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X1 F48 (2016 - current)
Second generation F48 BMW X1 builds on the success of it's predecessor. Increases in power, interior and cargo space keep it a leader in the small SUV field.

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Old 11-09-2019, 12:35 PM
330xilover 330xilover is offline
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Hello, I have a 2005 330 xi 6 speed manual, but think it's about time to get a new BMW. Love the size, love the handling, the power, the manual transmission: but that's not really an option anymore, and just love the e 46. Can't figure out if I should go for the 2020 x1 m due to size or will I miss the the inline 6 and handling too much.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:42 AM
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Hello, I have a 2005 330 xi 6 speed manual, but think it's about time to get a new BMW. Love the size, love the handling, the power, the manual transmission: but that's not really an option anymore, and just love the e 46. Can't figure out if I should go for the 2020 x1 m due to size or will I miss the the inline 6 and handling too much.
The body and soul of the BMW that you love and know (your E46) no longer exists within the new lineup of BMW cars and SAV's. Prepare yourself for that. New BMW's are far more complex vehicles and within that mass of complexity, the sense of connection amongst driver, car, and road has significantly been diminished. Certainly the cars perform - but the driver's connection as it once was does not exist.

Strongly recommend that you take extended test drives in every BMW (or other make) that you are considering. It may turn out that you decide to keep your 330xi, or invest in a special older BMW that has been well-maintained with low miles.
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:39 AM
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What about the 2 series or M2?
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:21 AM
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My $0.02 cents. I owned a E90 325xi 6MT with all the Dinan goodies starting 2005 up until Jan 2018 and 170,000 miles. No issues absolutely, which is the reason I only purchase BMWs which has a Vin starting with WB* going forward. In 2017, I needed a car which will fit two rear-facing car seats. I went for the X1 (f48) and now know how it feels to drive a soul-less minivan. Do not get me wrong - it meets all of our current needs but there is no ultimate driving exp. (none). The 'M' package on it is cosmetic. Dinan just released an intake for this build and I am contemplating gifting it to myself for Christmas. I am on AutoList and Cars.com (located in the US) almost every other day in what can I buy to quench my urge for a 6MT and drive.

Again, I love the X1 as it has reduced my gas $$ and is extremely practical. It is nowhere close to the driving feel of the prior generations. This is not a ding on the Mini platform, however, the soul seems to have disappeared from most recent BMWs. The M2 CS may be your closet bet if you do not need 4 doors or AWD as pointed out above.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:52 PM
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Ah, as someone who has owned a few BMWs (and currently has a 04 330ci and 2018 X1), I can give you some advise, and also agree with what's already been said.

The X1 isn't very exciting. But it makes up for it in the fact I can get 33 mpg highway at 75 mph. And the fact that there's more back seat room than the current X3 (especially if you get the reclining/sliding seat option for the extra 1.5 inches or whatever it is). It does the job, but there are days where my 2011 X3 was a bit more "exciting". The 2011 X3 had the non-turbo 4 cyl in it, and was a nice engine, but not quick in a heavy car. The X1 (as you know) has the turbo 4 and is quick, but lacks refinement a bit that the inline 6 had(s).

Nothing will compare to your e46 that you love. My wife drove an e90 for years and that was a great car, but I'm guessing you're looking for something newer...

I looked hard at a M240i convertible to replace my e46. It's a nice little car, but we need something bigger. Can't bring myself to buy the 440i convertible with its hard top. We'll see. I drove the 230i and M240i and I would recommend looking at one of those if you can do a 2-door car. It's going to be the closest to your e46.
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:26 PM
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I love my 2016 X1 but its not the 330i ZHP I used to own...
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