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      01-29-2007, 05:29 PM   #23
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and nobody has mentioned blackline tail lights yet!
I too am gobsmacked no one has mentioned Blacklines. Its my favorite subject as the MF will verify.

Paul I am still trying to get hold of Chris33 for a discount but looks like I am going to have to follow the dealer route after all
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      01-30-2007, 04:43 AM   #24
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Options

I went through a similar excercise recently deciding which options were important and where to stop! - I decided 34k was enough for my 335i Msport

Rather than Sat Nav and Bluetooth I upgraded my phone (for free) and this runs Tom Tom 6 beautifully (N73) (also gives you updated speed camera alerts, custom POI's and you can take it out of car when park up to find the office etc you need on foot)If you have a Tom Tom already (and actually need to use Sat Nav) then Idefo wouldn't get the BMW option - BMW Sat Nav looks really flash but is not as usable as Tom Tom
I am Having Nokia Bluetooth installed for 230 (with all the steering wheel, stereo interfaces etc) - I also know that this option will mean any Nokia phone will work with this kit and the N73 supports enhanced voice dialling if thats your thing.

As for other options - get xenons - worth every penny for difference over halogens (every car shoulf have em as standard in my opinion)

I went for leather and Manual simply because I love the leather sports seats and enjoy the feel of driving a manual.

The 18" wheels on Sport sus with runflats will be loads firmer than your Merc - its a completely different drive and I mean completely!
I personally find the Sport Sus on the e90 excellent - its loads more compliant than on the e46 sport (with 18" wheels)

My personal feeling is that the e90 needs bigger wheels to look good, and Blacklines rear lights for 150 (dealer fitted) really suit the Sport.

I also went for:

Heated Seats - fabulous on those cold mornings - start the car and switch em on whils you are de-frosting the exterior
Lumbar support - comfort on those long drives
Grad Tinted windscreen and Sun Protection Glass - for looks and comfort
Through Load (split rear seats) - just for practicality
DAB Radio - great if your on the road alot
CD Changer - plays MP3 cds so talking 60 albums worth in the boot
HiFi Sys Prof - Love my sounds on the road
Deleted Smoker package - gives you a handy lidded tray in place of the ashtray in which a pair of sunglasses fits beautifully

Just my two penneth as someone who uses his car for work and for fun.

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      01-30-2007, 07:04 AM   #25
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I also have a very similar car to Touringmans...

My options stopped at a whisker over 40k list for that i got...

E90 335i M Sport
Titanium Silver (best colour to show off the lines)
Grey Dakota Leather (wipe lean from baby abuse, looks, resale)
Manual (because i like to DRIVE)
Sat Nav Pro (cant live without sat nav)
Heated seats (for the other half!)
cd changer
grad tinted windscreen
xenon lights
adaptive headlights (not something i would have spec'd but very good)
highbeam assistant
blackline rear lights (best money spent)
pdc (not needed)
dab radio (ditto, i think)
lumber support...

cant remember what else...

mine was a pre-specc'd car, but even with the spec i was going to choose, its very easy to get carried away.....
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      01-30-2007, 12:43 PM   #26
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Touringman "I am Having Nokia Bluetooth installed for £230 (with all the steering wheel, stereo interfaces etc) - I also know that this option will mean any Nokia phone will work with this kit and the N73 supports enhanced voice dialling if thats your thing."

Can you let me know a little bit more about this, is this via BMW? I have the N73 and was considering the bluetooth with voice if not satnav. I notice you have the fin so I presume have it all prepared.

"Blacklines rear lights for £150 (dealer fitted) really suit the Sport." what are these exactly - presume again not standard (not on my list of options)

Rochester BMW - can you tell me a little bit more about the adaptive lights and how they work

Thanks for all the responses helping me to understand the way to go with the options. Please keep them coming

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      01-30-2007, 01:13 PM   #27
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Hello to you all.

I have spent the last couple of days lurking around and getting as much info as possible.

I am looking to change my current car (Merc c180) to a e90 through a company scheme and as such my budget is restricted (though not that bad really)

I have decided that a 320d M Sport is the most economically sound for me, I wanted to go to 6 cylinders but cost and tax cripples me:mad: .

So I can Spec the car up a little - Le mans blue I feel is a must as recognisable as M Sport (though did see a crimson red that looked swell)

I have decided not to do auto (I will miss this) as the tax nearly doubles and for the ease I feel robbed.

Leather - I have this at the moment and with a little nipper in the back easy to clean but I like the alacantara look and feel plus not to cold in winter.

Sat Nav Pro - by foresaking the above i can add this as an option but I have a TomTom already with Bluetooth added. I suppose is the near 2k worth it is the question I have niggling me. I would get the bluetooth and voice control also - so that is 2.5k!!! Would you have this above Leather and Auto?? i need some reassurance I am doing the right thing.

Other options I am considering:
  • 18" Alloys - the look, the feel
  • Diesel Particle Filter - gets rid of the droop, put 2 shiny pipes on the back but 415!!
    If I don't go for those I can put the xenons on the front - never had them before but everyone seems to praise them. but then I have a droopy backside and smaller shoes!!
  • Rain Sensor & Automatic headlights because I have to concentrate on gear changes again!!
  • tinted glass in the back to stop the little one screaming everytime the sun is in her eyes
  • Front/rear park control - i'm not sure front is really necessary but have it at mo and does make life easier
  • Exterior Mirror Pack - Like to have a button to save me walking around the car to push in mirrors

I was considering DAB as I listen to Radio 5 quite a lot but having tested (with a portable) over the M62 and M1 I feel the UK isn't quite at the peak of this technology yet!!

Anyway a long thread to say hello and is the Pro Nav worth it or is it a toy I may get bored of?
What do you feel about my options, any other choices, suggestions, opinions

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Bob

Nice choice of car.

I'd say this ..

The alcantara is great and leather is not necessary at all.

The Tom Tom nav is actually better than the pro-nav. The only advantages of paying the money are to get idrive - which is nice for the phone and radio etc and to get rid of dangly cables and brackets.

I sold my last car because the auto bored the pants of me. So I'd stick with manual for definite. It's a personal view, but I see it as paying more for a less involving drive.

I'd definitely go for the particulate filter and the 18 inch wheels. I regret not having the privacy glass on my car.

The rear PDC is fine. I have both on my e60 and I don't miss the front one at all.

I also have no problem folding my mirrors myself.

Have fun choosing.
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Hi Bob.

Welcome to the forum.

I've had my 330i since Sept 05 & have SatNavPro.
It is a nice option to have, but I don't really think the cost is justified.

My wife has a TomTom & I still can't believe the software in that 200 thing is far more user friendly than that in my car's satnav system.

The idrive does integrate everything together very well, but if you are thinking about it, I think you should consider your options carefully.

The 18" alloys are great- I love my 162s!

One option I definitely recommend, without a doubt, is the xenon headlights- I will never buy another car with ordinary halogens ever again- they are bright, safe & effective- oh- & it scares the sh*t out of anyone thinking about pulling out into your path, on dark nights!

If you really want to know about the options & what drivers think about them, then get yourself down to UK3: The Third UK Meet- info in my sig.

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      01-30-2007, 03:37 PM   #29
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Viv, I think your car looks rubbish
Paul- you MF- I think your car looks as 'bad' as mine, as Marilyn would say!

Do you think we need to make them really 'bad', & stick a new Hartge front lip on them?!
I wonder if Chris can do a group buy?

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      01-30-2007, 04:13 PM   #30
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actually now i have seen beauforty's car, vivekk i'm not so sure I'm as keen on yours!!!
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ok then... from the above picture, which is Viv?

Clue: As it's his birthday he'll be the old looking one!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIV!
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actually now i have seen beauforty's car, vivekk i'm not so sure I'm as keen on yours!!!
Bob- mine is the good looking one!

BTW- it was my birthday today, so to everyone!

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Paul- you MF- I think your car looks as 'bad' as mine, as Marilyn would say!
I prefer the titanium silver one.
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ok then... from the above picture, which is Viv?

Clue: As it's his birthday he'll be the old looking one!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIV!
Thanks Matt, I think!

That shot you took of the 'twins' was excellent- it was a moving shot, but looks as clear as a still.

All the best.

Viv

BTW- sorry for hi-jacking your thread Bob- I'm afraid the 'old fogeys' amongst us have a habit of doing that!
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I too am gobsmacked no one has mentioned Blacklines. Its my favorite subject as the MF will verify.

Paul I am still trying to get hold of Chris33 for a discount but looks like I am going to have to follow the dealer route after all
Yo! Blacklines are da bomb! Day is wicked and ev'one shud'ave em!

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Haven't heard from Chris in a while - I've PM'd him but had no response
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actually now i have seen beauforty's car, vivekk i'm not so sure I'm as keen on yours!!!
Yeah, I is got blacklines and short shifter, now who be da daddy!!!

Happy Birthday Viv, wish for a car as sick as mine!
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I forgot... it's so easy... Viv's is the one without the blacklines!
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Blackline rear lights, they are different to the standard rear lights. Check out my garage for pictures.
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Funny ... I said the same thing ...

Then I ended up buying them. I'm sure they'll look good when I fit them, but they've been sitting in the box for the last 2 months
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Bob

I am getting a Nokia CK-7W kit from www.fitbluetooth.co.uk fully integrated (with specialist interface BMW e90) with logic 7 to car.

Phone with Tom Tom 6 Sat Nav is going on one of these consoles -

http://www.plummer.co.uk/BMW%203%20Series%20E90.htm

for the oem look (I had one in my e46 coupe and was very satisfied)

The bluetooth gps receiver is hidden under dash and hard wired to ignition (as is Nokia BT kit) so no dangly wires anywhere in car - can't stand that.

Hardwiring a Tom Tom onto a specialist bracket (check out Brodit) is straightforward (for Car electric/audio/comms engineers!)

Blackline rear lights are available from your dealer as after market parts/accessories and and IMHO look better than stock.

With negotiation your can get em for 150-170 fitted.

Will post some pics when completed (sometime next week)

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my car has pro sat nav, but not bluetooth.... how can i get it put in?

im after the official bmw one.....
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Ok so i have just about got to my final thoughts (limited by budget)
320d M Sport LeMans Blue or Titanium Silver (thought exclusive blue but silver looks good)
  • 18" 193 wheels
  • Bi-xenon (if it a must have, I must have)
  • Prof Sat NAV + Bluetooth + Voice (feel this will enhance experience (TOMTOM in glovebox in case though)
  • Diesel Particle Exhaust (Better looking backside)
  • Rain Sensor & Lights (It's lazy but had it for 3 years)
Budget will not allow me to add USB/IPOD interface, DAB, Fold Mirrors, High Beam Assistant, Rear Tinting. Which i would like to but I feel my choice will give the overall good looks and practicality.

Blacklines are a definate later purchase.

Please if you look at this and think Noooooo!! Let me know.

Thanks for all your help so far

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