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This is a 2009 ('59 plate) E91 BMW 330d M Sport Touring (the LCI facelifted model), with the 6-speed manual box and the improved BMW N57 straight six 3. 0 common rail turbodiesel. A FSH car, this is not only a one-owner vehicle but, other than a few mechanics, a one-driver vehicle for all 129, 300 of her predominantly motorway miles, making the mileage about average for the age. She comes in still-lovely Black Sapphire metallic, with Red-Brown leather (also known as Chestnut in some markets), which is in amazing condition.
This car was delivered new to me at Park Lane BMW’s Ashford centre on 1 Oct 2009, and has fitted my life beautifully ever since (she was christened the Angry Hearse by a friend’s small son, and I kinda like it!). A Life Cycle Impulse car (BMW language for mid-life update), it came with the improved N57 engine (cleaner and more powerful) and the first of the new generation iDrive that was much more capable and easier to use than the first generation and is largely similar to the system still in new BMWs today. A comprehensive list of the specifications and LCI improvements can be found on the BMW E90 entry on Wikipedia.
From new, I bought it to keep long term, and specified it accordingly:
- Professional BMW Media Package, including (wider/ split screen) Nav Pro, Connected Drive, Voice Control and Bluetooth with telematics plus a 9GB HDD to store music files.
- Panoramic electric glass tilt/ slide sunroof.
- Active Cruise Control (adjusts speed with the vehicle in front)
- Visibility Package (adaptive xenon headlights, that swivel with the steering and High Beam Assist).
- Heated front seats in Red-Brown Dakota leather.
- Fine brushed aluminium interior trim.
- BMW Business loudspeaker system (10 speakers including subwoofer).
- USB interface (allows your iPhone to stream music into the stereo, operated from iDrive).
- Sun Protection Glass.
- Extended Storage (seatback nets, underfloor boot compartment)
As an M Sport model, it also comes with auto 2-zone climate control, electric windows all round, remote central locking, standard front sports seats, M-body styling, M Sport lowered suspension, high gloss Shadowline black exterior trim and the much cooler M Sport steering wheel and gearstick. Finally, the 6-cyl M Sports got the popular 18in 193M ‘spider spoke’ alloy wheels.
Performance: With a 2993cc straight six common rail turbo diesel, this car is really quick – 0-60mph in 6. 3 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155mph. Like all diesels, it’s the enormous slug of torque that really makes it stand out, and it’s an absolute king of overtaking. With a redline at 4800rpm, it’s more revvy than most diesels (although redlining it in anything other than the first two gears will take you well beyond the national speed limit). Conversely, that big ol’ 6 makes it a smooth and effortless cruiser. The vast majority of my mileage is long distance commuting, and it’s supreme at it (my record is London to Switzerland in a day, and I was still fresh enough to go out that night). As one of the best diesel engines on the market, I average about 47mpg on my motorway hauls, though it’ll clearly decrease rapidly if you drive it hard. With the classic BMW rear wheel drive, electric power steering, a smooth and tactile 6 speed manual box, this car was sold when BMW were still calling themselves the Ultimate Driving Machine; at the time I bought it, Top Gear magazine called the 330d Touring “the best all-rounder this side of the sun”.
Bodywork: As you’ll see from the pictures, that Black Sapphire still scrubs up beautifully, but this is an 11 year old car that works for a living, and there are some small scratches to the outside. Most would be easily addressed with a machine polish, but – full disclosure – the front end and bonnet show the usual stone-chipping, and there are two small scuffs. One is on the lower nearside corner of the front bumper, and one on the sill under the driver’s door, detailed photos are available of both. The wheels are basically good, but would benefit from a light refurbishment. This is light corrosion or paint flaking rather than damage, but – full disclosure again – one does have some kerb damage to the edge that I still haven’t forgiven myself for. Again, a detailed photo of each is available. For the duration of my ownership, the car has been on winter wheels during the worst months so these wheels have never really been exposed to the salt. Importantly, the car has never had any accidents – the photos will show the panels are straight as an arrow, and beautifully aligned. All the (Michelin Pilot Sport 3 run-flat) tyres are in good condition with plenty of tread; the fronts are about 6 mths old.
Interior: Almost pristine, since 95% of my miles are solo, and small children and pets have never been in it. Again, hopefully the pictures will do her justice. The driver’s seat shows just a little bagginess, but there’s no wear to the bolsters and I’ve regularly conditioned the leather. The leather steering wheel and gearknob show almost no sign of wear, the boot/ carpets have always been protected by overmats. All electrics/ electronics work perfectly, and the satnav software/ database was last updated in late 2017. The red-brown leather has attracted many favourable comments over the years, is certainly different to the standard colours, and the panoramic roof lets in loads of light – I love it even when it isn’t open. The seats are adjustable in all kinds of ways, and the heating is something I’ll insist on in all future cars! All ancillary tools, first aid kit and warning triangle are present in the boot, and the self-charging torch is still in the glovebox. The only issue is with the air con, which works but not as well as it should – at the recent MOT, they confirmed a fractured pipe so there won’t be a large bill for a compressor or similar.
Mechanical: These engines are famous for their strength and performance, and this one has many, many miles left in it. The gearbox is as taut as ever (having spent most of its life in 6th on the motorway), and several major components have been replaced in the last couple of years. It’s been driven carefully, enjoyed greatly and maintained on time, and regardless of cost, which leads me onto:
History: I have a folder with the initial registration paperwork and every invoice that’s ever been issued on this car, starting with the New Vehicle Contract up to the most recent work last month. The original leather wallet with logbook, handbook and paperwork is present and immaculate. Up to 100k miles, almost everything was BMW main dealer; the vast majority of work since has been by BMW independent specialists. There are several different garages in the history, due to my job routinely moving me around. But the history is full, comprehensive and I’ve always completed everything on time, and with OEM parts wherever possible. Servicing is standard BMW condition-based servicing – the read-out says nothing is due now before 2022 (screenshots available) other than the MOT. That was passed with no advisories on 21st August (the garage were very complimentary about the condition), and she had an oil service at the same time.
17 Sep 09 – Pre-delivery check at BMW (UK) Vehicle Delivery Centre.
18, 584 miles (11 Oct 11) Vehicle check, Oil/ Filter/ Brake fluid service at Stratstone Tyneside BMW.
38, 971 miles (6 Mar 13) Vehicle check, Oil/ All Filters service at Soper Lincoln BMW.
47, 270 miles (18 Feb 14) Vehicle check/ Brake fluid service at Stratstone Tyneside BMW.
61, 173 miles (23 Dec 14) Vehicle check, Oil/ Filter service at Westerly Barnstaple BMW.
71, 071 miles (28 Aug 15) Rear brake discs/ pads at Westerly Barnstaple BMW.
76, 170 miles (27 Nov 15) Vehicle check and brake fluid service at Westerly Barnstaple BMW.
80, 923 miles (18 Aug 16) Replace both rear ABS sensors at Lloyd BMW Newcastle.
84, 498 miles (26 Nov 16) Oil/ All filters service at Westerly Barnstaple BMW.
91, 475 miles (28 Apr 17) New O/ S rear brake caliper, plus new rear discs and pads at Charlett Tyres, Oxford.
93, 809 miles (20 Jun 17) Replace RPM rate sensors (rear wheels) at Lloyd BMW Newcastle.
101, 053 miles (19 Dec 17) Replace N/ S rear brake caliper (and replace fluid) at Sandy’s Service & Repair, Morpeth.
104, 506 miles (16 Apr 18) Replace front brake discs/ pads at Kwikfit Morpeth.
106, 780 miles (24 Jul 18) Oil/ Filter service and new rear brake pad sensor at Stratstone Tyneside BMW.
107, 994 (11 Sep 18) Repair oil leak (inc new oil filter housing), new N/ S front shock absorber/ spring at Stratstone Tyneside BMW .
114, 793 miles (31 May 19) Vehicle check and new headlamp washer units at Autobahn Hexham (BMW Independent).
115, 690 miles (3 Jul 19) Replace EGR valve and intake air temp sensor, replace rear wiper assembly and tailgate glass release catch at Autobahn Hexham.
117, 049 (13 Sep 19) Replace glow plug module, charge air pressure sensor and clean diesel injectors at Specialist Cars Shrewsbury (BMW Independent).
121, 298 miles (9 Jan 20) Brake fluid change at Autobahn Hexham.
124, 792 miles (26 May 20) Replace O/ S front shock absorber/ spring, replace O/ S rear upper suspension control arm and free N/ S rear suspension adjuster at Autobahn Hexham.
127, 629 miles (21 Aug 20) Vehicle check/ Oil/ Filter service at Autobahn Hexham.
I’ve adored this car for 11 years, and am genuinely sad to see her go. Comfortable, well-equipped, beautifully built from lovely materials, ridiculously quick, beautifully balanced, genuinely fun to drive, a peerless long distance cruiser, bags of cargo space – but still able to get close to 50mpg, and only 165g on CO2 (£205pa RFL) this really has been everything I needed. Sadly, the time has come to replace her (with another Touring), and so I really want her to go to a good home. I’ve tried to be honest about the flaws in an 11-year old daily driver, but none of them are serious or expensive enough to ruin this wonderful vehicle. I’m happy to take any questions, or to take further photos or videos if needed.
At the time of writing, she has 129, 300 miles but this’ll creep up a little with use. The new car is inbound, and at that point I’ll take her off the road (and also transfer my insurance across). I live in Northumberland, but often work away and so we may have to work on viewings. I’m happy to accompany you on a test drive, but you’ll need to provide some insurance cover. I also have some extra items to offer – a tailored car cover, aero roof bars and a second set of 18in wheels that had my winter tyres on (these are M Style replicas of the M3 Competition alloys). Those need a refurb, but I’ll price them accordingly. I’m willing to flex a little on the price, but this cherished car is way above the average condition, spec and mileage for one of these, and it compares very favourably on price against other E91s on here (esp as this is the LCI with better engine). I’m not in a rush and so cheeky offers will be politely declined.
If you’ve read this far, I hope you’re interested. I’ve loved this car, and I can’t tell you how wonderfully its supported my crazy life. I have 60+ photos I can make available on request. If you’re able to give her a good home, I’d love to hear from you!
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