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Used BMW 3 series – (2,993,016)
Often it takes top spot, but this month the BMW 3 Series was searched for just a few thousand times less than the Volkswagen Golf. The BMW 3 series is constant hit thanks to its long standing pedigree and desirability. It has a reputation for its fine handling and engines, and it’s one of the only rear-wheel-drive cars in the class. – More Used BMW Cars
Used BMW X5 – (478,691)
The hottest off-roader according to your searching is the BMW X5, followed by a trio of Land Rovers, the Range Rover, Freelander and Discovery. The BMW X5 blew the opposition out of the water in 2000 when BMW turned their hand to the four-wheel-drive market with remarkable success. BMW realised most people don’t go ‘mud plugging’, so they honed the BMW X5 to feel great on the road while offering the space and stature of a premium SUV.
Used BMW 5 Series (1,089,552)
It seems you can’t get enough of the Munich carmaker, and the BMW 5 Series is the most searched for executive car, with more than one million searches in March. The styling of the BMW 5-Series was controversial when it was launched, but its sharp-edged look has been a massive success and now it’s a style been adopted for the rest of the BMW range.
Used BMW Z3 (252,852)
The BMW Z3 was launched in 1996 at a time when Mercedes was launching its SLK coupé-cabriolet and shortly before Audi launched its TT, which was initially offered in coupé form only. Porsche was also introducing its open-topped Boxster, just as there was an explosion in demand for premium coupés and convertibles. Well received for its superb handling and bullet-proof build quality, early Z3s were criticised for their lack of performance, as only small-capacity four-cylinder engines were initially offered. However, the arrival of six-cylinder powerplants was a huge improvement, as now the Z3 had the performance to go with its great chassis, strong brakes and superb attention to detail.
Alfa Romeo is releasing a limited number of stunning special edition Alfa 147 Sport and Sport Q2 models in the UK.
The new Alfa 147 Sport features a number of unique enhancements to the Alfa’s exterior styling. New 17-inch 5 spoke wheels add poise, while satin effect wing mirrors, a roof spoiler and chrome exhaust hint at the sporting prowess. The sport theme continues inside, with some subtle touches starting with exclusive Q2-type cloth used for the seats, aluminium pedals, sports dials, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and darkened roof lining.
Search New and Used Alfa Romeo 147 Q2 Sport Cars
Alfa Romeo thinks there’s no harm in emphasising the sporting credentials of its 147 prestige hatch. Will buyers agree? (Motoring.co.uk)
Adding the Q2 differential has revitalised the 147. It rivals the best hot hatches for driving enjoyment and provides extra stability, particularly in the wet. The diesel engine is smooth, willing and frugal, while the body has lovely Latin looks. On the downside, the interior is cramped, while the quality and reliability remain questionable. Until these issues are addressed, the Alfa will remain charismatic and fun – but ultimately flawed. (Auto Express)
Earlier this week we reported how buyers spend too much because they don
’t haggle, so how can you push down the price of a used car?
Dominic Sacco spoke with TV’s haggling master and Strictly Come Dancing star, Dominic Littlewood, and used car expert Jason Dawe, to help save you money.
Millions of pounds worth of classic cars will be auctioned tonight.
A Mercedes Benz from the collection of Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone is expected to fetch up to £4 million as the historic cars change hands for a total of up to £20 million.
Many general checks can be carried out by the driver/owner but there may be safety and driving implications. For guidance, a skilled technician should be referred to for help in accordance to the manufacturer’s service schedule and the Owner’s manual or whenever you are unsure about what to do.
Maintenance you may need help with:
- Engine Oil
- Engine coolant level
- Air filter
- Battery – if this becomes flat you will need jump leads. To start your car off somebody else’s by attaching the positive terminals of each car together and the negative terminals of each car together then starting the engine.
- Shock absorbers
- Steering fluid -Transmission, brakes, clutch and power
Maintenance to consider in winter:
- Engine anti-freeze
- Special battery care
- Ignition and starting
Maintenance to consider in summer:
- Cooling system
Simple maintenance you can do: