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      01-12-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Been hunting around for my next car (currently driving a 2015 STi lightly modded that is just beating the crap out of me and I'm feeling like I want something slightly more refined/mature -not too much tho - but needs to be fast and definitely 6MT)I was dead set on an M2 but just am not getting the allocation even tho I'm either one or two on the list at my dealer. Called around and what few there are are $5K over asking. Enter the B58 and been reading and watching and listening and then the MPPSK came along and that pretty much sealed the deal. So yesterday I ordered a 340i x-drive (AW, Msport,Track w/442s, Black Dakota (almost went sensatec but chickened out), Nav, heated seats; will add the MPPSK at dealer when it arrives as well as M perf front splitter - comes to just over $60k, crikey!) - have to say I was highly inspired by forum member Feelinblessed - see his build, just gorgeous imo.

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1314294

Don't know whether I'll do the m437 wheels but they do look awesome. Very excited! expect 7-8 wk wait which should give me time to get some stuff and figure out where to have the front wrapped in xpel - was thinking maybe of wrapping roof in a flatish black to match the splitter. will see. Anyway -excited to be part of the F30 family!

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Welcome and congrats - sounds like a great build. I would love to do the front splitter but I'm afraid what would happen to it with the snow we get up here.

I'm sure the next 7-8 weeks will just fly by. Ha.
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I think I'll be ok with the splitter -don't get as much snow here as you do - plus haven't had issues with current front lip which is probably lower on my STi.

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Thanks! - one day down - just 55 left to go.
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Thanks! - one day down - just 55 left to go.
I hope it will only be 55 more for you. I'm sitting at 57 and my new baby is still in port in Bremerhaven. The wait has not been easy. On the plus side it has given me time to buy a bunch of stuff for her.
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Nice build and good choice on adding the MPPSK, it really goes well with the Msport and Track Package's. Congrats!
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Thanks all - question about the wood trim I chose - I went with anthracite fineline but was close to picking the Ash because it looked pretty cool in the few pics I saw. What I want is the one that is the "blackest" Don't want any brown in the interior. Can anyone chime in who has seen both? Thanks -

Also - I see these letters on people's signatures - can someone tell the newb (me) what they mean please? ZTR, ZMP, ZTP, ZCW, ZDA, ZDB

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Congrats! Nice Subbie too btw!

Thanks - its my second STi - first 2012 hatch I modded quite a bit (equal length header, intake, turbo-back exhaust, fuel pump, injectors, and a protune of course. it made around 340/375 whp on mustang dyno at about 19psi. those little boxers are pretty potent but fragile. Tuner pushed the boost to 21 with that setup and it made 440 ft lbs but he felt the thing would blow up if we kept it there) it was stupid fast and stupid loud. The one I have now is a simple stage two with a cat back. Still fast and loud but much harsher suspension wise - it does handle well tho. Anyway I am ready to move to a more refined machine. (currently my wife will not drive with me in the STi - which aint all bad but still she is right that the car beats you up) Plus with MPPSK the bimmer is probably faster - that doesn't hurt
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I hope it will only be 55 more for you. I'm sitting at 57 and my new baby is still in port in Bremerhaven. The wait has not been easy. On the plus side it has given me time to buy a bunch of stuff for her.
wow - thats a long time. Maybe the holidays delayed the process? Hope you get it soon.


What goodies have you bought?
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Congrats! You'll love it.

very nice sti... but the 340 is miles ahead in refinement. I almost bought a new WRX as a daily driver (test drove 2 stis though) and could not get over how shitty the ride quality was stock and at low speeds. It was cheap and the gearbox was too notchy. This was about a month ago so its fresh in my head. And my old car was a couple inches off the ground slammed on coil overs, before you mention I am an old lad (which I'm not lol)... the sti was a lot better then the WRX but didn't have that solid interior feeling... felt like I could hear everything outside. Fun car though, just not the avenue i wanted to take as I do a lot of city driving. Also, I agree 100% about the subaru mature/refined feeling... another reason I strayed away.

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Congrats on the purchase, I hope time flies by for you! Subie looks good, too!
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Congrats on the purchase, I hope time flies by for you! Subie looks good, too!

Thanks - it has been a very good car: fun and fast. Just ready for a change.
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Thanks - it has been a very good car: fun and fast. Just ready for a change.
Feel free to let me know if you need anything for the car!
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Thanks all - question about the wood trim I chose - I went with anthracite fineline but was close to picking the Ash because it looked pretty cool in the few pics I saw. What I want is the one that is the "blackest" Don't want any brown in the interior. Can anyone chime in who has seen both? Thanks -
I almost got a 550i with Anthracite, but it does actually have brown in it and while it looked okay, like you I didn't want ANY brown in it. Ash looks good in the photos, but I haven't seen it in person.

I had the Aluminum Hexagon trim, which is an option with the M Sport Package. It breaks up the darkness of a black cockpit quite nicely and looks a little sportier than the Aluminum Brush.

Of course, you can always switch it all out later with Carbon Fiber, which is my first choice. A bit pricey but it's the best looking IMHO and I love it.

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Also - I see these letters on people's signatures - can someone tell the newb (me) what they mean please? ZTR, ZMP, ZTP, ZCW, ZDA, ZDB
I only know what ZTR is since I had it on my 340. Its the Track Handling Package.

Check out this page for the order guide with all the codes for all the options:
http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1132635


Took a quick look, here they are:

ZTR - Track Handling Package
ZMP - M Sports Package
ZTP - Tech Package
ZCW - Cold Weather
ZDA, ZDB - Driver Assistance, and Driver Assistance Plus
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Funny, I sold my WRX to get into something more "mature", picked up an F30 and now I regret not getting an Sti instead. I miss that Subi rumble
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Funny, I sold my WRX to get into something more "mature", picked up an F30 and now I regret not getting an Sti instead. I miss that Subi rumble
Hey the grass is always greener ==> the subbie rumble -- it is awesome and intoxicating - especially with the corsa catback I have. But it essentially renders handsfree phone use impossible and after 4 years it is just plain loud.

Having said that, the sound of the MPPSK system is very nice too.
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I almost got a 550i with Anthracite, but it does actually have brown in it and while it looked okay, like you I didn't want ANY brown in it. Ash looks good in the photos, but I haven't seen it in person.

I had the Aluminum Hexagon trim, which is an option with the M Sport Package. It breaks up the darkness of a black cockpit quite nicely and looks a little sportier than the Aluminum Brush.

Of course, you can always switch it all out later with Carbon Fiber, which is my first choice. A bit pricey but it's the best looking IMHO and I love it.



I only know what ZTR is since I had it on my 340. Its the Track Handling Package.

Check out this page for the order guide with all the codes for all the options:
http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1132635


Took a quick look, here they are:

ZTR - Track Handling Package
ZMP - M Sports Package
ZTP - Tech Package
ZCW - Cold Weather
ZDA, ZDB - Driver Assistance, and Driver Assistance Plus

very good -- thank you! That makes me a ZTR, ZMP kind of guy
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Thanks - its my second STi - first 2012 hatch I modded quite a bit (equal length header, intake, turbo-back exhaust, fuel pump, injectors, and a protune of course. it made around 340/375 whp on mustang dyno at about 19psi. those little boxers are pretty potent but fragile. Tuner pushed the boost to 21 with that setup and it made 440 ft lbs but he felt the thing would blow up if we kept it there) it was stupid fast and stupid loud. The one I have now is a simple stage two with a cat back. Still fast and loud but much harsher suspension wise - it does handle well tho.
Nice! I've always been a fan of the WRX/Sti

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Anyway I am ready to move to a more refined machine. (currently my wife will not drive with me in the STi - which aint all bad but still she is right that the car beats you up)
My buddies STi running ethanol is an absolute beast and it's a real rough ride, but really fun. The wife thing is very common though. She thinks my car is too fast, too "bumpy" and too loud.
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I have looked at all of the interior trim options for the F30. To start with, I think Fineline Anthracite and Ash look the best of all. Between the two, here are the finer points.

Anthracite has a very little bit of brown. With the naked eye in natural light you don't notice it, or just bairly. When photographed it always looks much more brown than it actually is. This includes the configurator. After seeing it in person the first few times I never noticed the brown, but after several people have asked I have looked closer and do see it. If I look at it with the naked eye it looks mostly black, but as soon as a point my phone camera at it the screen looks brown compared to what I see.

From my memory of the Ash, it has more character and more light grain so overall it is a lighter appearance, but less or no brown.

I prefer the look of the Ash, as it is pretty damn cool, but it is significantly lighter overall than the anthracite. If you want a black wood trim, the anthracite is the way to go. But it is less noticably wood where the Ash has much more wood character.

You can't go wrong with either. You will not get in a car with Anthracite and think, "what's with this brown wood?"
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