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Old 04-08-2019, 02:12 PM
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I currently have an e90 335i and I love it despite the fact that it's been a endless money pit when it comes to repairs as it seems that after one thing gets repaired another thing seems to follow. Anyways I was thinking of moving up to an F30 and not sure whether to get a 328i or another 335i. I know you can make the 328i roughly the same power as a stock 335i but not sure it would be worth the money to mod when I can just buy a 335i.

How reliable are the 328i's and 335i's compared to each other?

Is the F30 328i a good choice coming from an E90 335i? Or is the F30 335i better?

Really good use some good opinions on this since I know I'm probably not the first to make a post like this, thanks everyone!!!
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:41 PM
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I currently have an e90 335i and I love it despite the fact that it's been a endless money pit when it comes to repairs as it seems that after one thing gets repaired another thing seems to follow. Anyways I was thinking of moving up to an F30 and not sure whether to get a 328i or another 335i. I know you can make the 328i roughly the same power as a stock 335i but not sure it would be worth the money to mod when I can just buy a 335i.

How reliable are the 328i's and 335i's compared to each other?

Is the F30 328i a good choice coming from an E90 335i? Or is the F30 335i better?

Really good use some good opinions on this since I know I'm probably not the first to make a post like this, thanks everyone!!!
Sure, you can mod the 328 but if that's your reasoning then it can just as well be said that you can mod the 335. At the end of the day, you're going to want to mod whatever you get because that's just how we do! So the real question you should ask yourself is, do I want to mod a 4cyl 328 or the beastly, silky smooth power-churning 6cyl 335?

Truth is the 328 is a peppy, spirited ride. I know because my dealership has given me them as loaners and I genuinely enjoyed putting them through their paces. But when I returned it to the dealer and they gave me my 335 back it's like going from a little league baseball game (a really good one) to a Yankees vs Red Sox game! 328 owners PLEASE do not take any offence! The 328 is brilliant little beast with a lot of heart! I'm just wanting to give the OP my genuine hear-felt opinion based on my personal experience.

So, OP... you cannot go wrong with whatever you choose. But you are currently in a e90 335. If you are in the later versions of the E90 335 you have the N55 engine which is the same engine in the F30 335. If you get an F30 328, I get the feeling you will be disappointed.

Go with the 335. Stock, it's a bloody fun and fast car! And modding it is dreamy!! But whatever you decide, keep us posted and provide pics!

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Old 04-08-2019, 06:58 PM
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These cars have been out for over 8 years, go drive them both and decide for yourself.
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:26 AM
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Truth is the 328 is a peppy, spirited ride. I know because my dealership has given me them as loaners and I genuinely enjoyed putting them through their paces. But when I returned it to the dealer and they gave me my 335 back it's like going from a little league baseball game (a really good one) to a Yankees vs Red Sox game! 328 owners PLEASE do not take any offence! The 328 is brilliant little beast with a lot of heart! I'm just wanting to give the OP my genuine hear-felt opinion based on my personal experience.
So what would happen if you went from your F30 335i to an F30 M3? I mean you went from a little league game to a MLB game while adding only 62Hp and 45 ft/lbs of torque...

Where would you go in baseball terms if go from the 302 hp 295 ft/lbs tq F30 335i to the 425 hp 406 ft/lbs tq F30 M3? more 123 HP and 111 ft/lb more? and a much bigger delta from the 328 to the 335.

curious what baseball league that would be...
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:54 AM
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:59 AM
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so an increase in 62 Hp lets you skip highschool league, college, and minors... but an increase in double that only lets you stay in the same league, just a different game? interesting. and HOF isnt a game, or exciting, its only exciting to look at HOF.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:43 AM
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Iíd go with a 335i if only to avoid having the timing chain issue of the 328i hanging over my head. Plus not only do you get the additional hp/torque, the engine sounds way better; and of course itís the traditional BMW I6 that just give bimmerheads that special feeling.

That said, a 328i with sport package feels lighter, more nimble, and better balanced than a 335i due to less weight in the nose. I always have fun with I4 loaners if I get one with the sport suspension.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:02 AM
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I currently have an e90 335i and I love it despite the fact that it's been a endless money pit when it comes to repairs as it seems that after one thing gets repaired another thing seems to follow. Anyways I was thinking of moving up to an F30 and not sure whether to get a 328i or another 335i. I know you can make the 328i roughly the same power as a stock 335i but not sure it would be worth the money to mod when I can just buy a 335i.

How reliable are the 328i's and 335i's compared to each other?

Is the F30 328i a good choice coming from an E90 335i? Or is the F30 335i better?

Really good use some good opinions on this since I know I'm probably not the first to make a post like this, thanks everyone!!!
The parts on any used car will gradually wear out and need replacement. If minimizing dollar outlay is your goal just keep the E90. You will be spending a lot more to buy new or used.

That said, what do you want your next BMW to do better than your E90?
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:23 AM
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So what would happen if you went from your F30 335i to an F30 M3? I mean you went from a little league game to a MLB game while adding only 62Hp and 45 ft/lbs of torque...

Where would you go in baseball terms if go from the 302 hp 295 ft/lbs tq F30 335i to the 425 hp 406 ft/lbs tq F30 M3? more 123 HP and 111 ft/lb more? and a much bigger delta from the 328 to the 335.

curious what baseball league that would be...
I think you meant F80 M3, not F30 M3 as there's no such thing.

So, to answer your question, the same analogy would apply. Going from F30 335 to F80 M3 is like going from little league to major league. The point is, it's a different ball game altogether.

The snap-your-head-back action you get in a 335 is non-existent in a 328. I've always been impressed with the peppy nature of the 328's acceleration despite the lack of snap-your-head-back feel. It's quick, but it does feel like a 4cyl. The 335 feels like a totally different ball game and that's the point I was making.

...and btw, I've also driven the F80 M3 and ya... different ballgame there!
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:05 PM
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I think you meant F80 M3, not F30 M3 as there's no such thing.

So, to answer your question, the same analogy would apply. Going from F30 335 to F80 M3 is like going from little league to major league. The point is, it's a different ball game altogether.

The snap-your-head-back action you get in a 335 is non-existent in a 328. I've always been impressed with the peppy nature of the 328's acceleration despite the lack of snap-your-head-back feel. It's quick, but it does feel like a 4cyl. The 335 feels like a totally different ball game and that's the point I was making.

...and btw, I've also driven the F80 M3 and ya... different ballgame there!
yes, its an F80. But i wouldnt say that the 335 to be honest is that crazy with an extra 62hp over the 328, its just not there to say the car is little league to majors. i cant comprehend that. Its just not that far of a difference. If the M3 is majors, then the 335 is college (not even minors as the 340 has more HP than the 335) and the 328 might be little league as the 330 (slightly more power) would then be highschool.

I have driven the 340 vs the 330 and this snap neck was not there lol opted for 330 for the more balanced 50/50 weight knowing i would get the race chip to open up close to 90 more HP from the over restricted turbo. Now the 330 with this cheap cheap mod has over 330 HP (more than the 335 and 340) and has a better handling car.

But i digress, i couldnt see the such light years difference of a car. The OP should be able to drive both and decide, but to say one is little league and one is majors while the M3 exists is such a crazy comparison lol
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:07 PM
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yes, its an F80. But i wouldnt say that the 335 to be honest is that crazy with an extra 62hp over the 328, its just not there to say the car is little league to majors. i cant comprehend that. Its just not that far of a difference. If the M3 is majors, then the 335 is college (not even minors as the 340 has more HP than the 335) and the 328 might be little league as the 330 (slightly more power) would then be highschool.

I have driven the 340 vs the 330 and this snap neck was not there lol opted for 330 for the more balanced 50/50 weight knowing i would get the race chip to open up close to 90 more HP from the over restricted turbo. Now the 330 with this cheap cheap mod has over 330 HP (more than the 335 and 340) and has a better handling car.

But i digress, i couldnt see the such light years difference of a car. The OP should be able to drive both and decide, but to say one is little league and one is majors while the M3 exists is such a crazy comparison lol
Fair enough. IMO though, 335 over 328 is significant based on my experience. Like I said you can tell the 328 is a 4cyl. Floor it and you accelerate quickly but flooring the 335 you feel the power of the silky smooth and powerful N55 AND it SOUNDS significantly better both inside the cabin and outside. So, for all intent and purposes TO ME, it's a whole different ball game (328 vs 335). It just is... for me.

Now that I think about it, little league is honestly not a fair at all. It's more like 328 = minors vs 335 = majors AND 335 = minors vs M3 = majors.

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Old 04-12-2019, 09:48 PM
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I recently bought my f30 335i in December instantly went fbo stage 2 bm3 burble tune in the first month of ownership totally changed the car and for only about $1500 ima about 390whp and 420 when I run an e30 mix with tune modding this car has been so fun I would definitely choose the 335 over the 328 since I can still get a custom tune, pure stage 2 turbo, meth injection great platform to build from iv been able to gap 2016 gt mustangs and beat a scatpack charger from a dig and 2 roll


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Old 04-13-2019, 06:45 PM
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I recently bought my f30 335i in December instantly went fbo stage 2 bm3 burble tune in the first month of ownership totally changed the car and for only about $1500 ima about 390whp and 420 when I run an e30 mix with tune modding this car has been so fun I would definitely choose the 335 over the 328 since I can still get a custom tune, pure stage 2 turbo, meth injection great platform to build from iv been able to gap 2016 gt mustangs and beat a scatpack charger from a dig and 2 roll


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Old 04-22-2019, 04:27 PM
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Just got a 440xi CPO convertible. Considered 428/430 variant, but although the 4-banger was willing enough, the extra oomph from the 6 was impossible to set aside, even with the additional $5-$7k premium in CPO price. And the fuel economy penalty is minimal.

YMMV, obviously, but I'm tremendously pleased with my 440.
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I also have a carbon front lip still waiting on body shop to get it in so I can go back for install and my carbon side skirts should be here tomorrow canít wait for the install more pics after


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I currently have an e90 335i and I love it despite the fact that it's been a endless money pit when it comes to repairs as it seems that after one thing gets repaired another thing seems to follow. Anyways I was thinking of moving up to an F30 and not sure whether to get a 328i or another 335i. I know you can make the 328i roughly the same power as a stock 335i but not sure it would be worth the money to mod when I can just buy a 335i.

How reliable are the 328i's and 335i's compared to each other?

Is the F30 328i a good choice coming from an E90 335i? Or is the F30 335i better?

Really good use some good opinions on this since I know I'm probably not the first to make a post like this, thanks everyone!!!


328 4 banger is weak and sounds horrible. Get the 335.


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Old 06-02-2019, 03:27 PM
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:41 PM
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Coming from a tuned 335 owner I wouldnt call the 328 quick especially since you would spend the same amount in modifying and tuning both jus better to get the 335


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Coming from a tuned 335 owner I wouldnt call the 328 quick especially since you would spend the same amount in modifying and tuning both jus better to get the 335


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There is no question that a stock n55 will have better reliability than a modded n20/26.

You already know that the 4cyl is likely to be too weak for you. You may or may not yet know that your handling dynamics or drivers feel is going to be a downgrade from the e90.
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There is difference between quick and fast.


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True but I guess itís just my opinion that if your going to spend the money to be only be quick ďquickĒ better to invest your money in a 335 and not to mention the n20/26 has the timing chain failure


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