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F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current)
The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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Going to buy this weekend or on Monday - need help!

I can pick up a new 2012 328i Coupe with M Sport suspension for the same price as a new 2013 328i Sport Line with sport suspension.

Has anyone driven and compared these two vehicles (2012 or 2013s)? I was blown away by the cornering and handling ability of the Coupe and wanted to know if a Sport Line with its sport suspension option would have comparable ride and handling as the Coupe. I know that the engines are different, but I'm only interested in opinions on the handling and ride. There's only one Coupe left and so I have to decide ASAP.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:09 PM
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I can pick up a new 2012 328i Coupe with M Sport suspension for the same price as a new 2013 328i Sport Line with sport suspension.

Has anyone driven and compared these two vehicles (2012 or 2013s)? I was blown away by the cornering and handling ability of the Coupe and wanted to know if a Sport Line with its sport suspension option would have comparable ride and handling as the Coupe. I know that the engines are different, but I'm only interested in opinions on the handling and ride. There's only one Coupe left and so I have to decide ASAP.

Thanks!

RobertaZ
The cars handle very similarly though the Sedan is larger.

Be advised that this is the very last year of the Coupe which first arrived in 2006, so instead of buying in the 1st calendar year of the new Sedan bodystyle you'd be buying the 7th calendar year of the old bodystyle. Come Spring, the new version of the Coupe will hit the streets and you'll be driving a car that's already obsolete from a design perspective.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:34 PM
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Is the 2013 the last year for the old body style, or is it the 2012?

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:58 PM
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it's 2012,

2013 is the new look
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:44 PM
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OK. Thanks. No wonder the 2012 was discounted by $5,000.

I'll order the 2013 Sport Line with sport suspension.


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Old 12-01-2012, 11:56 PM
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it's 2012,

2013 is the new look
Wrong...MY2014 will have the new look.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:04 PM
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OK then.....so if I buy the 2012 Coupe, I'll have a current body style for two car years. I will test drive the Sport Line with sport suspension tomorrow afternoon and it will hopefully make me smile as well.

Decisions, decisions.....

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Old 12-01-2012, 11:53 PM
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Is the 2013 the last year for the old body style, or is it the 2012?

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Are you asking about coupes or sedans?

For sedans, the F30 (new body style) was introduced for MY2012. MY2013, which is currently selling, is the second year.

For coupes, the F32 (new body style) will probably be introduced as a MY2014. MY2013 is currently on sale and is the E92 (old style).

There is going to be a quite a difference in handling between the E92 (coupe) and F30 (sedan) because of changes to the steering, suspension, and tires. Don't order something without first driving it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:19 PM
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Agreed. I will ask them to raise the discount from $4k to $7.5k. Hopefully, I won't be laughed out of the dealership.

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Can't hurt to try. I'm sure 4k isn't their final offer especially on a 2012 at this time of year
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