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      05-12-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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330i LCI M-Sport impressions

Hi folks,

I was fortunate enough to get an early pull-ahead (6 months) into a new 2017 330i M-Sport. Good thing too because I would have exceeded my mileage allowance otherwise. My old car was a 2013 328i Sport Line.

Compared to the pre-LCI version, this car feels remarkably better. The suspension, steering, engine and brakes are where I notice the biggest improvements.

The B46 engine sounds decent (for a 4 cyl), and IMO it is much better than the old N20. The metallic click/clack is 90% gone, the engine/exhaust combo sounds much better from the outside and overall the engine feels less strained and happier to rev.

The steering is also great, due in part to the M-Sport steering wheel. To quote others, the price of the M-Sport package is worth it for the steering wheel alone . I heard that 2014+ models had better steering than the 2013, but to me it's a big difference.

The suspension also feels much improved. I don't have adaptive shocks (old car didn't have either), but the ride feels much more composed. The old car felt underdamped over bumps, so much so that successive bumps could upset the car enough to bottom out. The new car corners flatter yet the road imperfections are less obtrusive and the suspension seems quieter.

The brakes were a big surprise. I didn't expect any improvements since I didn't option any upgrades, but the 330i M-Sport now comes with fixed piston (4x) calipers in the front and larger discs, 340mm. The rears are still sliding calipers with larger 330mm discs. This is much bigger than my old 328i sport line and the difference is noticeable. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these are the same brakes that you get on the base 340i. Not sure if all 330i come with these brakes or if it's just the M-Sport...

Overall, great car. I'm really loving it for my daily commute. The new iDrive is pretty neat too.


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      05-12-2017, 11:35 AM   #2
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Kick ass on the brakes!
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Congrats and thanks for the awesome review!

That is good to hear about the improved suspension and steering feel. I am excited to see the potential of the new B48 engine as well!
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Kick ass on the brakes!
Yeah they look different from my '17 330i msport- pretty sure I don't get those brakes? USA here though - is hat EU vehicle?
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Yeah they look different from my '17 330i msport- pretty sure I don't get those brakes? USA here though - is hat EU vehicle?
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Yeah they look different from my '17 330i msport- pretty sure I don't get those brakes? USA here though - is hat EU vehicle?
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In Canada, the 4 piston front brakes and sliding caliper rear brakes come with the M-Sport package on the 328/330 since 2015.5
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In Canada, the 4 piston front brakes and sliding caliper rear brakes come with the M-Sport package on the 328/330 since 2015.5
Yeah.. I think I have those brakes on my 2016 328i MSport, here in the US.
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Same here. Did the pull ahead, was going to run out of warranty. Really impressed as well. Based on looks, I wasn't expecting much from the LCI. BMW actually changed lots of things.
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Yeah they look different from my '17 330i msport- pretty sure I don't get those brakes? USA here though - is hat EU vehicle?
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In Canada, the 4 piston front brakes and sliding caliper rear brakes come with the M-Sport package on the 328/330 since 2015.5
So what you're saying is...I should buy some Canadian spec OEM swap outs that someone has upgraded with MPerformance for about $250 Freedom Dollars??
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