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  1. Hi All - new E46 330i (2002) sport saloon owner 
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    Hi Members,

    I have just had a pleasure of getting my first "bimmer" at 30....

    First car ever was '92 For Escort 1.6 LX - bad boy - I know...

    Moved to a '91 Red 1.4 Golf which had the unique spec of the fan tanning you in the summer (rad crack so overheating and had to put fan on to cool the engine) and freezing you in the winter- I remember having to wrap up in the cold when driving in this heap...

    Finally I moved on to what was then my dream car - a '95 Toyota Soarer - V8 lump and silk smooth - till I managed to wrap it round a tree round the corner from my house... EMBARASSING...

    I was not quite done with Soarer ownership so managed to get another '95 V8 and was happy with it as a weekend driver for the last 3 years of ownership.

    Now I was previously not a major BMW enthusiast - and now I dont know why - after driving a couple of E46 320/330 I feel I found my calling. After looking for just 1 week I found a decent example of a 2002 e46 330i sport (4 door). Has 74k miles otherwise a pretty standard spec (M sport). I had to have the sporty look but wanted something that was a practical saloon too for the wife/baby.

    I have managed to convince the wife that the 330i sport saloon was the perfect car for all our needs now that we have the baby.... and is very safe- not sure she will approve once we start going out in it... This thing is quick!

    And it is an absolutely joy to drive... just getting used to the feel of it all.

    My only questions to other forum members:

    - Should the steering on this 330i sport feel heavier than other BMWs? It's still definitely working else the wife could not steer it at all. I have checked the power steering fluid is not leaking - but how do you check if the p/s pump may be on its way out? Looking at threads it could be a few hundred to replace. Anyone know any good independent garages in SW19?

    - I know the ride is firmer by dint of the sport's suspension but if I wanted to 'soften' this up - what would you suggest? Anyone riding on this with the "17 BMW sport alloys noticing a difference compared to the 18" MV alloys?

    A pleasure to finally be a BMW owner.

    Regards to you all.

    AZ
     
     

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    Welcome to the site mate, great car you've got would be nice to see some photos

    As for your queries, if you post them in the E46 section of the forum you'll get a good response and number of replies, this is a brilliant forum you won't find a better BMW forum out there
     
     

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    welcome, You have a cracking car there! my first car was a cavalier sallon 1.6, c reg lol if you want a softer ride, but still quite sporty, i would go for the se suspension. still lower than standard, but not as harsh! also 17s with taller rubber will improve the ride also. ps, i wish my stearing was a little heavier, seems like the car is in a constant state of vaugue-ness,.
     
     

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    Welcome to the site mate!

    I'm a newbie still, too! Nice car! (ive got one!)
     
     

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    Thanks for the response ppl! That is quick.. beats a lot of forums I have joined in the past (but perhaps with some of the rare japs what could you expect)

    I will post any specifics to the E46 section.

    Vaux Fan - I was torn between the se and sport models. Desperately wanted the body kit/grill and styling...so opted for that.

    Cannot wait to get home and take it for a cruise this evening down the A23 methinks to open it up a little.
     
     

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    welcome mate
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    Hello and welcome to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you with us
     
     

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    i am now the proud owner of a 2002 330i M Sport also.

    First car was a (54) Seat Ibiza 1.4, then decided that i couldnt be driving that still as a 25 year old so decided that a week before my 25th that a new car was in order.

    Looked at a few but decided on the 330i. What a great car, quick, comfy, spacious and looks pretty special as well!

    I expect i will soon have many a question to ask, but as ive only had it a week, enjoying the thrill of driving it rather than looking into the finer details.

    Cheers
    Adam
     
     

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