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      01-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Arrow Alpina D3 BiTurbo or 330d

Hi guys just wondering if there was a clear justification for getting an Alpina D3 BT over a 330d. Apart from the badge! Mainly for motorway driving no track/handling courses that all i have been lectured on so far. 330 offers better spec and price so far the alpina has good styling less power lower spec and harder to find.
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      01-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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      01-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
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Was recently looking at this myself.

The other thing is the Alpina comes on 19 inch wheels with no Run-flats from the factory and the ride/handling is supposed to be very good.

The other consideration was if you planned on tuning the D3 is pretty much at its limit of tune but 330d seems to have much more to give.

I got over the dilema by getting a petrol instead!!
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      01-17-2013, 04:21 AM   #5
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The other thing is the Alpina comes on 19 inch wheels with no Run-flats from the factory and the ride/handling is supposed to be very good.
It's just a shame the wheels look gash (IMO)

And don't even get me started over the Alpina sticker on front

For me, it would have to be the 330d in M Sport guise.
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      01-17-2013, 04:35 AM   #6
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You just cant beat a 6 cylinder
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330d is a nice version, probably the best real world compromise, of the 3 series.......but thats all it is, another 3 series BMW.

D3BT is sooooo much more, and its only when you own one that you really find this out. The ride/handling balance is fantastic and waay ahead of any other e90. It just feels "right"... and it definitely feels a bit "special"..

If you like all your mod-cons in your car then its probably not for you. If the driving experience is the most important part, then its definitely worth considering. If you will enjoy 100% positive attention from people, whether they know what an Alpina is or not, then its definitely for you!!

Real world mpg should be no less than 39/40 average. If you do lots of motorway miles then it will be usefully more.

Beware they only have a 2 year warranty from new. Also, they have a fair appetite for tyres - I managed c.15k on fronts and c.10k on rears - which given the sizing starts to get expensive....

All other things being equal, I would choose an Alpina over a "normal" BMW every day of the week!

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Edited to add: If you are looking at manuals then beware of the dreaded clutch judder - effects D3BT's just the same as the standard cars. I had the "fix" done on mine and it was fine for 10k miles until I sold it, but whether it stayed like that I don't know...
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PS(!) I know of an EXCELLENT black D3BT for sale, but its fairly basic spec. I also know of a blue one for sale at the moment.
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My step dad has just PX'd is D3BT for the new 330D. I have the E90 330D. I'd never swap my 330D for the alpina.

The handling on the 330D can be improved upon a lot easier and cheaper than increasing the power of the alpina.
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If the driving experience is the most important part, then its definitely worth considering.
At this point i'd be buying a six cylinder petrol...
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At this point i'd be buying a six cylinder petrol...
...fair point, but then you would still be missing the set up of the D3BT.....
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...fair point, but then you would still be missing the set up of the D3BT.....
Didn't Alpina make a B3S? Probably stretching the budget a bit
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Chrisbin is spot-on....and oddly I know the D3BT in black of which he speaks The D3BT weeees all over the 6-cyl in the handling stakes, including my new B3SBiturbo. For handling and sheer driving enjoyment, D3BT by a country mile. The standard Msport suspension setup is dire in comparison. I'd have another D3BT tomorrow: class car in all respects.
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I was in the same situation 1.5 yrs ago, the Alpina is definitely a head turner and I've received numerous positive comments from other drivers when filling up at the petrol station.

It took me a year to find a decent one.

The only disadvantage of D3 ownership is that 95% of D3's out there are 'poverty spec' but what you don't have you don't miss
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Chrisbin is spot-on....and oddly I know the D3BT in black of which he speaks The D3BT weeees all over the 6-cyl in the handling stakes, including my new B3SBiturbo. For handling and sheer driving enjoyment, D3BT by a country mile. The standard Msport suspension setup is dire in comparison. I'd have another D3BT tomorrow: class car in all respects.
Hi Ade, have you put the toys back in your pram yet?

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For handling and sheer driving enjoyment, D3BT by a country mile. The standard Msport suspension setup is dire in comparison.
Really? The D3 suspension is not THAT GOOD to warrant such comments, is it? Please don't get me started over "those" looks again please FTLOG!
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It's not 'dire' in comparison not sure how Ade can justify such a comment.

The D3 suspension is very very good though, but it has to be as the car is riding on 19" alloys that are wrapped in Michelin PS2's.
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would be the 330d for me all the way.

I am not a fan of the looks of the alpina at all. The wheels just tool 90's to me.

But each to their own!

Just be sure before you buy, otherwise you may be changing it in a few months......
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