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F31 3 Series Sport Wagon Driving Review

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BMW F31 3 series wagon driving review

BMW invited a few US journalists over to Europe to test drive the F31 Sport Wagon. The wagons driven were Euro spec, with US wagon enthusiasts being forced to wait until the spring of 2013 for the 3 series touring to make it state side.

The 328i sport wagon will share the engine and suspension from the 328i sedan, the question is how will it drive with the extra weight and length of the wagon.

These attributes seem especially well suited to this version of the Sports Wagon. We drove this car in tandem with the 2013 BMW X1, and while BMW has done a fine job of making its compact crossover feel like a sedan, you can't quite beat the laws of physics and the benefits of the latest-generation chassis technology. With its lower center of gravity and beautifully resolved setup, the Sports Wagon offers a level of driving pleasure that no SUV can match. The ride quality is excellent, and on the twisting back roads of our German test route, the 3 Series revealed all the poise, agility and fluency expected of a car in this price range. It was a reminder why, despite the rise of the SUV, wagons remain so popular in Europe.
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It appears that BMW has another hit on its hands. I'm glad the F31 is making it to the US, I'd much rather have a bunch of F31 sport sedans on the road then SUVs.

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"I'm glad the F31 is making it to the US, I'd much rather have a bunch of F31 sport sedans on the road then SUVs."

Then? When?
Nice car but man that picture is the epitome of pretentious yuppie d-bag.
No, no! That's just German middle class.

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Nice car but man that picture is the epitome of pretentious yuppie d-bag.
I love my E91... but I think even the 'vert outsells the wagon by a significant margin.
It appears that BMW has another hit on its hands. I'm glad the F31 is making it to the US, I'd much rather have a bunch of F31 sport sedans on the road then SUVs.
F31 hits the states in the spring of 2013 - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620528
"I'm glad the F31 is making it to the US, I'd much rather have a bunch of F31 sport sedans on the road then SUVs."

Then? When?
I think this is BMW's best looking wagon ever, including the E46.

Way too nice to be our utility vehicle though, we got a Subaru Outback for that - don't mind getting it dirty inside and out.
Weird this just bumped back up today. I agree Chris90, and I found the e60 wagon to be well done albeit a bit larger in person than ideal.

It won't be a big seller IMHO, but for those of us who want it all, cargo and a manual transmission in a very well appointed cabin with a quiet ride and outstanding handle, this is it.

Can't wait to drive one with a sport package and manual transmission. Most likely won't be able to drive such a model unless I order it though :)
I forgot there's a manual transmission option, that's sweet. My wife would probably sign off on this if I wanted it, but since we just bought the Outback, I'd rather have a 335i.
Weird this just bumped back up today. I agree Chris90, and I found the e60 wagon to be well done albeit a bit larger in person than ideal.

It won't be a big seller IMHO, but for those of us who want it all, cargo and a manual transmission in a very well appointed cabin with a quiet ride and outstanding handle, this is it.

Can't wait to drive one with a sport package and manual transmission. Most likely won't be able to drive such a model unless I order it though :)
Ummm... this article specifically states that "there's no manual option" and "don't even ask about the brilliant diesel version that's offered in Europe". Not sure what the assumptions have been with regard to the manual, but speculation has been that the F31 would eventually be made available with a diesel.

Don't need another review of the F30 driving experience and certainly don't need a tutorial on wagons vs sedans. Would like the roll out schedules of engines and transmission options confirmed and some price info, thanks.
So the article states, in essence, no diesel option here in the U.S. but you acknowledge speculation there will become one...

But the article stating no manual option is taken as written in stone?

We'll see I guess :0
Ummm... this article specifically states that "there's no manual option" and "don't even ask about the brilliant diesel version that's offered in Europe". Not sure what the assumptions have been with regard to the manual, but speculation has been that the F31 would eventually be made available with a diesel.

Don't need another review of the F30 driving experience and certainly don't need a tutorial on wagons vs sedans. Would like the roll out schedules of engines and transmission options confirmed and some price info, thanks.
From Bimmerfile:

"But one thing was a little vague in yesterday***8217;s (July 5th's) official release. There was no overt mention of the historically standard manual transmission. Could it be that the days of the manual transmission BMW wagon are over in the US?

We reached out for BMWNA for an official comment. The answer was not unexpected; the F31 3 Series wagon will only come with an automatic transmission presumably due to low-take rates of the manual in the E91."

Find article at:

http://www.bimmerfile.com/2012/07/06/3-series-wagon-to-be-automatic-only-in-the-us/#more-22028
Yeah, I thought I heard it was auto only.
From Bimmerfile:

"But one thing was a little vague in yesterday's (July 5th's) official release. There was no overt mention of the historically standard manual transmission. Could it be that the days of the manual transmission BMW wagon are over in the US?

We reached out for BMWNA for an official comment. The answer was not unexpected; the F31 3 Series wagon will only come with an automatic transmission presumably due to low-take rates of the manual in the E91."

Find article at:

http://www.bimmerfile.com/2012/07/06/3-series-wagon-to-be-automatic-only-in-the-us/#more-22028
That's thing around his neck is so his girl can drag him wherever she wants, then tie him to a pole to make him stay.
Nice car but man that picture is the epitome of pretentious yuppie d-bag.
I read somewhere that they only sell a couple of hundred wagons set up like mine -- 6 speed and ZSP -- each year.

3-pedal wagon buyers are in a market segment that they won't miss at all.
But the article stating no manual option is taken as written in stone?
Probably half that. I read that BMW has imported approximately 1500 E91s per year. Assume that perhaps 8% are MT and maybe half of those are like my CPO '07 and do NOT have the ZSP. So that leaves about 60 per year set up like yours.

I found mine two years ago - with almost every option except the ZSP and Active Cruise Control - and since it had the magic third pedal, I snapped it up.

But with no NA I6, no diesel and no MT, I suspect I'll be shopping elsewhere when it comes time to replace the E91. And while my E91 is rated to carry a payload of over 1,100 lbs., I notice that no GVWR is quoted for the F31.

Tom
I read somewhere that they only sell a couple of hundred wagons set up like mine -- 6 speed and ZSP -- each year.

3-pedal wagon buyers are in a market segment that they won't miss at all.
Well, good luck with that. I've had a couple Audi A4 Avants and my last one (an '09) with a ecu reflash was a nice ride. But times have changed. The old Audi Avant went under cover and has now returned as a cross dresser that goes by the name of "allroad". Audi jacked up both the price and the car, strapped on some plastic and metal bits for a nice weight gain and left it with the same 211 hp four. That engine is currently outclassed for hp by just about every other auto company in the known universe.

And the allroad does everything worse than the car it replaced... except for tiptoeing over road kill.

If Audi only had the balls to slap the 3.0 supercharged six in it, well then maybe...

...so next year I'll be looking at the F31 as wagons are increasingly rare here in NA. Wagons are just so nice for hauling kayaks.
But with no NA I6, no diesel and no MT, I suspect I'll be shopping elsewhere...

Tom
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