Chris Harris Gives the 2014 BMW 320i a Positive Review

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Nordique on February 3, 2014, 1:18 pm
Chris seems to like the car:



The Jalopnik edition to which he refers is to my setup: ZSP ZMT


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13 responses to Chris Harris Gives the 2014 BMW 320i a Positive Review

gkr778 commented:
February 3, 2014, 2:12 pm

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Originally Posted by Nordique View Post
The Jalopnik edition to which he refers is to my setup: ZSP ZMT
Mine as well. It's the sweet spot in the U.S. F30 lineup.
Nordique commented:
February 3, 2014, 2:36 pm

For me, it has all the driving fun of my 2003 E46 ZSP ZMT but with a new odometer, plus more room, fuel economy, etc. Over 12,000 miles since pickup on May 15th!
BentZero commented:
February 3, 2014, 9:17 pm

Do you guys have any desire to chip yours? Roads where I am are almost arrow straight, so pulling away from stoplights is where I have to get my jollies.
Nordique commented:
February 3, 2014, 10:49 pm

Not me! My 320i has similar performance numbers to my 2003 E46 325i sport package. I think a chip might've gotten me into trouble on my track days with that car. Who said that straights are for fast cars, while curves and corners are for fast drivers?
gkr778 commented:
February 3, 2014, 11:00 pm

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Originally Posted by Nordique View Post
Who said that straights are for fast cars, while curves and corners are for fast drivers?
The late Colin McRae, WRC champion and Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
BentZero commented:
February 3, 2014, 11:00 pm

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Who said that straights are for fast cars, while curves and corners are for fast drivers?
I don't know, but if he/she lived where I lived they'd be hard pressed to prove the second half of that statement. Seriously, the curviest road is the one leading out of my neighborhood. When you live in a place called "the low country" there aren't many hills or mountains that result in twisty roads. It's kind of funny to go on a test drive and ask the sales person for a good road to drive on. Most have me go on the highway. Snooze.
Nordique commented:
February 3, 2014, 11:09 pm

Due, in part, to the kind of roads I like to drive, I decided, early on, only to live in places where there are lots of opportunities for sport driving--and hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc.

When I took my 2013 320i to its BMW CCA car control clinic last fall, I noticed that the more powerful bimmers could chirp on up shifts and get the back end sliding a lot sooner than I could. I'm not sure I trust me with more power and torque than I now have.
BentZero commented:
February 4, 2014, 3:39 pm

I had to join an autoX group to get any kind of sporty driving. Unfortunately I don't have a car worthy of autoX right now and it looks like the group isn't active anymore. It was fun to watch my friend in his S2000 drifting around the corners. He couldn't care less about his lap times.
Chris90 commented:
February 4, 2014, 3:53 pm

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Originally Posted by Nordique View Post
Due, in part, to the kind of roads I like to drive, I decided, early on, only to live in places where there are lots of opportunities for sport driving--and hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc.

When I took my 2013 320i to its BMW CCA car control clinic last fall, I noticed that the more powerful bimmers could chirp on up shifts and get the back end sliding a lot sooner than I could. I'm not sure I trust me with more power and torque than I now have.
Your rear tires are way too fat for 180 hp, I'd put 225s on there. Perfect for my ZHP's 235 hp.
Nordique commented:
February 4, 2014, 4:52 pm

I have the mixed summer performance setup (and higher topspeed limiter):

18x8 225/45/18 front, 18x8.5 255/40/18 rear

I like to avoid chirping on upshifts anyway, to say nothing of sliding out the back end.
Chris90 commented:
February 4, 2014, 4:55 pm

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Originally Posted by Nordique View Post
I have the mixed summer performance setup (and higher topspeed limiter):

18x8 225/45/18 front, 18x8.5 255/40/18 rear

I like to avoid chirping on upshifts anyway, to say nothing of sliding out the back end.
You don't like to slide out the back end?

Mine never chirps on upshifts though.
Geekenstein commented:
February 5, 2014, 12:32 am

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Originally Posted by BentZero View Post
I don't know, but if he/she lived where I lived they'd be hard pressed to prove the second half of that statement. Seriously, the curviest road is the one leading out of my neighborhood. When you live in a place called "the low country" there aren't many hills or mountains that result in twisty roads. It's kind of funny to go on a test drive and ask the sales person for a good road to drive on. Most have me go on the highway. Snooze.
I'm always puzzled when people don't care about cornering ability much. There must be some places where you can hang a 90 degree right or left without stopping. I take those tight righties as fast as I can. And sometimes the lefts if they look safe.
Keepittrill commented:
February 5, 2014, 12:37 am

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Originally Posted by Geekenstein View Post
I'm always puzzled when people don't care about cornering ability much. There must be some places where you can hang a 90 degree right or left without stopping. I take those tight righties as fast as I can. And sometimes the lefts if they look safe.
+1

Most important aspect of the car IMO.

Generally a well handling car is a safer one.


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