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    Hi everyone!
    Finally made an account here after lurking for some time now and i have a little dilemma
    Looking at picking up a new car - the later (but pre facelift) E46 318i, 2.0L model.
    After reading up online i hear everyone loving them and being only 20 years old, the insurance is manageable compared to say a 330d or even 320!
    Though, after looking around i see people call it slow and boring..are there any users who wish to chime in about theirs?
    Im coming from a 1.4L ford fiesta (74 hp) (91 lb·ft) and am also considering a fiesta 1.6 diesel which with 'help' will be looking at 115bhp, 200nm and wonder if the more 'grown up' and refined BMW 318 will be that much of a power increase over the 1.6 fiesta
    Hope someone can provide a little input and cheers for reading
     
     

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

    What year Fiesta diesel?
     
     

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    08 Zetec S. mapped, they hit about 115bhp
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3105 View Post
    08 Zetec S. mapped, they hit about 115bhp
    143bhp for a 318i N42 engine, but you will lose some of that advantage because the vehicle is heavier and rear wheel drive.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    143bhp for a 318i N42 engine, but you will lose some of that advantage because the vehicle is heavier and rear wheel drive.
    yeah, i thought as much but that can be improved slightly with smaller upgrades right?

    Not looking for a speed demon, just something that wont be sluggish and will be reliable and comfortable
     
     

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    well, with regards to reliability, we have a lot of re-mapped diesel vans coming in at work with ECU troubles/ Turbo failures etc, so a mapped diesel will almost certainly sacrifice reliability - especially with a heavy foot.. on the other hand you wont get much more reliable or comfortable than a Beemer mate - easy to still run them every day at 200k miles and more ;-) - let alone the slideways fun you can have on 'closed roads'

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