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BMW 3-Series 2006

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,043
    They rate the current 325i at 7.1 with manual transmission.. Definitely not a slug...

    But, I agree... horsepower is pretty far down the list..

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  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    opps I meant with Step . I guess that wasn't a fair comparison since I don't "think " there would be any auto diesel.

    DL
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    "guess that wasn't a fair comparison since I don't "think " there would be any auto diesel. "

    An automatic BMW diesel! Yikes, I hope not.An automatic would kill performance and gas mileage. IMO that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a fuel saving BMW!
  • derfoderfo Posts: 36
    Guys, I had a Mercedes 300D with auto.I could stay with a 300D stick out the gate.

    She got about 30 MPG vs stick at about 31 to 32 !!

    The new auto trans are very efficient!
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Manual-only would be outrageous if they want to sell significant numbers. They have to have automatic in the US since that's what most people buy. Even most hybrids are automatic/CVT.
  • paulepaule Posts: 382
    A question about the run-flats: can they be patched?

    I actually spoke with a Bridgestone rep a couple of years ago and that question came up. He hemmed and hawed for a bit and said Bridgestone "does not recommend that a run flat tire be patched".

    The major difference with run flat tires are that they have extra rubber in the sidewalls to support the load when they lose air. That tends to give them a stiffer ride.

    Even though they are not recommended to be patched, I am aware of tire dealerships that will patch them.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Unless I'm mistaken, there isn't much difference between a Run Flat tire and a Get Flat tire in the tread area. Since conventional tires cannot be patched from the shoulder and beyond, I'm thinking that there really shouldn't be any difference between patching the two types. Of course I'm sure that my understanding is a gross oversimplification of the differences, and that someone in the know will probably set me straight. Yes, no?

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,043
    They, being the tire manufacturers.. I think they'd say that about all tires.. Just from a liability standpoint...

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  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Yeah,
    automatics are fine as long as there is a manual option! As 307Web noted, sales are important and most N. Americans like automatics.

    My wife's 83 MB300D is automatic and I dont think manual will transform her vehicle into a racer.
  • mep1mep1 Posts: 15
    For those of us who live in places like northern Ohio --- and have to put up with that wonderful winter weather (like today --- we got 4" of snow in late April!).... Winter tires are a necessity if you opt for the sport package ---- does anyone know / can suggest how this would work if the new 3s all have run flats and no spare? (Besides moving somewhere with nice weather --- which would be a nice solution!)

    Are there "winter tire run flats" or is a temporary spare an available option when run flats are not on the car ? Somehow, the "spare in a can" thought does not breed much confidence --- especially in the case of a longer trip.
  • psyran1psyran1 Posts: 27
    chatkat,
    Looks like I have you by four days (the 1st). Wow, what a price. Are you taking ED delivery, or are you getting the car for that price and taking delivery here? Yea, I ordered sight unseen, other than the ample (I hope) reviews read and pics seen in mags and internet. Good luck and happy fiftieth this Nov.
    psyran
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 793
    Some manufacturers of runflat tires say that a runflat, if it was "run flat", can not be repaired at all. Part of this comes from the inability to tell if the tire has damage due to the "run flat" operation. Non runflat tires will show signs of having been operated without inflation pressure, and those are not repairable either.

    Hope this helps.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    While I wouldn't bet on there being any Winter Run Flat tires on the market by winter 2005/2006, I'm betting that they will eventually hit the market. Personally, I'm willing to take the chance with the spare tire in a can and go with conventional winter tires. I'm thinking that I'll probably opt for a set of four 225/45 R17 winter tires for the 330i SP that is in my future, which is 20mm wider than what is most likely going to be recommended by TireRack.

    Oops! As you were! I placed my bet, and I just lost. :blush: I just checked the Michelin website, and guess what? The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 is listed as being manufactured with two different speed ratings in the 225/45 R17 size in both conventional and RunFlat configurations, the standard tire is rated at 130 mph, and the "Z" rated tire is good for 149 mph. The reference to those tires can be found at: http://www.michelinman.com/assets/pdfs/doc_pilotalpinpa2.pdf

    Hmmm, I'm still inclined to go for the conventional tires and "The Can" instead of opting for the RunFlats.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Part of this comes from the inability to tell if the tire has damage due to the "run flat" operation."

    Of course since the E90 is being equipped with a tire pressure monitor, the driver will know exactly how long they were running under "RunFlat" mode.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • paulepaule Posts: 382
    Shipo, I believe you are correct that there is no appreciable difference in the tread area.
    To the best of my knowledge, the difference is mainly in the sidewalls and the price!

    It would be interesting to know if BMW will still offer a spare tire as an option on Run Flat cars. Actually, I believe Bridgestone likes to refer to them as EMTs or Extended Mobility Tires.

    I know that Sienna minivans equipped with EMTs also have a conventional space saver spare tire option.
  • chatkatchatkat Posts: 41
    Aha - we think alike - early birthday presents.
    I am getting that price, but, I am waiting to place my order until the cars actually hit the dealership. They may have one coming in for me with their initial allotment. I've already negotiated with two dealers, but, the one by my house is where I already bought our 7 and my friend's 6 and the price on the new 3 is my "commission" for getting them the other two sales where they made a few $$$.
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Matter a fact I kept checking tirerack to get an idea of replacement tire cost in sport and non sport forms, and only got a return of winters when I checked the "runflat" only box. In the high $2XX range... Ouch.

    Im also wondering since there is no conventional key, when your battery dies, how do you get in ? won't be having time to wait around for RSA every time, i get a flat, dead battery ect..

    DL
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Diesel-engine technology has evolved a lot since 1983. BMW Diesel engines (and others) are now really performers, may be just a bit—but only just a bit—under gasoline ones. Nowadays, there is instant engine start, no bad smells, no vibrations and, these as usual, lesser fuel consume and longer engine life. Acceleration is exhilarating, by the way! I cannot believe saying this, being myself quite anti-Diesel as I was until recently. MB has very good Diesel engines, and as for BMW, I think it is worthwhile to have a look to BMW 535d Forum here at Edmunds'. I do not know if BMW has planned to introduce such an impressive engine in its Series-3, however.

    Best regards,
    José
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    planb,

    You should not be worried about iDrive in your car. All the fuss about it is coming mostly from magazine testers and other people who have not used iDrive properly, IMHO. Most iDrive users, as myself, found it is a useful convenience. iDrive is not for using it everyday. iDrive is only to preset the car for your preferences. Once done that, you do not have to use iDrive except for trip computing and a few other things. You might as well have a look to post 1019 at the Edmunds Luxury Performance Sedans Forum and to other scattered posts but coming from iDrive users.

    :D

    Best regards,
    José
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    A 535d does sound exciting. Here on this side of the ocean there are two negative biases that still exist(although that is slowly changing):

    1)Hatchbacks
    2)Diesels

    Being a contrarian myself, I would love to buy a BMW 130d hatchback(if it does exist).
  • wco81wco81 Posts: 495
    Is that for Canada or US?

    Do they burn cleaner or is it the same dirty technology?

    I hear the oil companies are developing clear diesel from natural gas which could be used on all existing diesel engines.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Yes,diesels will sell in the USA
    A cleaner version of diesel will be introduced in USA soon. How soon I dont know?
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    I thought the low sulfer was for 2006, now every thing I read mentions 2007. Im going to have to look at the BMW GB site again and compare the cost of the diesel to the gasser. And then hope that puppy comes available for ED.

    BTW, I was looking at inventory online at a KS Center and they list a 2006 330i. Has anyone's Center have cars available for test drives yet ?

    DL
  • wco81wco81 Posts: 495
    I searched and found this about this clear diesel, technically called GTL (Gas To Liquid):

    www.sasolchevron.com/fuel_performance.htm

    The reduction in particulate matter isn't as great as one might hope. Note that they refer to 2006 requirements for reduced emissions and the talk of after-treatment processes.

    Those would probably hurt performance and fuel-consumption?
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Apparently its trapped and burned off, which would wonder how much cleaner than process is.

    On another note I finally tracked my car down! http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=3ERP5

    DL
  • derfoderfo Posts: 36
    Looks like to me, that the ship is headed to Norfolk, Va.
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    I'd love a disesel car. Supposedly you can buy BioDiesel near me.

    One step nearer to my being carbon neutral!
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Long as it makes a stop in Charleston, where it supposed to be!
  • derfoderfo Posts: 36
    You are correct, just using it's back track!!
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    My local dealer e-mailed me and said that BMW has released the 06 3's and he expects to have them in this week and ready to drive.

    Anybody else hear that?
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