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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#13571 of 16087 Re: sweendogy [fedlawman]
Mar 29, 2012 (9:26 pm)
Thanks fedlawman! I cannot wait to make it through break in. I'm so ready to drop the hammer & see what it's made of;)
I'll take some interior shots tomorrow.
The difference between the BMW & others in the class is the fact that I've wanted a BMW of my own for a long time now. Growing up in the 1980's, I never thought much of the E30's 3 box styling. It wasn't until a close friend graduated college & bought himself a fully loaded E36 325is w/ stick shift & sport package. It stickered for about the same as an E36 M3 at the time. One night we were at a club in Buffalo. At about 2AM, he was trying to hook up with some 6' blonde girl (my friend is 5'6"). I told Chris I needed to get home to drive back to school (Ithaca) the next day. He tossed me his car keys & said: "see you for breakfast."
I remember sliding into the sport seat of that E36 and it just fit me perfectly. I spent the next 2 1/2 hours tearing around the streets of Buffalo. I even perfectly rotated the car around corners & steered it's tail end with the throttle a few times.
At breakfast the next AM. "Bradd, you know I don't care, but what were you doing with my car last night?"
I tell him how much I LOVE his car & how difficult it will be to hop into my car (1992 Beretta GT) & drive back to Ithaca. "Why?"
Chris tells me his sky pager kept going off (they say blowin up now) with messages like: "Chris, slow down!". "Chris, I think someone stole your car."
From that night in Buffalo until last week, I've wanted a BMW of my own. I finally got it! And I love it!
#13572 of 16087 Re: sweendogy [nyccarguy]
Mar 29, 2012 (9:40 pm)
That's awesome! The VANOS I-6 is one the sweetest engines of all time. Terrific manual transmission too. Similar to the M20, but a little silkier IIRC.
No other engine can match a BMW I-6 for that feeling and sound. Enjoy your 3er because when the I-6's are all gone (and they are going), that sweet, smooth wonderfulness will be but a memory...
Now finish your story. Did Chris enjoy his evening as much as you did yours?
#13573 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [nyccarguy]
Mar 30, 2012 (6:31 am)
nyc....you did good on your deal. No worries there.
I'm not one of those people who "baby" cars during break-in. Now, I don't go tearing through the gears, redlining each one, every time I'm behind the wheel. Nor, do I test the limits of ABS when I first get a car.
But, I also don't make any undo effort to keep below a certain speed/RPM. That philosophy has served me well.
Wait until you get about 5K miles on it. It seems to really open up then. And MPG improves around that mark, too.
fedlawman....the 335i still uses the I-6, only it has the dual scroll turbo. It also has all the other current engine tricks with VANOS (variable valve timing) and direct injection. I took mine a step further and had the dealer add the power kit package that boosts HP by 20 and torque by 30+. This is sanctioned by BMW, is warranted the same as the regular BMW warranty, and is mainly an update to the engine management system.
I think both 3.0 I-6s (boosted and non-boosted) are way underrated for HP and torque, as both feel a lot stronger than BWM's numbers suggest.
#13574 of 16087 Some inside shots
Mar 30, 2012 (7:01 am)
for my man fedlawman's request -
#13575 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [graphicguy]
Mar 30, 2012 (7:31 am)
I agree I don't baby mine nor do I red line it either, so far I'm averaging 21 in mine I only have 3700 miles on it too.
I was under the impression that the 335i engine had the double VANOS (intake and exhaust.) Also if you swap out the intercooler for an aftermarket unit you will increase HP about 15%, this wont void the warranty either.
German HP rating, I don't think it is just BMW, but all German brands. For the amount of HP that the german print I have always though they were off their mark. The 7 series with the Twin Turbo 6 is rated at 315hp and 330lbs, moves this 4600lb car fro 0-60 in 5.8 sec. This is a couple of ticks slower then a 3 series 4 cy turbo. Very impressive, when we drove one, I could have sworn it had more HP then what BMW rated it at.
#13576 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [nyccarguy]
Mar 30, 2012 (7:40 am)
NYC, I find it interesting that people think they need to go into a dealership and try and beat the dealer down to a profit margin of -10% on cars. I tell people, if YOU are happy with the deal and if YOU are happy with the car then YOU did good. There are monies on all cars that not even edmonds know about, it sounds like you are happy and that is a good thing.
BTW, check out www.truecar.com great website for auto pricing
Mar 30, 2012 (8:04 am)
I agree. There's ALWAYS going to be someone who paid less. I couldn't be happier with my car! Besides the $5444 I got off the MSRP, I'm getting 2 pmt credits from BMWFS totaling $1000. Any car deal (no matter what the salesman says) makes the dealer money. You'll never get a car for "Net Net.".
I love my new BMW!
#13578 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [flightnurse]
Mar 30, 2012 (11:21 am)
flightnurse...you're right. The 335i does utilize BMW's "double" VANOS variable valve timing.
I'm relatively certain that both the published HP and torque ratings on the i-6 are under rated.
#13579 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [graphicguy]
Mar 30, 2012 (11:23 am)
I am really jonesing for one of those CP) 328is I found. Wonder if my son would care if I skipped paying his senior year college tuition? A diploma is overrated, right?
#13580 of 16087 Re: Back to the topic at hand [stickguy]
Mar 30, 2012 (11:48 am)
Hey Stick make your son pay for his senior year, builds character.. BTW, BMW builds a 328is?