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Old 01-05-2005, 05:38 PM
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The Last E46 325iT Touring...Now on The Boat

The Last E46 325iT Touring...Now on The Boat.

Produced 12/21, Loaded on Vessel 01/03, Departed Port 01/04.
Scheduled to arrive in Charleston on 01/16.
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Old 01-05-2005, 07:19 PM
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Old 01-06-2005, 06:56 AM
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The Last E46 325iT Touring...Now on The Boat.

Produced 12/21, Loaded on Vessel 01/03, Departed Port 01/04.
Scheduled to arrive in Charleston on 01/16.
The Shipping Company report showed up on-line 01/05
Owner's Circle reports "En-Route" 01/06... just a day behind.
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Old 01-06-2005, 07:11 AM
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The Last E46 325iT Touring...Now on The Boat.

Produced 12/21, Loaded on Vessel 01/03, Departed Port 01/04.
Scheduled to arrive in Charleston on 01/16.
Is this the last E46 325i Touring bound for the US, the last 325i variant, or the last touring full stop? Someone I know has just ordered a 330d Touring, at a whopping discount - for March delivery .
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Is this the last E46 325i Touring bound for the US, the last 325i variant, or the last touring full stop? Someone I know has just ordered a 330d Touring, at a whopping discount - for March delivery .
One of the last bound for the US, (maybe the last?)
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Old 01-06-2005, 07:47 AM
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Is this the last E46 325i Touring bound for the US, the last 325i variant, or the last touring full stop? Someone I know has just ordered a 330d Touring, at a whopping discount - for March delivery .
oh man.... I wish I could order a 3.0 touring on this side of the pond..... shiet.
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:39 AM
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oh man.... I wish I could order a 3.0 touring on this side of the pond..... shiet.
It's a nice piece of kit, the 330d, but UK owners are complaining about poor fuel economy, especially with automatic transmission. I think it might be more to do with the heaviness of the right foot

The reason I ask is that a couple of reports suggest that the new touring won't be available until September this year. That's quite fast for BMW, but it does leave quite a long time with no touring in the range.
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:05 AM
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It's a nice piece of kit, the 330d, but UK owners are complaining about poor fuel economy, especially with automatic transmission. I think it might be more to do with the heaviness of the right foot

The reason I ask is that a couple of reports suggest that the new touring won't be available until September this year. That's quite fast for BMW, but it does leave quite a long time with no touring in the range.
Hang on, people complaining about fuel economy with a diesel? It certainly gets much better mileage than the gasoline engines, right? And diesel's cheaper than premium, at least on this side of the pond....
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:55 AM
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Hang on, people complaining about fuel economy with a diesel? It certainly gets much better mileage than the gasoline engines, right? And diesel's cheaper than premium, at least on this side of the pond....
Owners are reporting touring figures of 35 mpg (Imp), which is only fractionally better than a 330i driven moderately. (Multiply these figures by 5/6 to get mpg (US)). Owners of 330d autos are reporting 22-24 mpg in town traffic, which is pretty thirsty. And diesel is more expensive in the UK, because [political] we have a stupid, ignorant Chancellor. [/political]
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Old 01-06-2005, 01:56 PM
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Owners are reporting touring figures of 35 mpg (Imp), which is only fractionally better than a 330i driven moderately. (Multiply these figures by 5/6 to get mpg (US)). Owners of 330d autos are reporting 22-24 mpg in town traffic, which is pretty thirsty. And diesel is more expensive in the UK, because [political] we have a stupid, ignorant Chancellor. [/political]
those 330 (petrol) owners LIE ! NO WAY 3.0 can get near 35mpg ...

even with my 323iT, I could only get 35 mpg at 100% freeway miles, average at 85 mph (from WA to CA) ...

I thought the diesel engines should give us close to 40 mpg ??
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:07 PM
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those 330 (petrol) owners LIE ! NO WAY 3.0 can get near 35mpg ...
That would be 30 mpg (US). As long as you stick to the open road, it should be achievable.
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I thought the diesel engines should give us close to 40 mpg ??
In practice, with gentle driving, the 330d manual should get around 40 mpg. But this particular car seems to be very sensitive to a heavy right foot.
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:50 PM
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Owners are reporting touring figures of 35 mpg (Imp), which is only fractionally better than a 330i driven moderately. (Multiply these figures by 5/6 to get mpg (US)). Owners of 330d autos are reporting 22-24 mpg in town traffic, which is pretty thirsty. And diesel is more expensive in the UK, because [political] we have a stupid, ignorant Chancellor. [/political]
What, you don't agree with his take on neo-classical endogenous growth theory?
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:53 PM
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That would be 30 mpg (US). As long as you stick to the open road, it should be achievable.
It is - I have consistently gotten 29-30mpg (US) in my 330xi on long trips. Heck I can get close to that in the 5er with the automatic (27mpg is my personal best in that car) This is at 70mph average speed on the highway.
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Old 01-06-2005, 04:11 PM
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What, you don't agree with his take on neo-classical endogenous growth theory?
I think he's a prudent Scottish prat

Diesel has higher duty than petrol because diesel cars are more economical - and drivers much NEVER be allowed to benefit from the technical advances in diesel engines which have pushed typical specific peak torque and power outputs way beyond petrol engines, whilst maintaining clear efficiency/economy benefits. (Duty on petrol and diesel is around 400% in the UK.)

LPG (liquid petroleum gas) is currently less than half the price of petrol or diesel. It's growing in popularity, with several variants of well-known, mass-produced cars available in "bi-fuel" format and able to swich seamlessly, on the fly, from one to the other. As LPG grows, we will certainly be hearing of neo-classical examples of profligate and unnecessary government invervention - in the guise of vast, swingeing rises in duty - in the strangled mewlings of a market trying (but, alas, failing) to operate freely. And when cars powered by nothing more than water and love become popular, the Chancellor will tax the **** out of that too.

I think the Exchequer's economics division is stuck in the 1950s. But, whatever .
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