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With what can I replace my faithful 17-year-old BMW E34 525SE Tourer?

I read your articles every week, and am constantly amused at all the problems readers have with their cars. Our family car is a fully loaded 1994 BMW E34 525SE Tourer with some 165,000 miles on the clock, and still performs just as well as when I got it when 18 months old. Yes it has had lots of replacement suspension parts, brake and fuel lines, new wiring to tailgate, clutches etc, but the body and main driveline, exhaust etc are all original and excellent. It does not bother me that it is 17 years old - with 192bhp it can still show a clean pair of heels to most cars even today, is superbly comfortable and owes me nothing. It's absurdly cheap to insure and cheap to tax, so I don’t care much about petrol prices. What is worrying me is what I should buy when the time comes for the next 20 years?

Asked on 21 May 2011 by PS, Winchester

Answered by Honest John
A Mercedes-Benz W204 C200CDI manual impressed me as a car that felt as if it would do 100,000 miles a year for 10 years. It's the only recent car that has. And the W204 C220CDI manual is now just £30 a year to tax.
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