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      06-12-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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Am I fool to consider changing my 330d for a newer 320d?

OK, the 330d is just about to turn '3' and I have been thinking about a change to a newer one. Don't get me wrong, I love the car and it has behaved well. I don't want to buy new and the prices of some of the last of the E91s are very good at the moment. Our 330d is only an SE but with an outstanding spec. It's just done 30k miles. Clearly I have the cost of an MOT soon, but apart from that its got good rubber and is a year from its next service. If I keep it I will extend the warranty for 39 per month (if I were to do this, I would go with 100 excess and include Emergency).

Our dealer has a very nice 320d M Sport Edition with a great spec. Nice colour and everything (but no sun roof which I would miss). On the + side it looks stunning in white with dark 18" wheels. Sep 2011 with 6k miles.

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Being that bit longer than the E91, we will have problems getting the new 3 in the garage so I will not be holding out for one. I haven't discussed numbers yet with the dealer, but I am tempted. Am I being foolish? Cost to run isn't a big issue, but clearly a 320d Man will give us a bit over a 330d Auto.
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      06-12-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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My 320d is returning around the 42mpg mark over 2 years. Mostly town and short country runs. Ignore the 58.7mpg, you'll struggle to get this day to day, 45 is more likely on this newer engine.

It's really your call, I've never driven the 330d, but I love my 320d. If the money is right and you're happy with the deal then I can't see why you wouldn't. It's a beautiful car.
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      06-12-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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I reckon you would be foolish, the 320d is still a great car but way off the mark in terms of refinement compared to the 6 pots. Much less power as well, you will gain in mpg if thats important to you. Would a similar aged 330d be out of budget or drop back a further 6 months to keep the costs down on a 330d.
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      06-12-2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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Don't let the excitement of a new car cloud your judgement! If you change you'll ultimately be losing money (depreciation will be far more than the 39 per month warranty) for a slower version of the same car!

Keep the 330!

My 330d has just turned 3 and it's the first car that I've had that I'm not keen to change - it does everything I want, it's great all rounder.
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      06-12-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
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I wouldn't change an E9# for another, given the new touring is just around the corner.
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My neighbour has a car exactly like the one you are considering. It looks great, but he has not been happy with the nervousness of the car on runflats and was convinced that there was a fault with the car.

As a result he drove my 330d and immediately commented on how much more refined and powerful it felt, even at low cornering speeds. This was also very obvious to me when I drove it.

I test drove a Merc C250CDi as well recently and I have come away with the conclusion that the smoothness and grunt of the BMW 6 cyl diesel engine is what makes my car so good on a day to day basis.

I can understand the attraction of the newer E91, since it is a nice looking car, but I think it would be a disappointment after the 330d.

My 330d cars have been very reliable up to the 70k miles that I have run them, so I am not that attracted to change for a newer car (yet).

My next car will be a 530d or 635d, so deffo not a 4cyl car!!
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      06-12-2012, 08:21 AM   #7
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I'll just add the bits that you lose on the 4 cylinder models:

Brake function on the cruise control
Dynamic Stability Control Plus comprising; Brake Drying, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake pre-tensioning, Hill-start assistant, Soft-stop - amazing what a difference this makes, and I always moan to my wife in her 320d how awful her brakes are!

There's other bits that you lose on the 4 pot version as well, I'm sure someone will be able to advise.
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      06-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #8
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So you are thinking of replacing a 6-cylinder BMW with a slightly newer 4-cylinder, minus the sunroof which you like?

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As said, keep the 330d. Its your choice at the end of the day - but is a slightly backward step in terms of spec and performance, as said above.
Save up and get a newer 330d, if you really want to change your car.
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Swap with me for a few weeks. See which one of us wants to swap back first
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      06-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #11
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Thanks guys,

Common sense has prevailed. I will keep one eye on the BMW used site and if I see a top spec 2011 330/5 I may go for it. As said, the new 3 is a little too big so a 'last off the line, E91 does still appeal.
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Thanks guys,

Common sense has prevailed. I will keep one eye on the BMW used site and if I see a top spec 2011 330/5 I may go for it. As said, the new 3 is a little too big so a 'last off the line, E91 does still appeal.
The new 3 is only an itsy-bitsy bit bigger

And it's so nice inside.
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      06-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #13
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Spend £2k and give your car a little refresh.

Nice 19" alloys, slight ride drop, full detail, window tints and a remap will make a world of difference to how you feel about the car.
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So you are thinking of replacing a 6-cylinder BMW with a slightly newer 4-cylinder, minus the sunroof which you like?

Bbbbbbzzzzzzzztttttttt!

Wot he said
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Bugger. Fancied that 330d
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Having had a 320d and then a 330d I would not want to go back unless you forced me ! I only get about 4mpg less from the 330d but it is hugely quicker - 2 secs to 60 for 4mpg is a no brainer IMO
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I wouldn't change an E9# for another, given the new touring is just around the corner.
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Why get another old model.
The new 3er is superb, try it.

That 'last off the line' mentality is financial suicide.
Why not keep what you have and give me a few grand

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      06-13-2012, 02:57 AM   #19
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I just saved 16k on a E91, 6 month old 3500 mile 330d Msport against list price... That's a lot of car for 28k..
BMW had a few left when I got mine, all loaded with pro navi etc... A bit of a no brainer against the new one.
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I personally wouldn't consider it for one second. I have owned both well one was an Alpina D3 which is basically a punchier 320d and I now own a 330d and don't know how you could compare the two. Have you driven a 320d? They don't sound as nice as a 6 potter either.
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