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i,ve had the pleasure of owning a 330d sport for the past 6 months and its a superb car i spent a lot of time looking for the correct spec car, this one fitted the bill and i travelled from scotland to swindon to pick it up i bought it from a well known car supermarket group, carshop uk that have an arrangement to sell higher mileage cars for the main dealerships i have had one main problem with the car the crankcase flywheel split/sheared and had to be replaced other than that the car runs like clockwork and hasnt missed a beat the tourque is phenominal at motorway speeds my car is automatic with the ssg gearbox, a gentle nudge of the throttle pedal is suffice for most overtaking manouvres , kickdown is available but seldom required, and the 3 litre returns 40 mpg easily back to the spec , my car has montanna leather, 6 cd changer, sat-nav, bluetooth, television optional folding rear seats and ski bag package
I test drove the 330D Sport and found that the suspension was a little too stiff, (my wife didn't like it either). we then drove the SE and found the car to be a much nicer drive. The car does 42 to the gallon going back and forth to work ( mainly dual carriageway ) it has more than enough power, I honestly don't think that ( normal people ) would need more power than this. it is very quiet when on the move, although it is a little noisey when first starting up. the quality of the car is second to none, I have had nothing go wrong with it at all, and the build quality inside and out the vehicle appears to be excellent. The only down side of owning the car is that it is heavy on tyres, it will do around 15 - 18,000 miles before the front's need replacing, and you will pay £100 + per tyre, also BMW main dealer charges are very very high. I purchased the car when it was 2 years old with 18000 miles on the clock from a BMW specialist dealer with a full service history ( very important as these car's can do mega mileage without obvious signs of wear ) and I paid 18,000 pounds less than the car sold for new. it had only 1 owner so the poor guy who bought it new took a massive hit when he came to sell it. I had looked at a lot of 330D's and found that lot's of them were imports which was something that most sellers and dealers are reluctant to tell you. although there should be no problem with imported cars, they were originally purchased cheaper, so if you buy a second hand imported car you should expect to pay less than a UK car. (if you try to sell an imported car to a dealer he will always tell you it's worth less) so in my opinion this should work both ways.
Firstly Id like to point out, that after reading numerous reviews on this car, saying just how wonderful it is, how good the fuel economy is, how good the performance is they are all correct. I used to own a BMW 318i (E46 model) and was happy going from A to B and not thinking about performance. Driving like I would any other make or model of saloon car. Then, I went for a test drive in a BMW 330d Sport saloon with an automatic gearbox and my experience and opinion of BMW diesels had changed. The performance is amazing (for a diesel), but not a 330i petrol beater, though you cant have it all ways, as youll get more miles to the gallon. The ride is stiff, but this is well worth putting up with, because when you drive round a U shaped corner at high speed (such as a motorway exit road), youll appreciate the sports suspension. The car does not lean or want to roll one bit. Grip can sometimes be a problem, due to the amount of power going to the rear wheels and the tyres need to have plenty of grip, both front and back to remain in a straight line when breaking. However, youll never lose control, thanks to the very intelligent Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and traction control. The engine isnt quite all of the time most notably is when the engine is idle, youll be able to hear it is a diesel (but what do people expect from having a gigantic diesel engine in front of you!!??). Now for the best feature of this car, driving on motorways. I do about 20,000 miles a year, most of which is spent driving on a motorway. I cannot say how wonderful the 330d Sport is on a motorway. Its hard to describe just how good it really is. My advice is to take one on a test drive, and experience it for yourself. The car cruises with absolute ease, and is an absolute pleasure to drive. Buy one, and youll never want to go back to a petrol car again!
Have just had to give back my borrowed 330d and I will now be selling everything I possess to buy one! The engine is phenomenal, not a hint that it is diesel with a superb gruff exhaust note like any 6 pot BMW but acceleration that will see off all competitors in this size of car whether diesel or petrol, including the petrol BMW's. The economy is superb - even flat-out on german autobahns it still returns high 30 mpg and nearer 50 mpg in more restrained UK driving, not so important you might say, but it gives the car a very sizeable and useable 5-600 mile range. As for the top speed - well Jenson Button was recently stopped in one in France for doing 143mph! The handling is superb although the optional sports suspension is necessary to sharpen the steering for a more sporting feel. Refinement is well ahead of the outgoing shape so if you are considering upgrading do it and in a completely different league to competitors like Audi and Alfa. Any other car out there that can actually offer 40 mpg at 140 mph?