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      11-21-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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Drives: 340i M-sport AT
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago

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Originally Posted by shahramghs View Post
So I picked up an EB 335 F30, with Msport, Prm, Tech, Driver Assist, Driver Ass plus, HK, Dynamic handling, sport Auto and 19". I adore the car.

In this entire area, there were no Msport with EB and 19", and HK, so I had to give in and get some extra features. NO I did not want to wait!

I had 335 E90 LCI with N54 engine. Here are my biggest first impressions with my new baby: (please excuse any typo or grammar mistakes, I'm being lazy)

"Oh yeah"s:

-Msport: Awesome package. Still love E90 LCI's rear, but the front is a killer on F30 Msport.
-Dynamic Handling is freaking awesome. Car handles beautifully when needed and it is more comfortable than E90.
-Electric steering is AWESOME. I like how I don't have to wrestle with the steering wheel in low speeds. It is super precise too.
-Sound system -- HK. I think it has a better clarity and base than old one.
-Ride: Car is a bit higher than E90 with Sport package, some might not like that and call it "SUV looking". Well, i'm not in high school any more, so I use this car for daily commute, shopping, driving through freaking traffic, etc, I feel the compromise is worth it. I feel comfortable when I'm in chilling mood and enjoy the nice ride. And when you want to step on it, it does not lack any handling characteristics that you could be looking for.
-Wind noise is there, a bit more than E90. need to think if I have to see the dealer
-Top view camera is awesome. Helps with obstacles that are too low to see in parking.
-Seats, I'm a big dude, I feel very comfortable on the driver's seatr, and when I gave ride to a couple people in the back, they appreciated the space.
-Sport 8 speed, AWSOME, shifts fast and serves both the sporty character of the car and the smooth luxury side of it too.
-Engine's sound is awesome. You get more sporty tone out of f30 than e90.
-N55 is very responsive as you would imagine, but I still want N54 back don't hate folks, N54 was better for tunes


-Active steering: Didn't have it on the old one... I can live without it. I took the car to canyons and also on freeway, I don't see whole a lot of comfort coming from it
-Lane departure: Only if you are drunk or if you wanna text. But if you leave in Socal, other drivers horns go off before the car's warning
-Blind spot detection: If you adjust your mirrors and do what you are supposed to do, you don't need to get it
-Front collision warning: I don't know about this one. But a couple of times I ram into the car in-front of me and it went off almost last sec, this was when I set the per-warning to early!

-Breaks squealing, guess what ITS THERE!
-Iphone doc cannot be removed!
-Wind noise
-When I open sunroof, I smell burned oil, its going away slowly but i'm monitoring it...
Congrats on the new ride.

You have VSS, variable ratio steering.
It's not active like BMW had before.
Basically, you don't feel it on the highway or during twisty's.
The ratio increases are you turn the wheel beyond 100 degrees, then the ratio tightens up. You'll notice it more during slow parking lot maneuvering when making big steering turns/angles. It's supposed to make maneuvering easier.
But since I had nothing to really compare it to, all I notice is that I like the steering and it is easy to move around in parking lots or parking in general.

Others have complained about wind noise. Could be door seal related. Have the dealer check it out. My Msport doesn't have any wind noise that it at all objectionable. But then I tend to drive with the audio blasting out tunes.

I LOVE my N55. It actually feels stronger than my N54 in my 135i, which was no slouch in it's own right.
Paired with the sport AT, the N55 feels very strong and very linear. It just pulls. Put it in sport mode and the extra throttle response makes for a jet afterburner effect. Tunes for the N55 are coming.
There is a very good one for modest cost at burger tuning.

Also, since you have the DH pkg, make sure you play around with the different driver mode settings, and sport configuration. We get some added setting options that non DH 3's don't get.
I use sport mode all the time, every time.
I have mind configured to affect "chassis only". With this setting, throttle response is like comfort mode, trans shifting is also like comfort mode, steering is in sport mode, and suspension is in sport mode.
This gives me a nicely controlled sporty ride, but the trans is butter smooth and shifts shorter and goes to 8th gear even before 55mph.
When I want quicker shifts like to pass, I use manual, then back to D mode.
For all out fun driving with fast shifts, holding gear longer, and better throttle response, sport+ does the trick.
Try it out and find your setting.