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      08-23-2012, 03:16 AM   #23
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When I was working at Ford, I had a whole string of ST model cars over the space of 6 years. Every single one was in Ford's "Performance Blue" (actually, or "Imperial Blue" which was nearly identical) and I never got tired of it. I just find this kind of shade of shiney blue is gorgeous on a car

I had one black Mondeo ST and I currently own a silver MPS and I couldn't bear the thought of having another black or silver car to blend in with 90% f cars on the road which are somewhere on the grey scale Shiney blue all the way
Yeah, thats kinds of how I feel at the moment. Loved my Tiag E90, but really want a change.

ST Blue has always been a fav of mine btw
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After owning the 330d pre-LCI for 2 years and LCI for 1 year I'd have to say there is no loss in sharpness whatsoever. The handling is exactly the same - but without the absolute awful bone shaking ride of the pre-LCI M Sport. In fact I've just recently been testing with the tyre pressures and by up'ing them slightly, the handling seems a little better still.

The new 245 bhp engine has a slightly different power delivery. The power on the old one does come in a bit more abruptly so feels quite punchy. The new engine is slightly more linear but does still pull well. The new one does feel slightly quicker, but its a job to tell. I bought my current car brand new so its a job to compare a old 60K miles with a new one that needed to be run in. Also, its getting better all the time and now done just over 7k miles. Even the dealer said this engine needs a good 8K before it comes alive and this has also been said by the guys on e90post.

One thing I did notice is first gear off the mark is quite rapid compared to the old one. I guess that one of the reasons how they got the 0-60 down 0.5 sec.

Note also, both cars were/are 6sp manual.
I am afraid the 330D is a new engine coming out soon, no one has driven it hear yet. 258BHP/560Nm

PS) estoril II and beige leather is what I have ordered on my 330D M Sport touring.
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We know of one that's landed in Belgium on this forum, don't forget But he's the first in the Universe as far as we can tell
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I would hope the press would like to get their hands on it being the fastest (0-60) 3 series diesel ever built so far.

Should be looking forward to a few reports/reviews on the 'net.
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there is a F30 330 m sport in estoril blue at Malton bmw N Yorkshire,
it's been at the dealership for about a week
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Yeah I remember you said on Sunday, I think ... but our Belguian friend is actually driving his, the lucky

HERE's his pics
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there is a F30 330 m sport in estoril blue at Malton bmw N Yorkshire,
it's been at the dealership for about a week
Great try and get a test drive in it.
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Yeah I remember you said on Sunday, I think ... but our Belguian friend is actually driving his, the lucky

HERE's his pics
Interesting thread and lovely Silver 330d!

Btw, read your post in the link above re: brakes - i really wouldn't worry about standard BMW or especially 330d brakes - they really are very very good 'road brakes', with great feel and feedback. The same cannot be said, say for a fast Audi's.

The next upgrade the e90 guys would do, is move to braded hoses and uprated Brake fluid. The hardcore track guys never rated the BMW performace kit, and then moved to Brembo's
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I would hope the press would like to get their hands on it being the fastest (0-60) 3 series diesel ever built so far.

Should be looking forward to a few reports/reviews on the 'net.
Is it really the quickest!?

When the 340d comes out then, that will be what just above 5s ?

I cant wait for the reviews to come out...
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There won't be a 340D There might not even be a 335D
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There won't be a 340D There might not even be a 335D
How do you know there wont be?

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The 335D was announced as being cancelled earlier this year and BMW never mentioned a 340D so there's n reason to believe there ever would be one. It would be M3 quick as well so they could never sell it
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The 335D was announced as being cancelled earlier this year and BMW never mentioned a 340D so there's n reason to believe there ever would be one. It would be M3 quick as well so they could never sell it
Don't believe it sorry mate. BMW released the 330d first last time (on the e90) let that bed in, then released the 335d.

There is a f30 335i, so there will defo be a 313bhp 35d (335d or 340d).

M3s are in the 4s to 60s, so the 335d will still be slower at 5s

Even the new 5er has the new 313 bhp 535d now....
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OK so the fact that BMW announced in February that they were cancelling the F30 335D in favour of more hybrid models is irrelevant yeah?

I couildn't believe it either but it's not like they need one. The current 30D is faster than the old 35D in any situation anyway. And more economical.
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Hi all,

I'm a new member here. Used to have a 3.0L Z4 which I sold in March, been driving a sensible car since then but got bored...... so I now have a 330D booked for delivery in 2 weeks!!

I went for EBII, beige, xenons, burr walnut, HK sound, standard 18" rims and sun protection glass. Set myself a budget so didn't tick anything else.

Can't wait!!!!!!
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OK so the fact that BMW announced in February that they were cancelling the F30 335D in favour of more hybrid models is irrelevant yeah?

I couildn't believe it either but it's not like they need one. The current 30D is faster than the old 35D in any situation anyway. And more economical.
I think you may be referring to the US market which is not so diesel focused as Europe?

The 335d - it's the performance diesel engine for BMW (eg 535d, 640d and at some point 335d).

The current e9x335d is only 0.2s of a second quicker than then e9x 330d
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I'm a new member here. Used to have a 3.0L Z4 which I sold in March, been driving a sensible car since then but got bored...... so I now have a 330D booked for delivery in 2 weeks!!

I went for EBII, beige, xenons, burr walnut, HK sound, standard 18" rims and sun protection glass. Set myself a budget so didn't tick anything else.

Can't wait!!!!!!
Welcome and wow, 2 weeks how did you manage that?!

Good spec btw
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Thanks. I placed the order through my work scheme in mid June. They use the Park Lane dealership in London for all orders. Apparently they are quite good when it comes to securing early build slots so the car is in the UK and scheduled for delivery on 7 September. I think it will be one of the first 330D's in the UK!
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The 335D was announced as being cancelled earlier this year and BMW never mentioned a 340D so there's n reason to believe there ever would be one. It would be M3 quick as well so they could never sell it
I spoke with to heads of M Division at Launch of M6 at goodwood , asked this question re M Performance versions of the F30 and they did not rule it out but had not decieded yet but i still think there will be a M3 rival in Desiel wait and see
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Hi all,

I'm a new member here. Used to have a 3.0L Z4 which I sold in March, been driving a sensible car since then but got bored...... so I now have a 330D booked for delivery in 2 weeks!!

I went for EBII, beige, xenons, burr walnut, HK sound, standard 18" rims and sun protection glass. Set myself a budget so didn't tick anything else.

Can't wait!!!!!!
Wow we will need a full review soon before the press get it
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OK so the fact that BMW announced in February that they were cancelling the F30 335D in favour of more hybrid models is irrelevant yeah?

I couildn't believe it either but it's not like they need one. The current 30D is faster than the old 35D in any situation anyway. And more economical.
I heard the same news NO 335D 3 series thats why I went for the 330D M Sport.
If that info is wrong I will not be too disappointed, I have the X3 35D M Sport now and thats very quick, this 330D M Sport on paper is Quicker
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Yeah same here
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