BMW 340I Sport Touring

BMW 340I Sport Touring

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mr sagman

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1,344 posts

175 months

Friday 11th January
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Just picked up one of these beasts and gotta say i'm absolutely blown away with it.. Watched all the youtube revues and had a brief test drive but this still

did not prepare me for how truly awesome this car is. I'm no stranger to fast cars having owned several M3's including 2 manual E90 M3's an E46 CSL an

E39 M5 amongst others but this 340 has really shocked me.. I think the combination of the twin turbos and the flappy paddles absolutely makes the car, Ive

just driven home from Stamford to Lpool and i'm absolutely buzzing its soo much quicker than I expected and great fun to drive, Cant believe I was so dead

against any DCT / flappy gearboxes until I drove a proper one.. The speed of the changes is frightening, Now cannot wait to get the MPSS kit fitted and that

will be me completely in love with this thing, Don't post very often on here anymore but just had to share this with anyone considering getting one.. All I can

say is try one and you will not be disappointed believe me... I think they may be BMW's best kept secret yet.

Also love the colour combo of Mineral grey / Coral Red Leather looks bloody amazing. Think I'm smitten.

gizlaroc

12,007 posts

163 months

Saturday 12th January
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Haha, great post!

Enjoy it mate.

richatnort

1,916 posts

70 months

Saturday 12th January
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Congrats on the purchase and also the colour combo. I've had my Mineral Grey with oyster red 340i for just under a year now and again like you I love it. it's just the right power for UK roads.

I think York are the cheapest for MPPSK for around £1100 fitted at the minute.

I'd suggest joining bimmerpost too I've been on there since purchase and learnt a lot about what you can do with these cars and has more 340 owners than PH.

Pica-Pica

4,588 posts

23 months

Saturday 12th January
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richatnort said:
I'd suggest joining bimmerpost too I've been on there since purchase and learnt a lot about what you can do with these cars and has more 340 owners than PH.
Agree about bimmerpost forum. I was set on a 340i when they came out. However, I bought a 335d xdrive instead. Don’t regret it.

richatnort

1,916 posts

70 months

Saturday 12th January
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Pica-Pica said:
Agree about bimmerpost forum. I was set on a 340i when they came out. However, I bought a 335d xdrive instead. Don’t regret it.
What made you go for a 335? I test drove both and thought the 40 was just more refined and quiter. Only thing that made me think about it was I might have done big miles but aren't now so 40 was the obvious choice
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smashy

2,437 posts

97 months

Saturday 12th January
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Sounds great enjoy.....are you sure the MPPK is still available thought it was discontinued because of emissions?

richatnort

1,916 posts

70 months

Saturday 12th January
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smashy said:
Sounds great enjoy.....are you sure the MPPK is still available thought it was discontinued because of emissions?
It is on pre July 18 cars from what I read on bimmerpost

DoubleSix

9,371 posts

115 months

Saturday 12th January
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Picked my 340i Touring up two weeks ago... also really enjoying it. Wants for a bit more noise but apart from that seems the perfect 'do it all' vehicle.

mr sagman

Original Poster:

1,344 posts

175 months

Saturday 12th January
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richatnort said:
Congrats on the purchase and also the colour combo. I've had my Mineral Grey with oyster red 340i for just under a year now and again like you I love it. it's just the right power for UK roads.

I think York are the cheapest for MPPSK for around £1100 fitted at the minute.

I'd suggest joining bimmerpost too I've been on there since purchase and learnt a lot about what you can do with these cars and has more 340 owners than PH.
Thanks for all the comments guys, particularly thanks for richanort as I thought I had a great quote for £1550 fitted for MPPSK, You may just have saved me £450 my friend... (I definately owe you a pint) who is the firm in York? pm me if you prefer.

Many many thanks my friend

Pica-Pica

4,588 posts

23 months

Saturday 12th January
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richatnort said:
Pica-Pica said:
Agree about bimmerpost forum. I was set on a 340i when they came out. However, I bought a 335d xdrive instead. Don’t regret it.
What made you go for a 335? I test drove both and thought the 40 was just more refined and quiter. Only thing that made me think about it was I might have done big miles but aren't now so 40 was the obvious choice
It was there, available pre-reg’d on 9 miles, and a big discount. I just love the torque, and reasonably smooth and quiet. I came from an E36 2.5 I6, I would have bought that same car again, a Nat Asp I6.

Andy665

2,293 posts

167 months

Sunday 13th January
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mr sagman said:
I think the combination of the twin turbos
It is not twin turbo - the "Twinpower" refers to a single but twin scroll turbo - more clever BMW marketing speak

dasbimmerowner

42 posts

80 months

Thursday 17th January
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How's the 40i engine in terms of reliability? Looking to ditch my N47 powered car for something which doesn't have me on the edge of my seat all the time!

richatnort

1,916 posts

70 months

Thursday 17th January
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I'm a year into it and nothing has gone wrong on it and not heard anything on bimmerpost about any issues either so it seems like a really reliable engine so tar.

stuart_83

381 posts

40 months

Thursday 17th January
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I'm 9k miles / 8 months in with my 440i with zero issues.

That's with the MPPSK installed and giving it the beans frequently.

chandrew

659 posts

148 months

Saturday 19th January
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I've had my 340 - a European xdrive touring with the MPPSK from new - for 2 years now. It's a hugely capable car and very fast. The new m340 xdrive figures are almost identical to my car.

In the last 12 months BMW Switzerland offered the MPPSK as a 'factory fit' option on new cars. They're quite popular here - when I got mine the dealer had 3 new unregistered 340 tourings and 2 demonstrators - one with and one without MPPSK. I got one of the stock cars so it's in typical 'Swiss Spec' (ie the dealer put CHF 30,000 of options on it)

Reliability has been good apart from a few sensors for one of the gazillion of electronic gizmos. Certainly I wouldn't worry putting the MPPSK on it. I came from an i3 (daily) and old Subaru Forester XT and the biggest surprise has been the refinement and fuel economy. I live in a ski resort and use the car a few times a month, mainly for trips to the airport or to see clients. Given most round-trips are between 500 - 1000km it's a mixture of motorway cruising and early morning drives over the mountain passes - no town driving to note. Some of the clients are in Germany so I can confirm it hits the limiter at an indicated 260 kmh. It gets to 230 very quickly.

The only thing I do regret about it is not holding out for an Alpina B3s but I needed to make a quick change when I got it and I got a good deal. It's probably going to be replaced by a Porsche Taycan as I want to go back to the instant torque of an electric engine.


richatnort

1,916 posts

70 months

Saturday 19th January
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chandrew said:
I've had my 340 - a European xdrive touring with the MPPSK from new - for 2 years now. It's a hugely capable car and very fast. The new m340 xdrive figures are almost identical to my car.

In the last 12 months BMW Switzerland offered the MPPSK as a 'factory fit' option on new cars. They're quite popular here - when I got mine the dealer had 3 new unregistered 340 tourings and 2 demonstrators - one with and one without MPPSK. I got one of the stock cars so it's in typical 'Swiss Spec' (ie the dealer put CHF 30,000 of options on it)

Reliability has been good apart from a few sensors for one of the gazillion of electronic gizmos. Certainly I wouldn't worry putting the MPPSK on it. I came from an i3 (daily) and old Subaru Forester XT and the biggest surprise has been the refinement and fuel economy. I live in a ski resort and use the car a few times a month, mainly for trips to the airport or to see clients. Given most round-trips are between 500 - 1000km it's a mixture of motorway cruising and early morning drives over the mountain passes - no town driving to note. Some of the clients are in Germany so I can confirm it hits the limiter at an indicated 260 kmh. It gets to 230 very quickly.

The only thing I do regret about it is not holding out for an Alpina B3s but I needed to make a quick change when I got it and I got a good deal. It's probably going to be replaced by a Porsche Taycan as I want to go back to the instant torque of an electric engine.
First thing SCREW you got A. Having mppsk from factory that's jsut rude and B. For having xdrive as this is what's missing I think form the UK.

Interesting you want an alpina as u think the 340 is the best you can get on a typical Road with legal conditions. Like today I was in a 30mph zone and in a rush and put my foot down, got to 75 and realised I'd loose my licence then slowed down to 50mph laugh

chandrew

659 posts

148 months

Tuesday 22nd January
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richatnort said:
chandrew said:
I've had my 340 - a European xdrive touring with the MPPSK from new - for 2 years now. It's a hugely capable car and very fast. The new m340 xdrive figures are almost identical to my car.

In the last 12 months BMW Switzerland offered the MPPSK as a 'factory fit' option on new cars. They're quite popular here - when I got mine the dealer had 3 new unregistered 340 tourings and 2 demonstrators - one with and one without MPPSK. I got one of the stock cars so it's in typical 'Swiss Spec' (ie the dealer put CHF 30,000 of options on it)

Reliability has been good apart from a few sensors for one of the gazillion of electronic gizmos. Certainly I wouldn't worry putting the MPPSK on it. I came from an i3 (daily) and old Subaru Forester XT and the biggest surprise has been the refinement and fuel economy. I live in a ski resort and use the car a few times a month, mainly for trips to the airport or to see clients. Given most round-trips are between 500 - 1000km it's a mixture of motorway cruising and early morning drives over the mountain passes - no town driving to note. Some of the clients are in Germany so I can confirm it hits the limiter at an indicated 260 kmh. It gets to 230 very quickly.

The only thing I do regret about it is not holding out for an Alpina B3s but I needed to make a quick change when I got it and I got a good deal. It's probably going to be replaced by a Porsche Taycan as I want to go back to the instant torque of an electric engine.
First thing SCREW you got A. Having mppsk from factory that's jsut rude and B. For having xdrive as this is what's missing I think form the UK.

Interesting you want an alpina as u think the 340 is the best you can get on a typical Road with legal conditions. Like today I was in a 30mph zone and in a rush and put my foot down, got to 75 and realised I'd loose my licence then slowed down to 50mph laugh
Sorry, I also think you forgot C. - I live about 90 mins (via the Bernina Pass) away from the Stelvio. Life is hard, I know ;-)

My liking of Alpinas is mainly due to the suspension and steering not the additional 80 bhp. Oh, and wanting another green coloured car. On the B3 there is also the option of a LSD even with xDrive.

As for the xDrive, I think it's OK but coming from a Subaru I'm not the biggest fan. It's great on flowing stuff but at low speeds on snow (eg hairpins) it understeers quite badly. That can be dialled out if you've got traction 'off' by moving the back round but it's not a great way of making good progress, especially if you don't have both sides of the road to play with. I suspect a Fiat Panda 4x4 is quicker in these conditions.