TDIclub Secret Society of BMW Owners (SSBMWO)

dhangejr

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2017
Location
PNW is my home
TDI
mk4 Jetta
BMW > VAG lol well hang on, didn’t Porsche purchase VAG??

I’m hunting for a new to me car most likely a BMW, Too bad that 335d is a heart breaker in more ways than one. It needs an M package (which I despise BTW) with a LSD snd a real clutch petal.

I miss my e36m3 dinan, estriol.
Somewhat sadlyjust sold my z3 about a month ago. it needed seats and the top was OG, but I made good money on it AFTER driving it almost 15k. Oh, it needs tires too , the bushings were shot, poor car :(It eas just a Pandemic score haha knowing BMW saves the day ;) I kinda really wanted to ruin it and get a 2.0 TDI coal roller, cage it and make it a track/summer toy.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
I just put M control arms (front and rear) and Koni Special Actives on my base 335d and it transformed the car. Now it actually handles. Transmission tune is next.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
That's mixed driving. Most of my recent fills are from my daughter driving the car short distances. Some tanks as low as 30 MPG, but some in the 34-36 MPG range. 34-36 is a good highway estimate, but that's also driving at 80+ MPH. It's hard not to do that in this car.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
Word was that BMW didn't have a manual that could handle the torque that would fit in the 3 series platform. I hate automatics, but the one in this car isn't bad if you keep it in sport mode. I've been waiting for my daughter to end her current visit (she drives the BMW when she's here because it's my only car with an automatic) so I can have the transmission tuned.
 

dhangejr

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2017
Location
PNW is my home
TDI
mk4 Jetta
Gosh your nice, I’d probably tune it and say get your own car haha.

I read the same thing back on that car first came out, Ive never heard the clam that an auto could do what a manual can’t. But it is made by the unfamiliar ZF and many other models make over 400ftLbs TQ no issues. Maybe it’s low end TQ. I do think outside the US there are some 2.0 manuals. Not sure about the 3.0 tho. I also read that close to half of Bmw autos sold in Europe are diesel.I read They did make a 320d m sport with a 6 speed.

Ironically a nice 328d just piped up locally for 8 k 170k loaded with x drive and I drive. I’m so tempted
 

capt_slow

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2011
Location
SoCal
TDI
2015 GSW TDI SEL
Some BMW diesel trivia: the 328d is a US-only label and is virtually identical to a European spec 320d. They both use the N47 4-cyl engine, which can support a 6-speed manual. Like most OEMs at the time in the US, diesel variants were advertised as a premium trim model. The 320 label in the US was associated with the entry-level F30 3-series (the 320i) and there was concern there would be a disparity between the label and the premium placement, so BMWNA gave US-spec cars 328d. We definitely could have had 328d manuals here in the US, but BMWNA chose to not import them based on a business decision rather than a mechanical limitation.
 

dhangejr

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2017
Location
PNW is my home
TDI
mk4 Jetta
I read something similar to that. I also read that in Europe BMW sales are almost 50% diesel. There’s just no demand for it in the states.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
It's sad how junk the m57 is.

I assume this is sarcasm. I took my 335d for state inspection this morning, it passed, didn't run away or catch fire.
 

firehawk618

Veteran Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2003
Location
Marysville, WA
TDI
2011 Golf TDI, 2dr, M6, Stock
I've had a 2003 TDi Golf 5 speed, 2006 Jetta TDi 5 speed, 2011 Golf TDi 6 speed.

I currently have a 1986 Jetta Turbo diesel 5 speed and recently picked up a 2018 BMW 328d X-Drive (Just sold the 2011 Golf)

I spend ~2 hours a day commuting and I wanted something with a quieter ride, more gimgracks and thingamagigs that would get approximately the same range as the Golf. The LCI 328d does not disappoint. It's got the BEST auto trans that I have ever owned and I have owned a boatload of cars over my lifetime.

So far hand calculated over 3 tanks I'm averaging 43.x. Info center always shows around 45. Not bad. 600 miles to a tank is easy and that's one of my main requirements in a commuter. I do not accelerate gently nor drive it to maximize economy.

The Golf was a great car but I was ready for something different.





 

nicklockard

Torque Dorque
Joined
Aug 15, 2004
Location
Arizona
TDI
SOLD 2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
It's sad how junk the m57 is.

The M57 motor is proven, strong, and stout as can be. But the twin turbo control system is total garbage. They really needed to specify turbos with position feedback, like many other state of the art turbo cars. They cheaped out.
 
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