GStarrr

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GStarrr last won the day on August 31 2014

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About GStarrr

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  • Birthday 01/17/1977

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    2009 Volvo V70 R D5 auto
  1. Nice project! Also the 530d looked a really clean one in the first place.
  2. that is scary prices for insurance for new drivers. When I was 18 and looking to buy my first car, I lusted after a 205 1.6 GTI but the insurance for that even back then with third party fire and theft was about £1k. So I reconsidered and ended up with a 2ltr Volvo 360 GLS lol but only £500 insurance, which was cheaper than any other car I tried all with small engines. At least it was rear wheel drive and once the suspension was uprated it actually cornered quite well with little 13" wheels.
  3. Wow! What a car. That is immense. If i had the cash I would happily buy it. GLWS
  4. that looks nice! Really like the colour/spec combo. Other half has an F30 320d Sport. You do sit nice and low in them. Steering is a bit too light for a BMW though and the sport wheel is too thin. Hers is a 12 plate so the newer design steering wheels in the later f30's look more chunky.
  5. Wow that is nice!
  6. looks a good honest e39.
  7. I concur! My dad got a 60 plate avantgarde estate auto and it's a very nice car to drive. Easily does 45mpg+ without even trying too. Xenon lights are superb as well.
  8. A lot of car for the dosh! Really like those 9-3 estates
  9. Looks a nice 530d! GLWS. Decent price too.
  10. especially now that VAG/Mercedes all offer gearbox services as part of their fixed price servicing program.
  11. I had B8's on my old 530d Touring and they were a good bit firmer than OEM sport. I had them paired with H&R springs on the front. But the handling improvement was worth it especially when combined with an M5 rear ARB and poly bushes.
  12. That green one that you we're asking about a new clutch? It probably didn't need a new clutch at that mileage. E39 clutches seem to last a long time. In fact there was an e39 530d sport touring with well over 200k and still on original clutch and it was remapped too on this forum and is still in use. Also the service intervals for both petrol and diesel e39s is about 17-18k miles if going by the dash service indicator. So again that green one actually sounded fine if it did have a main dealer history all its life. The point is that yes e39s maybe old but they are still a superior build to brand new insignias/ avensis/ prev generation mondeo etc which are built to last about 5 years max. I am not sure what company cars you have enjoyed the perks of owning but to measure an old e39 by the same yard stick is a slightly skewed way to approach buying one I would say. In the past I have owned 2 e39s; 525i sport and a 530d both autos and both were on the whole very reliable and covered about 100k miles combined with them both. Glad you found a nice one in the end though.
  13. If you bought it privately then the onus would have been on you to check the vin and engine numbers all match the v5. Playing advocate here, but why would Toyota need to check the numbers before they started working on what is still a relatively new car which should still have the original engine......... sounds like a nightmare scenario
  14. Stunning e39 sport. Love the interior choice too.
  15. Looks a decent example! Congrats on the new purchase