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      12-15-2005, 07:16 AM   #1

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Can someone advise me i just purchased a 320 diesel and are not sure how to use this car to its fullist. What i need to know moving from 320 i to diesel needs some adjustment ,should you just fully accelerate to make the most of the turbo boost please help im new at this
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      12-15-2005, 07:24 AM   #2
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Ok mate. I previously owned a E46 330d manual and drove a 6sp 120d for half a year(same engine)

The low end torque means you can easily shift at 3000rpm and still go with the flow. Max rpm =4500 but when you shift at 4000 you will go fast enough.

Break it in nice and calm and with loads of different revs somewhere around/below 3000 or 3500 max.

Cold start:same thing.

Cool down after driving fast(er):keep the engine on idle for a minute or so.(because of the spinning turbo which needs to slow down first)


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      12-15-2005, 07:40 AM   #3

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Thanks I will follow your advice
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      12-15-2005, 10:08 AM   #4
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Yep, as Robin said, no point stretching beyond 4k rpm as there's more to be gained by changing up early. Don't be surprised if you stall it a few times taking off from rest - it needs a few revs. Once above 1500rpm the turbo starts spinning and it starts to fly. Basically, you want to keep it in the 1500 - 4000 band and you'll be fine!!!
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When I floor it, people always get a fright! It's hilarious! Nothing, nothing, then 1800-2000rpm, 340Nm torque, and BAM! We're off! I absolutely love it. I'm extremely happy with the 320d and you will be too. Once it's properly broken in, take it to a quiet but open road with some twists and turns and just experiment.

PS: Just saw you are from South Africa. We have a couple of members with 320d's from ZA (broken1 is the first that comes to mind). Maybe he can give you some tips on where to experiment.

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