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      06-16-2007, 12:57 AM   #1
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Hi Guys - have just traded-up to my first BMW.
Moving from a Golf 1.9 TDI PD 150 to E91 325d M Sport Touring.
Collect the car next Thursday, can't wait

Car is ex-dem, 4500miles and pretty much mint. Although was in two minds at the time as I've been test driving Audi A4 Avant's and A3 Sportback 170 TDI. BMW 320-330d engines seemed more refined though and nicer level or trim/kit as standard in models.

Any other 325d owners out there ? What kind of fuel economy are you getting ?

Here's a quick pic - not great quality, but will post some later next week


Any tips for handover, etc? What about tyre insurance and GAP? Dealer seems quite expensive, has anyone looked at third-party GAP and tyre insurance policies? Never had RFT's - so a little worried about replacement cost......

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Welcome to the forum Lovely looking car.

There are a number of 325d owners on the forum.

If you do a bit of a you'll find a number of mentions of 3rd party GAP and tyre insurance due to the high cost of the dealer offerings.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61369
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65224
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64376
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      06-16-2007, 03:03 AM   #3
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Some 325d links:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...highlight=325d
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      06-16-2007, 03:11 AM   #4
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My last car before upgrading was a Golf 1.9 TDI PD 150 as well (25th Anniversary Ed.)
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Welcome to the forum!

I very very nearly bought the touring myself, i think they look awesome.

Mikem is a member thats had a 325d for 12months ish, hes a nice guy and will probbably answer any question you have.
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Hi DervFan, and welcome (from another fairly new member!).

Great choice of car, my last BMW was a E91 320d M Sport Touring. So what is the spec of your new chariot? and what sort of deal did you get? There is plenty of info about GAP on here, as mjh has indicated. I would heartily recommend www.click4gap.co.uk , avoid the dealer product because of their very large mark up
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I'll be able to give you some more input after test driving this 325d next week:
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      06-16-2007, 01:39 PM   #10
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Thanks for the great welcome and the tips on the - will make sure I use this in advance of posting newbie questions

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My last car before upgrading was a Golf 1.9 TDI PD 150 as well (25th Anniversary Ed.)
Great car isn't it - only letting mine go to try and realise some equity before I get to 100K miles in it. Was registered on 52 plate, and currently on 86K miles come trade-in.

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Hi DervFan, and welcome (from another fairly new member!).

Great choice of car, my last BMW was a E91 320d M Sport Touring. So what is the spec of your new chariot? and what sort of deal did you get? There is plenty of info about GAP on here, as mjh has indicated. I would heartily recommend www.click4gap.co.uk , avoid the dealer product because of their very large mark up
Thanks Peter, spec as per my sig - didn't get too bad a deal, car is just over six months old and with adding the options up and equating cost at new and price I've agreed it works out at about an £8k saving on list. The car was the cheapest 'screen' price of any comparable car on BMW's website, by about £1500->£2K. Only got just below 'market' value on my trade-in, due to high mileage, but I'm happy as it saves me the hassle of passing it on.

Look forward to posting some more pics when I collect next week :rocks:

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Welcome to the sight Dervfan, the tourers` are really growing on me, as for consumption mine always ends up at 37 mpg (prob 45% motorway) but in fairness the torque does get used a lot. Mine`s been re-mapped by DMS and today I picked up a 318d badge for the back (that should annoy a few Scooby drivers )
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.... today I picked up a 318d badge for the back (that should annoy a few Scooby drivers )
Now that really is de-badging
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Now that really is de-badging
Can I put a "Corsa" badge on my 330i?
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Can I put a "Corsa" badge on my 330i?
Ought to be a rover 75 badge... much more pipe and slippers
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...today I picked up a 318d badge for the back (that should annoy a few Scooby drivers )
Now we must see some of your new badging
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Great car isn't it - only letting mine go to try and realise some equity before I get to 100K miles in it. Was registered on 52 plate, and currently on 86K miles come trade-in.
I really liked mine mine was a 52 plate as well, only done 36k though
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Well everythings on schedule, dealer doing alloy refurb and a couple of touch-ups on the paintwork I noticed during inspection.

Finance in place (and more importantly in my bank ), temporary BMW cover to enable them to tax it - everything looking good for Thursday
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Good news! Look forward to some more pics at the the end of the week then!
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I expect that you are on tenterhooks waiting for tomorrow.

Hope that all goes well and having spent the day in the company of an E91 325d I don't think you'll be disappionted. Got about 37mpg with some serious stop-start city driving and giving it some beans.

Good luck and don't forget the pics
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I expect that you are on tenterhooks waiting for tomorrow.

Hope that all goes well and having spent the day in the company of an E91 325d I don't think you'll be disappionted. Got about 37mpg with some serious stop-start city driving and giving it some beans.

Good luck and don't forget the pics
Yep I am surprisingly excited Also a little sad to be trading my Golf (which has served me well )

Looking forward to the drive home from the dealer (about 50 miles) in my 325d, and with those mpg figures I don't think I'll be disappointed :rocks:
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Well unfortunately I haven't been able to collect the car today.
Wheel refurb and paint touch-ups have been hampered by the rain in MK.

In fairness to the sales guy, he has delayed as he said he doesn't want the job rushed today and is even coming in tomorrow (although it's his day-off) to do the handover for me before the weekend.

Hopefully everything will go to plan tomorrow, well I'm they will
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DERV,they'll sort it i'm sure
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