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Old 12-29-2007, 05:27 AM
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B-Pecan...believe Rican is correct...330i (E90) was only available in the US for the 2006 model year. That's why I think it will be a pretty unique 3 series. I've read a little about BMW's strategy and the consensus points to the 330i being phased out because the HP difference between the 330i and the 335i was too close (255 vice 300). So the 328i with 230hp makes the hp difference great enough to justify the price difference and ensure the 335 had it's own market.
Not exactly. The 335 was brought to market to take on the Lexus IS and Infinity G cars which both have over 300HP. Despite the 330 being a stout performer, most Americans look at the HP numbers then buy, and anyway, the IS350 will romp over the 330.

Remember that the US 325 and 330 used the same engine. The 328 is simply the 330 with a slightly less sophisticated intake. It may as well be called a 330 but 328 was chosen so as not to piss off owners of the 330 who, having bought the flagship, would now own the entry level model.

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Yeah, sorry for not being clear. That's why I said manufactured in Germany. I also read a few things about the 330i replacement including the things you mentioned. I guess it would have been too expensive for BMW too keep producing both 330 and 335 engines...
The '330' engine (the N52 ) is still being made. It is in the 328 and several other vehicles.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:42 AM
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Not exactly. The 335 was brought to market to take on the Lexus IS and Infinity G cars which both have over 300HP. Despite the 330 being a stout performer, most Americans look at the HP numbers then buy, and anyway, the IS350 will romp over the 330.

Remember that the US 325 and 330 used the same engine. The 328 is simply the 330 with a slightly less sophisticated intake. It may as well be called a 330 but 328 was chosen so as not to piss off owners of the 330 who, having bought the flagship, would now own the entry level model.



The '330' engine (the N52 ) is still being made. It is in the 328 and several other vehicles.
Good points Ravens fan. I think there are truths and accuracies in what we both posted. Three pages of posts for the 330i...if we keep this up this string may never die. Keep talking 330i owners.
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Good points Ravens fan. I think there are truths and accuracies in what we both posted. Three pages of posts for the 330i...if we keep this up this string may never die. Keep talking 330i owners.
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Okay, I'll chime in. I've had a CPO '06 (10/06) 330i for two weeks now. I drove the Lexus (didn't like the ride), drove the Infiniti G35 (twitchy on the throttle). I'm glad I went with the 330. I mean, really, there's plenty of power unless you just have to have bragging rights.

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Remember that the US 325 and 330 used the same engine. The 328 is simply the 330 with a slightly less sophisticated intake. It may as well be called a 330 but 328 was chosen so as not to piss off owners of the 330 who, having bought the flagship, would now own the entry level model.
I think part of the difference between the 328 and 330 is engine software settings - is that what you mean by the intake? The 328 has 230hp and the 330 has 255hp. Which makes it a whopping 70hp difference between the 328 and 335. I wonder if BMW will let the 328 hp creep into 330 territory in a year or two.
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I think part of the difference between the 328 and 330 is engine software settings - is that what you mean by the intake? The 328 has 230hp and the 330 has 255hp. Which makes it a whopping 70hp difference between the 328 and 335. I wonder if BMW will let the 328 hp creep into 330 territory in a year or two.
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Read post #47 on this thread.
Thanks, B, but I don't know what the comparison really means since I don't know the tech stuff. My comment about the engine computer settings was from the CA.
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I think part of the difference between the 328 and 330 is engine software settings - is that what you mean by the intake? The 328 has 230hp and the 330 has 255hp. Which makes it a whopping 70hp difference between the 328 and 335. I wonder if BMW will let the 328 hp creep into 330 territory in a year or two.
They might, since the 330i now has 272 hp and a chunk of extra torque. My friend just got it, despite everyone saying he should get the 335 instead, as the price difference is marginal on those. Now that I have driven it though I can see exactly why he got it. That engine is so good, absolutely linear response from about 2k rpm up to redline at 7k. The engine is quite a bit lighter than the 335 one, making for even better handling. It's also giving much better MPG than the 335, which, with todays gas prices, is a real issue. And the price difference got him his leather and some other extras..

If I where to get a new 3er today it wouldn't be an easy choice.
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They might, since the 330i now has 272 hp and a chunk of extra torque. My friend just got it, despite everyone saying he should get the 335 instead, as the price difference is marginal on those. Now that I have driven it though I can see exactly why he got it. That engine is so good, absolutely linear response from about 2k rpm up to redline at 7k. The engine is quite a bit lighter than the 335 one, making for even better handling. It's also giving much better MPG than the 335, which, with todays gas prices, is a real issue. And the price difference got him his leather and some other extras..

If I where to get a new 3er today it wouldn't be an easy choice.
HUH? These must be european models only...
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Another 330i owner here. If I saw the 335 on the horizon I would have waited but I'm fairly happy for over two years now. I chose mine over the IS350, after driving both. Cars are about more than their HP. I'll probably trade into something sportier in about a year.

Liking my current BMW dealer very much, the Z4M Coupe is attractive. The new M3 does nothing for me and the 335 is not different enough, aside from motor, to want to upgrade. I sort of want to see what Nissan does with the 350Z (test mules suggest smaller/lighter, maybe with G37-ish motor) since I probably won't pay for the GTR. Maybe a lightly used Cayman S would work for me. If I wasn't holding a big grudge against Chevy dealers (I had a C5 Z06 with warranty issues) I'd consider another vette.
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Another proud 330i owner. Did ED in late 2005. The car drives very well. I actually prefer the naturally aspirated inline 6 to a turbo-charged engine.
The issues I have had were centered around premature tire wear of Bridgestone Turanza EL42 (went through three sets in 18,000 miles all replaced by BMW under warranty), now on Contis and they seem to be holding up. Had steering lock issue last year and a O2 sensor replacement recently.

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Next up would be a naturally aspirated V8 ...

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HUH? These must be european models only...
Yes, since you don't get 330 in the US anymore. We don't have the 328 here, the lineup is 318, 320, 325, 330 and 335.
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Yes, since you don't get 330 in the US anymore. We don't have the 328 here, the lineup is 318, 320, 325, 330 and 335.
It looks like I need to take my @ss back to Europe...
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I have over 55,000 miles on mine. So all the free stuff is gone. Just had an oil change and air filter replaced. Costed me over $300 at a BMW dealership. I gotta start doing some DYIs. Front brakes will need to be replaced soon. So if anyone know of a good/reliable outfit in the No. Va area, please sound off. This car is otherwise a joy to drive. Love it! Thanks for starting this thread. Most of them on here pertains to the 335s.

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I have over 55,000 miles on mine. So all the free stuff is gone. Just had an oil change and air filter replaced. Costed me over $300 at a BMW dealership. I gotta start doing some DYIs. Front brakes will need to be replaced soon. So if anyone know of a good/reliable outfit in the No. Va area, please sound off. This car is otherwise a joy to drive. Love it! Thanks for starting this thread. Most of them on here pertains to the 335s.

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Damn, you must ride the hell out of that baby! What about the extended warranty? That's something you should have thought about once you hit the 40k mark...
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Damn, you must ride the hell out of that baby! What about the extended warranty? That's something you should have thought about once you hit the 40k mark...
Well I bought the car back in Aug, 2005 and I have a long commute (100+mi rt). I should've gotten the extended warranty like you said but its too late now I guess. I do take good care of it so I expect to last a while.
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Well I bought the car back in Aug, 2005 and I have a long commute (100+mi rt). I should've gotten the extended warranty like you said but its too late now I guess. I do take good care of it so I expect to last a while.
Have you had many issues? I've had mine since October 05 but I just now hit the 18K mark. I'm wondering how long I have till things start breaking.
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I'm glad to see so many 330i members. I myself am the proud owner of an 06 330i monaco metallic blue. I'm thinking about doing some mods, maybe an intake and the ac schnitzer body kit looks appealing. Has anyone else done any mods to their 330i? would love to hear about results and would like to see pics. As far as power is concerned, I think the 335i is a great sedan and bmw did need to add hp to their best car to keep up with competition but my 330i has enough power to satisfy me. I wouldnt mind being able to add about another 20-30 ponies.
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I love my 330. I sometimes have 335 envy, but then I remind myself that I originally had a budget for a pretty much stripped-down '07 328i w/sport package when I walked into the dealership but ended up getting the last '06 330 the dealer had in stock for the same price (and more power/options), so it keeps things in perspective.

I also at times have second thoughts about not going with a used E46 M3 for a little less money and having a few dollars left over for repairs/maintenance. The things that keep me in my 330 vs. that car are the better ride quality, and 4-door convenience w/ a baby on the way.
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