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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 07-17-2012, 07:11 PM
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My short F30 328i review

Drove this one in particular: 328i, automatic, luxury package, premium package, technology package. The 335 was in the showroom and I'd have to wait for another date to test that out.





- The comfort access kicks ass

- The interior quality did feel very good

- Steering wheel even though it's the regular one beats the square e46 wheel

- The switch for economy, comfort and sport is INCREDIBLE. In economy and comfort the car turns off the engine when at a stop (can be disabled by pressing a button above the start button). Going to sport you get the higher rpm and responsiveness right away even in an automatic. in comfort it's about the same as being in regular drive as an e46 and in economy you can feel the lag in the gas but I can tell right away it will save you a lot of gas while still being able to get to a good speed.

- The HUD is nuts. So clear and you can even select your radio stations and other modes right there without having to look away from the windshield.
- Navigation is extremely clear and concise. BMW now uses google maps for the navigation.

- Plenty room in the rear, more than an E46 from what I picked up sitting down initially there.

- Trunk has a very good amount of space as well

- Even on regular non-sport suspension the ride was very smooth

- Having heated steering wheel and front/rear heated seats is great for cold weather area owners

- Cup holders are built to do their job and can be covered by a tray easily

- iDrive system is flawless

- You're able to view your power/torque on the display

- You're able to change the drive-train/engine settings on the idrive as well

- The car feels complete and the interior blows away the E46's




I know I'm probably missing more, but I absolutely love the car and there is an extremely high chance this will be my next car.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:17 PM
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I wasn't too impressed with the interior of the F30. It felt a little cheap to me. I wasn't that impressed with the N20 engine on the 328 either. The standard steering felt sloppy and disconnected.

However, I drove a 335i sport line afterwards and though the interior still felt cheap , the overall feel of the car was much better, particularly in sport mode. I really enjoyed driving it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:44 PM
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Drove this one in particular: 328i, automatic, luxury package, premium package, technology package. The 335 was in the showroom and I'd have to wait for another date to test that out.





- The comfort access kicks ass

- The interior quality did feel very good

- Steering wheel even though it's the regular one beats the square e46 wheel

- The switch for economy, comfort and sport is INCREDIBLE. In economy and comfort the car turns off the engine when at a stop (can be disabled by pressing a button above the start button). Going to sport you get the higher rpm and responsiveness right away even in an automatic. in comfort it's about the same as being in regular drive as an e46 and in economy you can feel the lag in the gas but I can tell right away it will save you a lot of gas while still being able to get to a good speed.

- The HUD is nuts. So clear and you can even select your radio stations and other modes right there without having to look away from the windshield.
- Navigation is extremely clear and concise. BMW now uses google maps for the navigation.

- Plenty room in the rear, more than an E46 from what I picked up sitting down initially there.

- Trunk has a very good amount of space as well

- Even on regular non-sport suspension the ride was very smooth

- Having heated steering wheel and front/rear heated seats is great for cold weather area owners

- Cup holders are built to do their job and can be covered by a tray easily

- iDrive system is flawless

- You're able to view your power/torque on the display

- You're able to change the drive-train/engine settings on the idrive as well

- The car feels complete and the interior blows away the E46's




I know I'm probably missing more, but I absolutely love the car and there is an extremely high chance this will be my next car.
Uh, oh.....you better hope the E46 guys don't get wind of this. Can a person be banned from a sub-forum?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:49 PM
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They are using google maps? That's news to me if it's true, I'm pretty sure that they are using TeleAtlas.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:58 PM
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Uh, oh.....you better hope the E46 guys don't get wind of this. Can a person be banned from a sub-forum?
in two years I will get one.
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Well, then you'll get an even newer cooler i-drive. The next one is out in November and the one after that (probably 2014) will have a touch based controller and Siri integration most likely. However, I'm not waiting, mine should make it in next month.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:16 PM
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Awesome.

I'll probably end up buying a 2yr old model with CPO and get the extended 2yr warranty. Question will be 328 or 335
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:44 PM
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Drove this one in particular: 328i, automatic, luxury package, premium package, technology package. The 335 was in the showroom and I'd have to wait for another date to test that out.

I know I'm probably missing more, but I absolutely love the car and there is an extremely high chance this will be my next car.
Sweet! I felt the same way in the F30, knew it was going to be the best BMW 3 Series they'd ever made and there would be a lot of converts coming our way.

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They are using google maps? That's news to me if it's true, I'm pretty sure that they are using TeleAtlas.
That's news to me too. If it were the case, somehow, someway; that would be awesome.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:34 AM
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2 corrections:

The engine can cut off at a stoplight in any mode.
You can send addresses to the nav via Google Maps, but it is not a Google Maps-based system. It's still TeleAtlas.
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Sweet! I felt the same way in the F30, knew it was going to be the best BMW 3 Series they'd ever made and there would be a lot of converts coming our way.
Yup, nice improvements over the E90 as well.

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The engine can cut off at a stoplight in any mode.
You can send addresses to the nav via Google Maps, but it is not a Google Maps-based system. It's still TeleAtlas.
The salesman only told me in economy and comfort, guess he was wrong on that. He did mention the google maps, I must have been mistaken. Thanks for the update
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:33 PM
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The engine can cut off at a stoplight in any mode.
You can send addresses to the nav via Google Maps, but it is not a Google Maps-based system. It's still TeleAtlas.
That's been available on the E90 since 2008.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:33 PM
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Steering wheel even though it's the regular one beats the square e46 wheel
?? I can assure you that E46 steering wheels are round.

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Plenty room in the rear, more than an E46 from what I picked up sitting down initially there.
No surprise there. The F30 is as big as an older model 5-series.
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