Hi everyone, my first post on the forums after browsing for the past few days.
I've recently got a new job and have 'out-grown' my little Peugeot 206 and am wanting a replacement. I've done some research however I'm not the most car savvy person and after reading some posts on this forum thought it would be best to just ask for some advice from people with a much better knowledge than myself! I have my heart set on a 3 Series for my next car and am looking to buy one within the next month or so.
I've just test driven a 2004 320D and whilst the drive seemed relatively smooth I was a bit concerned at the lack of power when putting my foot down in second gear. After reading up on all the turbo issues related to that model I'm now a little concerned, as I couldn't see anything in the service history or on any M.O.T certificates to say the turbo has been replaced. Also will I have to worry about the dreaded 'swirl flaps' on this model? The car has around 160k miles on it and whilst I appreciate that as long as the car has been looked after and well maintained (it had been serviced every year up til 2012) milage isn't always an issue, yet buying a high milage car still casts a doubt in my mind (especially with the turbo not being replaced). The car is up for sale at £2,000, which seems to be a pretty fair price, however I don't want to end up purchasing the car and then having to fork out hundred/thousands in repairs and maintainance when something goes wrong. Any advice on whether this is a good deal or something I should avoid?
I'm really looking for either a 2-door coupe or a 4-door saloon that will cost between £1,500-£2,500 with mileage below 120k. Ideally something sporty and quick but relatively economical. I'm not really looking for a 'project' car, just something that will last 2-3 years with me driving roughly 10,000 miles a year that isn't going to cost a fortune in maintanence (I'm happy to have the car serviced and provide regular oil changes etc..). What models would be best suited to me?
I know I probably sound like a real 'noob' but I really appreciate any comments and advice you guys have.