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F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current)
The 2 Series coupe is the replacement for the E82/E88 1 series coupe. Production starts in November 2013 on the 228i (N20) and M235i (N55) coupes. Look for them in dealerships in February 2014. The convertible F23 2 series will follow in the fall of 2014.

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Old 02-18-2014, 07:51 PM
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Thinking of going for a 228i

Been thinking of going for a 228i I have specked one out (M-Sport. Moonroof Power Seats) were the only options I cared about.

Looking for opinions on first white (non metallic) or red. Typically i would go red but not sure. The other item I am tossing back and forth in my head is should I do auto or should I do stick.

Background, I currently have a red 2009 328xi coupe (auto) and a 95 hellrot red M3 and just learned how to drive the M3 this fall before it snowed and I parked it. Leaning towards stick but wanted to know what people thought of the new generation automatic BMW has.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:47 AM
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Don't forget HIDs if you enjoy having them on your coupe. They're an absolute must for me (better brightness and you get the LED coronas), and they are not standard on the 228.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:52 PM
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I haven't driven the ZF 8 Speed on a new BMW yet, but everyone says it is as good and maybe in some cases better than a dual clutch automated manual. For instance, the new ZF is capable of non-sequential downshifts, which is not possible on the DCT (at least not the one in my 335is). Plus the ZF is capable of 200ms shifts...that's as quick as most of the supercars you'll find out right now. For a daily driver, I'd choose that.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:15 PM
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Stick and xenons make bentzero a happy boy.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:56 AM
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xenons are added to the list. why is this not standard at this point?
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:25 AM
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Great question! I guess it's just a way for BMW to make the distinction between the x28s and x35s more noticeable..... Kind of ridiculous though. And likewise, Porsche doesn't put HIDs on their base Cayman and Boxsters.
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BMW buyers will pay for it. Kia buyers will save their money for lunch. On the other hand, the Kia buyer will cross shop many other brands in the price range and see premium options as standard to be a good value. We can't really compare the $25k value conscious brand/model with a premium market, which is the only one BMW deals in.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:27 PM
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Was just at my local dealer and the 2er is very good looking. I am 6' tall and adjusted the drivers seat to how i drive and proceeded to sit in the back, there is a lot of room for the size of the car. i am very interested in picking one up!
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:16 PM
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Haven't seen one in real life. The numbers put it in the e36/e46 size range he biggest difference I saw numbers wise was its 6.6 inches shorter than me e92. Is the size difference that big?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:24 PM
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Has anyone driven the 228i? I have seen reviews on the M235i but the 228 has nothing about it anywhere, If you have driven one, how is it, how does it compare to other recent BMW's?

Also for a daily driver still torn on the auto/stick.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:26 PM
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Has anyone driven the 228i? I have seen reviews on the M235i but the 228 has nothing about it anywhere, If you have driven one, how is it, how does it compare to other recent BMW's?

Also for a daily driver still torn on the auto/stick.
I got to drive a 228i auto with paddle shifters late last week and it put a smile on my face. The acceleration was plenty quick, the handling was BMW-esque even on cold, brand new tires, and the steering was heavy enough yet responsive, especially in Sport mode. It did not have the Sport or M Sport package, so standard suspension and seats.

I have a 2011 328i xDrive with stick now, lease ending very soon, and I'm about 95% sure the 228i (with a stick & Sports package) will be my next daily driver.
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If you're debating auto vs stick you better get stick. I had the same issue when I bought my 12 128 step. Mistake. I'm losing a lot of money trading it for a manual 228 Msport but I simply miss the manual too much. The 8 speed ZF is a great auto but it's still a auto.


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Old 03-24-2014, 10:54 AM
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i just bought a 228i friday and i must say i love it


now dont buy into what is say much, this is my first real car, my previous was a reconstructed cobalt so anything feels better than that
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The new ZF automatic is an amazing transmission, goes from 8th to 2nd faster than you can blink and smoothly at that. I have driven nothing but manuals for the last decade and the ZF changed my mind on automatics, especially with the paddle shifters.
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I ended up going with a manual
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