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Car Reviews

We have collected some excellent car reviews over the last few months, which provide a real world experience of ownership from real people. The reviews detail the best and worst elements from performance to insurance and repair bills to provide our visitors.

The E36 vs E46 M3 and 930 vs Cayman type reviews are becoming more popular to help our visitors make informed decisions on what aspects of cars will suit their requirements.
Porsche 911 SC
This site is aimed to help those buyers who are not necessarily interested in buying new but still want something exciting, well built with reasonable running costs and minimal depreciation. These are the type of buyers that research the most whether your budget is cash or finance and £5k or £50k.

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Audi:

Wanted

BMW:
M3 Evo II (88), 318 is (96), 328i Sport (98), Hartge Z3 Coupe 5.0l (98), 330i (00), M3 Convertible (99 and 01), M3 Coupe (02), X5 3.0d (06), 335i SE Coupe (07),

Mercedes:
SLS AMG (10),

Porsche:

911T (68), 911 Turbo LE (89), 968 Coupe (92), Porsche Carrera S (05), Porsche Cayman R (11) & 911 SC, Porsche Panamera (11),

Volkswagen:

MK1 Golf GTI (85), Scirroco Scala (91), Corrado 2.0 (94), Corrado VR6 (94),

Performance car choices circa £30k

Having been firmly in the BMW M3 corner for a number of years, I fancy a change. What I’m after is not just performance, looks and excellent build quality, but good resale value, long service intervals, minimal known manufacturer faults and something unique about the car. Of course, I am sticking German!

So, the current line up includes: –
BMW M3 (E46 CSL)
3.2 litre straight six with around 360 bhp, fantastic handling, acceleration but not very comfortable and only available with an SMG box.

BMW M6
5 litre V10 with 507 bhp, comfortable, good looking, high quality interior but looks boring standard and have heard of issues with the vanos and again SMG box.
BMW M6 Convertible

BMW Z4M Coupe
3.2 litre straight six with 340 bhp (same engine as E46 M3), 2 seater, real sports car feel, fantastic handling, available with a manual. No complaints really, a bit more noise would be nice as can be said from the E46 M3,

Mercedes SL55 AMG
5.4 litre V8 with 500 bhp, amazing acceleration noise (sounds like thunder!), good looks, very comfortable but Mercedes build quality which includes issues with wheel sensors, interior trim rattle, pumps and very minor parts. I could live with this for the noise alone.
Mercedes SL AMG

Porsche 911 (930 turbo)
3.3 litre flat 6 with 330 bhp, reasonably high servicing/running costs, however they do look fantastic.
930 Turbo

Porsche 911 (964 turbo)
3.3 or 3.6 litre engines ranging in power from 330 bhp – 380 bhp, phenominal road presence (Bad Boys film), little known faults with the car but you sit very close to the windsreen and in right hand drive, sit a little sideways.

Porsche 911 (993 C2s, C4s or turbo)
3.6 S engines with 285 bhp and the turbo with 380 bhp, last of the air cooled 911’s and prices seem very stable to on the increase. Not much interior differences to the 964 but everything feels very well made and nearly over engineered – certainly not a complaint.
993 Carrera

Porsche 911 (996 GT3 or Turbo)
3.6 litre 380 bhp (GT3), 420 bhp (turbo), 3.6 litre engines of similar design to the 993 engines and therefore no engine issues. Not a fan of 996 interior quality or the over sized head lights but at current prices these cars offer alot for the money. The reason for not including the Carrera’s is that I hear they are prone to engine troubles.

Porsche 911 (997 C2s)
3.8 litre 380 bhp, best looking 911 in my view with very good interior quailty and finish – feels like the old air cooled days of over engineering. Porsche 911 Carrera S

There is certainly, good reasons to stick with the E46 M3 or move to the E90 as I’ve never had any problems but I do fancy a change.

Any thoughts or other recommendations welcome.