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After my M3 experience today, and the instructor saying "You should do track days" im thinking "Can i track my 51 plate, 130k 525d??"

Well, can i??? Have you??? Id like to try at least one, but i dont want to ruin/trash my car. Obviously i know the limitations of the car

and that i cant rag it like the M3, but at least id get to know its limitations

The tyres a newish, Ive just replaced the front disks and pads with Pagid's. Will that be enough?? Will i embarrass myself???

Hmmmmmmm

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Track days are awesome but one your car probably isn't insurer and 2 if you crash it you will cry!

I'm waiting for a second car before I track again. I drove my friends mk2 golf and got clipped by someone who was on my arse it spun me and put me in the tires and wrote off the car.

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I have track my old E28 4 times. Its my only car but beware the 3rd track day did the rear hub in, snapped the drivers seat back rest in three places and over heated all the discs. I thnk the 4th track day brought the end of the front dampers.

Trackdays can and will leave a dent in your wallet with repairs.

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Track days are awesome but one your car probably isn't insurer and 2 if you crash it you will cry!

I'm waiting for a second car before I track again. I drove my friends mk2 golf and got clipped by someone who was on my arse it spun me and put me in the tires and wrote off the car.

JESUS! Ya know what, i never even thought about the "other" drivers possibly wrecking your day/car. Saying that, some of the drivers today where a bit "dodgey" ;)

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I tracked a big slow barge, my old 525i Sport and loved it

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But the insurance aspect is an issue. You can get 1 day trackday insurance for around £90 i believe

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So, £90 ins, full tank £85, the fee £200 they maybe a set of disks and pads later £80

£455, it's a bit of a dear doo init. I could have 4 x 15 mins sessions in the M3 for that, without any fear of wrecking it ;)

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There are track days for novices which should mean that they let less cars on track.

Chi's incident was probably caused by 2 cars going at a similar pace and the rear one not braking early enough, if you dont let people sit close enough by moving out of the way you should be fine.

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In all the track days I've done I've never come close to an incident with another car - if it's too close behind you, let it through. If you're too close behind it, back off.

I don't think I'd bother tracking a 525d - it'd get frustrating pretty quickly. If you're serious about doing trackdays, pick up a 328i or something similar and use that instead.

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I don't think I'd bother tracking a 525d - it'd get frustrating pretty quickly. If you're serious about doing trackdays, pick up a 328i or something similar and use that instead.

I know what you mean, but I was thinking do one day in mine, to get to know its limits safely, then if i enjoyed it, save up and buy a second track day car. It'd be quite funny to see a 525d whizzing past some decent motors with slow drivers on board :D

My instructor has an MR2 Mk2 has his track day hack, but id like a BM :)

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I don't see why you shouldn't. It won't be ideal and will be hard on brakes and tyres but if it's your first not overly so. I'd renew the brake fluid if not recently done too but take it easy avoid the idiots and have a laugh!

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Shame you're so far from our little event mate, marham is ideal for beginners and seasoned vets alike!

Errrr, yip, that'd be a BIT of a trek ;)

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Mates of mine use their vans (yes I did say vans) at the Nurburgring and many race tracks around the UK, albeit it, they probably handle better than a lot of sports cars to be honest, and are totally modified in pretty much everyway. I would go around the track in mine, but I fear smashing in up, not due to inability, but it's just a what if thing. Seen many people smash too many lovely cars up, and other cocky people smash some right kack cars up.

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I have tracked my daily driver Alfa 156 JTD diseasel and my 156 GTA. Nothing wrong with doing it but be prepared to pay if you smash it up as insurance usually excludes trackdays. I'm now building my old 155 up as a track day toy so that the other alfa's can have a break. A second car is a better bet if you are serious about putting lots of track time in but if you are going to do 1 or two a year then you might as well do it with yer 525d. The diesels are a lot quicker than most people expect .

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I bought my integra type R for this purpose, a sensible daily car that I could track. being lighter (about 1000kg) its much less harsh on brakes etc, a set of discs would do 4 decent trackdays, a set of pads a couple and decent track orientated tyres (toyo R888s) you could comfortably drive their and drive home. I would say if your worried about someone pranging you I'd look at sprinting, its more handling orientated (the track is cones on a square of tarmac/concrete) and there is only 1 vehicle on the track at any one time, if you do hit a cone (I flattened one doing about 75mph) the mark polished out of my white bumper without too much effort to leave no evidence.

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I haven't been on a track in my E39 or E38 so far, but have in the past tracked my Porsche 911, E36 316i (it was slow!), Mk1 Fiesta Supersport, Cavalier GSI 16v and Porsche 944 S2. I think its good fun and as long as you're sensible and careful you should be ok unless you suffer mechanical failure or something like that! :-)

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Big cars eat brakes etc. but that doesn't mean you can't have the odd track session with them. It makes no financial sense to do it too regularly though! I did an evening at Bedford in the 540i. Was great fun but the standard brakes were not remotely up to it. I already knew the track well and pushed the car a lot which would not have helped.

I also took it to the 'Ring which was also fun. Heavy braking there was less of an issue as it was wet & gripless. Also it had better pads and fluid for this excursion.

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Your only in Skem arn't you? oulton park is not far and they do the track days and rally/drift days. the drift days have 0% car ware. cars go out alone. its a good starting point for car control.

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I helped build and use a mark 4 escort 1.3 bonus as a track day car.. ( used because had no sun roof and rot free)... completley stripped of anything that has no use.... 1.6 efi engine and gearbox fitted ( xr3i) and rs turbo suspension and brakes..all parts second hand to keep cost's down vehicle kept road legal... done a couple of track day's in it... only cost's so far have been tyres after second track day, brakes all fine still after two years as vehicle so light.... vehicle also used as daily in summer by mate because so much fun to drive ( no heater fitted).... 2.0 engine is waiting in the wings with rs turbo g/box... ( needs lsd so it stops spinning up so easy ) cheap and fun and had good laugh building it on sunday mornings...

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Yesh, they dont always go to plan.....Especially following a caterham leaking petrol!

You willl have so much fun, BUT its often someone else that will spoil it.

Many tracks like brands do PAYG sessions. £25 for 20 mins if you only want a taster.

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I did a few trackies at Bedford and Silverstone in a rover 218VVC coupe, great fun but fried the front brakes at the last silverstone session - cost me £56 for discs and Ferodo Premier pads though - bargain! Car cost me £600, sold a year later for £600, also got money back on spare set of wheels. Not too heavy on front tyres either - rears fine. Outdragged by Clio 172s though on straights - annoying.

I then bought the E46 330Ci, lovely smooth engine but on first outing horrid brake fade after a couple of laps (as did all the BM 3s and 1s). Upgraded to drilled/grooved and dimpled all round and braided hoses with redstuff pads £400 ish - second outing much better, managed 15 laps at a time of Donington with no fade at all (only problem with this set up was horridly noisy brakes and slight hesitation to bite from cold)- could outdrag most things on the straight (apart from M3/135i's) but just felt a bit lardy for a tight track. And was averaging 9.5mpg!! Wore out a set of rears as well on this in 3 trackdays with traction switched to intermediate setting. Got bored with this car though for everyday use.

So the trackday and daily driver is now the 2005 Facelift MGZR, no mods yet (apart from K&N), planning to book a trackday as soon as I can get the 6000rpm misfire sorted out. Will probably put some Ferodo Premier pads in to start with and then gradual upgrade as bits wear out.

Love the track sessions, prefer the shorter evening sessions as a day can get a bit tiresome, but Silverstone my local track isnt doing evenings this year so itll probably be Donington again.

Costs - insurance max £70 with car valued at £4K (BM), wear and tear,plus lots of fuel and dental costs for teeth grinding!

Mishaps? reported a nutter at Silverstone for passing me the wrong side and then cutting my exit off at the corner - he denied it all until I showed them the in car footage! He then stormed off and blew his engine - expensive as it was a 1960s Elan! Plus I span off at Village corner and almost T boned an S2000 - oops, driver error there.

In summary, yes you can track an everyday car, just need to ensure all is in tip tip condition first - insurance I would say is a must, having seen a couple of other expensive mishaps (eg Skyline trashed).

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