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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 07-18-2013, 11:26 PM
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Who went with the base model 328i and why?

Just curious what the turnout will be since most people I see on this forum load up their cars with $10K of extras.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:49 PM
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Who went with the base model 328i and why?

What do you mean by "base model"? No line no options at all? It would be interesting to see if anyone that cares enough to post on a forum would buy a no line model without a single option.


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Old 07-19-2013, 03:18 AM
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yup. I opted for a loaded base line. At the time, I favored 17" wheels and I happen to like the wheel style. Plus, Msport wasn't available yet. 13 months with the car and only very minor problems so far. Absolutely no regrets!
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:17 AM
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I got a baseline from a smart financial approach. I trade tbe car every 3 to 4 years as it5 gets close to tue end of the warranty. Since most people load up thier cars with optionsthe resale on a base car is incredible. My last 3 series I bought and sold I kept for 4 years and "lost" 5k. It was an ed ED. Car. The car comes with enough options for me. But to each thier own.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:19 AM
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What do you mean by "base model"? No line no options at all? It would be interesting to see if anyone that cares enough to post on a forum would buy a no line model without a single option.


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Good question. Not sure what the OP means.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:57 AM
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Good question. Not sure what the OP means.
"Base" infers little to no options and no line designation.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:46 AM
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Who went with the base model 328i and why?

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"Base" infers little to no options and no line designation.
"Base" could mean "base model, no options". It could also mean sport line base model, or any line with just a "few" options.

To some, a car with no line, leatherette xenons and HK stereo would be a "base " model.... To ME base means no line no options at all , but in your opinion "few" options count too.

Nothing wrong with that but I figured OP had something specific in mind so that's why I asked.

One responder already took "base" to mean any no line for example


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Old 07-19-2013, 06:57 AM
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I got a no-line X-drive with DHP, Lighting, VB Leather, Moon roof, Metallic Paint (Black Sapphire), and Heated Front Seats.

I don't really care about or need a lot of the advanced tech stuff in the Tech Package. I have an iPod that I plug in and leave in the car for music and then I drive the **** out of it.

Having had it for 6 months, I have a few ideas about what I will do differently next time (Probably the Msport package), but most likely I'll move to a 4 series or an M3/4.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:12 AM
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I got a base AH3 with nav (no tech), dhp, and heated seats... trying to keep the lease payment low
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:15 AM
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I got a base line because it was a retired loaner and the best bang for the buck. Let the dealer take the first year's depreciation which is the hardest drop and add the CPO warranty it is a winner. Since I knew I was changing wheels and suspension as those things meant little to me that are on the sport and M-sport which I still find not good enough. Sure they are nicer than other stock cars, but still lagging compared to aftermarket so spending the money on those which is the biggest cost difference of those packages is naive. Found one with tech package, heated seats & steering wheel and heads-up with 10k miles on it and not a scratch anywhere that was retired 8 months after they received it.

I guess it all depends on what you plan on doing to the car. If you plan on swapping out the wheels and suspension then why bother really with the upper packages is my thought. There are some minor interior differences, but the base is not bad.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:39 AM
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"Base" infers little to no options and no line designation.
Base to me means a no line car, regardless of options. He could be asking about people who buy a base vs line car or a stripper version of a base car.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:58 AM
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Who went with the base model 328i and why?

Base model means the least powerful in the series. Ergo the 328i.


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Old 07-19-2013, 08:57 AM
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I went with the base F30 (no lines) because I didn't have a strong attraction to those features at their cost. I added the options that I really wanted (xenons, heated seats, backup camera, sirius xm, alarm system).

It's been a good decision so far! I recently drove a loaner that had 19' or 20' wheels and the road noise is insane compared to the base 17's.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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I went with the no line mainly for the 17-inch wheels and to avoid the 0.4-inch drop in the lines. So far so good for me.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:21 AM
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Base model means the least powerful in the series. Ergo the 328i.


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Least powerful? They all have the same engine..?
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:26 AM
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To clarify, to me "base" meant nothing more than a few simple options and no lines/packages. For example, my car has walnut trim and metallic paint with tinted windows. I consider that to be a base model.

The question stems from the much higher lease payments discussed on here compared to what I'm paying ($330). For me, the additional and very substantial cost does not seem justified.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:43 AM
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Least powerful? They all have the same engine..?
The N54 in the 335i is the same as the N52? Or the N55 is the same as the N20?


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Old 07-19-2013, 09:47 AM
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You mean the 320i? (the 328 is not the least powerful in the series). So, to you a 320 /328i with tech / premium / cold package / summer wheels / leather would be considered base?
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:50 AM
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You mean the 320i? (the 328 is not the least powerful in the series). So, to you a 320 /328i with tech / premium / cold package / summer wheels / leather would be considered base?
Totally forgot about the 320i. But yeah, before the introduction of the 320i, the 328i used to be the base model. I don't care if its fully loaded, that's what comes to my mind when I hear base model. It's not really an insult, but I guess some people are insecure...


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Old 07-19-2013, 09:55 AM
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To clarify, to me "base" meant nothing more than a few simple options and no lines/packages. For example, my car has walnut trim and metallic paint with tinted windows. I consider that to be a base model.

The question stems from the much higher lease payments discussed on here compared to what I'm paying ($330). For me, the additional and very substantial cost does not seem justified.
I would consider your car pretty much a "base" model. Nothing wrong with that, its just not something "I" would want.

I just expect more features in what I consider to be an "entry level" luxury car. Others consider it to be a "drivers / track " car, and thats fine too. For example, for ME, there is absolutely ZERO point of a car like the M3 CSL (ultra lightweight M3 with pretty much everything removed to save weight).

I GET it... but it would never be something I would own, unless I was extremely filthy rich, and could buy a car simply to race around a track.

Everyone has different requirements out of their cars, however, so these are pretty personal decisions.

this thread is pretty interesting for a somewhat unintended purpose though.... what people consider "base" varies pretty wildly.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:38 AM
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To clarify, to me "base" meant nothing more than a few simple options and no lines/packages. For example, my car has walnut trim and metallic paint with tinted windows. I consider that to be a base model.

The question stems from the much higher lease payments discussed on here compared to what I'm paying ($330). For me, the additional and very substantial cost does not seem justified.
That's a great payment. Did you put money down or put down multiple security deposits?

To answer your original question, I don't think too many people interested in a 3 series are like you, interested in the lowest possible payment and not needing many options. Look at local dealer inventory. My dealer has a lot of cars and in Michigan they all have xDrive. Most have the Premium Package and most are no line models. I'd have to guess that the average 328 price on this inventory is $41K so not loaded but not stripped.

Personally I want the sportiest configuration which means RWD and Sportline. I'll add leather, heated seats, metallic paint and hopefully the HK radio. This is close to $44K but with incentives and a good residual the payment is reasonable.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:54 AM
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Just curious what the turnout will be since most people I see on this forum load up their cars with $10K of extras.
Of course Bimmerfest isn't representative of the average, but quite a few Bimmerfesters go for the typical 3er, which is a no-line 328 with the premium package, possibly nav or tech. There is a wider selection of those on dealers' lots than anything else.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:59 AM
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I got the baseline but I regret not getting Sport or M-Sport, IMO a lot of nice extra features for a small cost...
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:03 AM
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Well I went with the Base "line" model with my sig options below because of the 17"s due to NYC roads. Now looking for 18"s since its been handling pretty well along with my dodging of pothole skills.
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I meant a 328 base vs sport, luxury, etc. Obviously there are differences between 320, 328 and 335.
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