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Used Car Guide: German

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Suspecting some people will ever buy cars from one country, rather than to a particular segment, we are instead to look at the range of different that make up a specific output.

To start us off in a nice (efficient? dependable?) manner, our candidate for analysis is Germany. means everything from people’s cars to definitive of stubborn sporting performance are up for Image is all-important here, as are of quality, genuine style, and a of fulfilled aspiration – a German car is a particular kind of purchase. some of that Teutonic Then read on.

£1,000 sound much, but there is of German machinery available, of it representing serious value. The trend is that the bigger the the better the bargain. For example, why buy a Mk2 or Mk3 Volkswagen Golf when you can up an early Audi A4 for the same Similarly, the E34 BMW 5-Series has its problems – notably with electronic failures – but in terms of space, and mechanical quality it offers value compared to either of the that fall into bracket.

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build means the 5-Series is safe in an accident, too, also offering better for money than an equivalent Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes cars have a better overall however, and you can get an excellent deal on a late 80s 190E or even cars from the class Early 90s Mercedes will be but a surprisingly large number of come with full history – which offers reassurance. If running costs are the concern then a Golf make sense – we would a Mk2 GTi and a light right foot for efficiency. The insurance will be on a VW Polo, though.

This is the modern world, so bother with the original – and to be honest you won’t get a good one for amount, anyway. Avoid with big aftermarket alloys and windows unless you want to like a pimp. Cheap Coupes – especially the later with the grille as part of the – are a recipe for disaster as the ones buying fetch more this. Take any older VW on an test drive before as fuelling problems are common and can be a to sort. Above all, be There are plenty of genuine to be had even here.

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worth buying in this depends on what you want to get out of the For example, if you’re looking for a purchase and can afford the running a late ‘80s/early ‘90s S-Class could be perfect. built, keep the servicing up and can potentially go on forever. Which is a of an investment for the money. You will half a street to park though. An Audi A6 represents modest luxury and design-conscious while the previous generation E39 BMW is a fabulous all-round achiever. good examples increasingly it would be our pick.

Efficiency fiends should out anything with a VW/Audi engine. The 1.9 TDI has rightly come to frugal motoring, but this sees a substantial premium over equivalent petrol-engined If you want something small, an A3 is a better bet than the Golf – a BMW Compact offers the hatchback of rear-wheel drive, and a Smart is tiny. VW is your only for an MPV, and the Sharan is a decent car (though the mechanically identical Galaxy and Seat Alhambra are Try a late ‘90s E-Class in spec if you want a smaller – but be aware build niggles and concerns plagued the launch of car.

Sporty types take on a Porsche 928 but would be served by a well-kept 924 or reasonable Need to feel the wind in hair? Then the Audi is hard to beat for class and

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While an makes some sense, we necessarily say the same of a cheap BMW or Audi A8: engine and electronic in the former; tricky to repair structure in the latter. Not bad cars by any though. Lots of choice in E36 but they no longer have the image, also suffer dashboard gremlins, and are almost too Mercedes build quality has roundly criticised in recent and you risk finding out why in this choose any C- or E-class very avoid Classic spec, and a full history.


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For extra try a Mercedes SLK, complete folding metal roof, or the CLK coupe. If you prefer an understated this budget covers top examples of the Volkswagen Corrado including desirable Storm edition, and the Mk3 VR6 Golf. The Porsche to aim for is the but if you can’t find one, or the is too strong, try a 944 Turbo, or 928 S4. Want not so hot? Then the previous 3-Series is the driver’s choice. practical doesn’t have to massive, the Audi A2 also into budget here, and is cleverly designed.

The BMW Z3 was bit of a disappointment new, so don’t buy one used a serious sports car – especially as the handling isn’t compensated by the engine at this price Early examples of the Mercedes-Benz are best avoided, as build from the American factory was iffy. Similarly, the A-Class is not up to ‘Benz standards; lots of low mileage examples for little attests to fraught reliability And you need to spend a lot more £8,000 to buy a decent Porsche 911 – anything offered in this

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Mercedes-Benz G 350 Turbo D 3dr W463

The best way to get a good deal on a new registration here is the Mk5 VW Golf. are large numbers of 2006 available – albeit with the engines; if you want a really deal try a Golf Plus, doesn’t seem to be holding its as well as the regular hatchback. for a small family, these are built and drive nicely, Antithesis of such unassuming this budget is also the point for the Porsche Boxster. You get a very recent one, and we would go for a 968 Club Sport, than mess about a high-mileage convertible.

Then there is the Audi TT – prices getting more and reasonable a good example be hard to find. The Audi A8 is worth a proper look for the time here. Just well away from with even the smallest of damage to the aluminium bodywork – the compensatory discount is vast. saloon fans can try a couple of M-Sport BMWs – E30 M3 Evo or E34 M5 – or a pair of modern AMG Mercedes – the C43 or E55, are even available as estates. The E-Class was revised in 2001, and make a great easier-to-insure

The previous generation Mercedes SL has been forgotten in the wake of its successor – so used bargains The original BMW X5 is still pricey, but a recent replacement you can expect to drop, making more in this band.

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Forget the Volkswagen Fox. is top-end pricing anyway, but if you a small city car we would a marginally older Polo for the money, or the Fox’s much Lupo predecessor – the GTi version Speaking of GTis, the Mk4 Golf is lame (buy an improved of the same package for less as a Leon Cupra or Skoda vRS). The trouble with X5s at price point is that all petrol engines – including the thirsty 4.4i V8. Spend to get a diesel – it’ll be worth it.

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£12,000 and on a German car – where do we start? of the models in this sector are leaving us to recommend these For a hot hatch buy a Mk5 VW Golf GTi; it better than equivalent and has better all-round balance the faster (and still Golf R32. VW’s is a fabulous effort at a luxury – but doesn’t have the brand An Audi S8 or V12-engined BMW 7-Series more, but you’ll also get a deal on an early noughties 320CDI. Economical and luxurious – it and no-one will ever 4x4s remain popular and VW gets even offering the V10 TDI-engined Touareg.

The Porsche and BMW X5 drive on-road better, but are a bit too ostentatious. The most recent M-Class is very good, – but still rather expensive. The Mercedes G-Wagon is even but seems pricey for something so crude. For an out and out sports car look no than a Porsche 911 – but reckon on at least £20,000 whatever you’re after. For pace and try an Audi RS6, or recent RS4 – one comes as an Avant estate. performance icon is the Z3 based BMW M – epic speed counters looks.

Roadsters range from TT to Mercedes SL65 AMG – via the BMW Z4 (vastly than the Z3) and second generation For plain practicality try the VW Touran while a decent everyday choice is the 2.0TDI, found in all of Volkswagen and Audis.

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There are not many cars we say avoid at this price but there are some opinion The BMW X3 has a very hard ride in derivatives, is expensive, ugly, but very well. For the sake of the earliest ‘flame-surfaced’ 7-Series are avoided – poor iDrive and widely derided looks. TSI engine has received much for not being the paragon of efficient it set out to be, and don’t bother with the Polo GTi. The Mercedes hasn’t won too many friends, while Audi’s jacked-up A6 seems somewhat pointless – but has a loyal customer base.

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Mercedes-Benz G 350 Turbo D 3dr W463
Mercedes-Benz G 350 Turbo D 3dr W463
Mercedes-Benz G 350 Turbo D 3dr W463

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