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Old 9th November 2020, 10:32   #31
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All in all, would the enhancements in G20 over an F30 with Bilstein B6 be justified with the price difference outlay should I go for it in future?
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In short, don't sell the F30 to get a G20, it won't be worth the extra cost IMHO.
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What do you guys suggest? Is it worth the upgrade to the new G20 330i or should I keep my F30 for a few more years?
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I think you got bit by the new car bug! I guess you need some time to recover from that bite!
Difficult times ahead for F30 owners. 6 months after having upgraded from an Octavia 1.8 TSI to a G20 330i, I can comment that F30 owners need to look higher up for that 'true upgrade' feeling. No doubt the G20 is an upgrade over the F30 (even factoring in the missing interior bits), BUT unless you're an out-and-out driving fanatic who lives and dies by the chassis feel /steering over everything else, the initial excitement will dull leaving you with that niggling thought whether you did the right thing in spending close to 60L on the 330i.

If new is the only way, then I'd suggest negotiating hard for the current 530D as the LCI looms closer. Alternatively, a true sports car like a pre-worshipped Porsche, Z4 or a well kept AMG rocket are the only real alternatives.
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What do you guys suggest? Is it worth the upgrade to the new G20 330i or should I keep my F30 for a few more years?
I understand you are based in NCR. The 10 years life and diesel ban is the only improbable threat that goes in favor of selling your current steed.

If you can make peace with the uncertainty, my suggestion like others would be to keep your steed and potentially run it for 10 years or its full life. The depreciation in this case comes to 3.5-4 Lakhs per year as against 5.5-6 Lakhs per year (considering you will end up losing about 22-24L in 4 years) if you sell now. Not to forget the new ride will also start depreciating again from today and the driving improvement is going to be marginal with increased fuel costs (there is still Rs 11/liter price gap and the diesel gives much higher mileage than the petrol). Just my 2 cents.
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Hey Akshay,

Loved your review of the BMW 3 series. I am looking to get myself a sporty sedan but not getting any clear idea on what kind of mileage does the 330i deliver. My running is around 15,000 kms per year 80% of which is on Mumbai roads (sedate driving). What kind of efficiency can I expect from the turbo charged petrol as compared to the oil burner? (I saw figures in the range of 4kmpl -10kmpl on Youtube reviews). I am looking to replace my A3 35 TDI (already sold) and own the Seltos DCT.

My heart says go for the petrol but mind says diesel. Is the difference too big? (The other car that I am considering (with my mind) is the Superb Sportline.)


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I am looking to get myself a sporty sedan but not getting any clear idea on what kind of mileage does the 330i deliver. My running is around 15,000 kms per year 80% of which is on Mumbai roads (sedate driving). What kind of efficiency can I expect from the turbo charged petrol as compared to the oil burner? (I saw figures in the range of 4kmpl -10kmpl on Youtube reviews).
My 5,000 km / 6 month long term average (70% highway) during these COVID-19 times is a steady 10.5-11 km/lt with fairly spirited driving and one 700 km road trip
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My 5,000 km / 6 month long term average (70% highway) during these COVID-19 times is a steady 10.5-11 km/lt with fairly spirited driving and one 700 km road trip
Those are pretty good numbers and I am assuming Bangalore traffic is no better than Mumbai. Its surprising how a 65bhp Maruti, 140bhp Kia and a 265 Bhp Monster all deliver similar numbers in the city!!!

Lastly, how has your experience with the ground clearance & do u miss the top spec M Sport in anyway?

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Its surprising how a 65bhp Maruti, 140bhp Kia and a 265 Bhp Monster all deliver similar numbers in the city!!!

Lastly, how has your experience with the ground clearance & do u miss the top spec M Sport in anyway?
I'm assuming it's the massive 400 Nm of torque working away quietly in conjunction with the ZF8 gearbox. These numbers are 70% Comfort mode, 29% Sport/Sport+ mode and 1% in Ecopro.

GC is better than the numbers suggest as the chassis is stiffly sprung and doesn't sag even with full load. Again the short overhangs and sharply raised rear bumper also help with BLR's insane speedbreakers.

If M Sport is missed at all it is only for the new wireless Android Auto (incoming on 2021 cars) and wireless CarPlay (already present). The looks are better in the M Sport as well with those huge rear 255 18 inchers. Mine are humble 225/50/17s :-)
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What do you guys suggest? Is it worth the upgrade to the new G20 330i or should I keep my F30 for a few more years?
Objectively, keeping money matters aside, the G20 330i is absolutely an upgrade over the F30 320d. But I think it's wildly overpriced, and would hang on to the F30 if I were you, and remap it (in case you haven't already) to enjoy some extra power on tap.

Edit: also, if you feel the itch and want a sportier ride, get Bilstein B6's. Zero regrets, 100% fun. Promise.

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Those are pretty good numbers and I am assuming Bangalore traffic is no better than Mumbai. Its surprising how a 65bhp Maruti, 140bhp Kia and a 265 hp Monster all deliver similar numbers in the city!!!
Rahul, note that itwasntme's numbers are predominantly highway numbers, while yours will be predominantly in the city. Expect 5-7 in Bombay's serpentine traffic, and 10-15 KMPL on the highway depending on how heavy that right foot is

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Expect 5-7 in Bombay's serpentine traffic, and 10-15 KMPL on the highway depending on how heavy that right foot is
Spot On!!!
My 330i shows an average of around 5-6, only city driven and has done around 850KMS since September 2019
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Spot On!!!
My 330i shows an average of around 5-6, only city driven and has done around 850KMS since September 2019
I constantly joke with my friends that this is BMW's way of preparing us for the ///M life; the mileage of these turbo-petrol 3er's aren't too dissimilar to their beefier big brothers.

Also, what are you doing sitting here and typing out messages, get out and drive
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Anyone have any info on a good quality sunshade/sunblinds that are compatible with G20, for all the 4 windows + rear? Preferably the roller type ones against the stick-on suction ones
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Sorry if I missed this. How is the ground clearance of the 330 i ? I do go the mountins a lot so was wondering if ground clearance could be an issue especially in the moonsoons.

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Sorry if I missed this. How is the ground clearance of the 330 i ? I do go the mountins a lot so was wondering if ground clearance could be an issue especially in the moonsoons.
Hi, from my 4500 km experience, the chassis is pretty stiff, and will beach only on the unscientific speedbreakers or tall protrusions. Only hope is to ensure inflation to the recommended pressure and 'crab across' them if possible.

Don't worry, it's mostly manageable
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