Ladies and Gents. I've got until tomorrow lunchtime to decide which one of two cars to buy and I'm torn between them.
They're totally different regarding age, price etc but I've driven them both and loved them both. So, what do you reckon - which one would you buy?
1) MCS 55plate, grey, pan sunroof, chilli and chrome pack, Harmon Kardon speakers, part leather, basic wheels 60K - £5000
2) MCS JCW 57plate, white, pan sunroof, chilli and chrome pack, full leather, Satnav, DVD, nice wheels 30K - £10000
Both are in great condition and both drive well and both with FSH. I'm not fussed about MPG. I know the JCW has that extra performance but the chances for me to get the top performance out of it will be limited. Is it worth double the rice of the 55 MCS?
The N14 engine in the 2nd Gen MCS (R56) has had problems with timing chain tensioner. Also these engines have problems with carbon buildup ("coking") on the intake valves which necessitates "walnut blasting".
Car #2 (R56) has about 20 more horsepower than Car #1 (R53) but fitting a 15% reduction supercharger pulley to it will even out the horsepower.
The cars have two different characters ... Car #1 "raw" and Car #2 "refined". There's nothing like the whine of the supercharger in Car #1
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