Build Your Own 4 Series Goes LIVE on BMWUSA.com

by Bimmerfest.com Member - moviebumm on July 3, 2013, 1:06 pm
BMWUSA 4 Series Configurator

BMWUSA.com has updated their website with the ability to Build Your own BMW 4 Series. Go and configure your own 428i, 428i xDrive, 435i or 435i xDrive.

Link to the configurator:
http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte...modelcode=144E

Have fun people.

BMWUSA 4 Series Configurator
BMWUSA 4 Series Configurator


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43 responses to Build Your Own 4 Series Goes LIVE on BMWUSA.com

MWatty550 commented:
July 3, 2013, 1:22 pm

AWESOMMMMEEEEEEE ! I already ordered a 2014 335i... buzz kill.
LINewYork commented:
July 3, 2013, 1:45 pm

I noticed the Coral Red interior on the 4 Series has a two-tone dash (black/red). Not sure if I like the look.
kkapdolee commented:
July 3, 2013, 1:57 pm

Does the U.S. version 4 series M Sport get the fog lights as it shows in the configurator?
MWatty550 commented:
July 3, 2013, 2:25 pm

How in the world is the 4 series faster than the 335i with the same engine and is heavier?? Makes no sense...
snowfreak323 commented:
July 3, 2013, 2:32 pm

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Originally Posted by watson335i View Post
How in the world is the 4 series faster than the 335i with the same engine and is heavier?? Makes no sense...
I think we know....
Snareman commented:
July 3, 2013, 2:44 pm

Sweet! Thanks! I kept checking to see if it was there yet.
Supermax commented:
July 3, 2013, 2:57 pm

One thing stood out to me right away...

The 435i does not come with the lighting package apparently, unlike the 335i. With the 435i it looks like you have to pay $1900 extra for it. Very strange.
thegandalf commented:
July 3, 2013, 3:35 pm

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Originally Posted by Supermax View Post
One thing stood out to me right away...

The 435i does not come with the lighting package apparently, unlike the 335i. With the 435i it looks like you have to pay $1900 extra for it. Very strange.
Both 428i and 435i have Xenons/Adaptive lights Standard. The 1900 package is to "upgrade" to all LED lights (led corona, led low/high beams). I think you need this package to get the high beam assist.
Byron Walter commented:
July 3, 2013, 3:40 pm

Wow!... the 435i weighs in around 4500 pounds. That's some serious junk in the trunk. My F31 is 'only' ~3800 lb and I thought that was getting pretty hefty.
Supermax commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:13 pm

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Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Both 428i and 435i have Xenons/Adaptive lights Standard. The 1900 package is to "upgrade" to all LED lights (led corona, led low/high beams). I think you need this package to get the high beam assist.
Sounds like they need to revise the info on the site then. Right now it looks like all you get for the $1900 are Automatic high beams.
Supermax commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:19 pm

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Originally Posted by Byron Walter View Post
Wow!... the 435i weighs in around 4500 pounds. That's some serious junk in the trunk. My F31 is 'only' ~3800 lb and I thought that was getting pretty hefty.
That's gotta be a mistake. Where did you see that?

My wife's X3 is only about 4130 lbs. And that's an SUV!
thegandalf commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:29 pm

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Originally Posted by Supermax View Post
Sounds like they need to revise the info on the site then. Right now it looks like all you get for the $1900 are Automatic high beams.
Yes I think they still need to enter more descriptions on the compoenents (for instance it is unclear what you get under "Active Driving Assistant").

And if you select Driver Assistance Plus, their system doesn't allow you (or is it only me) Tech Package.
rdkind62 commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:31 pm

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Originally Posted by watson335i View Post
How in the world is the 4 series faster than the 335i with the same engine and is heavier?? Makes no sense...
When they made the official release they mentioned specifically that the 435i was between 40 and 90 lbs. lighter than the 335i based on your configuration. Just found this on the web site.

Black signature key fob with blue accent
Three suspension choices (Regular, M Sport, Adaptive M Sport)
Wider body, front and rear tracks + lowered suspension and roof line = lowest centre of gravity of any current BMW model
On average 75 lbs lighter than predecessor when comparably equipped
Optional M Sport brakes
Front end of the car 60% more rigid than predecessor
Byron Walter commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:31 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Supermax View Post
That's gotta be a mistake. Where did you see that?

My wife's X3 is only about 4130 lbs. And that's an SUV!
I agree that it doesn't sound correct to me either:

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...fications.aspx
rdkind62 commented:
July 3, 2013, 4:54 pm

I just did my configuration on a 435i with M-Sport and when I attempted to add the M-Sport brakes for $650 it said that it would completely delete the M-Sport option. I wonder if this is another one of those things like adding DHP and it deletes the M-Sport suspension or if M-Sport brakes are already a part of M-Sport? Going to dig a little deeper and see if I can get to the bottom of it. Anyway, I came in just under 60K.
kkapdolee commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:16 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Both 428i and 435i have Xenons/Adaptive lights Standard. The 1900 package is to "upgrade" to all LED lights (led corona, led low/high beams). I think you need this package to get the high beam assist.
Hi,

I'm confused between Xenons and LEDs. Are the Angel Eyes, low beams and high beams in current 328i lighting package Xenons? And this 428i lighting package is replacing all those Xenons with LEDs? How are they different? Are LEDs better, brighter, or whiter?

Thanks.
-Vanguard- commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:17 pm

Basically, the 428 and 435 come with the lights from the 335. Its included in the price.

The LED lights are the new thing which isn't worth.

Your 4 series will have the shin new bright/blue lights. They wont be halogen like the 328i.
-Vanguard- commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:19 pm

Loaded up a 435i x drive to 57.5K not horrible.

Prolly can get ~2K off from dealer and walk out in the 55's.

Will be doing this in october.

I was so about to buy an S5 too...lol.
rdkind62 commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:19 pm

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Originally Posted by kkapdolee View Post
Does the U.S. version 4 series M Sport get the fog lights as it shows in the configurator?
From the description of the exterior: Halogen free-form front foglights (not available with M Sport)
kkapdolee commented:
July 3, 2013, 5:21 pm

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Originally Posted by rdkind62 View Post
From the description of the exterior: Halogen free-form front foglights (not available with M Sport)
Thanks.
chris328 commented:
July 3, 2013, 7:43 pm

seems like you cant add the 19' wheels with m-sport either

i looked closer, i guess you can add 442m wheels on the exterior tab, but if you try the 19" 401 wheels on the options tab it removes m-sport
3ismagic# commented:
July 3, 2013, 8:10 pm

FWIW it doesn't appear gray leather is available at all on the 4er?
Is this just a glitch in the website or for reals?
JimS 135i X5d commented:
July 3, 2013, 10:04 pm

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Originally Posted by watson335i View Post
How in the world is the 4 series faster than the 335i with the same engine and is heavier?? Makes no sense...
I do not believe it is heavier. BMW has changed the way they quote the weight. I made the same mistake when I first looked at the new 535d.

They are using gross weight for the new 2014 models

435i

Gross vehicle weight Automatic transmission 4505 lb
Gross vehicle weight Manual transmission 4475 lb

They are quoting the unladen wieght for the 2013 models

335i

Unladen 3545(3555) lb
gkr778 commented:
July 3, 2013, 10:50 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by kkapdolee View Post
I'm confused between Xenons and LEDs. Are the Angel Eyes, low beams and high beams in current 328i lighting package Xenons? And this 428i lighting package is replacing all those Xenons with LEDs? How are they different? Are LEDs better, brighter, or whiter?
Xenon lamps (more precisely, HID or metal-halide lamps) generate light via an electrical arc in a tube consisting of pressurized xenon gas and various metal halide compounds, such as sodium iodide. LEDs. or Light Emitting Diodes, on the other hand are direct band gap semiconductors that luminesce when current flows from the anode to cathode.

LEDs are a 2 pi; light source rather than 4 pi; as is the case with halogen and HID sources. This means that "trapped" light (i.e., that which cannot be redirected and focused using optics) is less an issue with LEDs.

Color temperature of LEDs used in automotive headlamps is typically around 5,800 K, compared to 4,300 K for most OEM HID headlamps.

The operating lifetime of LED lamps can be substantially greater than HID, but LEDs are also much more sensitive to operating temperature, specifically at the diode junction. Thermal management is a critical design consideration with LED headlamps.

All in all, the chief advantages of LED headlamps are efficiency and operating life while the main disadvantage is cost, due in part to the complex heat management techniques and different optics required.
kkapdolee commented:
July 4, 2013, 12:18 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
Xenon lamps (more precisely, HID or metal-halide lamps) generate light via an electrical arc in a tube consisting of pressurized xenon gas and various metal halide compounds, such as sodium iodide. LEDs. or Light Emitting Diodes, on the other hand are direct band gap semiconductors that luminesce when current flows from the anode to cathode.

LEDs are a 2 pi; light source rather than 4 pi; as is the case with halogen and HID sources. This means that "trapped" light (i.e., that which cannot be redirected and focused using optics) is less an issue with LEDs.

Color temperature of LEDs used in automotive headlamps is typically around 5,800 K, compared to 4,300 K for most OEM HID headlamps.

The operating lifetime of LED lamps can be substantially greater than HID, but LEDs are also much more sensitive to operating temperature, specifically at the diode junction. Thermal management is a critical design consideration with LED headlamps.

All in all, the chief advantages of LED headlamps are efficiency and operating life while the main disadvantage is cost, due in part to the complex heat management techniques and different optics required.
Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation! Do you know how the LEDs are actually going to be implemented into the 4 series lighting package? Which lights (HIDs or other?) are the angel eyes, low beams, and high beams on F30 with lighting package and which of those is going to become LEDs in the F32 lighting package? Are they going to be visually different? Will LEDs have brighter or bluish white color to them? I'm trying to understand whether the F32 lighting package will make the car look cooler than the F30 lighting package.
Snareman commented:
July 4, 2013, 2:43 am

I wish there was another trim option with M-sport besides either brown or aluminum. I have the grey poplar on my current car which looks nice. Maybe the aluminum will be a nice change for a few years...
moviebumm commented:
July 4, 2013, 1:05 pm

I really do not like the side vent on the fendor or the limiting "lines". If I ordered this car it would look like this.

gkr778 commented:
July 4, 2013, 1:30 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by kkapdolee View Post
Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation! Do you know how the LEDs are actually going to be implemented into the 4 series lighting package? Which lights (HIDs or other?) are the angel eyes, low beams, and high beams on F30 with lighting package and which of those is going to become LEDs in the F32 lighting package? Are they going to be visually different? Will LEDs have brighter or bluish white color to them? I'm trying to understand whether the F32 lighting package will make the car look cooler than the F30 lighting package.
You're welcome kkapdolee! I do believe the arrangement will be full LED forward lighting on F32 4-Series, as with the F01 7-Series and F06/F12/F13 6-Series. All of the elements you mentioned - angel eyes, low beams, and high beams - will use LED based lighting sources. At a cost of $1,900 that better be the case!

Visually, an F32 with the Lighting Package will be different compared to one without. The color temperature of LED headlamps, 5800 K, will lend a more bluish hue to the signal image (i.e., what someone looking at the headlamp sees) compared to HID lamps. As mentioned in my previous post, the headlamp optics will be different as well, also contributing to a distinctive look.

Here's a photo of the signal image of full LED forward lighting on a F06 (sorry for the huge size):

drpie commented:
July 4, 2013, 4:50 pm

Why cant I uncheck navigation system w/Touchpad for $2100 ?
rdkind62 commented:
July 4, 2013, 5:04 pm

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Originally Posted by drpie View Post
Why cant I uncheck navigation system w/Touchpad for $2100 ?
Did you also check the technology package? If so then nav. with touchpad is going to be a part of it.
Snareman commented:
July 4, 2013, 5:22 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
You're welcome kkapdolee! I do believe the arrangement will be full LED forward lighting on F32 4-Series, as with the F01 7-Series and F06/F12/F13 6-Series. All of the elements you mentioned - angel eyes, low beams, and high beams - will use LED based lighting sources. At a cost of $1,900 that better be the case!

Visually, an F32 with the Lighting Package will be different compared to one without. The color temperature of LED headlamps, 5800 K, will lend a more bluish hue to the signal image (i.e., what someone looking at the headlamp sees) compared to HID lamps. As mentioned in my previous post, the headlamp optics will be different as well, also contributing to a distinctive look.

Here's a photo of the signal image of full LED forward lighting on a F06 (sorry for the huge size):
Good info. Does anyone actually think that the package is worth it for $1900 though? Seems like a lot of money. I'm not getting it.
rdkind62 commented:
July 4, 2013, 5:25 pm

No, I do not think that the lighting package is worth $1900 and it would be the very last option I chose if I had the money to just add everything.
drpie commented:
July 5, 2013, 8:58 am

Unless I am doing something wrong I did not select the Technology Package and then I think it does not even show up in the summary: I will check it again !
chris328 commented:
July 5, 2013, 8:58 am

i believe the lighting package also has interior running lights along the doors. i could be wrong. pretty sure it doesnt have the illuminated lettering though.
kkapdolee commented:
July 5, 2013, 9:57 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
You're welcome kkapdolee! I do believe the arrangement will be full LED forward lighting on F32 4-Series, as with the F01 7-Series and F06/F12/F13 6-Series. All of the elements you mentioned - angel eyes, low beams, and high beams - will use LED based lighting sources. At a cost of $1,900 that better be the case!

Visually, an F32 with the Lighting Package will be different compared to one without. The color temperature of LED headlamps, 5800 K, will lend a more bluish hue to the signal image (i.e., what someone looking at the headlamp sees) compared to HID lamps. As mentioned in my previous post, the headlamp optics will be different as well, also contributing to a distinctive look.

Here's a photo of the signal image of full LED forward lighting on a F06 (sorry for the huge size):
Thanks again!

So I guess the main visual difference between the current Xenons and the new LEDs is the color of the light with LEDs showing more of a bluish light with Xenons being around 4300k and LEDs around 5800k.





I'd have to look more at the actual LEDs when they start rolling out the 4 series but my initial thought is that its probably not worth $1900 to upgrade from the Xenons. Maybe worth the upgrade from Halogens but 4 series doesn't come with those.
chris328 commented:
July 5, 2013, 10:42 am

the blue hue will look good with certain colors, it will clash against others. Ive seen the current e92 LCI in vermillion red with the LCI lamps and it doesnt really look good. The lemans blue looks great.
M34Lnch commented:
July 5, 2013, 11:51 am

Interesting summary of LED vs Xenons. I don't think LEDs are worth the $1900 upgrade in this case. Remember when Xenons where the upgrade?!?
rajens00 commented:
July 6, 2013, 8:22 am

I noticed all the pictures of the M Sport from the Configurator do not include the Rocker Panel Side Skirts. I'm curious if this is just a bug in their web software or if the Aerodynamic kit for the M Sport actually does not include the Side Skirts. Actually, I hoping it's accurate. I think it looks cleaner without them.
smilingjudy commented:
July 6, 2013, 3:49 pm

I can't select a manual tranny? That's got to be a mistake in the configurator, right? If I hadn't seen a manual in the preview video, I might think they really were that crazy.
-Vanguard- commented:
July 7, 2013, 4:38 am

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Originally Posted by smilingjudy View Post
I can't select a manual tranny? That's got to be a mistake in the configurator, right? If I hadn't seen a manual in the preview video, I might think they really were that crazy.
328 is auto only
335 has MT
irianjim commented:
July 7, 2013, 10:18 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by smilingjudy View Post
I can't select a manual tranny? That's got to be a mistake in the configurator, right? If I hadn't seen a manual in the preview video, I might think they really were that crazy.
It is a mistake with the configurator. If you look under Specifications for the 428, you will see ratios, weights and specifications mentioned for manual transmissions. It is just a problem with the Build Your Own feature of the BMWUSA website I am assuming. I hope the new car has better build quality than the configurator did, as there seems to be several issues with the configurator.
moviebumm commented:
July 7, 2013, 2:49 pm








-=Hot|Ice=- commented:
July 7, 2013, 6:07 pm

Nice re-badged 3 series.