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F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current)
The sixth generation BMW 3 Series Sedan F30/F31/F34 and the first first generation 4 Series Coupe F32/F33/F36. Get the latest 3 and 4 series pricing from our ordering and pricing guide sticky thread.

View Poll Results: Am I The Only One Who Likes Their F30?
Yes, You're the only one. You're on your second F30. Whats wrong with you? 7 6.54%
NO, I love my car. Its all a bunch of hype! 86 80.37%
Sort of but I can't wait until my lease is up so I can jump ship. 8 7.48%
Bro, do you even Cadillac? 6 5.61%
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:10 PM
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The most compelling factor with the F30 is how seamlessly it works with the 8 speed auto.
It is superb.

But even better is the Jaguar XE. It is the same transmission, but tuned to be more aggressive. It is spectacularly well-suited to sporty driving, much better in this sense than the tuning of the F30.

An amazing transmission.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:16 AM
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The turbo three and four cylinder gasoline engines offered in BMW F30 cars (N16, N20, B38, B48) are great, no doubt. But I think it's the manual transmission combined with these engines that make F30 a compelling choice. In the U.S. market, only one other RWD car in the compact executive car segment currently offers a manual transmission - Cadillac ATS. And ATS' manual transmission and engine are not as refined as BMW's offerings.

All compact executive sedans offer a modern automatic tranny (slushbox or DCT), so this is not a distinguishing feature for F30.
The 320i/328i 6MT is not as easy to operate as the old M54 5MT.

1. The N20 power band is flat, versus M54 surging power band. That makes a difference in vibration and audio cues to shift.

2. The N20 turbo requires spooling, so throttle blip is needed(and those are tricky to master). The LCI auto rev match seems to alleviate that.

3. The 320i/328i 6MT has direct at 4th, and 1st is a bit tall, no? The gear ratios are meant for fuel efficiency versus acceleration. The 328i 6MT does have 3.91 final drive to compensate. In comparison, 335i has direct at 5th.
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