Genius Gift Idea For Automotive Enthusiasts

Sadly, it’s not always possible to get the car lover in your life the classic GT6 they have their eye on, or the latest Tesla to hit the market. However, that doesn’t mean you have to ignore either love of cars when choosing an appropriate present. In fact, there is a whole range of gifts perfectly suited to the car lover. You will even find some suggestions on the best ones below. 

A hamper with a twist 

Hampers of all kinds can be given as gifts. However, if you want to make the auto enthusiast in your life happy, you need to forget the choccies and booze and fill them up with something else instead. 

Of course, we are talking about car care products, which can actually be surprisingly expensive. Something that means the best quality ones is often received gratefully as a gift. In particular, look out for interior and exterior cleaners so they can detail the car themselves. Oh and throwing in some decent microfiber cloths, and some hydrophobic wax is an excellent idea. The reason being that the latter will keep their ride looking as clean and shiny as possible for the longest time. 

A classic car phone case 

Another fantastic idea for a gift for the automotive lover in your life is a phone case. Of course, we aren’t just talking about any old phone case here, but one that clearly represents their love of cars. 

The good news is that there are items like these UK designed and manufactured phrase cases resplendent with automotive art of both modern or classic vehicles. They even have a range displaying race cars for the Indie 500 fans, so there is bound to be something suitable for all tastes. 

A decent set of tools 

One thing that car enthusiasts are particular about is maintaining the vehicles that they love so much. With that in mind, a decent set of tools could be just the right gift for the auto lover in your life. 

Be sure to look for specialist mechanics kits that contain sprockets and wrenches. Also, if you can invest in a set that comes neatly packed away in its own box, as these are much easier to use as the recipient will have everything they need to hand. 

A dashcam 

Next, if you are looking for a gift that will bring a smile to a car lover’s face, then why not consider a dashcam? Of course, these are excellent because they can help to keep the recipient’s car and the driver themselves safe. The reason being that many people adjust their driving behaviour around vehicles that have a dashcam visible. 

Additionally, they are excellent for resolving disputes and insurance claims if the worst does happen, and the recipient’s car is involved in an accident. The great thing about this option is that the price of dashcam has recently decreased a great deal so you won’t have to spend your life saving to get a really good, gift-worthy one! 

Is this evidence of Big Cats roaming Warwickshire and Worcestershire? UK Big Cats

Is this evidence of Big Cats roaming Warwickshire and Worcestershire?

There is often discussion of Big Cats roaming the UK, from the Beast of Bodmin to the Beast of Dartmoor to the Surrey Puma and the Leicestershire Lion. Are they out there? Who knows…

but what on earth killed and ate this deer?! “Something hungry”, said Mrs Good Shout, without batting an eye. Meanwhile ferocious beasts are prowling the undergrowth looking for their next meal. Leave them alone, I say, they’re not hassling anyone. Unless you’re a deer.

If we get a whole load of deer and rabbits commenting saying ‘CULL THEM ALL’ then we will be forced to switch off comments for this post.

Could the real Bagheera please stand up?

Seriously though we sent the photos of this kill to UK Big Cat Exppert Rick Minter and he is quite sure it’s a dead deer. Jokes aside though he did note that it has hallmarks of a big cat, probably the deer was hit by a car and then dragged into the undergrowth by a big cat to feast on. We suspect the cat was protecting the kill before being spooked by a car, hence it got left at the side of the road.

Don’t believe Big Cats are out and about in the UK? Check out Big Cat Conversations, there’s some hair raising stories that’ll fascinate the pants off of you.

Cheers for reading.

Slash Car Running Costs: 5 Easy Tactics

Everyone knows that buying or leasing a car can be an expensive experience. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pay out your life savings all over again when it comes to running your vehicle. In fact, there are some pretty simple ways you can save money on running your car. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Save on fuel 

If you don’t put fuel in your car, it isn’t going to get very far. However, petrol can be one of the most significant expenses that you need to consider. Of course, one way to keep this cost low is to make sure that you go avoid premium fuel options. In fact, unless your car manufacturer states explicitly that your vehicle requires them, you will be much better off with a regular fuel anyway. 

Additionally, you can save a decent amount of fuel over the year by carefully choosing where and when to fill up. That means doing your research and finding the cheapest petrol station locally, something that will change from day to day. 

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When planning a trip, also be sure to schedule in stops at points where you have access to cheap fuel, as this can save you a fortune! Finally, do not forget to sign up for a reward card when purchasing your fuel. The reason being that you can use it to help offset the cost of petrol over the year. Something that makes it a free and easy way of saving even more money. 

Lower your insurance costs 

Another high running cost for vehicles is insurance. That is the protection you pay for in case of accident, injury, or damage. Unfortunately, sometimes the price of your insurance can be vast. Especially if you don’t have the best driving record or your car is one that is regarded as a significant risk. 

The good news is that it is still possible to find car insurance at a reasonable rate, and you don’t have to spend hours online shopping around to do it either. In fact, some car insurance providers will do the comparison part for you. Something that means all you need to do is reap the savings they can provide. 

Economical tyres

 The tyres you choose for your vehicle matter for many reasons. One of these is because the right ones can help reduce your fuel costs. The reason being that the correct tyres, appropriately inflated, can maximize the contact that your vehicle has with the road. This is something that increases the amount of drive it can get and therefore, can reduce fuel usage. 

Drive better 

Finally, remember that the way you drive will also affect how much it costs you to run your vehicle. In fact, by driving defensively and thinking a few steps ahead, you can gain many benefits. These include not only improving the safety of your journey but reducing the cost of it as well. The reason is that with more time to think and act, you will waste less fuel stopping, starting, and making emergency manoeuvres. 

Buy a Quality Car

If you buy a low quality car with a cheaper price tag, you may find that you end up spending more in the long run with repairs. Buy a good quality car like BMW Cars so you can rest assured that you won’t face these costly problems down the line!

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips For Beginners

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips For Beginners

The love between a new car owner and his/her automobile can easily be compared to that between new love birds. And just like any other love-based relationship, it takes time, effort, and money to maintain and keep it going strong. Unfortunately, as much as that love may always be there, the money for maintenance may not. 

But did you know that you could save a lot of money when it comes to car repairs and maintenance? All you need to do is to know the basic things you can do yourself without needing to visit a mechanic. So, in this article, we will take a look at some maintenance tips you can do on your own even if this is the first time you own a car.

  1. Replacing the air filter

You do not need any special tools to check the air filter, and it should take you no more than 10 minutes to start and finish. Always ensure that you get a new filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months. You have the option of leaving your car with your mechanic to change your filter (which will probably take a whole day) or can take just 10 minutes of your time to do it yourself. To do the latter, locate the air filter under the hood of the car. It usually takes the form of a black rectangular box that comes with metal clips at its side. Be sure you visit your owner’s manual to guide you locate it. Once found, open the casing and observe closely how the filter fits inside and which direction it faces. Next, remove the old filter and replace it with the new one. Be sure to place it the same way the old one was. Finally, close the clips on the side. 

  1. Replacing the windscreen wipers

Just like the air filter, you do not need any professional tools when replacing your windshield wipers. Plus, it should not take you more than 15 minutes to complete – unless you want to leave your car with the mechanic for the whole day (if you’re lucky). Don’t fall for those free windshield wipers installations that require you to first purchase an expensive windshield wiper. You can do it yourself. Be sure to change your windshield wipers once every 12 to 6 months. The setup of wiper blades differs from one automobile to another. Thus, be sure to have your manual with you. First, lift the blades just like you would when washing the windshield. Then remove the blades and observe how they are connected to the metal arm. If you notice a tab located on the underside of the wiper, push it to release the old blade and then attach your new blades. But be careful you don’t scratch the windscreen or bend the wiper arms. Also, make sure all the blades are well aligned, secure, and tight.

  1. Changing the spark plugs

Arm yourself with a socket wrench or ratchet, a spark plug socket, and a 12-inch socket extension to take on this activity. Changing the spark plugs may sound or look like a complicated job, but it is quite easy. It should take you about 20 to 30 minutes to replace them. Before doing anything else, check your owner’s manual to be sure when it is best to replace your spark plugs. Then make time for yourself to do the changing because you don’t want to rush through this. First, find the spark plugs attached to the thick wires with rubber covers. There could be between five and nine plugs, depending on the number of cylinders the car has. Next, remove the first plug with your spark plug socket and socket extension. Remove the first plug only and avoid removing all the plugs at the same time. Now, install the new plug and tighten it with your hand first. Once done, tighten it with the wrench, being careful not to overdo the tightening. Then, re-attach the wire and repeat the same process for the rest of them.

  1. Changing the oil and oil filter

To do this, you need a funnel, an oil pan, an oil filter wrench, and a ratchet. This should take you about 35 to 45 minutes to finish. Your oil should be changed every 5,000 miles or even less, and fortunately, you can do it yourself. Bear in mind never to attempt changing the oil when the engine is hot. Also, you will need to jack up the car a little to make sure you’re more comfortable. First, slide under the car to locate the oil pan. Next, unscrew the plug to drain the old oil into a pan and replace the drain plug. Now get back to the engine and use your oil filter wrench to remove the old oil filter. Use a bit of motor oil to lubricate the gasket on your new oil filter. Pour the new oil into the new oil filter, filling it only about two-thirds. Fix the new filter oil, screw it and tighten by hand only. Now use your funnel to fill your engine with your new oil. Check the level of the oil by using your dip-stick to be sure you have filled enough.

  1. Battery maintenance

Armed with rags, a wire brush, corrosion removal fluid, and some wrenches, this should take you about 20 minutes to complete. A good connection is all your battery requires to keep your car running – all things being equal. Inspect the condition of your battery regularly to know when it is time to do some maintenance. Start by removing the terminals of the battery, beginning with the negative first. Now, clean the posts using a mixture of baking soda and water – that is if you cannot afford a professional cleaning product. Apply the mixture to the posts and use a wire brush to clean them vigorously. Once done, rinse the cleaning mixture off the posts with just a little water and dry it with your rag. Now replace the terminals of the battery. 

  1. Radiator flush

This should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete. You will need the following; a used coolant receptacle, a funnel, a coolant, a radiator flush solution, and a wrench. For your car to work properly, your radiator and cooling system should be clean. One of the best ways of cleaning it is by flushing it once every year or a couple of years, depending on the automobile. First, be sure that the car engine is not hot before starting. Locate the drain plug of the radiator with the help of the car manual. Position your used coolant receptacle to receive the draining old coolant. Once completely drained, replace the plug and release the radiator cup. With the aid of your funnel, add the radiator flush cleaning mixture, after which you can fill the rest of the radiator with water. Once done, you can replace the cup of the radiator and start the car to let it run for a while. When it gets to its normal temperature, turn the heater on to the hottest level and allow the car to run for about 10 minutes. Now turn off the car, allow the engine to cool down completely, and drain the content in the radiator. Finally, refill it with fresh coolant.

  1. Fuel filter replacement

To replace your fuel filter yourself, you will need a form of eye protection, some rags, open-end wrenches, new fuel line washers, and a new fuel filter. The procedure should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete. This procedure can be very dangerous for you and your car. So, if you have no experience in it, it is better to leave it to the pros. Start by making sure to relieve any fuel system pressure and disconnecting all the fuel lines from the filter. With the help of your wrenches and a rag, loosen the bolt. Slide off the fuel line and use the same process for the second side of the fuel filter. Now remove the fuel filter and change the filter washers. Fix the new filter the same way you removed the old one and re-install the fuel pump before trying to start the car. Other kinds of maintenance, such as engine performance, should be left to the professionals. You can visit enginecarbondetox.co.uk for issues related to carbon buildup in the engine. 

  1. Replacing the brake pads

Your car’s brake will need replacing about every 20,000 miles. To do this, you will need the following tools, a hammer, an adjustable or open-end wrench, a C-clamp, and a lug wrench. Replacing a brake pad should take you not more than an hour. But if you’re uncertain about doing it yourself, then get a pro to handle it. To start, lift your car and let it sit safely on jack stands. Now, break the lugs on the tires and remove the wheels one after another. When removing the brake clipper allow the brake pads to slide out through at the top side. Remove the bolts on both sides of the clipper and pull the clipper upwards. Now slide the brake pads out. Next, fix the new pad and secure it with the retaining clips. With your c-clamp, compress the brake piston and tighten the clamp. Finally, re-install the brake calliper. 

The Rover P6 National Day and Why We Love Old Cars

The Rover P6 is an iconic British saloon car introduced in the late 1960s and supported by a number of well-established car clubs. The P6 Rover Owners Club is one of them, and their collective love of this four-door sedan peaks at the P6 National Day, held at Rufford Abbey Country Park, in Nottinghamshire. Tasked with reporting on the event from the inside, a classic car insurance company gave me a rental car, a pen and a free ticket. The gig was on.

Armed with nothing but a McDonalds coffee and the very best press credentials; I opted to bypass the queue of traffic that had already amassed along the A614 and instead drive the incorrect way down the English Heritage Property’s one way system. I intended to sneak past the waiting classic cars and talk my way into the staff car park – after all, when you’re documenting an event for a prestigious publication (and I was), there are liberties to be taken.

As soon as the car park attendant saw me, I knew the plan was flawed. The poor chaps mind was blown. No one had ever tried to drive the wrong way down an English Heritage Property’s one way system. I slowed to a crawl and dropped the passenger side window, leaning forward to address him as he stepped out of his booth. He locked eyes with me, waiting for the moment of glory when this sunglass wearing, rental car driving psuedo American would stop the car and experience a verbal dose of British car parking etiquette the likes of which Rufford Abbey had seen before.

I leant further forward and opened my mouth to speak… then cruised past him with the window down at 3mph. The look on his face said it all; there wasn’t any training for this. No one had ever lowered the window to talk and then gone right by without saying a word, it simply wasn’t the British way. He started to slump to the floor but the access road kinked to the right and with trees on both sides, I soon lost sight of the scene.

Continuing the wrong way down the access road, I abandoned the rental in the staff car park. Panicked looking green uniformed park wardens were sprinting towards the main road and clutching handheld radios, so I hid the car in a bush and continued on foot.

Rufford Abbey is a 16th century monastery, which was converted into a residence at some point in its I oh didn’t really care, the sun was shining, the cars had arrived and the cafe was open. One black coffee later and I was amongst over 50 classic Rover cars, blending into the crowds with my sunglasses and straw hat.

I’d been sent to Rufford Abbey by a British motoring title to write about the history of the Rover P6, but my main interest in the article was ‘Rover people’. What makes them tick? What is it about these rusty, badly made yawn boxes that make people want to join owners clubs? I’d also been asked to nominate a car for the ‘Visitors Choice’ award, although after what happened at the Land Rover show I was under strict instructions not to nominate the rental car.

The long access road leading down to the Rover P6 cars and the Abbey itself was lined with all manner of classic and modern show cars. Although the array of vehicles on display was impressive, it was nothing compared to what was going on behind the cars – the deck chair and picnic display.

Lightweight, folding camping chairs took precedent, with a smattering of older, wooden framed canvas deck chairs in for good measure; but the concours worthy folding chair with optional roof was a sight to behold, so I promptly made a note of the make and model on my piece of paper and nominated it for the ‘Visitors Choice’ award.

No darling, they’re not all the same” a well-dressed man replied to his equally well-dressed wife as they browsed the Rover P6 display. At this stage I thought she had a valid point.

The P6 fraternity were congregated in the main arena, where 50 or so of the seemingly identical cars were gathered, but my prey were all lined up along the main entrance road, parked in the shade of the trees. Ah ha, I thought. Here we go… The Real Rover People.

Nearest to the P6 circle were a trio of Rover 75s, four MGFs and two Rover Coupes. I got chatting to one of the owners.

Well I’ve got a Coupe, a 75 and a 25, but I’d really love a 45 quipped one, when asked what his dream car would be. Dream car. A Rover 25. Who are these people?! The Rover 25 was a hashed together design job based on an ancient platform and leftover running gear. The Ferrari F40, on the other hand, wasn’t.

“7” replied his friend, when asked how many Rover Coupes he currently owns. “And I’m always on the lookout for a bargain Coupe”. Knowing full well that a taxed and tested Rover Coupe can be bought for only slightly more than I’d just paid for a Panini and chips, I silently wondered what he considered a bargain, and why anyone would deliberately buy one of these cars, let alone seven of them.

A man in a hat was talking to a man with a beard about why the Rover 800 was better than a BMW 5 Series, whilst stood next to a Rover 75 with a plastic BMW badge stuck to the engine cover. This new world of appreciation of the mediocre was confusing me, so I slumped into a late model, wooden framed, canvas deckchair to ponder my findings.

How can there be so much love for these seemingly mediocre cars? How can it be that cars that were so average develop such a cult following years after the presses have stopped?

Longbridge, (the spiritual home of many of the cars on show at Rufford Abbey) was originally built in 1895 and made cars on and off for over a hundred years. For over a hundred years, ordinary lives of ordinary people have been touched by the Longbridge legend. The legacy of British Leyland, Austin Rover, Phoenix Consortium or whatever it was called at the time is huge. The amount of cars that come under the collective banners of the companies really was monumental. Maybe your schoolteacher drove a Montego. Perhaps your family holidays were in a Marina, or your first company car was an Austin 1800, or you learnt to drive in a Mini. Somewhere, at some point in your life, you’ll have come across a Longbridge car.

The point is, when it comes to buying, driving, restoring and cherishing classic cars, we don’t just want to re-live and cherish moments from the past; we want to relive and cherish moments from our past. The Ferrari F40 was the poster car of my youth, but I can’t relate to it – it never reached me. On the other hand, when Uncle Martin arrived at our family home in his dark grey Rover Coupe around 1994 my eight-year-old self thought it was the coolest car in the whole world.

For all of their pitfalls, for all of the head gasket rumours and unreliability and build quality issues that are part and parcel of the British Leyland and Rover cars; the fact of the matter is that they reached a lot of people. Yes, some were rubbish cars, yes, they probably still are, but the sentimental value of a memory can’t be bought for love nor money. There are so many classics out there that the glossy magazines skip over, “but Grandad had one as his last company car and kept it until he passed away, and even though it’s a worthless Rover 216 saloon, to our family, it’s priceless”.

With all the glamour and grandeur that is so prevalent in the classic car scene, with constant updates on the latest seven figure sales and stories of vintage race cars being found in barns it’s as though we’ve forgotten why we love the things in the first place.

Over a hundred people gathered to watch the P6 Rover Club Prize Giving and raffle, and it was at this point, looking around at the crowd of assembled owners in front of a circle of 75 of the same car that I realised the well dressed gentleman had been right – they’re not all the same.

Having reattached the numberplates of the hire car, I reflected on the day. The reason we feel so attached to these rubbish old cars is because they’re memorable. Yes, it broke down, yes, the doors fell off, no it didn’t have any window winders, but at least it had character.

It’s not just the build quality and reliability that make modern cars so forgettable, we live in an age of cheap credit and for many drivers, it’s easier to finance a brand new car every two years than to keep the old family wagon on the road through successive MOTs. To so many people, the car is no more special than the cooker, or the toaster, or the freezer… just another expensive item that works until it breaks and then gets replaced.

As I let that thought linger, I stamped my foot into the carpet as hard as possible, desperately trying to coax some character out of my rented toaster. The little car didn’t moan, it just did what it was told, sped up, and took me away from Rufford Abbey. There was no drama, no tappet noise, no smell of leather, no hint of petrol in the air, and ultimately no lasting memory of the journey or the car. Was this a sign of things to come?

Only time can tell, but right now I’ve got to get on eBay to find a Rover P6 before the values hit seven figures or the park wardens bust me for breaking the cardinal rule of the Rufford Abbey One Way System in a rented toaster.

Top Reasons to Own a Jaguar

If you’re looking for a new car, whether you want a brand new model or something classic, Jaguar is a manufacturer that certainly can’t be ignored. It has so much to offer and if you want a car that’s going to exude style, it’s impossible to look past the Jaguar brand. If you want more reasons why you should consider owning a Jaguar, you’re in the right place. Here’s more about what this prestigious car maker has to offer.

They’re a Lot of Fun to Drive

One of the best things about Jaguars is the kind of drive they offer. They truly are very fun to drive for the most part. Not only do you get the feeling that you’re driving a truly prestigious car, but the actual driving experience is always incredibly smooth and elegant. There are no better words to describe it than those. The quality of the ride never seems to let you down.

Some of the Classic Models Are Stunning

Some of the classic jaguars you can find out there are simply stunning and there’s no way that can be denied. Whether it’s the SS Jaguar 100 or the F-Type, there’s no shortage of classic Jaguars you can choose from. And not all of them are particularly expensive either, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great Jaguar model from years gone by.

The New Models Are Beautifully Designed

The New Jaguar XE is an example of what Jaguar can do today. They certainly aren’t banished to the past in terms of designing great cars. The Jaguar brand lives on and it still has so much to offer. If you’re looking for beautifully designed cars that can hold their own against the competition, take a look at the latest Jaguar models out there. Some of their designs are simply stunning.

The Interiors Tend to Offer Real Luxury

If you’re looking for a car that offers genuine comfort and luxury on the inside, it’s hard to look past what the Jaguar brand has to offer. They really do go above and beyond what most other car manufacturers are able to offer in this department. They’re known for offering luxurious interiors and that’s not something that’s likely to change anytime soon.

They Delivery High Levels of Safety

One thing that’s often overlooked about Jaguar models is how safe they are. Not everyone realises the fantastic safety record Jaguar has with the cars it manufactures, so if you’re looking for a family car or you simply care a lot about safety, you should definitely consider a Jaguar as your next car purchase. It won’t let you down in that department.

So if the time is right for you to make a new car purchase, don’t dismiss the option of choosing a Jaguar. There are so many reasons why you might want to choose a Jaguar and hopefully the things we’ve discussed above will help to convince you of that.

Saloon Heaven: Top 3 Models You Need To Test Drive

Here in the UK, we have tight, twisting roads that are excellent for the average hatchback. Our streets are narrow and you really need to have some great driving skills to venture down some parts of London and the B-roads in the countryside. These types of cars are long, wide, heavy and they munch the miles like nobody’s business. This concept was made affordable and for everyday use. It turned out to be the saloon. Here are the top 3 on the market right now.

Why be typical?

We could be bland and predictable by telling you how great the BMW 5 Series is or how obviously awesome the Mercedes S-class is. But, there are many other options that have a similar type of quality and feel. The Volvo S90, for example, has been turning heads all last year. When you think of Volvo, all one can think of is the amazing safety systems. We hardly ever contribute Volvo with style but this saloon is every bit as sleek as any of its rivals. It’s also a hybrid, which is what you would expect these days. However, it’s petrol turbocharged engine produces 299bhp from a 2.0-litre displacement. The added electric motors give you enough oomph to go from 0 to 60mph in an impressive 5.1-seconds. The interior is as you would expect, high-quality across the board, and even some of the stitching is done by hand.

The mystical phantom

Of all the manufacturers in the world, you wouldn’t think VW would be the brand you’d look towards for one of the best saloons in the world. But this New Volkswagen Range includes the Arteon which is distinctly German. With a widebody, low profile, and long sleek shape, the design is obviously meant to satisfy the executive, business person, and affluent professional who commutes to work. The 18-inch wheels are just the right size as to not create too much vibration and also, give you a responsive ride. It’s also one of the hidden gems in the saloon market, a mystical phantom which starts at just £33,150. With modern LED lamps, it’s a great motorway king for driving at night. The wireless car-net app, allows you to hook your smartphone up to the car, so you can make and receive calls, texts, video calls, and generally, use your phone without touching it.

The old reliable

There’s a reason why cars like the Audi A/S3 are still held as the top choices for newcomers to the saloon type. What’s not to like? It’s fast, with a 0 to 60mph time at just 4.1-seconds. It has a 2.5-litre engine, producing 400bhp. Yet despite these figures, it still manages a cool 40 to 50mpg. Is it the roomiest? No. Is it the prettiest? No. But it definitely handles the best and goes quickly. It’s comfortable, enough, but most certainly impresses in how it gallops across the road with utter haste.

The saloon concept takes a little getting used to. These cars are long and luxurious. They’re great for long drives and they have finally begun to become far more economical than previous eras.

The UK BMW E46 High Mile Club – 200,000 miles and above

Welcome to the UK BMW E46 High Mile Club, a blog post to round up high mileage cars and show some appreciation to the dedicated owners.

For the record, and a bit of context, when the moon as it it’s closest to earth it’s a mere 238,855 miles away.

Too many people think that 100,000 miles is ‘high’. It isn’t. A well built and well maintained car should last forever.

We live in a wasteful, throwaway society.  Ask yourself a simple question: What’s better for the planet? Owning and maintaining an old car for many years, or replacing it with a brand new one every 3 years?

It’s great to see a good range of cars, and it’s not all diesels!

Own a high mileage E46 and wish to be included? Submit it here.

See your car here but you want to add some details? Let us know.

Display your ‘Club Membership’ with pride!

Get the 200,000 High Mile Club Sticker here.

BMW E46 High Mile Club Membership Sticker

The UK BMW E46 High Mile Club Gallery:

200000

Model: 2001 BMW E46 330d Manual Sport Touring
Miles: 200,000
Owner Notes: “Just ticked 200k recently”

Model:
Miles: 200,384
Owner Notes: “there’s not even a scratch or rip on it, it costs more than my ex girlfriend does 😂 its a stage 2 253bhp 637nm and smokes more than a Jamaican stoner”

Model: BMW E46 320d Touring
Miles: 201,000
Owner Notes: In 2012 I swapped my really crap Peugeot 20something and £800 for this at 130,000miles. Initially there was no love there at all, I got the interior thick in mud and all scratched up, the dog lived in there 10 hours a day, so much rubbish on the front seat that it couldn’t be seen. I use to drag the car over low ground coming into site (work) and couldn’t of given a shit. Then after about 7 years of heavy abuse something changed, I hit about 195,000 I realised I wasn’t gonna break her. Now there is so much love, all new leather interior n door cards, Meguiars compound 👌 new 17″ wheels, bit of turbo love from my mechanic and I love it, currently on 201,000 and drives like it always has”

202645

Model: 2003 BMW E46 325ci
Miles: 202,645
Owner Notes:bought it 2 years ago was an auto reverse Tumble went in the Autobox I got a kit from good old nick jup and I had auto barn fit it for me in waterloovile. Bc racing coilver 19in diamond cut alloy wheels running 255 30 19 on the back and 235 35 19 on front have a custom-made exhaust by myself run the auto diff of the 325ci it’s mapped has launch control better throttle response crack and pop mapped the rev limit has been raised for 7100 Android head unit carbon fibre front grille carbon fibre aerial fin carbon fibre spoiler carbon fibre rear diffuser list goes on”

204000

Model: 2001 BMW E46 converted to M3 spec 3.2 with manual gearbox
Miles: 205,000
Owner Notes:

205000

Model: 2004 BMW E46
Miles: 205,000
Owner Notes:

206000

Model: 2000 BMW E46 330d
Miles: 206,000
Owner Notes: “it’s 330d, hybrid turbo 277bhp 535nm, meister r coilovers, all PolyBushed, fiberglass wings, carbon bonnet, e90 M Sport seats”

207000

Model: BMW E46
Miles: 207,000
Owner Notes:

210847

Model: BMW E46
Miles: 210,847
Owner Notes:

211000

Model: 2004 BMW E46 320cd
Miles: 211,000
Owner Notes: “original clutch, flywheel, turbo etc, doesn’t smoke, use water or anything, exceptional runner and all year it’s cost me a track rod end!”

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Model: 2004 BMW E46
Miles: 211,111
Owner Notes:

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Model: 2005 BMW E46 320cd
Miles: 211,447
Owner Notes: “320cd 2005 with 211,447 miles, serviced every 10k since new. 👍”

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Model: 2005 BMW E46 320d SE 6 Speed Manual
Miles: 213,772
Owner Notes: “high spec late car in daily use. It’s like a family pet. we bought it showing 184,000 miles with a dent in the side, a whistling turbo and a grinding clutch release bearing. Now it’s on 213,00 miles, it’s been to souther Spain and back, it’s still got a dent in the side, the turbo is still whistling and the clutch release bearing still grinds! Had a couple of expensive MOTs, a couple of brake callipers and the handbrake has been repaired about 6 times”

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Model: 2005 BMW E46
Miles: 216,000
Owner Notes:

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Model: 2000 BMW E46 330ci
Miles: 223,000
Owner Notes: “Bilstein B12’s, H&R rolls bars, Cobra Bucket Seat, Quaife LSD, Been all over Europe!”

Model: BMW E46
Miles: 224,000
Owner Notes:  

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Model: BMW E46
Miles: 226,000
Owner Notes:

Model: 2003 BMW E46 320d M Sport
Miles: 231,000
Owner Notes:

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Model: BMW E46
Miles: 231,000
Owner Notes:

Model: BMW E46
Miles: 231,000
Owner Notes: 240k still going strong with Mpg

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Model: 2002 BMW E46
Miles: 238,000
Owner Notes:

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Model: 2005 BMW E46
Miles: 251,000
Owner Notes:

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Model: 2002 BMW E46
Miles: 251,000
Owner Notes:

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Model: 2005 BMW E46 320d SE
Miles: 256,000
Owner Notes: “This car has a great story which is covered here

Model: 2003 BMW E46 320d SE
Miles: 272,000
Owner Notes: “Bought on eBay for £490 and an ongoing project” You can follow Jake on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/tjt_e46/

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Model: BMW E46
Miles: 355,103
Owner Notes: “it’s still going!”

Isolation-Opoly – The ultimate lockdown family isolation board game

Got a printer? Got a fiver? You’re in for one long, long evening with the family.

Isolation-Opoly is a family friendly board game.

Buy it here on Etsy

Instead of buying properties and building houses, hoard the best areas of the house and fill them with pizza. Then charge a fee to players who land in your parts of the house.

Will you try and own the Espresso Machine, or is the Hot Tub more your thing?
Will your Universal Credit application be rejected, or will you fail your MOT?
Will you be sent to isolation in the box room or will you dominate the HD TV?

With completely rewritten game board and game cards, this will be sure to make you laugh. Easy to print and prepare, instructions provided.

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It’s super easy to print and play, all you need is your existing monopoly set and away you go. Any home printer will do the job. Once you’ve purchased online via Etsy, you’ll be able to download the A4 PDFs to print the board and game cards. These are perfectly sized, all you need to do is trim the edges.

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How to make a Jurassic Park HotWheels Scene for your children

With the current CoronaVirus Lockdown in full swing, we’ve been busy creating fun things at home that are either super cheap of virtually free.

In our house there are an absolute ton of Hotwheels and Matchbox cars, and dinosaurs are never far away… So naturally this happened:

Here we have a Jurassic Park style scene that’s super fun the play with, great as a photo backdrop for cars and super satisfying to make.

How to make a Jurassic Park HotWheels Scene out of Paper Mache:

This is how you do it:

Get a nice, large, flat box. Mine was from Aldi, a fruit crate. Perfect.

Draw out your design and the way you want the land to lie

Find some recycling junk and stick it down to form the rock islands (we used packaging from a laptop!)

Mix up some Paper Mache! 4 parts PVA glue to 1 part water.

Crunch up some newspaper into balls, cover it in the PVA mixture and start to stick it in place

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Cover everything with a good solid layer of PVA mixture

Let it dry, really, really well

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Paint the rock areas in a dark grey

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Paint the road / grass / track areas in green

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Mix up some light brown, and dip some HotWheels (or Matchbox or other) cars in it.

Drive them all around your imaginary routes until you’ve got a nice sandy looking dirt track

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Finally I added a waterfall and a pool… Paint the area you want the water the flow with white paint

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When that’s dry, add a blue top coat. Ours has sparkles in it, so the water shimmers

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Hum the Jurassic Park theme tune and play with your favourite toy T Rex

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Enjoy!

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