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i saw and inspected an E90 320i today

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I went to the main dealer to pick up my car today, and there it was: the brand new E90.

It was a 320i model, some light blue colour (nice one) with some 18' alloy wheels and run flat tyres.

Initial impressions:

1. Car looks modern. Not pretty, but more modern. I still cannot find the right word for that.

2. It has lost some of its' "posh"ness compared with the e46.

3. It is bigger than the E46, but I dont think it is more heavy. It looks more "exxagerated" I might say.

4. Doors dont close like how they do with the E46. Forget that "bulletproof sound", when its doors close, they remind me of a japanese car.

5. It really looks abit japanese. I dont know how to describe it, but it looks like a japanese car. But, it cant be right, it has the rondel badge.

Would i buy it?
Definitely not now. Car is bigger, and looks a bit flimsy.
Did the materials quality get worse? i am not really sure, but I think it did.


P.S. The cocpit/interior REALLY SUCKS!!! I mean it does. Really. Horrible.
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Run back down there and post some pics! :thumbup:
Oh god I hope not. :eek:
Fifty_Cent said:
2. It has lost some of its' "posh"ness compared with the e46.

3. It is bigger than the E46, but I dont think it is more heavy. It looks more "exxagerated" I might say.

4. Doors dont close like how they do with the E46. Forget that "bulletproof sound", when its doors close, they remind me of a japanese car.

5. It really looks abit japanese. I dont know how to describe it, but it looks like a japanese car. But, it cant be right, it has the rondel badge.

P.S. The cocpit/interior REALLY SUCKS!!! I mean it does. Really. Horrible.
bullet proof sound? I have yet to sit in a BMW that closes like a japanese (and some american cars) car. You know, the "thump" noise that doesnt sound like you slammed it shut even with the weakest amount of force (AKA BMW's doors). The japanese cars sound much nicer when you close the door.

Thena gain, how does that at all factor into a buying decision? HAR!
:rofl:
Well, actually it does account in a buying decision. It accounts as a measurement factor of safety, to alot of people.

I must say, one of the few things I hate about japanese cars is the door closing sound. Another is the designs.

Well, this E90 's doors close like a japanese car. "Chiaang, insdead of "Clang".
elmalloc said:
bullet proof sound? IThe japanese cars sound much nicer when you close the door.

Thena gain, how does that at all factor into a buying decision? HAR!
It always seems that the most critical comments on a new model come from those that are uncomfortable with not having the latest greatest thing.

:wahwah:
wow, i'm surprised bmw went away from that specific door sound. it is important. kinda like harley's unique sound. they spend millions getting that sound just right to give an impression of safety. although, its just an impression as volvo's dont sound that way and they are probably safer (not sure).

Nevertheless, that is a major change in design. Like harley giving up on the roaring motor to increase fuel efficiency. Just not the reason why people buy harleys. Maybe bmw is trying to go after acura and lexus. audi needs to come up big with their designs, that new one looks like they are going after american tastes, so they wont take too much share. which leaves bmw keeping their share, if not taking some from would be japanese buyers. If I was in the market in two years, I would probably still buy bmw cause its a bmw but might look closer at lexus. :dunno:
I'm afraid you're wrong--that would mean that the E90's doors close like a Chinese car. :rofl:
Fifty_Cent said:
Well, this E90 's doors close like a japanese car. "Chiaang, insdead of "Clang".
Yes, there may be some of that...there may be a lot of that. However, I do not think that all critical comments ought to be summarily dismissed as such.
Wolfpacker said:
It always seems that the most critical comments on a new model come from those that are uncomfortable with not having the latest greatest thing.

:wahwah:
Like most internet boards you have some people that bring out the tired "wahwah" thingy for any critical comments.

*The worst abusers of the "wahwah" are diehard (insert team here) fans that take over the team sport forums.
jrp said:
Yes, there may be some of that...there may be a lot of that. However, I do not think that all critical comments ought to be summarily dismissed as such.
Although I must admit that I am abit sad that "I wont be driving the latest greatest thing anymore" I must say that my judgement has never been distorted by any personal feelings.

I think that on my first post I described the pros- and the cons that I have seen on the E90 after a first face to face contact.

I must say them again i think, in order to make things abit less confusing:

1. car's exterior looks modern. Car looks bigger than the E46, much bigger I must say, especially wider.

2. 18' wheels look nice, but must be a nightmare with those 40 profile run flat tyres, not so in nice smooth road countries like Japan etc, but more in roads like Cyprus. But I think the design of the car makes big wheels mandatory.

3. Interior is really mediocrite. I think that I will doubt the deisign of it. I am not taking about materials here, only the design.
4. Yes the doors have the japanese sound.

Thats all. I hope I can keep you more updated soon.
Wolfpacker said:
It always seems that the most critical comments on a new model come from those that are uncomfortable with not having the latest greatest thing.

:wahwah:
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