:stupid: ...what he said.serge_ua said:I had the same dilemma a week ago (thought that was the end of $4200 off deal, but they run it 3rd month in a row). I got 2005 330i ZHP for $6.4K below MSRP, and I am happy I did (M3 elements: wheels, steering wheel, short-throw shifter). Also, 0-62 time is 5.9s vs. 6.1 for 2006 (correct me if I am wrong). Then, two more things (and this is my personal opinion only, no offence):
1. 2005 is 6th manufacturing year in a row, and who knows what v1.0 (2006) keeps inside
2. E46 appeals to me more
Well, I had to pay for ZPP which I did not want, but I also got Xenons and butt warmers (which I wanted).
So, my advice is: go with 2005 ZHP (I am sure you will get the opposite advice as well - new looks, supposedly better gas mileage, more fancy stuff for E90).
P.S. Oh, one more thing: this is my first bimmer I'll post pictures as soon as I will have a chance to Zaino it properly. I'll tell you a story about showing it to my boss and my boss' boss I just can't stop talking about the car LOL
EVO and CAR have both done formal road tests. No track numbers though, if thats what you're looking for - those mags only do that for group comparison tests. EVO loved the car, and said it was big tail-happy fun, while CAR liked it but complained it was 'uninvolving'.startover said:So are their ANY official road tests of the e90s yet? I'm interested to see what kind of results can be obtained under a formal testing platform with dry, flat, sticky tracks and experienced, fast and slim drivers.
no way. the e90 is lightyears beyond my 03 ZHP. I was taking corners in the e90 that would have had my car in the ditch. And the new 3.0 is so linear and smooth it's scary. My car has decent power but it doesn't come on as smoothly or as robustly as the new 3.0.JAWJr said:Go for the ZHP! One reason along is that the E90 has lost it's touch with road- there's less feedback. Given this fact and that the ZHP is by far the best E46 3-series ever built, I think the right decision is obvious.