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      11-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
Falafel Combo
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Drives: Austin Yellow f80
Join Date: May 2011
Location: New England

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I picked my "on-demand" car up yesterday. 328i sport line, red on black. 12 miles on the odometer! The SA told me that I was literally the first person to drive this car. Since BMW FS has dedicated a specific fleet of f30's for this promotion, it makes me think that this program has not been that popular. I wonder.


I'm coming from an e90 330i 6 speed, sport. I'm hoping to upgrade to a f30 335xi. I wanted to get a better feel for the new f30, both inside AND out, iDrive, check out the electronic steering, see if I would like the new 8 speed auto, and a bunch of other stuff. So, they gave me an f30 328i 8 speed auto, sport.

My initial thoughts ... why do I need a 335i again? This 328i is an incredible car all around. I am truly impressed. Much upgraded interior, feels great on the road, very responsive and a good deal faster than my 330i. I'm truly confused.

So far my main reservations on the 328i, which would make me stick to the 335i are:
  • Brakes are noticeably weaker than my 7 year old 330i. 335i will have bigger, improved brakes.
  • The 4 cylinder engine does not sound nice at all. (performance exhaust will fix that)
  • The n20 is also not a well balanced engine. The whole care rocks back and forth a little bit when you rev it up, while parked.
  • The n20 is awesome, but still feels like it's overworked. When pressed hard, it feels like it's about to pop a vein or something.
  • The 335i is still a "cooler" car. Yes, I'm very immature like that.
  • The 335i has dual exhaust pipes. Yup.

Anyone have anything more substantial to make the 335i worth it?
"... but really, you just gotta ... you just gotta turn it all off, boys! You gotta turn it all off and you gotta wreck some tires! That's what M cars are all about, isn't it?"

-Chris Harris on the f80 M3

Last edited by Falafel Combo; 11-15-2012 at 08:35 AM.