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Nigelp

BMW 330i e90 (new to me)

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Ive had this about a month now. The GTI was fast fun but not really my sort of car...to be honest it felt about as good as ford in build not bad, but id expected it to feel like a 3BM and that was too much to ask it seemedthe quality wasnt there. 

I saw this e90 on the trader at a dealer in Bradford with a good reputation and with reasonable miles for its age a decent mot history and full bm history it looked good. Well looked after with all keys. Black sapphire, black dakota sport leather, shadow line trim, bm sun protection drug dealer rear windows and a lot of options from new including electric blinds in the back and the 258bhp 7 series 3 litre 6. Unusually the body is SE with sports chassis, steering, steering wheel and aluminium trim. Its even got shadow line grilles in the bonnet. Wheels are elipsoid and on the back 275's.....225 on the front. I drive us present as is extended leather to doors. Its a very early e90 on a 55 plate. Pro Nav system the lot. In fact it listed at £45,000 with extras 15 years ago...thats a massive 15 grand on a basic 330i of the time. Its also got bmw sos...TV and AUX inputs pretty good for 2005.

Supplied via Holland Park in London who supply official cars to the UK government, but specced by Sytner and PDI'd in their nottingham shop where the alpinas were built.

First thing you notice is the stance which is low for an SE giving away the sports susy....then the disks and alloy calipers all round....discs are drilled and grooved even on the back and bigger than a CL500...all made me a bit interested...along with a grade 1 tracker and security film on the inside of the front side windows to stop smash and grab. It made me think someone had been nervous.

The steering is the best ive had its almost f1 precise and the ride is still well damped despite sitting slightly lower than a standard sport....it was fitted with m3 sub frame and bushes on the back new...confirmed to the chassis number. Not normal even for a sport and hence the 6 series elipsoids rather than the usual 330i ones. From what ive been able to gather so far it was either then supplied in september 2005 to a government agency connected with security, my first thoughts were ex police, but apparantly not as its no evidence of anything but private use and a fairly minimal annual miles of 7 or 8k. All i know for sure is sytner specced it via their alpina facility in nottingham in july 2005 ish. Then it went to holland park where it was stamped up and fitted with anti hijack glass run flat tyres and the tracker. Then went with a number of officially supplied cars to the uk government. Thats all the information i can get from them off the chassis. So who knows? Maybe it just went to someone working in an office doing the governments asset register? Nevertheless id love to think it had been specced up like it has for a retired Doyle type in the Professionals. Whoever had it when new certainly wanted a decent level of security and a car that could handle itself when needed....whilst attracting as little attention as possible. Especially in the dark...

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3 minutes ago, Nigelp said:

Ive had this about a month now. The GTI was fast fun but not really my sort of car...to be honest it felt about as good as ford in build not bad, but id expected it to feel like a 3BM and that was too much to ask it seemedthe quality wasnt there. 

I saw this e90 on the trader at a dealer in Bradford with a good reputation and with reasonable miles for its age a decent mot history and full bm history it looked good. Well looked after with all keys. Black sapphire, black dakota sport leather, shadow line trim, bm sun protection drug dealer rear windows and a lot of options from new including electric blinds in the back and the 258bhp 7 series 3 litre 6. Unusually the body is SE with sports chassis, steering, steering wheel and aluminium trim. Its even got shadow line grilles in the bonnet. Wheels are elipsoid and on the back 275's.....225 on the front. I drive us present as is extended leather to doors. Its a very early e90 on a 55 plate. Pro Nav system the lot. In fact it listed at £45,000 with extras 15 years ago...thats a massive 15 grand on a basic 330i of the time. Its also got bmw sos...TV and AUX inputs pretty good for 2005.

Supplied via Holland Park in London who supply official cars to the UK government, but specced by Sytner and PDI'd in their nottingham shop where the alpinas were built.

First thing you notice is the stance which is low for an SE giving away the sports susy....then the disks and alloy calipers all round....discs are drilled and grooved even on the back and bigger than a CL500...all made me a bit interested...along with a grade 1 tracker and security film on the inside of the front side windows to stop smash and grab. It made me think someone had been nervous.

The steering is the best ive had its almost f1 precise and the ride is still well damped despite sitting slightly lower than a standard sport....it was fitted with m3 sub frame and bushes on the back new...confirmed to the chassis number. Not normal even for a sport and hence the 6 series elipsoids rather than the usual 330i ones. From what ive been able to gather so far it was either then supplied in september 2005 to a government agency connected with security, my first thoughts were ex police, but apparantly not as its no evidence of anything but private use and a fairly minimal annual miles of 7 or 8k. All i know for sure is sytner specced it via their alpina facility in nottingham in july 2005 ish. Then it went to holland park where it was stamped up and fitted with anti hijack glass run flat tyres and the tracker. Then went with a number of officially supplied cars to the uk government. Thats all the information i can get from them off the chassis. So who knows? Maybe it just went to someone working in an office doing the governments asset register? Nevertheless id love to think it had been specced up like it has for a retired Doyle type in the Professionals. Whoever had it when new certainly wanted a decent level of security and a car that could handle itself when needed....whilst attracting as little attention as possible. Especially in the dark...

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Sounds intriguing. Exterior pics coming, I hope. :yes:

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Ive had a few jobs done since i got it. Servicing was fully upto date with a level 3 bmw services including plugs at sytner in february. It needed a new battery and ive had some cosmetic paint work done at a local body shop. Which included respraying the front near side wing due to lacquer peel, the boot lid due to the same and the front bumper and door mirror. For a total of 800 quid. It will be getting a set of pirelli p zeros or possibly michelin sport cup 2 which it came with when new as tyres are newish but mixed makes. 

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19 hours ago, BlueKnight said:

Does it have two or four wheels? Silly boy.....he he he.

 

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nice one, ;-)

i think the body shop which did the paint work as gone to the wall...in the plague crisis which means im going to have to sort out the bit im not happy with...if im right...glad im of independent means in these times. 

anyone noticed that ive put the shadow line back to stainless?...it was wrapped. 

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