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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 09-10-2013, 12:05 AM
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F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

I'm a bit nervous about the M-Sport package. To me, it's the only way to get a BMW coupé. However, I know it rides fairly low to the ground. Though, I am unable to find a specific clearance height for the bumper. Obviously parking blocks etc will always be something I have to be extremely careful about. However, I was curious if anyone has the specific clearance number and can tell me from their experience what I should be careful about besides parking blocks.

I live in LA, and for obvious reasons, they build dips in the roads at intersections for drainage rather than burying drainage pipes all over the place. It's rare, but on occasions it will rain super heavy and flood roads a bit because we aren't equipped well for moving large amounts of water away from roads. So, I obviously will have to cut across these on occasion where they are problematical and deep. However, is the low profile of this car any more prone to flooding out than similar cars? (My wife's car is a C250 that sits fairly low as well.

I'm just curious as to people's experiences and lessons learned for spots I could bang around on. I'm probably just paranoid and nervous now because the anticipation is growing less than a month away from my taking delivery in Munich.

Any advice or anecdotes would be welcome. I am just known to be overly anal about taking care of my stuff. Even my kia rio5 was shown a ridiculous amount of love....
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:09 PM
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F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

F30 Msport with front lip here. No issues so far, just make sure you back up into parking spots. I'm in NYC btw, and our roads are known to be really bad. I wouldn't worry about it unless you plan on dropping the car.


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Old 09-10-2013, 03:30 PM
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:13 AM
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I have an E92 M sport (same height.. not sure) with Xdrive (sits a little higher) but I have had no issues. Even in rather deep snow. gravel/dirt roads, and uneven parking lot entrances. I don't hit parking curbs no matter what car I drive.

The only minor annoyance with the Msport was when I took out two right side wheels on a pot hole when the car was only a few weeks old. The flat bed driver had a horrible time getting that car on the flat bed without scraping the underside of the front bumper. I don't believe he would have had any issues with the standard front bumper. He eventually was forced to put blocks under the right side flat tire to get enough height to get the bumper high enough up without scraping... much. There is a rubber piece under the bumper that helped out. Took him 30 minutes!! He got a good tip.

Keep this in mind if you guys have a flat tire and need a flat bed.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:02 AM
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Re: F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

I live in LA too. The corners of the center part of the bumper are just slightly lower than a sport line bumper. So it just barely scrapes parking blocks. If you hit a dip at enough speed you could scrape a little too.

Ive more or less given up caring. I mean I don't purposely try to do it , but unless you are super careful it'll probably scrape the underside eventually. I just plan to paint it someday if it gets really bad but I doubt it will just will be all on the underside . I guess I've gotten to the point where I figure it'll get taken care of when I get a new car.

Also my last car was a 2010 a4 quatro with sport suspension and before that an 05 tsx. The tsx didn't scrape parking blocks. The Audi might very rarely . so yeah youll have to be very careful with your BMW or just not care
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At stock height the front is still pretty high off the ground. Too high for a sporty look.
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Re: F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

I live in Santa Monica and i have a 2013 335i MSport. The front bumper is just barely higher than the parking blocks so you won't scrape on them. during driving i usually go about 20 mph over the water channels that are carved into the side streets with no problems. Only time i've scraped is coming out of parking lots that have unusually steep grade and it made a scraping sound but no visible damage. hope this helps
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I'm in Houston, TX and 2013 328i M Sport does not pass the parking blocks. I definitely have to watch out for those every time I park unless I'm backing into a spot.

Also when driving out of a parking lot out into the road on a mild incline, I have to go very slowly. I've scratched the bottom of my front bumper a couple of time before.
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I live in Santa Monica and i have a 2013 335i MSport. The front bumper is just barely higher than the parking blocks so you won't scrape on them. during driving i usually go about 20 mph over the water channels that are carved into the side streets with no problems. Only time i've scraped is coming out of parking lots that have unusually steep grade and it made a scraping sound but no visible damage. hope this helps
Awesome, if you can get by that easily in Santa Monica, then I should be fine most everywhere! That's exactly the type of local feedback I need. Alright I'm at the airberlin gate at LAX about to take off for my ED, can't wait to see my baby!
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When I meassured one at the dealership it was 6-!/4".

Not sure if it was a 328i or 328ix which I believe would make a difference.

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No joke, I scraped as I drove off the lot the day I bought my car. I bought down in FL where they have those stupid rain gutter things that make dips out of parking lots steeper than they need to be. Now I am in Boston, and pot holes etc. have not really been a problem. Considering how short the front lip is, in terms of inches in front of the tires, if you approach risky areas on an angle and slowly, you should be fine. I have also scraped the occasional parking curb block, but it is still under the lip, so you cant see damage. Only if you feel underneath can you tell that anything has happened. Be sure to have the backup mirror thing activated and use your cam and beepers if you've got em.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:48 PM
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Yeah, I'm very concerned about this too. I'm thinking of ordering my F30 in the next couple of months, and am struggling with whether to order it with the M-Sport package or not. It's obviously much better looking and sportier, but for day-in day-out type driving, I don't want to be on pins and needles every time I see a parking block or a dip. I've got a low front bumper on my e39 with the Sport Package, and I've had it caught on parking blocks probably a dozen times since I bought the car 10 years ago. It looks good, but is a real PITA. I wish I had ordered the car without it, and I don't want to make the same mistake again.
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Re: F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

I suggest going for it...the f30 is a popular car and the m sport makes it much nicer looking than the rest of the pack. I get comments and smile all the time.

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When I meassured one at the dealership it was 6-!/4".

Not sure if it was a 328i or 328ix which I believe would make a difference.
Same clearance for 335i.

Parking blocks are enemies...their standard height should be 5 inches.

Like others said, back in to park or get PDC or Driver Assistance Package.
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Same clearance for 335i.

Parking blocks are enemies...their standard height should be 5 inches.

Like others said, back in to park or get PDC or Driver Assistance Package.
It's my understanding that PDC doesn't help with parking blocks because the sensors are too high. Is that not correct?

This was one of my (minor) reasons for preferring no line over m-sport.
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Re: F3x M-sport front bumper clearance

Sort of...you learn how to read the beeps with parking blocks. It beeps as you approach then they quiet down or stop as you get close enough that the sensor is too high...thats when I stop. Sometimes you are a little further than optimal, but the f30 is small enough that you wont hang out of the spot.

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