help with decision to buy a 320 i or 320 d

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    hi as i will be mostly doing higher milage in the summer months, as to the winter months where i will just be doing 20 mile round trips to work and back and with other short journeys to friends house ect like will i need to make some longer journeys during th winter months . was not sure if the engine will get up to operating temp for the dpf filter to work properly or..or wold it be better of getting the petrol version,
     
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    Hello there.

    Also depends a little upon the age/price range of the 3 series you are thinking of.
    Personally I wouldn’t be looking at a diesel with those shorter trips, pretty much guaranteed not to complete a regen cycle, and as you say, getting up to temp might be an issue.
    My 2012 320d has been excellent over the past 22 months of ownership, I’ve done 23K miles in that time, 80% longer motorway journeys. Not a single DPF or EGR issue as of yet (fingers crossed, touch wood!).
     
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    hi thank you for the reply i was looking at a 69 late priced about £27000 probably the petrol varient will be the best option like the diesel would be a great car for the summer months, but as i would only do shorter journeys in the winter months the concern would be the regeneration of the pdf so based on that advice i think the petrol varient would be the best option
     
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    When I was doing short journeys for work, back in 2014/15, I bought a 2013 F30 320i. It was perfect for the 20-30 mile journey each day, gave half decent economy.
    Always felt the engine needed a bit more get up and go, but I had come from an older 3 litre petrol BMW, so possibly not a fair comparison.
     
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    Diesel all day long
     
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    I’d say petrol

    But then ask 100 people and the answers will be split!
     
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    320i makes more sense for short journeys however average mpg will be around 35, diesel will probably not actually have any issues as long as you can rev it on your commute, I have had an E60 520d for last 7 years and my commute is 7.5 miles each way but on country roads so can get up to 60 mph, no issues with DPF etc. as yet (touch wood) now at 140K.

    Only doing around 44mpg but rise to 50mpg on a good run..

    320d Diesel will be quicker, 320i petrol much more refined...

    Either would be fine but gut feel is 320i will feel a bit slow at times - if you have to regularly go near cities avoid diesel as they will probably be banned at some point for some reason, higher powered petrol would be better and only reduce mpg by 2-3mpg.
     
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    Diesel
     
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    I would also say petrol. Perhaps it would be a little slower, but does that really matter with all the traffic on the roads? Not in this pandemic might I add. If you are going to be doing in excess of 15000 miles regularly spaced throughout the year then it might make more sense to go diesel because of the dpf problem.
    My daughter is a Health & Safety consultant working for a large contractor and is now doing in excess of 20,000 miles per annum visiting hospitals and the occasional nuclear power stations. Her company has recently replaced her diesel Audi with a new Petrol Volkswagen T-Roc, quoting the particulates and the move to banning diesel vehicles from towns and cities as the reasons. Also, more to the point, the leasing company has stopped purchasing diesel cars! Yes, people, I do know that the latest EU6 diesel cars are exceptionally clean.
    I ordered in April/May a new X1 xDrive 2.0i M Sport and being petrol, I was told that it would now be the end of September for the delivery because there was a very high demand for petrol cars. If it had been a diesel, I could have had it by June.
    If anyone needs or wants a diesel then you could get a hefty discount because of this situation.
     
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    hi like its split 50/50 but swaying towards the petrol varient , i'm not to bothered about performance like i'm sure the 2.0 petrol will be up to the job as wont be doing much long joureys in the winter months and probably decent enough mpg and performance when go on longer journeys in the summer months
     
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    I really don’t think the 2.0 petrol will leave you wanting.....
    My last move was from a 4.0d (twin turbo 3.0d) x5 to a 2.0 petrol Glc, the effortless waft outweighs the raw liner torque, very few times have I felt underpowered, whilst we all drive different a lesser power plant does well in getting you there, with my thinking the 2.0 petrol has plentiful power and will be ni unnoticeable against the 4pot diesels so much so that I’ll likely change for a similar power unit if I can avoid electric next car change.
     
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    If you are not too bothered about performance choose the petrol, it'll be more refined and not subject to the illogical diesel hate campaign....
     
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    Diesel all day. All you need to do is take it for a spirited run once a month holding higher revs for a period.
     
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    Having recently bought a 320d... I'd happily swap it for the 320i - I do 60 miles per day commute excluding personal mileage and I'd still prefer the refinement of the petrol. 4 cylinder diesels are not nice... but if you're fussy like me, it's so hard to find one with all the rest of the spec you want and the vast majority of F30s are 320d so good luck finding a 320i that ticks all the boxes!
     
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    My last car was an S204 C250 CDI, was good for a 4 pot, happy enough.

    Noticeably more refined in the 6 pot 335d.
     
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    Interesting - my friend had an S212 with, I assume, the same engine and we both thought it was agricultural. On the other hand, about ten years back I had a Mondeo mk4 with the 2.0 Peugeot diesel and always thought it was fine! At the same time, my other mate had an E90 320d and getting out of the Mondeo and into the E90 was horrendous... However the Mondeo was 140hp and caned fuel, the E90 was 30hp more and didn't consume much.
     
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    Don’t get me wrong, the 335d sounds almost like it’s angry in comparison on start up but and it’s obviously smoother, quieter and better all round than my last car.

    I suspect I was one of the few who had a manual c250, it was driven with spirit. I managed to get through a dual
    mass flywheel before it’s 3rd birthday Now that did make it feel like a tractor when that went.

    Still it was surprisingly pokey, good on the juice and it took somebody writing it off on me for me to make the move over. I always like to try and end up with more bhp than my last car. Now I’m doing negligible miles I can even look at petrol or possibly an EV but for now this ticks the boxes for me.
     
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