Very thorough review, but I found your comments on the handling and steering to be rather harsh. Not being interested in owning a car with a highly stressed 4 cylinder engine, I decided against testing the 328i. I have driven the F30-335i, on three occasions; I would not characterize the steering nor the handling as you described them. I have yet to read a review by a professional tester that comes close to your comments on the steering and handling. I do grant you that the steering feedback is not on the same level as in the E9X RWD, E46 or E36.
As for the operation of the ASS, I found it to be seamless in the 335i; there was no roughness on re-starts.
I am also baffled by your comment on the F30 interior being "a downgrade" compared to E46 !!!! Are you serious ? I have owned both an E46 sedan and coupe; both interiors I would describe as spartan compared to the F30-335i.
2013 F30-335i M Sport, Glacier silver, 8 spd, black dakota w/walnut trim, premium pkg, 18" Style 400M wheels, adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, front & Rear PDC, Sat radio, BMW Assist pkg.
Last edited by DerekS; 09-30-2012 at 02:58 AM.