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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messugga View Post
    I was also told by BMW that not fitting an approved tire would void the motorplan on my car. R4800 for the tire...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    They make you get your own cappuccino, AND force you to travel with other strangers in a group? How very well dare they! I suggest you write a strongly worded letter to the president of BMW, alerting him to this barbarism at once.

    Speaking of BMW tyres, I do need to get new tyres ... can anybody recommend the most comfortable approved BMW run-flats for a BMW 320i F30? I don't know if there's only one kind though (the ones on my car currently are Continentals I think), or can you get run-flats for the same car from different brands?
    Most major brands make runflats. I have Bridgestones. Can't really recommend them but it's what the car came with. They don't like cold surfaces much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    X5?
    Nope. 330D. 255/35R19. Struggled to find stock at the time. I see they're around R4600 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    They make you get your own cappuccino, AND force you to travel with other strangers in a group? How very well dare they! I suggest you write a strongly worded letter to the president of BMW, alerting him to this barbarism at once.

    Speaking of BMW tyres, I do need to get new tyres ... can anybody recommend the most comfortable approved BMW run-flats for a BMW 320i F30? I don't know if there's only one kind though (the ones on my car currently are Continentals I think), or can you get run-flats for the same car from different brands?
    Try the dealership for tyres; they are often fairly competitively priced on tyres because they're one of the few brands that use run flats.

    You can find cheaper brands that they don't stock, but make sure that the speed rating and all that is in-line with what's required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messugga View Post
    Nope. 330D. 255/35R19. Struggled to find stock at the time. I see they're around R4600 now.
    Oh don't say that 0.o I hope to goodness that's not what my car has ... and it does have big rims too, thanks to the Luxury Line trim. Oh well, with great looks comes great ... pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    Oh don't say that 0.o I hope to goodness that's not what my car has ... and it does have big rims too, thanks to the Luxury Line trim. Oh well, with great looks comes great ... pain.
    The width is the bit that hurts. Don't think the 320 is quite as bad. Remember, the 330D pushes quite a lot of torque through those wheels.

    My front tires are about a grand less, if memory serves.

    Also, found dealership prices on par with tires shops. Not worth shopping around unless you have lots of free time.
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    So here's another interesting BMW question: I got a quote on a one-year extension to my BMW Motorplan, and it's a relatively hefty R17 630.

    Has anybody purchased an extension and been happy they did? Did you save yourself some big expense that year, or did you regret you'd gotten it?

    I discovered that apparently I can get the amount added to my car finance, but that might not be worth it in the long run (it appears I'd pay around R10 000 in interest over a standard 60-month term).

    Also a random couple facts: you can only extend your BMW Motorplan to 7 years from the date it was purchased, so two one-year extensions (and they only come one year at a time) above the standard five year plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    So here's another interesting BMW question: I got a quote on a one-year extension to my BMW Motorplan, and it's a relatively hefty R17 630.

    Has anybody purchased an extension and been happy they did? Did you save yourself some big expense that year, or did you regret you'd gotten it?

    I discovered that apparently I can get the amount added to my car finance, but that might not be worth it in the long run (it appears I'd pay around R10 000 in interest over a standard 60-month term).

    Also a random couple facts: you can only extend your BMW Motorplan to 7 years from the date it was purchased, so two one-year extensions (and they only come one year at a time) above the standard five year plan.
    Ask dealership for warranty rather, covers the major stuff for unlimited amount. Cost 14k for 2 years unlimited Km.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    So here's another interesting BMW question: I got a quote on a one-year extension to my BMW Motorplan, and it's a relatively hefty R17 630.

    Has anybody purchased an extension and been happy they did? Did you save yourself some big expense that year, or did you regret you'd gotten it?

    I discovered that apparently I can get the amount added to my car finance, but that might not be worth it in the long run (it appears I'd pay around R10 000 in interest over a standard 60-month term).

    Also a random couple facts: you can only extend your BMW Motorplan to 7 years from the date it was purchased, so two one-year extensions (and they only come one year at a time) above the standard five year plan.
    I broke even after the first year, and then came out well ahead after the second. The last two years after it expired has been trouble free motoring.

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    So I'm just about to pull the trigger on getting new run flat tyres for my 320i, and when I asked a tyre place I trust which they'd recommend for comfort, they said the Michelin Primacy HP Zero Pressure are more comfortable (albeit only slightly more expensive) than the factory-fitted Continental ContiSportContact 5 SSR Run Flats I currently have on.

    Anybody have an opinion on those two tyres? If I'm going to be spending R12 000+ on a new set, it'd be nice to know I got the best in that price range.
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    Primacy HP all the way, never got a tyre again that could match the performance.
    Sad that its not available in my car's wheel size anymore.

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    Ok, so in the ongoing public service nature of this thread, I am happy to confirm that my 320i managed to return an average fuel consumption of 5.8 litres/100km between Johannesburg and Durban and back, kept on cruise control all the way and staying at the speed limits. Quite a nice change from the 9 l/100km it was averaging in city driving!

    Also I went for the Michelin Primacy HP ZP tyres after all, and am very happy with them ... paid just over R7k for two tyres and insurance, but they fixed the annoying wobble my previous tyres introduced in the steering (the two fronts had been suffering from uneven tyre wear).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    Ok, so in the ongoing public service nature of this thread, I am happy to confirm that my 320i managed to return an average fuel consumption of 5.8 litres/100km between Johannesburg and Durban and back, kept on cruise control all the way and staying at the speed limits. Quite a nice change from the 9 l/100km it was averaging in city driving!

    Also I went for the Michelin Primacy HP ZP tyres after all, and am very happy with them ... paid just over R7k for two tyres and insurance, but they fixed the annoying wobble my previous tyres introduced in the steering (the two fronts had been suffering from uneven tyre wear).
    That consumption is bloody good for a 2 liter petrol car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    Ok, so in the ongoing public service nature of this thread, I am happy to confirm that my 320i managed to return an average fuel consumption of 5.8 litres/100km between Johannesburg and Durban and back, kept on cruise control all the way and staying at the speed limits. Quite a nice change from the 9 l/100km it was averaging in city driving!

    Also I went for the Michelin Primacy HP ZP tyres after all, and am very happy with them ... paid just over R7k for two tyres and insurance, but they fixed the annoying wobble my previous tyres introduced in the steering (the two fronts had been suffering from uneven tyre wear).
    Sounds bit exspensive the conti's ssr are R2700 a piece. Can you feel the diffrence? All mine is conti ssr tyres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxhound5366 View Post
    Ok, so in the ongoing public service nature of this thread, I am happy to confirm that my 320i managed to return an average fuel consumption of 5.8 litres/100km between Johannesburg and Durban and back, kept on cruise control all the way and staying at the speed limits. Quite a nice change from the 9 l/100km it was averaging in city driving!

    Also I went for the Michelin Primacy HP ZP tyres after all, and am very happy with them ... paid just over R7k for two tyres and insurance, but they fixed the annoying wobble my previous tyres introduced in the steering (the two fronts had been suffering from uneven tyre wear).
    Does the 320i have same size all round now? Or still fatter rears over fronts?

    If itís the same all round then you need to keep a more careful eye on rotation to prevent this happening again.

    Itís almost never the tyres but rather the car setup that causes it to happen.

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