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Hey,

 

So I know this isnt a car forum, but I seen alot of people on here seem to know there cars as well as there PCs, so just thought Id post on OCC first :P

 

I am looking to replace my car later this year, and have decided on a BMW E90 330 SE or M Sport. Still not sure whether to go petrol or Diesel. At the moment I only do about 5k per year, but may be changing jobs soon which would push that up to about 12.5k

 

In my budget (about £8000) I seem to be able to get the following:

 

E90 330i pre-face lift with 80k ish on the clock

E90 330i face lift (08 onwards) with over 110k ish on the clock

E46 330i (02-04) with under 50k on the clock

 

Ideally Id like to get the face lift version, but not sure whether its worth getting with over 100k on the clock. I dont mind the look of the E46, and seem to be able to get them with lower miles for the same money.

 

 

On the Diesel vs. Petrol debate, I am still unsure. I drove a 120d a while ago, and although I loved the in-gear acceleration in 4-5-6, low down in 1-2-3 in traffic, it was horrible. Lots of changing required. I am use to not needing to shift back to 1st unless I come to a dead stop, and even then 2nd gets me away with abit more gas. The 120d would need to be shifted back down to 1st even if the speed got down to 15-20mph, or needed plenty of gas.

Before I buy, I will defo give both the 330i and 330d a drive, but just wonder if this is the norm for diesel?

 

Anyone own an E90 and can comment on what running costs/servicing is like?

 

Cheers!

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You must be in Europe if your considering Diesels. I'd say go for the E90 '06+ 330d or 335d if you can afford it. Perfect for daily driving and get 30+ MPG easily if you can manage it.

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You must be in Europe if your considering Diesels. I'd say go for the E90 '06+ 330d or 335d if you can afford it. Perfect for daily driving and get 30+ MPG easily if you can manage it.

 

and probably from England because you say petrol..but I can't conferm as I on the mobile site...:D

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Sorry should have mentioned :P Yes I am in the UK. :)

People not keen on Diesel in the US then? I guess with your low Petrol cost, why would you be!

 

Thats the other thing I did NOT like about the diesel 120d, it just sounds rubbish. Even take it up to 5k, and it still sounds truck like.

 

The 335d is sadly out of the question as they only do it in auto. The 335i however is technically on the menu :P Even though I read that the N54 engine in it can have HPFP failure. It also has 2 turbos, so not sure how that will effect service costs

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Sorry should have mentioned :P Yes I am in the UK. :)

People not keen on Diesel in the US then? I guess with your low Petrol cost, why would you be!

 

Thats the other thing I did NOT like about the diesel 120d, it just sounds rubbish. Even take it up to 5k, and it still sounds truck like.

 

The 335d is sadly out of the question as they only do it in auto. The 335i however is technically on the menu :P Even though I read that the N54 engine in it can have HPFP failure. It also has 2 turbos, so not sure how that will effect service costs

 

Do want to race someone or something? 335i is overkill espicially in the UK where petrol is hugely expensive per liter. Go with a diesel if your trying to buy a car for work/commuting.

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My only other 2 concerns with a diesel are:

 

Not good for frequent short journeys. (During the week I do a lot of 4-5 mile trips., then at the weekends longer 100+ trips)

Any truth to this?

 

Servicing cost. Again, any truth to the higher servicing cost?

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Don't know about the UK but in Australia the price of diesel servicing has come way down. It used to be very expensive because mechanics would always be sending away parts or the car to someone else to do at a premium or just replacing things because they couldn't repair things.

In just the last few years even there have been many specialist diesel mechanics open up and they offer very competitive pricing and can even service or install turbos etc.

 

In the UK and Europe in general I would expect the quality and price of diesel servicing to be better with more diesel cars on the roads longer.

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Not really a fan of bimmers myself, but things are a bit different in the states ...and damn you brits and your swanky talk ("on the clock"?)

 

My not so tapered thoughts:

- In the states, you don't buy BMW if service costs are concern ...one of the worst offenders here

- Diesel is for tree huggin VW hippies

- 330i (2008 and up)

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Not really a fan of bimmers myself, but things are a bit different in the states ...and damn you brits and your swanky talk ("on the clock"?)

 

My not so tapered thoughts:

- In the states, you don't buy BMW if service costs are concern ...one of the worst offenders here

- Diesel is for tree huggin VW hippies

- 330i (2008 and up)

 

Hmm....ever heard of that 5-year plan they have? Basically they pay for everything in the first 5 years, and you can extend that by 2 years for $2000 or so.

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Not really a fan of bimmers myself, but things are a bit different in the states ...and damn you brits and your swanky talk ("on the clock"?)

 

My not so tapered thoughts:

- In the states, you don't buy BMW if service costs are concern ...one of the worst offenders here

- Diesel is for tree huggin VW hippies

- 330i (2008 and up)

Diesel is for VW tree hugging hippies? :lol:

 

Take a look at trucks, if you want a tough truck that'll last no matter where you take it you grab a diesel. Doesn't matter if it's a Ford, a GM, or a Dodge. Also, I can't think of any tractor/big rig truck that doesn't run a diesel engine.

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E92 335i '08 owner here. What'd you like to know? 25-30m:g if I'm on my fuel saving map (JB4). One HPFP failure, covered by BMW. I'll probably upgrade to an aftermarket if they ever get around to making one.

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