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      08-14-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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328i xDrive Ride Height

Hi folks,

So I finally got to test drive the 328 xDrive yesterday at Parkview. I'm actually a customer of Autohaus but I've found their service has been really shitty lately so I'm taking my biz elsewhere. Parkview had a demo available so off I went. Incidently, the sales guy there was super nice...and totally the typical d-bag sales person you usually find at BMW dealerships. Anyways...

I have to say the 4-banger is GREAT! Totally surprised and pleased. Wasn't crazy about the tin-sounding engine but I can overlook that.

What did kinda bother me was the xDrive ride height. When I look at a normal 328 Sport line, it looks good. I don't think anything has to be done to the car at all.

But the xDrive sits a bit high for my liking. It's such a minor thing I can live with it but I'm wondering if anyone knows the answers to the following:

1) Can an xDrive 3 series be lowered?
2) And if it can be lowered, does it void the warranty?
3) Does the ride height look the same if I upgrade to say 19" wheels instead of 18"s?

Re: #3) Common logic would state that 19" wheels would fill the gap a bit. But on the other hand, I wonder if the 19" wheels would simply raise the car vertically and not alter the wheel well gaps.
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      08-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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Hi folks,

So I finally got to test drive the 328 xDrive yesterday at Parkview. I'm actually a customer of Autohaus but I've found their service has been really shitty lately so I'm taking my biz elsewhere. Parkview had a demo available so off I went. Incidently, the sales guy there was super nice...and totally the typical d-bag sales person you usually find at BMW dealerships. Anyways...

I have to say the 4-banger is GREAT! Totally surprised and pleased. Wasn't crazy about the tin-sounding engine but I can overlook that.

What did kinda bother me was the xDrive ride height. When I look at a normal 328 Sport line, it looks good. I don't think anything has to be done to the car at all.

But the xDrive sits a bit high for my liking. It's such a minor thing I can live with it but I'm wondering if anyone knows the answers to the following:

1) Can an xDrive 3 series be lowered?
2) And if it can be lowered, does it void the warranty?
3) Does the ride height look the same if I upgrade to say 19" wheels instead of 18"s?

Re: #3) Common logic would state that 19" wheels would fill the gap a bit. But on the other hand, I wonder if the 19" wheels would simply raise the car vertically and not alter the wheel well gaps.


Had a similar question.......the answer lies in the xDrive system requiring the clearance. Hence why the sport suspension (lowered) and park assistant cant be ordered with xDrive.

Hope this helps......
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      08-18-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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328xi height

I live in the Laurentians and am glad to hear that the xdrive height is higher !



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Hi folks,

So I finally got to test drive the 328 xDrive yesterday at Parkview. I'm actually a customer of Autohaus but I've found their service has been really shitty lately so I'm taking my biz elsewhere. Parkview had a demo available so off I went. Incidently, the sales guy there was super nice...and totally the typical d-bag sales person you usually find at BMW dealerships. Anyways...

I have to say the 4-banger is GREAT! Totally surprised and pleased. Wasn't crazy about the tin-sounding engine but I can overlook that.

What did kinda bother me was the xDrive ride height. When I look at a normal 328 Sport line, it looks good. I don't think anything has to be done to the car at all.

But the xDrive sits a bit high for my liking. It's such a minor thing I can live with it but I'm wondering if anyone knows the answers to the following:

1) Can an xDrive 3 series be lowered?
2) And if it can be lowered, does it void the warranty?
3) Does the ride height look the same if I upgrade to say 19" wheels instead of 18"s?

Re: #3) Common logic would state that 19" wheels would fill the gap a bit. But on the other hand, I wonder if the 19" wheels would simply raise the car vertically and not alter the wheel well gaps.
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      08-18-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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I think its qctially better for it to be hgher.
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      09-07-2012, 07:28 PM   #5
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When I had my 335xi I had the same issue.

There will be kits to lower the F30 Xi cars if you want. Give it a year or so to hit market.

I have an M3 and the winter is a bit tough at times.
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I have a 335i xdrive msport and it definitely sits higher than its non-xdrive siblings. There will definitely be springs and coilover kits available soon, just give it some time.
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