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Well I decided 24,000miles a year in the Punto was too much and taking it out on my back and skeletal system too much :(. They really suck for distance driving!

So this is the new motor for awesome smoothness and comfort :slayer:

2003 BMW 3 Series 318CI "M-Sport" 2.0L Petrol.

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Just over 100,000miles full BMW service history and I'm getting a combined average of 39mpg!! :slayer:

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What are the orange bulbs in the back lights for?... The ones where any car other than a BMW would have indicators. ;)
 
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:ROFLMAO:. I must admit I let someone out of a junction yesterday and she looked in her rear view once or twice to double check... Yes it was BMW letting me out....
 

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I thought the numbers on the back also showed the engine size? wouldnt a 318 be a 1.8l? I don't know, either way the motor looks tip top! :p keep her in good shape!!
 
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nice car mate, is it a manual?

i'll keep an eye out for you when i'm down aycliffe, how come you got the petrol if you're doing 24k a year?
 

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Nah the 318 could be 1.8, 2.0, 2.2. Just to confuse people lol.

Ahahaha, thats awesome then, yeah i can see why you wanted a nicer ride, bet its a right cruiser that, and it should have a nice pull for when you put your foot down too! :D.
 
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There's not much savings to be had with diesel. Then there's swirl flaps and blown turbos :(

Yeah its a manual.

So I thought this was the right choice :) turning out to be quite frugal :D
 
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Well another week down. I've had two breakdowns which I've diagnosed down to the very common Crankshaft position sensor. Pulling off from a roundabout and it would just die and loose all power and wont start again until the temp guage drops below a quarter.

Got it changed today along with the Aux belt (was perished) which has done the trick :)

Luckily its a timing chain on this engine so no belt to worry about and I achieved 39mpg last week :)
 
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Well another week in I had yet another breakdown. Overheated and then the Radiator shat itself over a garage forecourt.

Lukily it's just the radiator. Looks like the dealer / previous owner used Radweld and god knows what to seal it temporarily. To say I'm fuming is an understatement.
 
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And some new pictures after a damn good clean inside and out.

The inside was minging, Some smoking pig used to occupy it by the looks of things :(

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Maybe if they spent less money on cigies they'd have had enough to maintain it properly :rolleyes: :devil:
 
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Nah it was only £110 for a new radiator. Compression test is OK so it hasn't wrenched the engines headgasket :).
 
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tidy looking. My mate had the same in black, solid cars and quite good fun!
 
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i'll keep an eye out for you down aycliffe, shame about the rad woes!

thought about LPGing it? 24k miles a year would see a return in a matter of months, i used to be pro diesel but now i'm fancying something big and petrol with LPG, nice Jag 4x4 or something
 
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Thanks Munkul. It's not a speed machine but it's plenty quick enough :D. Had my first "fun" drive in it today now I'm confident it won't blow up lol. I love how planeted & solid it is when you nail it into corners :slayer:

Yeah I have considered LPG. Will wait until I've had it a year to iron out teething issues etc and make sure it's reliable :D. I need to find one where the LPG filler is hidden I hate it in plain view it looks s***e.

After I sort out the rough edges too :). Need a new Drivers seat (or interior whatever's easier) due to worn bolster.

Bonnet and rear bumper need a re-spray. Rear nearside quarter needs some panel beating / filling and spraying. And alloy re-furb in anthracite if I decide not to blow my load on some BBS alloys :D.

Then onto light tuning with a K&N style lifetime replacement filter (Gruupe M kits although they're the dogs nutz are £830!!!). And some subtle mods to the stock induction system (removing plastic basically). Followed by a Remap & maybe a subtle catback exhaust if mine rots (sounds and looks pretty solid) but they usually are on Bimmers :).

I want one of these babies too:-

http://www.dynavin.com/products/product_dnv_e46.php

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