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BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - BPL

Last chance saloon at 58 for an enjoyable car. Either a £30k post 2017 VED daily driver or £10k weekend car. This would be a keeper car so hopefully I can get something that won't spend it's time in the local mechanics... and it will be so cool that I will be able to sell it in the future without too much wallet damage. Convertible means I can enjoy it without too many speeding tickets so a nice exhaust note would be fantastic. I don't like automatics it feels like the clutch is worn out, but could be convinced ;-) Any thoughts? I'm 6'4" 110kg.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Metropolis.
This is an easy one, Ford Mustang v8 convertible.
The seats are cushy American sized

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BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - thunderbird

Last chance saloon at 58 for an enjoyable car.

For pities sake, are you expecting to die soon?

When my cousin reached 65 she proudly announced that they were buying their last car but to compensate she had bought her first electric wheelchair. She is pretty fit and healthy (OK she is overweight but that is not uncommon) and all the family gave her a sound laughing at for her attitude to aging.

You are 7 years younger and already giving up.

Wife is 65 this year, I am 65 next year and we are planning to have many enjoyable cars in the future, just hope the current situation does not affect the plans.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - BPL

Not giving up -see above post I'm now thinking of a 5L V8 Mustang for starters! I hired an EcoBoost one (Jetlag is my excuse) in LA and it was fantastic apart from the autobu**ery gearbox and Focus ST engine.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - BPL

I just asked independant mechanic and he said Mustangs great value but parts might be difficult - anyone have any hard evidence of issues. A/C evaporator seems to be an issue but hardly a worry in NI ha ha. HJ staff seem to agree they are great value. I was hoping they might be lower tech and more reliable than a Beemer 435/440i.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Engineer Andy

As German cars go, BMWs are, in my view, the best of the bunch, especially on the reliability front. I think you'll have much less in the way of issues with their auto boxes than VAG's - at least try one if you're not sure.

For those of them (not sure which) that are dual clutch, then I wouldn't get one if your daily drive includes a reasonable amount of jig-jog driving in heavy traffic and/or lots of hill starts (including when you park it at home/office). Otherwise ordinary driving will be fine for them, but only if you buy new, as you can't guarantee how it was driven prior to you buying it.

Edited by Engineer Andy on 13/05/2020 at 17:55

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - daveyjp

Drive a manual BMW and see if you think it is as bad as I did.

I nearly didn't bother going anywhere as I knew it wasn't for me before even starting the car. Once I did drive it the gearbox was terrible.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Trilogy.

You need to try a few to see if you'll fit.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - badbusdriver

Is there some particular reason for wanting something up to 5 cyl?.

As for your auto comments, well horses for courses and all, but it sounds like you have only driven rubbish auto's!.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Metropolis.
I read it as being ‘over’ 5cylinders. I am the same, having never owned and never considered any vehicle with less than 5 cylinders. My current daily driver is a v8. I do not like 4pot and below cars, they are little more than an accountancy exercise in my humble opinion, a design fit for economy cars and little else. Refinement can be ok in a small capacity 4cyl petrol, but it’s never rewarding even souped up, and 4 cyl diesels just shake your fillings out!
BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Lrac

I have no personal experience of 4 series BMW's but I am always on youtube. If you have a look you will be put off for life. Stories of headlights having to be coded by a main dealer. Loads of electrics that do go wrong. EGR system that chokes up inlet manifold and head. Glow plugs that snap in the head also the injectors. Mentions that a main dealer will not touch cars that have been chipped / remapped. I could go on and on so best have a look yourself.

I appreciate you did say petrol I randomly quoted a miniscule selection of issues as there are to many to list.

Edited by Lrac on 14/05/2020 at 09:55

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - BPL

Is there some particular reason for wanting something up to 5 cyl?.

As for your auto comments, well horses for courses and all, but it sounds like you have only driven rubbish auto's!.

>5 is more than 5 cylinders

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Trilogy.

If you want more info on Mustangs perhaps a forum for that car would be your best avenue for information.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - badbusdriver

>5 is more than 5 cylinders

Putting > before a number, means 'up to'. Putting it after the number means 'more than', i.e, >5cyl means 'up to 5 cyl'.

I was just confused by the thread title because of the sudden interest in an 8cyl Mustang!

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Tester

>5 is more than 5 cylinders

Putting > before a number, means 'up to'. Putting it after the number means 'more than', i.e, >5cyl means 'up to 5 cyl'.

I was just confused by the thread title because of the sudden interest in an 8cyl Mustang!

Sorry Badbusdriver -- you write great stuff but on this (admittedly tiny!) matter, I'm afraid that you're mistaken. In maths/science/engineering the '>' symbol always means 'strictly greater than' and is always written before the relevant number.

Having got that out of my hair, the thought of an 8-cylinder convertible anything makes one go misty eyed and wish that one had more money in the 'toy fund'! Sigh ...

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - badbusdriver

Sorry Badbusdriver -- you write great stuff but on this (admittedly tiny!) matter, I'm afraid that you're mistaken. In maths/science/engineering the '>' symbol always means 'strictly greater than' and is always written before the relevant number.

No apology needed Tester, at least not from you.

Sorry Peter!, this is news to me, but then maths/science/engineering are all a bit outside of my comfort zone!.

So is there a symbol which means 'up to'?

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Avant

The nearest to that is < meaning less than. I think I've seen <= meaning less than or equal to.

But > definitely means more than.

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Tester

Sorry Badbusdriver -- you write great stuff but on this (admittedly tiny!) matter, I'm afraid that you're mistaken. In maths/science/engineering the '>' symbol always means 'strictly greater than' and is always written before the relevant number.

No apology needed Tester, at least not from you.

Sorry Peter!, this is news to me, but then maths/science/engineering are all a bit outside of my comfort zone!.

So is there a symbol which means 'up to'?

Well, 'up to' means 'less than' (if it doesn't include the value) or 'less than or equal' (if the value is included, so ...

Symbol for 'less than', sometimes called 'strictly less than', is <

Symbol for 'less than or equal' is ≤ which, as Avant says, is often typed as <= if you can't be bothered to find the special symbol in Word or whatever e.g. up to and including a Volvo 5-cyclinder would be written ≤5.

And while we're on the subject, in case anyone is still awake, 'greater than or equal' is ≥ (can be typed as >= using a standard keyboard) so anything from a BMW 3-litre diesel upwards would have ≥6 cylinders.

Here endeth the lesson.

Edited by Tester on 17/05/2020 at 21:14

BMW 4 Series Convertible? Any thoughts? - Manual petrol convertible for a tall driver >5 cyl - Avant

Interesting as this is, it's not much help to Peter from Co. Down.

Peter, if you do go for a BMW , I strongly suggest one with a six-cylinder engine. The BMW straight-six is one of the great engines of all time, and is also thoight by most to be more reliable than the fours.

 

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