The good news is that the car is a peach. I spent the morning at the seller’s garage and I am relieved to say that the car seems to be as advertised. You really wouldn’t know it had nearly 200k on the clock from the way it drives. For me, the E46 BMW is the last of the proper ones before they went from making cars to four wheeled computers and is refreshingly free from electronic trickery. The engine pulls like a train, the transmission is smooth and precise and it is munching the miles up like nobody’s business.
The bad news is that we are only 75.6 miles into our trip, have almost run out of petrol once and a couple of schoolboy errors meant two return trips to Avis at Philly airport. We are now though on our first fuel stop to fuel stop run stuffed to the gills with an ample lunch from Five Guys and are making our way through Maryland at a rate of knots. We’re definitely going through the night on this one to make sure we hit Austin in time to actually enjoy some of the city.