Locating a Car

Once you have got a good idea of the car you would like, you can now use the internet to find them. A number of the sites mentions on the previous page offer services whereby you can search for the car you desire and they will provide you with the closest matching results, giving you the option to get in touch with the dealer or person who is has that certain car which is in stock. Therefore you already know what you are dealing with, you do not have to take time out of your day to go to a dealership only to be disappointed that they haven’t got the car that you wanted. Once you have found the car you want you can either buy over the internet or go to the dealership (the location will be provided) and give it a test drive to make sure there aren’t any last minute scares.

If you only want to look at used cars in Liverpool or the surrounding areas, this is also made possible by sites such as these as you can refine your search to be restricted to say, a 20 mile radius. Here are a few examples of the locater tools.

Motors.co.uk’s car locator tool

 

Buyyourcar.co.uk’s car locator tool

 

Autotrader.co.uk’s car locator tool

 

All are very easy to use and will produce a number of results for you to choose from, you can almost be as specific as you want with your search. Here I have searched for a used Audi A3 within 20 miles of Anfield Football Stadium in Liverpool and was given a wide range of results within seconds.

Choosing a car

When searching for a car, the process is made much more bearable and speedy if you know what car you are looking for in the first place. To get a good starting point in your quest to find the perfect car you should do some research as there are many things to consider.

A few things to consider

  • Buying price – budgeting is a huge part in buying something as important as a car.
  • Running price – there’s no use in buying a cheap car if it is going to cost you a small fortune to run it, find out the cars mpg to avoid any nasty surprises.
  • Comfort – read as many reviews as you can to get a good idea of what the car has to offer in the way of comfort.
  • Space – if you have a big family and a couple of dogs this is something that you need to consider, again, reviews can come in handy here.
  • Reliability – this is a huge factor which could really sway your decision, again, you can gage how reliable a car is by reading a few reviews.

Obviously there may well be other things which are important to you in terms of you vehicle, most car review sites such as What Car, Parkers, Honest John, Top Gear, Auto Express and CarSite should be able to help you her.

Chevrolet Epica

Chevrolet has moved into the large family saloon and hatchback segment of the car market with the Epica. It is a brave move taking on some established names and the Epica makes a good start as it is quite a good looking car.

It’s not a head-turner, but it benefits from simple lines and an uncomplicated design. The front is pleasing to look at while the profile is quite sleek too. The interior isn’t too flashy with a functional centre console that is solidly built and features soft-touch plastics around the cabin and dash.

The main feature of the Epica is its incredible dimensions. At almost five metres long it offers excellent boot space while the cabin benefits from numerous storage compartments.

Chevrolet Epica

Practicality

Epica by name and epic by nature as you get a lot of car for your money. There’s plenty of space for five adults and the boot could house a decent sized polar bear, although it would have to put up with some suspension intrusions.

The rear of the Epica offers an expanse of head, leg and elbow room to accommodate six-footers comfortably.

The controls are easy to see and use as all are big and clearly marked.

As far as the driver is concerned the steering wheel adjusts for tilt but not reach and this is achieved by hauling on a large, indicator-sized stalk rather than a discreet lever.

There are two 2.0-litre engines – a 138bhp petrol and a 148bhp diesel which is available with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

Running costs aren’t too bad considering the Epica’s size. Fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions from the all the engines, and in particular from the oil burner are reasonable.

Life Style

The Epica is a full-blown saloon of near limousine proportions for the same price as a 1.4-litre hatchback.

Boot space is generous at 480 litres and there is more cargo room available with the rear seats folded if necessary.

While it is comfortable and relatively palatial for the price, the Epica’s handling is not as good as the best in the sector.

The Epica can’t hide its Far Eastern roots in bends where its ride is much softer than you would expect on European models.

The six-speed automatic gearbox is likely to appeal to a more mature buyer than the manual models which are well set up to satisfy a family’s needs.

Security and Safety

All Epicas come with front, side and curtain airbags and a front seatbelt pre-tensioning system. The rear seats have ISOFIX child seat mountings and stability control is available when you step up from the standard model.

The Epica takes decent precautions to deter car thieves and is fitted with remote central locking. There are plenty of cubby holes to ensure valuables can be stored out of sight.

The Finishing Touches

There are two trim levels on offer in the Chevrolet Epica – LS and LT. The entry-level model offers a raft of standard equipment including air conditioning, cruise control, part leather upholstery, front fog lights, remote audio controls and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The LT goes the whole hog with climate control, leather seats that are also heated up front, parking sensors and electronic stability controls – effectively an executive specification at a fraction of the cost.

Summary

The Chevrolet Epica bears an American badge but is actually built in South Korea – a legacy of parent group General Motors acquiring the Daewoo car company.

Since that purchase Chevrolet’s Korean-made portfolio – including the Matiz and Lacetti – have improved no end and the Epica maintains this trend.

Chrysler Sebring

The Chrysler Sebring is a large family saloon attempting to take a share of what is a shrinking market from some well established competitors with the help of a raft of gizmos fitted as standard.

Practicality

First the good news – as far as the driver is concerned a decent position behind the wheel is easily obtainable thanks to a good range of seat adjustment and a steering wheel that moves for both rake and reach.
The cabin feels solidly made so it should be able to withstand the attentions of the little monsters in the back – but the plastics are hard to the touch and less than stylish to look at.
There is plenty of room for four adults – a fifth can squeeze in if he or she is prepared to straddle a large transmission tunnel – as well as a large boot that can accommodate the family’s weekly supermarket shopping expedition and a set of golf clubs.
The rear seats split and fold in a 60/40 ratio to make the Chrysler Sebring an even more practical option for the family.
The dashboard is well set out with easy to operate rotary heater dials and chunky stereo buttons – but it does look a little old fashioned compared to the more hip of its competitors.
Visibility is generally good although large rear pillars do obstruct the view behind a little.
A neat little practical touch on the Chrysler Sebring are cup holders that can heat or cool your beverage.

Chrysler Sebring

Life Style

The Chrysler Sebring attempts to offer something different to the table but despite its distinctive styling – featuring a jutting front bumper and sporty bonnet – it is not quite there when it comes to the best modern family cars have to offer.
An example is the fact that too much noise makes its way into the cabin. Drive the diesel and you will know it as the noise of the oil burner filters through to the cabin. There is also a lot of wind and road noise present that shouldn’t be making the Sebring a less relaxing place to spend time than it should be.
Comfort is okay as the seats are reasonably supportive and the ride is smooth enough on the motorway. But anyone looking for sharp feedback from the steering will be disappointed as it is devoid of feel, particularly when cornering. The Chrysler Sebring’s chassis also has a tendency lean a bit in sharp turns while any bumps produce unwelcome movement. The ride is also more fidgety than a six-year-old in a church service.
The green brigade are not going to welcome you with open arms as even the 2.0-litre diesel emits 170g/km carbon dioxide which is well above the class average.

Security and Safety

Chryslers usual crime prevention measures are in place including remote central locking, an alarm and an immobiliser.
The Sebring is well kitted out with safety features that include twin front, side and curtain airbags, stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution. A tyre-pressure monitoring system is also standard, as are ISOFIX child seat mountings.

The Finishing Touches

The Chrysler Sebring is packed full of goodies that all come as standard on the Limited model. Items of kit include a radio/CD player with steering wheel-mounted controls, a 20GB hard drive for storing MP3s and an iPod/USB plug-in, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, eight-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, a trip computer, leather upholstery and climate control.

Summary

Chrysler are hoping that the Sebring can carve its own niche in the mainstream family car sector with the help of generous dimensions and decent levels of kit.
The Chrysler Sebring’s cabin offers cave-like dimensions but some of the materials used look and feel cheap.
As far as power goes the Sebring offers three engines – a 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel sourced from Volkswagen, and Chrysler’s 156bhp 2.0-litre and 170bhp 2.4-litre petrol engines.
The performance and drive doesn’t excite with any of the power units as the Sebring’s weight making even the diesel sound strained when you feel the urge to press the pedal to the metal.
The Sebring falls short of the driving standards set by its competitors and doesn’t really manage to offer other major attractions to compensate despite its undoubtedly eye-catching and individual styling.

Dodge Journey

Dodge describes the Journey as a mix of minivan and car in a sporty package. Like most motors produced by the Detroit motor manufacturer the Journey offers a ton of metal for the money and helpful bits of kit include a device to reduce the risk of rollovers and another to prevent trailers swaying.

The Journey’s flashy front features a lot of chrome and the exterior offers customers looking for something a bit different just that.

It is an imposing vehicle and the high seating position gives all occupants a commanding view of the road. It is one of the longest vehicles in its sector of the market so offers plenty of room inside. Even when all three rows of seats are occupied there’s a decent amount of head and elbow room – although the final row of seats are really only suitable for children.

Practicality

Access to the Dodge Journey is good and the five rear seats can be folded flat to enhance the amount of luggage space available.

Dodge JourneyDrivers of almost any shape and size should be able to find a comfortable position behind the wheel as there is an excellent range of adjustment for both the seat and steering wheel.

The centre console and dashboard are easy to use with all the controls well sited so that they are within easy reach of the driver.

The Dodge Journey’s cabin is one of the best that the company has produced with quality plastic on top of the dash and stylish chrome inserts. Everything feels solidly put together.

There are loads of neat cubby holes in the car including a ‘Chill Zone’ storage bin located in the glove box which can hold two 330ml cans and uses the air conditioning to cool the drinks.

Behind the front seats are another couple of storage bins set into the floor of the car which will hold 12 drinks cans plus ice or other items. The rear seat cushion can also be flipped forward to reveal even more storage space.

There are also four 12-volt power points throughout the cabin allowing electrical equipment to be used.

Life Style

The Dodge Journey is designed for families with active life styles. There’s a maximum of 2,296 litres of space available with all but the driver’s seat folded flat. So those with a penchant for the great outdoors have plenty of room to store their equipment.

And with a huge 77.6-litre fuel tank, the Dodge Journey should be able to get you where you want to go as it has a theoretical maximum range of more than 700 miles. On the downside it would cost a lot to fill up but despite being relatively heavy the diesel engine still returns a healthy 40-plus miles per gallon – the petrol power unit is less efficient returning an average figure of 32mpg.

With carbon dioxide emissions of 209g/km the petrol model is far from disastrous as far as the environment is concerned, but the diesel makes more sense both environmentally and financially returning a figure of 164g/km.

Security and Safety

All Dodge Journeys are fitted with plenty of safety equipment including a tyre pressure monitoring system and stability control as standard.

Also included across the range are front, side and cabin-length curtain airbags that provide excellent protection in the event of an impact.

Deadlocks and an alarm are serious deterrents to those intent of stealing your pride and joy.

The Finishing Touches

All Dodge Journeys offer individual air conditioning for every row of seats and all but the entry-level SE model get cruise control, alloy wheels and electric driver’s seat adjustment. The top two trim levels also offer the option of the MYGIG entertainment system which provides ample storage for music files and photos, connects your phone via Bluetooth and includes sat nav.

Summary

It doesn’t look like a traditional people carrier – but the Dodge Journey has space for seven and represents a value for money MPV option.

The Range Rover Range

As most people know all too well, buying a car can be a time consuming and rather stressful process. I have spent the last few weeks doing exactly that so I thought I would share my experience and findings for the benefit of anybody in a similar position looking to buy a similar car. Me and the wife regularly drive over to mainland Europe or down to Devon so we were looking for something comfortable and large enough to take all of our stuff with us. A friend of mine owns a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque which my wife is really fond of, but I just think it looks a little too much like a woman’s car – personally I need something a bit more butch.

As such we decided we would go for another Range Rover, just not the Evoque. The main dilemma for me was that I didn’t want a car with too many miles on the clock, Range Rover Logobut I wanted to find a bit of a bargain too so it was a balancing act. After searching online for quite a while I found a second hand Range Rover with 56,000 miles on the clock for £24,000 and it was a 2008 model year. It was certainly at the upper limit of my budget but it was a really nice car; we were close to getting it until I had another chat with my friend who owns the Evoque when he pointed out that we might be able to find a cheaper vehicle looking at the Sport.

Sure enough after doing a little more browsing I came across a second hand Range Rover Sport for £20,500 which only had 24,000 miles on the clock, and it was the same model year! There was very little difference between the two vehicles – they both have excellent cabins and come with great equipment while the Sport is actually more fuel efficient too.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle then make sure you do all the necessary research before buying, try www.buyyourrangerover.co.uk for the Land Rover.

Chevrolet Lacetti Car Review

The people carrier concept is not appealing to everyone. There are many compromises involved despite the benefits. Handling is compromised and loadspace can be compromised as well. The compact estate can be a better solution. Chevrolet’s Lacetti boasts good levels of equipment, a reasonable amount of space, and a decent price without sacrificing all style.

For people who don’t have children and who don’t need a lot of extra space the traditional estate car has much to offer. The compact estate is probably the most forgotten of all the classes despite the advantages associated with them.

Chevrolet is quickly becoming a viable alternative to paying top dollar amounts for Ford and other major brands. Chevrolet is a relatively unheard of brand outside of North America.

The Chevrolet Lacetti boasts good equipment levels and is very refined. The car delivers much more than expected making for a pleasant surprise. Buyers will not be disappointed in the car or its abilities. The Lacetti is a very viable alternative to an MPV for buyers who desire practicality but who don’t need the seating that an MPV delivers.

Practicality

The car comes with an inexpensive asking price, low insurance costs and decent fuel economy. These combine to make the Lacetti Station Wagon a relatively economical venture. The car should also prove to be reliable as well.

The Lacetti Wagon provides a decent amount of room for its compact size. The rear seats split 60/40 and fold down to create a larger load space. The car comfortably seats four adults with plenty of head and legroom. The car should be fairly comfortable, even on longer trips.

The car’s main dials are large and clear, while the centre console controls are easy to use. The lay-out is very simple and straightforward. The car’s controls all function well and do what they should, but they do feel a little out dated.

Chevrolet Lacetti Estate

The car provides more than adequate levels of comfort. At lower speeds, tyre, wind and engine noise are kept to a minimum. The cabin’s seats are very comfortable and head, leg and elbow room is more than adequate for both front and rear seat passengers.Access to the car’s cabin is very good for front seat passengers. The car’s doors open widely and shouldn’t pose a problem for most passengers. The rear seats are easy to access for most average sized passengers, but larger passengers may have more difficulty. Access to the car’s boot is excellent. The tailgate provides a large aperture and the load lip is low enough that loading cargo is easier.

Parking the Lacetti is a relatively simple process. Light power steering coupled with good visibility helps out a lot, especially in tight spaces. Judging the car’s extremities is also easy and makes parking the Lacetti less of a worry.

Life Style

The Lacetti is designed to appeal to buyers with tighter budgets, but still manages to offer a lot even at bargain prices. The car’s steering boasts plenty of assistance but the overall feel is weightier than some of its rivals. The gearshift is smooth and driven sensibly the car delivers a smooth, quality ride. The 1.6 petrol engine functions well and only seems to struggle when pushed hard.

The Lacetti Station Wagon could be used as a family car for a small family. makes a lot of sense. The car offers a more practical boot than a five-door hatch and could handle the responsibilities of family life quite well. The car would only work while the kids were small though and would be an inexpensive option for a young family.

There are several features that make the Lacetti a good choice as a first car. It’s affordable, practical, smaller and easy to drive. The car may not be as stylish as other rival brands, but when the costs are added up it makes a lot of sense for a newly licensed driver.

The Lacetti boasts solid build quality at an affordable price. The car’s cabin is comprised of decent materials and doesn’t look cheap with the exception of an over abundance of grey being used. Chevrolet, is not seen as a high-class brand and buyers will find the Lacetti appealing because of its price and solid build quality.

Security and Safety

The car’s standard safety features include an engine immobiliser, remote central locking plus a retractable cover for the load bay. Also included is the small but useful oddment tray under the front passenger seat. The stereo unit can also be removed as an extra deterrent.

Chevrolet Logo

The car’s standard safety features include four airbags, twin front and side, front seat belts with pretensioners, and Isofix child seat mounting points in the back seats, and anti-lock brakes.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system includes a decent set-up, even if it is slightly below the standards of its competitors. The system delivers adequate sound quality and includes steeringwheel mounted controls for the driver’s convenience.

The car’s exterior looks more flattering in a light metallic hue. This will make the car more noticeable and give it a more expensive feel too. The cabin is comprised of mostly light grey plastics with light grey seats as well. This colour scheme seems to be the biggest telltale sign of the car’s budget origins.

Summary

Chevrolet’s Lacetti Wagon offers a viabled alternative to the traditional small people carrier. For buyers who need more space than a conventional hatch the compact estate is a good alternative. The Lacetti’s low price and decent equipment levels provides excellent value for money. If you are after a new Chrvrolet Lacetti, go to New Car Quote for a price.

Dodge Caliber Car Review

Dodge has been brought more into the mainstream of the UK’s car market with the introduction of their Dodge Caliber into the mid-size C segment. The C-segment is one of the most popular and competitive segments in the market. Tapping into UK buyers from this segment may prove challenging.

The Caliber’s exterior styling is very unique. It borrows traits from several different makes of cars such as SUV’s, 4X4’s, and MPV’s. The car looks durable and strong and sports Dodge’s trademark grill. The car has an increased ride height and a squared off rear end.

The interior boasts some pretty dynamic changes as well. The ride height has been increased and is very noticeable, the dash is taller and the windows have been shrunken. There have been some nice features added too that increase the comfort of the cabin. The cabin design is practical and useful.

The car sports a 2.0 petrol-litre engine and a CVT transmission. The car is front-wheel drive, and has an air conditioned glove box and the front seat folds down and changes into a table for the driver’s convenience. The diesel engine option is the best choice for fuel economy and added efficiency.

Practicality

The Dodge Caliber is reasonably priced and competitive with other cars in its segment. The diesel alternative makes the car even more cost effective and offers the same level of equipment as the competitors.

The Caliber has a spacious cabin and boot. Head and legroom is good for front passengers.  Rear passengers will enjoy enough legroom but headroom may be limited for taller passengers. The boot is large and able to accommodate most packages.

Dodge Caliber

The Caliber’s controls and buttons are large and simple facilitating ease of use. The controls are all practically placed and easy for the driver to find. The interior fixtures are also nice looking and do not come across as cheap; the car has green backlighting that accentuates the quality feel of the cabin.

The Caliber provides a smooth, decent ride while providing good levels of cabin comfort. The seats are firm and supportive but not too firm. Engine and road noises are well concealed at low speeds but tend to increase at higher speeds. The car is not a performance car, it’s not designed for speed, but it is well constructed and the design tends to focus more on passenger comfort.

The car provides easy accessibility. The car is built up high enough that passengers are able to slide into the vehicle quite easily. The boot is extra accessible as well thanks to its small loading lip.

The Caliber can be parked with limited difficulty. The car is small enough and the driver sits up high enough that parking doesn’t pose much of a problem. However, limited rear visibility can complicate things, and the cars longer bonnet can make it difficult to judge distance.

Life Style

The Caliber is not an exciting or thrilling car to drive. The diesel version offers good acceleration but the car is geared more toward delivering a comfortable ride, and it does that quite well.

The Caliber would make a very practical family car. It is spacious and reliable. The large boot could accommodate the rigors of family life, and it would not be too difficult to load and unload groceries with such a small loading lip.

This car has great appeal for first time drivers. It is relatively inexpensive to purchase, has reasonable running costs and insurance should be affordable as well. It is easy to handle and delivers a smooth ride. It makes perfect sense for a new driver.

The Caliber is not the highest quality vehicle but its not the lowest either. The materials and parts used to build the Caliber are good and adequate but not top-of-the-line. The cost for value is good though. The unique exterior design gives the car an attractive appeal and the car’s American brand name helps to boost that image.

Security and Safety

Due to the attractive and unique exterior of the Caliber it will definitely draw attention. The car comes standard with remote central locking, an engine immobilizer, and an alarm system.  Some buyers may choose to use a visual deterrent as well.

The car comes complete with the usual safety features including twin front airbags and ABS.

Finishing Touches

The car comes with a basic stereo CD player. Dodge LogoThere are many attractive options available though such as a six disc CD changer, and the MusicGate Power System that comes with two speakers mounted in the boot that can fold down when listening to music outdoors.

The Caliber looks good sporting a bright red color. Red helps to accentuate the cars unique style and makes the Dodge even more eye catching. The interior is comprised of mostly dark colors, but has an occasional splash of metal.

Summary

The Caliber is unique in the way that it looks and scores exceptionally high marks in the style category. For comfort and quality build the car is average. For driving the car is also average, and unfortunately the car is also average when it comes to safety. For a car whose exterior design promises something different, the car itself is very average in most regards.

Used Chrysler Cars

Chrysler is a hugely popular model in the USA and their cars are steadily making their way to the UK too. Chrysler stems from Chrysler Group LLC, an American automobile manufacturer with their headquarters located in Michigan. Chrysler is owned by the Italian automaker Fiat. They sell new and used cars all over the world under its flagship brand Chrysler.

Chrysler 300CI must admit Chrysler was never a brand I had taken much notice of, well not until 2011 anyway when my Father invested in a Used Chrysler 300C. Since then I began to look into the models they have available simply because I have been really impressed by my Father’s 300C. Despite it feeling and looking huge there is some real power underneath the bonnet that allows it to get from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds. The diesel engine is also really refined and still manages to work perfectly fine, admittedly after a bit of work, even after my Father made the stupid decision to put petrol in a diesel car.

One of the first Chrysler models, apart from the 300C, I checked out as part of my research was the Chrysler Grand Voyager. This is a large and comfortable seven seater car, affording lots of space making it perfect for big families. It also contains fold-away rear seats that provide extra boot space when required. If you look in the right places you’d be able to pick up a Used Chrysler Grand Voyager around the £4,000 mark but when buying a Grand Voyager take into account that it is an expensive car to run and is nearly 17 feet long making it a tricky car to park in suburban areas.

One of the models Chrysler used to manufacture was the Neon. Chrysler NeonThis model has been discontinued since 2006 and the only way you’ll be able to get your hands on one is by purchasing a Used Chrysler Neon. The Neon is one of Chrysler’s cheapest cars to buy and does come well equipped with plenty of kit to keep you busy. Unfortunately the security is pretty poor and the 2000-2001 models were recalled due to brake vacuum hose concerns, so this is something to check for when looking at this model. It’s not hard to say that the European rivals drive far better and it’s not too difficult to see why this model was discontinued.

The Ypsilon is a supermini model manufactured to compete against the likes of the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. The Ypsilon is fitted with an excellent Fiat TwinAir engine and has a real unique styling that makes the Chrysler stand out against its competitors. Chrysler have also designed a fuel efficient car keeping your running costs low. However it is an expensive car to buy from new, so you may be better suited looking for a Used Chrysler Ypsilon if your budget can’t stretch to the cost from new. The small size engines available mean the Ypsilon is great in town but will struggle on motorways and A-roads. These roads are where the Ypsilon’s poor handling becomes evident.

Common BMW problems

Although BMW have built up a brand that has become synonymous with fantastic reliability there is always going to be little teething problems with any manufacturers’ car. No model seems to be the exception of this rule as I will explain on a few of BMW’s models.

Some of the most common problems to pop up with a BMW 1 Series Convertible are as follows;BMW 1 Series the third brake light would crack or fall out, some early tops came ill-fitting from the factory and some vert owners have reported rattles with their glove box and arm rests. These problems aren’t as common as some of the problems with other models however there has still been enough comments to warrant mentioning them here. If you were lucky enough to go down the route of a Lease BMW 1 Series Convertible then the costs should be covered to fix these problems but if these problems arose after the warranty has ran out then a bit more money will need to be spent to fix them.

The BMW 2 Series has only been around since 2014 and so far there doesn’t seem to have been any major issues reported, although we may find out some more information as the miles add up on these new models. The only real nagging problems that have been mentioned with the 2 Series is that the diesel engine choices are really noisy, which is not pleasing if you’re after a quiet ride, and there is not much space in the rear with only two seats and little leg room.

Much like the 2 Series, the BMW 4 Series hasn’t been around for too long with its release date being 2013 there has not been too much chance for any problems to occur. However complaints about its vague steering and its tricky to use gear selector do seem to be a complaint from the die-hard fans. The optional extras can increase the cost considerably and it has been said what is the point of calling it a luxury car if everything that’s luxury about it is an optional extra? These optional extras will also make it difficult to price a Used BMW 4 Series especially for somebody buying it third hand and not knowing what is included and what isn’t.

BMW 6 SeriesThe BMW 6 Series has been around for some time now and a few common problems have appeared. The check engine light may illuminate in the 04-07 model accompanied by a rattling sound from the front engine down to an oil leak in the oil line for the variable valve timing system. Again from the 04-07 model the paddle shifters on the steering wheel may stop working due to a loss of an electrical signal which is often caused by loose connectors. These are all things to ask about if you’re looking at a Used BMW 6 Series because the seller may have had problems like this fixed already which would be great.

The BMW 8 Series is no longer in production so you will only be able to buy a Second Hand BMW 8 Series nowadays. On the original model a common problem was the bore cylinder liners would degrade, quicker than you would expect, resulting in an expensive cost to repair. The only other common complaint was the amount of times the car would need to be filled up because of the size of the engines however with the engine sizes available with the BMW 8 Series you shouldn’t really have expected otherwise.

With the BMW X1 there have been the odd reports of some clunking that people hear when it’s downshifting as the car slows down. There have been a few reports that the mileage people seem to be getting out of it are not near the number BMW claim it will reach. My only response to that statement is “when do they ever?” If you are looking at a Second Hand BMW X1 then be aware that there has been reports of engine failure further into the X1’s mileage, so if you buy a low mileage second hand model there is a slim, slim chance this may happen to yourselves.

BMW X1

 

Whether you’re looking at a new or Used BMW X3 there are a few common problems that have been reported with the X3. Firstly and probably the biggest complaint is that the stop-start engine feature does not work when the temperature is below three degrees centigrade. The original X3 failed to turn heads on the small SUV market because it suffered from below-average build quality, an awkward design and pretty questionable off-road ability. There have been reports of creaky doors and rattling sunroofs but nothing that can’t be fixed pretty quickly and under the warranty.

With the BMW X6 the problems that have been reported are not major problems just little niggles that are just a nuisance more than anything. For instance the Sat Nav needing a repair, not being as nimble as the X5 and the HUD not working. These should all be covered under your warranty but if you’re looking at a Used BMW X6 then I would ask the owner if these issues have arose, if they haven’t you may have to sort them yourself at a later date however these problems do seem to be individual cases.