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      12-14-2006, 12:17 PM   #1
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New Member Introduction

Hi All, I recently traded in my 04 530d E60 for my E90 330d M Sport. This is my 3rd BMW and the best i have yet owned.

There is lots of great info on this site and i like reading all the treads, so i thought i should introduce myself. I live in Nortampton in the UK and also own 2 motorcycles, an 06 Honda CBR1000RR and a Kawasaki 750 Zephyr.

Thanks and look forward to reading many more topics.



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      12-14-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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Welcome the the forum and congrats on the ride! Looks great!! Enjoy your new baby!
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      12-14-2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club mate - a friendly bunch in here. You should have bought this:-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...17#description
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      12-14-2006, 01:27 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! Keep an eye out for the next UK E90/E91/E92 meet, usually in the Derby area!
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      12-14-2006, 01:28 PM   #5
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Welcome to the club mate - a friendly bunch in here. You should have bought this:-

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Paul, its so you...
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      12-14-2006, 01:55 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum! Nice looking car.

As Paul says, the meets are usually in the pretty local to you. We could do with a 330d showing up to show these 330i guys what torque is all about!
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      12-14-2006, 03:04 PM   #7
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Paul, its so you...
I wasn't going to say it....nice one MF!

Welcome to the UK section, Bravecat.

It would be good to see you at the next meet- you could end up as a third TiAg in a great shot like these, courtesy of Matt (mjh93sa):

BTW- what were you upto in that second shot MF- did your short shifter fall apart, or what?

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Welcome to the site. Nice car
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I live in Nortampton
Nice wheels..wish I could have spec'd them on my coupe

I travel to work in Brackmills each day so I might see you on the road....
....didn't want to say bump into you

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      12-14-2006, 04:58 PM   #11
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Lovely looking motor. Welcome to the forum!
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      12-14-2006, 06:29 PM   #12
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      12-15-2006, 04:53 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome... I'll look out for the next meet!
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      12-15-2006, 06:17 AM   #14
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Welcome - nice car !

I also swapped from an 04 530d.

How are you finding the e90 compares to the e60?
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I considered lots before I changed, I did like the 5, but my annual mileage (thus my requirements) changed so I had been thinking about going back to a 3 for some time, here are some initial thoughts.

I think both are fantastic cars, but I like the E90 more, it feels more taught and planted on the road, the cabin is more compact that I feel more in touch with the car, which is what I like in a car. Both cars are good, the 5 was the Solid Edge, and had a more executive feel, while the 3 is pure sports saloon, with great ‘round town’ manners.

The ride is not as smooth with the 3, but I expected that getting the M sport version with stiffer suspension.

The 3 has the updated 3 liter diesel engine which has more power than the 5 had. Although the 5 had plenty of grunts, the 3 is a lot more urgent and sporty, I attribute this to the more powerful engine, sports suspension and a lighter car.

3 years ago I would not have dreamt of owning a diesel or an auto, but the engines in the 3/530d's mated to an excellent 6 speed auto have completely changed my mind. The torque is tremendous and feels never ending and I usually never notice the gear changes.

I also miss the space of the 5 on occasions, like family trips or transporting my golf kit. Boot space is not as good as the 5, I miss being able to throw all my golf kit and trolley in there without having to take a lot of care, or even having to put golf clubs on the rear seat, but I came live with that.

MPG is far better in the 3, (37.7) mpg compared to (32.4mpg) in the 5. On a run I can see 45mpg + in the 3, I never saw more than 37mpg 9 (Still Good though!) in the 5, and at £4.50+ ($7.50+) per gallon ity all counts :-) Because the 3 has a smaller tank the range seams about the same.

Although my 5 had more extras and toys, I don’t miss many of them. I like the Aux In for the stereo, I can play MP3 in all the disc drives and the professional Nav system in the 3 is a lot better than the business nav of the 5.
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      12-15-2006, 01:35 PM   #16
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I think both are fantastic cars, but I like the E90 more, it feels more taught and planted on the road, the cabin is more compact that I feel more in touch with the car, which is what I like in a car. Both cars are good, the 5 was the Solid Edge, and had a more executive feel, while the 3 is pure sports saloon, with great ‘round town’ manners.
I agree. My e60 was the first 5 series I've had and I felt a little dissapointed. It was a great car, but not as focused as all my previous 3 series (i've had a few).

The only thing I feel you lose is the space, but the e90 is so much more involving, direct and nimble that you don't much care.

I also found the build quality much more like BMW of old and the seats much more comfy.

Unlike you I switched to petrol (heart ruling head) so my MPG is ridiculous - ah but what a noise !

Good luck with your new car.
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