Originally Posted by MarkW83
Thanks, I will have a think and decide on the brakes tonight
Though I have a feeling I may be 'tearing about' less in the 330d with it being a more relaxing and comfortable drive, so save for emergency stops (rare, and when the guy behind you is likely to drive into you anyway!), perhaps they're unneeded for normal day to day use?
I'm actually getting rid of the 135, dealer is part-ex’ing it for the 330d. Few reasons really: it's time for a more comfortable drive, and the adaptive suspension looks to be great, with the option of it also being sporty when in the mood; better economy; brand new generation which is a lot nicer inside, and more tech, feels like a more mature and higher quality car; engine more effortless with the torque etc.; 4-doors for practicality; the E82 will soon be updated relatively soon, at which point it will feel <7 years old, and may drop in value considerably; deal at 3.9% for the F30 was brilliant, and I also got a good part-ex price an they paid off my finance; so not many reasons not to do it really! I also had a 335d E92 before, which tbh I missed because of the torque and longer wheelbase, it felt more planted and solid; with the new 330d engine, the performance won't be far off that, and even more economical.
The F30 is also the first 4-door BMW I've ever been interested in; it looks fantastic with the sweeping lines, and the almost coupe-like stance. For me it's time to move on to something a bit more comfortable and refined, and it seemed like a good time to do it :-)
You've made a wise decision if you want an occasionally sporty, but always easy powerful car. The adaptive suspension is very good indeed and the lazy, easy, torque just eats the miles.
The standard brakes will of course be fine, it's not as if BMW are going to risk an above average accident problem for the sake of giving the car adequate brakes. That said, if you're coming out of a 135 i'm assuming your going to drive the 330d pretty hard on occasion. And whilst the standard brakes are safe enough, they will probably spoil your fun by fading too early. I'm assuming that's why BMW uprated the brakes on the m-sport, because they know what sort of driver is likely to buy one. They don't go on about it in the brochure so can't be a marketing ploy. I had no idea the brakes on the SE were lesser until I test drove one.