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Thread: BMW 320i vs 320D: your choice?

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    Question BMW 320i vs 320D: your choice?

    So it seems the BMW 320D is the popular choice, given that it has more torque and feels more responsive in lower gears (so long as you can handle the diesel clatter). Do you guys agree? Have any of you driven both?

    I'm considering getting a pre-owned 3-Series just to finally move into the anonymous Big Boy Club (they're the automotive equivalent of a toaster these days -> but a very nice toaster), maybe even on one of those short-term purchase options where you never own the car but have a guaranteed buy-back at the end of three years (which sounds appealing to me). If anybody has any advice on that element as well, please share!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    So it seems the BMW 320D is the popular choice, given that it has more torque and feels more responsive in lower gears (so long as you can handle the diesel clatter). Do you guys agree? Have any of you driven both?

    I'm considering getting a pre-owned 3-Series just to finally move into the anonymous Big Boy Club (they're the automotive equivalent of a toaster these days -> but a very nice toaster), maybe even on one of those short-term purchase options where you never own the car but have a guaranteed buy-back at the end of three years (which sounds appealing to me). If anybody has any advice on that element as well, please share!
    I have the 320D (2010 Model)

    It is an absolutely amazing car. More than enough power, great fuel economy.

    I would not buy a petrol BMW unless I am going for the really big ones (645/M3/etc)

    Go drive both. It will make up your mind very quickly.

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    I would go for the diesel.
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    Diesels aren't those of yesteryear. They're a lot less noisy these days.
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    Having had my previous Diesel car's DPF pack up, I vowed not get a diesel again.

    Bought a 2017 320i and I'm very happy with the purchase. The 2 litre turbo has more than enough grunt and it's got the 3 settings to save you fuel if you drive carefully.

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    Price and other features disregarded I would have the 320D over the 320i.

    But I guess that somewhat depends on exactly how old pre-owned is since the new 320i is quite different from the older ones since they are turbocharged now.
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    Heart: 320d
    Head: 320i (Turbo)

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    320d.

    What shape 3er are you looking at bro? As the F30 320i turbopetol is a hell of a lot better than the E90 N/A 320i mill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCBXX View Post
    Heart: 320d
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    The D also has a Turbo.

    Why is the 320i the logical choice according to your head?

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    320D, I've found the petrol seriously lacking of power when I had it as a rental.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SauRoNZA View Post
    The D also has a Turbo.

    Why is the 320i the logical choice according to your head?
    Yes I am aware it is.

    I know of very few people who drive a turbodiesel properly and care for it likewise. I would not want to buy it second-hand, especially a BMW/Audi/Merc for the looming expense with failed turbo's, injectors and dual-mass flywheels. But if you find one that has been taken care of properly...oh boy what a gem with bags of torque and frugal economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPTBoy View Post
    Having had my previous Diesel car's DPF pack up, I vowed not get a diesel again.

    Bought a 2017 320i and I'm very happy with the purchase. The 2 litre turbo has more than enough grunt and it's got the 3 settings to save you fuel if you drive carefully.
    You know you can just cut that thing off, its basically a CAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
    You know you can just cut that thing off, its basically a CAT.
    Yeah sure...

    Do a bit of research on the newer cars and DPF. Cutting it out takes a remap and sensor bypasses. Try selling that car again down the line to a dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPTBoy View Post
    Yeah sure...

    Do a bit of research on the newer cars and DPF. Cutting it out takes a remap and sensor bypasses. Try selling that car again down the line to a dealer.
    True, cheaper to remap than buy a new one.
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