MotivMag reviews the BMW 335d

3-Series | October 28th, 2008 by 7

Our Chicago based friends at MotivMag have just posted their review of the 2009 BMW 335d, first twin-turbo diesel coming to the States. Bryan picked …

Our Chicago based friends at MotivMag have just posted their review of the 2009 BMW 335d, first twin-turbo diesel coming to the States. Bryan picked up a U.S.-spec 335d in Munich and drove it to northern Italy and back, taking the car through the beautiful Alps.

The upside to fuel crises, if there must be one, is that carmakers offer up all kinds of solutions that would have no appeal in a low-cost and stable fuel marketplace. How else do you explain Cadillacs with V-8-6-4 engines? The downside, of course, is that once the perceived threat is over (or once we get used to $3-a-gallon gas) the market corrects itself, and these oddball crisis cars disappear as fast as they came. In some cases (i.e., the aforementioned Cadillac) that’s a good thing; in others, the march of legitimate alt-fuel progress gets kneecapped. Thankfully there’s Europe, where gas prices are reliably obscene.

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since BMW last offered American buyers a gasoline alternative — in the form of the 1985-’86 524td — and conditions are certainly right once again for a Bavarian-bred economy champ. And while we sat fat and happy in our Excursions, European diesel cars kept evolving — unlike that smoky, choky 524td, BMW’s new diesel-powered 335d combines serious performance with remarkable fuel economy and serves them up in the ever-popular 3-series platform.

Indeed, the fact that the U.S. hasn’t seen a BMW diesel in more than twenty years doesn’t mean BMW hasn’t been building them. In Europe, the company sells more diesel- than gas-powered cars, and it’s gotten a solid reputation for building great oil burners. The heart of the 335d is a lightweight inline six-cylinder with intercooled, variable-nozzle twin turbochargers, common-rail fuel delivery, and high-pressure direct injection that borrows its basic architecture from the newest inline six gas engine used in the 335i. Like that engine, it employs such goodies as all-aluminum construction, electrically operated power steering, an electric water pump for reduced engine drag, and an alternator that engages only when the engine is off load.

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MotivMag reviews the BMW 335d

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  • Lee

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times:

    “Mmmmmmm, torque.”

  • john

    This is an extremly well thought out and well written piece. Take note BMWblog, you have a long long way to go.

  • Lee

    @john:
    Are you a douche all the time, or has someone just been urinating in your Cheerios this week?

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @john: Thanks John, will try out best.

  • vtsung

    As a diesel fan, I went through 04 MB 320 CDI, 04 Touareg V10 TDI, 04 Passat TDI (the only one I still keep), and 07 V10 TDI. If the V10 TDI would be under the hood of A8, I would keep the car indefinitely. In the case for 335D, the stopper of this car will be the gas inline6 tt for these reasons: 1). the same even lower end toque. 2). the lighter weight. 3). the more potent same engine is coming down on the pike line. Beside, the 3er with RFT tires is not my type of the car to own.

  • Clara

    Yeah, it was a really nicely done article in a number of ways – good decisions all around.

    They also pay much more attention to aesthetic details than other sites too. Actually, the site is strangely sparse in many ways, as if some things are missing.

    I don’t get what John’s deal is. The gripe is not well articulated.

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