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My Space Grey E90 320d LCI Exclusive
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This thread is long over due… As many of the active forumites know, I had gotten married last year and had sold off the 335i in lieu of my new apartment... Having used the 330i as a daily for the better part of 5 years and covering 100k in mileage during this time, I really got tired of the long commute and more so, the associated running costs.. As decent as the 330i was on fuel, it really added up over the time period and being a daily, it was subject to the harsh exposure of daily duties. Given the convenience of staying closer to work, I knew that I would be really unhappy to use the 330i for the short commute to work and decided that the car would be used purely on weekends, when I would have a chance to hit the highway and let the car stretch its legs. We had been using my wife’s Polo for daily duties and I have to say, these cars are just such great run around vehicles but really not built for the fast lane of the highway Fencelook


We decided her Polo would be given to her parents after the wedding, once we had found a replacement vehicle. She is a huge Mercedes fan and had her sights set on something from the Stuggart based manufacturer. With me being an ardent fan of the Bavarian built cars, it wouldn’t do for me to be in a Mercedes that I don’t particularly like.. I quite fancy the AMG’s but these make no sense in the real world driving we would be doing, 90% of the time.. She didn’t have much criteria other than the car being an automatic, not overly low and needing to be faster than her Polo.. Which is easy enough when you come from a 55kw engine..

Initially I had looked at an F25 X3 3.0d as a replacement, as I needed the bigger power plant, but given the 5km round trip, it just felt like it would be over-kill for the short commute.. I then looked at an E84 X1 but I hated the manual climate controls that seem to come on most of them, my wife also didn’t like the look for some reason. An F30 320d, seemed like a sensible interim choice but after looking at the classifieds, I couldn’t justify spending double for an F30, which would be shortly replaced by the G20. Furthermore, having owned an E90 and living with an F30 in the family for 5 years, I knew the F30 isn’t double the car the E90 is.. I had my eyes set on an E90 320d Motorsport but was quickly reminded that the car can’t be too low, especially since my wife would use the car and isn’t used to cutting driveways or going sideways over speed bumps.. Hammerhead


Looking at the classifieds and not finding something that ticked all the right boxes in a particular year model was frustrating… I wanted a post April 2011 model, for some peace of mind, as I had read that the earlier models were said to have suffered from cases of timing chain failure.. As luck would have it, a family member was looking to sell his E90 320d.. I had to make a call as to whether I would take it or keep shopping.. I knew which was the most sensible choice and so, I had taken delivery earlier this year.. Given my penchant for the F30 design, especially in Motorsport guise, not sure how long I will keep the E90. For now though, it will do daily duties and get my wife used to the BMW driving dynamic. I have a few mods in mind to personalize the car but nothing over the top.. Something more along the lines of OEM+, but maintenance is high up on the priority list..

Here is the latest acquisition to my garage, a 2011 E90 320d Exclusive in Space Grey, with just over 130k on the clock..

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Updates to follow... Ty
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congrats on the new wheels mnr
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About time, congrats bro.

Definitely better, and newer, than a certain 323i here Fencelook
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Current: Audi A4 B8.5 1.8T
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Ex: E90 323i Exclusive LCI
Ex: E90 320i Individual LCI
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Congrats
No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’. – Harry Hogge, Days of Thunder

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2012 X1 2.0D MSport
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Congrats bud! I only ever hear good things about the 320d. Great choice.
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Bravo

Oeh lovely color SG is the best

Keeping my on this thread Thumbs

Congrats
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Congrats

It's the ideal daily

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CongratsPraise
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Congrats on the new dailyBravo
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BravoBravo
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EX:
2011 E90 BMW 323i Innovation Model
2003 E46 BMW 320i Steptronic
2015 Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort
2006 Audi A4 1.8T Multitronic B6
2005 VW Polo 2.0 Highline
2001 Audi A4 1.8T B5
2002 Opel Astra 2.0 CDE
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Congrats on your new wheels Thumbs
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Congrats
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2010 BMW 320d e90 Dynamic Edition
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Congrats on the car, 320d are quite popular and for good reasons.
Frugal, adequate power for day to day driving and e90 is built properly.

Wishing you many happy miles and smiles
Current:
2014 320i F30 - M-Sport (Mrs)
2012 3.0d F25 - M-Sport (Family Wagon)
2005 325ci E46 - M-Sport (Mr)
2003 330ci E46 - Weekend (Mr)

Previous BMWs:
2012 328i F30 - Powerful racy motor
2012 320i E90 - Solid built, disappointing performance
2010 3.0d E70 - Versatile car, strong diesel motor
2004 320i E46 - Built like a tank, superb motor
2003 320i E46 - Money pit, lemon of note
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Thanks for the comments gents, much appreciated..

(03-06-2019, 02:06 PM)Silverbird_96kw Wrote: Bravo

Oeh lovely color SG is the best

Keeping my on this thread Thumbs

Congrats

@Silverbird_96kw, thanks bud... I think you may be biased with the colour though Tease

Looking at doing a DP soon to relieve pressure on the turbo, given that the DPF would just get clogged with my commute.. Tempted to just do the whole damn exhaust though.. I hate the 'droopy' tail pipe Fencelook
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(04-06-2019, 11:14 AM)KPM_330 Wrote: @Silverbird_96kw, thanks bud... I think you may be biased with the colour though Tease

Looking at doing a DP soon to relieve pressure on the turbo, given that the DPF would just get clogged with my commute.. Tempted to just do the whole damn exhaust though.. I hate the 'droopy' tail pipe Fencelook

SpaceGray and Le Mans Blue are my favorite in the E90's Thumbs

I also need to do the DP Fencelook
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Congrats man, Very interested to see what updates are to followFencelook

(03-06-2019, 12:04 PM)KPM_330 Wrote: Updates to follow... Ty
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The first round of work done was to complete a full service, I opted to have all filters replaced and changed over to Liqui Moly 5W30 TopTec, in keeping with the preferred oil specification for the car. I also inspected the dampener pulley and whilst it still seems in fair nick, I ordered an OEM replacement to keep as a spare, whilst it is on special with the agents.

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A shout out to @SubLoaded for giving his E90 head unit to me and helping me have it fitted to the car. I quite enjoy the OE look the user interface provides, as it mirrors the later model I-drive systems pretty well. I just need to get around to having the rear view camera fitted, but seeing as though the car has rear PDC, this hasn't been high on my priority list. Sadly the only picture I have is of the unit in his car Rofl

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One of the things I wasn't sold on with the exclusive package was the anonymous looking front and rear end.. Also with the car having halogen lights, it didn't help the frontal appearance. My aim with the car is to keep everything OEM+. The whole reason for not getting a motorsport variant was due to the wife driving the car and me not wanting to end up with damaged bodywork due to the car being low...

So what do I do, I purchased a lip... This was designed for the exclusive bumper, I had thought about going with splitters but decided with the car being high, a full lip will give the front a lower appearance.

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Whilst there are a few options out there, I wanted something similar to the H style lip, as I didn't want something over the top.. I've seen some questionable lips on the E90 exclusive whilst doing my homework. Coupled with this, I decided to have the kidney grills sprayed gloss black to match the lip and I had the foglight inserts sprayed in silver, to break up the front end a bit.

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I quite liked this pic I took after I had come back from the temple.. I just need to get the upgraded white bulbs.

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Next step is to collect my fanatics stickers and black out badges from @Riaad, at the dyno day this weekend and get a baseline dyno done before I look at fitting a full exhaust.. Ty
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(04-06-2019, 11:53 AM)Riaad Wrote: Congrats man, Very interested to see what updates are to followFencelook

(03-06-2019, 12:04 PM)KPM_330 Wrote: Updates to follow... Ty

You don't disappoint...things are coming along nicely...if only you had some oem 18s to complete the look Fencelook

(19-06-2019, 01:32 PM)KPM_330 Wrote: Next step is to collect my fanatics stickers and black out badges from @Riaad, at the dyno day this weekend

yeah man, will look sweet...don't forget to fit the BMWFanatics stickers before hitting the dyno...+5wkw smile bounce
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Congrats Bru, smaak the lipThumbs
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2006 Audi A3 Sportsback 2.0T S-Tronic Ambition FRC ECU & S-TRONIC TUNED

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(NON BMW'S 2006 A4 AVANT, 2003 POLO 1.6, 2000 200 STI, 2000 RSI 20V, 1999 GTI, 1998 RSI 20V)
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Looks great bru, well done!
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F25 X3 2.0d ,Alfa Romeo GT 3.2F20 M135iE90 M3 Dynamic LCi, '11 BMW E90 320d MSport, '09 BMW E90 320i Exclusive, '03 BMW E46 330i Individual, '02 BMW E39 525i Individual, '06 Impreza 2.0R Wagon, '03 S3 8L, '11 A3 1.6TDi, '70 VW Beetle 1600 Twin Port '00 A4 2.4 V6, '09 Ibiza Cupra 1.8T, 2013 Vivo Gran Turismo, E36 M3 Coupe, E46 320i Individual MSport, '98 Civic V Tec, E36 318is Msport, E30 318i Coupe,GOLF MK1 GT
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