BMW 330e ordered...

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jonwm

964 posts

50 months

Friday 19th October
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TB404 said:
South tdf said:
Never noticed any performance problems with my first 330e’s standard M Sport brakes. If anything they had more feel, especially at low speed than the M Performance ones on my current car. I did however have a set of pads and disks changed due to a judder.
Thank you,
Just to be clear do you have the M sport brakes? I'm talking about the Vanilla ones smile
I think the standard brakes are shocking, fill me with absolutely no confidence at all, all my previous cars (including BMW's) feel much better. I'm putting it down the re way it converts the braking to energy?

craig1912

891 posts

48 months

Friday 19th October
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jonwm said:
I think the standard brakes are shocking, fill me with absolutely no confidence at all, all my previous cars (including BMW's) feel much better. I'm putting it down the re way it converts the braking to energy?
Tend to agree- I had a 430d before and brakes were much better

humpy999

183 posts

123 months

Friday 19th October
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TB404 said:
humpy999 said:
Depends what you mean by 'proper'? I have the Advanced system and I replaced all the speakers and subwoofers with Bavsound replacements.
Thanks Mate,
Did you replace the Amp as well?

I'm thinking of adding two Sinfoni amps, probably 2x165W & 2x100W - without any sub at the moment. I hope the current draw own't overwhelm the system, I understand the key component is teh DC-DC converter (that's supposed to top the conventional low voltage car battery) - I asked BMW for the specs and they found them, it's about 31 Amps... Not much.

The comparable part in a Chevy Volt for example (A VERY different car that I won't like to drive) is 150 Amps...
No I didn't, well at least not yet. I do need to though but the speakers offer an enormous improvement in sound quality. I'd probably go for the Audiotec Fischer one that Bavsound promote as I'm lazy like that...

Shepster

77 posts

17 months

Wednesday 24th October
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Another fault with the 330e sadly.

The cruise control has stopped working, particularly annoying through average speed roadworks and smart motorways. I press the switch, get the green symbol and “cruise control ready” but then when trying to switch it on I get “cruise control cannot be activated”.

If I turn it on and off multiple times it works occasionally, as in 1 in 10 times of trying.

Has anyone else had this issue?

Herbs

4,333 posts

165 months

Thursday 25th October
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Don't know if its the same as the active cruise control in the i3 but I believe you can get that fault if the camera is dirty/obscured.
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Somebody

287 posts

19 months

Saturday 3rd November
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Shepster said:
If I turn it on and off multiple times it works occasionally, as in 1 in 10 times of trying.

Has anyone else had this issue?
No. Did you get it sorted?

Shepster

77 posts

17 months

Saturday 3rd November
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It’s still not working unfortunately. It’s going in for a service next week and I’ve asked BMW to look at it then, so I’ll let you know how I get on.

wobert

2,267 posts

158 months

Saturday 3rd November
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My June 2017 330e (the one you may recall was stolen with the keys off my drive) is fast approaching it’s second service.

Booked it in earlier this week, wow, what a palaver....6 separate calls to finally speak to someone to book it in, no courtesy cars until mid-December and no collection/delivery service until the end of November!

I live 12 miles from the dealership, so it looks like it’ll be a taxi there and back.

The local BMW dealer for Chester and N Wales is crap. Always have been, I mistakenly bought a MINI Cooper S from them in 2003, had problems and their level of service was so diabolical I swore then I’d never use them again.

The debacle with getting my 330e recovered and repaired showed that nothing has changed.

Oh, and my car needs a “quality enhancement” aka recall. When I enquired what it covered, the adviser said they weren’t technically qualified to read the TSB out!!!!


Shepster

77 posts

17 months

Saturday 3rd November
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wobert said:
My June 2017 330e (the one you may recall was stolen with the keys off my drive) is fast approaching it’s second service.

Booked it in earlier this week, wow, what a palaver....6 separate calls to finally speak to someone to book it in, no courtesy cars until mid-December and no collection/delivery service until the end of November!

I live 12 miles from the dealership, so it looks like it’ll be a taxi there and back.

The local BMW dealer for Chester and N Wales is crap. Always have been, I mistakenly bought a MINI Cooper S from them in 2003, had problems and their level of service was so diabolical I swore then I’d never use them again.

The debacle with getting my 330e recovered and repaired showed that nothing has changed.

Oh, and my car needs a “quality enhancement” aka recall. When I enquired what it covered, the adviser said they weren’t technically qualified to read the TSB out!!!!
There does seem to be a lack of technicians qualified to work on the hybrids at BMW in general.

jonwm

964 posts

50 months

Sunday 4th November
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Mine had the quality enhancement a few months ago, it drives much more sensibly now

wobert

2,267 posts

158 months

Sunday 4th November
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jonwm said:
Mine had the quality enhancement a few months ago, it drives much more sensibly now
Dare I ask what the enhancement entailed....??

Somebody

287 posts

19 months

Monday 5th November
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Recently experienced the rear end slipping out at a roundabout in the wet so wondered if anyone has fitted, or about to fit, winter tyres on their 330e?

I'm thinking of getting a set of wheels and winter tyres off eBay. I've only had FWDs before and only driven RWD through last winter without much drama on the OEM tyres (ContiSportsContacts) but then they were fairly new and had plenty of tread.

REALIST123

10,342 posts

89 months

Monday 5th November
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Somebody said:
Recently experienced the rear end slipping out at a roundabout in the wet so wondered if anyone has fitted, or about to fit, winter tyres on their 330e?

I'm thinking of getting a set of wheels and winter tyres off eBay. I've only had FWDs before and only driven RWD through last winter without much drama on the OEM tyres (ContiSportsContacts) but then they were fairly new and had plenty of tread.
Where are you? Has it really been cold enough yet for winters to make a difference? Not generally, I wouldn’t think.

But, if you have room to store a set of winters is a good idea. I’ve been doing it for years. They make a big difference in very low temps, icy, snowy conditions.

Ebays OK but you could get a new set for £1k, including TPMS valves. The tyres don’t really cost a lot, you can only wear one set at a time.

Edited by REALIST123 on Monday 5th November 22:04

jonwm

964 posts

50 months

Tuesday 6th November
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wobert said:
jonwm said:
Mine had the quality enhancement a few months ago, it drives much more sensibly now
Dare I ask what the enhancement entailed....??
Software update.
Seems to switch between electric more sensibly now and mpg increased.

Edinburger

6,928 posts

104 months

Wednesday 7th November
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jonwm said:
wobert said:
jonwm said:
Mine had the quality enhancement a few months ago, it drives much more sensibly now
Dare I ask what the enhancement entailed....??
Software update.
Seems to switch between electric more sensibly now and mpg increased.
That's good to know.

I'm getting 50.8mpg on average. Done around 12K miles in six months, charging overnight at home and occasionaly at roadside charging stations.

humpy999

183 posts

123 months

Wednesday 7th November
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Somebody said:
Recently experienced the rear end slipping out at a roundabout in the wet so wondered if anyone has fitted, or about to fit, winter tyres on their 330e?

I'm thinking of getting a set of wheels and winter tyres off eBay. I've only had FWDs before and only driven RWD through last winter without much drama on the OEM tyres (ContiSportsContacts) but then they were fairly new and had plenty of tread.
Having never thought much of Bridgestones I was disappointed that my new Continentals slide like mad in comparison in the wet. Summer tyres weren't all created equal... but having said that, winter tyres rule....

Somebody

287 posts

19 months

Thursday 8th November
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I managed to win a bid for a set of 17 inch 413s with Pirelli Sottozero II run flats including TPMS sensors. Will be putting them on in December.

wobert

2,267 posts

158 months

Saturday 10th November
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Ok, who is guilty of:

(A) Buying or leasing a hybrid for “tax purposes”?

(B) Never plugging it in to charge?

(C) Using a car “designed for local trips” on the motorway?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46152853

In my defence, the article is correct, a skewed tax system causes (A) and (B), lower BIK and a ridiculous level of tax for the “fuel benefit” means I’m effectively paying twice if I charge the car at home....

REALIST123

10,342 posts

89 months

Saturday 10th November
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wobert said:
Ok, who is guilty of:

(A) Buying or leasing a hybrid for “tax purposes”?

(B) Never plugging it in to charge?

(C) Using a car “designed for local trips” on the motorway?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46152853

In my defence, the article is correct, a skewed tax system causes (A) and (B), lower BIK and a ridiculous level of tax for the “fuel benefit” means I’m effectively paying twice if I charge the car at home....
"We have got some situations where company drivers are choosing the vehicle based on their tax liability, rather than having the right vehicle for the right job."

No st, Sherlock?

I thought it had always been understood that the main driver behind PHEVs was the BIK advantage?


Steven.Willerby

63 posts

10 months

Saturday 10th November
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wobert said:
Ok, who is guilty of:

(A) Buying or leasing a hybrid for “tax purposes”?

(B) Never plugging it in to charge?

(C) Using a car “designed for local trips” on the motorway?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46152853

In my defence, the article is correct, a skewed tax system causes (A) and (B), lower BIK and a ridiculous level of tax for the “fuel benefit” means I’m effectively paying twice if I charge the car at home....
A = Yes
B = No (I charge most days at my own cost even though I have a fuel card)
C = Yes

Can’t believe they have only just realised this, they put up diesel BIK and give tax breaks for PHEV’s so it was always going to happen