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Old October 24th, 2007, 01:15 PM
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BMW 330 xi vs BMW 540i

Any 330 xi owners out there? In the market for a daily driver BMW and looking at 2003-4 330xi and the 2001-2002 BMW 540i. I know the pros and cons of the 540, how about any personal experience with the 330 all wheel drive?

Anyone?

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Old October 24th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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My wife drives a 2006 330xi. It is a great car, value/comfort, all wheel drive sedan. It is small enough for her, yet large enough for all of us=me & 2 children, ages 6 and 1 1/2. She loves the car, I love the car for zipping around town. The gas mileage of course is not great since it is an xi, however it is better than my 94 County, but not my 99 Ford Taurus. I love the M/S options which include the D mode, DS mode and the M1-M6 mode, Drive, Drive Sport, Manual 1st gear thru 6. The color of the vehicle is also cool, Dolphin Grey...looks dark grey, sometimes purpleish (not a girlish chevy cobalt purple) when the sun shines directly on it etc. The cons for me are the tires, the turn signal, and the power window switches. The tires they are run flat, and they suck. The turn signal takes time to get to know (got to tap it lightly for left right auto turn signal, too hard will put it in turn signal mode without auto off blah, blah) The tires are loud when worn, and wear out quickly. The window switches are to forward on the drivers side door, think you are pressing the drivers window switch when you are really pressing the rear passager window.

Another cool thing about the car are the little lights under each door handle. A cool bright light turns on when you unlock the doors at night...gives the car a spotlight type of show off look.
The xi gets several looks from our neighbors which is odd to me because I see about 10-15 330's daily. If you should purchase a 330xi make sure you get the sport package..insert oxy here...an xi with a sport package right. The sport package is what it is, sporty. There is no navigation in my wifes xi, however it is available.

We test drove the 530xi, however my wife felt it was just too large for her. She is not small, however she likes the feeling of control over the vehicle while she is behind the steering wheel. I even kept a 7 series sedan for 3 days while my wife took her time to purchase her 330xi. The 7 was cool, it had a LOOK AT ME feel to it, but I am a Rover/Jag guy at the moment. Anyway, the service that BMW has provided thus far is THE BEST! My wife has about 11thousand miles so far, and we have driven it to NC, PA only. It is mostly a commuter car for her, she works less than 5 miles from our house. It will probably be in our garage for the next 15 years, parked beside my 94 and her 95 Honda Accord.

Now these are surface feelings, I could provide more detail, however the 330xi is a cool car, just make sure if you get one, get one without the Bridgestone run flat tires. And check for extra options. The new 07 335 xi is cool, some exterior changes.

Oh, and the 330xi has more power than the 325 xi for the 2006 model.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Oh forgot to add, that my wife was also in the market for a 2004-2005 3. We purchased her 2006 just because it was much cheaper than she thought it would be (she was thinking it would cost her in the middle $40's) but she got it in the low $30's just because the 07xi's were also on the lot.

And if you are into technology, then there are several creature features for you to enjoy in the 06 3 series. I am sure some of the features are found on the 05 3 series (bluetooth technology=hands free talking on a bluetooth enabled mobile phone)..iPod kit, auto headlights, heated seats, dual climate control...
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Old October 24th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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NIce review Kevin, and thanks!! I'm not looking for anything new, so I'm in the '03 - '04 model year for the 330 or the '01 year for the 540. I'm leaning towards the 540 6-speed since economy isn't my biggest priority. I think the 3-series is going to be too small for me to like, and the 5-er is the right size while still being enough of a brute to be fun. THanks again.

Any other 330's out there?
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Old October 24th, 2007, 09:18 PM
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No... but I love my '99 528i.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 09:37 AM
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Its really tough to compare since the cars are apples and oranges. The 3 series feels very light and nimble, whereas the 5 is going to feel like a really solid and smoother. If I were making the decision, it would come down to what kind of driving I was doing. For low speed, around town driving I'd pick the 3 series. For the highway, the 5 series is great.

I was amazed how fast the 540 is. I was on an onramp following a 540 in our X5 3.0. It blew me away like my car was in reverse.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 05:43 AM
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Test drove two 540i's yesterday. I actually preferred the autobox over the 6 speed. I'm just getting old... That is one fast car. Me likey.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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Bought.

Picked this up last Thursday. Good buy, and great car!
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Old November 5th, 2007, 03:59 PM
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nice pick.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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NICE!!!
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Old November 7th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Thanks, I am loving it! I've owned about as many different BMWs as I have Land Rovers over the years (well, maybe not AS many) and I never knew until this week that there's just as many aftermarket and mod related web forums for BMW owners as there are for our trucks...probably more! I found out last night you can reprogram the BMW onboard trip computer to show litre of fuel remaining, and engine RPM. That's some obscure stuff, stuff Land Rover fanatics would try to find if it were possible.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the car greatly, and have already made some improvements to the interior (cuphold repair, stereo speaker install, etc.)
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Old November 10th, 2007, 05:34 PM
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Nice.
Enjoy.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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May the addition of a German car bring sanity to your Land Rover driven life.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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LOL
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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ROFL

If you want sanity, get a Honda. They are boring as hell, but sane nonetheless.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:07 PM
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Old November 16th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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Gabrielle's new ride:







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Old November 19th, 2008, 09:29 PM
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Sweet.
The BMW 3 series is the car, perfected.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 04:38 PM
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Nice. We have a very similar 07 3 series - Same color, black/ silver, with navigation and xi. Such a fun car.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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Old December 8th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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Picked this up last Thursday. Good buy, and great car!

Oooh....M package....nice.

Making me miss my little old E46.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 12:29 PM
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That is too funny. I prefer the Audi.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 09:22 AM
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I want to love Audis, but I can't.
They're just too shitty.

They've made a lot of very cool cars,








...but German cars should just live stronger longer lives than production Auto Union cars do.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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X2

In addition to the XI we also have a 2003 A4. It's decent at best. The AWD in the bimmer is far superior as is all the interior trim, seats, console etc. Also, the tiptronic shifting in the A4 is pure ass. The steptronic shifting in the bimmer is hella fun, smooth, acurate etc.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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I had a wonderful experience with my 1996 A4 Quattro. That car was solid. The AWD system was perfectly balanced. Ripping around in the snow was a complete blast and would drift in complete control.

Our X5 was a nice car as well. The AWD was very similar to the Audi as long as the stability control was off. The problem was that car had all kinds of little problems. Both front door handles froze, window regulators broke, control arms wore out, water pump died, CV boots tore, sway bar links wore out, etc.

Nothing ever broke on the Audi. That X5 was more of a POS than my LR.
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