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      10-03-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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MY review of 330D M Sport

Differs from the AUTOCAR review.
I had the M Sport 330D touring out for the day, std steering/suspension 18" wheels, but pro nav and paddle shift.
I drove 100 miles mixed town "A" roads and duel carriageway car returned 53MPG, It responded well in acceleration being real quick with only 900 miles on the clock overtaking was a quick change down in comfort mode and you were gone, I did not even bother with sport mode at all, it did not need it IMO. It was quiet always and as for "Turbo wine" never heard a thing, the car just flew along queitly, seats "electric sport NO lumber" were comfortable and supportive, the car cornered a bit soft without the adjustable suspension but was ok and the steering was for me anyway not tight enough but tolerable, again with variable sport steering would be great.
Overal the car was exceptional and every day driving and economy was outstanding.I can not wait for my fully specced car to arrive next month.
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53mpg, that's better - I can feel jealous again now
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With 'regular' driving which is 30% town, 30% dual-carriageway and 40% single lane A/B roads I'm getting around 39mpg now. It started off nearer 37mpg but it's creeping up - got 4k on the clock now so guess it may still improve a wee bit. Probably in Comfort mode about 70% of the time, Sport/Sport+ 20% and Eco-yawn about 10%. ASS is on most of the time as I keep forgetting to switch it off.

Did a long run from Brighton to Richmond (North Yorks) about 300m up the M23/M25/M11/A1 pretty much 70mph the whole way and got a fraction over 50mpg. Was well chuffed with that.
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reading all you guys with your F30 MPG and reviews is making me twitchy, the E90 has to go. The question is when........

Was specing a 330d up last night but the price soon shoots, Lease is no good for me as I need the flexibilty to change, to put what MPG on I like 20k a year. And I will keep the next work car for 5 years.

The cars sound great, a test drive may be due.
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I drove 100 miles mixed town "A" roads and duel carriageway car returned 53MPG,
If I can get anywhere near 50MPG in a 330d I'll be happy. I have a Mercedes C250 which is supposed to be good for ~45MPG (but I get around 38 doing a 120 daily commute to work and back on the M25/M1).

If I get get 50+ by my math, I can get a 5+ daily saving in fuel / 60 month or a massive saving of over 700 a year (based on a three day working week).

Somehow I think I'm going to get in the region of about 45. Which calculates at around 40 a month / 470 a year saving in fuel costs. Still not to be sniffed at.
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If I can get anywhere near 50MPG in a 330d I'll be happy. I have a Mercedes C250 which is supposed to be good for ~45MPG (but I get around 38 doing a 120 daily commute to work and back on the M25/M1).

If I get get 50+ by my math, I can get a 5+ daily saving in fuel / 60 month or a massive saving of over 700 a year (based on a three day working week).

Somehow I think I'm going to get in the region of about 45. Which calculates at around 40 a month / 470 a year saving in fuel costs. Still not to be sniffed at.
You really are doing Man Math to justify the new car purchase ! ;-)

On that thinking I need to do some calculations as om my present project I do 1400 a month at 28MPG so a 330D will cut my fuel in half?
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With 'regular' driving which is 30% town, 30% dual-carriageway and 40% single lane A/B roads I'm getting around 39mpg now. It started off nearer 37mpg but it's creeping up - got 4k on the clock now so guess it may still improve a wee bit. Probably in Comfort mode about 70% of the time, Sport/Sport+ 20% and Eco-yawn about 10%. ASS is on most of the time as I keep forgetting to switch it off.

Did a long run from Brighton to Richmond (North Yorks) about 300m up the M23/M25/M11/A1 pretty much 70mph the whole way and got a fraction over 50mpg. Was well chuffed with that.
Wow, that is pretty damn good.

This doesn't make it any easier for me, I am so worried that I will regret not having another manual gearbox. A 328i manual would probably be just the ticket.
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You really are doing Man Math to justify the new car purchase ! ;-)

On that thinking I need to do some calculations as om my present project I do 1400 a month at 28MPG so a 330D will cut my fuel in half?
I reckon you spend about 350 a month on fuel (1400 miles at 1.40/l, doing 28MPG).

At 50MPG, you'll be spending under 200. 150 a month saving.
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If I can get anywhere near 50MPG in a 330d I'll be happy. I have a Mercedes C250 which is supposed to be good for ~45MPG (but I get around 38 doing a 120 daily commute to work and back on the M25/M1).

If I get get 50+ by my math, I can get a 5+ daily saving in fuel / 60 month or a massive saving of over 700 a year (based on a three day working week).

Somehow I think I'm going to get in the region of about 45. Which calculates at around 40 a month / 470 a year saving in fuel costs. Still not to be sniffed at.
My drive was mixed "every day type driving" with blasts were possible, I could not believe the MPG myself, I had three stops throughout the day so not a continuos run.
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Thanks for your feedback John - I'm even more excited now
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I reckon you spend about 350 a month on fuel (1400 miles at 1.40/l, doing 28MPG).

At 50MPG, you'll be spending under 200. 150 a month saving.
Mine is all Mway driving, currently doing Nottingham to Bristol, although with a heavy foot ! I would be going from a Manual to an Auto next time so should get 50MPG. More man math needed on Insurance and Tax !

Can I just say these BMW engines are excellent, the 2.2 SD in the Evoque is very poor in comparison. circa 36MPG on a mway run after 6k on the clock.
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Mine is all Mway driving, currently doing Nottingham to Bristol, although with a heavy foot ! I would be going from a Manual to an Auto next time so should get 50MPG. More man math needed on Insurance and Tax !

Can I just say these BMW engines are excellent, the 2.2 SD in the Evoque is very poor in comparison. circa 36MPG on a mway run after 6k on the clock.
Spec the active cruise and let the car do the driving for long journeys like that. Can't wait to try that toy out myself

I am quite impressed with your Evoque MPG to be honest, 36 is not bad for a 4x4.
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Spec the active cruise and let the car do the driving for long journeys like that. Can't wait to try that toy out myself
I was always tempted by this adaptive cruise, and so I test drove a Volvo V60 D5 the other week. Hated it.

Always seemed to be a little "slow" to react (I guess trust comes with time), and always seemed to leave a gap large enough for 87 BMW 330d's to fit it.

Maybe BMW's implementation is different, but from the experience I had in the Volvo, I learned not to specify a car with it. If it comes as std (like the Volvo) fine .. but I don't think I could pay for it.
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Hmmm not tried it so not sure how reactive it is. It does let you adjust the gap in half second intervals. Not sure if Volvo system is same?
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Yeah likewise - I had it on my build then tried it in my old man's 5GT. Scared the shit out of me! I'm not a good passenger at the best of times because I always feel I see things before the driver and everyone else seems slow to react. But you can get over that and trust someone since you know them and they have self-preservation at the forefront of their mind. When a computer doesn't react when you would ... fuck that.

I took it off my build and added the advanced parking pack instead. I can handle a computer parking - that looks like fun
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Yeah likewise - I had it on my build then tried it in my old man's 5GT. Scared the shit out of me! I'm not a good passenger at the best of times because I always feel I see things before the driver and everyone else seems slow to react. But you can get over that and trust someone since you know them and they have self-preservation at the forefront of their mind. When a computer doesn't react when you would ... fuck that.

I took it off my build and added the advanced parking pack instead. I can handle a computer parking - that looks like fun
Ha ha, double damage when the computer curbs your alloys then you kick dents in the door in a fit of rage.........like it
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If the computer curbs my alloys, I'm going to bomb Munich
Do please wait until I get both my cars in December.
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