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Possibly about to do something stupid again...?

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Hi, it's me.  Long time no post and all that.  Sorry, been busy. 

Anyway, anyone remember a few years back when I asked if I was mad to think about getting a used Cayenne GTS?  You know, the thread where I ended up getting a brand new one, after applying ridiculous levels of man maths?  Well, the GTS has been absolutely lovely, but I've just had a rather tempting offer for it, coincidentally just after buying a rather special Defender.  So my mind is saying that the Defender can take over the 4x4 and towing duties of the Cayenne and I can slot a nice road car in its place.  But what to get? 

Now, I tested an E63 AMG some years ago, and liked everything about it apart from the price and a lingering suspicion that it would depreciate like a brick.  So obviously the same logic now says to buy one that has depreciated.  Early ones are £15k at independent dealers and from about £30k at main dealers.  Anyone have an in-depth knowledge of the E-class AMG cars that they would liek to illuminate me with?  Any particular model years/options etc to go for or avoid?  And don't all just say "why not get a new one, the interior is much nicer".  That's not happening.  No.  Definitely not.  Not this time.  I know, I know, this time is different.

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(£11k, V8, over 500hp :blink:)

Or any other suggestions?  An M5 is tempting but I hear horror stories of used E60s, E39 seems to be classics now and priced accordingly, and F10s are a bit on the expensive side?

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Try and see if you can afford the turbo'd 5.5l V8, and AWD - but I suspect the latter might still be in the depreciation curve above where you want to pay...

Pre-2010/2011 6.2l V8 cars, like the C63's had potential head bolt failures - so if looking at one of those check the head bolts have been replaced (otherwise put a bucketload of money aside to do them).

 

the 5.5l engine is legandary - so I'd say go for one.  :-)

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Ooooh!!!  A proper Thunder Wagon!

Just 2 words for you sir...  'Do it!'.  Many red ones about?  Or should that be, any red ones about?

 

 

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Mmmmm interesting. If you just want a fast way to get in and out of work then the AMG or an M5 would be perfect. 

As for which one I guess that depends on the budget you want to push to. I've decided to keep my car for longer as I can't be bothered on spending more to get more or less the same this time.

You could always look at the M3 V8 as an alternative or try and get a 4 door maybe?

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