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#1620857 - 24/05/2018 12:17 Follow up to the what car?
samsite999 Offline
I AM a Coop

Registered: 09/10/2007
Posts: 11053
Loc: ,
I had originally set out with my heart set on a porsche cayman s. I loved the look of the car but it was top of budget for a nice one and I had read far far to many horror stories as regards the engines just letting go.
I then looked at 370z older 3.2 boxters, I even looked at a nissan duke gtr thing... the test drive was less than exciting.

A friend just bought a 335d so I took that out for a spin and loved everything about it, apart from the noise. Yes they get better MPG and they are probably a little quicker but after having a oil burner for a few months its a very good car... but I dont look forward to driving it!

Its been time to clear the drive for some time, so all the panda's are now gone including the older 4x4, the Rx8 is gone. I even sold the camper that wasn't getting use...

And I settled on.....

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BMW 335i Took some time to get the spec and miles I wanted, opted for the DCT as I wanted a happy mix of not having to use a clutch but still being able to have a little fun.

2007-2010 is a bad set of years on these, if you know anything about the n54 although its an awesome tuning platform there are well known issues with waste gate rattle, injectors, Turbos letting go (at this age they do) high pressure fuel pumps... I suppose any platform has issues. The one thing though that I cant suffer, the one thing that put me off...

Was the flappy paddles on the steering wheel, pre 2010/11 push to do down, pull go to up (on both sides) post 2010/11 right paddle 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and left to go 7,6,5,4,3,2,1

So I bagged a early n55 (which still has issues)

Had it for a few days and can say I am in love, Never had a BMW, they look dull, and like I should be on my way to a sales meeting talking about quarterly performance...

As a driving car though, as a place to sit its really very very good. I can drive it like miss dazy is taking a sunday stroll and its happy. Its relaxed and laid back, the stereo and the updated idrive is very good. The phone integration works well, it supports bluetooth media streaming so I can listen to my podcast or spotify. The maps are....ok the traffic integration is not bad. Around town the gearbox just works. It does its thing and its hard to know its there.

On a b road, it's a little quick, the box is awesome and put it in sports manual and it does what you want it to do, exceptionally quickly. Sports mode opens up a flap in the exhaust so it sounds a little more performance like. It does however from a handling perspective feel heavy.... because it is and that really stops you from being to much of an idiot.

All in all, happy, no real annoyances on the car and feel better for just having the one car smile

#1620864 - 24/05/2018 14:19 Re: Follow up to the what car? [Re: samsite999]
bezzer Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 5874
Loc: 2011 and 2015 FCCUK F1 Champ.
Nice one Sam.

As you said they're a little dull to look at but the 335 is a fantastic car to drive. Chap at work drives his around in Sports mode all the time biglaugh

Well done thumb

......My Boy...... (PB #7)

#1620880 - 25/05/2018 05:23 Re: Follow up to the what car? [Re: samsite999]
DanTheManc Offline
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Registered: 17/12/2005
Posts: 2101
Loc: The clues in the name
Congrats on the new car. I had a 335i coupe a few years back.

Like you say, it's a very nice place to be. Probably my favourite interior of any car I've owned. I bought a brand new M135i in 2013 after my 2008 335i and it felt like a huge step down in interior quality.

I don't know if you're into modding at all but I'd recommend a remap or a JB4. My car Dyno'd at 375bhp with the JB4 and it really does unleash the beast. I'd also recommend you change from the standard runflats to standard tyres if your car has them. They're like concrete boots with them having no give. They also cause the alloys to crack.
2000 Moony 20VT6
BMW 335i
BMW M135i
2017 Cupra 290 Black Edition

#1621694 - 10/06/2018 21:32 Re: Follow up to the what car? [Re: samsite999]
Gunzi Offline
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Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6840
Loc: Southsea
Just spotted this Sam, great choice! Does this mean you only have 1 car now?

#1621724 - 11/06/2018 16:48 Re: Follow up to the what car? [Re: samsite999]
samsite999 Offline
I AM a Coop

Registered: 09/10/2007
Posts: 11053
Loc: ,
We have a car each, and a car that im putting back together when I get some time... me and sellyspeed gearboxes don't do well it would seem
Its been nice to clear the decs and it was getting a little silly, after all.. how many cars can you drive at the same time!

Focus is placed elsewhere at the moment. Im sure normal service will resume in 12 months time.
Dan, when I have time and the budget to replace all the runflats, I will. Its a hard pill to swallow as they are all nearly new on there at the moment.