The next size up is a Seven, and a 2008 730d Sport with 90,000 miles is just £6999. I don’t think we need a long-wheelbase version, unless we spend any quality time in the rear.
Perhaps we need to go off-road. In that case, a 2005 X5 3.0d Sport is £5000 with 100,000 miles and wears a set of 19in M Sport alloys too. There are some nasty-looking ‘murder’ spec ones, but this one just seemed fully loaded and quite classy. It is just another BMW waiting to be chipped, without actually needing open- bonnet surgery.
You read it here first: the future of used car care is an app. Just wait for the warranty to expire first.
What we almost bought this week:
Volvo V90 – The last of the old brick-style Volvo estates really does look the part, with an updated nose, clear indicators and smart metallic paint colours. Under the bonnet, you’ll find a creamy-smooth multi-valve six-pot engine, while inside is a remarkably lavish interior that’s the match of any other 1990s luxobarge’s. A tidy one can be yours for just £2000.
Tales from Ruppert’s garage:
BMW 320, mileage: 81,054: I’ve had a set of locking wheel nuts for these Alpina beauties for months now but haven’t had the time to fit them. Seriously, I barely have enough minutes to undo one old nut and then replace it with one of these fancy, thief-proof ones. The thing is, I have written this before I have actually carried out the nutty procedure. I did it on the basis that I’ll just have to get on with the job. That reminds me: I still haven’t told you about the unsatisfactory in-car entertainment and the fact that actually getting the engine to start is a test of endurance.
I need to stop writing and start doing.