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Mileage and values - 135i

Post by mikeyscott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:24 am

About to take a contract that’s an 80 mile commute each day, car on 50k and that’d rise quickly.

Car is nicely spec’d and FBWMSH.

Planning on parking it and getting a cheap car or just selling it.
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Re: Mileage and values - 135i

Post by Mr Pitt » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:11 am

tricky -

400 miles a week, possibly up to 20k miles a year and that's not touching it at the weekends,

50k miles on a 2011 means it's averaged 7-8k, so you could do it for a year and the average would only jump to 9k per year which is still in a good situation to be in.

a couple of things from what I learn't - my commute went to about 120 miles a day and I tried all methods available to me...

Keeping the 135i
If someone tells you that you can drive your 135i 20k miles in the next year, you should have a smile on your face.... - however that quickly turns into a frown when every single mile is boring / in a queue / repetitive / slow .... also doing up to 3 years of travel in 1 year, will carry the cost of maintenance for 3 years within the next 12 months, which can get expensive.. I did this for about 4 months

Getting a second car
I did this - got a 8 year old ford focus 1.6d with 90k miles on it, until it blew up on 140k miles 18 months later.
this ends up costing you nearly as much as you would lose on your 135i extra insurance, MOT, service, maintenance, not to mention visiting the petrol station on a Monday morning and back again on a Friday evening - the other thing which was really annoying was pulling off my drive in my focus on a
quiet summers morning looking back in my mirror seeing my 135i sitting there ! grrr..

Other options ??
I now use the 135i to drive to my local train station 5 miles away (park for free) and spend £17.30 on a return ticket to work, luckily my work is located outside the station so it works well for me.

sometimes exploring options takes the sting away - i.e. work from home 1 day a week, small car allowance, car share etc...

Good luck whatever you do and congrats on the contract !
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Re: Mileage and values - 135i

Post by mikeyscott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:18 am

You’re echoing my thoughts too.. i’d prob drive the heap Mon-Thurs and 135i on a Friday.

What’s brought this about is I joined new company in Oct and it’s shocking, so i’m Taking my clearances and IT skills contracting. Prior to that I walked to work and miss it.

Looking at this at the mo https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... 6296898884

I’m still in the hunt on a more local, so I could even (not keen) change my mind for the other. 50 miles less a day and more ££ re day rate. Agency would be pissed though
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Post by marco_polo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:25 am

The cheapest car is often the one you already own, 'love the one you're with'.

I do at least 52 miles in mine every day. It works out far cheaper for me than having 2 cars depreciating/insurance/tax/MOT/routine servicing (things like brake fluid).
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Post by rob180bhp » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:53 am

I have 3 cars

Got my bmw for fun
My mk1 audi tt for commuting( 50mls per day)
My mini cooper s to cut up and play with

It works for me I have saved putting 40k on my bmw

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Post by mikeyscott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:14 am

I agree re being careful of masking the numbers. Take the Seat for example £1900 to buy, £500 to tax and insure and then say £200-300 to service per year average.

I don’t love my 135i so that may become a factor, but I certainly won’t love the Seat Ibiza
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Post by Toed64 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:26 am

We have several cars and all get used for different things...which, in the end, overlap because that's life. I respect some of the rest of the fleet, but I have loved the 135i. The 3 litre Outbacks have been the best cars we have owned, the most reliable and easily the most comfortable, but also thirsty. Oddly, I do like my ancient Toyota 4Runner, but it stinks of dogs and horses...and petrol from leaking jerrycans! It's not a car I would wear a suit in and it's an agricultural driving experience.

I only did 30,000 or so miles in my 135i in 5 years. Consequently it's depreciation has been very slow. The one thing I would say is that if you are likely to spend lots of time in a cheapy, make it something that is both a nice place to be and entertaining. I like Rob's choices!
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Post by mikeyscott » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:27 am

Re Rob’s cars yup got me thinking re an Audi TT.
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Post by rob180bhp » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:08 am

mikeyscott wrote:Re Rob’s cars yup got me thinking re an Audi TT.
I'm enjoying the tt as much if not. More than just bmw

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Post by rob180bhp » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:09 am

mikeyscott wrote:Re Rob’s cars yup got me thinking re an Audi TT.
The next project is tt/mini hydrid ( engine haldex etc in my mini)

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Re: Mileage and values - 135i

Post by Mr Pitt » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:15 pm

Toed64 wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:26 am
The one thing I would say is that if you are likely to spend lots of time in a cheapy, make it something that is both a nice place to be and entertaining. I like Rob's choices!
May I second this ! - I hated every mile in the focus, partly was my own doing because I don't think I cleaned it once in 18 months- I don't get much time to clean my cars.. so when I do, I make sure I'm cleaning the 135i !

I also hated it when a wannabe fast and furious car would blow past me.... Every time I would say to myself, "if only I was in my 135i"
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Re: Mileage and values - 135i

Post by markhurley » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:27 pm

I don't use a car to commute very often.. but when i do i like to go in the most boring pile of turd i can find :lol: which in this case is a 51 plate seat leon 1.9 tdi ! it does 60/70 mpg its slow/comfortable and has the most over engineered A/C ever its like an ice box in the summer,

Bought it 3 years ago on 90k had the cam belt amd water pump changed
its now on 130k and the only issues I've had are 2 new rear shocks and a wheel bearing
its never left me stranded by the side of the rd.

cost's
Car £600
belts pump £200
shocks £100
wheel bearing £90
insurance per year £250
mot per year £35
service (done by myself ) £80
park anywhere without a care in the world
no depreciation on such a car of this vintage

Spread that over a few years and it will be cheaper than the fuel bill for the 135i alone !
Also it lets you appreciate the 135i more at the weekends.
If i used my 130i daily i would get sick and tired of it , the X3 would be a nice daily but the fuel and milage would be a deciding factor.

For me i would go for a second/third car :)
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Post by THETYRANT » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:33 pm

Just use it until mileage starts to creep up then decide, at least then your getting to use it unlike now :D

Ive got 3 cars at moment (130i-allrounder, 99 Rav4- commuter/winter hack/offroad fun and recently a 91 Celica GT4RC-project/toy/investment) as i like variety it stops me getting bored, so its good to drive the old RAV4 during week for short commute and also in bad weather then jump in the 130i or GT4 and appreciate it more on nice days etc, ive got used to the extra running costs of 2+cars after first having to get a 2nd car when i had my Evo many years ago, running that as a daily was expensive and also it was often in pieces for upgrades etc.

In your situation i would either run the 135 for awhile and think on it, or buy a cheap Petrol (avoid cheap diesels, in fact diesels in general unless you can find a known quanity) runabout and tuck up 135i, or sell it and buy something extra special for weekends.
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Post by docwra » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:15 pm

I used mine for a ~60 odd mile round trip daily commute and had no issues ....... then I realised:

I was putting miles on the car very quickly, and as a fairly heavily modified car just getting closer and closer to inevitable repair bills
I was averaging 23mpg. On a good day.
I was going through tyres rather quickly (cant resist a burnout lol)
My clutch leg got tired in traffic jams

But mostly I was getting really frustrated at slow moving traffic/stupid drivers in my mega fast car and was often arriving at work in a bad mood, or driving too fast on the way home.

So I bought a Automatic Diesel Luxobarge. I get better economy, am immensely comfortable, have no worries about things wearing out and needing replacing but most important I arrive at work relaxed and ready to go.
Sure, its a bit more in road tax and insurance but Ive got a spare car for when the Bimmer is getting fixed/improved and a big comfy car for long distance journeys as well, Ive saved on 135i insurance by putting it on limited miles too. When you can find a reasonable 730d for £2K upwards its worth thinking about .........

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Re: Mileage and values - 135i

Post by Shaoxter » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:37 pm

The barge option is a great one! They depreciate to practically nothing but you get tonnes of toys. Just be aware that with additional complexity comes additional stuff to go wrong.

I've previously run an E46 323Ci as a daily hack (barges are too big for London sadly), it was great as it only cost £2k and I just ragged/parked it everywhere. Gave that to my mum as she needed a car so now on the hunt for something else to fill it! Thinking a 130i (which is why I joined this forum) or a Mk1 TT.

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