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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 04-14-2013, 10:14 AM
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E90 or f30?

If you we're to buy one, which would you get?

2012 328i with premium and tech pack

2010 328i coupe with all packages

2010 has 6k less miles, 2012 with 3 years warranty, 2010 has 1 year.. Both automatic.
Price difference of only 2k..

I have concern the 2012 has more miles and is it a first year car? But love the new interior, a shame it doesn't have sports line or seats...
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:26 AM
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Go with F30.

I had an E90 335. I have an F30 335 now. I loved my E90. I like my F30 even better.

How long are you going to keep it? In 2015, the E90 platform will be 10 years old (give or take or a year or 2). The F30 platform is virtually brand new.

3 things to note:
I prefer the steering with the E90, but not enough to change my mind.

Also, some folks are going to say that the E90 handles better. Since I have DHP on my F30, I really can't comment on that. When I have it set to sport suspension mode, I just can't tell any difference. To me, the F30 handles the same (no better, no worse).

Also, since you're talking about the 328, some folks say the E90 brakes are better than the F30 brakes. Again, I can't comment on that. I got a 335. The 335 brakes seem just as good to me. Plus, there is a lot less brake dust.
How much more mileage are we talking about?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:31 AM
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Krash,

Since you had both vehicles how do you compare the two steering wheel on individual car? I test drove the F30 with sport package and the E90 gave more feed back than F30.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:31 AM
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2012 has over 20k in just 1 year, 2010 only has 15k...

Going to test drive the f30 later but is no sport seats a deal breaker?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:54 AM
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Krash,

Since you had both vehicles how do you compare the two steering wheel on individual car? I test drove the F30 with sport package and the E90 gave more feed back than F30.
Steering was better on E90. I definitely think so. Not to the point where I prefer the E90 over the F30 though...
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:00 AM
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2012 has over 20k in just 1 year, 2010 only has 15k...

Going to test drive the f30 later but is no sport seats a deal breaker?
I am definitely in the minority on this board, but I am not a fan of the sport seats. Again, it's not to the point where I am totally disappointed with the car or anything. I have no regrets getting the sport line at all. I just prefer the regular seats. I honestly feel as if I am too big for the sport seats, and the thing is, I'm only 5'10" 175 lbs.

5K miles shouldn't be a deal breaker at all.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:59 PM
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2012 has over 20k in just 1 year, 2010 only has 15k...

Going to test drive the f30 later but is no sport seats a deal breaker?
Well, the differences are bigger than it appears. By the way, 328i coupe is not E90, it is E92. Coupe is always more costly than sedan, thus the price that is almost the same.

I would take E92 if the following is important to you:

- sport suspension standard
- steering feel of E92
- non-turbo 6 cylinder engine

I would take F30 if the following is important to you:

- new generation of 3 series
- tech doodads
- low end torque for tooling around rush hour traffic
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I'd go for the newer car with longer maint 7 warranty.
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I wouldnt get a 2010 e9x. In 2011 they updated the suspension to address the overly harsh suspension. 2010 they also decontented quite a bit, if the car does not have the hk stereo, it has a horrible 6 speaker system

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F30 is more Lexus than traditional BMW.... That can be good things

E90 is more e46 than Lexus .... that can be good things

For me instead of having a low base f30 I take upper spec e90 for same money (low km of course)
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:51 PM
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F30, it is much better, new platform. your are buying BMW for feel not options. I had 2 E90s but i prefer F30 as it is much better car.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:49 AM
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Test drove the F30, I definitely like the car more than the E9x that I have tested...
Is the huge amount of mileage in less than a single year of driving an issue?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:05 AM
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I had two E90s (2007 and 2011) and I would happily trade my new F30 for either of them.

Even with DHP in sport mode the car feels soft and floaty, and the steering vague. The upgraded tech is nice in the F30, but not worth the decline in driving experience.
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