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Currently seeking to replace my 320D M sport E90 (07), manual, and move upto a 330D but theres a shortage of Manual ones as Approved Used Vehicles in the dealer network. Thing is you see alot of Autos, sub 30k mileage......anyone know why? Does it get unreliable and pricey running an autobox? Certainly my experience with an Audi A4 with a semi-auto, MFG (?), box was that it had to be serviced every so often and that alone costs a £150!

Would be interested to learn anything useful folks...

cheers,

Tinca

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Manual in large engined BMW are not attractive as a large percentage are bought as automatics. A manual will generally be worth quite a bit less at resale and harder to sell altho having said that there will always be one person wanting a manual somewhere but there will be 9 others wanting an auto at the same time.

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Thanks chaps. I ended up buying a 1 series, 2.3D Coupe with the Auto box. Not my first choice as I'd seen a 3 year old, 07 plate one with only 14k on the clock! But when the dealer showed me their 2.3D demonstrator with 5 years/60,000 miles free servicing and 3 years warranty, I ended up going for it....and its a 10 plate! 7888 miles on the clock and loaded with nice bits like xenons; heated seats front, rear and front p/s; USB connection, sun protection glass, sun roof, etc I was sold! Now just being silly and thinking how poor will my mpg be compared to the manual ed version......hmmmm, never happy eh!? E90 320d returned almost 600 miles to a full tank of fuel mind, so maybe I'was a bit spoiled in the first place!

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You've made a nice choice mate - I've only ever heard good things about the 123d. It's a 2.0 Twin Turbo. IIRC, the book mpg is actually rated better on the 123d than the 320d. I have a 330d in manual and love it. My first choice was a 335d - but then the more I thought about it, the more I didn't want a auto - no matter how good the 'box is - it just doesn't replace the driving experience of a proper manual stick.

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  • 2 weeks later...

The 1 series 2.3D twin turbo is a goer! Oh yes; just slip the auto box into sport mode and use the paddle shifts on the steering wheel and.....OMFG! Such a great little car with a massive heart and ooodles of grip. Total magic; I can highly recommend it. Its just a shame that I have to drive this daily for a living.....I'd rather keep it in the garage and bring it out at the weekends having upgraded to performance alloys, breaks and all the other BMW performance bling! So far I'm getting about 42 - 44mpg but I'm sure it will loosen up and mpg will improve! +++

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You've made a nice choice mate - I've only ever heard good things about the 123d. It's a 2.0 Twin Turbo. IIRC, the book mpg is actually rated better on the 123d than the 320d. I have a 330d in manual and love it. My first choice was a 335d - but then the more I thought about it, the more I didn't want a auto - no matter how good the 'box is - it just doesn't replace the driving experience of a proper manual stick.

I'd agree with that - nothing compares to a manual stick. I was looking at the 330d when I went to the stealers to part exchange my 320d but alas the bling kit on the 123d saw an end to my dreams of stepping up to a V6! One day maybe but the grunt on the 123d will do me for now ;)

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