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  • Hidden Heroes: BMW 318ti Compact 15 Nov 2019 (News)
    The BMW 3-Series compact was never the best-loved model in the E36 line-up, despite being a bold move for BMW. A smaller hatchback variant of the E36 was always part of the plan, but it would be three years after the saloon model made its debut that it was ready
  • Top 10: Cars sold at the NEC classic motor show auction 2019 12 Nov 2019 (News)
    A world record for a Triumph TR2 from the 1955 Le Mans race and a shocking BMW... just another NEC classic motor show auction.
  • Top 10: Cars sold at Classic Car Auctions' October sale 30 Oct 2019 (News)
    A total of 115 classics went under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions' October sale at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Modern classics proved to be hot lots as a VW Golf Sportline, BMW 735i, Mercedes E55 AMG, Ferrari 348, and Audi Quattro achieved strong prices.
  • Auction Results: Barons 9 Oct 2019 (News)
    Daimler DS420 Landaulette £3,960 Ford Transit MKI £3,520 Audi 80 Convertible £3,080 Mercedes W124 E220 Coupe £2,860 BMW 318i
  • Ineos Grenadier: utility 4x4 will undercut Land Rover Defender 18 Sep 2019 (News)
    model), while the cabin will take a fairly spartan approach. Owners will be encouraged to modify their vehicles with mounting points fitted for aftermarket accessories such as roof racks. Power will come from 3.0-litre petrol and diesel BMW engines, combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox
  • Modern Classics drive online-only auction sales 18 Sep 2019 (News)
    and semi-automatic F1-style gearbox sold above its auction estimate for £57,000. With 49,000 miles on the clock, the car was presented in near showroom-condition. Other notable results from the August sales include a museum-quality 1991 BMW 850i Auto reading 57,000 miles that sold
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 14-09-2019 Part 1 12 Sep 2019 (News)
    to cut and code a blank that will work with an 18-year old BMW is another matter. More specialists under keys and locksmiths in this links directory:  /useful-websites/specialists
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 05-10-2019 Part 2 3 Oct 2019 (News)
    /   Black-adder You recommended Millers fuel additive for diesel cars a while ago and I am convinced that it has been beneficial to my 2008 Passat since I started using it. I wondered what your views on fuel additives for petrol engines are, however? My 2001 BMW 325ci feel
  • Petrolheads flock to NEC classic show 12 Nov 2019 (News)
    , second place went to Ian Cummins’ 1991 Mazda MX-5 while Tahmid Haque’s 1988 BMW E30 325i Sport came third. The Sporting Bears gave around 750 ‘Dream Rides’, a ten-mile passenger ride in one of over 80 cars available over the weekend. They raised just under £30,000
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 07-12-2019 Part 1 5 Dec 2019 (News)
    ).   Faults information You mentioned the relative positions of Jaguar and Peugeot in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey. What you did not mention is that BMW is bottom and Audi close behind. Yet in the article from Andrew English directly above your column, he extols the virtues
  • Design: Between the Lines by Patrick Le Quément 28 Oct 2019 (News)
    it pulls no punches - le Quément was as much a car industry executive as he was a designer and is widely regarded as one of the styling chiefs - along with Chris Bangle at BMW and Walter da Silva at VW - that managed to evolve design into a business function in its own right, rather than as a service
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 12-10-2019 Part 2 10 Oct 2019 (News)
    . Duff stuff  I took delivery of a brand new £32,000 MINI Countryman in April this year. I leased it from BMW alphabet with the driving assistant pack an extra £800. From the beginning, these safety features have proven to be faulty, useless and unsafe.  I reported
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 09-11-2019 Part 1 7 Nov 2019 (News)
    My BMW i3 with Range Extender needs new rear tyres. The originals are Bridgestone 175/60 R19. I want all-season tyres, as I’m told the regenerative braking can cause stability issues in the winter. A tyre that would improve the car’s harsh ride and reduce road noise would also be good
  • Honest John Motoring Agony Column 21-9-2019 Part 2 19 Sep 2019 (News)
    / Three up I currently own a 2009 BMW 320i SE with 57,000 miles. I only do about 5,000 - 6,000 miles a year. I will be 70 in three months and I am finding it a little low for getting in and out of. I am looking for a car that is less low to the ground. My requirements are:- Saloon
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 26-10-2019 Part 2 24 Oct 2019 (News)
    . Double trouble? I am thinking of buying a BMW X1 automatic for £27k, some 25% off the full retail price for a pre-registered car. What is the meaning of a double-clutch automatic, and is it a good gearbox? VE, via email It’s a DCT, same as a DSG in a VW
  • Future Classic Friday: Audi A6 (C5) 29 Nov 2019 (News)
    .  The sleek exterior was matched by a cabin that was a work of design genius, with chunky controls and subtle but elegant, high quality controls. It didn’t matter that the BMW ‘E39’ 5-Series was a better car to drive, for the A6 could plough its own furrow thanks to its avant-garde design
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 30-11-2019 Part 2 29 Nov 2019 (News)
    /   Mounting issue I purchased a low mileage 2014/64 BMW MINI from a reputable dealer in July 2018, albeit without a warranty. On purchase, the car only had 22,000 miles (currently 26,000) and it had been maintained by the previous owner under the Motability scheme. Recently it had to be taken
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 16-11-2019 Part 2 15 Nov 2019 (News)
    . Flying hybrid  I currently drive a BMW X5 3.0 M-Sport Diesel as my company car and have thoroughly enjoyed its comfort, performance and reliability.  I don’t need such a big car next time around, so have narrowed my options down to a suitably spec’d BMW X3, a Jaguar F-Pace
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 28-09-2019 Part 1 26 Sep 2019 (News)
    to: letters@honestjohn.co.uk   Please try to keep them as short as possible. An inspection calls I have a 1999 BMW 323 automatic coupe. I had the last inspection
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 16-11-2019 Part 1 15 Nov 2019 (News)
    : /road-tests/mercedes-benz/mercedes-benz-c200-2018-road-test/ But easily missed because it wasn’t clearly labelled as a mild hybrid. (I missed it too.) The obvious alternatives are the VW Passat GTE PHEV estate and the BMW 3-Series hybrid Touring
 

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