E91 Straight Six Bearding

E91 Straight Six Bearding

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dontfollowme

913 posts

182 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Looks great! Was it a private or dealer purchase? Got my eye on these to replace my Golf.

colm89

24 posts

38 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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dontfollowme said:
Looks great! Was it a private or dealer purchase? Got my eye on these to replace my Golf.
Private purchase, included the genuine bmw roof bars and roof box!

Swervin_Mervin

2,856 posts

187 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Is that the BMW Performance grille kit as well?

Best looking one I've seen on Le Mans, having pondered it for years on mine but never wholly convinced

bodhi

4,786 posts

178 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Stunning couple of additions to the thread there chaps thumbup

Considering the lukewarm reception the styling of the E90 generation got at launch, 15 years later I'd say they got the styling just about spot on.

colm89

24 posts

38 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Swervin_Mervin said:
Is that the BMW Performance grille kit as well?

Best looking one I've seen on Le Mans, having pondered it for years on mine but never wholly convinced
Could be, I certainly thought it was aftermarket alright!

gizlaroc

13,349 posts

173 months

Friday 6th December 2019
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Sir_Dave said:
Only driven the 335i once (back to Cornwall), but in effect, it sounds nicer (although the turbo whoosh of the DPF deleted 335d was cool!) but is nowhere near as fast. The 335d was running circa 375bhp/600lbft though, so was daft when moving. Mpg wise it was 29 vs 42 on a run. With a bit more power, the 335i would be the better car, but the 335d's are epic if you do more miles imho.
I had the JB4 prototype of Terry Burger when I had my 335i, it was seriously quick.
It was faster than my M3 CSL. Using an AP22 timing meter I was getting 4.5 seconds to 60mph with it.

However, you still had to work it a bit more than the 335d to get it going.

I suggest you get yours mapped. wink



Also, my London run, down the M11, into Cavendish Square and back home again, I used to see around 35mpg from it compared to 38/39 (calculated, OBC was 41/42) with the 335d and 34mpg on the 535d.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts after you have lived with it for a while.





duff

861 posts

148 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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I’ve just bought a replacement for my leased Golf GTI which goes back this month after 3 years of hassle free motoring. I’ve got a 90 mile round trip commute, albeit only a couple of times a week on average so wanted a diesel estate - my only requirements were an auto with Xenons....so obviously I end up with a manual with halogens!



330D in Bluewater with Oyster leather, 91K 1 owner and FBMWSH. Appears very well looked after and nearly new PS4s all round. There were a couple of advisories on the last MOT for oil leaks that I’ll get looked at, the seller said one was from the oil filter housing, the other from the gearbox. I’ll get my local specialist to give it a once over and sort any issues.

JakeT

2,781 posts

69 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Welcome to the brigade. I like the late 330d. Bluewater is a nice colour, too. Hides the dirt and any superficial marks much better than the darker colours. The N57 is a grand old unit, and generally reliable. Only thing to watch is the chain, since it's shared with the N47 lump of dung. Change the oil more often than the car wishes, and you'll be fine. Looking at it, these can easily be remapped to be a bit of a monster too. If that's what you're into. My old E46 330d had a map on it, and it just monstered 'outside lane' motorway driving. Was very easy to drive like a dick when leaving in sixth and flooring it was more than enough to annoy the rep express lads.

My old bus has now passed 150,000 miles. Went to Belgium and back this weekend, for the Christmas market. There was also a diversion to Lille for a Christmas stock up of French plonk.

Very dirty, the rain actually cleaned up the wheels!



The spare wheel is still under all of that stuff too. The BMW kit is really quite handy.

tenmantaylor

144 posts

47 months

Thursday 12th December 2019
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You know your new suspension is good:



When it has Nordschleife stickers on it:



Having done my first drive on them today it has been a revelation. Although I'm sure any functioning dampers would have these seem to work perfect for me. Not as harsh as the M3 suspension I had (standard) on the e92 but much more compliant. The car is so stable in every situation, feels like it has so much more grip and communicates the grip levels amazingly well even when the road surface is terrible (often!). Very happy, wouldn't hesitate to use these again or put new suspension on an old car.

The car is sitting as it was before pretty much, bit lower at the back than the front. Will post some exterior pics tomorrow.

JakeT

2,781 posts

69 months

Thursday 12th December 2019
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Mine (and Zippys I think) have the Birds B3 suspension kit. I agree with your thoughts. It just seems to smear the tyres into the road surface.

Means I drive it too quickly sometimes though. smile

zippyonline

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325 posts

115 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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JakeT said:
Mine (and Zippys I think) have the Birds B3 suspension kit. I agree with your thoughts. It just seems to smear the tyres into the road surface.
Yup,

and combined with me replacing every single bushing possible on the rear end, it works very well! You'd have no idea of the mileage apart from via the odometer...! The way it let's go is outrageously progressive and communicative too - although given how good it is, it means I can't really push it to the edge of it's limits on the road as that's just a bit irresponsible and the fallout would be a bit much if it did go wrong (that's the only thing I miss about driving an under powered car - you really can go flat out!)

tenmantaylor

144 posts

47 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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Had the front top mounts replaced too... yep feels like a new car. In fact I went in an almost new Audi TT recently. It feels as new and more compliant than that so very happy.

This is how it sits, pretty much same as before but doesn't wobble when I stopped now. The rear height looks perfect, the front could be 10mm lower and look better but I'm not interested in trying to change it. Happy with the speed bump/kerb clearance for the bumper.


Swervin_Mervin

2,856 posts

187 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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Ok guys. Been noticing a burning rubber smell recently from the car and seems like it's emanating from the rear.

Fairly sure it's not the tyres! Any ideas chaps? I've had a quick look in the dark with a torch to see if I can see anything amiss, like some debris stuck somewhere for example but can't see anything untoward

zippyonline

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325 posts

115 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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So there’s a few rubber bits at the rear, mostly driveline and suspension related. Three main reasons I can think of for rubber smell at back of the car. Spinning up tyres (or overbraking I guess). Some rubber mounting bit of some kind on hot exhaust. Some rubber bit on driveline burning through friction of being caught up in spinning bits…

Don't think there's any hoses or pipes round there that could do that...

Swervin_Mervin

2,856 posts

187 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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I can't for a second believe it's tyres as I first noticed it when I stopped at my lad's nursery to drop him off. I don't hammer it with him in the car. I might've had the TC light going crazy on the way to work afterwards, but certainly not before.

I'll have to try and find the time over the break to get underneath properly and have a look. Are there any bushings actually within the driveline Zips?

Edited by Swervin_Mervin on Friday 20th December 11:14

JakeT

2,781 posts

69 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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There's a rubber Prop Donut (Giubo) that connects the output of the gearbox to the prop. Else, not massively. There is things like CV gaiters and the like on the axles too. They're made of rubber. I'd be looking if an exhaust rubber has failed and is being cooked.

zippyonline

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325 posts

115 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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Rubber doughnuts each end of the prop and the centre bearing has a good amount of rubber on it. Plus CV boots on the driveshafts.
I guess a rubber exhaust hanger mounting could have gone and flopped over onto the exhaust..?

Or you just picked up some road debris.

If alignment is way out on the back, that can cause issues that would generate a bit of heat on the tyres – but you’d feel that the handling was off.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head right now.


I agree - I doubt it's the tyres - you can rule that out by feeling them for heat.

zippyonline

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325 posts

115 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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JakeT said:
There's a rubber Prop Donut (Giubo) that connects the output of the gearbox to the prop. Else, not massively. There is things like CV gaiters and the like on the axles too. They're made of rubber. I'd be looking if an exhaust rubber has failed and is being cooked.
Great minds think alike

JakeT

2,781 posts

69 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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zippyonline said:
Great minds think alike hehe
beer

Swervin_Mervin

2,856 posts

187 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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It was the prop doughnut I was thinking of, cheers gents. I'll hopefully get the back in the air over the break and see what's what.