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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 09-06-2013, 12:13 PM
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Confused...Suspension Question

We are nearly ready to order a 328xDrive for my wife. On the xdrive models does the DHP option make any difference? Also, how will new xDrive with DHP compare to my 2009 335xDrive suspension?
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:27 PM
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I haven't had any experience with DHP myself, but posed this same question recently. I've been told that it is a must if you have an X-Drive model as the sports suspension as not available (even if you have the Sport/M-Sport line).
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:30 PM
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DHP does make a noticeable difference between the two drives. I don't recall the exact suspension length on the e90 vs the F30 with DHP but it will be similar. Keep in mind though that the drives will still not be identical given the longer wheelbase, weight and addition of servotronic steering as opposed to your hydraulic assisted steering.

It's a "must have" for BMW enthusiasts.
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Yes do get DHP as without it the car drives like a Buick.

DHP will tighten up steering and suspension which will not make it like your 2009 E90 but at least it adds some firmness and tightness.

You should definitely test drive both flavors.

For a new driver new to BMW, they may like the sloppy, spongy suspension and steering without DHP.

My 2014 328xi GT Euro Delivery will be ordered with DHP for sure!

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I just went through this, here's what I posted recently in a separate thread... Short take, DHP is pretty much essential. I was ready to abandon ship after trying an F30 xDrive without it.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=21
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DHP is a must... But consider an M3 too. Thats my next car for sure.
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I thought M3's are rare now due to the new M4 being phased in ??
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We are nearly ready to order a 328xDrive for my wife. On the xdrive models does the DHP option make any difference? Also, how will new xDrive with DHP compare to my 2009 335xDrive suspension?
There are 5 different suspension options for the F30, the XDrive suspension is the softest and least sporty of them all.

By adding DHP, you get two different suspensions via a push-button on-the-fly mechanism that swaps between the Comfort suspension (standard on RWD cars) and the Sport suspension (available on Sport line cars). It's called the "Adaptive M-Suspension" and it's a miracle of modern science.

To get a tight and sporty ride on an XDrive car, you need to add DHP.

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It's called the "Adaptive M-Suspension" and it's a miracle of modern science.

To get a tight and sporty ride on an XDrive car, you need to add DHP.

BJ
Agreed on both measures.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:02 AM
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Another question. With DHP and xDrive is there any difference between the Luxury Line and Sport Line suspensions?
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:09 AM
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Another question. With DHP and xDrive is there any difference between the Luxury Line and Sport Line suspensions?
No, with Xdrive there is no suspension differences between any lines. It's either DHP or base Xdrive, that's it. Luxury, gives up the sports seats though.
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