So on the 1st, we bought a 2000 BMW 528i SE. Unlike the pregnancy, it was not entirely planned (had to nip that potential joke in the bud ); I had brought the Honda in for its monthly warranty check in September and it was sitting on the lot and caught my eye. So I threw a 100 pound deposit on it (that's around $170) for them to keep it for me. We will be needing a second car when the parasite bursts out of its host, so we had already known we had wanted a four door (our Honda is two) and something that was built solid. I love German vehicles, so when I saw the BMW I pretty much made up my mind on the spot. The only thing that made me take pause was the odometer was shot (it's a digital one, and some of the lights on it were burnt out), but they replaced it for free. We ended up paying $1,700, which excluded the deposit and covered the down payment, one year of road tax, and twelve-month warranty on it. Actually a bit cheaper than the Honda. The dealer I bought it from is a retired 20-year Air Force vet who sells exclusively to people stationed in England. So I drove it off the lot and had a pretty good time lol. So on Friday morning I am driving home from work in it, and I noticed the traction control light came on. It was a clear sunny morning on a dry flat road. But I was exhausted and just wanted to go to bed, so I just went home. Well, Friday afternoon comes as we want to go to base for this mini travel fair. Almost as soon as I start the car, the traction control light comes on again, but also a digital warning that tells me to check my oil pressure. Oil pressure was fine, so I figured maybe there was a sensor fault somewhere. And then we start driving; this car has a kickdown button under the accelerator which I use...quite often. Zero acceleration. It took us three minutes to get from 40 to 60 on the way. Luckily, the dealer is right by the base, so we pulled in and I figured taking advantage of the warranty was better than paying full price for something I might fix/break. Sounds like the sump needs to be replaced and the ATS sensor is glitchy. They thus far have said they'll be covering it no cost, but damn, what a Hell of an introduction.