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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-16-2006, 04:44 AM
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Posted By andy_thomas
Control arm bushings. Again

Have spent a pleasant hour going through the history of control arm replacement discussions on this forum, but one thing I haven't found is whether there are any suitable upgrades available from...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-16-2006, 04:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By andy_thomas
What about the six-speed gearbox that showed up...

What about the six-speed gearbox that showed up in March 2003? Didn't that improve economy and in-gear poke?
Forum: General BMW 06-11-2006, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,550
Posted By andy_thomas
Try Parker's (http://www.parkers.co.uk).

Try Parker's (http://www.parkers.co.uk).
Forum: General BMW 05-27-2006, 07:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,314
Posted By andy_thomas
Well, you'd have to agree that the correlation...

Well, you'd have to agree that the correlation between increasing fuel economy and decreasing level of beating-ness is strongly positive.

Of course, I am beating only certain parts of the car. ...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-27-2006, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,557
Posted By andy_thomas
Isn't that because the 330i is auto-only in...

Isn't that because the 330i is auto-only in Australia?
Forum: General BMW 05-25-2006, 07:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,314
Posted By andy_thomas
I corner fast, or at least try to, which means I...

I corner fast, or at least try to, which means I beat it less, if that makes sense.

Fast cornering (as in, lots of g as opposed to pottering round and then booting it) actively improves your fuel...
Forum: General BMW 05-25-2006, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By andy_thomas
Black cube/beige is very common in the UK. Have...

Black cube/beige is very common in the UK. Have a search on the bmw.co.uk site for approved used cars, where you'll get loads of "real world", non-enhanced photos of cars with beige leather and the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-25-2006, 07:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 691
Posted By andy_thomas
Dunno how much use this will be, but my E46 has...

Dunno how much use this will be, but my E46 has this combo. I resisted the bigger wheels because of London speed-bumps and pot-holery, and than went a bit more aggressive on the tyres (P Zero Nero,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-24-2006, 04:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,683
Posted By andy_thomas
It depends on the city. BMW will not have been...

It depends on the city. BMW will not have been using any US cities with open streets and freeways as a benchmark for its urban fuel cycle. In London, even with the 100/day congestion charge (or...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-24-2006, 04:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,683
Posted By andy_thomas
Yes - it's only available as a 4x4. You could...

Yes - it's only available as a 4x4. You could argue that the 330xi is the better comparison, but I would argue that the Alfa's 4WD is to overcome the inherent compromises in FWD, and if the car was...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 05-24-2006, 04:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,229
Posted By andy_thomas
Cayman: 1,300 kg, 2,890 lb Z4 3.0si Coupe:...

Cayman: 1,300 kg, 2,890 lb
Z4 3.0si Coupe: 1,320 kg, 2,905 lb
Cayman S: 1,415 kg, 3,120 lb

Boxster: 1,295 kg, 2,855 lb
Z4 3.0si Roadster: 1,310 kg, 2,887 lb
Boxster S: 1,345 kg, 2,965 lb
...
Forum: General BMW 05-24-2006, 04:08 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 17,458
Posted By andy_thomas
Several lower-end E46s come from the factory...

Several lower-end E46s come from the factory debadged, including mine. Don't ask me why BMW GB decided to do this.

I haven't seen a debadged M3 or M5 for a long time, but I see a lot of...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 05-22-2006, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,712
Posted By andy_thomas
The current 120i is 2,770 lb without driver or...

The current 120i is 2,770 lb without driver or fuel. Assuming that BMW adopts at least some 120si-type weight-watching, I don't see it increasing markedly. 2,850 lb maybe?
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-22-2006, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,557
Posted By andy_thomas
Currently available in the European markets: ...

Currently available in the European markets:

318d
318i
320i
320d
325i
330i
330d
335i (imminently)
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-22-2006, 03:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,683
Posted By andy_thomas
But they did - to some extent. We can never know...

But they did - to some extent. We can never know how much the car would weigh if BMW hadn't tried to shed the poinds; all we can do is compare it to similar cars, and see where it stands.

A quick...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-22-2006, 03:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,511
Posted By andy_thomas
You're not the only one. From 1998 to 2000, the...

You're not the only one. From 1998 to 2000, the E46 320i had a two-litre engine with 150 bhp and 140 lb-ft. It them became a 2.2 with 18 bhp more. Now, the E90 320i is back to a two-litre engine...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-21-2006, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,557
Posted By andy_thomas
It's unlikely - the 320d has similar performance...

It's unlikely - the 320d has similar performance and is 50% more economical. It is available in Australia, South Africa and most of Asia, and other places where diesel is still stuck in the 1950s...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-21-2006, 04:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,511
Posted By andy_thomas
No, the 320i E90 is a four-pot wherever you are. ...

No, the 320i E90 is a four-pot wherever you are. The E46 320i was a six, though, which was also the case for every market where it was sold.

The base car in Canada is a 323i, with a detuned...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-21-2006, 03:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,074
Posted By andy_thomas
You're familar with them, are you? Being in...

You're familar with them, are you? Being in Australia and all when factory-spec 320d and 330d started blowing turbos?

Or the 360 lb-ft efforts scoring their bores because the owner decided that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-21-2006, 03:49 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,456
Posted By andy_thomas
500 miles out of the last tank (60 litre refill)...

500 miles out of the last tank (60 litre refill) on a round trip to Wales. Oh wait, that's in a 318i :).

Idling in gridlocked London traffic I get 0 mpg, like everybody else.

We have a 325iA...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-17-2006, 02:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,845
Posted By andy_thomas
Agreed. *Puts on best James Earl Jones...

Agreed.

*Puts on best James Earl Jones voice*

That is a la-a-a-a-a-ht o' wood.

*OK no more James Earl Jones*

I like interesting wood trims as much as the next person, but that shot you...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-17-2006, 02:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,683
Posted By andy_thomas
Assuming a lean-burn 330i averages only 4 mpg...

Assuming a lean-burn 330i averages only 4 mpg more - say, 32 mpg - than a conventional, twin-turbocharged 335i (which is a pretty pessimistic assumption), that would save you around 45 gallons a...
Forum: General BMW 05-17-2006, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,154
Posted By andy_thomas
Oh yes, I'd forgotten about that little sojourn...

Oh yes, I'd forgotten about that little sojourn to Longcross!

One car which could replicate the 535d's shove is the 335i. A flat, 300 lb-ft torque "curve" from 1,400 to 5,800 (European spec) is...
Forum: General BMW 05-16-2006, 08:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 973
Posted By andy_thomas
The N53 is being launched in the 330i later this...

The N53 is being launched in the 330i later this year (Europe to begin with, probably). It is supposed to be more efficient than the Valvetronic N52 at low speeds, and less so at high speeds, with...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-16-2006, 08:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,097
Posted By andy_thomas
Well that's certainly true. Off the top of my...

Well that's certainly true. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a many SUVs that are built in the US which is on sale in Europe. Well there's the M-B ML, and the X5 of course; the Jeep is the...
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