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diesel power       started by PhilBooth on 05 Oct 2005   (5277)
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From PhilBooth

05 Oct 2005 9:37 PM
(21536)
Hello, first time on the message board! Can anyone tell me why I can't get a used car price for a 2002 BMW 320d (diesel) in Australia? We're hoping to get to Perth later this year and I want to know if it's worth bringing the car but I can't find a relative price, even in the Redbook. Does this model exist over there? And is diesel more expensive than regular petrol over there? Thanks anyone, Phil.
From babs_andy

To PhilBooth

06 Oct 2005 10:21 AM
(21553)
Hi Phil, Maybe try contacting a BMW dealership directly (http://www.bmw.com.au/indexframe.asp). There definitely isn't the range in models and makes here in Oz as in Europe due to the smaller purchasing population. I worked for Vauxhall in the UK and found that here there are all the different models eg. Barina (Corsa), Astra, Vectra etc but only a few varieties for each - not the 20 or so available overseas. For fuel prices have a look at http://www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au/ Diesel looks to be more expensive than ULP. Hope this helps Barb & Andy
From Robshire

To babs_andy

06 Oct 2005 10:30 AM
(21554)
I will have a look into this for you when i get a minute. Do bare in mind the high service costs over here especially for bmw's and also any spares can be hard to come by. You should look at what you will realistically get for your car in the uk against the price of a new car here?
From PhilBooth

To babs_andy

06 Oct 2005 4:36 PM
(21565)
Anything helps at this stage! I'll try the BMW website as you suggest and take it from there. Thanks for replying Phil
From PhilBooth

To Robshire

06 Oct 2005 5:43 PM
(21576)
Thanks Rob. I reckon I could get 13k for it, which is approx 30,000 aus dollars. I know cars are more expensive over there but I don't know what I'd get for 30,000. The cost of shipping the BMW would, in effect, mean it would stand me at around 40,000 aus dollars. What I was trying to find out was if a similar model and age would cost more or less than 40,000. But I'm struggling to find a comparison. Anyway, hope the weather's good over there. Cheers Phil
From Robshire

To PhilBooth

06 Oct 2005 5:44 PM
(21577)
cars are cheaper here if buying new? it is just they don't depreciate at the same rate as they do not rust as much and cover less miles
From Robshire

To PhilBooth

06 Oct 2005 5:58 PM
(21580)
Just got the official word off the boss. they do not sell 320 d's here so would be classed as an import. therefore high bills. Just for an example you could get a 2004 xr6 mk2 sedan with 15000 k's with alloys 6 disc changer air con auto e/w etc etc etc. for less than $30000. They are a 4 litre 6 cylinder???? Hope it helps
From PhilBooth

To Robshire

06 Oct 2005 6:10 PM
(21582)
Yes that helps, but what make is an XR6? I think I want one! Sorry to labour this, but does that mean it would be an import in a different way to just 'importing' a car? And are the higher bills you refer to additional import duties because it's a 320d, or do you just mean high maintenance bills? I'll ask something easy after this. Cheers
From Robshire

To PhilBooth

06 Oct 2005 6:39 PM
(21583)
it's a Ford falcon. they and Holden(vauxhall) are huge here. Imports carry higher insurance and costs for servicing would also go up and also parts and spares would be scarce so everything would probably haved to be shipped from germany or u.k. I wouldn't think it was a good idea to ship it. It depends how much you love the car and how much you want to spend? Diesels are only popular in 4x4's here and even ute's and vans use petrol (in most cases)
From PhilBooth

To Robshire

06 Oct 2005 6:58 PM
(21584)
Thanks Rob, it's been a help just to have someone to bounce ideas off. Sounds like I can pick up a decent car for the same money without all the hassle of importing. Thanks again Phil