Long term tests

Alpina D3

A stay in Gatwick's car park resulted in a rear puncture on the D3, and with no spare that necessitated use of tyre foam and crossed fingers

Alpina D3

It had been a long day, and once I’d remembered where I’d left the D3 in Gatwick’s South Terminal car park I was ready to relax into the 125-mile cruise home. What I really didn’t need was for the tyre pressure warning light to bong into life shortly after I set off, but bong it did, and the squidgy response to my next steering input confirmed that this was no false alarm. The hard shoulder beckoned.

It turned out a screw had embedded itself into the edge of the right-rear so, as the D3 wears regular Michelin Pilot Sports and carries no spare, it was out with the foam and compressor pack. Five minutes later I was back on my way. Who needs run-flats?

A few days later, with a new tyre fitted, I headed over to the Bedford Autodrome to video Barker and Catchpole setting a lap time in the Caparo for last month’s ‘How fast?’ feature. As the track was still damp in places, I was sent out in the D3 to try and create a dry line. In the dry corners it would understeer a little, but on the wet bits it would slide and drift beautifully, so I kept going round until the fuel ran out.

Running Costs

Date acquiredJanuary 2009
Total mileage5603
Costs this month£160 (tyre)
Mileage this month1785
MPG this month39.8

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