F30 335i Review: 1500 miles in 7 days
There was several posts like this from other members recently. They are probably most useful for those of you who are either considering or waiting for the delivery of your car (I remember reading these with great interest when I was waiting for mine). My impressions are of course subjective and some of them you heard many times before but still I think they can be quite useful. Thanks again to those of you who helped along the way and were "with me" during my PCD experience and especially the trip back home!
I am simply IN LOVE with the car. It is beyond fantastic. One term comes to mind when I think about it: REFINEMENT (from E90) in every possible way. I want to DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE! There are some very minor kinks but they don't even cast a shadow on how great a complete package the 335i is. Six days, 1200 miles (break in period is DONE!) and I am utterly and completely amazed. Mind you I drove MANY cars in my life. I drove more powerful ones than this but nowhere near so well balanced in all regards. Now to some details:
THE ENGINE and THE MODES
The powerplant otherwise known as N55 kicks ass like nothing I experienced before. The acceleration is just crazy good. My GT mustang was 300hp and yes it felt fast but the 335i feels way better because it's so damn smooth and at 1200rpm it already eats the road and pushes you into the seat. Just so good!
ECO PRO - turns the car into grandma's Buick but it serves its purpose. Savings!
COMFORT - good for a lazy Sunday cruising with your girlfriend. Nice and quiet with more than enough power and raised level of comfort.
SPORT - the "I have petrol in my veins" mode! Look for the F30 owners with a full smile on their face. They are in Sport Mode!
SPORT+ - for a day at the track!
During my trip to Baltimore today I decided to give ECO PRO a shot. According to the car's computer I gained additional 5 miles, which accounts to almost exactly 5% more distance to cover on the same amount of gas I would have used without engaging ECO PRO. Nice but overall I don't see myself using this mode a lot other than for scientific purposes. The power is cut so much that going up a hill or trying to pass anyone on the highway in this mode is just really not a good idea.
Smooth and precise - just as I learned to expect from BMW. It feels tighter and better than the one in my E90 but this may also be because it's brand new. I know how great the 8 speed AT is but I am positive I would be missing the MT like crazy if I was forced to live without it. So glad they are still making it and hope they'll never stop! The clutch pedal is absolutely perfectly balanced. It's not too hard and not too easy to press, just enough resistance and it "takes" where you would intuitively expect it. I love how BMW gets it just right!
My initial reaction to what it does and how it works was pure disapproval and dislike. Now, after a few days with it I am kinda starting to see the purpose and understand that it's not all bad (when you get used to it). However, it should be the other way around - pressing the additional button should be activating the system, not deactivating it. This is mainly for one simple reason - anybody else that ever gets to drive your car will be freaked out by it and their first thought will most definitely be: "did the car just stall on me?!". Anyone that is unfamiliar with the system... and are you going to crash course a valet? In any other "emergency" when there is a NEED for someone else to drive your car you may simply not have time to explain what the heck ASS is. It MOST DEFINITELY should be the other way around with the frikkin' button and for that reason it definitely gets recoded on my car.
Having said that I have to admit the shutting off and restarting the engine is really smooth in my car (no idea what all the posts about shaky restarts were about...or maybe I'm just lucky with a really smooth unit, IDK). It's actually so smooth that when I went out with my girlfriend the ASS shut off the engine three times on the way to the movies. She only realized it happened once (and btw she DID think I stalled the car... ugh!), the other two times with music on she had no idea. So it IS quite smooth indeed.
I am unable to walk away from the car without turning around and taking just one more look at it. The jet black was a good choice - I do not miss the metallic at all. Love the styling to the smallest detail. The front is gorgeous and the rear looks so much higher end than E90, wider stance and so much better in general. After tinting the glass and replacing the reflectors in the front with the painted ones I really don't think the car needs anything else visually. It is STUNNING! I am SO IN LOVE!
This is my first car with this technology and I DO LOVE IT! The fact that it displays nav directions is brilliant but my absolute favorite part is the ability to press the little roller on the right part of the steering wheel and be able to select songs from the current playlist in the HUD. Also being able to accept or reject the incoming call in the HUD makes a lot of sense - those features are most welcome. Now the part that I yet have to understand - the whole upper part of the dashboard is made out of a non-reflective material but the HUD housing is made from a reflective one. Sorry but at certain angles against the sun it DOES create unpleasant glare in the windshield. Also yes, the HUD display square IS visible, especially at night - all you need to do is to focus your eyes on the number/other info so that you can see it really sharp and the square around it will be visible. The last part doesn't bother me at all as it is simply impossible to see when you are looking at the road ahead you and giving just quick glances to the HUD content but the glare and reflections are quite annoying on sunny days. Just as some other F30 owners on the forums here I will be looking for a way to remedy the glare effect, maybe by using some sort of tape to cover the sides of the HUD housing.
Awesome. Just like the E90 seats they offer perfect (IMHO) support for the body with one detail that (this is so far my one and only real gripe with the car) have - again - yet to understand, the shape of the headrest. In E90 it was absolutely perfect. It was supporting the neck and the head in perfect way. My entire body was resting in the E90 seat and until today that seat remains the best one I have ever experienced in any car in my entire life. The F30 seat is good but the design of the headrest was changed to worse. It does not support the neck anymore and instead it creates void space right behind your neck, no matter how you position the headrest it tries to push the top of your hear forward and down, which on longer trips actually makes my head hurt. In E90 I could literally travel all day long and never feel tired at all (at least not from the seat). I was able to adjust the headrest so that it goes all the way down and now touches the upper part of the seat by following vern's directions (thanks vern!) but that unfortunately does not solve the issue, the problem remains. Other that that I really appreciate all the adjustments you can do to the seat, thanks to all the tilting and moving back and forth everyone should be able to find their optimal position.
Heck yeah! This upgrade was certainly worth every penny! I was a little worried about this part because I wasn't able to hear the HK at my dealership before I ordered the car but now I know this was bull's eye. The system sounds just amazing - makes me want to listen to my entire music collection all over. Seriously it is beyond fantastic. Every song sounds truer and richer now. If you are still wondering which upgrades to spend money and you like music this is a no-brainer. CDs sound just absolutely incredible. iPhone/iPod music with Apple lossless compression almost equally good. I activated my sirius subscription today and the sound quality is noticeably worse than the previous two sources. I lived without satellite radio so far and I don't see myself going past the trial period with this one. With so many other options available ... why pay the fees you really don't need to pay? Haven't tried Pandora and internet radios yet. Haven't tried blutooth audio either but again - iPod on Apple cable is already connected and sitting in the center armrest, personally I don't see a need for blutooth audio streaming at this point.
I was hesitant about getting the tech package mainly because I wasn't convinced I would be using the car's nav system much. I was married to iPhone. Well... not anymore! It took one longer trip to understand I had no idea what I would be missing. This nav system is honestly a whole another experience compared to whatever is available on iPhone. Cool, detailed, awesome large screen, great and very sophisticated set of additional features (like the traffic updates, dynamic navigation that automatically takes you around all the traffic trouble ahead, interactive map, sending addresses to car from google maps and even the sexy female voice in the speakers - all really really nicely done). I am enjoying this a lot and will tell anyone who has similar hesitations it's an absolute no brainer!
I also LOVE all the little touches like the SPORT DISPLAYS - I think it's awesome and a lot of fun to watch the readings, especially when you are in the SPORT mode
How the heck was I driving without them? My E90 did not have xenons. Wow! What a difference! I know some users posted here before about their lights needing adjustments but mine seem absolutely perfect. They illuminate the road ahead insanely well and the daytime running halos add to the look of the car so much I don't think I will ever turn them off!
Great! Works without any problems for me. The trunk opens with every kick, the door locking/unlocking works every single time. Those features are all configurable via iDrive so set them to your favorite option and if you're not getting it each time make sure the key is not in the same pocket with your cell phone/other junk and make sure you are doing every move correctly.
Some of you responded in my other thread about the "drivetrain malfunction" message. It came up three times. The first time at around 120 miles, the second time (after a reset by Hendrick BMW in Charlotte, NC) at 1180 miles - right when I was about to celebrate the end of the break-in period and start driving in a bit more spirited way...the third time at 1470 miles earlier today, I was around 80mph in sport mode. All three times it happened at highway speeds but not excessive at all. This certainly overshadows all the joy from having the car. Tomorrow I will be waiting patiently to hear from Princeton BMW and see what they found while I'm driving a loaner. Still hoping this is an easy fix and I can quickly forget about it.
This 335i is hands down the best car I have ever owned and I must say the best one I have ever driven! In every way simply a top dream for me. I seriously have reached my destination when it comes to car satisfaction. As soon as the very minor issues (compared to everything else) with the dreaded drivetrain message are explained/resolved the picture will be complete and flawless! The F30 gets 10/10 by my standards without any hesitation!
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