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      03-25-2020, 01:03 PM   #1
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Andy's Mineral Grey F30 330d

Hey everyone,

Thought in the current pandemic crisis I'd start my build thread and hopefully brighten the mood a little...

So this is my baby, it's a MG F30 330d Xdrive I've owned since Nov 2018 when my tornado red Mk5 GTI was written off.

After a few courtesy cars and using my other car I found it a few miles away from where I live on auto-trader and snapped it up quickly. It ticked all the boxes for me and I couldn't let it pass.

It's an early 13 plate but it may have been an ex-demo with the spec, I am the 3rd owner:

Mineral Grey
Factory fitted M Sport Performance Kit
Factory ACS suspension
Adaptive xenons with HBA
Pro-Nav / EBT
HK sound system
Coral Red Leather - heated front, electric, memory
Folding rear seats with through load
Electric folding mirrors
Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirror pack
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Sunroof
Convenience pack

Since buying it I've slowly taken my time and minus a few interior bit of carbon/alcantara I'm happy... for now

It's now also got

Added coding
OEM Reverse camera
V2 M Performance flat bottom wheel - Leather/Alcantara with 12 O'Clock stripe, F80 trim and G30 Paddles
BC racing coil-overs
OEM LCI Rear lights
OEM F80 Sakhir Orange Door Handles
OEM F80 Carbon interior trim
OEM M-performance Carbon spoiler
OEM Carbon Mirror Caps
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      03-25-2020, 01:48 PM   #2
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Congrats looks good
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Loverly mate.

Who did ya steering wheel and how much?
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Very nice car.

Same here love the steering wheel.

Where from and how much?
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      03-25-2020, 05:57 PM   #5
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Looks lovely, but what on earth have you cleaned the iDrive/Nav screen with ?
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      03-26-2020, 07:04 AM   #6
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Congrats looks good
Thanks mate

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Loverly mate.

Who did ya steering wheel and how much?
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Very nice car.

Same here love the steering wheel.

Where from and how much?
Royal Steering wheels - it was via an exchange basis, wheel was under £250.

Sourcing and fitting the paddles and trim cost me an additional £150 ish.

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Looks lovely, but what on earth have you cleaned the iDrive/Nav screen with ?
Thanks mate

I was hoping nobody would notice - I was cleaning a spill with baby wipes and then thought I'd try it on the screen. It's all sorted now with glass/screen cleaner.
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      03-26-2020, 08:49 AM   #7
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pretty slammed for an xdrive ! looks nice . no issues with the transfer box ?
I'm pretty new on here and didn't realise you could drop'em so low
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pretty slammed for an xdrive ! looks nice . no issues with the transfer box ?
I'm pretty new on here and didn't realise you could drop'em so low
None so far - didn’t realise it was an issue with lowering

Yeah the BC racing coilovers go super low, the front is 30% lowered at present and could go to the floor but it’s convenient exactly how it sits.

Maybe another 10-20mm lower at some point 😉
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too low for me tbh, you lose the oem+ look and it starts to look a bit halfords when its that low

Wheel and paddles are 👌 though
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      03-27-2020, 05:19 AM   #10
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Very nice. Car looks pretty slammed and you have a front splitter! Have you had any issues? I'm too scared to lower my car as I scrape bums as it is on stock springs and carbon splitter.
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too low for me tbh, you lose the oem+ look and it starts to look a bit halfords when its that low

Wheel and paddles are 👌 though
Completely understand mate, I was a bit hesitant about whether to go lower than the ACS springs but I personally love how it sits and still looks OEM + to me.

Thanks, would highly recommend the wheel/paddle investment - one of the best purchases

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Very nice.

Car looks pretty slammed and you have a front splitter! Have you had any issues?

I'm too scared to lower my car as I scrape bums as it is on stock springs and carbon splitter.
Thanks bud, appreciated.

I never scraped on ACS springs. The underside of the splitter has scraped a couple times on massive speed bumps but no real marks left.

What's most likely to damage the splitter/skirts are kerbs so I'm very careful when parking or manoeuvring around a tight bend
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      03-31-2020, 11:27 AM   #12
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Recently noted a subtle whirring sound coming from the rear.

Check and inflated the tyres and it still persisted.

Was thinking it’s either worn tyre or wheel bearing.

Took the car to my favourite independents last minute after a night shift: Darren Wood in Stockport

They got the car up and diagnosed a rear driver side bearing - estimate £260+ vat which isn’t too bad vs BMW prices.

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Very nice 👍 you do like your lows though. Rear fitment on the R32🤪
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If you are gonna go for it with a mineral grey, take notes on how it should be done...

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AnDub, thanks for sharing. Great car, especially the interior.

What are your thoughts about BC Racing coilovers? The rear looks a little low but your opinion is the one that matters the most.
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Very nice �� you do like your lows though. Rear fitment on the R32��
Thanks chap.

I swore I wouldn't go lower than the ACS springs but I had to sort the imbalance on the springs.

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AnDub, thanks for sharing. Great car, especially the interior.

What are your thoughts about BC Racing coilovers? The rear looks a little low but your opinion is the one that matters the most.
Thanks buddy - love my interiors as well as the lows

I completely understand, I am tempted to raise the rears slightly as the front would be a nightmare if I lowered it any further to even it up.

I love the BC's - I would highly recommend - they ride just as comfortable as the ACS springs at the height I'm currently at, you wouldn't believe it, and I'm sure if they were higher they would be even more comfortable.

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      06-15-2020, 11:11 AM   #17
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Done a few mods today

Got my private numberplate on - drilled the front via the top corners but stuck the rears otherwise I'd have to drill through the number plate letters. I'm a bit anal so I got the plate printed at Knights BMW Stoke where the car was first purchased.


Also got my hands on a full set of front and rear mint Sakhir Orange F80 M3 inner door handles.

Next up...

Genuine Alcantara or carbon dash pieces

Dual exhaust conversion
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That looks lovely, love the F80 M3 inner door handles.

Same colour combo as my wife's 320d.
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That looks lovely, love the F80 M3 inner door handles.

Same colour combo as my wife's 320d.
Thanks buddy

I think MG works so well with the coral red

Hope you’ve managed to sneak a few ‘essential’ mods onto your wife’s car
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Thanks buddy

I think MG works so well with the coral red

Hope you’ve managed to sneak a few ‘essential’ mods onto your wife’s car
You're right it's an amazing colour combo in my view. It still surprises me how conservative some people are with interior colour choices. I had vermillion red on my 640d

On the mods front, funny you ask , on the day we collected it, I treated her to the M Performance interior trim (alcantara & carbon dash and the carbon door pulls). Done some coding on her car too, M Performance logo on startup, LEDs on reverse etc.

Still planning the M performance diffuser and a lip spoiler but not got around to that yet.
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I note you have the optional mcds cups in the interior pictures! I often run mcds cups in their black coffee mode, reckon they’ll give an extra 10%.

Seriously tho, nice looking car mate. 330d is the sweet spot!
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Where did you find the handle covers? Is that red stitching? I have a coral red interior too and the current brushed aluminium handle covers scratch so easily, I replaced one handle last year and already it could do with being replaced again
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