F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > 3 and 4 Series Ordering / Pricing / Order Tracking Forum (and European Delivery) > 340 or 440GC
European Auto Source
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      09-14-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
jpt99
Enlisted Member
2
Rep
31
Posts

Drives: 330, c55, x3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

340 or 440GC

I pretty much had my mind made up on the 440 gran coupe but now I'm thinking of the 340. For nearly identical build, the 340 is approx $6k less. I like the idea of driving a not so common car (440) but not sure if the extra money is worth it. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
Jbrock22
Lieutenant
Jbrock22's Avatar
72
Rep
566
Posts

Drives: 340i
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpt99
I pretty much had my mind made up on the 440 gran coupe but now I'm thinking of the 340. For nearly identical build, the 340 is approx $6k less. I like the idea of driving a not so common car (440) but not sure if the extra money is worth it. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Same here. I just thought that it's not worth the extra $. Went 340.
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2016, 09:41 PM   #3
BEM-S4
Brigadier General
BEM-S4's Avatar
United_States
854
Rep
4,200
Posts

Drives: Dinan M235, Dinan Sport Wagon
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Philadelphia

iTrader: (0)

440 handles better and will hold value better (despite the lower residuals BMW has set)
Appreciate 0
      09-14-2016, 10:23 PM   #4
jpt99
Enlisted Member
2
Rep
31
Posts

Drives: 330, c55, x3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Handles how much better?
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 08:32 AM   #5
hyakuhei
Private First Class
28
Rep
105
Posts

Drives: 340i Touring [on order]
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: UK

iTrader: (0)

Residuals didn't work out better for me when I did the maths.

When looking at this when I was deciding what to buy I sat in the back of both, I liked the 3 series more. Sat up front and noticed very little difference so decided to buy the 340i and tick a few more options

Ultimately I think it's down to personal preference. Go with whatever makes you smile.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 11:01 AM   #6
chicagoshark
Second Lieutenant
chicagoshark's Avatar
United_States
75
Rep
267
Posts

Drives: 2017 340xi
Join Date: May 2016
Location: chicago

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by hyakuhei View Post
Residuals didn't work out better for me when I did the maths.

When looking at this when I was deciding what to buy I sat in the back of both, I liked the 3 series more. Sat up front and noticed very little difference so decided to buy the 340i and tick a few more options

Ultimately I think it's down to personal preference. Go with whatever makes you smile.
similar experience.

I thought the 440 GC was cool, but in the end i liked the 340 better. The back seat in the 4 is a little tight, and the 3rd window is a but funny, but overall its awesome. If it was the same price, maybe...

Ultimately, with a lease, i went with the 340. I actually like the the way the back looks better. The small bit of handling improvement i am rarely going to notice.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 01:43 PM   #7
n00bim2015
Private First Class
19
Rep
193
Posts

Drives: BMW 428i Gran Coupe M Sport
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: DFW, TX

iTrader: (0)

The Hatch and sportier stance and higher badge may be worth 6k. But I thought it's only 3k more. You may be ticking a few extra boxes for the 440I. Maybe m sport package too. I think the 340I looks great in sport package no need for m sport.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 02:23 PM   #8
BEM-S4
Brigadier General
BEM-S4's Avatar
United_States
854
Rep
4,200
Posts

Drives: Dinan M235, Dinan Sport Wagon
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Philadelphia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpt99
Handles how much better?
Drive both back to back and judge for yourself.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #9
jpt99
Enlisted Member
2
Rep
31
Posts

Drives: 330, c55, x3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Wish the 340 had option for Individual Leather like the 440. I want the Cashmere Beige Merino leather.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 03:24 PM   #10
ramellis65
Private First Class
8
Rep
196
Posts

Drives: 428xi Gran Coupe
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Morris County NJ

iTrader: (0)

I have the 4 series sportline, wish i could have got the msport. It has a better stance, looks sportier, the front bumper more resembles the m. The 4 will hold its value more in my opinion
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 04:37 PM   #11
BEM-S4
Brigadier General
BEM-S4's Avatar
United_States
854
Rep
4,200
Posts

Drives: Dinan M235, Dinan Sport Wagon
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Philadelphia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpt99
Wish the 340 had option for Individual Leather like the 440. I want the Cashmere Beige Merino leather.
Ask your salesman to contact their VIP client advisor. Won't be cheap but believe it's doable.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 08:30 PM   #12
jpt99
Enlisted Member
2
Rep
31
Posts

Drives: 330, c55, x3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Difference in payment is approx $80 per month. I think I may just go with the 440. Like everything about it better.
Appreciate 0
      09-15-2016, 08:42 PM   #13
S.BMW23
Private First Class
16
Rep
143
Posts

Drives: 340i
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (0)

I was thinking GC as well just couldn't justify paying more. But go for it.
Appreciate 0
      09-17-2016, 10:27 AM   #14
jpt99
Enlisted Member
2
Rep
31
Posts

Drives: 330, c55, x3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Final numbers

2017 440i GC xdrive

3000 drive off
792 a month including tax
36 month lease
10,000 miles a year
M.F. = .00136
Residual = 41861
MSRP = 68625
Selling price = 64205
Appreciate 0
      09-17-2016, 09:29 PM   #15
E92Mazing
Private First Class
5
Rep
119
Posts

Drives: 2011 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NYC

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Just spent all weekend going through this debate as well. At the end of the day there's too much of a $$ difference and also I thought the rear of the 4GC has significantly less head room than the 3. For reference the 2016 we ended up with had msrp 58.5 but cap cost was 51.5 with 66% residual!
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 12:39 PM   #16
DrifterX
Lieutenant
DrifterX's Avatar
Canada
80
Rep
514
Posts

Drives: 2016 340i M Sport 6MT+RWD
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Toronto, Ontario

iTrader: (1)

I originally had a MY2015 428iGC, loved the looks and the utility of the hatch; I still miss it sometimes but financially, a 3 Series just makes more sense because you get more for your money (options wise).

I wouldn't pay the extra 6k for a MY2017 - if it were still MY2015 on the other hand, I'd tell you otherwise because the 4 Series had better suspension setup, steering, LED headlight option among other things but ever since the 3 Series LCI, it's negligible.

Regarding an uncommon car... I still see the same amount of 4 Series as I see 3 Series with M Sport (in Canada anyway)
__________________
2016 340i EBII M Sport | 6MT | RWD | Fully Loaded
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 01:28 PM   #17
n00bim2015
Private First Class
19
Rep
193
Posts

Drives: BMW 428i Gran Coupe M Sport
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: DFW, TX

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrifterX View Post
I originally had a MY2015 428iGC, loved the looks and the utility of the hatch; I still miss it sometimes but financially, a 3 Series just makes more sense because you get more for your money (options wise).

I wouldn't pay the extra 6k for a MY2017 - if it were still MY2015 on the other hand, I'd tell you otherwise because the 4 Series had better suspension setup, steering, LED headlight option among other things but ever since the 3 Series LCI, it's negligible.

Regarding an uncommon car... I still see the same amount of 4 Series as I see 3 Series with M Sport (in Canada anyway)
you really see more 4 series than 3 series with m sport are you comparing f30 to f32/f36 or just f30 to f36.

since i doubt there are that many f36 on the road. its a niche car for people who want a sporty sedan. if you take into account the about of 328i 335i from e90 to f30 thats so much more than a car (f32 f 36) for the past 3 years.
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 01:49 PM   #18
MattTheCarNut
First Lieutenant
105
Rep
351
Posts

Drives: F32 M Sport (NOT A 435I!!!!)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpt99 View Post
Final numbers

2017 440i GC xdrive

3000 drive off
792 a month including tax
36 month lease
10,000 miles a year
M.F. = .00136
Residual = 41861
MSRP = 68625
Selling price = 64205
$68k GC? Did they throw in the kitchen sink, too?
__________________
2014 F32 (NOT A 435i) Estoril Blue II over Black leather with Alum Trim, M Sport Pkg, Premium Pkg, Technology Pkg, Driver Assistance Pkg, M-Sport Brakes, Heated Seats, HK Stereo, Alarm
****Please Note: My car is a 4-banger. I made it look like a 435i, because, obviously, I'm insecure.***UPDATE: My car is not a 440i, either. Just thought I'd clarify...***
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 02:04 PM   #19
DrifterX
Lieutenant
DrifterX's Avatar
Canada
80
Rep
514
Posts

Drives: 2016 340i M Sport 6MT+RWD
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Toronto, Ontario

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by n00bim2015 View Post
you really see more 4 series than 3 series with m sport are you comparing f30 to f32/f36 or just f30 to f36.

since i doubt there are that many f36 on the road. its a niche car for people who want a sporty sedan. if you take into account the about of 328i 335i from e90 to f30 thats so much more than a car (f32 f 36) for the past 3 years.
F36 to F30 (w/ M Sport). But this probably due to not being able to get M Sport on 32x/42x until recently (MY2016/MY2017 respectively); there are loads of Sport Line F30s around.

But anyway, now that I explain it that way, I realize how pointless my statement is
__________________
2016 340i EBII M Sport | 6MT | RWD | Fully Loaded
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 04:15 PM   #20
n00bim2015
Private First Class
19
Rep
193
Posts

Drives: BMW 428i Gran Coupe M Sport
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: DFW, TX

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by MattTheCarNut View Post
$68k GC? Did they throw in the kitchen sink, too?
canadian dollars most likely and canadian mark up
Appreciate 0
      09-22-2016, 07:02 PM   #21
FeelinBlessed
First Lieutenant
FeelinBlessed's Avatar
90
Rep
329
Posts

Drives: 2017 340i AW MPPSK/Track
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Los Angeles

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2017 BMW  [0.00]
I picked the 340
Not a big fan of the station wagon look...
Appreciate 0
      09-25-2016, 06:14 PM   #22
S.BMW23
Private First Class
16
Rep
143
Posts

Drives: 340i
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by FeelinBlessed View Post
I picked the 340
Not a big fan of the station wagon look...
It definitely has a different look.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:29 AM.




f30post
f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST