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Old 04-27-2013, 04:59 PM
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2011 328xi vs 2013 328xi

I currently have a 2011 328xi, and I am going to be replacing it soon with a 2013 328xi. My question is: what changes are there? I know that the car is largely the same, but I would like to know what small changes there have been.


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Old 04-27-2013, 05:36 PM
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going from a smooth as silk naturally aspirated 6 to a louder inline 4 turbo. I had an F30 328i as a loaner.Sounds like a jetta. Second one is going from the firm feel steering to electrical power assist steering.... more like an audi and less like a old school bmw.

On the positive side (sorry to piss in your wheaties), the F30 chassis is bigger, you will have more room. Nav screen is bigger. There are more american like cup holders in the front center of the console as opposed to the wierd push in/out slide along an arc thing cupholders. They look so fragile and can't put a fat cup in it.

It has stop/start engine feature when you are in traffic. It shutters quite a bit on restart. I'm told you can deactivate it but i don't know how to do it in the idrive.
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I currently have a 2011 328xi, and I am going to be replacing it soon with a 2013 328xi. My question is: what changes are there? I know that the car is largely the same, but I would like to know what small changes there have been.


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If you are referring to sedans and think the cars are largely the same you're in for a surprise. You need to start reading in F3x forum.
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I would like to know what small changes there have been.
I haven't had an F30 service loaner yet but I was loaned an X1 when I brought my E91 in for the recall -- and the stop/start engine feature is awful. It felt like I drove when I was learning to drive a manual transmission. And of course the loaner car was an automatic, as are all X1s.

I know it can be deactivated, but... this is not a small change.

Consumer Reports recommends the F30 FWIW.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:26 PM
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If you are referring to sedans and think the cars are largely the same you're in for a surprise. You need to start reading in F3x forum.

I'm referring to the coupe. I'm going from a 2011 328xi coupe to a 2013 328xi coupe
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:31 PM
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The start stop feature is easily deactivated by pushing the button underneath the Start button with the A on it, atleast on the 328xi I had as a loaner.
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I currently have a 2011 328xi, and I am going to be replacing it soon with a 2013 328xi. My question is: what changes are there? I know that the car is largely the same, but I would like to know what small changes there have been.

Why do that? Those who can are smart to wait a few years for refinement.

You may be located where BMW dealers are not - appears you've not driven a current model 328i. By all accounts a very different car.
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Given that the 2011 coupe was the LCI version, the only possible change I can think of is navigation. It's possible that's been upgraded. Also, the contents of the packages may differ. But they are very similar.
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Consumer Reports recommends the F30 FWIW.
I did not know this. I've found that my taste's and those of Consumer Reports almost never overlap. Fair or not, the hindbrain response to a statement like that would be to register "Just keep walking."
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I'm referring to the coupe. I'm going from a 2011 328xi coupe to a 2013 328xi coupe
Since they are nearly identical E92 models, why the change?

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:23 PM
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Since they are nearly identical E92 models, why the change?

Tom
In short, the lease is up in a few months, and I don't want to pay more than I'm paying now. The Pull-Ahead Program is eating my last 3 payments, and I'm getting a new car that I'm paying much less for because of the 3 series coupe's impending discontinuation.

I think I'm just going to change up the colors and get it in stick this time
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going from a smooth as silk naturally aspirated 6 to a louder inline 4 turbo. I had an F30 328i as a loaner.Sounds like a jetta. Second one is going from the firm feel steering to electrical power assist steering.... more like an audi and less like a old school bmw.

On the positive side (sorry to piss in your wheaties), the F30 chassis is bigger, you will have more room. Nav screen is bigger. There are more american like cup holders in the front center of the console as opposed to the wierd push in/out slide along an arc thing cupholders. They look so fragile and can't put a fat cup in it.

It has stop/start engine feature when you are in traffic. It shutters quite a bit on restart. I'm told you can deactivate it but i don't know how to do it in the idrive.
Best of luck
I brought my 2011 328i in for service and got a F30 328i loaner,I couldn't wait to get my baby back,did not like the electric assist steering or the sound of the engine,loved the auto tranny and it is a little more roomy but I'll keep what I have.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:35 PM
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2013 328xi Coupe still has the inline six. The sedan has the new four-cylinder. The 4-series is supposed to replace the existing 3-series coupe. I don't think there should be much of a difference between the 2011 3-series coupe and the 2013 3-series coupe.

As others have said and pointed out with the sedan, you'll see a lot of changes! That four-cylinder can definitely haul ass too. Speed and acceleration won't be an issue, but I think the driving experience isn't as good with the new F30 compared to the E9x.
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