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  1. BMW 330d e90 manual

    Not sure how you managed to get 50mpg!!! :confused: The best I ever did was 36MPG in my manual 330D....I guess it is down to the auto box leaving the car in lower gears for more of the time...
  2. vw golf 2.0 tdi vs bmw 330d....

    It was a late 2006 model, ie pre facelift 231bhp. And yes an auto box on a big diesel is definitely better if only for those us with a wimpy left leg The BMW did have a lovely engine note for a diesel...
  3. BMW 330d e90 manual

    Well after a few months of owning the 330D I got rid of it and am back in a VW Golf...many reasons for it, for those that are interested: http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/vw-golf-bora-new-beetle/131036-vw-golf-2-0-tdi-vs-bmw-330d.html#post1613561 Glad to be back...
  4. vw golf 2.0 tdi vs bmw 330d....

    Here's to reviving an old thread. I did go ahead and buy the BMW 330D and kept it for all of 2 months before a sold it!. Initially I loved the 330D engine, loved the effortless grunt it gave and the car felt a lot smaller and sportier than I thought it would be by appearance. But; There's no getting round physics, once the new car sheen started to disappear it started to feel like the big and heavier car that it is, it felt laborious at lower speeds, rather than nippy its feet. Also as I opted for a manual, I found the gearbox quite notchy and the clutch pedal way offset from the seating position and after sitting in a few stop start traffic jams started to feel rather heavy. How can anyone really drive a manual 3 series is beyond me, as the offset clutch pedal became a right pain literally! There is a reason the automatics are more popular...doh! It also wasnt that great on fuel either, the best I got out of it was 36mpg and that was with quite a bit of steady motorway driving at or under 70mph. I also got a flat tyre and baulked at cost of new run flats and the general cost of servicing on BMWs in general! wasnt a pretty sight seeing that first bill! Wasnt very practical either I tried taking some items to the local dump in it, hadnt realised before I bought it but the rear seats dont fold!!!! I know I should have checked but at the time it must of just slipped my attention, why on earth would you want your rear seats not to fold !!!!! And before someone says security! the parcel shelf isnt exactly Fort Knox. All in all it was an expensive mistake, I sold it and have got myself a VW Golf 2.0TDI 140 that I originally wanted and have been a happy camper since, man I wish I had stayed within the VW fold its so much better a car for my needs. much better practicality, much better economy (47mpg and its chipped) and much more fun to drive! more chuckable and generally nippier, its also a far better driving position and normal clutch pedal feel and position. I know it wont hold a candle to a 330D on the motorway even chipped, but, for normal cut and thrust of A and B road driving with some motorways it really is a hard car to beat as an overall package. I guess that old adage holds: 'Its more fun driving a slower car fast than driving a faster car slow' Things I would change on the Golf: - Less harsh suspension, really could do with softer springs, much like the current mk6 gold 2.0tdi can be had as an SE model, now that is a lovely ride. - 17 inch wheels, 16 inch wheels would be perfect, less to curb and less road noise. again much like the current mk6. Otherwise absolutely loving it and glad to be back in the peoples car! It definitely earns its title...
  5. BMW 330d e90 manual

    Thanks for your comments, really liking the car, now with spring firmly here and summer on the way, looking forward to many a mile in it! Gizze: Would have loved to go for an LCI 330d e90, but didnt fancy spending twice as much for it! I am likewise interested on what winter tyres you went for? RFL or normal? would like to purchase some during summer...
  6. BMW 330d e90 manual

    Hello all, Thought Id write a quick review of my manual E90 BMW 330d which I got just recently. Ive had an Audi A3 1.8T which has served me very well now for the last 7 odd years. Its been a great car for me, I remember the day when I bought it, all sparkling metallic denim blue (still think its a great colour) being all nervous about spending several thousand pound on it. Ive had a very happy >100K miles with it, its had its fair share of problems, expensive to repair some things, some things I repaired myself learning a lot in the process! I had a little blip with it when I got myself a brand new Golf GTI mkV, which I just didnt get on with very well (amongst other things, it was just more of the same and more expensive to run) and sold just over a year or so later and went back to my A3. After > 100K miles with it, it was time to move on... Well after much thought went for a bmw 330d e90. This was a choice made by my head rather than my heart, based on being practical, economical and still fun when I wanted it to be (also the reason why I went for a manual rather than an automatic) Well, after 3 odd weeks with it, Im loving it more and more! Firstly cant say driving a BMW has made me feel that other drivers are being any less friendly/kind out on the roads, I am allowed out of side roads just like as before. Maybe its because I seem to have mastered the use of the optional indicators? though they are bloody weird and need some getting used to! But the way it drives is what is most amazing, the steering wheel is more heavily weighted and really inpires confidence as you know what the front wheels are doing. The car feels better planted on the armac, the more balanced weight must be why, feels much better under cornering and braking, you feel less weight is being loaded onto the outer wheels in corners, even though I know the car is much heavier! It rolls far less, the suspension is more supple, although the jury is still out on the run flats (more about these later), but small price to pay for the general feel of the car. Its also very adapt at hiding its size and weight, often feels like its somehow contracted around you, feels just as small is the Audi A3 was (I havent yet ripped the wing mirrors off...will it be only a matter of time?? ) The torque is impressive, it is truelly wonderful how it can accelerate 30-50, 50-70 in the blink of an eye! The power delivery is very linear, (the Audi A3 was chipped and its power delivery was a great shove once the turbo spooled up at around 3K rpm and then tapered of once you got to 5K rpm) in the 330d I put my foot down and think hmm... but then when I look at the speedo...WOWSERS Im going faster than I thought! Its different, less apparent speed and more relaxed cruising feel to the engine. From just below 2K upwards you get this relentless wall of torque that just seems effortless in the way it accelerates, once you get to 3K rpm it really does feel like the beast under the hood has properly woken up and goes right round to 5K, very different to 4pot diesels Ive driven! Soundwise, the engine has a deep rumble to it at low speeds sounds like its barely trying (in fact Ive tried sticking it into 5th or 6th and the car happily carries on going with the engine idling!) and as you accelerate that low rumble builds into a roar, very nice indeed! At idle is the only time it reminds you it is a diesel after all and then mostly when its just been started and hasnt warmed up! 'A real revelation this engine is...hmgghgg!' :bow: What else? Ah ok the seats take a while to get used to, you sit lower in the car in a more reclined position, but once I'd got the position sorted out (why cant BMW put rachet type adjustments in is beyond me!), its very comfortable. (way more than the A3 ever was!) Much better back seats both access and comfort and the boot is massive! it even has an under floor cubby hole for other stuff you dont want being flung around whilst you're driving. Nice and roomy overall, easily takes 4 adults with baggage and sports gear in the boot Running it also cost less than the Audi A3, tax is cheaper, insurance is a little more, service costs appear to be similar. It is amazing that a car this size and turn of pace can get (a realworld, fillup calculated) 37 mpg on a 30/30/30 mix of stop-start/b-roads/motorway driving, with over 40 mpg on a motorway run (not driving at 50mph either!) Any downsides, well if Im being picky... The offset clutch pedal took some getting used to, but now that I have cant say I notice it, cluth pedal is light enough in traffic. I guess Im not sure about are the run flat tyres, they do make the ride jittery over smaller indentations in the road surface, they tramline quite a bit and getting a puncture will be expensive! I guess Im not looking forward to winter ice/snow but we'll see it is manual so might not be too bad (here's hoping!) Overall Im very happy, in my opinion the BMW 330d e90 really is all the car you'd ever need, I would recommend it to anyone that wants a car that will do it all, but, most importantly makes you smile each and every time you drive it! I know I do! Wow what a novel, hope I havent bored anyone to tears....
  7. Yeah I know what you're thinking, another one of those 'mine vs yours' threads or here we go again 'fastest car on the planet faster than even a GTI ' threads but this is a legit question... Im considering a new car, have a chipped Audi A3 1.8T (150bhp->197bhp) at the moment that has served me well for 7 years, but, its done over 160K and things are starting rattle and squeek, changed the oil on it lately and it was blacker than black, basically its showing its age and I fancy a new car...with a bit more space. Id like a diesel, I like the low down torque and relaxed driving they promote. I have narrowed my choice down to 2 types of car, VW Golf 2.0 TDI 140bhp or (wait for it coz its so similar:) ) a BMW 330d... I want a sensible, economical, practical car, bit still fun when I want it to be. I would definitely get the golf chipped so looking at 170-180bhp right?, would this then be even remotely comparable to the stock 330d in real world driving conditions, ie 30-50, 50-70 acceleration on the motorways, mpg in both motorway and stop start in town/city driving? Or am I kidding myself and the 330d is in a different league to the golf? Much obliged for any opinions... P.S. Ive put on my flame retardant suit so I'm prepared for your worst...
  8. Vacuum leak...?

    Thanks for the pointer, I took a look at those pipes youve mentioned before, but because if their location they're a pig to get at properly so I didnt notice a nice split running underneath one of the pipes. I got a new replacement pipe and tried fitting it saturday. Oh my ! they do make these pipes out of putty, blimmin Audi/VW cost cutting:ffs: The large pipe running into the top of the oil filter housing broke in half along with other smaller pipes splitting apart like they were made from paper!!! Its Saturday afternoon, all the audi/vw dealers are closed. I was really stuck! But then I thought sod it Im going to jury rig something together. Off to homebase I went and got me some garden hose and pvc tubing and lots of hose clamps. Took me the rest of Saturday but I managed to replace the broken audi/vw stock hoses with white pvs tubing and garden hose. Cant believe it but my car is running better than ever, I cleared the boost leak fault code and it hasnt come back since saturday! )) So Ive definately found the culprit. New genuine replacement hoses have already been ordered. Thanks again for your help BM2309.
  9. Vacuum leak...?

    Hello all, I posted a while back about a vacuum leak on my a3 in the a3/s3 section but alas no one replied, thought Id try again in this forum. Original post: Any help would be really appreciated...
  10. ESP Being Disabled on Start Up

    On my audi a3 1.8t the same light has been coming on and staying on intermittently. I used VAGCOM to check what was causing it and for me the problem is a fault with one of the acceleration sensor, in particular the lateral accelerometer which Im guessing is disabling the ESP system... Now Ive read this could be caused by a bad/loose connection to the actual sensor unit, which in my car it lives underneath the steering column (you'll have to removed the lower trim underneath your steering wheel) I havent actually checked the connections on mine, but have taken the trim off to fix a fault with the running/dipped/fog lights switch. Good luck, hope its not the sensor as these apparently cost over £100 to replace...
  11. Hello everyone, My 2001 150bhp a3 1.8t has developed a yellow CEL on the dash. I checked it a while back using VAGCOM and it reporting a system too lean fault along with turbo pressure drop between turbo and intake fault. I checked the fuel trim settings on group 32 and they were reading -5.6% additive and ~6% mutliplicative (idle and load values respectively). I think I have fixed the latter fault by checking the pipes leading into the pancake pipe and into the intercooler and having not found any splits putting them all back on (would appear to have inadvertantly fixed the loose fit or whatever that was causing the boost leak). So looks like its not leaking any more boost. Im still having problems with the vacuum leak though and as you all know there are many pipes that comprise the vacuum system on one of these engines (its an AUM by the way) I bought a forge intake pipe to replace the stock one, but having tried unsuccessfully to fit the forge tip (couldnt get the damn forge pipe down and onto the turbo itself, as other gubbins where in the way and the stock pipe one has a narrower metal section at this point) I didnt see any splits or holes in the original pipe so have for the moment replaced the original pipe back on. (any advice as to how to replace the stock intake pipe with a forge one?? without having to remove the exhaust manifold!!!, should I try greasing the outside of the pipe... to get it through the tight space and onto the turbo...??) Ive had a good look at the oil breather hoses too, replaced the y shaped oil breather hose that connects to the top of the camshaft case, (which did have a hole in it, but the 'system too lean' fault still persists and havent been able to find any other splits/tears or holes... :confused: Do any of you good folks know where the usual place for a hole or tear to appear would be? Which pipe should I check? By the way I have checked the DV (its a stainless steel replacement for the stock one) and the bypass pipe from after the turbo that feeds it, they're all ok. I have thought about replacing the pre-cat lambda/o2 sensor but nothing comes up in vagcom regarding the o2 sensor... Just thought it might have been contaminated and is reading bad oxygen levels... Im a little stuck now what and where to check, would love to be able to solve this for myself. Any help/advice would be very much appreciated. Cheers in advance...
  12. Cheers for the replies, I have tried to look after the engine, I think I will get it remapped... Joy of joys thought, firstly need to sort out why the yellow engine management engine warning light has come back on just recently, its why I changed the MAF and coil packs and replaced a torn oil breather pipe just recently as the audi guys said they were getting a lean burn warning fault code, but typically couldnt trace the fault without me booking the car in for a full diagnostic $$$, I sometimes wonder if the stealers even looked under the bonnet of my car when it went for its last service...
  13. Audi A3 Break bulb

    I dont know how different the mk2 A3 are, but on my mk1 A3, the rear brake light cluster was an absolute arse to get out, many a knuckle bashed in the process, it meant taking off the side panels in the boot, reaching in through a small access panel to unclip the light cluster from the body, pulling it out through said small access hole, changing the blown bulb (be careful to not get dirt/sweat/oil from your hands onto the bulbs, these lights get vera hot! and will last longer if they're clean!) Its all doable plus added fun of knowing it all just cost me the price of a bulb!!!
  14. Appologies first of all as Ive posted this in the VW GTI forum aswell, but I'd like to get audi a3/s3 people opinions too... Cheers
  15. Hello All, I am priviledged to own both an audi a3 1.8t 150bhp 2001 year model and a 2007 MkV GTI. Having had the GTI from new since last year, Ive fallen out of love with it somewhat and would like to sell it... I have a few questions for you knowledgeable lot I know the MkV GTI has a sweeter engine, more torque, better handling, but, my audi is the nicer place to be in, interior fit and finish is better(although more dated), its quieter inside (less road/wind noise) its suspension is less rock hard, sound system is better too! The audi has done 109K miles, having recently changed the MAF, oil breather hoses(they are made out of chocolate after all), coil packs, have just had a service done on it, albeit the cambelt will need doing at 120K (which I understand is correct on the AUM engine)... My question really is whether you lot recommend me chipping the audi 1.8T, whether it makes sense on an engine this old...( I have had revo trial on it a while back, loved it! , but never went the whole hog) Since it has been a while since I had the revo trial on it. How do you guys compare the performance of a chipped 1.8T vs stock 2.0T, would a chipped 1.8T give the same buzz as the 2.0T, I know having had the rare gentlemanly rolling race whilst in the MkV GTI against 1.8T GTIs/A3/etc. that although the 2.0T wins, the difference isnt really that much! not in my opinion, will I really miss the mkV GTI?...appologies if the above sounds like its all about winning races, its not, its more about the driveability and fun factor. I took the audi up to scotland earlier this year for a weeks driving around on some fantastic roads, I know the audi is a fun, fast and capable.. Somehow I just like the audi better, cant put my finger on it, maybe Im getting old, but I enjoy driving the Audi more than than the GTI, should I be shot? ( and no not just because I posted this here... ) Cheers