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Martin

BMW 320d Luxury Auto

Lindsay has a hire car while the Boxster is away for its hugely expensive and complicated repairs.....  

I've just taken it out for a quick run to see what its like.  No surprise, but despite full leather and fineline wood trim, it feels like a big step down in quality and size compared to the 535d.  Some of the materials are very good, but the tops of the doors, leather wheel, centre console etc could be a lot better.  

On to how it drives.

The positives.  It feels nice and compact, the primary ride is comfortable, the gearbox is smooth, Very little wind noise, it feels quick (probably as quick as most people need) and it's going to be economical as it did 42mpg with me driving it like a hire car from cold.

The negatives.  Way too much road noise, it wallows around too much for me, it had a few rattles, there was an irritating whistle from around the B pillar, the seats are too flat and the gearbox feels lazy compared to the Sports auto, even in sport mode.  I'm probably being a little harsh comparing it to mine and an M Sport would suite me better, but a 520d SE would offer a lot more space, comfort and luxury for less than £100 more!

It has done 17,000 miles, so you'd expect it to be close to a service, but according to the computer / warning message, it's 5,000 miles overdue an oil change!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

So it's not the new 3-cylinder jobbie, then ?
Martin

No, this is a 63 plate, but the new 3 series diesels will all have 4 cylinder engines, it's the 316i that's a 3 cylinder iirc.
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
No, this is a 63 plate, but the new 3 series diesels will all have 4 cylinder engines, it's the 316i that's a 3 cylinder iirc.


318 has the 3 cylinder.  There will be no 316.
Giant

Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:
No, this is a 63 plate, but the new 3 series diesels will all have 4 cylinder engines, it's the 316i that's a 3 cylinder iirc.


318 has the 3 cylinder.  There will be no 316.


Are you questioning Martin's BMW knowledge?!  
Chris M Wanted a V-10

So IIRC a 2-series Granny Tourer 220 has a 3-cylinder engine whereas a 3-series "luxury" 320 has a 4-cylinder engine?

How on earth does the average BMW buyer keep track of what the badge numbers are supposed to mean?

EDIT: And I am already deeply concerned to read that the 2-series Granny Tourer / Tourer is already the third best selling BMW in the UK; I wonder what thay says about the average BMW buyer ? (!)
Martin

Giant wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:
No, this is a 63 plate, but the new 3 series diesels will all have 4 cylinder engines, it's the 316i that's a 3 cylinder iirc.


318 has the 3 cylinder.  There will be no 316.


Are you questioning Martin's BMW knowledge?!  


I'm sure he's right, I'll have to go back to geek school!  

The 2 series Active Tourer is selling very well and almost looks OK in the right colour and M Sport trim.  It's a difficult one, because you'd be mad to choose one over a 3 series Touring which would be a similar price.  However, if you must have that style of car, styling can't be top of your list of priorities and it does have a decent quality interior and engine range, so I can see why it's selling.
Martin

I forgot to mention the boot lid.  When you swing it down, it closes with an awful tinny clang, I'd hate that.   The 520d and Passat boots closed with a more solid noise, so there's no excuse, but it is so much nicer to have a powered boot with soft close.
Bob Sacamano

Martin wrote:
Giant wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:
No, this is a 63 plate, but the new 3 series diesels will all have 4 cylinder engines, it's the 316i that's a 3 cylinder iirc.


318 has the 3 cylinder.  There will be no 316.


Are you questioning Martin's BMW knowledge?!  


I'm sure he's right, I'll have to go back to geek school!  

The 2 series Active Tourer is selling very well and almost looks OK in the right colour and M Sport trim.  It's a difficult one, because you'd be mad to choose one over a 3 series Touring which would be a similar price.  However, if you must have that style of car, styling can't be top of your list of priorities and it does have a decent quality interior and engine range, so I can see why it's selling.


Let's face it all these small people carrier things look crap so it's not like the 2 series has to do much to stand out.
Frank Bullitt

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
So IIRC a 2-series Granny Tourer 220 has a 3-cylinder engine whereas a 3-series "luxury" 320 has a 4-cylinder engine?


The 218 sports activity thing has the 1499cc 3-pot, the 220 has the 4-pot version which is exactly the same nomenclature used on the 3 series.

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