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Old 12-12-2007, 08:04 AM
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Top speed experienced by 335 owners?

I know this is a crazy thing to ask but I was wondering if anyone actually uses the potential of this car?

For those willing to share how does it feel above 100.. comfortable or scary?

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:11 AM
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What's scary about driving over 100 in the 335 is that it is too comfortable.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:11 AM
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I've done *** in the convertible with the top down and the wind deflector in place. The car was rock solid. I was very comfortable. I was following a Merc 500SL on a deserted stretch of road.

However, I must say that I always try to avoid tripple digits as the local constabulary definately frown on such speeds.

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Old 12-12-2007, 08:19 AM
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During ED I hit the limiter twice, once on the way from Munich to Salzburg, and another on the way to Frankfurt from the Black Forest area (both were on non-speed-limited stretches of autobahn). Everything moves VERY FAST at 155mph.

Normal cruising speed for a lot of the trip was between 110-120mph which, after a few hours, seems perfectly safe and acceptable, if not disconcertingly so as masterzee had mentioned.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:23 AM
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I know this is a crazy thing to ask but I was wondering if anyone actually uses the potential of this car?

For those willing to share how does it feel above 100.. comfortable or scary?

craig
Top speed of the 335i(155mph) or 328i(145mph) cannot be obtained on a roadway safely, dont even try, go to the track. I have had the car to triple digits on an empty highway, its rock solid, as would be the 328i(same chassis). It feels as if its only going 70 mph or so. I find plenty of opportunity to use the torque of the car accelerating 0-50 or 0-60mph as I dont have congested city traffic conditions, mostly. Problem is, you dont have the time to react when you are going over 100mph, while you can stop in 112 ft(7-8 car lengths) from even 70 mph and quite a bit shorter from 50 mph. The stopping distances and reaction errors at 100mph or more are too great for the road because so much ground is covered so fast. The car is also a great handling car, find a deserted winding road and have some fun, but be safe.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:28 AM
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:44 AM
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Put it this way. If you have a prestine stretch of straight blacktop say..........in southern VA........in the middle of nowhere, you might forget to look down at the speedometer. And then when you do look down, it's like "woah! I'm going 105."

100 is fairly effortless in a 325i. Indeed, I set cruise control at 90 when conditions permit and don't give it a second thought. It feels pretty normal.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:44 AM
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:00 AM
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135mph in NC, between Triad & Charlotte. I agree, at these speeds, things fly by so quickly, you barely register what cars you are passing. They might as well be standing still.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:04 AM
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Top speed of the 335i(155mph) or 328i(145mph) cannot be obtained on a roadway safely, dont even try, go to the track. I have had the car to triple digits on an empty highway, its rock solid, as would be the 328i(same chassis). It feels as if its only going 70 mph or so. I find plenty of opportunity to use the torque of the car accelerating 0-50 or 0-60mph as I dont have congested city traffic conditions, mostly. Problem is, you dont have the time to react when you are going over 100mph, while you can stop in 112 ft(7-8 car lengths) from even 70 mph and quite a bit shorter from 50 mph. The stopping distances and reaction errors at 100mph or more are too great for the road because so much ground is covered so fast. The car is also a great handling car, find a deserted winding road and have some fun, but be safe.
Stopping from 70 mph takes 156 feet, according to Car & Driver. Or about 10-11 car lengths. Still excellent, but not quite 112 ft.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:41 AM
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It's rock solid at 155mph which I got my car up to a number of times on the Autobahn.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:49 AM
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went WOT all the way to the limiter on the Autobahn....the car was planted and felt solid. I looked down at the speedo at 100 and next time I looked it was hovering 155
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:57 AM
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sorry i dont believe the statements. the speed yes but not the rock solid statements. the 3 series get lite in the front at over 110. if you want to feel rock solid get the 6 series ot even the old subaru svx, thats rock solid for production cars.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:08 AM
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sorry i dont believe the statements. the speed yes but not the rock solid statements. the 3 series get lite in the front at over 110. if you want to feel rock solid get the 6 series ot even the old subaru svx, thats rock solid for production cars.
well, it felt solid to me as that was the first time I've gone that fast on a road as smooth as the Autobahn. The road condition plays a huge part in this as I have yet to encounter roads that smooth on this side of the pond. Of course, I've only driven in the Northeast, L.A., and the Bay area. So, I can't speak for the roads in the rest of the country.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:13 AM
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Top speed of the 335i(155mph) or 328i(145mph) .

I believe that is 155 for a 328 w/the sports package.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:31 AM
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Not accounting that the top speed for US-spec Sport Package 335i is limited to 150 mph, not 155 as some have posted, I've hit the limiter several times while doing ED this summer.

In one occasion it was scary because although empty and dry, the road was bouncy (older stretch, no doubt). There was some weird bouncing resonance past 140, so I immediately backed down to the 100-120 cruising speed where things were calm.

On other occasions I either ran into damp patches or traffic, which promptly again made me come back down to safer speeds. So I haven't driven for any length of time at 150. But I did at between 120-130 when traffic allowed.

My impression was that if the road conditions are perfect (smooth & dry), the only scary thing at that speed is how quickly the fuel tank is emptied. But if the conditions are not ideal, and especially with the bouncy stock runflats, the ride is a little scary.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:34 AM
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On a 1.6 mile stretch of non-public and safe roadway in the middle of the desert, the wife said I was (slowly) passing through 150 mph when I hit our arbitrary braking markers. (Approx. 850 feet till end of asphalt.) The other driver (in a E85M) did not listen when his wife first started yelling stop, he states he saw 160mph before the car left the roadway. The Bimmers handled it all quite well including the 25mph crosswind.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:56 AM
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148 here and very comfortable. In fact I was blown away by how much acceleration there was from 120mph on. Puts a big grin on your face when you're doin' a buck-twenty and step on it and still feel your arse pressed into the seat!

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Old 12-12-2007, 12:57 PM
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Stopping from 70 mph takes 156 feet, according to Car & Driver. Or about 10-11 car lengths. Still excellent, but not quite 112 ft.
My bad 60-0 is 109-112 ft(several mags).
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:18 PM
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^^^^^^

As adc mentioned as well, the 155 mph top speed is not correct. Both the 335i and 328i are limited to 130 mph (non-ZSP) or 150 mph (ZSP).

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sorry i dont believe the statements. the speed yes but not the rock solid statements. the 3 series get lite in the front at over 110. if you want to feel rock solid get the 6 series ot even the old subaru svx, thats rock solid for production cars.
Uh, right. I can testify that at 120-130 mph my 335i w/ZSP feels extremely stable. Above 130 the wind noise picks up notably but the car still feels incredibly solid at 150. The steering is appropriately heavier and the car tracks like it's a locomotive on rails.

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I know this is a crazy thing to ask but I was wondering if anyone actually uses the potential of this car?

For those willing to share how does it feel above 100.. comfortable or scary?
As another poster alluded, it really is surprisingly comfortable. On a nice long stretch of unlimited autobahn between Fussen and Munich, most cars cruised around 90-100, so 120-130 felt comfortable relative to traffic. The car is so composed, quiet and still very powerful at that speed if it weren't for the scenery whipping by you'd swear you were going 70-80.
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:26 PM
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Its almost a bad thing how effortlessly this car goes at high speeds. You're cruising along and before you know it, you're going 100. Sure can get a lot of people into trouble with the law.
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:59 PM
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Had my e93 up to 130 on my ED. Cruised for long stretches at 110 mph from Munich to Prague on the A-bahn. The vert felt rock solid and I agree with others here, this car wants to go 100+.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:15 PM
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Had the e93 up to 151 (sport package, top up) and the e90 up to about 135 (no sport package).

The e93 was still pulling when it showed 151 - I assume the speed limiter would have kicked in soon, but it hadn't by the time the speedo was showing 151.

Both cars felt very solid at these speeds. The only thing that caused me to slow at those speeds was running out of road or approaching traffic.

The BMW specs do indicate the top speeds are limited to 150/130, but I have the photo to prove the e93 was indicating more than 150 Maybe the cars are limited based on the true speed of the car, not the "optimistic" speed indicated on the dash??
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I had no trouble hitting the speed limiter (135mph... 138-140mph is what it actually read on my speedo) in my 328xi this past summer on an open highway in the middle of nowhere.

Probably a good idea there is a limiter.
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