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#24010 of 30250 LSD Only Available on M3 and M5
Aug 08, 2003 (11:47 am)
There is no LSD for any 3 Series or 5 Series except for the ultra-high performance M versions. This is the one beef I have with my 540i6. Sad not to have LSD. Too bad BMW phased out optional LSD in early-to-mid 1990s with the rise of Traction and Stability control systems.
This is horrible. LSD is a fantastic performance enhancer. TC and SC are no substitute for LSD. In the tuner marker, tons of people swap out their non-LSD BMW differentials for LSD differentials. Quaife and others build great LSDs!
#24011 of 30250 Pleased with ContiSportContact2s: Good Performance/Price Ratio
Aug 08, 2003 (11:53 am)
magbarn... I didn't want to spend upwards of $1,000 or thereabouts for Michelin Pilot Sports or similar tires. Found the ContiSportContact2s a lot less expensive. Think I paid around $165/tire. The 540i6 has staggered tires. The M PSs were very expensive for the bigger rear tires. In my 540i6 I've put about 5,000 miles on my set of 4. So far pleased. Nice performance. Great wet performance. No noise issues. (These replaced Yokohama AVS Decibels. They got really noisy as they wore.)
I've kept the mundane A/S ContiTouringContacts on my wife's 323ia. She got 38,000 miles on the original set that came with the car. She has put on 12,000 miles since then. No complaints. They were dirt cheap but some of the best A/S in this el cheapo price range. Think I paid about $60/tire.
#24012 of 30250 Edmunds Review of 330i Perf Pkg: They Love It
Aug 08, 2003 (11:59 am)
Check it out. They rave.
"Follow-Up Test: 2003 BMW 330i Performance Package
The Best Gets Better
By Ed Hellwig
Date posted: 08-07-2003"
#24013 of 30250 Follow-Up Test: 2003 BMW 330i Performance Package
Aug 08, 2003 (12:19 pm)
That article can be accessed via the "Helpful Links" box on the left side of the page.
Aug 09, 2003 (7:36 am)
My favorite quote:
"It's firm in a way that enthusiasts will savor, but poseurs will grow tired of quickly. There's no bottoming out of any kind, but freeway expansion joints that previously contributed nothing more than a few audible thumps suddenly become annoyingly uncomfortable. Still, it's a small price to pay considering the rewards."
Aug 09, 2003 (9:50 am)
The reviewers must have soft bottoms because I've never thought of my car as being "annoyingly uncomfortable" on rough pavement.
Aug 09, 2003 (2:39 pm)
If I hadn't slowed down my buddy, he would have put the sways in 1 1/2 hrs instead of the little over 2 hrs that it took us I learned a lot and it was fun.
We set both the fronts and the rears to full stiff. Handling is absolutely amazing - I hit a couple of my favorite ramps on my way back home at the max speed that I know they can take and the car was rock solid - it felt like I could tuck on another 3-5 miles at least. The ride is noticeably stiffer and that little wobble that you get at high speed is completely gone. It feels a lot like the E36 M3s that I've driven - buttoned down and very tight. The biggest surprise, however, was the steering feel. It's hard to quantify how much heavier it really is but I'd venture to say that it feels 20-40% heavier than my retro'ed '01 steering and that the tires tramline like crazy now. You get more feedback through the steering wheel, which is great when you're pushing the car hard but even on relatively smooth pavement, you absolutely have to have both hands on the wheel as one hand may not be enough when the car starts following the grooves in the pavement. To be fair, my rears are almost bald and they were tramlining too before we put in the sways, except not nearly as bad. Going over bumps makes you a lot more aware of how much stiffer the car is now. I was going through a parking lot with speed bumps yesterday and I had to slow down almost completely or otherwise the bumps throw you around the car, esp. if you go over them with one tire only. At any rate, it's a small price to pay for a noticeably better handling car. I will probably keep the setting to full stiff both front and rear during the autoX/track season and then set it to full soft off-season. It's the best of both worlds!
Aug 09, 2003 (6:42 pm)
Welcome to my world. I have to switch lanes on the freeway if there's a long swath of uneven pavement; otherwise, my tires tramline so much it looks like I'm a drunk driver.
I had a 28 mm sway on my last car and while it created neutral handling things like speed bumps made the whole car rock. Still wouldn't trade it for the driving characteristics of the pre-sway car...
#24018 of 30250 initial odometer reading
Aug 09, 2003 (11:46 pm)
Is 71 miles reasonable for an initial odometer reading on a new bmw on the lot? I put a deposit on a new 2003 325xi today. I asked the sales woman about the odometer reading but she said that was normal for unloading and fueling. I noticed that many new owners mentioned their odometers are < 10. Am I getting hoodwinked?
#24019 of 30250 RE: initial odometer reading
Aug 10, 2003 (1:24 am)
Normal loading/unloading/fueling leaves you at less than 10 miles. At 71 miles, your car has been test driven, probably a half-dozen times.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. The car has probably had a few full-throttle take offs and a little brisk driving, but most likely not driven hard enough to cause problems.
If it bugs you, look for a different car on the lot, or order one and wait a few months.