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  1. Flyingman
    06-14-2012 03:33 AM
    Flyingman
    I can display up to 5, one large in the center and 4 smaller in the corners.

    I like Engine Load (%), Intake Temp (Aftercooler), Cooling Water Temp and Mass Air Flow (oz/sec), then I usually have the rpm or speed in the center.

    Engine load I think is control of the fuel rack or something to do with how the turbos are spooled up. It seems to be at 95% anytime you give just a bit of fuel, or drops down to some very low number.

    I'haven't figured all of these out either, but like having the additional display plus the code reader built in.
  2. boooomer
    06-13-2012 01:45 PM
    boooomer
    I just plugged in the Garmin Mechanic It's working perfectly, connecting to my Samsung Galaxy 2 Android. There must be over 20 gauges that can be displayed (max 4 at a time). I'm not sure what they all mean - yet. I was wondering which gauges are you routinely using?
  3. boooomer
    06-09-2012 10:46 AM
    boooomer
    Hi Flyingman,
    I Just bought the Garmin Mechanic. I'm planing to run it through my 'droid phone via bluetooth. How is it working out for you?

    Bernie
  4. mdifanis
    10-01-2009 05:39 AM
    mdifanis
    Hi Again:

    That Toureg V10 diesel is the only other diesel I can think of that was brought to the U.S. market to make the diesel the high performance option, but that vehicle got pretty abysmal fuel economy from what I recall. So it seems that the 335d is the first performance oriented diesel that also offers really impressive fuel economy.

    My third vehicle is a 2006 Mercedes-Benz R500. I purchased that as a relatively high performance and highly functional SUV alternative. Since I did not need off-road utility, I did not want to end up with a vehicle that was heavier and sat higher than necessary, and I also wanted adult sized space in all three rows of seats. I don't think the R-class is a beauty contest winner, but it sure is a nice vehicle for its intended purpose. Like you mentioned, I am quite happy having the large wagon/SUV/crossover/minivan/touring vehicle (whatever the R-class is) for when I need to haul people or large items, while having the BMW as a daily driver. And since I snagged one of the rare 5.0L V8 models, the Mercedes has extremely good power for such a large, heavy vehicle (especially combined with the seven-speed transmission), but it feels so slow and wallowing compared to the BMW, and the BMW burns exactly half the fuel.

    Matt
  5. mdifanis
    09-30-2009 11:45 AM
    mdifanis
    Hey Flyingman:

    I purchased the car on August 10th. I have put just shy of 5,000 miles on it in the last seven weeks. Given that I migrated to this car from a 2002 Audi S8 (which I still have), it certainly feels like a smaller car--for better and for worse. I love the driving dynamics. It simply blows away the Audi S8, which was at the time an $80,000 flagship sport sedan. But the 335d is obviously smaller all around. Since I frequently haul backseat passengers, I am pleased that the current 3-series does not feel two whole sizes smaller than the full-size Audi in terms of leg room and back seat comfort. But it is a bit smaller and noticeably narrower. I would never put a third passenger in the center backseat, for example. The Audi has an insanely large 18 cubic foot trunk that also has a full size 18" alloy spare wheel and tire beneath the trunk floor, so the 3-series definitely has less space there. However, the cold weather package gets me fold-down rear seats, so I can still put my real estate yard signs in the back of the car if I put the seat down (the signs would lie flat in the trunk of the Audi, leaving the back seat intact). I love the feel of the real wheel drive and the ideal weight distribution on the BMW, but the BMW's mega-torque sure would be nice to combine with all-wheel drive.

    I love the high-res iDrive screen, but I am disappointed with the NAV system overall for its price. It is out of date compared to what is available for my $200 Garmin Nuvi, and it has several functional limitations, such as not allowing rural addresses to be entered. But it sure looks gorgeous, so it impresses passengers, even though it disappoints me functionally.

    The engine is simply spectacular. While I could certainly appreciate the better 0 to 60 numbers delivered by the 335i, I strongly suspect that the 335d feels stronger in everyday driving where one is not winding the engine up to redline from every stop. I also think the phenomenal fuel economy, while still preserving spine-tingling performance, is awesome. In a typical mixed driving tank in my Audi S8, I would average 17 mpg on premium gas. In the 335d I average 28 mpg or so, while still having slightly faster 0 to 60 times than the 360 horsepower Audi delivers.

    So overall I am an extremely happy 335d owner!

    Matt

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  • About Flyingman
    Biography
    Mechanical Engineer/Diesel Engineer
    Location
    Miami
    What I drive
    335d
    Interests
    Tennis, Dining, Wine, Driving (not in that order)
    Occupation
    Risk Engineer
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    2010 Black 335D Sport/Premium, Michelin PSS 235/265
    2000 Silver Z3 3.0i (Ret)
    1999 Silver R1200C (Ret)
    1968 Black 1600 Coupe (Ret)

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