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      07-31-2006, 09:16 AM   #45
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Wow ... lovely 330d Matt

Seeing the car in Blue makes me wonder if i chose the right colour as it was between that and Graphite.

ps: how did you find the transition from M3 to M sport "D" ?

Le Mans blue is great and very light sensitive. Here it is in the shade and then direct sunlight.....




The change from M3 to 330d wasn't too bad. The 330d is no slouch and in-gear from 40-80 isn't too far behind. Of course, the M3 sounded fantastic, handled very well and is a bit of an icon. This is my 4th 330d Sport, and i suppose you could say that I really like them as an all round package. Some of my other cars have been quicker, handled better, stopped better, but overall the d still puts a smile on my face. That's the most important thing.

BTW, Sparkling Graphite was my first choice of colour, but I couldn't find a 330d M Sport manual in that colour anywhere in the UK. It's a great choice. I'd had silvers and greys for a while so fancied a change.

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      07-31-2006, 09:29 AM   #46
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Cool

Fantastic pics ... and not just the paint that changes colour in the sun ... look at the alloy bightness

Nice to hear you thoroughly enjoy your 330d and it does give you that "wow" factor when you drive it.

The blue is stunning though .. but nice to know you also like the Graphite ... both colours really do suit the car.

You should be commended on the shine you have on that car though ... very impressive

ps: I also like how the diffuser stands out on the blue, with it being black / grey ! .. makes a real feature of it !
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      10-30-2006, 07:20 AM   #47
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Yup I have heard of some stories regarding the Nissan and in some ways you always see one on the road and think............hmmmmmmm what if?
But yeah a neighbour at my folks has a "Tic Tac" orange 350z and he has had buckets of issues and dealer problems, can never say the that for my beemers.........
I had NO regrets at all with my E46 coupe, loved it to bits, my current E90 330d is no slouch either, fast, frugal and practical - and yes the Le Man's is a terrific colour, but a prize pig in the "need to wash it" stakes, it needs to be kept clean!
Now I just have to convince mysely I don't NEED to part ex to the E92 coupe
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      10-30-2006, 08:02 AM   #48
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I have a 2003 330ci Sport, with an E90 320D SE on order. Before that I had a graphite Mini Cooper S
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      10-30-2006, 08:18 AM   #49
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Once a BMW driver always a BMW driver? I don't think so. Personally I've gone away and come back again, but there are too many other good cars out there to try. An M5 is near the top of my wish list for future ownership though!

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      10-30-2006, 08:19 AM   #50
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Interesting reading, do you guys think once a BMW driver always a BMW driver?
Definitely - I had an E46 320d ES for just over a year (22,000) miles. I changed jobs and ran a Bora for 3 months, then a Saab 9-3 Sportwagon (1.9 diesel) for 5 months.

I got very BMW "homesick" and when the chance came up to drive an E90, I jumped at it.
Not sure I would ever want to drive another make again.
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      10-30-2006, 08:46 AM   #51
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Well I'm coming back and as long as nothing changes will most likely stay and get the E92 M3 when it's out. History as follows:-

2006 E92 335i – due early December
2003 Porsche Carrera 4S – current
2003 E46 M3
2002 E46 M3
2000 E46 328Ci
Vauxhall Vectra – Company car
Renault Laguna – Company car
Nissan Primera – Company car
Mk2 Golf
Vauxhall Cavalier
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      10-30-2006, 09:21 AM   #52
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I hope you're keeping the 911 when you get the 335 and then the M3!
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      10-30-2006, 10:13 AM   #53
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I hope you're keeping the 911 when you get the 335 and then the M3!
I’m afraid not, much as I’d like a fleet of cars I can only justify the one, and it needs to get me to work everyday.

I swapped the M3 for the 911 about 18 months ago. I guess a few people will say I’m mad for changing the 911 for the 335 now, however I haven’t found the Porsche owning experience that great, combination of a car with issues and a dealer that seems unable to solve them. In fact the dealer has left me very unimpressed but that’s another story.

I had two E46 M3’s and found moving to the 911 quite a change, very little difference in the straight line performance but the handling on the 911 is just superb and in the wet the it is unstoppable, as a point to point driving tool I believe there is little to beat it for the money.

However, with my driving style, it eats tyres, pads, discs, fuel and has a fair few expenses to come so have recently been wondering if it is worth holding onto, so started looking at my options. I drove the E92 335i and just think it is a fantastic car for the money, I found straight line performance to be in the same league, the handling isn’t the same obviously but was certainly better than I was expecting. I believe the 335i comprises the best of both worlds of performance and everyday usability, well until the E92 M3 comes along anyway.

Once I take delivery I’ll post a few more of my thoughts on the differences between the E46 M3, 911 and 335, one test drive (with 3 occupants) wouldn’t do any of them justice.

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      10-31-2006, 03:08 AM   #54
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OK I'll have a go. Going BACK in time from here and now (can't remember the dates but back to about 2000):
(335d coupe due middle of next week)
Z4M Roadster
Audi TT Roadster 3.2 manual
BMW X3 3.0d SE
Honda S2000 (x3) (Huge fun and the BEST gearchange - but too small for me at 6'4" really)
Audi TT 3.2 coupe DSG (me no likee the DSGeee)
Audi 2.5 tdi Quattro Sport saloon
Golf 150 GT Tdi hatch
PLUS I have had (and currently do have) a RAV4 3dr at the same time as most of the above cars.

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      10-31-2006, 06:23 AM   #55
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2007 - BMW 325i coupe
2004 - BMW Z4 2.2i
2002 - BMW Mini Cooper
2000 - Ford Puma 1.7i
1999 - Peugeot 206 GTi (worst car I have ever owned)
1997 - Peugeot 106 GTi
1996 - Peugeot 106 XL (1.1 litre I think?)

Z4 and Mini Cooper are by far the best cars I've ever owned (very different cars but special in their own way)
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      10-31-2006, 07:37 AM   #56
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I did a have a period in the wifes 51 plate Golf as she started to drive (and still does) my MINI Cooper S.

Previous to that was a Porsche Boxster S
I remember the pain of waiting 18 months for it to be delivered




  • MINI COOPER S
  • PORSCHE Boxster S
  • BMW 328!SE (E46)
  • BMW 325! coupe (E36)
  • BMW 325! sport (E30)
  • Merc 190E
  • Peugeot GTI 1.9 stonking car so I had three
  • Peugeot GTI 1.9
  • Peugeot GTI 1.9
  • Golf GTI
  • XR2 Mk2
  • Fiesta 1.4 (2 months)
  • Metro 1.3s (7 weeks)
  • Polo ! (4 weeks)
  • MK4 Cortina 2.0 GHIA + House
  • Opel Manta GTE
  • XR2 Mk2
  • MINI Cooper S
  • MINI 1275GT
  • Ford Escort MK 1
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      10-31-2006, 08:15 AM   #57
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When I was 18 I had a clapped out old Peugeot 305 - no idea what plate or year. It was held together by rust, fumes used to come into the back of the car through the parcel shelf and one day the tape player just stopped working for no reason. The tape player was the last straw so I sold it for £50 and went without a car until I finished University.
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      10-31-2006, 08:48 AM   #58
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Well for the record:-

From August 06 back
06 BMW 320dES - co.car
55 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon Linear Sport (1.9 td - 115 bhp) co.car
54 VW Bora 1.6 SE
54 BMW320dES - co.car
51 VW Bora Sport - 130pd - co.car
S reg Vauxhall Vectra LS - 2l td - co.car
R reg Rover 414 Si - co.car
M reg Mondeo 1.6 LX - co.car
K reg Astra 1.4 LS - co.car
G reg Peugeot 309 GL - co.car
E reg Sierra Sapphire 2.0i GLS
W reg (suffix) Fiesta 1.0 Pop Plus
D reg (prefix) Fiesta 1.1 Finesse - co.car
Y reg (suffix) MG Metro
T reg (suffix) mk 2 Escort 1.3 L - first car - March 87
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Well for the record:-

From August 06 back
06 BMW 320dES - co.car
55 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon Linear Sport (1.9 td - 115 bhp) co.car
54 VW Bora 1.6 SE
54 BMW320dES - co.car
51 VW Bora Sport - 130pd - co.car
S reg Vauxhall Vectra LS - 2l td - co.car
R reg Rover 414 Si - co.car
M reg Mondeo 1.6 LX - co.car
K reg Astra 1.4 LS - co.car
G reg Peugeot 309 GL - co.car
E reg Sierra Sapphire 2.0i GLS
W reg (suffix) Fiesta 1.0 Pop Plus
D reg (prefix) Fiesta 1.1 Finesse - co.car
Y reg (suffix) MG Metro
T reg (suffix) mk 2 Escort 1.3 L - first car - March 87
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not been on here for a while but me car history is as follows

circa 1992 B reg renault 5 1.4 ( rampant motor at the time £1400 for TPFT)
1995 G reg ex copper ford escort wi holes in dash from comms equip, splendid stuff

1995 - 1998 little break from driving cos of misunderstanding wi the law, only banned for a short time I hasten to ad.

1998 - Golf MK II 1.8 GL...... great car very reliable very expensive sound system.....pre as we know it now......chav days

2000 - Polo 16v splendid car, saved up and bought me first proper motor unfortunately it had an un happy ending

2002 - Crashed Polo 16v = damaged nearly beyond repair
2002 - repaired Polo 16v = gutted owner cost £5k to repair was only worth approx the same
2002 - Crashed Polo 16v = hit again from behind = whip cash claim
2002 - Passat 1.8 20v - finally disposed of the polo (!!!!!!sleepless nights about that car.......)
2003 - vauxhall Vectra 2.0dti = crap car
2004 - peugeot 407 hdi 136 = actually quite a nice car
2005 - Saab 2.0t = really fun car, far too thirsty but great fun, amazing mid range poke drop into fourth at 50 mph and all hell breaks loose
2005 - a4 2.0tQ good car still prefer the Saab
2006 - e90 320d m sport c/w dms re-map 208 bhp nice car still prefer the mid range pull of the 2.0t Saab

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in reverse order....

E90 335i M Sport Saloon (picking up tomorrow)
E46 318i SE Saloon
Rover 220 Turbo Coupe
Vauxhall Omega 3.0 Ltr Elite (dont ask)
Ford Focus ST170
BMW MINI Cooper Works
Audi A4 1.8 Quattro Turbo Sports
Nissan 100NX (first car)

Im 24 and been driving since i was 17 so thats 8 in 7 years.... ouch, all that money in depretiation...
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Again in reverse order:-

1986 Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Antibes
1993 Renault Clio 1.4 RT
2000 Renault Megane Coupe - (got rid of it after 2 days)
2000 VW Polo 1.4 SE
2002 Mazda MX5 1.6 Arizona
2004 VW Golf GT TDI
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OK, here goes...

2006 BMW E92 330i SE
2003 Mazda RX8 231
2000 Toyota Celica VVTi
1998 Ford Puma 1.7
1990 Nissan 200sx turbo
1986 Honda CRX
1984 Austin Maestro (don't ask...kept it about 6 months)
1974 Ford Escort MK1 (as a poor student)

Also drove ex-girlfriend's Mazda RX7 Mk1 Y plate
Datsun 240Z P plate...which got me into rear wheel drive fun!

Am also 'allowed' to drive my wife's Mini Cooper when she lets me!
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OK, here goes...

2006 BMW E92 330i SE
2003 Mazda RX8 231
2000 Toyota Celica VVTi
1998 Ford Puma 1.7
1990 Nissan 200sx turbo
1986 Honda CRX
1984 Austin Maestro (don't ask...kept it about 6 months)
1974 Ford Escort MK1 (as a poor student)

Also drove ex-girlfriend's Mazda RX7 Mk1 Y plate
Datsun 240Z P plate...which got me into rear wheel drive fun!

Am also 'allowed' to drive my wife's Mini Cooper when she lets me!
Hey, you also had a Ford Puma http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=55 - I really loved that car...though not as much as the Z4 or the new coupe

I'm going off topic here but last point is interesting... who do you let drive your car. I'm very cautious about letting anyone drive mine, and its only really good friends that I can trust (can count them with fingers on 1 hand )!!
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I'm going off topic here but last point is interesting... who do you let drive your car. I'm very cautious about letting anyone drive mine, and its only really good friends that I can trust (can count them with fingers on 1 hand )!!
Not many! Wife, brother in law and a couple of close friends. Prefer to keep it all to myself!
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