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  1. E91 330d - New member / Owner 
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    Hi everyone

    I picked up my first ever BMW last weekend, a 2006 E91 330d in black and I have to say WHAT A CAR!

    My car history reads as:
    1996 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 - several years
    2005 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRI - 4 years, now the wife's
    2005 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI 130 - 1 month (it was the champagne gold one - I quickly grew to dislike the colour)
    2006 Seat Ibiza FR TDI 130 - Nice quick car, but wanted something more grown-up and larger

    So as you can see, the BMW is quite the step-up and so far I am really happy with it.

    I joined this forum as I have found it to be the most useful BMW forum going (I had to join as I read that many threads I was not allowed to view any more without registering). All the most informative threads seem to be here, so well done guys! I am not a member of many forums.

    My car is an SE spec car and is lovely to drive. I bought it with 110,000 miles, but it feels much smoother than my Ibiza which I sold with 30,000 miles. My intention is to keep this car for quite a few years, so I am not worried about trying to recoup my money at the end. I am fairly mechanically competent, so ill do some of the manintenance myself (e.g. I will preserve the FSH, but will probably do an oil/filter change halfway between).

    My main hobby is mountain biking, hence the E91 instead of E90, but I have been a bit lazy recently, so need to get out.

    My first goal is to get myself some winter tyres. I have read a lot on the internet and there is a lot of confliciting information out there, particularly regarding offsets and wheel size to fit over the front brakes . I think I want entirely separate wheels for winter, and would go for 4 at the same size front and back (my current set-up is 255/35/18 + 225/40/18). Wheels such as 2nd hand MV2s have taken my fancy, but I need to figure out offsets etc.

    Anyway, now I am registered here, I can start browsing the forums again and get the answers to my wheel questions and any other questions I have.

    Cheers, Rich.
     
     

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  3. E91 330d - New member / Owner 
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    Welcome to the forum mate, you will have to get some pics up
     
     

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    Thanks Lee

    I cleaned the inside of my car yesterday and today I have washed and waxed it. Thought I would upload some pictures. You wll have to forgive my poor camera work!

    There is the odd mark where I will do some touch-ups and lots of stone chips on the bumper, but I am very happy with how it looks.

    Rich
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    Really nice, love those wheels you don't see them very often!

    I got a set of Style 158's (17 inch) for my winter tyres on my 325d, they look a bit like the ones on yours but obviously smaller. I'm told that 17" is the smallest you can go on an M-Sport, not sure about the SE but I would have thought the brakes would be quite beefy on a 330d, even the SE?

    I've gone for Pirelli Sottozero W240 Series 2 tyres, not got them on the car yet but they look the business and came in the top three of Evo Magazine's winter tyre test. The two that came above were considerably more expensive!
     
     

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    Welcome mate - car looks spot on!

    I bet you are enjoying the power compared to the other motors

    I'm here for a good time not a long time
     
     

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    Thanks chaps

    Yes, I do enjoy the power. I have to say I think the engine sounds nice when revving a bit, unlike the PD. Probably the 6 cylinders. Road noise is down massively compared with the seat too. Going round a corner feels so effortless.

    Regarding wheels, I think I may get some 17s for winter. Either way, it appears to be the general consensus that you can get 225 tyres on both the 8J and 8.5J rims. I can use 4x 225 45 17 or 4x 225 40 18 depending on wheel size. I will stick with the 255 35 18 for summer rear and will problably change to non-runflat as the tyres wear out.

    Rich.
     
     

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    They do sound quite nice for diesels don't they?

    I've done exactly the same as you, 225/45/17 winters and planning to change the RFTs on my 18's for 'proper' tyres when they wear out. The ride is a bit crashy for my liking on the runflats.

    Where abouts in North Yorkshire are you? I'm from just outside York myself.
     
     

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    welcome to the forum
     
     

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    Hi and welcome to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you on board.
     
     

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