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Old 05-28-2002, 09:00 PM
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Question Standard Options after March on 330xi?

I haven't been able to get this question answered anywhere. Even the dealer has not responded with a definite answer.

I was told the 330xi (with premium package) would have 8-way power seats w/lumbar, and all 330xi's come with the sports 'suspension'. I test drove two cars and both had the 8-way seats. I bought a car off the lot, but didn't actually test drive it because it had just arrived and wasn't prepared. This was early May. I didn't notice that the power seats were only 6-way until weeks later (Duh!).

Now here's the question. I have learned through research that cars made AFTER March came standard with 8-way seats and the sports 'suspension'. Since my 330xi has 6-way seats, does this mean I do NOT have the sports 'suspension'? There's nothing I can do now, but at least I would like to know what I have! Is there a way to simply look underneath, maybe measure something and tell if I have the sports 'suspension' or the old standard suspension. I read a Car'n'Driver article about the 330xi and it mentioned the suspension on it was somewhat loose, but it would be improved when they begin adding the sports 'suspension' as standard in March.

Sorry for the long winded message and I put 'suspension' in quotes because everyone gets confused with the sports 'package' when I talk about this.
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Old 05-29-2002, 04:07 AM
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Haven't kept up with what they are doing with the seats this year so I can't help you out there. But, there is no "sport" suspension with the xi. There is a "sport package" but it consists of the steering wheel, the sport seats (which rock) and a different wheel choice of the same size. The xi suspension is specific to the xi and from those who spent time driving all three types before buying was apparently between the normal 330i suspension and 330i sport suspension in stiffness. Slightly stiffer than normal but less stiff than the sport. Later they changed to give all the 330's the sport suspension (except the xi) so I guess you'd have to drive a regular 325 these days to compare. Of course they also did the ridiculous ride height adjustment of .67" for apparently no reason but we don't need to go there.

I think I got that right but there are a few more tenured posters who might flesh out the specifics.

Car and Driver was misinformed, not a first, about the suspension for the xi. In their test it was also handicapped by the standard tire size and choice, which is lame, 50 series all seasons ... please. Swap those out if you want some more grip in the summer.
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Old 05-29-2002, 04:58 AM
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Topaz330xi is right on the button about the suspension in the xi's:thumb:

As for the seats, all power seats after a certain production date (I believe March) will have the added tilt feature included. This would mean the only difference to sport seats would be the side bolstering and thigh extensions.
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