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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I am new here. Been looking at cars and am thinking about a '01-'04 330i w/ 5sp. I have located a few in the color I like (Orient Blue w/ either tan interior)

1. Is the fuel economy accurate at 21/29?
2. Must you run premium fuel or can you run mid-grade (89)?
3. How many miles can you get on a clutch.. my current Jeep has 160,000 miles on the original.
4. Are there any differences in the years I mentioned?
5. Anyone know what MPG you may get running 80mph on a trip?
6. I see some with the M wheels or ones that look like them with the double spoke, I take it these are the sport package. Do they have to have navagation? I hate too much crap in my cars.
7. Do they have a good security system or do I need to install a Clifford... it will be parked in a questionable area.
8. I don't care that much about going 0-60 super fast... should I look at the 328? The reason I like the 330 is because it get better hwy mpg.
9. When did the six speed come out?

I am a little concerned about quality. Any words of encouragement? Any thing to look out for? Maybe get the extended 7-100 warranty?

Sorry I have so many questions. It is a big purchase for me and I am a little gun shy. I am in the Pittsburgh area and found a few in Ohio that look interesting.

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There is a great mythology around what grade of gas to run. It is more important that it be unleaded, clean and have some decent additives such as Chevron gas has. I've read a fair bit about gas grade and the bottom line is that certain vehicles will only attain their maximum HP with the recommended grade of gas, in the 330i's case - 91 is recommended. However many people I have talked to at the pumps driving BMW's are running on as low as 89. The manager of the parts department at one of the BMW dealerships will only run low test "around town" to quote him.

I retired executive from a large gas company wrote a good article that floated around here and on other forums. Basically he said you can run what you want and no damage will be done to your motor. In fact, he said that if you filled a car up with 87 gas and gave it to some one to drive chance are they would not notice a thing unless you told them.

The "3"s have an immobilizer system so that is about top of the line for security according to our local car insurance company, and you should get an insurance discount because of it.

I have a 528i as well as a 330xi and I find the 528i quite peppy. In the 3 it should be peppier because the car is lighter.

If money isn't an issue, get the extended warranty. I love the 330xi but I will warn you that the "x" of the xi is hard on gas and you will notice it. However I like having all wheel drive even on sunny days as the tires still grab the road better in turns.

Quality - there is a reason why the "3" series has been in the top ten list of car and driver for 14 years running, you'll like it. The car isn't as simple as many of the Jap cars so there is more to go wrong with it. But unless you get a lemon, you'll love the car - lemons are rare.

Tan - I know there are tan cars but I don't recall what the mats are, but personally I would rather have darker mats to hide the dirt.

I can't speak about differences in years, mine is a 2002 and I love it.
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I have a 01 BMW 330i Sport manual. The mpg is lower than the figure in the literature. I get about 28 mpg on average. With the cruise control on it does get better. I was running on the sapce save wheel for a week when I had a damaged wheel, and at 50mph with cruise control I was getting 34mpg! )

I have not had a cluch on a BMW before. The first BMW I owned was a 94 316i. I did 160,000 miles before selling it to a friend, and it still hasn't needed a clutch. Infact, apart from servicing the car, and an exhaust at 130,000 miles the car never needed touching. On my current 330i I have only had one problem with an air intake sensor, but it was replaced under warrantee. It is a real pleasure to drive. I like the sports model, but the suspension is stiff, and if you want comfort I would suggest not having the sport. I believe the UK suspension is harder than the US though.

I would totally recommend a 330i.... There is no better engine than a six cylinder BMW...
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