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      09-14-2018, 03:50 AM   #1
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Long story short.

We're having a baby this xmas.
My weekly commute is going from 15 mi to 75mi, normally stop start city traffic.

My 335i averages 20mpg, road tax was 315 and I pay 50pm for warranty.

So I'm thinking of changing to something more economical, smaller and cheaper to tax/insure etc (If anyone's interested in the 335i PM me)

I want something fast(ish), newer than 2009/2010 and not be a coupe.

Looking at Focus ST, Mini R56 Cooper S or BMW F20/21 125i (5dr).

Which would you choose, or any other suggestions?
*No VAG, French, Spanish or GM.
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What's your budget?

Why no French?

Just went Megane R26 to E91 330i N53 to E92 M3 to Megane Cup-S

Got it today. Ok Build is not comparable but they don't fall to bits and you get a relatively new car which was pretty much the benchmark hot hatch for 6 years of production. Oily bits are evolution of earlier models so robust.
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Depending on size you are after Fiesta ST supposed to be ace.

Better economy than bigger heavier 2 litre cars. End of run the even did a 5 door.

These would still be in warranty and things like brakes & tyres will be smaller as car is lighter and therefore less expensive as you rack up the miles.
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My dad would disown me if I bought french plus they do nothing for me.
Budget will be 13/15k but I'd like to save some if possible.

It's got to be 5 door now so Mini isn't an option (my favourite of all 3 currently too).

I'm looking at mountune STs at the moment so I'll check out the 5dr fiesta
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Personally i would stick with what you have & change your driving style maybe!

e90 335 is probably one of the best all rounders ever!
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Personally i would stick with what you have & change your driving style maybe!

e90 335 is probably one of the best all rounders ever!
Driving style is already good.
Minimal braking, changing up before 3k rpm (normally around 2).
Don't go above 60 on the motorway part of the trip (2 miles)
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Personally i would stick with what you have & change your driving style maybe!

e90 335 is probably one of the best all rounders ever!
I would say this too.

I had a F20 125i a a few years ago, it really was a horrible thing and got rid after a couple of months and went straight back to a silky smooth 6 cylinder 3 litre engine!
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You do realise how much crap you have to cart around when you have a baby! I certainly wouldn't be looking at anything Fiesta sized, and even the boot on the mk3 Focus is pretty small. The boot on my old mk2 Focus ST was massive in comparison.
Why don't you just stick with a Bmw and get a E91 or maybe a Mondeo Titanium Sport 2.2TCDi - they are very nice, go well, economical and plenty of space for prams, buggies and all the other kid crap.
We have a E91 330d and it's great. Not the biggest boot for an estate but plenty big enough for our family. Remapped it goes like stink as well and is still economical and no more expensive to run than any other car.
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