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      10-10-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo

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I'm liking that Alpina Green Touring quite a bit.
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      10-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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That is not an obscene amount, but guess that is with zero options, and no chance of decent finance rates or discount.
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I think I would seriously consider one of these next time around, I do love my diesels now. Interior looks great but I'm not a fan of the alloys, maybe it's the thought of cleaning in between all those spokes.
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      10-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #4
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I like the Alpina Green Touring too, and the engine specs! Just not keen on the wheels or front splitter.
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That is not an obscene amount, but guess that is with zero options, and no chance of decent finance rates or discount.
I tried to spec one as the 335d I have on order and it was up in to the 60's. I never took it as far as asking if there would be any discount as even if it matched what I got from BMW I would still be paying in excess of 10k for difference, and I just don't think it's justified.

I don't relly think I would be too fussed about the extra power and torque, but one thing I would be interested in finding out in due course is whether the suspension they have gone for is an improvement over the F30... as it may be worth considering. Also, they have an LSD as an option (for the xdrive version too- though it is LHD only), so interested to see if it is similar to the BMW performance one
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      10-11-2013, 03:43 AM   #6
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56k

That's all I need for my Touring.
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      11-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #7
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Just saw this post from a dealer who have a D3
http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=913372
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stunning car, love the green
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That is not an obscene amount, but guess that is with zero options, and no chance of decent finance rates or discount.
And unless they have changed in the last couple of years, only a two year warranty and, if you want any extras, there is a 2,000 admin fee!
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Not too keen on the wheels and some of the badges look a bit tacky to me. May as we'll just chip the 335d
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The standard M Sport steering wheel is miles better too than the one fitted in that Alpina IMO.
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You know, I'm not a fan of the M Sport wheel. A bit too Audi for my liking.
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The Alpinas run on non run flat tyres, have a much, much better ride even on the 20" wheels which I hate the look of. If you want an LSD you can get a Quaife LSD from Birds for xDrive and sDrive cars. I also feel that the steering wheel is not as elegant as the M Sport one + the Alpina badges are very 70s in looks. Yuck. Very pricy proposition but there is a lot of hand re-building involved. It is supposed to be a brilliant drive.
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If had the cash lying about, a D3 B-turbo touring would be high on my list, higher than anything else from BMW at least. The looks are like Marmite but I'm so bored of all the EBII and white F30/F31 M-Sports on the road (including mine), I think it would make a refreshing change.
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I think I've said before, the B3/D3 certainly appeal to me. In fact Alpina generally. I think they have an exclusivity that can't be matched by the M cars and as my drive to work doesn't include the Nurburgring I'd be unlikely to experience any shortfall in performance or handling.
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The Alpinas run on non run flat tyres, have a much, much better ride even on the 20" wheels which I hate the look of. If you want an LSD you can get a Quaife LSD from Birds for xDrive and sDrive cars. I also feel that the steering wheel is not as elegant as the M Sport one + the Alpina badges are very 70s in looks. Yuck. Very pricy proposition but there is a lot of hand re-building involved. It is supposed to be a brilliant drive.
I wonder how much of that improved ride quality is down to the non RFT tyres?.... They use Michelin Pilot Super sports as standard, which is what I put our Z4 on. It transformed the ride quality of that car from RFTs, and the traction is terrific- almost impossible to get the flashing yellow light on in the dry. I like the Alpina wheels and I understand they are significantly lighter than the standard BMW ones of equivalent size. I prefer the look of the 20" BMW M Performance ones though. AS I plan to keep our 335d for many years and high mileage I expect to overhaul the suspension in a couple of years time, and will probably look in to using the Alpina kit at that time.

As for the LSD, that's something I will look into quite soon hopefully. I'm quite close to Birds so would be rude not too! And if the standard 313 horses gets boring then they also do the Hartge ECU, which puts it up there with the Alpina.
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If had the cash lying about, a D3 B-turbo touring would be high on my list, higher than anything else from BMW at least. The looks are like Marmite but I'm so bored of all the EBII and white F30/F31 M-Sports on the road (including mine), I think it would make a refreshing change.

The lack of choice for MSport colours was my biggest annoyance... I love the EBII but half of the cars must be this colour! Sapphire black is the worst black around, the white is ok, but its a solid colour and a pain to keep looking great, I don't like red, I found the Graphite grey utterly dull and drab as ditchwater, especially compared to a Space Grey or similar. Given that half the 3 series sold seem to be MSports, it seems odd to have the most restricted choice of colours and wheels on this range!
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The only thing that tempts me about a D3 is the ride, and I suspect that sticking decent non-RFTs on a factory car with M-sport adaptive will give you nearly the same result.
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