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Old 02-14-2013, 08:06 AM
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Well equipped E92 328i or more lightly equipped E92 335i?

I'm sure it has been posted before but we're coming down to the end of the E92 body style so I'm curious to get some updated responses with that being considered.

I currently have on order a 2013 328i coupe that has premium, M sport, heated seats and sat. radio.

I happened to check my dealer's inventory and noticed they have a 2013 335i coupe with M sport and sat. radio only - which means it has leatherette, no auto-dimming mirrors, and no heated seats.

The colors are different as well, my order is Alpine with Saddle Brown interior, the 335i is silver with black leatherette and glacier interior. Both are auto tranny.

Assuming a similar payment, which would you choose? Which would you rather have long term, say 5-7 years? Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:21 AM
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:28 AM
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Just as a small argument to myself, the leatherette will hold up better, longer, and with less care than the leather right?
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:03 AM
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There's only a $2k difference in price between the two, that's why the payments wouldn't be too different.
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tt I'm a fan of the premium package myself, but in this case I think the only loss is leather and auto dimming mirrors since the 335 comes standard with more features than the 328.
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Actually the difference is about $2700, but still, that's not that substantial.
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hmm, that's a tough one..... "older generation", less options, not your first color/combo choice but that sweet turbo rocket of an engine.

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latest model/design all the options you want but minus the inline 6 turbo.

Tough choice but if it was "me", I stick with my orginal order as I like my cars exactly how I want them (custom order) and you will have the most current model.

But it's a toughy. let us know how you decide.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:32 AM
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They're actually both the older generation. Both are 2013 E92s, just one is a 328i and the other is a 335i. I'm most likely going to stick with my build as it fits exactly what I wanted and I spent quite a long time trying to work that one out. But, I must admit, if price wasn't a consideration, I would have built my car as a 335i instead of a 328i.
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tt I'm a fan of the premium package myself, but in this case I think the only loss is leather and auto dimming mirrors since the 335 comes standard with more features than the 328.
Lumbar support is only available with the premium package, as is the Homelink garage door remote and power folding mirrors. To answer your earlier question, leatherette is no more durable than leather, and black leatherette will not cool down in the heat of summer anywhere nearly as efficiently as black leather. They'll both be hot, so be sure, but the leather will stay less hot than the leatherette.
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Just as a small argument to myself, the leatherette will hold up better, longer, and with less care than the leather right?
This is the argument that I've often seen in favor of 'ette, but I'm not buying it.

Leather, with just a bit of TLC, will basically last the life of the car. I've had several cars with 100,000+ miles and the leather in all looked new when the cars were finally retired.

I'm not saying there aren't reasons to prefer leather, but I never bought the holding up stuff.

And, its also not true that leather requires a lot more upkeep. With both leather and vinyl, you clean it every few months and you're fine. Maybe you use conditioner with the leather, but you could get away without that as well.
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Just as a small argument to myself, the leatherette will hold up better, longer, and with less care than the leather right?
This is correct.
Don;t worry about the leatherette being hot (or at least not being hotter than leather).
I have black leatherette and used to live in Phoenix where the summer temps regularly hit 110-115.

I also have a 3 year old and the rette is awesome for her. It is very durable, cleans up well (just wipe with a damp cloth) and doesn't have the slightest sign of wear.

I would get the 335i
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With the sport seats in the m-sport the side bolsters almost always get worn by your butt getting in and out of the car.
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No question I would give up all of the options before the twin turbo engine. Your order colors are very nice - unless they are discounting the one on the lot heavily, I would just change the order you have already in line - you can change anything before they start building, so I would just switch it to a 335 and take off the options you need to get it to your price, but could then keep your color combo!
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Yeah, that would be a great idea and something I would probably do except for the fact that the car I ordered is done and waiting to ship. It was apparently difficult for my dealership to get an allocation for a 3 coupe (though I'm not sure if it really was that difficult), so I'm doubtful I could just request a different custom configuration.
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I have an el cheapo 335i, sports package, that's it. Its awesome. I also have the fleather, and after 5 years it looks brand new and I don't put any product on it. Its also black and I live in Texas where its hotter than Hadies, and it has no problem cooling in the summer. Hope this helps.
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I'm sure it has been posted before but we're coming down to the end of the E92 body style so I'm curious to get some updated responses with that being considered.

I currently have on order a 2013 328i coupe that has premium, M sport, heated seats and sat. radio.

I happened to check my dealer's inventory and noticed they have a 2013 335i coupe with M sport and sat. radio only - which means it has leatherette, no auto-dimming mirrors, and no heated seats.

The colors are different as well, my order is Alpine with Saddle Brown interior, the 335i is silver with black leatherette and glacier interior. Both are auto tranny.

Assuming a similar payment, which would you choose? Which would you rather have long term, say 5-7 years? Thanks for the input.
I don't like the auto dimming rearview mirror.

335 all the way
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Get the 328 instead of a low option 335. With M sport it will handle well & what you give up in an occasional traffic light Grand Prix you make up for with nicer amenities which are there all the time.
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I had the same dilemma and went with a fully loaded E92 328i. Money wasn't the issue but I really wanted something that would be bulletproof as this is my daily driver. I'm pleased with the decision, the 328 can be pretty quick, just requires a bit of work. In any case, most of the time I'm stuck in traffic so it makes no difference.
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I love my twin turbo power, but I do worry that the turbos will be a costly issue later down the road. I felt the 2.8 had adequate power, but the 335 is insanely fun right now.
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They're actually both the older generation. Both are 2013 E92s, just one is a 328i and the other is a 335i. I'm most likely going to stick with my build as it fits exactly what I wanted and I spent quite a long time trying to work that one out. But, I must admit, if price wasn't a consideration, I would have built my car as a 335i instead of a 328i.
That's right my bad, forgot the current coupes are still e92's.

I think you making the best decision albeit a difficult one.
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I'm sure it has been posted before but we're coming down to the end of the E92 body style so I'm curious to get some updated responses with that being considered.

I currently have on order a 2013 328i coupe that has premium, M sport, heated seats and sat. radio.

I happened to check my dealer's inventory and noticed they have a 2013 335i coupe with M sport and sat. radio only - which means it has leatherette, no auto-dimming mirrors, and no heated seats.

The colors are different as well, my order is Alpine with Saddle Brown interior, the 335i is silver with black leatherette and glacier interior. Both are auto tranny.

Assuming a similar payment, which would you choose? Which would you rather have long term, say 5-7 years? Thanks for the input.

Well, I'd choose 328i, hands down.

Who wouldn't? New technology not yet in its 3rd year of production with all the issues of new models vs. a mature, higher power car that has performance mods galore, easily reaching 450 hp and torque.

Who'd want a dramatically more powerful car? And to use that power, M parts, excellent coilover options, and LSD are immediately available.

Who'd want a car that can be brought up to M performance?

Not me. Sorry I bought one. Really very sorry I modded it. In abject remorse for every competitor I've seen shrinkin' in the rear view....and there are many.

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