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      09-14-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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New Owner: 330d

After selling my Glacier White Renault Sport Clio F1 Team R27 to free up some cash for furture plans (read kids), I wanted something that would combine performance, comfort and economy. For me, the 330d was a perfect choice. I've been lurking about on Auto Trader and PH for months looking at different specs and prices.

I'd always buy on condition rather than mileage; my old Volvo S60 was a testament to that. It was on 167k and still going strong when I sold it.

I then saw this come up for sale. A Le Mans Blue 2006 330d with 124k on the clock with full service history for the right price. I went up to view it after a day of it being up on Auto Trader. As soon as I saw it and drove it, I knew I had to have it. A deal was done and I picked it up last Tuesday. The seller claimed its remapped to 285bhp. It certainly feels like its been mapped. The torque is phenomenal. I'm going to get it to Tour De Force in Kimbolton soon to get a more reliable figure on the rolling road. I'm realistically expecting 270bhp with over 400ft/lbs torque.

It doesn't have a massive spec, but what it does have is enough for me. Tuesday was spent vax'ing old farts out of the seats, G101'ing plastics and steam cleaning the headlining to get it up to my standards.

Yesterday I completed a one stage paint correction. Wow is BMW paint hard! It's not perfect but about 80-85% corrected. Theres no dents or major dramas on the paintwork. For it's age and mileage, it's in top nick.

Products used for the interior:
AS Brisk in Vax for seats and carpets. On a dampened cloth for the Alcantara.
G101
Megs Quik Interior Detailer (It's not a bad product considering. Smells nice, think clean and lemons)
Megs Window Cleaner Concentrate
Gliptone Cleaner for Steering Wheel, hand brake and gear stick.

For exterior:
G101 for grills, badges, panel gaps, window seals etc.
Megs Shampoo Plus. I tried AS Duet for a bit, but didn't like it, so back to the Plus!
AS Hazsafe, 101 and Plus mix for foam.
AS Tardis
Iron X
Megs clay with Last Touch
Menzerna RD3.02 on Hexlogic yellow/SFX-1 pads. Finished down to LSP ready via Porter Cable.
Werkstatt Acrylic
Arcrylic Prime for the bright work on the grill.
Megs Endurance for the tyres.

Theres a lot of Megs and AS products, purely as I get them at trade. Working in Daventry where Megs HQ is does have it's perks!

I may have to step up to a rotary for future work as I feel I'm more than comfortable with a DA.


On with the pics:

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A few more here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hungry_...th/7983312949/

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      09-14-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Welcome and nice car!!
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      09-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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That looks beautiful mate welcome along!
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      09-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Looks to be in mint condition, you wouldnt think it had them miles on it, just goes to show its how the owner looks after the car to keep it n good condition, just not by the miles on the car

Lovely car and health to enjoy
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      09-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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Lovely car & a cracking job on the paintwork, you're welcome to practice your DA skills on my 320d
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      09-15-2012, 02:08 AM   #6
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Stunning car particularly loving the non-leather seats! Perfect!
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      09-16-2012, 02:54 AM   #7
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BTW, I meant to say it looks like you've got pretty good security on the entrance to your house m8.... I'd been even more impressed if you said you had an on site gate keeper!
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      09-18-2012, 04:06 AM   #8
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Lovely car, looks like it's in really good condition. I just got a 330d too and love it, they're a cracking machine!
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      09-18-2012, 04:25 AM   #9
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Welcome. Car looks great. I'm keeping mine for the long term - hope it looks that good in a few years time
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      09-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #10
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Looks great mate
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      09-19-2012, 05:29 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies all!
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      09-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #12
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Hell of a cleaning job there - respect ! I've had my 330D a few months + well impressed. Hope you enjoy yours
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