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No reason to sell my 11 year old BMW 530d : Still extremely dependable

The upgrade itch has started a little bit, but the 530d's endearing qualities (looks, reliability, comfortable suspension, deadly engine, deadly gearbox, opulent cabin) are making it tough to justify spending big bucks on an upgrade.

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The 530d is rocking & rolling in its 11th year on the road. Been using her quite a lot around Bombay, and also had 1 enjoyable highway run with her in the last month.

The upgrade itch has started a little bit, but the 530d's endearing qualities (looks, reliability, comfortable suspension, deadly engine, deadly gearbox, opulent cabin) are making it tough to justify spending big bucks on an upgrade. So, I'm going to hold that thought for now and focus on investments instead. Other than the fact that she is 11-years old, there is absolutely no reason to sell her off. She is extremely satisfying to drive calmly in the city, extremely fast on the open road and is extremely dependable. Old BMWs that have aged well have a different kind of charm on the road. Plus, I do get my petrolhead fix from driving all the new cars launched in India.

On the other hand, with age, some niggles & wear / tear parts are blowing out. In the last one year, the brake warning light came up (brake fluid needed a flush & change), the fuel lid wasn't locking, a rat chewed off 1 small wire, the boot dampers needed to be changed (it was opening at full force with a thud) and the front foglights had completely fogged up (changed both). Nothing too serious & not a single breakdown in 11-years (*touches wood*). The servicing & repair costs of the 530d came up to 1.39 lakhs in the last year...not bad for a 11-year old complex German machine that can still show a thing or two to today's cars. This amount, of course, doesn't include detailing costs which are another 20-24k per year.

Big shoutout to Akshay & his company Redline Autohaus for fixing all of these and keeping the car in top shape . I prefer to repair even the small things, else they add up and the car starts feeling "old". As of date, my 530d feels 4-5 years old, at worst.

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