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BMW 330i e90 (new to me)


Nigelp
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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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Interior looks clean, any other performance or aesthetic plans? Its nice to have a smart looking car with a bit of oompf! I like the boot lip, exhaust tips look clean too.

I had never owned a bimmer then got the E93 335i about a year ago and have really enjoyed it. Before that i had has a Impreza WRX STI but i wanted something smarter. Whats your road tax? Mine was £555 :(

Gonna have the sell the bimmer after lockdown is over though as i cycle to work now and just cant justify it...

 

 

 

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On 11/05/2020 at 10:35, JRParker said:

Interior looks clean, any other performance or aesthetic plans? Its nice to have a smart looking car with a bit of oompf! I like the boot lip, exhaust tips look clean too.

I had never owned a bimmer then got the E93 335i about a year ago and have really enjoyed it. Before that i had has a Impreza WRX STI but i wanted something smarter. Whats your road tax? Mine was £555 :(

Gonna have the sell the bimmer after lockdown is over though as i cycle to work now and just cant justify it...

 

 

 

Its cheap it 15yr old. Got it minted now and a plate for it. 

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Getting it upto scratch and the work done over the past few months since the place went marxist as been a battle. 

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Very nice Nigel. looks in great condition

I am still chewing over what to do with my diesel BMW it's only a 316 Sports automatic but runs great and has enough poke for my needs. It is on a 62 plate with only 50,000 miles on the clock and has the sports or comfort mode options, great car if not that inspiring. The war on diesel seems to be continuing and I really don't know what to do, keep it and run it into the ground which will take about 15 years :laugh: or sell it while there is some value and buy something else.

I did think about a BMW 330e SE saloon which is a plug-in / self charging hybrid but there is so much I don't like about hybrids, for example the 330e is 200 kg heavier than a petrol only version, it only has a 40 litre fuel tank and at about 50 mpg on a long distance journey is no better than my 316 diesel (take no notice of the bullcrap 140 mpg BMW number for the 330e) and with the electric motor turned off or if the battery is drained you will be lucky to get 30 mpg from the petrol engine alone. Finally the boot is small given the need for a battery and a fuel tank.

Maybe I should stick to the diesel and get a Euro 6d-temp but then Euro 7 will come in a year or two and the goalposts will change again

I wish they would just leave us alone :laugh:

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Cars have been that good for the last 15 yr especially bmw...just ask @BlueKnight and @yokel that its plausable to buy one now that someone paid 40 grand for like a 3. Thats still mint for less than 3 grand look after it and barring old women in small mercs writing it off for you will last 10 year. The bloke down the rd has just got a 2012 730d the newer shape. And when i saw it with his private plate on i thought it was new. Turns out its done 160k miles and he paid 6 grand. Thats a 60 grand car new maybe more. My 330i was 3 grand and everything mechanically electrically and body wise is spot on. The 6 cylinder petrol is probably the smoothest 6 in the world. It makes my audi a8 v6 feel like a tractor ticking over and the bm just leaves the fit and finish inside especially of the audi standing. Not as soft and comfy as the big audi mind. But you wouldnt want that in a beemer. The leather in the small bm is for example streets ahead of the s550 merc i had from 2007. The quality of the bangle era on bms is a revelation after newer mercs jags and audis even the vw phaeton. 

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Bit of an up date on the 15 year old e90 330i...it looks feels amd drives like a 3 year old. Miles ahead of e46. Perhaps not as pretty? Reliability as been spot on. Along with the mk5 gti. The 3 litre 6 is living up to its reputation as the best straight 6 made. It basically dates back to the mid 80s with added vanos variable valve timing. Which id the only thing ive touched. A couple of new vanos solonoids for oil control to the cams. They need to be scrupulously clean. And at 112k new ones were wise. All in all a cracking little car. 

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Quick up date on this. Its been a great little car for a daily do everything. Enough room, and enough fun. And 20mpg to boot even round town it manages 19mpg. But if i was worried about fuel id have bought a moped. Nope great little car. The n52 early silver cover engine with 258bhp and little of the silly stuff that came later is the pick. Just had 4 michelin pilot sport 4 s fitted for about 500 quid and it rides handles lots better than the chingchangs or whatever they were it came on. 

 

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Had new M Sport springs on the front after one snapped (crap north wales roads). Reduced front end lift quiet a lot. 

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