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      01-30-2013, 03:14 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Jbrock22 View Post
I dropped off my 328I Sport ( sport trans,M Performance sport brakes, Adaptive & sport steering) for its first service today. The loaner is a 328i base with xdrive, a joke.
What a disappoinment. The steering, brakes, suspension are awful. AWFUL.
The Sport Model is definitely softened up vs E90, but I still enjoy the car. But this base model without the chassis improvements is a Camary( not even a sport Camary) with BMW on the hood. The 3 series lost its way. Hopefully BMW can find its way with the new 1 or 2 series, or I'll be switching brands in the future.
I have a 328i M Sport (sport auto 8) and like you, I got a base 328i for a loaner once. I agree with you that the base car sucked compared to a Sport or M Sport, but that wouldn't steer me away from BMW. I just wouldn't buy a base car. It was amazing how different the two cars felt when they share 90% of the same parts!