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BMW 335d

No, I did not buy it. :)

Last night at the BMWCCA meeting a dealer brought out a brand new BMW 335d (yeah, that's d for diesel). It's a 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine. When you start it up, you would never guess it was a diesel unless someone told you. The tone of the engine is distinct though from a gas engine and it sounds really sweet.

Everyone took it out for a spin and it was a thrill. When you ease into the gas, the throttle response is almost instantaneous. It deliver a LOT of torque at a very low speed (up to 420 ft lbs.). It's just weird to accelerate while getting on the highway. There is so much power there but it feels like the engine is idling.

Don't get me wrong, I still love my 2003 325xi and all of it's 95,000 miles. I plan on keeping it a few more years to enjoy no car payments. However, they took the 3 series up a whole other notch. It's amazing how BMW just keeps improving it just when you think they can't.

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hannibull
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
the diesel version has good mileage i bet
snowboardjoe
Mar. 20th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Actually, not all that much as I hoped. According to the brochure, it claims 22/30 I think. Then, again, this is a 3.0L engine with twin-turbo. I guess that's still pretty good for such a powerful engine. This is the same gas mileage as my current car. However, it burns MUCH cleaner than mine ever did.
dan4behr
Mar. 20th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Isn't the US market 335d automatic-transmission only? If so, that would be a deal breaker for me.

It's amazing how BMW just keeps improving it just when you think they can't
One major thing should improve very soon - the styling - as lead designer Chris Bangle is now gone and hopefully the current era of late 90's Pontiac-inspired styling will be history as well.
Hate to bust their balls on that but they do need to get a grip with the current designs...
snowboardjoe
Mar. 20th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, only the automatic is available here in the US. I'm OK with the styling, but I definitely prefer the earlier styles like my car and the E30. That double-headlight (equally sized) is just a classic look for BMW that should not be messed with.
dan4behr
Mar. 20th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Too bad about the lack of a proper manual.

Agreed. I like the E36/46 and the E30 is a quintessential BMW classic. BMW just irritated me about the time of the current 7 series along with the advent of the Bangle-butt. BMW always stood for form over function and Bangle completely turned that concept on it's head. I-drive follows that criticism as well, but I understand it's improved...probably too many crashes involving drivers trying to adjust air temps or fiddle with the audio system.

But from what I understand, the current 7 series is the best-selling 7 ever, so what do I know? ;-)

But please, somebody explain to me the lunacy behind the X6?
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