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Where's My 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel?

Discussion in 'F30 (2012-present)' started by bimmerscott, Mar 3, 2012.

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    I'm still holding out for a new US 320d with some version of BMW's 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel. We rented an E90 318i in Europe a couple of years ago and loved it. Heck, since my wife's car was totaled a week ago by some kid who rear-ended me while I was stopped in traffic, I'd buy a 320d right now. But, of course, it is still not offered here. Oh well, we'll just have to search for another E46.

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    All indications are (check the news section - there was a press release) the 320d is coming very soon. Probably they will bring a N57 3-liter engine also, but possibly not in the 3-series.
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    So now that the 328d is out I wonder if the OP bought one. I'm in the market for a new diesel (I have a 335d in the stable) and wrapping my brain around the 328d is hard. Sure it gets great MPG's but so would the 200+ hp N47. Am I expected to shell out $50k for a reasonably optioned 181 hp sedan? Was CAFE more important than the 330d?
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    Yes. At least, so it would seem. Given the hoot-to-drive factor of the E90 335d, I'd tend to guess you could spend 50k maintaining that car for a really long time and probably have more fun driving it for the length of most of that expenditure. Since torque & hp are addicting, after rolling around with the 335d, I'd probably guess you'd find a 4-cyl. turbo-diesel frustrating; of course, it's all relative - if, say, you went for one of the new ones, and thought it felt slow, mundane, and somewhat pedestrian after awhile, all it would take to pep it up, relatively, is spend a bunch of time in something a whole lot slower and less powerful - so, like, every other week, switch into, say, a Geo Metro (3 cylinders baaaaby! Woot!), or a Trabant... or a Yugo... maybe a weensy-engined Honda from the early 90's, and the next week you hop back into the bimmer, you'll be like "Holeeeee ©®@þ, this here thang reaaaallly flies!" (as you scream to 60 mph in about 7 seconds). It won't be as quick as what you're in now... and considering the heft of the cars, an around 7-seconds-to-60 time is plenty respectable.... but, presumably, your consolation will be the fabulous gas-mileage.

    Go test drive one, that's the only way you can get a comparison to make a decision....

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