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      04-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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I picked it up yesterday - sportline / alpine white / black interior with aluminum and red accents. This is my fourth BMW - also have a 2012 SLK350 and 2012 C63.

I have been a bit off BMW's for a few years but I found that the new F30 struck a cord with me. Now that I have it, I like it. Here are a few random comments:

The hood is aluminum - not mentioned in any BMW literature I have seen.

Start stop is a slight nuisance - I always automatically turn it off - easy to do.

Nice transmission.

I like the steering - why the whining?

It sure sounds like a diesel - BTW this is because of the direct injection - not because it is an I4. Interesting my SLK350 also has direct injection but does not sound that way - unless you open the hood and listen carefully

Too quiet - I like exhaust sound and this has almost none. Will post a separate thread on this.

Good quality interior.

Soft paint - much softer than Mercedes (which has nano particles in the clearcoat)

Very good car

I drive is easy - much improved over earlier versions.

Seats are very good - except -- I am 5'8" and would like to sit a bit higher.

Underbody is very aerodynamic - better than any car I have owned - even the areas under the rear fenders and bumpers are covered.

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      04-14-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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I picked it up yesterday - sportline / alpine white / black interior with aluminum and red accents. This is my fourth BMW - also have a 2012 SLK350 and 2012 C63.

I have been a bit off BMW's for a few years but I found that the new F30 struck a cord with me. Now that I have it, I like it. Here are a few random comments:

The hood is aluminum - not mentioned in any BMW literature I have seen.

Start stop is a slight nuisance - I always automatically turn it off - easy to do.

Nice transmission.

I like the steering - why the whining?

It sure sounds like a diesel - BTW this is because of the direct injection - not because it is an I4. Interesting my SLK350 also has direct injection but does not sound that way - unless you open the hood and listen carefully

Too quiet - I like exhaust sound and this has almost none. Will post a separate thread on this.

Good quality interior.

Soft paint - much softer than Mercedes (which has nano particles in the clearcoat)

Very good car

I drive is easy - much improved over earlier versions.

Seats are very good - except -- I am 5'8" and would like to sit a bit higher.

Underbody is very aerodynamic - better than any car I have owned - even the areas under the rear fenders and bumpers are covered.

Tom
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      04-14-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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Hey Tom - if you're in the Omaha area we should go for a drive and grab a beer when my 335i sport line gets here!
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very nice, i like the steering too
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very nice, i like the steering too
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Wow, is the hood really aluminum? Anyone stick a magnet to it?
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      04-14-2012, 09:02 PM   #8
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It sure sounds like a diesel - BTW this is because of the direct injection - not because it is an I4. Interesting my SLK350 also has direct injection but does
I never thought about that. Interesting.

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I never thought about that. Interesting.
I think I read somewhere that it's the sound of the solenoids clicking away.
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Congrats on your new car and for the comments.

Going to have to ask for pics though!
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      04-15-2012, 09:30 AM   #11
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I think I read somewhere that it's the sound of the solenoids clicking away.
The clicking of DI is the injectors operating at the requisite high fuel rail pressure, similar to diesel injectors.
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      04-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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The clicking of DI is the injectors operating at the requisite high fuel rail pressure, similar to diesel injectors.
Good to know, maybe they will improve this in the future.
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It is not a pleasing engine sound. I suspect the quick, high pressure pulses will always be noisy and improving the sound will involve sound-proofing, etc.

Given that diesels continue to clatter, we are likely stuck with the noise.

Interestingly, however, the 328 to my ears sounds more clangorous than the 335.
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