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Old 6th October 2021, 11:43   #151
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Taking delivery of 330i M Sport Portimao Blue on Friday. I opted for KA registration and paid ~10,11,000/- road tax, Bimmer guys are in take-it or leave-it mode, but Navnit gave me a decent discount of 7-8 lakh. Added carbon fibre spoiler and all-weather mats to the package - black front grill is in transit.

Have been waiting for 15 days now for an auspicious date. Surviving one night at a time with diazepam in my belly.

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Taking delivery of 330i M Sport Portimao Blue on Friday. Added carbon fibre spoiler and all-weather mats to the package - black front grill is in transit.
Congrats! Any offers/combo bundles on the accessories? Share the current accessory pricelist here if possible?
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Congrats! Any offers/combo bundles on the accessories?
Thank you!

Yes, they are bundling warranty and BSI+ at reduced rates with the car, but they are not offering any accessory with it. In fact they haven't provided any discount on any accessory so far, at least with me.

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Here you go.
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There has been a hike of approximately 20% in BSI/BRI packages, my dealer was asking me to get it before 1st october but missed it because of work. As per the message received, the first month purchase price for 3year/40k BSI for petrol 3 is now 48k instead of the 39k earlier. The BSI price details have been removed from bmw indiaís site since they may be updating the details.

Congratulations @xavierk, awaiting photos from your end.
Revised Prices from the website. looks like BSI and BSI+ went up ~20% +/-4% and BRI went up about 4%.
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Took the delivery of 330i Sport on Thursday. It was a long wait as the BH registration created a dilemma in my mind. Finally went ahead with KA plate. Many thanks to fellow BHPians itwasntme, Xaviers and Akash for their help during my purchase process.
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Collected the car on 1st of October. Got it registered and plates fitted a week later. Took a trip down to Mysore (and Bandipur) and put about 800 km (300 in blr city) on the odo in the last 2 weeks.

Still breaking in slow so keeping driving to short stretch’s and keeping the right foot under check (she’s asking to be driven so this is difficult). She purrs and puts a smile on my face every time.

Cornering is miles ahead of anything I’ve driven extensively in the past. At 80 there is no need to worry of even the steepest of curves.


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Collected the car on 1st of October. Got it registered and plates fitted a week later. Took a trip down to Mysore (and Bandipur) and put about 800 km (300 in blr city) on the odo in the last 2 weeks.

Cornering is miles ahead of anything Iíve driven extensively in the past. At 80 there is no need to worry of even the steepest of curves.
Congrats
How are the 18'' tyres on your MSport holding up, any initial feedback on city & highway usage?
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How are the 18'' tyres on your MSport holding up, any initial feedback on city & highway usage?
I've not really put the car through it paces yet. still staying at the 80-100 limits. waiting for the 2K KM mark an then slowly increase the pace. should be able to run the car 2K before the next trip. will keep you posted the next trip is a 1200KM run which is mostly highway.

Has anyone here changed engine oil and filters after the first 2K? BMW says it is not required, but ive done it for every one of my cars.
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I've not really put the car through it paces yet. still staying at the 80-100 limits. waiting for the 2K KM mark an then slowly increase the pace. should be able to run the car 2K before the next trip. will keep you posted the next trip is a 1200KM run which is mostly highway.

Has anyone here changed engine oil and filters after the first 2K? BMW says it is not required, but ive done it for every one of my cars.
Congrats! It must be peach to drive on the highways.

As for the run in service, almost no manufacturer recommends it really so it's only for that mental block, that some people still do it. I'd say if you want to do it, go for it if you don't mind the 10-15k or so it would cost to get the thing done at BMW. It's not really needed but do note that these cars use thinner 0W-20 oil (for the sake of GPF), so you would do well to change it well before 10k kms. (More like 7-7.5k).

So I feel it might be a better option to get the annual oil change done before schedule (as compared to this run in service).
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Happy to join the G20 clan, brought home my alpine white 330i with mocha interiors home on saturday. Switched from a 2015 320D Prestige, was planning to buy this car from a long time but the pandemic hit aviation industry and the huge pay cuts forced me to delay the purchase. Had a long test drive and just could not resist any more, life is too short to plan too much and i took the plunge.
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Taking delivery of 330i M Sport Portimao Blue on Friday. I opted for KA registration and paid ~10,11,000/- road tax, Bimmer guys are in take-it or leave-it mode, but Navnit gave me a decent discount of 7-8 lakh. Added carbon fibre spoiler and all-weather mats to the package - black front grill is in transit.

Have been waiting for 15 days now for an auspicious date. Surviving one night at a time with diazepam in my belly.
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Took the delivery of 330i Sport on Thursday. It was a long wait as the BH registration created a dilemma in my mind. Finally went ahead with KA plate. Many thanks to fellow BHPians itwasntme, Xaviers and Akash for their help during my purchase process.
My most sincere congratulations to Coolboy, Rocksterraghu and FamilyTraveller! I wish you many happy and safe miles of motoring joy in them!

Raghu, the Portimao Blue is my favorite
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Took a super bold decision to trade in my 2 year old X1 with this beauty.
Congratulations Sid!! The color matches your boldness, enjoy the ride.
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Does the Indian 330i have a Petrol / Otto / Gasoline Particulate Filter (PPF/OPF/GPF)? Logically it should, as BMW started to fit them to EU & US versions in ~2018/19.

However, I could not locate any specific mention of the GPF in my VIN.
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Finally, got the delivery and have clocked close to 2,000 KMs already. I will write a detailed review soon, but some pictures for starters.

I've got the carbon fibre spoiler and black grill from BMW; will post interior and other pictures shortly.

I sent the car in a container for detailing and took the car on the road only after full PPF - work done by Ceramic Pro Indiranagar.
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Have completed around 3800 km on the ODO. There is just one word to describe the overall experience - JOY. I have never felt the urge to get up early in the morning and just go on a drive until I got this machine. Not even with the X1 diesel earlier.

Performance
This is the best performance car I have driven till date. The throttle response and cornering is just phenomenal. Did a 800+ km road trip to the hills in Himachal and I had smile plastered all over my face.

Sharing some photos from the trip, apologies for the bad quality/lighting

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Mileage
With petrol crossing a century, maybe worth briefly touching this up. I am getting 10-11 kmpl consistently in the city. On the last highway drive I managed around 12 kmpl overall. This was after aggressive driving on the ghats with the AC on. Could have easily managed 15 kmpl

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Fix for lack of car-play
Given the 330i Sport didn't come with Apple Car Play then, missed it by 2 months I got a wireless charger from BMW as part of free accessory which is excellent for using Google Maps. It's not as convenient as having the maps on the touch-screen but still does a decent job and much better than the magnetic vent options which keep falling.

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Before I begin, I wanted to express how happy I am to be finally posting on Team-BHP after following them and reading from here for YEARS.

Finally, it took me immense love and joy for this car to actually want to share with you all.

I have named her Alaska.
Before I talk about the car, I need you all to understand that I hated, HATED BMW with all my energy, and this changed in 2019 when the G20 330i had just come out and I ended up being the 2nd or 3rd buyer in the city.

At that time the competition was the C class, A4, and the new BMW 3 series.
Audi was Immediately disqualified simply because they did not release the new Gen in the Indian market and did not for another 1.5 years.

Between the C and the 3, I was getting an underpowered diesel C for not a very different price from the 330. Diesel is a big no for me when I'm looking for a comfortable sporty sedan.
C220d, not even 300d was for about 54-55 and 330 for about 57. This was the On-road price for Hyderabad in September ending 2019.

Yes, the 330i did not have rear seat window shades, nor did it have the rear windscreen shade where the C had them both with rear windscreen shade electrically operated. The steering adjustment was also manual in BMW as opposed to electric in the C.
Apart from this, there was nothing in the Mercedes that would push me towards the C.

The drive is simply amazing. All that power and torque behind that girthy steering definitely makes it one of the best driving experiences.

It is the First car In India that I have owned that responded appropriately to the drive mode change- for example; eco, comfort, sport, and sport plus. UNLIKE my 2021 Audi A6 where Dynamic (sport mode) is not very different from comfort or individual in terms of throttle response and steering stiffness and so on. Do not get me wrong, there is a difference but it is not that big of a difference for that price point.

Before this, I had owned a 2020 Mustang in Michigan and in India, a W212 E class- E200 CGI, a 2010 Model and No I DO NOT think that 330 is a downgrade. Only a downgrade when it comes to space but didn't we all know that already?

I had gone with my best friend Petrolgene for the BMW test drive and not even 1 km away, the discussion was settled.

Now coming to why I hated BMW, I did not like the exterior and especially hated the interior. There was nothing special or exciting as compared to what the competition was doing but with the new M sport variants and the new G series cars that are coming out since 2019, BMW has absolutely killed it.

A few months into the Ownership, I ordered a Carbon Fibre spoiler, Carbon Paddle shift extenders, Got a PPF, Dechromed the grill and Chrome bits, Blacked out the roof, and side-view mirrors, and a year later even blacked out the beautiful stock wheels. (Pics attached) The only mod that is performance-oriented was the BMC filter which may have made a difference but I did not feel it.

In the last 2 years of Owning this beauty, I used it EVERY DAY for work and for the typical Daily drive.

I have faced only 2 issues in the car in the last 2 years-

1) the Steering was squeaking one year into the ownership and was fixed by steering rack replacement by BMW. Under warranty free replacement**
Because of the steering rack issue, BMW has even extended my warranty from 2 to 4 years.

2) The roof padding had shrunk and was creating a rattling sound and that too was fixed by BMW for free.

CONS
Apart from the window shades and electrical steering adjustment missing,

1- Boot is small as hell. Not expected to be that small.

2- The ride is sometimes quite stiff. Yes in Eco and Comfort it is not that bad but for a luxury sedan, it sure is on the stiffer side. I honestly did not expect BMW to actually have tiny bits of the M characteristics / DNA incorporated this well in this car.

3- rear seats can be a bit cramped and I would say the rear seat space is somewhere between a Kia Sonet/Seltos.


I have used 'power' fuel since day 1 but after 6 months I realized that power in most pumps gives you the same 91 Rating Octane and then I moved on to using octane 97 which was available at selected locations and the car definitely runs a lot better. With premium fuel and a mix of fast and economic driving, I get an average mileage of about 9.5 - 10.5kmpl.

Now, after 2 years, I have stopped using the car as a daily and use it for night drives and weekend runs.
I have replaced the daily driver with the MG ZS EV (I don't understand the name but have de-badged the hell out of that car). That MG Is already getting slight upgrades that it desperately needed like headlights, a music system, and even wheels and I will definitely post about it in a separate post.

I apologize if I missed out on anything or if I have made any mistakes. This is my first Post ever, not just about cars but my first blog/post about anything in general.

Looking forward to posting a lot more and improving my posts with all your feedbacks and having discussions with all of you.

Cheers!
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