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  • From an M3 and Evo to VXR!! Any One Else?

    Hi all
    I have recently Sold My Evo 7 and M3 both running appros 340BHP ish
    Loved both cars but due to A change in circumstances have had to buy a bigger house!!! Had to sell .. I test drove the VXR and thought it was quite quick, As normal in test drives impossible to get a real feel, Has anyone here downgraded ( NO OFFENCE MENT ) to a VXR forom a More powerfull car,
    I think VXR looks great and build quality was better than Evo, Obviously performance not quite the same...
    How is it to live with after having quicker car? Any Problems?
    How is Everyday Performance? Running Costs Etc
    Any Help appreciated before I buy one or do I buy a 330BM approx same power..
    Many Thanks In Advance

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    Yes we came from a Porsche Boxster, via an M3 and TVR Tamora into the Vectra VXR.
    We were so impressed with the Vectra that we bought the Astra VXR as well.
    The running costs are very good, the Vectra is returning around 26-28 and with no servicing costs for 20K miles it will be quite different to the TVR.
    You certainly wouldn't be dissapointed and when you are looking for more power you can take it to one of the tuners frequenting this site for a remap amnd miltek. Have a route around the site and I am sure you will find some figures that will make your eyes water.

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    • #3
      Not done the EVO thing as I could never stand the interior, but have had a tuned P1 and a couple of STI's. On the power front, also had an E46 M3 and RS4.
      Had enough of losing loads on cars and IMHO the VXR is pretty reasonable to buy. run, insure and depreciation wont be too bad (assuming you buy at a good price)
      Dont really miss the 300+ bhp. In all honesty cars such as the M3 are doing such high speeds before they are fun that your license is at real risk. The VXR delivers a lot of the thrills at more enjoyable speeds

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      • #4
        Some very Good comments Folks , Many Thanks. On some forums its difficult to get a Genuine Non Bias Opinion, I agree about high speed/Fun Issue with M3, Incredible car, but just loves to do into High 100+ too much, The Evo was Incredible fun but running costs and depreciation were UNBELIEVABLE.
        I think Im sold on the Idea of a VXR, The Blues Growing on me!!! though usualy like Black on a car, Any thoughts!! , Also been offered a decent deal on a New one at 18.650, thats Black with Climate and Cruise, Should I go for that or there quite a few around with 2-5000 Miles for around 16-17, Any Opinions Appreciated

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        • #5
          Not too bad a price, about £1300 of the list with the extra's. paint, cruise and climate. I assume you will stick with the 18inch alloys as you seem to like your performance stakes.
          Think the VXR will stand out from the crowd and in Blue is very notieable.
          Of course if ya wanna do some of those less legal speeds black may not be as noticable.
          Have you looked at the Vectra as an alternative?, giving the same size and is very good with pulling at the higher speeds

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          • #6
            Does the Wheel Sizes make any Performance Differences?
            I wasgoing to buy 19inch After Market Alloys, as the 19's in option are Ugly

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            • #7
              Originally posted by luvie
              Does the Wheel Sizes make any Performance Differences?
              I wasgoing to buy 19inch After Market Alloys, as the 19's in option are Ugly
              Ugly... are you serious? I suspect you're in the minority with that opinion..well certainly in my view anyway
              If you do replace, I'll take one of your new 18's with rubber as a spare for £150

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              • #8
                There are some advantages over the 19 just sticking with the 18's as std. The std wheels allow slightly better acceleration, and handle just that bit better on the road, giving you a better feel to the car and slightly more incontact with whats going on. 19's only really come into their own on the circuit. Even if you do change the wheels, I would still stick to 18's.
                If you want to change to a 19 coz your not keen on the option ones, VXL do a similar wheel to the 18's but with only 5 spokes. These are fitted as an option on the Vectra-C (not VXR). basically a 5 spoke tuning alloy.

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                • #9
                  Not quite sure what would look good on the VXR, would have to play with Photoshop and some wheels before deciding
                  Ugly OK not the Correct word...Lets say not bad but Not what I would pay hard money For :wink: Also the Chrome on 06 looks a Tad well out of Place, Any modders Doing Nice Carbon Exterior to match Interior?
                  ie The Rear Strip that has VXR on it and also the strips on 06 Model?
                  Any ideas on the Peeps????

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                  • #10
                    i am running 18's and have backed to back the 2 sizes and the 18's do have an advantage on twisty b-roads etc, feel more planted and controlled, you wont notice the differnece unless you back to back the 2, 19's do win on the looks department but in all honesty the look of my 18's have grown on me but still keen on replacing for these speedlines but remain with 18's as i prefer to do most of my driving on b-roads

                    the silver strips under the side windows on the 06 models i also feel are out of place but if wonting to replace the windows also need to be removed
                    Shane

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                    • #11
                      I would also agree with Mark and suggest that you try a Vectra VXR, especially as you have had a 6 cylinder M3.
                      As we have both a Vectra and an Astra I am hopefully being unbiased. The Vectra is a very good car indeed.

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                      • #12
                        Trouble is a 2nd Hand Vectra is worthless even a VXR Vectra in a couple of years, where is M3 Residules are superb...
                        Think Astra looks better than Vectra, also I would rather buy a 2nd hand M3 which after few years still worth something where as Vectra Wont
                        So a New VXR Astra is Favourite, Good Points on the 18's Though.
                        2nd hand values look Not too bad on the Astra , Do 2nd hand vehicles sell well or are the sellers Being over optimistic?
                        PS . Nice Forum

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                        • #13
                          Interesting comment. I have given up on getting hung up on residuals. I have lost so much money on new german prestige cars with supposedly great residuals and the only reason I bought an 18 month old M3 was because the first owner had taken such a massive hit.
                          I am not sure what cap are predicting for the Vectra or Astra at 3 years old. I am guessing somewhere around 35-40%. I am sure someone with more accurate figures will give a better indication.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by luvie
                            Trouble is a 2nd Hand Vectra is worthless even a VXR Vectra in a couple of years, where is M3 Residules are superb...
                            Think Astra looks better than Vectra, also I would rather buy a 2nd hand M3 which after few years still worth something where as Vectra Wont
                            So a New VXR Astra is Favourite, Good Points on the 18's Though.
                            2nd hand values look Not too bad on the Astra , Do 2nd hand vehicles sell well or are the sellers Being over optimistic?
                            PS . Nice Forum
                            Not sure I'd agree on M3 Residuals being superb. My friend runs a specialised brokers that turns lots of these. Lets just say he doesnt own one. Its only once they drop to 24k that it seems to slow down a bit. Getting there is quick and frightening.
                            The Vectra VXR will in my opinion be a bit of a depreciation disaster in the first year, but if you pick one up at 6 months for about 15-16k then depreciation wont feel too bad.
                            The Vectra will be worth approx 40% at 3 years but the Astra has just been revised upto as near as damn it 50%. Therefore buy a new VXR for under 17.5k with Metalic and Climate and the losses over 3 years are really quite small.
                            Jonathan
                            Jonathan

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                            • #15
                              Thats good reading Jonathan. If I can get 40% back on the Vectra in 3 years I will be very happy.
                              Would agree with you on the M3 hence my remarks above regarding the car I had. Interestingly the chap I have all my vehicle finance with has an M3 (we bought almost at the same time) and he is trying to trade it for an SLK320, but there is a problem. He cannot for the life of him get a reasonable trade in offer on his M3.

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