Originally Posted by mjh93sa
I think that any car with more than say a 2-litre engine and serious economy is going to feel it in the residuals as the fuel prices escalate. It's just a part of the fun of having the car you want, rather than the one you need.
Even on this board you have people jumping out of 3.2 Audi's and 335i's in favour of 320d's. If this continues it's bound to have an effect on the residuals of larger engined cars. However, I would expect that it will go in the order of tax bracket to some degree. The older non-ED 335i will feel it in the residuals first as they are going to be harder for people to shift on. Then the 335d and the 330i/d.
Matt, without going off topic onto residuals, you've made a good point about engines over 2 litres and current fuel costs. If I hadn't have done my homework before trading in the 335d, I may have been insulted TBH. I had already noticed since buying the E92 last year how the depreciation was somewhat quicker than 'all' had predicted. I now can't help wondering whether fuel costs aside, it has something to do with BMW almost 'mass producing' units. As I understand it, there are new M3's sitting in dealer showrooms 'waiting' to be bought?
Certainly the company car buyers are going to buy with tax brackets in mind, however what percentage of unit sales do they amount to and how heavily do they impact on the car market? As you say, ultimately it comes down to what you personally can afford and would enjoy driving and what the heart wants. As a few have already said and the figures we've posted, the gap favouring the diesel engine over the petrol engine for fuel costs appears to be narrowing. Time will tell.