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      01-29-2017, 05:24 AM   #1
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New car dilemma 17000 budget

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I am looking to purchase a new car in the next 2 weeks and I'm wanting a little bit of advice to decide what car to go for next.
To give you a little bit of background I currently drive a 56 plate e92 335d which is remapped to 350bhp and 550lbft of torque, I have upgraded eibach springs and bilstein shock absorbers so the handling is very good.
The issue I'm facing is that I have had diesel cars for the last 6 years and miss having a petrol car even though the mid range torque is good on the diesels.
I will be using the new car as a daily driver and will do about 16000 miles per year, mainly motorway miles.

The requirements I need are below
Car no older than a 2008 plate
Less than 70000 miles on the clock
Need to achieve around 25mpg on motorway journeys
Needs to be as fast if not faster than my 335d, I will be looking to remap the car I get so as long as it is similar performance after a remap i don't mind.

I have narrowed it down to the below cars but I welcome any other options people may have.

Audi s5 3.0t - can upgrade supercharge pulley and remap to over 400 bhp, probably a 2010 plate.
Golf r mk 7 - remap to around 360bhp 4wd, 2014 plate is possible with some negotiations.
E92 m3 - high tax and only could get a 2008 plate with 60-70k on the clock but heard they are great fun.

I did want a ttrs or a c63 amg but these are a couple of thousand out of my price range.

Anyone had any dealings with these cars who could offer and advice, don't mind if it's a coupe or convertible either.

Thanks
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      01-29-2017, 05:37 AM   #2
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You'll get 18-20mpg at best with the e92 m3 so I'm not sure if it still fits on your list.
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      01-29-2017, 07:10 AM   #3
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You'll get 18-20mpg at best with the e92 m3 so I'm not sure if it still fits on your list.
Would that be around 20mpg say driving at a constant 65-70mph on the motorway. I suppose I could take a hit on the mpg if it was the right car
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      01-29-2017, 07:18 AM   #4
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You'll get 18-20mpg at best with the e92 m3 so I'm not sure if it still fits on your list.
US MPG or UK MPG? (The TS is located in the UK I think)
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      01-29-2017, 08:11 AM   #5
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Why not an e9x 335i ?

You can get 25mpg in a N54/N55.
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      01-29-2017, 08:23 AM   #6
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Why not an e9x 335i ?

You can get 25mpg in a N54/N55.
The mpg isn't the main factor as I can use my partners corsa diesel whenever I hope on longer journeys but the better mph would have just been an added bonus.

I considered a 335i before I bought the 335d 2 years ago and even though they have massive scope for tuning I wouldn't see it as an upgrade from my current car if that makes sense. Anyone had any experience with the 3.0t s5?
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      01-29-2017, 08:24 AM   #7
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US MPG or UK MPG? (The TS is located in the UK I think)
Sorry should have said I'm from the UK
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      01-29-2017, 08:44 AM   #8
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Would that be around 20mpg say driving at a constant 65-70mph on the motorway. I suppose I could take a hit on the mpg if it was the right car
I think i get around 18-19 at 70mph
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Golf R mk7 was a load of fun for me, but the size of the back seat was a bit of a killer for me on that car... not big enough to be usable for a lot of people here (the US). Great gas mileage for a non-diesel (I saw 30+ on motorway style driving, 20+ in town), good tuning options on it, etc. I also loved folding the back seats down and using it as a hauler from time to time (can't fit 16 bags of mulch in the f80). I certainly recommend it... only got rid of it because it overlapped to much with other household cars when I bought the f80. It was like an insane go-kart though. Total blast to own with a real practical side.

Haven't owned other two...
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      02-02-2017, 07:22 AM   #10
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Isnt an e89 z4 35i (available in manual!) or 35is (DCT) an option?
foldable hardtop cabriolet, excellent for daily use if space/4seats isnt needed. Lots of comfort for a convertable.
Very tuneable because n54 , pretty good chassis (sadly no LSD and a bit heavy for track)

Or maybe an e82 135i (1 coupe)? acquired taste but fairly exclusive/rare

z4m might also be in your range but thats maybe not the best daily driver. (but if you take the coupe you'll have an appreciating classic for sure)
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I think e92 m3
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M235i or M135i?
You'll find them not so old, with LSD are a pure joy.
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