New Buyer - 128si vs. 328si - HELP
Hello, I am new to this site. Need help. Just purchased a 128si fully loaded with sports premium package black on black. Love it. BUT .. . I really can't stand its suspension - everytime I go over a bump in the road, I feel it completely and feel like throwing up as I am susceptible to motion sickness. They are putting paint guard on it, and I drove a 328si and it felt smoother. It might even be more my style I don't really need to have any sporty look. Engine is important to me.
Am I crazy for thinking of switching to 328si - I will lose some money as the car is now used - is the 328si a better built car - will it hold value better - advice?
Not exactly sure what an "si" is, but my 128i with sport package rides a bit better since I switched to Conti DWS tires.
And with a longer wheelbase, the 3 series has a slightly more comfortable ride - but it sounds like you should not get the sport package if you opt for a 328i, as that has a stiffer suspension.
Build quality and resale value for the 1 and 3 series seems to be pretty much equal.
Non Run flat tires would help. Those who do switch to regular tires also get this kit.
And this: http://www.amazon.com/Slime-1034-A-T.../dp/B000ET525K
You just use those for a temporary repair until you can get the tire repaired properly.
+1 on the replacing the runflats. Also - check the tire PRESSURE. It isn't rare for tires on a newly delivered car to be overinflated. If they are, you are bound to get a harsh ride!
As for the resale, I agree - not much difference relative to the car's price. If you do the trade, you might want to get the new generation 2012 3-series sedan, Not a coupe of course, but you will get more car for the money, and it won't drop quite as much in depreciation as a current generation coupe.
Cars with the sports package get the stiff sport suspension. Did you try a 128i without the sport pack and then buy one with it?
Does your car have 19 or 18 inch rims? Low profile tires might look good, but they don't do much for the ride. Low profile run flats + sport suspension makes for a very stiff ride.
The 328i you test drove probably doesn't have the sport pack. . .
You are going to take a big hit selling a new car. -- It might cost you less to swap out the tires / wheels and suspension. If you have 18s or 19s, start by swapping down to 17s with non runflat tires.
The 3 series is changing to an all new car in a few weeks. -- The old 328i and 128i share a lot of parts. Suspension is just about the same. So is build quality.
I use non run-flats for my winter setup. The ride is noticeably better than the standard issue summer rft's that came along with the car...
I am not sure about this... but a friend I know also runs a slightly under-inflated setup for a softer ride... i.e. about 2 psi less than recommended. Of course, this could result in uneven tire wear, and more heat buildup... but if I were to venture a guess, a couple of psi's should be OK.
As far as selling the car... I explored that (for other reasons)... and you could lose a lot vs. trying out these options.
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