So something strange happened a few weeks ago. It was a Saturday afternoon and nothing really happening so my wife and eldest daughter went with me to Stratstone BMW in Chesterfield. We had a bit of a look around the used cars but there was nothing to take our fancy. After that we took a trip to the new (I say new but it has been there a year or two now) Sytners in Sheffield. This is a lovely dealers and we thought we’d grab a cuppa and take a look at some X3 and X5.
There were some really nice nearly new X5 in stock and this really got the taste buds tingling. However, these were a bit out of the current price range as I was fancying something newer than the E53 but not that new as to cost the price of a small nation.
The reason I had been thinking about something newer was that the E39 had been hit whilst I was away for work. Some nice person had gone down the side of it and left a paint transfer all down the side. Most of this came off with the machine polisher but there was some work needed to fix a spot over the rear wheel arch. Having to sort this out made me notice some rust coming through on the top of the wheel arch. This little bit of rust along with rust starting to come through on both sills and the fact that the recent MOT had shown some kind of leak on the top end showed me that I was in for some more garage bills. It was going to be either keep the E39 and spend some cash on it or trade it in for something newer.
Now, because I had been thinking this way I had mentally started to put together a list of the things I wanted from the idea car:
- Cream / Beige interior
- Heated seats (kids also wanting heated rear seats as they had been feeling left out)
- Built in entertainment screen
- Would be nice to have another 3 litre but this time maybe a Diesel
- Had to have the wow factor
So, whilst looking at the cars in Sytners the sales person asked if there was anything of interest. Nope. Could he look at what other cars they had. Sure. So off he went and he came up with an X5 and an X3 that he thought I would be interested in, both of which were arond the back of the building so off he went to find the keys and bring them round for us to check out.
Well, the first one to come out was the X5 and straight away this had the wow factor. 2013 E70 xDrive 4.0d, 3 litres of loviness with twin turbo. Cream and black interior, panoramic sunroof, heated seats all round. Yep, this one just ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for.
The X3 came round and even though it was nice, it didn’t have all the bells and whistles and was straight away consigned to the rejected pile.
There was no way I thought that the salesman could find me a car that matched everything I wanted but somehow he managed it, without even knowing (as I hadn’t told him about my list).
We ended up walking away that afternoon with the deal signed for the E70. The E39 has gone on to hopefully be loved by someone else and we have the lovely new E70.
The E70 has already been on the BMW Car Club stand at two shows, the Doncaster Classic Car show and the BMW Show @ Santa Pod.