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    Hi All,

    Just wanted to ask the advice of the BMW boffins out there. I currently enjoy driving my bakkies but have always wanted something reasonably fast and am currently driving long distances to see my better half so looking at the diesel for itís better fuel economy.

    Any advice on what to look out for on the 330d? And any experience in the reliability of these engines?

    Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    M57 is an iconic engine.
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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    ☝ This.

    And it is not reasonably fast - it has some proper shove. Probably the best performance over economy diesel engine you can get.

    The vehicle overall is well sorted.

    If the service history is good, you should be good.

    Enjoy and post.
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    I loved my E90

    Lovely car. Great open road drive.

    Heads up:

    Those runflats are expensive and the Beemers love them like sweets

    Check the doorhandles, they perish.

    The autoboxes are very expensive to service.

    Just find a good indy. BMW is RIDICULOUSLY expensive.

    Aside from that it was a lovely vehicle.

    If I could choose again I would go 330i petrol with a manual box.
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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    They dont have major issues.

    If its in the budget get the LCI 330D, good luck finding one there isn't many around and those who have them don't want to sell them.

    Manuals- Dual mass flywheels dont last, if it has some mileage say 150k km+ expect to change the dual mass at some point. Most noticeable while pushing down the pedal you get a "grrrrr" noise.

    The crank pulleys tend to fail at around 120k kms. Not to expensive.

    Engine thermostats are known to fail in the open position, won't notice it on the heat gauge but more in the fuel economy as it adds diesel to warm the motor up.

    I was looking at the 330 diesels and the C350 diesel from mercedes.

    It all came down to what I could find. The Merc interior is a nicer place to be and the ride isn't as stiff as a 330d. But the gearbox is lazy compared to the ZF in the BMW.

    Im happy with my choice so far, and the V6 diesel in the merc is also a torque monster.

    Good luck with finding a nice one
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    What price range are you looking at? I have basically only heard good things and the above advice is sound.

    The V6TDi in equivalent Audi offerings are at least as good and with quattro you won't be going through tires as quickly. The S-Tronic boxes can be problematic if services were skipped, so look out for that. The Audi interior has won many prizes so arguably a better place to spend time, but ultimately I would say it actually depends more on your personal tastes.


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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    With about 190kW and 560Nm torque and a open road consumption of 4.3L/100km and top speed of 250 I am sure it ticks quite a few boxes.
    Does not use much more diesel than the 320d.
    Confirm the real world fuel consumption on www.fuelly.com

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    I've only owned the X5 with that engine. It was on close to 300 000 on the clock when the next owner wrote it off in an accident. Not a moment's problems in that time.

    It was a brilliant car and had oodles of shove for such a big heavy car (this was the old 160kw model).

    I have also owned the later twin turbo's (40d) and even the triple turbo (50d), and they have all been stunning.


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    Thank you all for the valuable input. My search has only just begun and I finding that they are like hens teeth but I am not in rush so will take my time to find a good example.

    Will give feedback when I eventually find one.

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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    They are awesome cars
    Many best wishes on your search as the E90 330d is not easily findable. People hold on to them.

    What's your budget btw?

    If a few years, i will be getting myself a 320d.
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    Fantastic vehicle, low maintenance.
    Actually wouldn't mind getting another one as a run around instead of using the GD6 as my daily drive.

    I had one and drove it to 160k kms.. not 1 issue..and yes it is fast.. couple a pedal booster and you have a M3 in the making..
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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    They are very rare, because they are such fantastic cars. You can also consider the e90 320d from 2009 onwards (LCI) 135kw, 380nm. Lots of valuable threads on these models (and any other BMW) on the bmwfanatics.co.za forum - go join there, there's also a classifieds section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wezo View Post
    Thank you all for the valuable input. My search has only just begun and I finding that they are like hens teeth but I am not in rush so will take my time to find a good example.

    Will give feedback when I eventually find one.

    There are a few nice ones on Auto trader.
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    Default Re: Bmw e90 330d

    Very nice cars indeed. I had a 2007 320D, and it was one of the best cars I owned, only topped by SWAMBO's F10 530D.

    I would definitely go for the 330 over the 320, just based on the fact that it is a stronger and better motor, and the people who drive them generally tend to behave themselves a bit more. If you drive a 330 or 530, you know you have power, you don't have to prove it at every robot, whereas the 320's tend to have that mentality.

    Otherwise, good luck on your search, and enjoy it when you get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henriza View Post
    They are very rare, because they are such fantastic cars. You can also consider the e90 320d from 2009 onwards (LCI) 135kw, 380nm. Lots of valuable threads on these models (and any other BMW) on the bmwfanatics.co.za forum - go join there, there's also a classifieds section.

    If you've driven a 330d, the 320d is just dissapointing
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeandreDiedericks View Post
    If you've driven a 330d, the 320d is just dissapointing
    Chip a 320 and you can get close to 330 territory
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    What about the E60 5-series 530d?
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    PS, personal opinion, but I prefer all beamers to be M-Spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    What about the E60 5-series 530d?
    Same engine, bit bigger, bit slower, and truth be told, quite ugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    Chip a 320 and you can get close to 330 territory
    Ive got friends with both. The remapped 320d can't keep up with the stock 330d.

    And when you remap the 330d, you're dropping hot hatches everywhere
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