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Old 11-10-2009, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your Help/Opinion Please

Hey guys,

so I’m going to buy a E30 M325 or more likely E46 M320D/M330DC or 325/330.

so my question is if you had the choices in E46's which one would it be and why.

I might add manuals in New Zealand are virtually impossible to find.
I have found a very nice looking M320D in auto has all add-ons bar the sunroof. If I get it, I’ll dyno tune it almost straight away.

So hence I’m not looking at the M318/M320. surely be boring and slow being auto?
In saying that I have managed to track down a manual M318.

So again, am I better off going for the Diesel or Petrol version and why?
I do allot of mileage and currently own a Diesel Audi, so it would be replacing it.


Next Question is in regards to diagnostic software is available?
I'm assuming GT1 (group tester 1) and Car soft appear to be the most likely software to be using.

Now on my Audi/VW background, I have vag-com and does all my diagnostics and also can graph everything, so I can figure out HP and general info.

I also Have Vag-tacho and Vag-commander. this allows me to get the security key codes from the ECU to reprogram Key's to cars or recode cluster from Auto to Manual and even change mileage and Vin info in the cluster.

Now my question, what's available to for BMW that can give me those abilities?
I DO NOT CONDONE MILEAGE CHANGE AT ALL. DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS EITHER. I only change mine from miles to km's.

Unless I install new Cluster in which case I program and insert the correct mileage of the car.

Any help and info will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
H

P.S. I have used the search on the forum and also google hence i know off Car Soft and GT1.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I were you, I would get another Diesel. This is for two reasons:

1) You said you do a lot of miles and we all know how much gas it.
2) You can't find a manual in NZ so the petrol model would not be anymore fun anyway.

So my vote is for the M320D or M330D.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If I were you, I would get another Diesel. This is for two reasons:

1) You said you do a lot of miles and we all know how much gas it.
2) You can't find a manual in NZ so the petrol model would not be anymore fun anyway.

So my vote is for the M320D or M330D.

lol, that is pretty much what i thought,
however here in NZ, you also have to pay what is called RUC (road User Charges) around $700NZ per 10000miles. Than for owning a Diesel your yearly road registration is almost twice that of a petrol car.

It probably would have helped if i added this in the first, lol.

But thanks for the replies thus far.
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