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Old 10-10-2012, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by cchrisv View Post
Did you test drive a 328 with 6speed? Do they feel similar? I'm asking because I want to order by 3series soon and trying to decide between 328 or 335 but I have been unable to find a 6speed 335 in the MD area to test drive. I liked how the 328 drives. I test drove a 335 Automatic and it was nice but felt totally different from 328.

I test drove the Audi S4 in manual and fell in love with the car. However, the value does not seem there because the BMW is better equiped and looks nicer. I am torn.
I did, My feeling was the same as yours in the beginning why do I need a 335i? Then I test drove another 335i 6-MT with the M-adaptive suspension and i was totally sold on it. Don't get me wrong the 328i has come a long way since the E90 328i. But if you get right down to it, especially in manual the N55 engine has almost no turbo lag and the torque is available so low that its a pleasure to drive with a 6-MT. the N20 is a great engine but when compared to the N55, its not as smooth, you work a bit harder to keep the revs in the sweet spot of the torque curve, and runs out of breath sooner. for my money the N55 is made for a 6-MT and if you go with it get the adaptive suspension. It simply makes the car handle better. Since you also drove the S4 and love it then you simply will not be satisfied IMO with the 328i, get the 335i.
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