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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 02-10-2012, 12:06 PM
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Post Bimmerfest.com Long Term Review 2012 BMW 328i Arrives in New Jersey!

2012 BMW F30 328i Long Term Review Car

We are excited to say that we just received word from Mike Wendroff at Morristown BMW that the Bimmerfest.com long term review 328i F30 has been delivered to the dealership. Now we are forced to wait until the car can be prepped for delivery early next week.

2012 BMW F30 328i Long Term Review Car

A special thanks to Jon Shafer at BMW of Santa Barbara for working with us to get this car as early as possible and another big thanks to Mike Wendroff from Morristown BMW for setting up Courtesy Delivery of the car in New Jersey.

2012 BMW F30 328i Long Term Review Car

We are anxious to get behind the wheel and start racking up the miles to review every aspect of the car. Look for a ton of updates over the next couple weeks detailing the driving elements along with a deep look into the technology that is inside the car.

2012 BMW F30 328i Long Term Review Car

We optioned up a 2012 Melbourne Red 328i with just about everything there was to get. The full option list is extensive -
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • ZMT - Manual Transmission
  • ZSL - Sport Line Trim
  • 4AD - Brushed Aluminum Trim
  • 4DN - Matte Coral Red Highlight Trim
  • LCL3 - Black Dakota Leather with Red Highlight
  • 2VF - Adaptive Suspension
  • ZDA - Driver Assistance Package
  • ZPK - Parking Package
  • ZPP - Premium Package
  • ZTP - Technology Package
  • 2VL - Variable Sport Steering
  • 465 - Split Fold-Down Rear Seats
  • 522 - Xenon Headlights
  • 6NL - BMW Assist
  • 6NR - BMW Apps
  • 8TH - Speed Limit Information
If you have any specific requests for reviews on features or even more information about some of the little details, let us know and we'll do our best to get them answered for you.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:12 PM
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I'd like to know if the Comfort setting on the Adaptive Suspension is more or less firm than the fixed sport suspension that comes standard on the Sport Line cars. Some theories were made in another thread but there was no definitive answer.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:49 PM
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I'd like to know if the Comfort setting on the Adaptive Suspension is more or less firm than the fixed sport suspension that comes standard on the Sport Line cars. Some theories were made in another thread but there was no definitive answer.
Good question. I'd like to know the answer too.
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Just added some more pictures that Mike was kind enough to send us

We will work on getting a car w/o the M Adaptive suspension in the sport line to compare the two!
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:39 PM
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We will work on getting a car w/o the M Adaptive suspension in the sport line to compare the two!
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Is the tailpipes supposed to be chrome?
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Is the tailpipes supposed to be chrome?
That looks high gloss black to me...which is correct for sportline.
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Had a chance to see the F30 328 in black at JMK BMW in Springfield,NJ.Over all I was impressed except for the Nav screen,it looked like it was put there as a after though,horrible BMW get your act together.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:01 AM
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Which winter tire are you going to mount?
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F.Y.I. , for those interested, Open Road BMW in Edison NJ. just got 2 328s on Thursday.

Glacier Silver 328 Modern in the showroom.....boy, that 'textured' Wood Trim sure is tacky looking.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:21 AM
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it looks good from certain angles, like the 2nd and 5th pic. but at other angles, to me, it looks kind of strange... check out pic 6 and the last pic.. very weird
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Was this car bought at BMW of Morristown.
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it looks good from certain angles, like the 2nd and 5th pic. but at other angles, to me, it looks kind of strange... check out pic 6 and the last pic.. very weird
I agree. It reminds me of humpback whale.
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Was this car bought at BMW of Morristown.
Jon Shafer who is a CA at BMW of Santa Barbara (and bimmerfest.com founder) did the deal on the bimmerfest.com F30. We at Morristown are just happy to do the courtesy delivery for it, since the bimmerfest.com guys are on the east coast. They want the car quick to get information out to all of you, and we are very near the port where the cars are processed and shipped to dealers! Hope this helps! --Mike
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I like the look but wonder if there needs to be some updates.
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Jon Shafer who is a CA at BMW of Santa Barbara (and bimmerfest.com founder) did the deal on the bimmerfest.com F30. We at Morristown are just happy to do the courtesy delivery for it, since the bimmerfest.com guys are on the east coast. They want the car quick to get information out to all of you, and we are very near the port where the cars are processed and shipped to dealers! Hope this helps! --Mike
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looks great. Anxious to see test results.
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Pretty much how I'd take one, except mine would be white.

I'm interested in the exhaust note.
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So how does this work? Is Bimmerfest.com actually buying this car? Leasing it? Or does BMW offer loaner cars for a period of time to certain reviewers?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:38 AM
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Oh and by the way the pictures are HORRIBLE. At least get a decent cellphone cam. It looks like these were taken with a 1990s webcam with peanut butter smeared on the lens. Not to mention they all have a blue-shifted white balance (Blue tint)
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So the front license plate mount is now integrated to the bumper (from pics). Does it mean those in the states/provinces where front plates aren't mandatory will have to live with that empty mount or is there a different (smooth) bumper design for them?

Edit: Never mind, saw the other thread on this topic.
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love the red stitching on the seats, really wish i had at least explored the individual option of having this done on my e92 m3. i really like all the red accents on the car. a nice added accent would be some red brembo brakes

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Oh and by the way the pictures are HORRIBLE. At least get a decent cellphone cam. It looks like these were taken with a 1990s webcam with peanut butter smeared on the lens. Not to mention they all have a blue-shifted white balance (Blue tint)
i know this is a funny comparison, but come on - how many dealerships are nice enough to take something like 14 pictures of a customer's car when it's delivered? particularly given the circumstance that they aren't even the ones selling the car.
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...i know this is a funny comparison, but come on - how many dealerships are nice enough to take something like 14 pictures of a customer's car when it's delivered? Particularly given the circumstance that they aren't even the ones selling the car.
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Morristown BMW is less than 5 miles from my house, hoping I'll get to see this car out on the road if the Bimmerfest guys do the test in this area, give that 328 a run for its money
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