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      02-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #45
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Really turned off by the ugly sound of the I-4 of the 328i, it almost sounds as bad as a 320d. Exhaust is OK but does not make it exciting enough. I know that on paper it does everything better than the N52 but for me the sound is a huge part of the BMW experience... Lost a lot of soul in the process...
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just a comparison with the "past". Bone stock M3 - just added an Akrapovic.

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just a comparison with the "past". Bone stock M3 - just added an Akrapovic.
I love my M3 sound as much as the next guy, but its sound is irrelevant to the F30 3 series sound comparison
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      02-03-2012, 05:57 PM   #48
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I think eisenmann exhaust will fix the sound of 328i engine, just look at this video: Golf VI R 4 Cylinder engine (1,984 cc I4 (CDL))

Still not as exciting as the '08 R32, the sound of the exhaust combined with the VR6 was something else.
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respectfully disagree.....quite simply it gives an excellent side-by-side comparison of what a good exhaust sounds like.....335i just sounds weak and unnatural, likes it's overtuned or something (kinda like a certain M car piping an exhaust note through the sound system, too weak for words)......
By that reasoning, then might as well post up a Ferrari with a Tubi exhaust since we're talking about a different priced car anyway. Hence my point that posting the exhaust clip of anything that's in a different price segment is irrelevant. Not only is the M3 in a different price range, it's not even a similar displacement.
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I hate the M3 sound - it sounds like an old man's fart. /ducks down

Here is a good sounding v8 (Ferrari F430):
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I hate the M3 sound - it sounds like an old man's fart. /ducks down

Here is a good sounding v8 (Ferrari F430):


FPC FTW.

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Both exhaust sounds sound great.
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Hate whatever you want, never heard it described that way by anyone but yourself though, but it's a free country. I won't share my opinions on the sound of a Honda Accord V6 though.....
Haha...my Honda v6 sounds like an old man's diarrhea
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From the interior though..

The exhaust is not that loud unless wide open throttle and from the interior its subdued. BMW puts a little valve control on the exhaust to close off one of the pipes unless you hit wide open throttle. At start-up however both pipes are open for emission control reasons. This is regardless of the model.

Some people prefer a little noise than whisper quiet. This one sounds like what I hear every morning:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXKyKGFBjAo

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I don't know....I just prefer more subdued noises and not those screaming for attention.
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We've compiled a video showing how the sounds of the 2012 328i (with N20 engine) and 2012 335i (with N55 engine) compare. Below are some clips showing the F30 328i and 335i at speed and WOT on the Laguna Seca track's back straight section, as well as engine and exhaust sounds throughout the rev range.


So bad it's unreal
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My folks have had several and, while they are incredibly reliable, not exactly impressive sounding, now the 6cyl in the old NSXs, I'll take that V6 sound.....have personally had a few Honda 4cyl engines, the 2.2l in the mid-90's Prelude sounded good, the others not so much.
Absolutely, mine is about to hit $150k miles mark and still gives 24 mpg and still has good power. However, that said - I absolutely can't wait to get my F30 335i Picking it up in Deutchland on March 2nd
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e9X M3 exhaust sound > all.
i agree!
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The exhaust is not that loud unless wide open throttle and from the interior its subdued. BMW puts a little valve control on the exhaust to close off one of the pipes unless you hit wide open throttle. At start-up however both pipes are open for emission control reasons. This is regardless of the model.

Some people prefer a little noise than whisper quiet. This one sounds like what I hear every morning:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXKyKGFBjAo


Damn you, lucky dog!

Sounds perfect!

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I kid. Come on guys, the N20 is not really THAT bad. Are we piling up on the 328i this early? Most of us haven't even "heard" these cars in person.

Plus, at least with the f30 328i, there is a fair trade-off to dropping the I6 and the sporty, deep-note exhaust. What you loose in engine/exhaust sounds, you supposedly gain in more precise cornering, lighter front end, MPG's AND you get to keep the 8 speed auto trans, unlike e90 328i. With the e90 328i, it's a loose-loose-loose when compared to the e90 335i. Inferior exhaust, same dead weight, similar gas mileage and that crappy auto transmission.
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328 does sound bad. Im sure the Performance Exhaust would liven that up quite a bit.
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The exhaust is not that loud unless wide open throttle and from the interior its subdued. BMW puts a little valve control on the exhaust to close off one of the pipes unless you hit wide open throttle. At start-up however both pipes are open for emission control reasons. This is regardless of the model.

Some people prefer a little noise than whisper quiet. This one sounds like what I hear every morning:
I thought it was the opposite. I thought the valve was closed during startup to allow the cats to heat up faster.
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      02-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #62
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The N52 sounds are better than the N20, much more solid...but the N55's exhaust note is just sex
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The exhaust is not that loud unless wide open throttle and from the interior its subdued. BMW puts a little valve control on the exhaust to close off one of the pipes unless you hit wide open throttle. At start-up however both pipes are open for emission control reasons. This is regardless of the model.

Some people prefer a little noise than whisper quiet. This one sounds like what I hear every morning:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXKyKGFBjAo
Love IT!!! Nice KevinJ! Very nice...
i hope the 335i will do that too
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      02-28-2012, 11:40 PM   #64
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Yes after 20 seconds or so

The valve will kick in and RPMs will drop and then it gets quieter.

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I thought it was the opposite. I thought the valve was closed during startup to allow the cats to heat up faster.
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at the end of the day, the 328i sounds and therefore looks like a shiny big dick with no balls lol

The N20 Sound at the beggining of the video sounds just like my central vac at home in the garage, no joke.
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