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Old 31st August 2020, 07:16   #16
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Beautiful BMW! Congratulations itwasntme. Wishing you a minimum of 10 happy years with this fantastic sedan. There is something special about driving a 3-Series with a high-revving petrol - I feel its just the right size for India and, end of the day, a petrol is a petrol. No diesel can match the sheer pleasure of high-revving a silky smooth petrol. I love everything about your 330i, except the front grille :(.

Many thanks for sharing such a detailed, unbiased review. It's especially important as we haven't officially reviewed the G20. Your car is going to our homepage today .

Here is a thread all G20 owners & fans should read = Handling improvements of the G20 over the F30 (BMW 3-Series G20 over F30 : Dynamics & handling improvements).

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Congratulations buddy. Your car looks absolutely gorgeous. I now really rue the discontinuance of the GT series. I would have loved to have a petrol GT in this new 3 avataar whenever my own car gets due for replacement.

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BSI (service plan - refer combo attachment): Planning to buy the 5Y/60 km package before my first service and have it activated just before. Any catch in this plan?

BRI (extended warranty): Similarly planning to buy the 6Y option before my standard one expires in June 2022. Again, any catch here?
Sorry I may have missed your usage but as a low miles user, I would say avoid the BSI and go for max warranty right up front. I like the flexibility of maintaining as per my own preference and not be a slave to the car computer which is what BSI will strictly follow. (I mean in terms of scheduling convenience and possibly over-maintaining, not to under-maintain. Incidentally, I had also taken the 5 years 60k maintenance package for my own car. It expires next month and I am at a mere 42k kms. Maybe I would have been at 45-46k but for lockdown but still does not seem worth it.


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Cycle carrier:
Linked to above. If I get excellent roof rails, I might buy the roof-mounted cycle attachments.
Currently exploring the various trunk-mounted cycle carrier options but afraid they will damage the paint. Whatever rack I buy needs to carry 3 (ideally) or at least 2 adult MTBs, so any advice again will be highly appreciated. Consulting the Cyclop FB group too.
Some options:
Decathlon: https://www.decathlon.in/p/8342387/a...-300-2-3-bikes
Thule: https://www.thule.com/en-in/bike-rack/trunk-bike-racks
Bumsonthe saddle: https://bumsonthesaddle.com/collecti...pe=Car%20Racks
Hands down, for a premium car, go for the Yakima Super Joe Pro 3. This will protect your car the best.

https://bumsonthesaddle.com/products...3-bike-carrier

I would suggest rear rack over a roof based carried but if you do want to check out a roof based system, you can check out Graaja's post here from his wonderful thread.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-...ml#post4479520


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Accessories being considered:
BMW OEM rates (MRP rates, some negotiation possible especially if bundled):
M Kidney grille black ₹: 20,000

Black gloss chrome grill:
OEM is ~15K while I believe aftermarket will be ~10K. Jury's out on this - I am unsure as I don't like too much black. Remember, my Sport already has blacked-out fog-light surrounds unlike the gaudy Luxury Line.
Refer these comparo pics from Bimmerpost:
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I love everything about your 330i, except the front grille :(.
I actually do not mind the grill either subject to the chrome being eliminated. My suggestion is please consider just painting it out black. Looks stunning like that. I have done the same to my own 3 GT grill and it should not cost you more than 10k max.
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Congratulations on this fantastic car! Wishing you tens of thousands of miles and smiles.
The exterior/interior color combination looks grand.

If you plan to get a cycle carrier, my suggestion would be to go for roof mounted options. I am sure Thule will have the proper foot kit for the G20. The roof mounted carrier is easy to load/unload the bike, is safe for the bike and the car and also transforms the look of the car.
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Old 31st August 2020, 11:00   #19
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Congratulations itwasntme.

G20 330i is a fantastic driving machine, wishing a lots of happy miles

I have been waiting for your review for sometime.

It is sad to see the 120kmph continuous warming chime with the new cars.
Don't be too much worried about RFT. For normal puncture, you can get it fixed by any roadside puncture shop. I had a puncture recently and after driving for around 1hr within the Bangalore City, I got it fixed when I saw a good puncture shop. Since you have 17" wheels, this is a more practical setup for daily usage, less prone to sidewall crack and wheel damages and there is no need to slow down too much, unlike the 18".
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Congrats on a truly awesome car. Wishing you many kms of happy motoring. Just curious can anything be done about that speed buzzer without voiding warranty?
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Congratulations

IMO 'Blue' is THE colour to pick in the G20 generation & Mediterranean Blue really looks good on your 330i Sport.

Enjoy
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Lovely car. Congratulations. For me, apart from the cult M2, this is the car that has taken BMW back to its soul. And a lovely color. With those blackened grill, it should look even more stonking ! Wishing you miles and miles of "joy of living".
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Congratulations, itwasntme!

The review itself is honest, down to earth and unbiased. A breath of fresh air!

Regarding the G20, it is tastefully specified, unquestionably!

I'd noticed you were all over the BMW threads like a bad rash, and it's nice to see you've bought the right ointment for it. You will now suffer from an unbearable itch to drive the wheels off of this car, and I really hope you do.

I had been batting for the vRS 245 in its threads but I'll tell you what. I was wrong. However capable the vRS may be, a BMW is a BMW is a BMW!

All the best, mate! Drive safe!
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Congratulations itwasntme - wish you and your family years and miles of "JOY". And also, this is doing justice to an ownership report, and there are some people who couldn't even post a few pictures even after being asked repeatedly (sorry again!).
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Congratulations Buddy. Excellent detailed review and I found just when I desperately needed. You just helped me make my decision. Thank you and congratulations again.
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Congratulations on your beauty! Glad to see you've finally got hold of a Bimmer after so much deliberation all over the forum. Your colour choice (Black over Mediterranean Blue) emphasizes the "Sportier" nature of the Sport even more, if I may say so. Not too subtle yet not too flashy, it's just perfect!
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congratulations on the new ride!!

i do not like chrome and would go for the black OEM grill.

But irrespective congrats once again to one of the best sedans currently available in our country...
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Congratulations on the new ride !

Very nice review.Wishing you thousands of happy and safe miles. Just loved the color. Looks stunning.

So what did you decide to opt for, the Ceramic coating or the PF.
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Hey guys I am looking to buy a car for sheer driving pleasure and BMW 330i has blown my mind off. It has made pray to all the gods I know when I tried flooring the gas. I tried Jaguar xe and Audi A4, A6. The closes to Bmw was the Jag but didnít excite much. Never got my hands on Mercedes 300d AMG. Did I miss any other car to consider? I would love to hear any recommendations and owner experiences.
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P.S I already have 2 diesel cars
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Congratulations! I was thinking of a 330i when we moved back to India, but then decided to work with pre owned vehicles to get a feel of driving back home, before plonking a fortune on new vehicles.

Finally settled on a Pre Owned Superb, and a pre owned Endeavour.

One of the turn offs of the BMW sedans was the low seating, and ingress/ egress thereof. Plus, was not very comfortable of the low ground clearance over the sometimes silly speed breakers.

Happy motoring!

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