C350 Sport Blue Efficiency saloon (W204 facelift)

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  1. dest

    dest Member

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    I picked up this last Saturday after countless hours of searching for new cars.
    It wasn't even on my short list, that contained things like C350 diesel, 330d, 335d, Audi S4 (B8), 335i, 530d, 535d. All the usual suspects.
    I was trawling through pages and pages of diesel C350's looking for that elusive one with massive spec (tons of time spent decoding VIN's!) and suddenly one caught my eye, a 3.5 litre amongst the sea of 3.0's. I didn't realise they did a 3.5 diesel I thought.... then I realised it was petrol and suddenly I had a new search on my hands!
    I started researching the engine and quickly found it's a very rare thing, mainly due to everyone buying diesels when it was released, and the high petrol cost too I would guess.
    A 268bhp V6 started to really appeal, but the £500 tax didn't.
    I kind of gave up then because the only one I could find in saloon or estate was over priced (a red estate, still for sale now at £12k).
    Then a grey one appeared (still for sale), but noticed it was listed as 306bhp. Turned out to be a facelift, 30 odd more bhp, and £310 less tax! Perfect! Now to find one with big spec, with the amount for sale it seemed it was going to be as hard as trying to find an LCI 335i with manual box, which I gave up on.
    Especially as I wanted very rare options like Distronic (active cruise control) and various others.
    Then this one appeared. A white facelift 306bhp Sport saloon. Perfect. I hurridly decoded the VIN to get its full factory spec, and to my shock I found it had a huge spec, with every option I had wanted and tons more I didn't know existed!
    I rang them straight away and put a holding deposit it, cue a long week at work....
    I was originally planning to sell my Mk6 Golf GTI privately as I refuse to give away cars, but I knew I couldn't miss this one as the chances of ever finding another are very slim to say the least. A decent deal was sorted and that was that.

    The first drive from Wembley to Peterborough and then 20 mins home from there showed it the average to be 35.3mpg!
    Very impressed. The Golf was getting 35, so was very pleased with that.
    Obviously it will drop somewhat on local driving, but thankfully I rarily do town or city roads, so hopefully it won't drop too much.

    Spec wise it is rediculous, I spent hours last night going through the manual, and am still finding new things out still.
    The full datacard for anyone interested:

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    205B OWNERS MANUAL AND SERVICE RECORD - ENGLISH
    213 SPEED-SENSITIVE POWER STEERING/VARIO STEERING
    220A LEATHER
    221A LEATHER - BLACK/ANTHRACITE
    230 PARKING GUIDANCE
    233 AUTONOMOUS INT. CRUISE CONT. PLUS (DISTRONIC PLUS)
    237 ACTIVE BLIND SPOT ASSIST
    238 ACTIVE LANE KEEPING ASSIST (FAP)
    23P DRIVING PACKAGE
    240 LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS
    241 ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE LEFT DRIVER SEAT W MEMORY
    244 SPORTS SEATS, FRONT
    249 INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR MIRROR,AUTOMATICALLY DIMMING
    255B MB MOBILO WITH DSB AND GGD
    265 LINES-NO.PLATE DISCONTINUED
    275 MEMORY PACKAGE (DRIVER SEAT, STRG. COL., MIRROR)
    280 LEATHER STEERING WHEEL AND LEATHER GEAR SHIFT KNOB
    283B AIRBAGLABLE - ENGLISH
    294 KNEE AIRBAG
    299 PRESAFE
    2U1 RADIATOR SHUTTER
    305B HEAD UNIT LANGUAGE - BRITISH ENGLISH
    30P COMPARTMENT PACKAGE
    310 DUAL CUP HOLDER
    335B INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/HU LANGUAGE - ENGLISH
    345 RAIN SENSOR
    427 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 7-SPEED
    428 STEER.WHEEL GEARSHIFT BUTTONS/SHIFT PADDLE PAINTED
    440 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL)
    442 MULTIFUNCTION STEERING WHEEL (12 BUTTONS)
    461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
    477 TIRE PRESSURE LOSS WARNER
    486 SPORTS SUSPENSION
    4U4 RADIATOR GRILLE WITH CENTER STAR
    500 ELECTRIC FOLDING OUTSIDE MIRROR
    509 NAVIBOX
    510 AUDIO 20 RADIO WITH CD CHANGER
    518 UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE (UCI)
    51U BLACK FABRIC ROOF INTERIOR TRIM
    537 DIGITAL RADIO STANDARD DAB (DIGI. AUDIO BROADC.)
    537L GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
    551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM
    580 AIR CONDITIONER
    584 ELECTRIC WINDOW REGULATOR
    5XXL EUROPE
    600 HEADLAMPS - CLEANING EQUIPMENT
    608 AUTOMATIC HIGH BEAM SWITCH (IHC)
    621 HEADLAMP WITH ILS, LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC
    650U CALCITE WHITE - STANDARD FINISH
    666 PRODUCT PROT.F.TRANSPORT VEH. W/O TIE-DOWN HOOKS
    690 EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE (MINI SPARE)
    739 TRIM PIECES - ALUMINUM
    74V SPEED- + LOADINDEX 92Y XL+94Y XL
    772 AMG STYLING PACKAGE-FRONT SPOILER, SIDE SKIRT
    776 WHEEL ARCH ENLARGEMENT
    786 AMG DOUBLE-SPOKE WHEELS 18" WITH MIXED TIRES
    802 CHANGE OF MODEL YEAR, THE LAST FIGURE SHOWING THE NEW MODEL YEAR
    817 SIREN BRACKET FOR INCREASED THEFT PROTECTION
    873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS
    882 INTERIOR SAFEGUARD
    885 HIGHTEN THEFT PROTECTION
    909 ALTERNATOR MANAGEMENT
    916 FUEL TANK WITH LARGE VOLUME - VOLUME 1
    920 GASOLINE DIRECT INJ. W/ STRATIFIED CHARGE (DES)
    928 EXHAUST GAS CLEANING WITH EURO 5 TECHNOLOGY
    932 TANK AT DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER SEAT
    950 AMG SPORTS PACKAGE
    954 EQUIPMENT PACKAGE FOR AVANTGARDE VEHICLES
    966 COC PAPER EURO 5 TECH. W/O REGIST. CERT. PART 2
    989 IDENTIFICATION LABEL UNDER WINDSHIELD
    99N STEUERCODE WERK SINDELFINGEN/GRAZ
    A20 STARTER GENERATOR
    A31 SOFTWARE (INDIVIDUAL)
    A63 FE TORQUE CONVERTER HOUSING-0
    A64 FE CONVERTER 0 MM
    A87 U VALVE BODY ASSEMBLY WITH VGS 3
    A89 REDUCED-FRICTION
    B03 DIRECT START / ECO START/STOP FUNCTION
    B09 REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR WITH MAGNETIC COUPLING
    B12 WHEEL REPLACEMENT TOOL
    F204 MODEL SERIES 204
    FW LIMOUSINE
    G906 TRANSMISSION CODE VERSION 06
    GA AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
    HA REAR AXLE
    J82 SEPTEMBER RELEASE
    K11 ADAPTIVE STOP LIGHT FLASHING
    K13 CONTROL CODE FOR SERVICE INTERVAL 25000 KM
    M276 V6-GASOLINE ENGINE M276
    M35 DISPLACEMENT 3.5 LITER
    N3A STEUERCODE W50 FUER PPS-INT. VERWENDUNG
    P47 PARKING PACKAGE HIGH
    P49 MIRRORS PACKAGE
    P54 THEFT PROTECTION PACKAGE
    P64 FRONT MEMORY PACKAGE
    R RIGHT-HAND STEERING
    R01 SUMMER TIRES
    U01 REAR BELT STATUS INDICATION
    U18 AUTOMATIC CHILD SEAT RECOGNITATION (AKSE)
    U22 LUMBAR SUPPORT ADJUSTMENT
    U26 FLOOR MATS - AMG
    VL FRONT AXLE HALF, LEFT
    VR FRONT AXLE HALF, RIGHT
    
    
    It's the first auto I've ever owned, and for the last 15 or so years I've not owned a car without at least 1 turbo, so my concern was power delivery, would I not like it?
    All I can say is, I LOVE it!
    If I had to list any bad bits, it would be one; it's too quiet.
    That can obviously be easily solved, and will be asap!
    I have always loved the sound of a V6, much more so than a V8, so I'm over the moon at how it will sound after watching youtube clips.

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  2. Yugguy

    Yugguy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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  4. ChrisN53

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    Gorgeous!!!
     
  5. knighterrant

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    Welcome to the exclusive world of W204s with the M276 engine. As far as I know there are only about 50 in the UK, comprising all body styles: saloon, estate and coupe. I bought mine new in 2012 and still love it. I don’t have the Distronic or Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist of yours, but a host of different options. There are so many.

    I opted for Magnetite Black with Alpaca Grey leather. I have the Dynamic Handling Package that at the press of a button gives firmer damping, faster throttle response and more aggressive gear shifts; but I’ll admit that I rarely use it, mostly because other cars get in the way! Like you, I have the full memory seat package, that I couldn’t live without because my wife and I both use the car. Another option on mine is Comfort Ventilated front seats that again I rarely use, but they’re wonderful when needed. I also have the panoramic glass sunroof, COMAND multimedia, Harman Kardon surround sound system, luxury automatic control and split-folding rear seats.

    But with all that, it’s the engine that totally makes the car. It’s gloriously smooth, responsive and sounds great when pushed. I certainly don’t consider it to be too quiet, other than it all too easily resulting in illegal speeds! And as you’ve mentioned, it’s amazingly economical for a 3.5 litre V6 petrol (not to mention the acceptable VED).

    I’m sure you’ll continue to love your new car as much as I still love mine. You did well finding it.

    Coincidentally, related to your first drive, I worked in Wembley for a few years and I now live in Peterborough.

     
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    It would be interesting to know what the breakdown of saloon, coupe and estate is. I had estimated there would only be roughly 20 or so saloons at the most.
    I do love a rare/unique car!
    I wish mine had Comand, and did consider a retrofit, but can’t really justify the differences for the price.
    The sound system is standard in mine, and I’ve got to say it’s very impressive when compared to the standard one in my old 320d. However, that did have a huge pan roof that I do miss.
    My old 330d had an upgraded sound system and even that i would probably only say was equal to this one, certainly not much better if at all.
    Folding seats would be handy but not essential as I’ve got the Mrs 307 hatch and a Caddy van for that sort of thing.
    I might consider a retrofit if one comes up cheap.
    Regarding sound, I love it, but have to have the stereo off to hear it much, and then it just makes me want to hear it even more! That’s what 6 years of diesels does to you.
    I miss the V6 of my S4 and RS4, so looking forward to sorting something.
    I might get it booked in in a couple of weeks for an X pipe.
    Distronic and blind spot assist are excellent, but I’ll probably turn off the lane assist as it triggers when cutting apex’s on clear B roads!
    Overall I’m very pleased with it.
    How does yours do on fuel? Mine seems to have settled at around 31mpg so far
     
  7. knighterrant

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    Fuel consumption varies a lot. On mixed motorway and good A-road runs such as from Peterborough to Heathrow (and rarely overtaken!) it’ll be around 37mpg. Nipping round to Tesco about a mile away for the weekly shop, it struggles to better 20mpg. On a 2700 mile trip around Europe doing speeds of up to 150mph on Germany’s Autobahns plus lots of enthusiastic drives up various Alpine roads, it returned an average of 34mpg. If it’s just motorway trips of around 100 miles at the speed limit, it nudges 40mpg. I’ve recently started using 98/99 octane fuel to see if there’s any difference - I haven’t noticed any so far.
     
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    That’s interesting, so you normally use normal unleaded? I’ve only put super in so far, thinking that would be best for it
     
  9. knighterrant

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    Been using normal since new because that’s what the book says. I’m just trying out a few tankfulls of super to see if there’s any difference as some people have reported.
     
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    Fitted a full set of interior LED bulbs, one of my favourite mods these days!
    I also did the puddle lights under the mirrors, I dread to think how much I'd be stung for a broken mirror with the blind spot warning in.
    Thankfully it went without any problems.
    I've just booked it in for next Thursday to have the resonator removed and an X pipe fitted :D

    Also fitted a subtle lip spoiler

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    And new centre caps as the original ones were looking a bit tatty to say the least!

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    Hi, new to the forum. I am just enquiring where you got the interior LED's from, did you encounter any fault messages after. I have seen them for sale on EBAY and AMAZON, but don't want to get stung by buying inferior ones as unsure what I need.
     
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    I got them on eBay, you won’t get any faults even if they fail on the interior because they are not checked.
    I’ve had them for years and only ever had 1 fail, so I don’t even worry about that.
    Search for eBay item 132481845711 for the same ones.
    I didn’t need all of them to do my roof lights, so used two of the four left over to do the door mirror puddle lights and have two spares.
    Remember that if they don’t work the polarity is wrong, so just remove and turn it around
     
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    Big thanks for the info, much appreciated.
     
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    Hi, just enquiring how difficult is it to remove the interior courtesy light fittings to swop the bulbs. I am known to be fairly heavy handed so just getting the heads up to see the difficulty involved.
     
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    Very easy, just get a set of trim removal tools off ebay for a fiver and you can't go wrong.
    The hardest part was splitting the rear light once it was removed to get access to the bulb
     
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    Good for you, It looks and reads an absolute cracker.
    Agree about V6 sound, had it my old jag and used to keep windows down to hear it on our shire B roads!
     
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    Cheers, looks like a job pencilled in for the weekend. I have just changed the grill over on mine, from the one in my photo to the one that is on yours. I think it makes the car look a lot better, just need a set of wheels at a later date to finish the look off.
     
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    Very nice

    I have the M276 in my E class coupe. Looked long and hard for mine as like the W204 there aren't many out there. It's a great engine

    I agree about the noise though, and i have spoken to and lined up a res delete with TorqueFlow but just had to chip in and replace daughters car this weekend, so thats on hold.
    It's the only mod I think it needs (I did the same on my CLK280)

    Just got 39.8 on a 140 mile motorway run to and from Swindon yesterday aswell, whilst an upstart of an M135i did not lose me on the up ramp onto the M4.....
     
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    How much difference did the x pipe make? Would you say this video is a good indication of what to expect?

     
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    It's fitted now, and sounds perfect!
    Not loud or like a boy racer, just a nice deep note :)
     

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