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petrolveins

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1,597 posts

53 months

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Just got my first car worthy of putting on here, it also happens to be my first proper car too, seeing as I shared my old Skoda with my Mum. Had it a few days now, still have to keep pinching myself that it's not a dream. Have been working hard for about a year to get it and pay the insurance, my own policy too.

Before you all look at my profile and ask, yes I am 19 and no the bank of Mum and Dad did not need visiting. It's such a satisfying feeling to have had a goal, worked hard and achieved it. It's been a long process, deliberating over how much to spend, what to get, what I can afford to run. But I couldn't be happier with the decision I've made.

Thanks for all the advice from people here and elsewhere too with regards to getting the right car.

So here it is. My 2003 BMW E46 330i Sport Manual.











Went out yesterday and took the photos, pretty pleased with what I've got, but my mates a cracking photographer so when he has edited his I'll pop a few up. Haven't got any interior shots but its all black inside with the Alcantara sports seats and the carbon effect trim inserts. Has some nice factory options: the MV2 wheels, fully electric front seats with driver memory, and the Professional radio with the Harman/Kardon surround system which besides the horrifically expensive B&O systems is the best factory sound system I've listened to. Not that it needs one with that fantastic straight-6 roar. Such a pleasure to drive, and not as bad on fuel as I had thought. Averaging high 20s with a good mix of driving. Could not be happier with it. Picked it up with 70,500 on the clock so barely run in either. Hoping for many years of happy and enjoyable motoring in my Bavarian Beast. cloud9

NadiR

1,019 posts

27 months

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Nice car mate, how much did the insurance cost you? I'm 17 and the lowest quote I can get on any car is just over 5 grand on a stty Micra mad
Ah well, guess I just have to wait a couple years.

Waugh-terfall

18,451 posts

80 months

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Nice. Congrats Tom. Looks tidy, and a really nice colour too, when I saw the snow-foamed picture I worried it might be black! Eighteen months and I will find something pokey, nearly there!

Look forward to having a nose around it sometime soon!

Stedman

5,421 posts

72 months

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Can't wait to drive it wink

Clean those exhaust tips up man! Looks nice, as Tom has said, can't wait to see it in the metal.

Chris Peacock

790 posts

88 months

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Nice.

That open piece of tarmac looks like fun !.
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Big News

1,889 posts

59 months

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Look forward to seeing it in the metal, Tom - nice one clap

UberMeister

136 posts

32 months

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Great car at 19!

Is that runway/tarmac area open to the public? Looks like fun biggrin


DanielJames

5,087 posts

48 months

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Student, newshape fabia for first car? No help of bank of mummy and daddy? wink

Nice car though, I have an E46 too.

6potdave

1,342 posts

93 months

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Brilliant well done mate!

bmthnick1981

4,005 posts

96 months

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Hats off to you mate, lovely motor.

petrolveins

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1,597 posts

53 months

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Cheers guys, done 500 miles so far, brilliant fun.

DanielJames said:
Student, newshape fabia for first car? No help of bank of mummy and daddy? wink

Nice car though, I have an E46 too.
Haha, re-read the first bit, I shared that with my Mum, was never mine. tongue out

SooperDan

237 posts

28 months

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Sounds like you've got your head screwed on! Nice car smile

petrolveins

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1,597 posts

53 months

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SooperDan said:
Sounds like you've got your head screwed on! Nice car smile
Really? That's not what most of the people at work/uni are saying! hehe

wicz

119 posts

52 months

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Nice car! biggrin

oj121

1,546 posts

52 months

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What made you choose this over other possible options that may have been quicker/more fun/cheaper to run/etc?

Macleod1873

34 posts

45 months

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Niceone mate, driving a 330i at 19? Minted.

ReaperCushions

1,806 posts

64 months

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Looks great for 19!

How come not the coupe out of interest?


Sir_Dave

927 posts

90 months

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oj121 said:
What made you choose this over other possible options that may have been quicker/more fun/cheaper to run/etc?
231bhp isnt too bad for a 19 year old tbh!!

Lovely cars, im on my 4th e46 now ...

JayTee94

10,974 posts

37 months

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Looks great mate.

Did you buy this as you saw your Skoda in a certain BAD PARKING thread? wink

One day I will meet you as I assume you are one of Waughs mates. biggrin

oj121

1,546 posts

52 months

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Sir_Dave said:
231bhp isnt too bad for a 19 year old tbh!!

Lovely cars, im on my 4th e46 now ...
Didnt say it wasnt a nice example. Just wanted to know why he settled on that car in particular as there is a lot out there that trumps them in different areas IMO
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