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      10-22-2008, 12:04 AM   #45
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gorgeous cars. i have a 335xi myself, but am a fan of the 330, and almost got one back in '06. keep the pics coming.
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BMW's goose lays an egg that is still golden.

This is the title of the magazine article that sold me - I was not decided, never had a BMW before - I was looking into Lexus, Infinity, Mercedes, Audi, and also BMW.

Link: BMW's goose lays an egg that is still golden.

Second Link: Technical Highlights

It took me a year to buy it!!!

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The 3-series, 30 years old and now entering its fifth generation, is the car that made BMW what it is today The bestselling premium model worldwide, it accounts for some 60 percent of the one million new cars BMW sells each year.
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The new 330i sedan, the only version coming to the U.S. that was available at the preview, has the latest lightweight 3.0-liter straight-six engine with variable valve timing and lift. With 255 horsepower, it's 13 percent more powerful and likely more fuel efficient. (This Valvetronic engine will soon be fitted to the 530i.) So this top-of-the-line 3-series is quicker and more economical than before.
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All of this adds up to a car that runs smoothly, feels wonderfully safe and secure on the road, and drives with a rare precision. As our exclusive test numbers show, it is also very quick for a less-than-$40,000 compact sports sedan.


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      10-22-2008, 12:39 AM   #48
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lecatrache, thanks for starting this thread!!!
You're most welcome - I feel very proud of being a 330i owner, and after reading all of your posts, even prouder.
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      10-22-2008, 12:50 AM   #49
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      10-22-2008, 08:39 AM   #50
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A few more photos from back when it was brand new.
Nice pictures, BK. Were those taken with a digital SLR? They seem to be extraordinarily clear.
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      10-22-2008, 10:32 AM   #51
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Nice pictures, BK. Were those taken with a digital SLR? They seem to be extraordinarily clear.
Thanks, DenverJayhawk. It's a Canon 20D, purchased before we had our first child and when I realized that for baby photos, digital finally made more sense than film for me. I am a longtime film shooter (see briankennedy.net for some photos from my film days, hasn't been updated in years).
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Thanks, DenverJayhawk. It's a Canon 20D, purchased before we had our first child and when I realized that for baby photos, digital finally made more sense than film for me. I am a longtime film shooter (see briankennedy.net for some photos from my film days, hasn't been updated in years).
Ah. That explains it. I could tell your photos didn't look like they were taken with a point and shoot digital or cell phone camera

Nice website too.
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2006 330xi, took delivery brand new Oct. 2006. Currently have 29.5k miles.

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pick up my 2006 330i on 11/14/2006, currently hyave 31.5k miles.
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I just got my very first BMW on Monday. 2006 330i of course. Arctic Metallic. I absolutely love it.
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We should also use this thread to store links and pics to the ads for the 330i when it came out in 2005/2006.

Anyone have a list of these?

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I just "fixed" mine by applying a nice plate to the front



Strictly speaking you're supposed to have a front plate in MA but I really don't care. I've had various non-legal plates on the front of my previous cars and I've never had a problem. Fortunately it's only a a $35 slap on the wrist here.

I got the plate modeled after my fabulous rental car in Germany. That's why it's Hamburg and not Munich.

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Thanks, DenverJayhawk. It's a Canon 20D, purchased before we had our first child and when I realized that for baby photos, digital finally made more sense than film for me. I am a longtime film shooter (see briankennedy.net for some photos from my film days, hasn't been updated in years).
I just flipped through there - you have some fantastic pictures. Great composition, a good eye, and captivating subject matter. (Esp the BMW )

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Nice pictures everyone - it's exciting to see many 330i in so good shape.

Here's a pic of my 330i rear with M-Tech bumper, deck spoiler and Blacklines.

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Bought in October '07 with 9k miles. Now has 23k and counting... thought about selling, but leaning towards keeping a long while. Only regret is no I-drive and sometimes wish it was 6-speed/sport package combo, although the streets in downtown Charleston would be killer.





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2006 330i 36,000 Miles picked up 1 week ago CPO.
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I checked the carfax on the car, says it was a mfg. vehicle for 1 year, 14,9XX miles then sold at auction to the dealership anyone know what this means?

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Nice pictures everyone - it's exciting to see many 330i in so good shape.

Here's a pic of my 330i rear with M-Tech bumper, deck spoiler and Blacklines.
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I just flipped through there - you have some fantastic pictures. Great composition, a good eye, and captivating subject matter. (Esp the BMW )


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I checked the carfax on the car, says it was a mfg. vehicle for 1 year, 14,9XX miles then sold at auction to the dealership anyone know what this means?
I assume this means it was a fleet vehicle for a year. In other words, some exec at BMW had the car for a year before auctioning to a BMW dealer to get it for resale. Auction is the typical way such cars are entered back into the dealer distribution system for sale. Fleet vehicles are treated well (hence the CPO). No reason for concern.

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+1 That bumper and blacklines looks fabulous on a black car. It gives me ideas on how to spend money. I've avoided the mod itch for a long time because I figured I'd sell the car at 50K miles, but now I'm starting to think about keeping it and instead making it feel new by adding things like BMW's performance intake and exhaust, short shifter, rear bumper, and so on. They all look so good.
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We should also use this thread to store links and pics to the ads for the 330i when it came out in 2005/2006.

Anyone have a list of these?
Not exactly, but I have some links to reviews and specs that we might as well archive here. I also copied and pasted some quotes to make us all feel good about our cars.

Motor Trend 06 330i vs 06 IS350 vs 06 C350:
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...son/index.html
(0-60 in 5.8, 14.5 @ 96.7 mph: "Which brings us--surprise, surprise--to the BMW. The slowest in a straight line? Check. The least powerful? Check. The winner? Oh, yeah. First, the 330's acceleration times aren't that much slower than the others'--c'mon, it hits 60 in under six seconds--and, while not the most potent, it still produces 255 silky-smooth horses. Second, it has the best transmission of the group, more fluid and precise than the Benz's and, well, more involving and satisfying than the Lexus's paddles. Third, the chassis is to twisty roads as Angelina Jolie is to 1000-thread-count sheets--perfect! In addition to delivering an ideal 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, the 3 boasts near-telepathic steering, the best brake feel (and subsequently the shortest 60-to-0 stopping distance), and a suspension that soaks bumps like benzoyl peroxide, serves up 0.89 g on the skidpad, and treats understeer like a stranger.

As Mortara noted, "An amazing driving machine. You really do become one with the car when cruising through the canyons."

1st Place 2006 BMW 330i
Benchmark, standard, yardstick, epitome, quintessence--yeah, all of that.)

More 06 330i specs:
http://bmw.jbcarpages.com/3series/2006/index4.php
(0-60 in 5.6; also, good for not-so-often-published information like brake caliper size, gear ratios)

MSN autos 06 330i specs:
http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Sp...100704#trimsel

330i E91 Touring review (not available in the US, unfortunately):
http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/index.htm?id=185
(0-60 in 5.8, pretty good for a station wagon!)

Discussion of C&D 06 325i vs 330i:
http://www.bmwauto.net/forums/bmw/p/...r_and_driver/6
(0-60 in 5.6, 14.3 @ 98 mph)

Edmunds 06 330i AT vs 06 IS350 comparo:
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...1/pageId=68284
(0-60 in 6.7 but note this is AT not MT, 14.7 @ 96 mph, 0.92g skidpad

First Place: 2006 BMW 330i: During this test, we recruited our news editor, Mike Hudson, to be a second driver for the video shoot. First he drove the Lexus and was agog over its blazing performance. But when we swapped cars he could barely contain his excitement as he discovered that there is life beyond acceleration. After just 10 minutes in the car spent rounding curves for the video team, he jumped out and exclaimed: "This is your winner right here. This car feels great — it's more fun than the Lexus."

Driven in isolation, you'll be impressed by the Lexus — it's fast, comfortable and handles just fine for most people. But the 330i is still the performance sedan for people who enjoy driving as much as Homer Simpson enjoys beer.)

C&D 06 330i Long-term (40K miles) test:
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...term_road_test
(when new: 0-60 5.6, 14.4 @ 98 mph; with 40K mi: 0-60 5.9, 14.5 @ 97 mph:

None of this surprised us, given the 3-series' legendary sports-sedan status. But what astonished just about everyone who drove the car was its comfort and usability as an everyday driver. "The car absorbs bumps and expansion joints yet never pitches or rolls much," observed former associate technical editor Robin Warner. After a 1300-mile round trip from Ann Arbor to Virginia International Raceway, I noted that the BMW's "uncanny combination of control and compliance takes the fatigue out of driving this car."

One unexpected virtue of this latest 330i was its outstanding fuel economy. Our logbook was brimming with comments about the car's highway mileage. Online deputy editor Dave VanderWerp got 33 mpg while averaging more than 80 mph. That's amazing, even allowing for the 330i's optimistic speedometer, which reads 4 mph high at 80 mph.

In fact, we averaged 25 mpg with the BMW over 40,000 miles—the same figure we measured in a Suzuki Forenza wagon and VW New Beetle 1.8T, which are considerably smaller and slower. Interestingly, our long-term 1999 BMW 328i—the previous-generation E46—also delivered 25 mpg, but compared with this current E90, it was shy 62 horsepower and almost a full second to 60 mph.

All told, these faults were outweighed by the 330i's overall satisfaction. VanderWerp summed it up for all of us: "This is simply the best daily driver on the market—the ideal blend of sport, luxury, practicality, and excitement." And, no, Dave's bank account shows no evidence of any sudden, major, unexplained deposits.)
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