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Old 08-23-2014, 08:38 AM
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Crossed 10,000 miles. Still in love with the 328d

Just wanted to share how much I'm enjoying this car after 7 months and 10,000 miles, and also offer up some observations for anyone considering buying one.
  • So far, I have had zero unscheduled trips to the dealer, and one scheduled maintenance visit. No check engine lights, etc. I took it in at 9K miles, and hadn't had to add any DEF fluid along the way. Dealer topped it off and did the oil change, etc. with no issues.
  • Fuel economy is at 38.1 average for my usual mix of city and highway driving, up about 3 mpg from when it was new.
  • I'm satisfied with the engine's power. I've never had a problem out-accelerating someone when I've needed to, but where this engine seems to really shine is on the mountain twisties - plenty of power for climbing and passing.
  • I'm 43, have owned many cars and SUVs, and this is the best highway cruiser I've ever owned. After several long days in the driver's seat on trips, I was still comfortable and never felt fatigued - rare for me.
  • I'm glad I opted for the nav system and premium stereo. Best factory sound of any car I've owned, including a Land Rover with the top end H/K system. I use the nav constantly, and never thought I would. The online search feature rocks.
  • I've had 5 people in the car plus a trunk full of luggage, and the back seat was snug, but everyone made it through a 4 hour drive. That was the only time I wished I'd bought the wagon - mainly for extra luggage space.
  • The factory tires seem to be wearing well, with no visible wear so far.
  • No squeaks or rattles anywhere so far
Result: This car will be a long term keeper for me. I'm glad I like the color :-)
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:46 AM
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:55 AM
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Just wanted to share how much I'm enjoying this car after 7 months and 10,000 miles, and also offer up some observations for anyone considering buying one.
  • So far, I have had zero unscheduled trips to the dealer, and one scheduled maintenance visit. No check engine lights, etc. I took it in at 9K miles, and hadn't had to add any DEF fluid along the way. Dealer topped it off and did the oil change, etc. with no issues.
  • Fuel economy is at 38.1 average for my usual mix of city and highway driving, up about 3 mpg from when it was new.
  • I'm satisfied with the engine's power. I've never had a problem out-accelerating someone when I've needed to, but where this engine seems to really shine is on the mountain twisties - plenty of power for climbing and passing.
  • I'm 43, have owned many cars and SUVs, and this is the best highway cruiser I've ever owned. After several long days in the driver's seat on trips, I was still comfortable and never felt fatigued - rare for me.
  • I'm glad I opted for the nav system and premium stereo. Best factory sound of any car I've owned, including a Land Rover with the top end H/K system. I use the nav constantly, and never thought I would. The online search feature rocks.
  • I've had 5 people in the car plus a trunk full of luggage, and the back seat was snug, but everyone made it through a 4 hour drive. That was the only time I wished I'd bought the wagon - mainly for extra luggage space.
  • The factory tires seem to be wearing well, with no visible wear so far.
  • No squeaks or rattles anywhere so far
Result: This car will be a long term keeper for me. I'm glad I like the color :-)
Pretty much the same experience for me.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:25 AM
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I saw a wagon recently, very nice looking car. Glad your liking your diesel, I miss the 335D, but love the X5.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:51 AM
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I saw an Estoril Blue 328xd wagon the other day. Awesome looking car
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:57 PM
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I saw an Estoril Blue 328xd wagon the other day. Awesome looking car
I agree with you. I'm not a big Estoril Blue fan on the sedan, but the wagon looks amazing to me with it for some reason.

Glad others are having a good experience too. I read somewhere recently that the sales of the 328d are up now after a slow start. When I first started shopping in December, there were probably 15 of them on each of the area dealers' lots. Last time I checked their sites, there were only 3 or 4 at each, which also suggests it's selling better.

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:08 PM
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I'm satisfied with the engine's power. I've never had a problem out-accelerating someone when I've needed to, but where this engine seems to really shine is on the mountain twisties - plenty of power for climbing and passing.
A couple of years ago I drove my Bluetec to Denver and then on to Mount Evans.Of course it had 400 ft lbs of torque but that thing didn't miss a beat on the 20 mile drive from 5,000 ft Denver to 14,000 ft Mount Evans.I just might take the same trip with my "d" and see what happens.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:32 PM
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My post in another thread from two weeks ago:

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I was just behind a blue 328d wagon here in Toronto on Carlaw Ave heading south towards Danforth. I've never been a wagon fan but that car looked sweet.
It was an Estoril blue xdrive.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:19 PM
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A couple of years ago I drove my Bluetec to Denver and then on to Mount Evans.Of course it had 400 ft lbs of torque but that thing didn't miss a beat on the 20 mile drive from 5,000 ft Denver to 14,000 ft Mount Evans.I just might take the same trip with my "d" and see what happens.

Well, I know a guy in the area who'd be happy to meet another d driver, so I'll buy you a beer if you find yourself out this way ;-)

I took mine over trail ridge road last weekend which gets up to 13,000. No loss of performance as far as I could tell.

Which reminds me, I forgot to mention that it's also an excellent winter car. Very well insulated (no drafts) and the cold weather package with the heated steering wheel is da bomb.

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Old 08-24-2014, 10:15 PM
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Well, I know a guy in the area who'd be happy to meet another d driver, so I'll buy you a beer if you find yourself out this way ;-)

I took mine over trail ridge road last weekend which gets up to 13,000. No loss of performance as far as I could tell.

Which reminds me, I forgot to mention that it's also an excellent winter car. Very well insulated (no drafts) and the cold weather package with the heated steering wheel is da bomb.

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I might be up for a beer! I run up Berthoud pass periodically, the d is no slouch (not in Eco-pro going up...)


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Old 08-25-2014, 05:41 AM
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Nice summary. I have 8600 on my 328d M Sport so far and agree with your summary below. Great car!

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Originally Posted by Geotrash View Post
Just wanted to share how much I'm enjoying this car after 7 months and 10,000 miles, and also offer up some observations for anyone considering buying one.
  • So far, I have had zero unscheduled trips to the dealer, and one scheduled maintenance visit. No check engine lights, etc. I took it in at 9K miles, and hadn't had to add any DEF fluid along the way. Dealer topped it off and did the oil change, etc. with no issues.
  • Fuel economy is at 38.1 average for my usual mix of city and highway driving, up about 3 mpg from when it was new.
  • I'm satisfied with the engine's power. I've never had a problem out-accelerating someone when I've needed to, but where this engine seems to really shine is on the mountain twisties - plenty of power for climbing and passing.
  • I'm 43, have owned many cars and SUVs, and this is the best highway cruiser I've ever owned. After several long days in the driver's seat on trips, I was still comfortable and never felt fatigued - rare for me.
  • I'm glad I opted for the nav system and premium stereo. Best factory sound of any car I've owned, including a Land Rover with the top end H/K system. I use the nav constantly, and never thought I would. The online search feature rocks.
  • I've had 5 people in the car plus a trunk full of luggage, and the back seat was snug, but everyone made it through a 4 hour drive. That was the only time I wished I'd bought the wagon - mainly for extra luggage space.
  • The factory tires seem to be wearing well, with no visible wear so far.
  • No squeaks or rattles anywhere so far
Result: This car will be a long term keeper for me. I'm glad I like the color :-)
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:44 AM
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:33 AM
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I believe you'll find any car that has a turbo will suffer no loss of power at altitude. I have an X5 35d rather than a 328d, and am looking forward to my next trip to the rockies dragging the travel trailer. Last time the tow was with a Jeep Libby diesel that had no issue with power loss at 11,000 feet. I'd expect the BMW dual turbo setup to do even better at higher altitude since the maker of single turbo vehicles has to compromise turbo size to reduce throttle lag.

Glad to hear about good experiences with BMW 328d's. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:46 AM
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:22 PM
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I love mine too (so far...with a lot less miles on it) but I am very pleasantly surprised with the power/torque. True, my 335d was a bit peppier, but there are so many other things about this one that I really like. I loved my 335d...it was the perfect car when i lived in south FL...right now in the northeast? Not so much...at least not when we are a one car family.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:28 PM
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Just got a 2015 328d wagon a week ago here in Dallas, but I try to travel to Colorado as often as I can in the winter. Traded in a MINI Countryman AWD which was great in 6" snow, but the stock battery was a bit anemic when parking for a while in the higher passes (sub-zero temps). Any report on how the high-intensity 328d battery does, or how hard it is to start the diesel after a few hours parked at -5F?
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:41 AM
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@doug_328d, you'll have no problem starting any modern diesel at any temperature above, oh, -40, as long as you've paid attention to having fuel that isn't gelled up.

I've only had a BMW diesel for a couple months, so have never tried to start one in the cold, but I have had a VW diesel and a Jeep diesel for many years with nary a single problem on that score. I grew up in northern Ohio, and drove the VW up there for Christmas one year. I just made sure I filled a nearly empty fuel tank with local diesel about an hour south of my destination to make sure what was in there was fully winterized for that area. Next morning at -33 F, I climbed in, gave the glow plugs 30 seconds to do their thing and it fired right up. No block heater, no hesitation, engine cranked exactly as long as it usually did.

Just don't expect fuel you bought on the southern Texas coast to be ok at 11,000 feet in the dead of a Colorado winter.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:45 AM
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Just got a 2015 328d wagon a week ago here in Dallas, but I try to travel to Colorado as often as I can in the winter. Traded in a MINI Countryman AWD which was great in 6" snow, but the stock battery was a bit anemic when parking for a while in the higher passes (sub-zero temps). Any report on how the high-intensity 328d battery does, or how hard it is to start the diesel after a few hours parked at -5F?
Can't say (yet) about the 328d, but my 335d starts just fine at -5F. There is a 2-3 second delay after hitting Start while the glow plugs fire up, possibly a stumble or two for the first 5 seconds while warm fuel gets to the injectors (heater in the fuel filter).
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:16 PM
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I might be up for a beer! I run up Berthoud pass periodically, the d is no slouch (not in Eco-pro going up...)
Drop me a note next time you know you'll be in town.
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Any report on how the high-intensity 328d battery does, or how hard it is to start the diesel after a few hours parked at -5F?
Took mine to Jackson, WY for New Years this year, and had a few starts -10F or below. No problem. The glow plugs barely even kicked on before it cranked and started right up. Cranking speed was normal also.

These cars have a heated fuel filter which prevents any ice crystals from being a problem.

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Old 09-10-2014, 02:14 PM
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Appreciation! Saw there was some snow this morning at Berthoud pass so BC ski season is just around the corner...
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:42 PM
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I will be going over Berthoud pass next weekend. Doubt the snow will still be there, but I will be ready!


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