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Old 12-04-2011, 10:59 PM
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It seems like the levels of interest in the 328 and 335 have flipped from what they were when the E90 was new. Just wondering what everyone would prefer given the price difference, performance gap, and fuel consumption.

It seems like there is a lot of talk about the N55 not really being a good value next to the N20 (particularly given the potential to tune it) Thoughts?
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:05 AM
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Not gonna lie, i drove the N20 in the Z4(same weight as 328) HOLY ****!!! Cant think why i would need the 335. I have owned 2 35 with the N54 engine, i was really impressed with the toruqe in the N20.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:19 AM
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It seems like the levels of interest in the 328 and 335 have flipped from what they were when the E90 was new. Just wondering what everyone would prefer given the price difference, performance gap, and fuel consumption.

It seems like there is a lot of talk about the N55 not really being a good value next to the N20 (particularly given the potential to tune it) Thoughts?
This appears similar to Subaru and their WRX and STI models. My friend just purchased a new WRX. It provides 95% of what the STI does for almost $9,000 less. I can see many people being unable to justify the additional cost of the 335 over the 328 if reviews / comments are to be believed. Especially when one figures in the (alleged) fuel savings.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:12 PM
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My last BMW was a 2002 325i, 185 hp. That car never felt underpowered, so I can't imagine being disappointed with the 2012 328i at 245 hp.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:44 AM
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My last BMW was a 2002 325i, 185 hp. That car never felt underpowered, so I can't imagine being disappointed with the 2012 328i at 245 hp.
Hey there...funny to see your post (not "funny" as in he,he,ha,ha...lol)...
...but my 1st BMW, and get ready for this, the one I would keep if I could ONLY have one car, is the 2002 325i (or any 330i up to 2006).
Your correct, allegedly under 200HP & Torque, but smooth as butter, wonderfull throttle response and never feels under-powered in city-hwy driving. Great mpg's and still lgiht & nimble enough with that magical BMW "balance"

If the F30 328 can come close to that overall "feel" & "balance" (not too sure about that..., but we will see?)
I prefer the "throttle" response and smoothness of the NA engines, the N52 & the S65 in my M3.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:06 PM
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My last BMW was a 2002 325i, 185 hp. That car never felt underpowered, so I can't imagine being disappointed with the 2012 328i at 245 hp.
Also, 4 cyl. engine looks like it completely fits behind the front axle - i.e. this really is mid engine car like Miata or S2000. My e90 328i I6 looks like it has 1.5 cylinders in front of the front axle.

It's not the turbo... It's DI that makes me worried. Our MCS spent 2 weeks on engine de-carbonization under warranty and I'm not buying another DI car where intake valve deposits issue is not addressed. Some of them might get into critical condition just like our MCS and require towing and engine head machining, some might be driveable, but the engine would not develop specd power\torque.
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The marginal utility of the 335i over the 328i has declined in the F30.
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The marginal utility of the 335i over the 328i has declined in the F30.
This is true. But, one of the most basic reasons I drive BMWs is the silky smooth characteristics on the inline six. Even BMW admits in their own official comments regarding the N20 that all their technology has made it ALMOST as smooth as their inline six.

When Merc capitulated and dropped the inline six, for which they had also been famous, and went to the V6 I knew they had quit being a really serious car company. They are now in it ONLY for the money.

I don't think BMW's faithful core would stand for BMW if they discontinued the inline six for the V6.

I have no doubt the N20 is a great little motor. But, something I noticed after I went from my '96 Infiniti G20, which I bought because it was referred to as a Japanese BMW 318i, is that four cylinder engines have to work a lot harder to match the performance of the inline six to perform the same task. And when driven with the same vigor as an inline six they really don't get fuel mileage that is considerably better than the greater displacement six. I have a feeling if N20 owners drive their N20s in the same way they drove their N5x powered cars the real world mileage numbers may not be as rosy as the EPA numbers.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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This is true. But, one of the most basic reasons I drive BMWs is the silky smooth characteristics on the inline six. Even BMW admits in their own official comments regarding the N20 that all their technology has made it ALMOST as smooth as their inline six.

When Merc capitulated and dropped the inline six, for which they had also been famous, and went to the V6 I knew they had quit being a really serious car company. They are now in it ONLY for the money.

I don't think BMW's faithful core would stand for BMW if they discontinued the inline six for the V6.

I have no doubt the N20 is a great little motor. But, something I noticed after I went from my '96 Infiniti G20, which I bought because it was referred to as a Japanese BMW 318i, is that four cylinder engines have to work a lot harder to match the performance of the inline six to perform the same task. And when driven with the same vigor as an inline six they really don't get fuel mileage that is considerably better than the greater displacement six. I have a feeling if N20 owners drive their N20s in the same way they drove their N5x powered cars the real world mileage numbers may not be as rosy as the EPA numbers.

And that's all I have to say about that.
Have you driven the N20 yet?
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:30 PM
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Have you driven the N20 yet?
No. But, I am familiar with the inherent engineering design differences between an inline four cylinder and an inline six cylinder. When I read BMW's own press that stated their design efforts had made the N20 ALMOST as smooth running as the inline six that said something to me that I consider significant.

I'm not saying the N20 is not a good engine choice. Just that it is not (and can't be by virtue of design) as smooth and silky as its predecessor inline sixes.
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No. But, I am familiar with the inherent engineering design differences between an inline four cylinder and an inline six cylinder. When I read BMW's own press that stated their design efforts had made the N20 ALMOST as smooth running as the inline six that said something to me that I consider significant.

I'm not saying the N20 is not a good engine choice. Just that it is not (and can't be by virtue of design) as smooth and silky as its predecessor inline sizes.
I drove it and thought it was pretty smooth. The torque reminded me of my N54. You should test drive it when it comes out, or drive a Z4 28i.
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Have you driven the N20 yet?
I feel that n20 will be very similar to mini cooper's turbo. The engine is very fuel efficient. I recall one of my remarkable drives... Start from SF Bay Area early in the morning with full tank of fuel and have very relaxed drive along coastal hwy 1 towards Hearst Castle, - frequent stops, sightseing... Upon arrival to Hearst i realized - only about quarter tank of fuel was used!

On my way back I wanted to get home quick, so i took 101 and pushed my MCS hard. So It was freeway drive, no stops, but spirited drive above speed limit. Wnen i got home the tank was next to empty.

So if you push it - it'll get thirsty.

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I feel that n20 will be very similar to mini cooper's turbo. The engine is very fuel efficient. I recall one of my remarkable drives... Start from SF Bay Area early in the morning with full tank of fuel and have very relaxed drive along coastal hwy 1 towards Hearst Castle, - frequent stops, sightseing... Upon arrival to Hearst i realized - only about quarter tank of fuel was used!

On my way back I wanted to get home quick, so i took 101 and pushed my MCS hard. So It was freeway drive, no stops, but spirited drive above speed limit. Wnen i got home the tank was next to empty.

So if you push it - it'll get thirsty.
Nice...but alas, we don't buy BMWs for "fuel efficiency"...
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This is true. But, one of the most basic reasons I drive BMWs is the silky smooth characteristics on the inline six. Even BMW admits in their own official comments regarding the N20 that all their technology has made it ALMOST as smooth as their inline six.

When Merc capitulated and dropped the inline six, for which they had also been famous, and went to the V6 I knew they had quit being a really serious car company. They are now in it ONLY for the money.

I don't think BMW's faithful core would stand for BMW if they discontinued the inline six for the V6.

I have no doubt the N20 is a great little motor. But, something I noticed after I went from my '96 Infiniti G20, which I bought because it was referred to as a Japanese BMW 318i, is that four cylinder engines have to work a lot harder to match the performance of the inline six to perform the same task. And when driven with the same vigor as an inline six they really don't get fuel mileage that is considerably better than the greater displacement six. I have a feeling if N20 owners drive their N20s in the same way they drove their N5x powered cars the real world mileage numbers may not be as rosy as the EPA numbers.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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The N20 feels like it has as much torque as the N55.
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The photo's of the instrument panel of the 328i in the Car & Driver road test article indicate the car has so far averaged fuel consumption of 12.6l/100km. This is equivalent to around US 18.7mpg. This is likely due to all of the hard running a press car gets, but it is a window into the potential lower-end of the fuel mileage we can expect to see out of this 4 cylinder BMW....
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I don't know anybody that gets up in morning and pushes their 'ultimate driving machine' to the limit on the way to work every day. 90% of the time when I see a 335 or an M3 or even a Ferrari it is in traffic beside me doing the same exhilarating 40 mph as the rest of us. I think that means the EPA numbers are very important to the vast majority of consumers (even those of us who like to enjoy our car's potential when the opportunity arises). The only people I know that actually drive that aggressively on a daily basis are 16.

I think we would all take the N55 in a world of unlimited resources.

I have not driven the N20 yet, but I am excited that BMW is finding ways to improve efficiency, and still give us more and more powerful cars.
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The fact of the matter is you can't dispute the laws of physics. And I'll refer you to my first post.

The fact, whether appreciated by the majority of individuals, is the the inline six cylinder design is inherently balanced and the inline four cylinder is not, cannot and never will be a naturally balanced design. That sounds to me more like the characteristics of the album with the inline six matching more closely the characteristics of the CD.
Apparently you missed the point of the analogy.

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Apparently you missed the point of the analogy.
Or I didn't think the analogy worked. Going from the vinyl album to the CD was a move forward. I do not see replacing the inline six, which is at the very core of who BMW is as a company, as a move forward no matter the HP & TQ.
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Or I didn't think the analogy worked. Going from the vinyl album to the CD was a move forward. I do not see replacing the inline six, which is at the very core of who BMW is as a company, as a move forward no matter the HP & TQ.
Not according to audiophiles. They, like you, will bring out all kinds of cool sounding descriptions (such as "buttery smooth") and technical theory to "prove" the superiority of the LP. Meanwhile the rest of the world is enjoying the benefits of the CD even if, technically, the LP is better in one or two areas.
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We're in a transition period. Eventually 4 cylinders turbos will be everywhere. Then 4 cylinder turbo hybrids. Then on from there. Soon will come the day that 4cyl turbo's and accompanying mechanics are perfected to the point that no one misses an inline 6. And we'll all get better gas mileage to boot. Got to start somewhere, at some time. Many of us will probably, in our lifetime, see the move to something else like hydrogen.. who knows. The future of cars could be great.

I just find it sad that as a human race we push back so hard on anything that may help the environment if it inconveniences us even a little. I mean, we can't even put up wind farms cause "it messes up my window view." Sad.
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I just find it sad that as a human race we push back so hard on anything that may help the environment if it inconveniences us even a little. I mean, we can't even put up wind farms cause "it messes up my window view." Sad.
I can only speak for myself but I don't like the idea of someone else deciding what is right and then pushing that agenda off on others. While I am not against helping the environment (and do my part where I can) I'm sick of the green movement.
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