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      04-28-2005, 02:40 PM   #1
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Nathan's Sparkling Graphite 330i Demo

Finally! Got to test drive the 330i in Schaumburg, IL today. This car has an amazing engine. That BMW engine sound is unbelievable! This car is top notch, but it didn't have iDrive, which i was missing. Quality is awesome. I couldn't figure out whether the Logic 7 was good or not, i didn't have a CD.

The handling is superb, acceleration feels like a 545i, i am just speechless.

The only two strange things i noticed, was the window and mirror controls on the driver side swoop really low which make it 'wierd' not difficult to get your hand to the controls.

The second thing, was the rear seat room; there really isn't any. Now, keep in mind i drive an X5, so i wasn't comfortable at all in the back seat. It almost feels like you have to hop into the back seat because there is a tall lip your leg has to clear before sitting it.

The stitching on the leather is SUPERB. I can't wait till we get ours.

The car i drove is SG, although they had a Jet Black 325i there as well. SG looked nice in some instances, and then showed off that strange purplish color. It definitely shows dirt, like the black does.

Oh well, here are the pics!
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      04-28-2005, 02:43 PM   #2
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      04-28-2005, 02:44 PM   #3
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Black 325i.
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      04-28-2005, 02:50 PM   #6
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Wow that's a lot of pics! Thanks for sharing these Nathan. The black is just sstunning. Bet your glad you ordered black!
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      04-28-2005, 03:00 PM   #7
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You're welcome, that's what this site is all about - sharing!

I didn't want to give them back the car, but there were a line of people waiting. I turned off DTC and floored that car, the screeching while turning was awesome. I am sure i put some rubber on the ground.

The key was pretty cool, not necessary, but very cool. I am glad they did the buttons in Silver, the brochure shows the buttons as black.

There wasn't a time when i felt the car didn't have more than enough power. It may have too much power.

The 2006 330i just ROCKS.
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      04-28-2005, 03:03 PM   #8
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Why are you puking ogrady?



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      04-28-2005, 03:13 PM   #10
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Beautiful pictures ncoutinho. Good weather for a test drive too.

I drove exactly the same as you. Auto 330i SE. It was awesome.
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Great pics, thanks ! ! !
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Thanks for taking photos for us. Did you get to see where the ipod/mp3 player is located? Thanks.

Poor things have already had their bumpers drilled
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MP3 Player? There's no MP3 player as such. The Standard audio system in the car without iDrive plays MP3 CDs. If you get the iDrive, then the main player in the dash doesn't play MP3 CDs, but the Changer in the back will play MP3 CDs (that's an option).

I didn't have a cable for my iPOD, or i would have tested the AUX input, which is located in the center console. The center console cup holder (when you flip it up) also has a cool (literally) ventilation thing that blows cool air in there, to keep your beverages cool i'd imagine.

No coin holders, but i carry mine in a sandwich bag anyways.

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That's a drool icon thanks for the pics!
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wow, that's a lot of pic, thx
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This new key design looks really neat, with an integrated spare key incase the electronics fail or if you are getting the car valet'd I assume ? great great idea
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MP3 Player? There's no MP3 player as such. The Standard audio system in the car without iDrive plays MP3 CDs. If you get the iDrive, then the main player in the dash doesn't play MP3 CDs, but the Changer in the back will play MP3 CDs (that's an option).

I didn't have a cable for my iPOD, or i would have tested the AUX input, which is located in the center console. The center console cup holder (when you flip it up) also has a cool (literally) ventilation thing that blows cool air in there, to keep your beverages cool i'd imagine.

No coin holders, but i carry mine in a sandwich bag anyways.

Nathan
Here's a pic of the center console with space for IPOD and the auxilary port. You can also see the ventilation slats Nathan is talking about.

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nice review, but I thoughts the rear was pretty big compare to my wife
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Angel Eyes

Great review and pictures. I have added one that has a unique angle that shows the "angel eyes" in their full glory!
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Great review and pictures. I have added one that has a unique angle that shows the "angel eyes" in their full glory!
That's a great shot!
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