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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
#13823 of 16251 Re: New 3-series [kirstie_h]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 26, 2012 (4:55 pm)
I like it. Sort of like all the cans of Spam pics on the top of Denali or the Eiffel Tower.
#13824 of 16251 Re: New 3-series [fedlawman]
Apr 28, 2012 (3:19 pm)
That picture looks an awful lot like the Greenhaven/Pocket area of Sacramento.
Am I right?
#13825 of 16251 Re: New 3-series [andres3]
Apr 29, 2012 (8:14 am)
Sorry, I'm not too familiar with Sacramento. The town is called Fair Oaks.
#13826 of 16251 XDrive (and DSC) in the rain
May 01, 2012 (1:10 pm)
Flightnurse made a comment to me a few weeks back about me getting to see what my 328xi's AWD system can do in the rain. Now I've always really questioned AWD's effectiveness in the rain, thinking of it as more of a useful tool for snow traction. Unless BMW's XDrive is so transparent that I don't know how well it is working. Kind of similar to my Prelude's ATTS. I really didn;t know how good it was until I drove my TSX around some of the same tight corners and the front tires were fighting the stability control whereas my Prelude pulled around the corner.
One of the benefits to having to be at work at 7:30 AM (6 days a week) is there aren't too many cars on the road when I leave my house at 6:30 AM. It started pouring early this AM (my 3 year old woke up with a 102 fever and a stomach virus well before 5), so the roads were saturated with lots of nice puddles in addition to being slick. I put my 328xi through the paces on my way to I 95. Only a few times when I had the transmission in DS was I able to break traction only to have the stability control tuck me back into place. So I don't know how the AWD performed. Maybe some of you with the 335xi or sween's G35X can comment how the AWD works in the rain.
I can tell you that driving down I 95 in the torrential rain, my 328xi was sure footed and rock solid. I looked down at my speedo and saw I was going 80 without breaking a sweat.
In the dry, gorgeous, spring weather we've been having, I've been able to hit the magical triple digit mark during passing maneuvers. Unless you are a torque junkie (not that there's anything wrong with that), my 230 hp is just perfect for public road consumption.
5 1/2 weeks and over 2300 miles. As you can tell, I'm one happy BMW driver!
#13827 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S
May 01, 2012 (5:28 pm)
My car in the rain- when new great- new brakes, tires and new wipers - rock solid as NYC said of his new 3. Now the 07 has 30k miles- brakes are 8k old, original tires and newer cheepo wipers - not great- I'm very careful in the rain when around others so no real troubles but i know the limits of what i can and should do. Raining this am, 6 am - private road, I gave the g a little toss into a turn with some gas, dsc off I was able to wiggle the back loose. - pretty cool but again something I would not do around other cars.
#13828 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S [sweendogy]
May 01, 2012 (5:59 pm)
You made an excellent point sween. Tires! I forgot to mention tires! The single most important thing when it comes to traction. My Continental RFTs only have 2300 miles on them.
#13829 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S [sweendogy] [nyccarguy]
May 01, 2012 (6:13 pm)
Rft - would like to know how they grip at 30k
#13830 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S [sweendogy] [nyccarguy] [sweendogy]
May 01, 2012 (6:29 pm)
Stick around (no pun intended) & you'll find out in about 17 months.
#13831 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S [sweendogy] [nyccarguy] [sweendogy] [nyccarguy]
May 01, 2012 (8:04 pm)
What kind of mileage are you getting on the 328 so far? Just curious.
#13832 of 16251 Re: XDrive (and DSC) in the rain [nyccarguy]S [sweendogy] [nyccarguy] [sweendogy] [nyccarguy] [stickguy]
May 01, 2012 (8:27 pm)
I'm getting between 20 & 21.5 right now. My engine is still green & I seriously have a hard time keeping it under 80 mph on the highway. This week I'm really trying to take it easy. Set the cruise between 60 & 65 when I can, shut the car off at long lights (says to do this in the manual). I'll report back in a few days.
Some of the 335 guys have been reporting better mileage figures because even though their cars are more powerful, that power moves the weight of the car easier.