Buying a 3 Series - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)

E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-14-2015, 01:39 AM
fishtaco fishtaco is offline
Registered User
Location: Orange County, CA
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 57
Mein Auto: E92 335i & i3 REX
Buying a 3 Series

Hey guys, I'm back in the market for a 3 series. I'm constantly going back and forth between if I should buy a F30 328i or a e92 328i (335, if i find it for low milage and good price). But, I'm more focused on purchasing the 328s. So for owners of the e9x or F30 what are your thoughts on the drive on a daily basis? How about quality? Which is better? I just don't want to buy something outdated - although the e92 in my opinion is one of the most beautiful 3 series designed. Thank you for your feedback!
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 06:10 AM
alpinweiss alpinweiss is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Nuevo MÚxico
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,217
Mein Auto: E46, E83, E90 (all MT)
The one advantage that stands out on the E92 328i, is the naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) inline six cylinder engine. IMO, this may be a more trouble-free engine than the turbo models; YMMV. There will be some people that disagree on this point.

Styling is a matter of taste. I prefer the E92 style over the F3X series, but that is a personal opinion.

E46, E83, E90 (all with three pedals)
F25 (missing third pedal)
BMW CCA member
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 06:37 AM
Air Drop Air Drop is offline
Location: Texas
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 121
Mein Auto: '08 335i Coupe 6MT
Hydraulic vs electric steering. Guys on the F30 site seem to like the electric steering pending certain options:
2008 335i 6MT Coupe
Black Sapphire Metallic / Saddle Brown
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 10:54 AM
bimmerbingo bimmerbingo is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 286
Mein Auto: 2015 435i Coupe
I own both, a 2015 F30 and 2007 E92. I won't go into details here, but to sum it up, the only thing I like better on my E92 is the engine sound. This is a personal opinion, I prefer everything else the F30 has to offer (I also have it spec'd out to the max)
2015 435i X-Drive M-Sport, Sapphire Black, MPPK, MPE, 20" M performance forged wheels style 624M
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 11:23 AM
MuffinMan91 MuffinMan91 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Toronto
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 125
Mein Auto: 11 e90 335i xDrive Msport
after the numerous f30 320/328 loaners I've had (about 2 months worth) i've come to my own confusion that i like the suspension and interior better than the e90/e92 but to me the e90/e92 is a much better driving experience, sounds better and the exterior looks better
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 12:05 PM
floydarogers's Avatar
floydarogers floydarogers is offline
Pedant and Curmudgeon
Location: Renton, WA
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,455
Mein Auto: 335d, 328d, Toyota T100
The F3x is slightly bigger than the E9x - if you carry adults in the back a lot that is a serious consideration. It's also got iDrive standard; it's kind of nice and certainly gives you more control over little things.

To me, the steering on the F30 is about the same as my E46 330xi - kind of light but good directionality and control. My wife's 328d has the backup camera and sensors - really useful.

The main thing that everyone agrees up (if you get an auto) is that the 8 speed in the F30 is (astonishingly - because the 6 speed in the E9x is way good) much better than the 6 speed. That and the smaller turbo N26 in the F30 make for significantly better mileage, if that's important to you.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 04:05 PM
SilverX3's Avatar
SilverX3 SilverX3 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Australia
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,229
Mein Auto: 130i & E92 325i, E90 SOLD
E9x is getting pretty old and fuel economy is not the best

BUT you have the true classic BMW Cars : Ultimate Driving Pleasure

F3x is current, newer, better fuel economy, drive like a Lexus and feel like a Jap car... Reliability is un-proven however from I 've been reading so far F3x improves in reliability over E9x

But F3x is : Ultimate Driving Economy... and that 's totally different from PLEASURE

Up to you really

I'd rather wait till F3x LCI they should improve on the ride quality

Or get a 2 series Coupe.... M235i
Residence - StarTrek Enterprise
Job - Captain
Current Starship Fleet:
06 130i - ROCK SOLID Performer
MY11.5 X1 Xdrive25i
2013 VW Golf R - Rising Metallic Blue

Last edited by SilverX3; 03-14-2015 at 04:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2015, 05:33 PM
pointandgo's Avatar
pointandgo pointandgo is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Los Angeles area
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 6,194
Mein Auto: '13 F10 535i (loaner)
Originally Posted by Air Drop View Post
Hydraulic vs electric steering. Guys on the F30 site seem to like the electric steering pending certain options:
Ah, there are numerous owner's who do not like the steering on the F30 although sport mode gives it somewhat of the 'old BMW' feel. The OP should drive the F30 and decide for himself.
F30 320i
F30 328i
E90 328i
E92 335i 6MT
E46 M3 6MT
E39 528i 5MT
MBz W140 S320
MBz W124 300E (slammed)
(unmentionables in between)
'71 AMC Javelin (4-Spd Stick on the floor)
'67 Pontiac Firebird 'cabrio' (1st car - "the leaker")
Member: BMW CCA
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

328i, buying new car, coupe, e92, f30, sedan

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.