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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 07-23-2013, 11:48 AM
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OP did you really expect this thread to turn out any other way? Do you really think most people will be honest and explain that adding all the options which are great but are just not in their budget? Probably not, instead you get a bunch of people justifying the purhcases they made with excuses. Hell when someone ask me if I regret not getting a 550 instead of the 535, ofcourse I answer yes. It was just not in my budget to pick up. I am not going to go on some rant about saving gas or not needing that amount of horsepower.. But then again, I am ok with not having to justify things to people I don't now.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:10 PM
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barebone 328i here...

I got a bare bone base 328i with no options and no packages... except for the 500 bucks Melbourne Red paint...

the only thing I regret not getting is the Xenons... the regular headlights are very dissapointing.

and after taking delivery of my 328, I tried out the 320i. not bad! I would've seriously considered the 320i had it been available at the time of my ordering (Feb 2013)

but i would need to order the 320i with power seats, garage opener, and xenons... which will end up being close to the price of a base 328, and 60 less horses...
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:05 PM
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And, on your 320i, don't forget nav, leather, heated seats, 'comfort' package, premium package, backup camera, and the 8-speed automatic!
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:58 AM
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I bought a 6 month old, 7,000 mile baseline '13 328 for just over $35K. It only has the premium package, heated seats, and mineral gray paint. I wanted leather seats and my wife wanted heated seats. It has both. With the premium package, it also has comfort access and sunroof (both of which we would prefer not having- from our points of view such options are just more to eventually malfunction). I'm retired at 54 and could have paid cash for anything the dealer had- we chose a baseline BMW because we like simplicity and we like BMWs- traded in two for it. We have learned to like simplicity by trial and error...many errors : '02 MB E320 AMG, '98 MB C280 and '73 MB 280SE also in our past ownership. We weren't even aware of the new 320i, if we had been we would have seriously considered it and probably bought one if a comparable deal had been available.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:49 AM
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OP did you really expect this thread to turn out any other way? Do you really think most people will be honest and explain that adding all the options which are great but are just not in their budget? Probably not, instead you get a bunch of people justifying the purhcases they made with excuses. Hell when someone ask me if I regret not getting a 550 instead of the 535, ofcourse I answer yes. It was just not in my budget to pick up. I am not going to go on some rant about saving gas or not needing that amount of horsepower.. But then again, I am ok with not having to justify things to people I don't now.
When I was picking my car up at the dealer, there was an absolute gorgeous M6 in the show room. My 17 year old son asked me why I didn't get that instead. The answer is very simple. I told him that's the car I would be driving if I didn't have to put you and your sister through college. Which is actually 100% true.

Seriously, it all comes down to the budget and the amount of money you want to spend. Most people won't admit it on this forum, but that's what it's all about. Also, just because someone has a lower budget than someone else, that doesn't mean they make less money or have less accumulate wealth.

As we all know, there are young kids in their 20s that don't make squat, have no accumulated wealth, rent a small apartment and go hog wild with their 3 series. Then there are the 40 & 50 year olds that make a ton of money, have lots of accumulated wealth, a nice big house, but are much more practical in terms of their budget.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:00 AM
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When I was picking my car up at the dealer, there was an absolute gorgeous M6 in the show room. My 17 year old son asked me why I didn't get that instead. The answer is very simple. I told him that's the car I would be driving if I didn't have to put you and your sister through college. Which is actually 100% true.

Seriously, it all comes down to the budget and the amount of money you want to spend. Most people won't admit it on this forum, but that's what it's all about. Also, just because someone has a lower budget than someone else, that doesn't mean they make less money or have less accumulate wealth.

As we all know, there are young kids in their 20s that don't make squat, have no accumulated wealth, rent a small apartment and go hog wild with their 3 series. Then there are the 40 & 50 year olds that make a ton of money, have lots of accumulated wealth, a nice big house, but are much more practical in terms of their budget.
That is well said. My line of work gives me an insight to people's finances and more often than not the driver of a 5 or 7 series has a credit score of under 600. M, 3 and 6 models are not nearly as lopsided on this measure.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:27 AM
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I went with the base (no line) 2013 328i 6MT sedan with the only options sapphire black, premium, chrome sil detail, and the blue tooth option that let's you stream from your iphone (forget what it's called). No mystery as to why I went this way---I wanted to "downsize" from my 335i which I barely ever drove since I walk to work (lucky me). After 4+ years with that car I had barely 30k miles. I loved the car, though, so I wanted to replace it with another bmw, at about 65% the cost, as optioned. The only options I cared about were nav and premium, but you seemingly couldn't get a car with nav without them also throwing on 15k of other options I don't need---same story with getting a "line"----almost all cars in a "line" were optioned with tons of stuff I don't care about at 15k or so more. There were very few cars out there as 6mt generally (which was an absolute must for me), and when I found one with the premium package and little else, I bought a garmin for the nav and pulled the trigger. My lease payment is under $400/month.
No regrets whatsover.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:54 AM
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That is why some of us factory-order what we want, rather than take potluck off the dealer lot. Someone told me that the dealer gets 50% of the price of each package added to a car destined for the dealer lots, so there is a big incentive for the dealers to load up the cars with many packages.
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Who went with the base model 328i and why?

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Old 07-29-2013, 02:41 PM
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its probably grossly underrated , plus given its a turbo it probably "feels" faster given the torque is available down low and theres more of it (i think the e46 had what 184 hp and 170 torque if i recall).

i havent driven the 320i yet, but i did drive a 2001 e46 325i with sport pack way back when (i was 19 , it was the first bmw i'd ever driven, and i knew then that it was awesome and my nissan altima at the time was crap!) and it was plenty fast enough .

This is what I still drive (2001 e46 manual with sport), and it is plenty fast..
On any of the new 3 series I have no problem with the power, I do have a problem with the electric steering.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:44 PM
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That is why some of us factory-order what we want, rather than take potluck off the dealer lot. Someone told me that the dealer gets 50% of the price of each package added to a car destined for the dealer lots, so there is a big incentive for the dealers to load up the cars with many packages.
If true, this clears up a lot of things I see at our local BMW dealerships.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:04 PM
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That is well said. My line of work gives me an insight to people's finances and more often than not the driver of a 5 or 7 series has a credit score of under 600. M, 3 and 6 models are not nearly as lopsided on this measure.
Interesting that someone with that low of a credit score could rock a 5 or 7 series..
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:20 PM
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This is what I still drive (2001 e46 manual with sport), and it is plenty fast..
On any of the new 3 series I have no problem with the power, I do have a problem with the electric steering.
I traded in my 2003 E46 325i sport package five-speed (factory-ordered) this May for a 2013 F30 320i sport package six-speed (factory ordered). The performance of the new car is equal to and probably better than the old car (no track time yet) but I was impressed by the steering--better than what I expected after test driving a 328i automatic. Mind you, I drive it in sport only but it has plenty of feedback on those 35-mph ramps at 55 mph. I don't miss feeling every pothole or road imperfection.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:11 PM
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I went with a base 328i. Wouldn't do it again, though. Should've got a sportline or msport or DHP.

I consider all other packages and gadgets not necessary.
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