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Old 12-13-2019, 03:54 PM
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F30 320i. This really is a great daily!

Iíve twice tried to get rid of my 320i sports package 6MT. First time was 3 years ago at the lease end. I got a fantastic deal on a 535i but after driving both that day, I just couldnít do it. Besides the fact that by that time, Max felt like part of the family, I was so used to the smaller car driving feel, the higher placed screen, and the smugger interior of the F30, that similar to how I felt the many times I had it as a loaner - the F10 felt big, bloated and unwieldy. So, I bought out my lease instead.

Then this week, I got a great offer on a G30 530i RWD. I drove an X-drive for a few days and it is a fantastic car. The interior is excellent and it drives way smaller and sportier than the F10 did. I prefer the F10 exterior but the G30 is by no means bad. After going back and forth with my dealer today, I once again opted to pass Ė despite that fact that Iím now at 100k and am out of warranty and maintenance.

Off course Iíve been questioning my decision ever since!

But driving home from work today (I always take the longer way home through back roads), I was reminded yet again why itís so difficult for me to let go. It was a misty, almost foggy day - like we were in the Scottish moors. (Think Bond driving home to Skyfall). The combination of my car with empty back roads, winding though foggy fields and occasional forests, was just surreal. The fixed M-sport suspension is simply great. Thereís no other way to describe it. To me, itís the clearest sign of BMWís heritage DNA in the F30 - with just the right amount of lean and give for a daily driven car thatís not being tracked. The seat fits me perfectly, the interior ergonomics are great, and I love the vintage red lights of the panel and console. Even the hifi sounds god in the F30. I tried the Harman Kardon in a couple of 4 series and I preferred my base system. I even prefer it to the HK in my M2. Someone on this forum once mentioned how the N20 in the 320i seems perfectly matched for the car and I have to agree. It feels just right. The torque makes it a car I can enjoy daily but Iím still okay with this car being the first for my teenage son as itís not so fast he could easily get in trouble, nor so lifeless that he misses out on the art of driving. The stick shift isnít great but its capable enough in an age where I canít even get a new model 3 with 6MT. Iíve done thousand-mile trips without any backache or undue fatigue, and the car has been rock solid in the 6 years and 100k miles Iíve had it.

Richard Hammond was once quoted as saying the F30 320D might be the best car ever made and I remember watching a video where Chris Harris wondered if a 320i was all the car a dude ever needed. Iíll have to say that on many occasions while deriving Max, Iíve had to wonder the same. The F30 M Sport is really, truly, a great daily.
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When I had my 320i (rwd, 6mt, & 704 sport suspension), I absolutely loved it. It was truely a fun car to drive.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:23 AM
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I love my 320i...... perfect for everyday driving . The 6sp manual is silky smooth.


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Old 12-17-2019, 05:36 PM
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I love my 320i...... perfect for everyday driving . The 6sp manual is silky smooth.

I agree. That is why I intend to keep my 320i 6 speed until at least 2028 or even 2030. That's because the current 3 series (G20) only comes in an automatic except for certain diesel models in Europe. If the G20 came in a 6 speed, I might have been in the market for one in 2023.
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