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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. mjt

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    Couldn't you get a bank loan for a lot less than 6%?
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    Yes but the monthly payments would be much higher as there isn't a huge amount of the borrowing offset to the end as there is in a PCP...
     
  3. mjt

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    True. Hadn't thought about the monthly repayments on a loan for a 12-month-old 535d :p

    It would work if he's willing to put some of his own money in there though, which he's get back when he sells. If he has the cash it's be a darn sight cheaper!
     
  4. [TW]Fox

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    Also, if they are the sub £30k 12 month old ones then he needs to ask who the previous user was ;)
     
  5. melbourne720

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    Adaptive LEDs are nice, I have them but I'm not sure I'd spec them from new.

    Professional Media is essential. Well, highly desirable. I wouldn't like to sell 330e without it tbh.

    Heated seats and steering wheel are excellent on a cold Winter morning.

    Add HUD and MSports Plus Pack. Those 330e are quick, it'll need the breaks off the MSPP.
     
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  6. [TW]Fox

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    Don't forget that the base M Sport now has LED lights as standard - not adaptive, but not quite the dire halogen's you used to get.

    Agree.

    It doesn't need the brakes at all, it isn't a rocket ship or a supercar (Or even that fast compared with many other cars in the range for which the uprated brakes are not available). Whilst obviously the M Sport braking system is better it's fairly obvious it's main reason for existence is for styling purposes.

    The M Sport Plus pack is a good value option, but don't go thinking you NEED the M Sport braking system because you don't. Last F30 I hired was faster than a 330e, had no M Sport braking system, and was absolutely fine.
     
  7. panthro

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    I have a 330d Touring until my car is repaired. Surprised how fast these newer x30d engines are.
     
  8. [TW]Fox

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    It's a combination of engine and gearbox - that ZF 8 speed box is simply stunning.

    When you consider how much I despised anything diesel...
     
  9. Dave777

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    I was getting a Pre reg 535d but changed to a new one with 4.9% Apr and haggled a discount to get close to the Pre reg one and got the toys I wanted.
     
  10. panthro

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    It really is. First time I've spent a long period of time driving a ZF 8 speed gearbox. Next car I get will have this gearbox. I'd love to try a 335d and a 340i for comparison.
     
  11. alx

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    Assume your Z4 35i was manual?
     
  12. [TW]Fox

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    The 35i Z4's are DCT (Well, or manual) not ZF8HP.

    If you want a Z4 with the ZF8HP you need a 20i or a 28i.
     
  13. chroniclard

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    Works great in auto mode in the 340i, manual/flappy paddles are not great but ok for a blast now and again. Deep down I think I would prefer a decent manual box but overall the auto is easy mode fun. :)
     
  14. Scrutinize

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    Cheers, looking at that now.
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    http://www.broadspeed.com

    £10k+ off 535d.

    If buying a nearly-new be aware there are lots of ex hire cars around. They tend to be easily spotted as they are often bizarrely specified.
     
  16. jamoor

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    Nothing wrong with an ex hire car if it's less than a year and 10 or so k on the clock
     
  17. [TW]Fox

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    I agree but it's nice to know so you can make your own mind up.

    My biggest concern with an ex rental is exterior condition - but this is obvious on viewing anyway.
     
  18. Rybo89

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    Driving along the other day i got a noise from the drivers rear that sounds like i was dragging tin cans, lasted about 5 seconds. I thought the exhaust had fell off, got out, checked, nothing.

    Now doing right turns i can hear a on off rubbing.

    Google suggests that i have a stone wedged between brake and dust sheild. Hope so! Will check later after work.

    Anyone else had this?
     
  19. alx

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    Ah my bad, I did know that - brain wasn't engaged :o
     
  20. Dis86

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    Not personally but have heard it before.