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Old 09-15-2009, 02:40 PM
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I have 3 VW tdi's (97 Passat w/289K mi, 98 New Beetle w/228K mi, and 01 Golf w/245K mi). These are all the 4 cyl, 1.9L engines that make all of 90hp and 155 ft-lbs .

I was able to test drive a 535d a couple years ago. Unbelievable car! My dream diesel bimmer would be a 330d touring.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:11 PM
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Oh... I was expecting to hear about the Touareg with the V-10 bi-turbo!

See if you can test drive the 335d. I test drove the 330d some years ago out of the country, and it impressed me enough to wait until now to get one. I ordered this 335d without having ever driven one. I just can imagine what it will feel like.

If the cc came with a diesel I might consider that, but my blood actually runs BMW since I was just a kid.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:20 PM
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you sir, are pretty brave to buy a car you've never driven!
I was just at a dealership this past weekend asking if they have one available for a test drive, and the salesperson said they didn't and he didn't know when they could expect another one. This would seem to handicap their efforts in getting customers to even consider a diesel purchase! Most folks who've not driven a modern diesel can't imagine what its like.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:23 PM
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I got the saphire black, biege dakota leather, sunroof, premium pkg, sprts pkg, leather steering wheel with shifters, premium hi-fi, 18" Style 195 staggered wheels with performance run flats.

This is replacing my current cummuter car which is a 1993 Dodge Intrepid ES. Finally bit the dust I'm afraid, but then I'm getting a new car! I get a new one every 15 years or so, even if I don't need one,

C'mon guys, lets at least get a forum going for the 330d and 335d going here. Are we really such a minority?
It just doesn't make sense to split the community up further. Except for the engine, your vehicle is nearly identical to the rest of the 3 Series lineup.

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:23 PM
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Nice to know that I'm not the only one buying without having test driven first. I took the 335i out instead. At least you have driven the 330d, so you probably have a pretty good idea about what you're getting, albeit some years ago.

I did notice that BMW of Sterling, VA has one 2009 335d in their lot as of this past weekend. I have already bought from Fairfax. I'm going to try and set up test drive after the fact, or sale as it were. Hopefully, they won't feel that I'm putting them out too much knowing there won't be a sale.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:26 PM
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steve and flying man (and others)- is the 335d your first diesel?
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:26 PM
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:08 PM
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I am the proud owner of a 335d which I took delivery of on June 30th. Since, I have driven 13,337 miles. I have had a few unique things happen that would never have happened in a gasoline car.
I keep a blog dedicated to the 335d at www.thelonghighway.com if you guys would like to read it.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:46 PM
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i just read your blog, chris. nice job! bookmarked!
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:48 PM
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I am the proud owner of a 335d which I took delivery of on June 30th. Since, I have driven 13,337 miles. I have had a few unique things happen that would never have happened in a gasoline car.
I keep a blog dedicated to the 335d at www.thelonghighway.com if you guys would like to read it.

Chris,

Nice read, thanks! While I will not put any where near the miles you do per month, it's nice to know you're still pleased with your "d". I love mine and just passed 1200 miles in the last month. I agree that this car shines at speeds well above the limit but it also shines when accelerating quickly from a stop. Best of both worlds for me!!
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:00 PM
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Emission, glad you feel this way.

The engine must be about 60% of the car, IMHO. If the engine is important to you anyway.

Most people just put in the gas, or diesel as it may, make the payments and drive the miles. Three years later they are trading into something else. 50% of BMW's are leased I'm told.

Anyway, don't want to start a rift here. Maybe this discussion should be at the E90 site.

So what was your contribution to this thread?
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:12 PM
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.... Maybe this discussion should be at the E90 site...
here's the response i got when suggesting a diesel subforum over there:
http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155904




crickets...
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:15 PM
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if any of you are DIYers, you should know that Pepboys is carrying a BMW LL04 oil for around $7/liter. Mobil 1 5W30 ESP Forumla
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:24 PM
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here's the response i got when suggesting a diesel subforum over there:
http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155904




crickets...

Being a "d" owner, I certainly would like to see a dedicated, diesel sub forum. In the meantime though, maybe we diesel owners can agree to start any related thread with either "335d", or "diesel" etc.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:30 PM
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Being a "d" owner, I certainly would like to see a dedicated, diesel sub forum. In the meantime though, maybe we diesel owners can agree to start any related thread with either "335d", or "diesel" etc.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:33 PM
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if any of you are DIYers, you should know that Pepboys is carrying a BMW LL04 oil for around $7/liter. Mobil 1 5W30 ESP Forumla
That's good to know......about 1000 miles before my oil change, I checked the oil on a Sunday afternoon to find it about a half a quart low. I went to Auto Zone and Advanced Auto Parts and neither of them had a LL-04 oil.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:40 PM
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here's another LL04 available at autohausaz.com (free shipping for orders >$50):
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A fully synthetic motor oil formulated to meet or exceed German car manufacturer specifications including low-sulfur diesel: BMW Longlife LL04, Mercedes p.229.51, Audi/VW 502.00/505.00/505.01, in addition to ACEA04: A3/B4/C3 and API: SM/CF. Compatible with particulate filter and other post-treatment filter systems. $34.60
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:56 PM
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steve and flying man (and others)- is the 335d your first diesel?
I just sold my 09TDI Jetta Sportwagen w 90K to a family member. Great car zero problems. The seats SUCK after 4 hours in the saddle.I would not have test drove the 335d had I not been hurting[literally] from the pain induced by the Jetta seats. I run big miles for work and will prolly be the highest miler in the US with the 335 . I already have 15K since July 21 delivery. I am thinking about swinging by LA to have the software reprogramed. My mileage has improved 20-25% after about 12K mi.I also installed much taller tires to reduce the rpm's at speed. Overall a great interstate cruiser.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:08 PM
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I am the proud owner of a 335d which I took delivery of on June 30th. Since, I have driven 13,337 miles. I have had a few unique things happen that would never have happened in a gasoline car.
I keep a blog dedicated to the 335d at www.thelonghighway.com if you guys would like to read it.
Hey Chris just read your blog and wanted to share with you the great performance I am gettting after switching to the Continental DWS tires. They are all weather tires and ride super soft handle just as good or better than the junk RFT's. I went up to a 45 in front and a 40 in the back[sport package] and it really filled out the wheel wells. Rain performance is out of this world.The ride is so soft and cushy It feels like I am driving in a Park Avenue on steroids while looking better than an M-3.

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Old 09-15-2009, 09:45 PM
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It just doesn't make sense to split the community up further. Except for the engine, your vehicle is nearly identical to the rest of the 3 Series lineup.

- Mike
The only other differences I could find were the differential and the a/t. Other than those 3 items (engine, transmission and differential), the car is exactly the same as an E90 with the N54 engine.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:49 AM
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I am the proud owner of a 335d which I took delivery of on June 30th. Since, I have driven 13,337 miles. I have had a few unique things happen that would never have happened in a gasoline car.
I keep a blog dedicated to the 335d at www.thelonghighway.com if you guys would like to read it.
Chris, thanks for the blog. Man you really put on the miles.

I'm close to leasing a 335D but finding a car is tough. The dealers can't order a car that will arrive before the eco-credit expires. I was hoping to find the base 335d with the premium package and the eco credit that BMW is advertising. It's a good deal but there aren't any cars available equipped that way. I drove one last week with tons of options that brought the msrp up to close to 54k. That car sold but there's another one that the dealer may be able to get with even more stuff I don't really want for almost 55k. With the 4500 eco credit back from BMW and the current lease rates, the lease payments aren't too bad and it's a business car so I may still take it if it turns out to be available. I did my due diligence on Edmunds and called the dealer to see if they'd take the edmunds TMV price. They weren't that interested so we'll see. I've found edmunds to be fairly accurate with other cars I've bought so I don't feel like I'm being unreasonable, just cheap.

Have any of you few 335D owners been able to get the dealers to budge on price?

I used to drive a Mercedes 300SDL which dispute it's age, 1986, was when of the best cars I've ever owned. That was old tech diesel with a mechanical fuel injection system that still managed to get 23/28 MPG. I replaced that with a new toyota camry Hybrid (can I mention that on a BMW board?) which has been bullet proof but obviously not a ton of fun to drive. My real world mileage is 40 highway and 33 city. The 335D should get at least that kind of mileage and it's a great driver.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:53 AM
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The only other differences I could find were the differential and the a/t. Other than those 3 items (engine, transmission and differential), the car is exactly the same as an E90 with the N54 engine.
...and those parts differentiate the 328i from the 335i too!

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:04 AM
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I am the proud owner of a 335d which I took delivery of on June 30th. Since, I have driven 13,337 miles. I have had a few unique things happen that would never have happened in a gasoline car.
I keep a blog dedicated to the 335d at www.thelonghighway.com if you guys would like to read it.
Great blog. Nicely done.

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Old 09-16-2009, 11:26 AM
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To fellow US 335d drivers: how do you deal with the problem posed by diesel fuel nozzles not fitting properly into the filler neck? The plastic funnel BMW supplied with the car is not much help, and can lead to major fuel spills. The good news is the issue does not arise often as car's range between fill-ups is close to 600 miles in routine driving.

Most stations have 2 nozzles on the same pump. It could be a different pump altogether too, I have seen it both ways. There is a larger truck nozzle and a smaller car nozzle. Unless your at a truck stop there should be an car nozzle.

The truck one will not open the fuel filler stopper but it is possible without the attachment to get the diesel in but it is a very slow process. The smaller one should fit perfectly and the diesel hoses are very long so it doesn't matter which side you pull up to.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:32 AM
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...and those parts differentiate the 328i from the 335i too!

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And there aren't separate forums (sub-forums?) for the 328i and 335i owners; so why a separate forum for d owners?

Is it too hard to include a d or diesel in the thread title to signify a diesel subject?
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