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      06.01.2010 19:13

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      If I could afford one again now, I'd buy it in a heartbeat

      Why oh why did I sell my BMW 3 series coupe? Biggest mistake! This was THE only car I have ever had that absolutely never let me down. Even when it came to the MOT, there was never a single thing wrong. Admittedly I only had it for a couple of years but all the same, it did a lot of miles commuting to and from work every day, so it certainly went through some wear and tear. Now when anyone asks me to recommend a car, it's this one every time. What I also love is the gadgets, especially the help you get with reversing - a big plus for me as I have never been the best reverser in the world. Some say it's become chav to drive a beemer, but I say not. It can hold it's own, is well made and will serve you well. Just buy a pillar box red one for a bit of extra wow factor.

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      15.01.2008 10:33
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      beautiful car inside and out

      im eighteen years old, living in british columbia canada, i own an eleven hundred cc yamaha motorcycle and love ripping through river side winds at high speeds and smooth maneuvers. i recently purchased a 2001 bmw 330ci full load with the six cd changer, heated memory leather seats navi gps, five speed transmission the whole nine yards, to say the car is beautiful running and handling is an understatement to say it has power is also an understatement this car in fifth gear brought a whole new meaning to my definition of "opening up" you hit fifth gear on my bike and i thought it "opened up" but in my bimmer, going from one thirty to two twenty five..ish... has never been so smooth, so easy, and so sturdy, no questions asked this car flies through corners and triple digit speeds, and slaughters any winds, chicayns, corners, bends without any panic, no questoins asked, could not be happier with the performance of my car. Its black exterior matches the tinted windows, and its black clean crisp leather only suits to well. The Harmon Kardon sound system, is the most full sounding stereo i have ever experienced, the sleeek grill and wheels make bmw's 330ci an unbelievable car to drive, especially when your eighteen and feeling invincible :)

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        20.04.2004 02:52

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        BMW 330Ci sport 2003 - Advantages: Good Looking, Good for Price - Disadvantages: None

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        20.06.2003 21:25
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        I bought my car brand new about 3 weeks ago, and it would be an understatement to say that I liked it.........I love it! Firstly, the car I bought is Sapphire black with beige leather interior. I had a 6 disc CD changer and a tracker fitted. Its the sports model, so comes with a meaner looking front and rear bumper, slightly firmer suspension, sports multi funtion steering wheel, 'M' gear knob and kick plates inside the doors, it also has the 18" 'M' V spoke wheels (225/45's on the front, 255/35's on the rear). Additional options that the car came with are a front arm rest, heated front seats and 3rd seat belt in the rear. The 330 comes with a very generous list of 'free' extras though.... rear parking sensors, air conditioning, automatic rain sensors, automatic lights, automatic dipping rear view mirror, passenger wing mirror that drops when reverse is selected so you can see the curb, cruise control, trip computer, one touch electric windows (front and rear tilt), electric memory seats, dynamic stabilty control etc etc. The car itself is very sleek to look at and very comfortable inside with much of your driving position being adjustable, steering wheel height, seat height, etc. But to be honest, I wasn't really interested in the cars looks although it does look very nice. I was tempted by the 3 litre, 231bhp engine. 0-60 in 6.5 secs (although times vary depending where you look). The first time I drove a 330, it had an automatic with steptronic box......... Oh dear.... no no no no! I'm not a fan of automatics so my opinion of this car is biased. Very easy to drive but I seemed to be very removed from the fun. But your foot down and the engine revs and pulls, then revs more as the gears change again, no not for me........ Then I drove the clubsport...........manual. Lovely! Anyway, back to my car. Very smooth power all the way through the rev range, so smooth it hardly feels like you'r e accelerating, until you look at the speedo of coarse! 'Oh my, I seem to be doing 90, oops!' Apparently the car will easily go on to it's 155mph limiter but I haven't yet done that myself, I've only managed 150mph so far, obviously not on the public highway! First and second gears are brutal, the DSC minimising wheel spin but also restricting acceleration, third and forth gears feel strong and full of torque and fifth will effortlessly carry you as fast as you dare go. The car handles like a dream, if you drive the car normally you'll experience a smoth comfortable ride. But as the speed increases the ride seems to firm up, the steering so precise that you can easily forget how quick you're going, but even if you go a bit too quick the DSC cuts in and saves you from a potentially embarrassing and expensive mistake. You can turn the DSC down......... or even off though, as I've already found that it cuts in a bit too early. To summarise, this car is lovely, it handles beautifully, it is very fast, it has all the gadgets that I want............. but it drinks petrol like there's no tomorrow. So far I've averaged about 26 mpg and most of that has been very relaxed driving!

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          31.12.2002 11:53
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          MY BOSS INTERROGATED BY POLICE AND HE TELL THEM ALL ABOUT ME. THEY DONT KNOW WHERE I LOVE THOUGH. DUMB PIGS! I GET GETAWAY CAR JOB FROM FELLOWS IN DA HOOD WASSUP YO. THEYP AY ME 10 PERCENT TO MAKE CLEAN GETAWAY. UPFRONT I GET BLOWJOB FROM TEAM OF HOOKERS. HAHAHAA I COVER THEM IN WHITE GOO. I USE A BMW CAR AND DRIVE TWO GUYS UP TO GROCERY STORE AT FOUR AM IN MORNING AND WAIT THERE. WHILE THEY INSIDE A COP DRIVES BY AND NOTICES AND CALLS FOR BACKUP. I HONK HORN AND THEY RUN OUT WITH CHIPS AND SEVENTY BUCKS. ONE GUY LEFT BEHIND WHEN I SPED OFF. POLICE NABBED HIM AND HE CAME CLEAN THEN THEY THREW HIM IN JAIL WITH BROTHER OF BUBBA. SEVENTY BUCKS, HAHA THAT GREAT! GUYS DONT SEEM TO THINK SO BUT WE SPLIT IT FAIRLY AND GET 35 EACH. I PUT THIS TOWARDS RENTING A GARAGE FOR OUR BAND TO PRACTICE IN. POOBANDITS WILL ONE DAY BE SUCCESSFUL BAND!

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            09.07.2001 05:47
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            I have just purchased a new BMW 330Ci (2001 model), with leather interior, satellite navigation system, steptronic gearbox, and electric sunroof. The exterior of the car is superb. The styling is sleek, sophisticated and modern. Its instantly recognisable as a luxury car. The interior certainly does not disagree with first impressions! The leather seats are very comfortable, well made, and their position can be adjusted electronically. The car even remembers your seating and mirror preferences and can set them automatically when you start the car! The controls are all at your fingertips, and several functions are available on the sports steering wheel itself including the steptronic gears which I will detail later. Everything is exactly where you would expect it, intuitive and logical. The satellite navigation system is not well docuemented in the brochures, so I was keen to test it out and see exactly how it works. The system knows your current location using GPS satellites which orbit the planet, and an onboard compass so it knows which direction you are facing. Inputting the destination is simple, just twist a knob to find the first letter of the place, push it in, and go to the next letter. You tend to just have to enter a few letters and it will guess the placename you require. Its very quick, and the lack of a keyboard presents no problems. The route is then calculated and a very well spoken English lady gives you clear directions. The routes given so far have all been very presise and again very logical. The navigation system also doubles up as a TV set while stationary, with automatic tuning, a superb picture clarity, and stereo sound through the hifi speakers. While driving the TV is not viewable, although you can continue to hear the programme, although with weak signals the engine does tend to interfere very slightly with the sound quality whilst moving. The centre console contains a handy drinks hold er, which can hold up to three glasses or cans quite confortably. The dashboard also has quite a large flat surface to place objects on whilst parked. You can quite easily enjoy a three course picnic on a long journey from the comfort of the car. The passengers in the back have plenty of leg room and confortable seats. There is a centre armrest which is wide enough for two people. The air conditioning unit can be put on automatic mode, which will maintain a temperature suitable for the driver. If there are outside pollutants detected then it will also automatically recirculate the air inside to prevent odours from getting into the car. The six disc CD changer (optional) is located in the boot. It hasnt skipped so far, and the sound quality is excellent. There is also an RDS radio, simply select the station name from the screen, press the knob and the station is selected. It also supports traffic announcements from other stations and will fade them in to the programme you are listening to. Now on to driving itself - afterall that is what most people would buy a car for! I chose the steptronic gearbox, which gives you the choice of fully automatic or a semi-automatic mode where you use nudge the gear lever up or down to change gear like in a racing car. Automatic mode is very sporty, with very fast gear changing, smooth acceleration, and virtually effortless driving! Slip the gearbox into reverse and the left mirror dips down to aid you in reversing! It seems our German friends have thought of everything in designing this car. There certainly doesn't seem to be anything missing that a small fridge in the boot would not put right! Safety features include dynamic stability control, ABS, plus passenger and driver air bags. There is also a rain sensor to automatically activate the windscreen wipers, and an automatically dimming rear view mirror to stop you getting blinded from headlights behind at night! Its a fantastic beast of a machine. Very quiet to drive, the engine almost sounds like it is purring, but put your foot down and you will instantly feel the power! Of couse it does drink a lot of petrol, but to drive such a luxurious and exciting car - the cost seems almost worth it!

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              07.05.2001 17:56
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              I've owned the predecessor of the the 330Ci, the 328Ci, for a year now, having previously owned 4 BMWs. I bought it new only to discover that the 330Ci was announced a few months later, and it was significantly cheaper. That's garages for you. The car itself is stunningly good looking, very quick and smooth. It does however have a few drawbacks which anyone looking at buying one should consider. Surprisingly I don't believe the build quality to be as it used to be. For example the Harman Kardon hi-fi system is excellent at loosening panels and demonstrating the 328's propensity to shake, rattle and roll along to the music. The low profile tyres are a nightmare. I'm now on my fourth tyre and third wheel, after hitting a couple of pot holes and scraping the kerb twice. My fault, I know, but the low profiles are unforgiving. A tyre and wheel will set you back 600 quid in a BMW garage - they don't tell you that in the brochure! I do love driving the car but I don't think I'll buy another one...the M5 beckons.

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                17.09.2000 19:15
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                The other day I had a test drive in a shiny new 330Ci. It was stacked to the eyeballs with gadgets and extras, but I was interested in the engine. Driving this car was quite amazing. The engine is so smooth and so quiet it is easy to go extremely quickly without realising it. The car I drove had BMW's automatic Steptronic gearbox. This means that it can be driven as an automatic (stick it in Drive and leave it) or can be switched to Steptronic mode by moving the gearlever to the right (Sport mode) and change gears manually by nudging the lever backwards and forwards. In sport mode the automatic changes up a gear once it hits the redline. The engine revs very freely and the 6500rpm redline comes around very quickly. Even with the automatic box, this car accelerates very quickly, and is very quick overall. The car itself is solidly built as you would expect for a BMW. The leather seats were comfortable, the climate control keeps you at the right temperature. Driver, passenger and side airbags keep you safe (allegedly) and a computer tells you how many miles you have left in the tank. The test car rode astonishingly well considering it came with 18" M-sport wheels fitted with 255/35 Michelin Pilots on the rear and 235/35s on the front. It soaked up potholes and was composed and civilised the whole time. Floor the accelerator and the car accelerates very quickly and quietly and before you know it you are hurtling towards the horizon. The brakes are equally impressive, hauling you to a stop in next to no time. During my test drive I was never aware of the ABS, or the DSC, or the ASC. This car seems so capable that you would really have to be driving like a hooligan to get the electronic gadgets to start to work. The only downside of this car is the cost. A basic on the road price of £28000 is more than I can afford (being a student) but it is a small price to pay for a car with a 290bhp straight six. This engine is probably among the best production engines around. It is so smooth, quiet, powerful and fast that it is an absolute joy. It can also be effortless to drive with the automatic gearbox and cruise control. It can be driven from the multi-function steering wheel as the car will accelerate using the cruise control buttons on the wheel. The current 3-series is one of the ultimate saloon cars on the road and the 330Ci is the best of the lot. It really is as good as everyone says it is and the version I test drove with the 18" alloys in black looked out of this world. In fact it looked as good as it drove. All I have to do is save up for a few years and I might be able to own one!

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