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      02-20-2017, 11:31 PM   #1
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Just bought a 340i with Variable sport steering and adaptive M suspension. After day one, felt it was a good car with many exciting technologies, but not exciting to drive. Never imagine that as coming from E92 335, this 40i model drives quite unfamiliar to me. I'm feeling this car behaves unpredictable and thus feeling very unconfident. How long does it take everyone to pass through this transition
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Hi all,

Just bought a 340i with Variable sport steering and adaptive M suspension. After day one, felt it was a good car with many exciting technologies, but not exciting to drive. Never imagine that as coming from E92 335, this 40i model drives quite unfamiliar to me. I'm feeling this car behaves unpredictable and thus feeling very unconfident. How long does it take everyone to pass through this transition
You need to give the car a few weeks before you get used to it - especially given that you're coming from mechanical steering to electric steering. A number of E9x owners don't particularly enjoy the F3x series because of how less 'engaging' the drive feels. I personally find that the benefits of a loaded F3x make it a lot better of a daily driver than the E9x. Most of the auto industry is following suit. If you want to read horror stories, Google Infiniti Drive By Wire. Here's to hoping you get used to this new norm quickly.
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      02-21-2017, 12:10 AM   #3
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I think you'll end up liking the 340i
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      02-21-2017, 12:22 AM   #4
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Did you not test drive before you purchased?
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What tires are you on?
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After the break in, open it up on some back roads. Take it to a track. Do you drive in sport or sport+ mode? I never used economy after break in. What kind of tires do you have? Swap your run-flats for some nice performance non-run flats. It makes a world of difference.
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      02-21-2017, 02:20 AM   #7
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It's now equipped with S001. May switch to PSS from my E92. The main difficulty for now is to learn how to steer
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It's now equipped with S001. May switch to PSS from my E92. The main difficulty for now is to learn how to steer
It just takes some getting used to. Personally, I avoided sport and sport + steering settings. It felt way too artificial. Comfort mode all the way, even in my M3. Try it out. Don't let the name fool you. You can still corner like a madman in comfort mode. Also, aftermarket suspension improves the steering feel as well.
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Disable all of the electronics and set yourself free. Good luck.
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      02-21-2017, 11:16 AM   #10
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Took me a good month or 2 to really get very comfortable driving the car. The power delivery was definitely different for me since this is my first turbo car, the drag I feel when you let go of the accelerator was also something new to me. I think the seat height adjustment took the longest for me to adapt. It took me a really long time to get comfortable with my view.
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      02-21-2017, 11:29 AM   #11
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Going from an E90 that wasn't particularly well equipped, to an almost fully loaded F30, it took about a week to get used to everything. But all the comforts and luxuries (softer suspension, lighter steering, better sound system, head up display, etc) are still noticeably appreciated after a year.
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      02-21-2017, 12:45 PM   #12
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I'm the opposite. I came from an E36 and E46 and was immediately comfortable with my 335i. It's outfitted like your 340i with VSS and m-adaptive suspension.

But over time I gradually realized I just wasn't as attached to the F30 as I was to the E36 and E46. The F30 is a great car, comfortable, fast, competent, etc. It just feels a bit remote and I put that down mainly to the steering and quieter engine/exhaust. It's also a bit quirky (not in a good way) regarding VSS and the drivetrain's low-speed behavior.

Anyway, all of that is personally preference and YMMV. The F30 is a very competent car without a doubt. Give it some time and see if you get used to it.
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i jumped from my '01 325i that i've had for 15 years into the '16 328i
it took no time for me to get used to the f30

yes, steering is softer than the e46
but it helps that i got my f30 with manual transmission so it keeps me engaged when i am driving
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It depends on what you owned prior.

going from the simple, wonderful ergonomics of a Honda to the BMW is a big difference. BMW has good ergonomics, but with a considerably steep learning curve compared to the average stuff.

going from an e90 to f30 will definitely take some getting used to, but I dont imagine its such a big difference.
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Honestly I went from an 08' 135i > 10' E92 > 13' F30 to a 16' M235i. The F30 just didn't give me that feeling- you know the one where you make excuses to go for a drive. The M235i fixed all that at least for me.
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Appreciate all helps mates some updates. Currently learn how to steer with VSS. Found it's only one turn and can't catch the right ratio. Last night drove four people to vet clinic through some twisty road. Very impressive with the comfort level when you have passengers. Another good thing is transmission response is just so quick compared with DCT 335.
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      02-21-2017, 08:49 PM   #17
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Recently went from a 2008 335 e92 to a 2014 435 with performance package 1 and 2.

At first the car felt less powerful, very different power delivery. Steering was ok but I was missing a little bit the hydraulic one. After a couple weeks, once I got use to the different engine setup I really like the feeling of the car, it seems more comfortable in higher revs than my e92. Also, I just can't drive it in comfort mode ... sport or sport+ only.
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I've driven my brother's 2008 335i before and after 15 yrs of driving Japanese clutches (Honda, Subby's), the BMW clutch/tranny seems less forgiving. I'm in the process of building a 340i now and fully anticipate a several month adjustment period.
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I've driven my brother's 2008 335i before and after 15 yrs of driving Japanese clutches (Honda, Subby's), the BMW clutch/tranny seems less forgiving. I'm in the process of building a 340i now and fully anticipate a several month adjustment period.
BMW clutches are very unforgiving. One of my least favorite things about my car...superseded only by the subpar steering/chassis of the F30.
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It's probably the VSS. The regular steering in the 340i is quite good and confidence inducing (almost as good as an E90 335i I test drove). My last model 335i isn't quite as good as either, but it's still a lot of fun to drive fast. Once you get used to the VSS, it will probably be fine.
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Hi all,

Just bought a 340i with Variable sport steering and adaptive M suspension. After day one, felt it was a good car with many exciting technologies, but not exciting to drive. Never imagine that as coming from E92 335, this 40i model drives quite unfamiliar to me. I'm feeling this car behaves unpredictable and thus feeling very unconfident. How long does it take everyone to pass through this transition
It's the steering, at least in my experience. Took me about a week to get comfortable with tossing it around.
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Took me a good two months coming from a mkv GTI. The steering is by far my least favorite part of the car. Other than that it is pretty awesome. The manual transmission coupled to the B58 is a joy to use at any speed.
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