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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

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Old 03-14-2015, 01:39 AM
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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 I just don't want to buy something outdated - although the e92 in my opinion is one of the most beautiful 3 series designed.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!
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:10 AM
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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.

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Old 03-14-2015, 06:37 AM
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Hydraulic vs electric steering. Guys on the F30 site seem to like the electric steering pending certain options:

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=671559
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:54 AM
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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)
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:23 AM
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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
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Old 03-14-2015, 12:05 PM
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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.
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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
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Hydraulic vs electric steering. Guys on the F30 site seem to like the electric steering pending certain options:

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=671559
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.
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