BMW 330d MSport in cabin view @ Marulan Driver Training Centre
This is an in cabin view of a BMW 330d M Sport at the Marulan Driver
Training Centre. This car has BMW performance enhancements which were
entirely cosmetic at the time of making this video, i.e. it was
mechanically completely stock.
I managed a 48 second best lap on the last of the initial 5 laps shown
despite a 8/10ths committed driver, street Pirelli P Zero rubber while
getting uncomfortably close to the rear bumper bar of the unrelenting black
Subaru GTB in front. I suspect that better lap times could have been
obtained with softer race tires, turning traction control completely off
and more efficient power-band gear changes (I set the shift lights too
high). But, overall 48 seconds was a decent result for the day.
The chassis poise and balance of this vehicle is phenomenal. With a
seasoned car CV spanning 2 decades I can comfortably say that this is
probably one of the most well balanced cars I have ever driven.
This is the first and likely the last time this car will ever see a race
track which is a real shame. Being an ex-Mercedes Benz mechanic, I never
really believed all the nerds and motoring journos' that would constantly
drone on and on about the poise and deftness of the 3 series chassis. Well,
on my last lap with DTC half off and me chasing the rear end of that Scooby
I became, a believer... The sharpness of the turn-in, the confidence it
inspires in you to push the envelope is second to none, for a car in this
class I feel.
In my opinion its pretty damn impressive that I could have this much fun on
track in a car that I drive to the Aussie bush, for work, on a weekly basis
wherein it gently cossets me in seamless comfort for some 750Kms/week with
great fuel economy to boot!. Its clear to see why the 3 series is so
popular in europe.
Hope you enjoy the video...
BMW E46 330d on max speed ( unplugged ) :-)
The result of a discussion, how fast a series E46 330d can go.
The car reached a speed of 256 (GPS ).
One can see on the consumption indicator, that the car is limited to
250km/h ( +x ). The steering unit stops the supply of diesel.
BMW 330d E46 at Botniaring
19 years old dude testing Botniaring raceway first time
330d E46 sedan
Quaife Differential unit
2005 BMW E46 3-Series Control Arm Replacement
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In this video we'll show you how to replace the control arms and bushings
in a BMW E46. This job is also similar to other cars in the 3-series
lineup, including the E36.
Old Top Gear Saloons 1/2
Old Top Gear from 1998
Jeremy Clarkson roadtests the BMW 3-Series E46 Saloon, the Toyota Avensis
1.8, the Audi A4 1.6, the BMW 3-Series 1.8i SE E36, the Vauxhall Vectra 2.0
CD and 2.5 V6, the Mondeo V6, the Peugeot 406, the Rover 600, the Citroën
Xantia, the Subaru Legacy, the Volkswagen Passat, the Volvo S40, the Ford
Mondeo 2.0, the Nissan Primera GT, the Alfa Romeo 156 and the Honda Accord
The first review, the BMW 3-Series E46 was extracted from the episode that
was first broadcast on the 26th February 1998. The second review, the
review of the rest of the saloons was extracted from the episode that was
first broadcast on the 5th March 1998