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      03-31-2015, 06:14 AM   #1
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Jim's 335d

I normally sell my cars after about 12 months, but after over 2 years with the Impreza STI, I fancied a change. I decided I actually wanted a car that whilst not a 110% driver's car, was actually reasonably normal as a daily car, and also did more than 220miles to a tank for the possibility of road trips. I've also got a house purchase looming in the next 12-18months so I need to something a little more economical.

I started off wanting an E46 M3, then after realising that it wouldnt be any faster than my STI, I decided to go for an E39 M5. After realising that this would probably bankrupt me, and realising that judging cars based on outright speed is a little pointless, I decided on a Z4 3.0si coupe. Nothing too out of the ordinary engine wise (265bhp but relatively bombproof), and lighter than the Subaru (although arguably not by much). Very sexy looks and rare to boot. However something was holding me back. It seemed like a compromise. Not quick enough to merit the impracticalities of 2 seats, and not practical enough to make me overlook that. That said, I decided this whilst staring into space at work one morning. I havn't actually driven any of the cars I was considering. Except the hundreds of 3 series BMWs that have come through our hands at work as company vehicles. That got me thinking... I borrowed my boss's F30 shape 330d, with twin clutch box, thought "I could live with this". The torque coupled with the fact that the seats were actually comfortable, nothing rattled and the fact you could have a conversation at 70mph on the motorway won me over from the Subaru. I'm exaggerating with how bad the Subaru was, but I was increasingly only using it as transport and it was starting to annoy me. I kept going back to E46 M3s but they seemed too risky. But my mind was set.

At the weekend I placed the deposit on this, a E90 335d M Sport

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The money shot!



The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice DCT shifters (something I was ecstatic to find the previous owner had fitted) and no iDrive. Now I may regret not having the iDrive, but after driving three F30s recently it actually really annoys me.

Due to the fact I seem to have a knack at being an online detective I managed to track down two previous owners, and found out that whilst the mileage was a little higher than I wanted, it had been well looked after. A big file of receipts and proof stuff like the red boost hose had been done as well as both thermostats replaced to ensure DPF regeneration, filled me with confidence.Will be going back on Good Friday to collect it.

I cant wait. Genuinely looking forward to driving a car I don't need to keep a constant eye on where the nearest Shell garage is. And one that I can go for long drives on times other than payday weekend. It wasn't that I couldn't afford the fuel the Subaru, far from it. I just begrudged the fact my daily transport was costing so much and then I fell out with it.

BMW ownership here I come. It has a stalk that I think is for indicators, but I wont be using that!
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      03-31-2015, 06:24 AM   #2
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Welcome mate,I made exactly the same move and haven't regretted it at all.As you say,it's nice not to be on personal terms with my local Shell garage-getting more than 240 miles out of a tank is nice!
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      03-31-2015, 06:46 AM   #3
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You will probably find the bulbs are missing from the indicators, it's a standard feature on most BMs
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      03-31-2015, 07:41 AM   #4
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I'm in the same boat aswell, got sick of the constant refills and the better half wasn't amused when I bought the scoob that I had to go to one of the next towns to get either vpower or tesco ultimate lol I'm also having no regrets going to a 3 series diesel just unfortunatly mine doesn't have the same grunt as yours 👍
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Oh motor looks lovely by the way 😄 oops!
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      03-31-2015, 07:47 AM   #6
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Cheers guys!
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      03-31-2015, 12:18 PM   #7
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Nice car, there are a few nice touches like the M3 lip spoiler, I've just done this on mine

Congrats on the purchase, has it been a forum members car?
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      03-31-2015, 12:26 PM   #8
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Nice one Jim
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      03-31-2015, 01:00 PM   #9
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Not a forum member's car as far as I'm aware...
Cheers for the kind words!
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      03-31-2015, 01:12 PM   #10
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Nice car, you'll love the monstrous torque!

Perhaps i'm mistaken but i can't see the DCT style shifter it looks like a normal auto 335d shifter?
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Not a forum member's car as far as I'm aware...
Cheers for the kind words!
I'm in Lancs too mate - if you need any help just give me a shout. I have DIS/GT1 for codes etc. I can definitely recommend doing a transmission adaptation reset to match your driving style - works wonders! Happy to help

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Nice car, you'll love the monstrous torque!

Perhaps i'm mistaken but i can't see the DCT style shifter it looks like a normal auto 335d shifter?
Jim means the shifter paddles on the wheel mate. He has the ones where one paddle is for downshift one paddle is for upshift. No change to the transmission shifter.
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Nice car, you'll love the monstrous torque!

Perhaps i'm mistaken but i can't see the DCT style shifter it looks like a normal auto 335d shifter?
Jim means the shifter paddles on the wheel mate. He has the ones where one paddle is for downshift one paddle is for upshift. No change to the transmission shifter.
Thought i was missing something!

OP i have those too they are great!
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      04-01-2015, 05:57 PM   #14
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I'm in Lancs too mate - if you need any help just give me a shout. I have DIS/GT1 for codes etc. I can definitely recommend doing a transmission adaptation reset to match your driving style - works wonders! Happy to help
I've got a generic Bluetooth code reader but I might bob over at some point to see what yours finds!
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I've got a generic Bluetooth code reader but I might bob over at some point to see what yours finds!
Feel free! Just drop me a pm any time mate. Like I said, worth it for a gearbox reset alone!
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Sounds good mate! Ill give you a shout in the next week or so.
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Sounds good mate! Ill give you a shout in the next week or so.
Happy days!
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      04-04-2015, 03:24 PM   #18
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Few snaps from outside of my house when it was going dark.









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Are you the guy with the grey STi with red wheels that was messaging me about my M5 a few weeks ago?

If so, welcome to the forum, I've got a remapped E90 330d now as well, had a couple of E46 330d's previously and they are great daily drivers, I still have the M5 for now.

Are you planning on remapping it?

I've got a laptop and can do coding, diagnostics, etc, if you need anything doing.
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Yes that's me! Ha! Did a lot of thinking and decided that having something like this made the most sense! No plans to remap yet but I will do at somepoint
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Yes that's me! Ha! Did a lot of thinking and decided that having something like this made the most sense! No plans to remap yet but I will do at somepoint
Thought so, small world

Get used to it for now IMO, then remap in the future when you inevitably want more poke, the 335d's are very quick when mapped!

If you need any coding or diagnostics, give me a shout mate...
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Definitely will do! Just going to enjoy the car for a while then see what's what
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