In Reply to: While u wait a trivial report (very long) posted by Mosson on October 18, 1999 at 16:47:27:
: Have had my 00 320D for 6 weeks now and driven it 5000 miles.
: Avg mph 47. 46 mpg.
: Jet Black
: Tanin Red Leather
: Radial Brilliant line rims
: There has been no problems with the car at all so far.
: Really not much to write about but thought you might be interested in my opinions on the factory options I got.
: (many of these might be standard in your locale - but anyways)
: Absolutely outstanding in my opinion. I drive a lot in the dark and even if the regular halogens are very good the xenons are really a noticeable improvment.
: Expensive option here and if you only do daylight driving pointless of course but otherwise I would guess all cars will have them or similar in the future.
: A bit stupid in the above combo but I would always miss them if I only had the plastic covers in the front.
: Multifunction steeringwheel:
: Itīs nice to have the radio controls in the wheel but I find some improvement could be done to the ergonomics of theses buttons.
: The cruise controls are better. Very exact settings possible and almost no fluctuation. Works amazingly well with manual gearbox. (the 320D has very good torque in 5th gear)
: Not as quick in getting the comp REALLY COOL as I thought it would be. A bit confusing to set up in auto mode (in combo with the little wheel for "head area cooling") and the three
: "manual" options (when would you use them?).
: Defroster very efficent. Heating very good.
: Heated rear window very quick.
: On the whole functionality top class.
: Really a better option than I thought (if one is concerned about bad quality air). On the occasions Iīve noticed it engage I would not have thought about switching/unswithching
: recirc manually
: Indash CD - Standard radio:
: The quality of the BMW radio when it comes to integrated design and buttons etc. is impeccable. Sound quality adequate. Speed adjusting volume actually works.
: RDS function not as good as my old alpine (it doesnīt switch early enough to local station for correct TP).
: Rain sensor:
: Very nice option and not that expensive. Works very well in
: the rainy climate we got here. Really a joy in the constant on/off drizzle.
: Green tinted top of windscreen:
: Mostly vanity but it really adds an accent to the jet black/shadowline look.
: Electric rear sun blinds:
: Ridiculously pricey but quite practical when youīve forgotten the cost. Keeps children happier and cooler in the backseat.
: Heated seats:
: A must in winter climate and very efficient.
: Front armrest:
: This is the most stupid option since I canīt understand why
: you would not want it. Should be standard on all models.
: Electric rear windows:
: Expensive but like the foglights I would always be reminded if I hadnīt got them. Seems unbalanced (and a bit cheap of BMW) to have it only on front windows.
: Rear side airbags:
: As above. Stupid that you have to make these choices when it comes to safety but this is the same on almost all brands.
: Reports of these sideairbags not being good for children discomforting.
: Folding rear seats and skisack:
: Works very well and really adds versatility to the car.
: Upgraded interior lighting:
: This is maybe the most joyful add-on (I didnīt exactly knew what it was when I ordered it). You get a whole bunch of extra interior lights (6 extra) and a improvement of the VERY nice fading function of all the lights that looks a bit spectacular at night. Strangely this (not that expensive) option is comboed with the mysterious auto-dimming rear-mirror that also works very well (at night).
: Factory alarm:
: This seems to work as expected and have got top grading in
: european burglary tests.
: Black glossy laquer trim panels:
: I find this a lot classier than wood or the alu-trim when combined with red leather.
: Since fuel consumption is of great importance to me the accuracy of the obc is essential. Crossmeasuring the readouts has shown it to be very exact.
: Velour mats:
: Donīt know why I ordered these (or why it is a factory option)
: The floors already are velour and rubber mats are included.
: Have them in a closet.
: No DSC, No non-smoking-package (should have been standard).
: Iīm happy so far
: excuse longiness and bad english