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1994 BMW 325tds SE
1994 BMW 325tds SE
The first decent car I ever owned, back in 1997 - BMW 325tds SE. It was the first rear-wheel drive car I'd ever driven it and did 0-60 in 10 seconds which is not bad for a 1994 diesel! It also had a turbo boost that kicked in at 2000 rpm. I had only had the car two weeks when I was coming off a roundabout in 2nd gear. I booted it out of the corner onto a dual carriageway. Unfortunately the turbo boost kicked in, which normally would have been ok, but the road wasn't quite dry yet and the car started fishtailing over 2 lanes. My inability to rectify the fishtailing culminated in me doing a 180 degree spin, churning up the grass central reservation. I landed on the other side of the road, in lane, facing the right direction to drive off. I thought my heart was going to pop out my chest. Gave me a healthy respect for rear wheel drive. I loved this car, it had ~72000 on the clock when I bought it and it had a touch over 200k on the clock when it bought it. With this particular car, the service interval was every 4500 miles, however my work was taking me all over the place and I kept putting the service off, to the extent that when the cylinder blew, it was 2 services overdue! It was going to need a new engine, which would've cost around £2000, so I decided to follow some of my friends and buy something stupidly fast...


1997 BMW M3 3.2 Evolution
1997 BMW M3 EVO
What a machine! BMW 3.2 Evolution, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. This is by far the best car I've ever owned. It could do no wrong and even when you thought that things were going to hit the fan, the M3 stayed composed and remained planted firmly on the road. It was like a race car. I shed a tear on the day we had to part - we couldn't find a baby seat that stayed secure so my beloved M3 had to go. On the morning of me taking it to the garage, it gave me a yellow warning light on the dashboard, almost as if it was telling me that I was doing the right thing...



BMW 330i Sport
2003 BMW 330i
My current car. On paper, this shouldn't be too far from the M3, performance wise, but it's a million miles away. It's a nice stable, family car. The 3 litre engine gives a nice wee extra boost to proceedings, but it's not an M3...




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