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Me and My car

I drive a BMW 330CI, which basically means a 3 series with no roof and a bit of oomph. I chose this car after owning an S class Mercedes for two years.

The Mercedes gave off an air of wealthy comfort and moved along the road quietly and sedately. Unfortunately the build quality of the 70,000-plus car was less than satisfactory. And to put the icing on the cake, the attitude of the Mercedes company and its staff was not as helpful as I would have wished.

As I’m a bit of a petrol head and as I’d just sold a Honda Fireblade I needed something to put a smile back on my face and make me look forward to driving. Enter the BMW.

In this car I find a reason to get up in the morning and travel to my various destinations. The car is extremely reliable and the BMW service and support team is polite and helpful.

The 330CI has firm suspension, quick acceleration and the option to put the roof down, which I take advantage of as often as possible. So it’s a change for me.

Unfortunately, this summer has been a bit of a problem as I’m follicly challenged and have to wear a hat to avoid getting sunstroke. In the winter I can get a tan by enjoying the windburn.

My dream car would be a soft top Jaguar XK8 but I’m reliably informed I’d have to step over a certain dead person if I think I’m having one of those before we get a new kitchen.

Me and my car go everywhere together

In snow, fog and rain – in all types of weather

I chose it for speed and for looks and for pleasure

The roof can go down and the seat’s made of leather.

I had a Mercedes – a big S class too, but it always broke down and kept making me blue

The dealer can’t help it but it is so true Mercedes are rubbish, praise BMW.

The moral of this is when choosing a car

You look in your wallet and go twice as far.

You make sure your friends think your choice not bizarre

And then dream of owning a new Jaguar.


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