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      07-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #89
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Id strongly consider the black highlight bar and alum trim if you are concerned about the red bar at all. Im not a fan of the red bar, and the black trim by the idrive is a fingerprint nightmare.
Okay, I didn't realize you could configure like that. I always clicked the black high gloss accents before I changed the trim to brushed aluminium (from high gloss black) and it would switch me to the M Sport. Anyone have pictures of this configuration?
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      07-10-2012, 10:55 AM   #90
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Luxury Line, tinted, stone-guarded a couple months ago... but just washed it.
I'm intrigued as to what 'stone-guarded' involves?

Over in the UK we have this annual ritual where the local councils go out, randomly choose a 2-3 mile stretch of road, spray hot tar over it then scatter gravel everywhere. Then they leave the traffic to drive over it to bed the gravel down and spread the remaining 30% into the verges. The result is stone-chips galore, lumps of tar on your paintwork and chipped windscreens.... and we pay our councils to do this!!
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      07-18-2012, 10:34 AM   #91
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Greetings, thanks for having me...

First BMW
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I have to curb my enthusiastic review as I'm upgrading from a 10 year old Toyota Camry
A beauty! Getting exactly the same this weekend but in 320d, hope am not going to be stopped too much on the streets of London by people thinking am a minicab though with the sun protection glass! LOL

How's the visibility with the glass? Stupid question maybe as I know there is not much tint from inside but am wondering just in case...
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      07-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #92
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      07-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #93
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Something's off on this "M Sport" ... no offence ... but the 320's always look like there's something different (and less appealing) in every line and pic I have seen .... seriously have to see what a 335 M Sport w/ 19s is gonna look like. Might need to change my order. This pic made me REALLY disappointed.
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      07-20-2012, 04:50 PM   #94
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Something's off on this "M Sport" ... no offence ... but the 320's always look like there's something different (and less appealing)....
I definitely agree. I believe it's mainly because the M Sport rear end is shaped to feature DUAL EXHAUST. It looks very odd to me whenever I see it with the exhaust only on one side (320i, 328i, etc).

You are safe with the 335i.
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      07-20-2012, 11:24 PM   #95
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I believe it's mainly because the M Sport rear end is shaped to feature DUAL EXHAUST. It looks very odd to me whenever I see it with the exhaust only on one side (320i, 328i, etc).

You are safe with the 335i.
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      07-21-2012, 07:29 AM   #96
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Such a pity you need to ruin the interior with that emergency hammer in The Netherlands...

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      07-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #97
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Such a pity you need to ruin the interior with that emergency hammer in The Netherlands...

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If you don't use that hammer the interior stays fine.

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      07-26-2012, 09:13 PM   #98
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After about 9 weeks since my order was submitted here she is!
2012 335i
Sport line
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      08-07-2012, 09:59 PM   #99
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Hello all you F30 lovers. I have had my 335i for a few months now and I absolutely love it. I want to find reasons to drive somewhere so that I can get in and GO! Today I was able to do a full wash and go out and take some pictures. Hope you all enjoy!



































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      08-14-2012, 02:33 PM   #100
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Picked this up a few weeks back. I do want that thick M sport steering when it comes out. But I like everything else about the 2012.
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      08-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #101
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Thank you guys for your comments. I appreciate it! Just some quick pics as promised. lowered on H&R Super Sport Springs.
ride still as smooth as was before. i know i only had it for 1 day but as far as I can tell - it did not compromise the ride quality. I love how it came out. Let me know what you guys think.
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      08-16-2012, 07:49 PM   #102
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Well, my 335i M-Sport is finally at the dealer. A few finishing touches and I should have it tomorrow. See Signature for details (not shown M Perf. SS exhaust).

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      08-18-2012, 05:03 AM   #103
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My F30 black sapphire metalic with 20" 361 rims. Picked it up on thursday
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      08-18-2012, 08:52 AM   #104
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some mediocre pictures with 50% tint. what do you guys think? is it too light?
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      08-19-2012, 04:47 AM   #105
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Looks good. where did you get the grille and trunk badges blacked out? how much did it cost you?
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      08-21-2012, 09:11 AM   #106
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Looks good. where did you get the grille and trunk badges blacked out? how much did it cost you?
The grille was a port install. It was something like $170.
I used PlastiDip on the badge. I wanted to see how it would look if I got the real blacked out badge.
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      08-21-2012, 11:39 AM   #107
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thanks for the info
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      08-21-2012, 10:00 PM   #108
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some mediocre pictures with 50% tint. what do you guys think? is it too light?
Looks good -- but i'm a bit biased 'cos i ordered an almost identical build
I think the rear windows and windshield could stand to be darker but i guess that's just a matter of personal taste.
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      08-23-2012, 03:09 AM   #109
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Here are a few shots of mine from a little trip inland today:

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      08-31-2012, 08:14 AM   #110
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Calling a BMW “just a car” is like calling Da Vinci “just a guy”.



I recently received my 2013 328i Xdrive, Msport package. I want to tell my story as well as share some of my pictures as there are way too few Black Msport F30 pics. I will also do a little comparison for those interested.



What I Used to Drive: 2007 328Xi, premium package
What I Drive Now: Awesomeness (see above)

My order was pretty simple. The only upgrade I wanted was the sport auto tranny. Other than that and the Msport, it is stock. But that is fine by me! I love the new front end of the Msport line. I am not a huge fan of the normal F30 front because of the whiskers. I don't think a car should have anything on it called whiskers. This isn’t a kitten, it's a car…. tusks or fangs maybe?! I don't know, BMW give me a call on this one and we can chat. The Msport front end is just mean looking. Like stomp on your toes and laugh mean. The aggressive angles and the loss of the silly fog lights allow this whole section to take on its own personality. How can you not pony up for the Msport package when you factor in the larger wheels and styling? The Msport wheels are definitely the raciest as well. Advice for new F30 prospective owners, do it, Msport. You will love it. The sport tranny option was a no brainer as well. I have lighting fast shifting and it makes driving that much more enjoyable.



Now to my first impressions of the car. I pulled up to my dealer in Ohio and saw it on the lot (arrived a full 2 weeks early too). It was glistening and perfect. What a sight! Upon reviewing all its features and new gadgets, you could not help but wonder how BMW can turn a profit on these things. There is just so much attention to detail and small things they did right. From the location of buttons to the feel of the Msport steering wheel, everything is just right. My favorite new gadget on the F30 is the standard iDrive. It sure feels good to have the computer screen there without paying extra for it. One of the most noticeable things is the feel of the seat. The sport seats have the wing adjustments and you can fine tune them to your body. I like a nice tight feel, like my car is giving me a hug. A big angry German hug. So enough with the fluffy stuff, what about the engine and handling?



I will say the biggest difference between my E90 and the F30 is the steering and the acceleration. The steering as we all know is now electronically controlled. Don't freak out purists, this was done for a great number of reasons and when you really test them out back to back. Its not that bad. It isn’t les responsive or loose like others say. It is simply less resistant. It is still quick and keeps you in control, it just doesn't fight you as you turn. I am personally neutral on this but leaning to the new steering system. My wife loves it (for what that is worth). She says it doesn't make her arms tired like the E90 did. Personal taste on this one.



The acceleration is what I feel the most difference in. The E90 was a smooth sprinter, the F30 is a quicker sprinter but a little more spastic. You feel the extra torque early and strong. It is refreshing and exhilarating. I love it. Then you feel a little jolt here and there, a little squeeze of a gear change. It is lighting fast but I just think the E90 was a more refined package. Not as quick but more consistent. If I had to pick I would take the F30 any day, but these are my experiences with the two. I will tell you that getting on to the turnpike makes me giddy and I love blowing by people in their silly 1.8 and 2.0 Audis. Lame sauce right there. I was hesitant because I wasn't sure if I was going to feel the extra power of the F30. You can and it is great.



The sound of the F30 is kinda lame but then again the 328’s of both generations aren’t monsters in this department. I am going to look for a good aftermarket exhaust just so I can get a little of the sound back. The 1k spent on a great exhaust can negate the wimpy sound of the 4 cylinder without getting too much of a drone. I despise nothing more than a crappy car with an even crappier droning exhaust. AKA the Honda civic modders that everyone knows… Friends don't let friends mod Civics. Anyway, this is maybe the only category where the F30 doesn't shine against the E90. O well, can’t win em’ all.

The handling is also improved over the E90. I feel that the shocks are actually a little more forgiving and less tight BUT it cuts corners as well or better. I don't seem to get that body roll that I felt in the E90. That may be due to the wider stance and the stiffer frame of the F30, but it is noticeable. I have not been to the track to really confirm but the short, sharp angled on-ramps in my area gave me a good test.



Ahhh and the gas mileage. Going green isn’t so lame when it saves you cash. I love the MPGs. I am getting a full 5-7 mpgs better than the E90. I was pulling 23ish on the E90 due to my “lively” driving habits even though 90% of my commute is highway. With the new F30 I am around 30. I am sure I could be higher if I accelerated like a normal person. I will try a test and see how high I can get it on ECO Pro. If I break 40, I am going to make fun of everyone who bought a slow as #$%! Japanese eco car. Why settle? Why can’t you have great MPGs and performance? More turbos, less cylinders, and a great tranny. Boom. It’s like a Prius on nasty German steroids.



I will keep this updated to reflect any new updates but for now, the F30 is a huge win for BMW. BMW has evolved a little and it has concerned some. Those “purists” or nay sayers just need to drive both cars back-to-back and there is no comparison, the F30 is superior in every way. So do yourself a favor and just go drive! Thanks for reading
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