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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 14th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 14, 2010 CONVERTIBLES & COUPES BMW Series 3 WHEEL DEALS used cars EXCELLENT: A 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is available at DJ Motors. Tilford THERE is a great selection of pre-owned Honda Jazz in the yard today starting from $12,888. There is everything from a 1.3-litre GLi manual to a current model 1.5-litre VTi and two automatic models. These are very popular on the used car market so don't miss this opportunity to look at Hobart's best range of Jazz. DJ Motors WHEEL Deal of the week at DJs is a 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander in excellent condition and priced at $27,990 drive away. This seven-seater CVT automatic sports Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, ABS and traction control, climate and cruise control. Wayne's Car Sales WAYNE'S has a Holden Colarado 4x4 dual cab at $32,990. This vehicle features a 3.0-litre turbo diesel, a manual gearbox, all of the factory options plus carry racks. It has travelled 28,000km and has two years of factory warranty. Priced at $32,990. Motors MOTORS Glenorchy has reduced their Holden Commodore VZ wagons to clear. Fantastic savings can be made on each model. Equipped with Holden's 3.6-litre alloytec engine and featuring ABS brakes, airbags, cruise control and now starting from $14,995, they won't last long. small torque BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible Prices: 320d $65,600 (coupe), $78,500 (convertible); 325i $84,900, $98,700; 330d $94,700, $107,700; 335i M Sport $116,700, $129,900; M3 $158,300, $176,700; ($2965 for 6-speed auto on 320d and 325i, standard on 330d; $3500 for 7-speed double clutch option on 335i) Engines: 1995cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel (320d); 2497cc straight 6 petrol (325i); 2993cc straight 6 turbo diesel (330d); 2993cc straight 6 petrol (335i); 3999cc V8 petrol (M3) Transmissions: 6-speed manual with auto stop-start (320d, 325i, 335i, M3), 6-speed automatic (320d, 325i, 330d), 7-speed DCT (335i, M3 with auto stop- start) Coupe and soft top updates OPEN AIR: BMW 3 Series convertables have had a slight facelift and heart surgery. IN PASSING UPDATES to the BMW 3 Series sedans about 18 months ago have finally flowed through to the convertibles and coupes. While there are subtle interior and exterior design changes, there is also a host of extra features and some improvements in engine performance and economy. Prices are up as much as $1440, but BMW Group Australia corporate communications manager Piers Scott says that is for extra features. The top-of-the range 335i coupe and convertible are the latest models to switch from bi-turbo to single twin-scroll technology, leaving the Z4 35is and 35i as the only BMWs still with bi-turbos. Power and torque remain the same at 225kW and 400Nm, but there is an eight per cent reduction in fuel consumption thanks to the turbo. The 335i models now get the M Sport pack as standard equipment --- previously a $2760 option. BMW Group Australia 3 Series product manager Alan Swanson says the coil spring dampers in the M Sport suspension package have been replaced by disc spring valve types for a more compliant ride. It makes a difference and overrides the harshness of the standard run-flat tyres. Unfortunately, the new dampers don't come with the M Sport suspension package in the convertible, which is the body that most needs reduced scuttle shake. The M sport package is also available in the 320d, 325i and 330d as before, largely the same but slightly different trims. All manuals across the range feature stop/start technology and the M3 has double-clutch transmission. BMW claims the technology delivers fuel savings on the 320d manual coupe of 0.8 litres per 100km despite the diesel now pumping out an extra 5kW of power and 30Nm of torque (135kW and 380Nm). Scott says they were unsure how many would opt for manual to get the stop-start feature. ''It may be a surprisingly high proportion that take that up'' he says. While there is the same number of models available as before, there is now an Innovations Package available for the 320d, 325i and 330d that includes a range of LED light features, adaptive headlights and satellite navigation, while the 325i and 330d also get voice control anti- dazzle mirrors and better audio. Swanson says savings on the package are more than 25 per cent and predicts more than 60 per cent of customers will take the option. Styling changes are minimal and only the BMW anorak will notice. While Dakota oyster-coloured leather is now standard, there are a variety of options available. There are now three new metallic paint options lifting the choices to 15, an extra interior trim choice (bamboo grain anthracite) making it six options and nine wheel designs The only change to the M3 are redesigned rear lights, white metallic exterior paint, stop-start on the DCT, and slightly better economy and CO2 emissions. Scott expects diesel uptake to increase ''substantially'' across the coupe/convertible range. ''Sports coupes and convertibles are the last bastion for diesels, but the exhaust note on this is so good, it will attract people,'' he says. on the road BMW supplied only the most altered models, the 320d and 335i, on the national launch through the Brisbane hinterland last week. There has been a slight performance boost in the 320d and I would be lying if I said it was noticeable. However, I can say it is a remarkably lusty performer at low revs which means a driver can hustle it along and still feel calm. I harassed the rear end of a 335i going up the twisty hotmix on the northern approach to Mt Mee and when we arrived at the next stop my nerves were at peace while the other driver got out of his high-revving 335i with his trousers on fire. The 320d rewards a lazy driver. The 335i mainlines caffeine into its pilot. The main difference to be felt on the test drive was in the new M Sport suspension. BMW's damper tweaking has been very effective, taking the harsh bang out of sudden jolts, while keeping the car sitting flat. The cars felt composed over the craggy tar that runs around Somerset Dam and our kidneys and the fillings in our teeth were still in place at the end. MARK HINCHLIFFE WANT THE CAR YOU REALLY WANT. . .REALLY FAST? Let s get together. Come in and talk to us about a B&E car loan. 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