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Ady 555
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BMW 335d Touring Xdrive

I have got one of these at the moment on an extended test drive (one week) Thumbs Up

I have to say i am very impressed so far. (day 2)

The vehicle i have is very well specced.
3.0L Engine, 313bhp huggings of torque. 0-62 in 4.9 seconds. 4wd Very Happy Top speed 155mph limited.
8 speed sports gearbox with flappy paddles.
M Sport + package. 19" Wheels, bigger brembo brakes, privacy glass bla bla bla etc etc.
Electric sunroof.
Adaptive suspension. (A must have on these cars)
Electric folding mirrors.
Reverse camera.
Professional media system, Harman Kardon. Fantastic sound and great sat nav system. Loads of other features.
Full electric heated front sports seats. Really hold you well and they are comfy.
Plus lots of other extras that i know i have forgotten about.
Now i know most of you are thinking, a lot of the above should be fitted as standard, and i totally agree, but it isn't a Range Rover Sport, and no where near the cost of one. Although the BMW i am in, full retail price was 54k. Shocked
Having been in this one has made me change my own spec a couple of times, things i didn't think i wanted, now i do.
Getting to the important bit..
The driving experience...
When i picked it up it had 1/4 of a tank of fuel in it, showing 114 miles to empty. Knowing my first journey was 150 miles away, i thought i would pit stop to put some diesel in. Put 40 in and it went up to very nearly full. Shocked Bloody hell, that makes a refreshing change. Put 40 in my RRS and it didn't get to half. So i set off on my 150 mile journey fully laden with 2 passengers 2 dogs and loads of luggage. Taking it nice and steady checking out all the vehicles features as i drive. Driving in Eco mode was okay for the likes of Beancounter Laughing but i soon got bored. Whistle Put it in Comfort mode and really enjoyed the ride. Really smooth, plenty of power, and soaked up the bumps very well on the country lanes, really impressed. After unloading my cargo, took it out to try out the sport mode and WOW! Engine note changes, a real growl from the 3.0L engine, loads of power and torque, Instant throttle response. What an engine the 335d is. Throwing it in to the bends in the wet, i was pleasantly surprised how well it stuck to the road with next to no body roll at all, this is where the adaptive suspension came in to its own. Fantastic. After a bit of fast A + B roads, i really didn't want to stop driving this beast. It really is a well planted rep mobile, I now know why the police force are using them. Looked at the fuel computer, i was averaging 43.3 mpg. This car is addictive. I really enjoyed owning my 2 previous RRS, but if i had known how well these 335d cars drive, then i'm sure i would have bought one sooner.
VED 180 A year.
MPG Approx 40-49 BMW figures, although i'm sure it will be more like late 20's if i use the sport mode daily. Laughing
Servicing 20k miles, or every 2 years. Depending on driving style and conditions.
My Insurance. RRS 325. BMW 280.
So looking at those figures, it's a no brainer for me getting a BMW 335d Touring Xdrive. It fits in very well with my day to day needs. Anyone thinking of jumping ship and undecided what to replace their sport with, like me, found it very hard to find a suitable replacement for my sport, because my sport was so good. Arrange a test drive in one of these. Thumbs Up
This is the one i'm currently using. I've ordered Mineral Grey Metalic. (same colour as Bc's) But don't tell him. Rolling with laughter

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If BMW UK had decided 20 years ago to import the 4WD versions of their Tourings then I would probably never have bought my first Land Rover way back in 1996 and would be driving a 5 series Touring X drive now and would have owned a whole load of them in between 1996 and 2015! I'm on Land Rover product number 11 now! 2018 Melting Silver Mini Countryman PHEV on order for June delivery, bye bye Land Rover after 22 years and 11 LR products.....
2015MY Corris Grey SDv6 HSE Dynamic, but not for much longer........
Also in my garage is a 1996 TDi300 Defender 90 County HT made into a fake CSW

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Ady 555
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That is one of the reasons I have decided to go for the BMW. It's now 4wd which I need come winter time.

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......but it's not a Sport Whistle Very Happy GONE - SDV6 HSE MY2012 in Orkney Grey.
1993 200Tdi Tdi Range Rover - a proper Rangie!
1949 Series One 80" in family since 1975! Where it all began.....

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npinks
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Sounds right up my street, just won't tow my caravan due to its weight

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Ady 555
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Sell the caravan and book into a cottage. Just think how many breaks away you could have with the funds from the sale of your tintop. Honestly Nick, how often do you tow the caravan? 2/3 times a year? Then ask yourself, how often do you drive your car? It's a no brainer. Muddywheels has finally seen the light now and look what it cost him buying a new tintop. Embarassed
Idea Maybe time for a rethink Nick. Thumbs Up

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Go away more than 2 or 3 times but enjoy the trips away and the caravan life, but have been reconsidering things recently

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Ady 555
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I can recommend some lovely cottages in Northumbria. Thumbs Up

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Sadly we don't get the X Drive here unless one buys an X series. But our climate is different and I am really enjoying my 335i that I bought as a runaround recently. I am going to sell the X6 as I don't use it much anymore.

I have had a couple of Tourings and while not X Drive, they were excellent at city to beach house duty.

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muddywheels
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Looks very nice Ady and if I don't get delivery soon I may be taking a look - I've just about had enough of JLR and stealers now Rolling Eyes

Selling the tintent was a hard decision and I really miss it but so busy working at moment I wouldn't of been away this summer Big Cry

We need to meet up Nick if you still want the TV Whistle 

NOW GONE

MY17 Lexus RC 300h F Sport
MY16 DS
MY10/13 RRSs - Mini One
FL2s
Jag X-type
D2s - MGTF
FL1s
Landcruiser, Mondeo, Escort, Orion, Astra GTE, Xr3i, Renault 5/19/18, Fiesta 1300S, Allegro, Avenger, Honda MTX, Yamaha FS1E

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Ady 555
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Sounds good to me Paul. Thumbs Up I'm surprised Nick is still after your black & white TV. Laughing
BMW only do the 335d in Xdrive now over here due to the power and torque it produces.

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Nice one Ady - great car and a superb spec. Very similar to mine, part from the engine Bow down

I left mine on comfort mode all the time and just poodled along on the torque. Every once in a while I switched over to Sport + just to see the warning light on the dash that tells me all the nanny control are off and Im actually driving. Rolling with laughter

Bet you can't wait to take delivery. The running costs are ridiculously low for the spec/performance. Not sure the Golf GTD I have on order will come close. Big Cry Trek Madone 2.1.........
Ex 320d X Drive, M Sport Touring
Ex TDV8

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Yeah but can you honestly say hand on heart you will get that same feeling you've had for the past few years when you look outside your house and that is sat on the drive?

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Tim in Scotland wrote:
If BMW UK had decided 20 years ago to import the 4WD versions of their Tourings

It wasn't about "decision". The only 4WD drivetrain layout that was technically feasible back then for BMW was LHD only. Regards etc.,

Wojtek

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Ady 555
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mrfixit wrote:
Yeah but can you honestly say hand on heart you will get that same feeling you've had for the past few years when you look outside your house and that is sat on the drive?


Yes I can actually Very Happy I have ticked the RRS box now. The reason I didn't go for another sport or LR product, is because I think LR is pulling the pants down of all it''s UK customers with their ever increasing prices of their vehicles. I can't complain about my dealer Copley Landrover because they were spot on for sales, servicing and warranty work. But I will criticise them for the insulting px offer they made me for my sport. Whistle Imo LR don'the seem to care about their customers as they should and just leave any unsatisfied customers to the dealer network to sort out. Thankfully I was never one of those customers, but I have read a lot on here who have been. That's one of the many reasons I decided to jump ship. I work too hard to hand over my hard earned money to a company that treat their customers as they do.
As regards looking at what vehicle is on my drive, that doesn't bother me. More often than not, I bring home the works van. My own vehicle sits in my garage. My P1 was my toy. Wink
So I am more than happy replacing my sport with a BMW. Now BMW have brought in the Xdrive to it's 3 4 & 5 series, my dealer is seeing more and more ex LR customers coming through their doors.

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