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      03-07-2013, 09:21 PM   #287
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Man that interior looks awesome. Very cool. I think BMW makes their interiors look more spartan on purpose, but I definitely see the appeal there.

Are you an OB?

As I have said, I love S4s probably moreso now after this thread, but after seeing all of those photos, I still gotta give exterior styling to the 3 series by more than a nose.
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Man that interior looks awesome. Very cool. I think BMW makes their interiors look more spartan on purpose, but I definitely see the appeal there.

Are you an OB?

As I have said, I love S4s probably moreso now after this thread, but after seeing all of those photos, I still gotta give exterior styling to the 3 series by more than a nose.
What's an OB? You mean original buyer? The F30 definitely has more potential as far as looks go, and like I said before, the stance is incredible. It's hard to get better looking than this
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What's an OB? You mean original buyer? The F30 definitely has more potential as far as looks go, and like I said before, the stance is incredible. It's hard to get better looking than this
Morr wheels?
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What's an OB? You mean original buyer? The F30 definitely has more potential as far as looks go, and like I said before, the stance is incredible. It's hard to get better looking than this
One word...WOW
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Ha, no. I thought your handle might indicate you were an obstetrician/gynecologist, commonly referred to as an "OB". I thought your handle might have been meant to read like Dr. OB
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Ha, no. I thought your handle might indicate you were an obstetrician/gynecologist, commonly referred to as an "OB". I thought your handle might have been meant to read like Dr. OB
Heh, no just a dumb name after one of my favorite college football players of all time. I suppose I'm a Dr but about as far from that (EE).
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What's an OB? You mean original buyer? The F30 definitely has more potential as far as looks go, and like I said before, the stance is incredible. It's hard to get better looking than this
One word...WOW
I nearly cried the first time I saw this set up in person on the f30, this one has the lower lip though which dues not come stnd. The msport also looks good in white and silver IMO
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I nearly cried the first time I saw this set up in person on the f30, this one has the lower lip though which dues not come stnd. The msport also looks good in white and silver IMO
Yup has the black kidneys, CF front aero splittr and Eurospec front lights (amber removed). Not to mention it's lowered (probably coils) on what appear to 19" rims with some hefty spacers (wheels stick out). Damn sexy for sure. If I got an M3 it would most certainly be a white metallic with that beautiful CF roof, I drool ever time I drive it in GT5.

Here's a B8 S4 with a similar setup, would love to see it on a similar blacked out B8.5

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I nearly cried the first time I saw this set up in person on the f30, this one has the lower lip though which dues not come stnd. The msport also looks good in white and silver IMO
Yup has the black kidneys, CF front aero splittr and Eurospec front lights (amber removed). Not to mention it's lowered (probably coils) on what appear to 19" rims with some hefty spacers (wheels stick out). Damn sexy for sure. If I got an M3 it would most certainly be a white metallic with that beautiful CF roof, I drool ever time I drive it in GT5.

Here's a B8 S4 with a similar setup, would love to see it on a similar blacked out B8.5

The M3 promises to be one sweet ride, lots of colors to choose from so I would wait to see those. No plans for an M3 for me just yet. The 4 series gran coupe is what I can wait to see.
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drob23: Nice car! IMO, LCI B8 front-end looks much better/fresher than it used to be.

As far as the interior goes, I don't like 2 things:

1. No hand brake. I think it's a must have on a manual transmission car (you obv. have an auto so it isn't as important).
2. Don't like the cup holders position. Again, it would only be a big deal with a manual as the bottle or whatever else might go in there might interfere with one's hand.

Love the seats and the streeting wheel!
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drob23: Nice car! IMO, LCI B8 front-end looks much better/fresher than it used to be.

As far as the interior goes, I don't like 2 things:

1. No hand brake. I think it's a must have on a manual transmission car (you obv. have an auto so it isn't as important).
2. Don't like the cup holders position. Again, it would only be a big deal with a manual as the bottle or whatever else might go in there might interfere with one's hand.

Love the seats and the streeting wheel!
Thanks for the props! Yes the button ebrake is strange and it feels awkward knowing some mechatronic unit has to engage it (which could fail). It does free up a little space in the center console (MMI button layout is overkill so this is needed), but I would prefer the handbrake. I agree on the cupholder location, as it interferes with the center arm rest when you extend it. OTOH they are *very* sturdy and the drink never moves at all, compared to the crappy Japanese design where they pop out and bend all around.

One thing I do love is the finish of the wheel leather, it's just really mushy and soft. I never actually drove an M-sport, so I can't comment on that wheel, but I didn't like the stock one both in terms of looks and the finish quality. The leatherette also while easy to keep was certainly not in the same league as the Audi, so if I had to order a F30 today I would go with the Dakota.
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Personally I did not like the dash layout of the Audi's, not taking anything away from the cars the interior are great but BMW's layout works for me.

The M Sport steering wheel is one of the best in the business though
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Personally I did not like the dash layout of the Audi's, not taking anything away from the cars the interior are great but BMW's layout works for me.

The M Sport steering wheel is one of the best in the business though
Couple other random observations - love the under handle lights in the 3er, it's criminal that the S4 comes with interior bulb lighting (cost me 120 to order led replacements), the S4 has fogs, the S4 has rear fogs that you can activate (awesome to get tailgaters off your back), I was able to change the brightness of DRL's and various other headlight/tailight settings in VAGCOM. Also, able to activate features like roll up windows with FOB, watch video while driving (no I don't actually do this but a passager can), turn off annoying warning chimes/messages, enable lap timer and have the ability to run scans to check on various ECU faults etc. Coding these cars into Eurospec setting is really cool, I'm sure I'd get the same amount of enjoyment doing this in a 3er.
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. Also, able to activate features like roll up windows with FOB, watch video while driving (no I don't actually do this but a passager can), turn off annoying warning chimes/messages, enable lap timer and have the ability to run scans to check on various ECU faults etc. Coding these cars into Eurospec setting is really cool, I'm sure I'd get the same amount of enjoyment doing this in a 3er.
I think for those who mod their 3ers they have been able to do most of these things. I keep mine stock. Trust me, I tried to like the B8.5, one of my requirements for my replacement was 0-60 in no more than 5s. The S4 was the only candidate prior to the x-drive, and here I am going by manufacturer's claims. At the time I was debating getting the Hybrid 3. I had not seen the M Sport in EBII in person and I was quite miffed that I was about to spend over 50k on something I was not really crazy about. Once I saw it, there was no turning back. The interior trim with the m sport steering wheel and the hexagon aluminium trim finish it off quite nicely. I think its a little slower than the S4 by 0.1-0.2s but at this level of performance, who cares really.

One thing that is often noticed in the exhaust note of the N55, its pretty cool for a six cylinder.

The Nappa leather interior in the S4 smells good though
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drob23: Nice car! IMO, LCI B8 front-end looks much better/fresher than it used to be.

As far as the interior goes, I don't like 2 things:

1. No hand brake. I think it's a must have on a manual transmission car (you obv. have an auto so it isn't as important).
2. Don't like the cup holders position. Again, it would only be a big deal with a manual as the bottle or whatever else might go in there might interfere with one's hand.

Love the seats and the streeting wheel!
I actually prefer the placement of the cup holders in the S4 than in the 3er. Reason is spillage. If you spill the drink in the 3er either when grabbing the drink or cornering etc., you will have it spill into the auto/manaul shifter area.
Also when accelerating there is more likely hood that the drink will spill backward into this area also.
In the S4 yes it blocks the armrest somewhat but there is no danger of this unless braking real real hard and even that the chances are real slim the shifter area is sloped.
The electronic handbrake I don't like. Manual handbrake is lots more fun and most likely more reliable down the road.
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i like the s4. But the looks on the 328 seem more sporty than the s4.
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i like the s4. But the looks on the 328 seem more sporty than the s4.
i guess it's all objective

some A4 owner would come in and say the A4 looks more sporty than the 335i
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Former S4 owner here. I miss my V8, but not the problems that came with it. Styling is subjective, but my S4 had CF front and rear spoilers, CF interior and nice Recaro seats.









Overall impressions vs my humble 328i Sport is that the S4 feels heavier. It's also a beast on the freeway at high speeds. Interior is on par, again that is subjective...

Ultimately it was the poor lease terms that turned me off. I have owned my past 2 cars and returning to lease for a short period to save some $$$. Residual on the S4 is pretty bad. I also just wanted to try something new. The new S4 bodystyle is nice, but the F30 really caught my eye. Even the base model trim F30, IMO looks better than the S4. Looks aside, handling is much more enjoyable in a 3... still miss that V8 though...
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Like many have stated earlier, sales figures are misleading due to lease figured on BMWs. Over the years, Audi NEVER had an edgy styling, but blend. Cost of ownership is also off the roof compared to BMWs. Not a very difficult decision IMO.
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I happy we have such great cars to choose from.
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I happy we have such great cars to choose from.
I think most people would be happy to drive a 3 series, A4 or S4. They are all excellent cars and I do feel lucky to afford myself something a little nicer than a economy sedan.
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I think most people would be happy to drive a 3 series, A4 or S4. They are all excellent cars and I do feel lucky to afford myself something a little nicer than a economy sedan.
Amen!
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