Hi all. My 2006 Diesel Accord is past its sell by date. It's done 150K now and I have to get a replacement before end of March. I have up to £3k hard limit to spend on a diesel car. The car has to last 2-3 years. I could do with some advice on the E90/E60 as I am way out of the game and have forgotten almost everything BMW related. Would appreciate feedback from the esteemed forum members on here running older versions of the above as they've done over 100K and getting niggly. Slim do you run an E60 still sir? I respect your opinion would be keen to get a reply from you. Honda, Toyota, Ford, BMW considered - I'm not a snob. I don't have much luck whenever I've gone VAG with a Passat or whatever so I'd probably dodge that. Open to suggestions. Must be diesel, I get cheap diesel locally. My #1 criteria is reliability. The car must be a mid/large saloon (or estate I don't care). I'm concerned going back to a BMW because the price of parts for a non standard repair and whenever I owned them in the past they were always fussy with things breaking especially over 10 years old. I'm not interested in having to scratch around on ebay buying a 200 quid something-or-other suspension airbag or weird engine thing electrical thing and then finding a bloke to code it every few months thanks very much. I've been spoiled with the Accord, I bought it cheap off a mate for £1500 4/5 years ago as it was scruffy bodywork. Its very comfy, heated leather, nav, cruise, climate supremely reliable, 55mpg everywhere. I have serviced myself a couple of times and it had one failure (PAS metal pipe rusted through, easy fix). I think total cost on maintenance over that time is less than £150. I would buy another one but they stopped building my model in 2007 and the replacement is weaker. With particulate filter etc. The ones left on the market are dregs, hideously overpriced like the E39 or with proper moon mileage. I've had my fair share of E39/E46 but they are too old now for me. I am a big fan of the Ford Focus/Mondeo in petrol and always have one of these as a spare/second car for the wife when I'm not about. Absolute bangers sub £500 jobs you understand, but I can't be doing with that for our main family car. We live in Poland which is a big place and do long runs hence the need for a comfy saloon or better in diesel. I could get a 2009/10 Mondeo diesel 100k miles. But the TDCI ford range above 100k concerns me. And it will still cost me the wrong side of £2k to get a good one so I thought I'd see what BMW you can get for that. £2500-3000 (pre haggle - and I love haggling) buys a 2008/110k SE spec 3/5 series 320d/520d. When I was active on forums the E60s were getting a bad rap all the time. I know a few people who had them when they were new who were not big fans. Whilst I prefer a bigger car I think I'm leaning toward the E90. Are the early/mid E90s considered as bad? I'm sorry I just don't remember. Of the top of my head specific negative points to the range are: - E60 water ingress into boot battery area, big deal as it nukes all sorts of electrics down there. - E60 & E90 swirl flaps? fitted on these models? I can't remember the details? - E60 & E90 520/320d camchain failures rings a bell. Should I just get the 6cyl derv engine? Does this protect me from this? I am mega-tight (perhaps it's Scots blood not Polish after all??) and want maximum MPG hence the x20d. - E60 & E90 do all the diesels have a particulate filter? They go around 120K from memory. Can they be coded out? I live abroad so after the MOT i have no qualms in getting it taken out. - E60 & E90 do they still have weak cooling systems like e39/e46 (rads, waterpump all finished by 100k). - I would buy manual only so no auto box dramas. - Hard ride. I'd be looking at exclusively SEs with the biggest non run flat balloon tyres money could buy. What else goes in the common faults section for these so I know what to look out for? Advice and experience welcomed.