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    Hi all

    Just a quick note to say hi and introduce myself to you folks.

    Never owned a beemer previously (do I have to call it a bimmer on here btw?!), but a close friend has had many and absolutely loves them.
    So the time came when my TD5 disco is getting a bit long in the tooth and needing a lot doing that I figured it's time for a little more refinement/enjoyment, and a few creature comforts etc.

    Didn't want something rocket fast as this is the daily family runner, and I have a fairly well tuned up ancient Subaru Legacy for when I want to go fast (when it's on the road that is!), so that ruled out a 335D (a good one would have been a little high on my budget anyway), and while I thought a 330d would be nice I've gone for a 320D. It's 2005 E90 SE, and doesn't even have 31k miles on the clock yet, so was a nice bargain.

    Going to miss the lugging space of the Disco and the fact I can hurtle down the lanes without worrying, but can't have everything. The beemer seems to be a lovely motor anyway.

    Need a few bits like a tow bar (for occasional tiny box trailer use since I've lost the ability to take garden rubbish to the tip), some sort of easily removable roof rack (for when I need to get a plank of wood from B&Q or whatever), some kind of diagnostic thing for OBD2 and the beemer stuff that comes through it as well, and a chip or remap of some sort.

    Not started searching for all that stuff though. Lots of reading up on here to do, to get an idea of what's what.
    Forum looks a great place for info anyway so I look forward to getting involved.

    Cheers!
    Jim
     
     

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    Welcome Jim get reading up mate loads of great info on here, one thing which is quiet important is show us some pics of your new car

    320d Tourer 11/2003
     
     

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    welcome to the fold now get ya camera out
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    Cheers all

    Don't actually have the car on the drive yet as it's getting a pair of tyres and a valet, plus change of number plate etc before I get it, hopefully before the weekend.
    So no pics at the moment sorry. That said, it's absolutely bog standard so I'll doubt they'll set anyone's eyes alight really!

    Still, it's going to be nice to have something that's not chock full of rattles & rust for a change! Just been out underneath my disco half the day changing thermostat, rad hoses, intercooler hoses, propshaft donut etc. There's always something, but at least the parts are dirt cheap for it. I've a feeling I'm in for a shock with the beemer for parts but hopefully at this mileage it won't need much any time soon.....
     
     

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    Welcome to the forum! looking forward to seeing your pics. Standard or not, vast majority of peeps here just like looking at cars! lol.
     
     

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    Quite understand as I run a car forum myself and it's the first comment from most people on there when anyone signs up and says hi!

    Will do once I've got the car. I can't tell you how badly I want the car on my drive RIGHT NOW!!!
    I'm already looking up loads of stuff, and also getting paranoid about stuff like swirl flaps and oil breathers etc, and eyeing up new filter and blank plugs.
    Badly hoping that the car has got bluetooth but I rather suspect it hasn't. My beemer loving pal says from memory that you can retrofit it (and satnav) but he seemed to think it's a huge ballache and requires several parts to do that too. :(

    I'm not going to ask though as I'm sure it's been covered to death on here already.
     
     

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    Thanks mate

    Right - got the oilburner tonight and had to of course go out for a quick spin. Did a 10 mile or so trundle, and was like driving miss daisy for the first half to see how gentle the car can cruise. Impressed with how easily it will drag itself along in high gears at about 1500rpm or so! I'd reset the mpg meter and on the first 5 miles it went from 0 to 50.4mpg. Very pleasing - that was going less than 50 all the way I think, which is more or less like my daily 30 mile round trip commute. Bit better than the 30mpg I'm used to from the Landy, and even driving as gently as possible my Legacy has never given me more than 30mpg either.

    On the way back I had a spritely drive, but not any higher than 70-80 (and I can do here where appropriate as we've no national limit) and when I got home it still said 47mpg average!!

    Here's a few grainy iphone pics anyway - sorry for the quality.




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