12-16-2012, 03:29 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Mein Auto: BMW M428i
I owned an E90 for 3 years prior to my F30. The answer to your question (assuming you have a 328i) boils down to this:
Originally Posted by sle39lvr
I am currently a E90 owner, an I am starting to like my car more and more everyday.
Other than what's on paper, I want to know what are your thoughts on living with E90 day to day vs F30.
I heard everywhere that the interior quality has improved over E90. I recently got to sit in a F30 and I do have to say they Did cut back on 'soft-touch' plastic on certain surfaces.
The F30 is 80% of what the E90 was. Materials are the same. Fit and finish is the same.
The 20% that is different is a big deal:
Torque: The turbo 4 is just a beast, so much faster off the line than the 6 it replaces, really throws you back in your seat.
Power: Once at speed, there's plenty more power to burst past other cars. I'll be driving on the highway completely oblivious to the fact that I'm doing 92 MPH and will have to slow myself down. It's effortless.
Transmission: The 8 speed auto is so much faster and smoother and accurate than the version it replaced. Because you don't have to stomp on the accelerator to get the car to move anymore, the transmission doesn't have to jerk wildly to get from 1st to 2nd to 3rd gear anymore.
Steering: It's lighter and easier. The car weighs less, so the combination of the weight reduction and the torque increase completely transforms how the car drives. It's effortless, requires a lot less effort and thought to get the car to go where you want it.
Experience Modes: This is not just savvy marketing, throwing the switch from Comfort to Sport changes the driving characteristics of the car completely, it feels like two different cars. Sport mode is crazy fun. Comfort mode is easier for the wife and kids stomachs. The E90 had neither. Was not as fun as Sport mode, was not as eased as Comfort mode. This is a big deal, not to be overlooked.
Size: The car has increased in size so there's a bit more shoulder room and rear passenger legroom but it doesn't feel bigger.
Audio System is upgraded. If you have a standard audio system in the E90 you'll be thrilled with the standard audio system in the F30 as it's the "enhanced" system they pay extra for in Europe.
Visibility is better: I find that the A pillar and B pillar location combined with new rear seatback position gives me a better overall view of the road.
It's more quiet: Not sure if it's the sound deadening material or better door seals but the F30 definitely has a more soundproofed cabin.
Interior looks and acts better: This myth about materials and quality you've read is BS. It's the same as the E90. What's different is the layout of the center stack, the integration of the wood and the dash components, the ambient lighting, the new cupholders, the thought that went into the storage compartments.
Great new standard equipment: The auto dimming mirrors, split-folding rear seat, power seats, garage door openers, and other throw-in's really make the experience better.
Technology: iDrive is now standard on all F30's. Nuff said. If you get the Technology Package, the head up display is crazy good and extremely functional.
Un-Bangled: The F30 has more refined sheetmetal, specifically the nose of the car which no longer looks like a Japanese pachinko machine.