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BMW UK Sourcing an original E46 Saloon for photoshoot

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momo   

Sort of! They're being quite difficult about it tbh.. It's all being arranged through an Ad agency..

They want the car for a couple of weeks, to be collected early next week. They're giving me a 325d "luxury"..

So probably one of these:

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Not exactly chuffed about it! :cry:

Going from driving the top/fastest diesel of the E46 range (after M3), with a 6cyl engine to a crappy mid-range 4cyl.. It's not even SPORT spec!! Hmmmm..

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das_flo   

The new 325d is 215bhp / 332lb ft. They've actually exceeded the requirement, plus you get a brand new car for free for a few weeks. Winner surely?

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momo   

Nah, I don't see it that way.. I see it as a downgrade if anything! It's like someone going from an E46 330d Sport to an E90 320d SE! Might be newer and worth more, but it'll be a worse driving experience!

Plus it's not as if I get to keep the car, it's going back to them once they're done with mine. It'd be nice of them to give me a car I'd actually enjoy surely? lol.

Don't mean to come across as ungrateful (which I am aware is how it sounds a little).


I don't mind! But I'd like to drive something a little nicer for my troubles! No? :P

Or am I completely alone on this and I should shut up and accept what they're giving me? lol

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Jay.   

I dunno momo, I had an f30 courtesy car last year, albeit a lowly 320d but was m sport & it was Lovley to drive! Felt very fast - was an auto & I can only imagine the 325d would be a pleasure to have for a few weeks :)

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You can borrow my 330d for the two weeks if I can use the 325d then?

I had a 420d for 24 hours, and it felt plenty fast enough through the gears. (Horrid steering feel though)

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I think giving a random member of public a brand new 35k car for the use of of their own 3k car is a pretty good deal really!

Ok it's not top spec but I expect it's a lot 'nicer' than an E46 even if we don't agree with the steering, build quality or lack of cylinders. When I get in my wife's E46 after driving my M135i it makes me realise how good the E46 is for its age!

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momo   

They've confirmed it's the 325d. It's being dropped off this morning. Fair do's! :)

Hey-ho! Lets see what they do to my car.. Just signed my NDA and sent it back so they should give me some info as to what they're using it for. But I won't be able to say anything about it here! Booooo.. :P

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mjn   

Are they going to fix the rust before using it?

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momo   

No idea! They've not even mentioned it! Guess they're doing long distance shots so don't care..

You can plainly see from the shots I posted the polish on the rub strips - didn't even mention that! I asked if the car's ok and they're happy with that they've seen of it - they said yep! That's fine by me..

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mjn   

They might give it a full detail :thumbsup:

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momo   

Sure hope so! Haven't washed it in a couple of weeks! lol. :P

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CharlE46   

They can work magic with photoshop :P

Congrates mate on having your car featuring in some BMW publicity, have they told you what it is?

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momo   

Thanks mate! Not yet.. Signed the NDA, waiting for the info about the shoot now. All he's said is there's a photoshoot next week and an "AV" shoot the following week.. Not sure what that is?

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X-Man   

It's a Top Gear Leaving Special for JC.

He gets to rag the arse off every car he's tested with a final shot of him and Hammmond going off a cliff in an E46, Thelma and Louise stylee! :D

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momo   

It's a Top Gear Leaving Special for JC.

He gets to rag the arse off every car he's tested with a final shot of him and Hammmond going off a cliff in an E46, Thelma and Louise stylee! :D

325d for sale thread going up in two weeks! lol

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Sam   

I've not signed an NDA and I know what the shoot is. Strange. Suppose they risked it with me to get a car sourced.

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momo   

Fancy telling me via PM? This guys more interested in getting my car than giving me useful info.. Lol

At my local BMW now doing the car swap.

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Sell the lone car and move

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CharlE46   

It's a Top Gear Leaving Special for JC.

He gets to rag the arse off every car he's tested with a final shot of him and Hammmond going off a cliff in an E46, Thelma and Louise stylee! :D

I nearly sprayed my laptop with a gob full of coffee as I read that LMFAO :lol::lol:

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momo   

Did the car swap and got the 325d home late this afternoon. Offered to do it at my local BMW dealership instead of them faffing about delivering cars, waiting days and collecting mine etc..

Not a bad drive! Apart from the salesman telling me there's another guy local with an E21 who got an M4 while BMW took his car! :o

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momo   

So, got the 325d on Friday.. My work week starts on Saturdays so only driven it home on Friday, then work and back Saturday and back to work today.

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Had 50miles on the clock when I picked it up so still VERY new!

It's actually not as bad as I expected! It's pretty loaded tbh - has the upgraded widescreen nav system, Sports seats (thank god) Xenons etc..

Also has this thing (not sure what it is):

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Not sure what that camera/sensor is for..

Main thing is it's got the 8sp Sport Auto gearbox. Had one of them before on a 320i Xdrive which I had for a day. In THAT car I thought the gearbox was bloody awful! In this car? Well, it's a different story! The gearbox suits the bigger/faster engines MUCH better! The initial delay is still there but so long as you stamp on the accelerator it's not as apparent.. lol.

Rides very nice and comfy but that's more likely due to the high sidewalls on the 18" wheels. I've flicked through the various modes too (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+) - deffo a difference! But not much.. All Sport+ does is disable the DSC and TRC.

Overall - Meh! It's alright.. If I had £35k though I'd buy something else.

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Jay.   

Yeah when I had the 320d auto the box suited it so well! If I were to get one in future I'd defo go for the auto over the manual. This coming from me, who never buys auto's lol

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Thanks mate! Not yet.. Signed the NDA, waiting for the info about the shoot now. All he's said is there's a photoshoot next week and an "AV" shoot the following week.. Not sure what that is?

Audio/video??

Sounds to me like it's for inclusion in advertising material. F30 must be due for LCI around now. G20 (F30 replacement) is due in '18. :)

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momo   

That'd make sense tbh (on both counts). Was told they wanted my car as it was LCI model.

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Hba for the mirror mounted sensor?

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