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      05-24-2012, 06:05 AM   #1
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F30 320d ED

Have dropped the E92 in for some more work on the drivers seat/airbag problem.

I'd got the above on loan and given the short trip from there the office I quite like it. Bluetooth, USB and AUX in, basic iDrive standard.
Drives very well, nice and light feel, I think the steering is pure hydraulic as it's fairly heavy at low speed.

Looks wise, it's starting to grow on me, I know a lot of you hate it...

Reading 60.7mpg on the OBC so looks like a winner.
I'd been thinking of moving back to petrol for my next car given the new BMW small displacement turbo petrol engines but maybe a 'd' in the new coupe might be an option again.

Will see how it drives on the 20 mile trip home...
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      05-24-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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Im tempted by a Z4 28i DCT...

http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/bmwauc/de...2-distance_ASC

41mpg average and 245 bhp. 0-60 in 5.9 secs. They are making over 300bhp with a remap too!
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      05-24-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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I'm a sceptic but 40ish would be good, lovely car!
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      05-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #4
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Any pics of the F30?
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      05-24-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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Will take some later on and post up for your perusal ;-)
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      05-24-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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No way it will be anything but full electric PS.

Just better software by the sounds of it.
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      05-25-2012, 08:26 AM   #7
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Here are some pics for your delicatation:


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To be fair to the car it is much better than the E90 Business Edition I had on loan last time. Much more solid door closing, better soundproofing. The interior plastics are, IMHO, an improvement over the E90 BE.

Driving the car is a joy. With this being the ED model, it rides on 16" wheels and while badly surfaced roads do upset it, generally it rides the bumps very well with little or no fuss.

The six speed manual is accompanied by three modes, eco-pro, comfort and sport. Eco-pro encourages you to drive super-efficiently and I saw 60+ mpg. You get a little game to play with an indicator on the dash showing if you are up or down on efficiency(?). I managed to get it up from +3.3 to +4.6 whatever that means... Comfort mode is normal driving and Sport mode really livens things up. I was really surprised at how quick it takes off both from a standing start and in-gear acceleration.

The cruise control tell tale runs around the edge of the speedo, you can see it in the pic between 50/60 mph. It's a nice touch.
The basic iDrive gives you control over the cars functions and settings, with it you get a MP3 CD/Radio/MP3 USB and Aux-in to add your own sounds.
The audio system needs racked up on Bass and Treble and definitely isn't a match for the system in the E92. It's grand sitting still but on the move you lose the Bass.

The styling is growing on me and I was very pleasantly surprised by the car. I'd definitely consider a Touring version but I'll hang on for the next Coupe.
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      05-25-2012, 08:41 AM   #8
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Thanks for the write up.

If you hide the front bumper and headlight that second pic could be an E90!
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      05-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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Indeed, one thing I forgot to say is that the leading edge of the bumper on either side of the upper grille comes to a fine point before it kinks back toward the wing. This car already has stone chips on this fine edge with only 2k on the clock.
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      05-25-2012, 05:12 PM   #10
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I was watching the Olympic torch through our village on Weds and was interested to see the F30 in the metal. I really like the look of this car and its starting to grow on me.
The only thing I still dont like is the front lights and how they meet the grill.
I've photoshopped (badly!) how I would like it to look - but there again - it would probably just look like an E90 if they went for this.....

(Note these are not my pics)
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      05-28-2012, 08:34 AM   #11
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Good work but it's just a mini- 5 series then...

Also forgot to say, for all you lovers of massive wide rear wheels, there is no rear wheelarch lip to roll, it's just two layers of steel lapped together. I'm guessing the M3 will have it's own arch widening.

On the start stop front, the response is sooo much better, it'll stop and go again in a jiffy :-)
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      05-28-2012, 08:46 AM   #12
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Good work but it's just a mini- 5 series then...
The back end looks like a mini 5 anyway LOL! So why not the front.
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You have a point, lol
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