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Old 04-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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My Ride: 2001 BMW 330
2001 BMW 330 questions...

Hello folks,
I am new here and have been through quite a few threads in search for some answers but haven`t really got the answers yest so I decided to post a new one.

I am after my first BMW and really would like to hear from members on a 2001 330 I am interested in Brazil.

It is a RWD automatic transmission one owner car with 52,000 mi on it and I will run a test drive soon.


1 - I love the car looks but i love real fast cars and I`ve been hearing the stardard 2001 330 has a 5 speed steptronic auto trans that is disappointing in the lag the transmission takes to downshift and it seems underpowered... is it true? Driving it in Tiptronic mode will solve the problem for a fast pass on the road or a real quick 0 to 45 in the city?

2 - Does the 2001 330 have DSC - Dynamic Stability Control - is there any way to turn it off and will that help in automatic mode?

3 - What would be the items that break down more often? Any typical problems I could identify when driving or looking?

4 - could anyone tell me what is the difference from the models Top, Sport and Motorsport? Motorsport isn`t the M3 right, but is it much better than the standard 330?

These cars are quite more expensive in South America than they are in US or Europe so i decided spending around US$ 28,000 and the 2001 is what i can get for that price.

Attached some pictures from the ad,

Thanks alot for your input,

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