cars mentions though for us we needed something bigger (e-tron ordered instead).


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    Quote Originally Posted by stuie-t View Post
    Alternatively you get yourself ready for the 3rd decade of this century and get an electric car. I test drove the I-pace last week, and it’s was superb fun to drive. 0-60 in 4.5s and instant throttle response means it’s probably faster than any of the previously mentioned cars in real world conditions. Reasonably practical compared with the other cars mentions though for us we needed something bigger (e-tron ordered instead).


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    X3 M40i.

    I can see us keeping ours for a few years, incredibly practical and plenty enough power not to be bothered by tailgating yobs in ‘hot hatches’.

    Don’t buy without the adaptive suspension.

    It’ll do 30mpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji053 View Post
    X3 M40i.

    I can see us keeping ours for a few years, incredibly practical and plenty enough power not to be bothered by tailgating yobs in ‘hot hatches’.

    Don’t buy without the adaptive suspension.

    It’ll do 30mpg.
    Is it your car or your partner's, Alistair?


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    X3 m40i


    Quote Originally Posted by -Ally- View Post
    My partner just got one. Nice. Get adaptive suspension.
    Who not knows how to hit the male on the hat should not hit at all.

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    Sharp eyes and a good memory, Sir. I bet you're a dab hand at Snap / Pairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    Sharp eyes and a good memory, Sir. I bet you're a dab hand at Snap / Pairs.
    It's the bragging which usually outs them. Someone with a small tool like Ally cannot live without showing off his Rolex watches and cars.
    Who not knows how to hit the male on the hat should not hit at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    It's the bragging which usually outs them. Someone with a small tool like Ally cannot live without showing off his Rolex watches and cars.
    You are very strange Raffe , are you not concerned about your self ? Is this the life your parents would have chosen for you ? Try to let go ..find God or something or have a w@*k FFS .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    You are very strange Raffe , are you not concerned about your self ? Is this the life your parents would have chosen for you ? Try to let go ..find God or something or have a w@*k FFS .
    You got a watch? Just curious.
    Who not knows how to hit the male on the hat should not hit at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    You got a watch? Just curious.
    Yes .You got a life ? Just curious.

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    What about a Skoda Superb Sportline Estate with the 280bhp engine. Huge boot, good performance, way better and cheaper than the BMW, Merc and Audi on fuel economy and a good looking motor too.

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    Smaller but more practical is the Golf R estate.

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    I quite like the golf r estate, a neighbour’s got one, nice looking cars, and pretty quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    Yes .You got a life ? Just curious.
    You have to admit, that is a good comeback by any standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    Is it your car or your partner's, Alistair?
    Well spotted R!
    -Owlly- was quick to reply, a bit too quick if you ask me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    Well spotted R!
    -Owlly- was quick to reply, a bit too quick if you ask me...
    Get your tongue out of his arse Bobbee ..dogs do that! . 'Bricktop'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    Hello all , i'm new here and i hope to learn a bit and contribute to the forums , thanks for having me onboard .Craig.
    Who not knows how to hit the male on the hat should not hit at all.

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    Is this G&D? Or the BP? Just act appropriately guys.

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    I recently bought the F90 M5 competition and it’s plenty practical with super car performance and handling. My 2 dogs are happy and comfortable in the back (with the appropriate seat protector). I have had many sports car “a over the years including the last 2 C63 AMG’s and a couple of more exotic cars. The M5 is by far the best car I have ever owned, astonishing thing!!


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    Good to hear. I imagine your dog(s) are not of the large variety in the back of a saloon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyman View Post
    Good to hear. I imagine your dog(s) are not of the large variety in the back of a saloon?
    They are huge and ferocious Cockapoo’s!


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    Good for you, going with a pure sports saloon, with two dogs of that size. I went the easy route with a G Wagen. Much slower, but perhaps a tad more suitable.
    Last edited by Skyman; 11th September 2019 at 20:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyman View Post
    Good for you, going with a pure sports saloon, with two dogs of that size. I went the easy route with a G Wagen. Much slower, but perhaps a tad more suitable.
    The G 63 is no slouch! Little on the pricey side though.....


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    THe new X5 is a seriously decent car

    They are proving popular - yet not flooding the market.

    All sorts of options on power etc - and wont go wrong.

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