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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#1212 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [circlew]
Jul 25, 2007 (3:08 am)
Thanks, OW. I will be happy to share my driving impresions. You say "2007+ forum". Is that other than this one?
I drove the Lexus IS350 and Acura TL Type-S back in 70 degree weather in January (in Boston!). Tons of torque steer in the FWD TL and somewhat schitzy manual, like it was on speed and over-anxious. The IS 350 was much better behaved and sophisticated, but a little boring with auto only. For some reason, I never made it out to the Infinity dealer, but the 37S wasn't available at the time and the AWD didn't come in a stick. Ironically, it's now the closest competition. It still makes me think it tries TOO hard to beat the Bimmer. Still a wannabee.
The 335xi was the only one that had the combination of a good balance of DSC (not overly intrusive), AWD, stick, plenty of power AND torque at low RPM, great stereo and, of course, BMW rep and handling. Plus everything I'm hearing in reviews says that it's worth digging a little deeper to get the BMW. I hope I'm right. I'm really not too worried!
BTW, my wife has a 1995 318ti with 130,000 miles. She's the one who suggested I look at BMW. I got hooked quickly! I'll be going from a 183 hp underpowered '01 Toyota 4Runner to 300 hp. Talk about over-anxious!
#1213 of 3108 Re: 335 tires on 328 [jerryf2]
Jul 25, 2007 (5:54 am)
The point other folks have made and that I'm trying to make is that the cars with the 18" wheel Sport Package (335i Sedan, 335i Coupe, 328i Coupe) are the ones that reports suggest have the best resistance to tramlining. Said another way, the 328i Sedan is not included in the above list and will stil tramline.
#1214 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [xeye]
Jul 25, 2007 (6:13 am)
My bad. It is the "335I 2007+" discussion in the BMW 3-series forum. Or you can start a new discussion!
#1215 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [xeye]
Jul 25, 2007 (9:35 am)
Here's the link: BMW 335i 2007+. You can check out all the discussions by going to the 3-Series group level. You can click that link, but you'll always see it at the top of the page of any 3-Series discussion.
Hope this helps!
#1216 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [circlew]
Jul 25, 2007 (3:42 pm)
I checked out the 2007+ blog. I'm only up to the Sept 2006 postings, and I'm grateful for another ~750 postings to pass the hours until my 300 hp 300 ft-lbs of torque animal shows up, but you know? These people are not normal. My apologies to Shipo who has posted there and anyone else as well, but there is a definite difference between these people and us.
I'll update more as I pass through BMW nirvana.
Most sincerely ( and btw, I WANT MY CAR!!!!!)
#1217 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [xeye]
Jul 25, 2007 (4:52 pm)
I'm not normal? Shhh, don't tell my wife.
#1218 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [xeye]
Jul 25, 2007 (8:40 pm)
I am waiting too, in case that makes you feel better. Maybe we can form a support group. My car is not even going across the ocean yet. I am going from an SUV to a 335i too. We could have a race to see who will get a ticket... second.
#1219 of 3108 Auto Cargo Ship Wherabouts
Jul 26, 2007 (5:02 pm)
Does anyone know how to find a call sign for a vehicle transport ship? My new 335xi is on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Freedom voyage EB729-FRE. I know it is due in New York on July 29th, and I'm curious to locate it as it gets close. I know it's on the ship as I have tracked the cargo ID (aka VIN). I tried Swedish and Norwegian registered ships, but no luck.
#1220 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [dan12]
Jul 27, 2007 (2:48 pm)
OK, so this is a little long-winded. It's Friday AND cocktail hour (on the East coast!) Give me a break!
2 more days! My car will be in NY in 2 days! Then Prep Center, trucking to Boston, more prep and waiting for the Certificate of Origin which, for some G_d-only-knows reason, doesn't accompany the car. By now, I can recite the BMW brochures from memory!
I got a speeding ticket a couple of years ago in my 4Runner for doing about 12 mph over the limit in Rousses Point, NY, a tiny little hick town. about 5 miles from the Canadian border. While I was sitting as the officer wrote the ticket, a whole school bus full of runny-nosed kids sat waiting to turn, hanging out the windows and heckling. I hadn't yet purchased my X50 radar detector, although I'm not sure it would have helped. When it goes off in a small town on a short street, it's basically telling you "You're screwed!". What made it worse, sort of, was the officer actually thanked me for being polite and patient! (I'm Canadian)
OK, Open question: What would you have said in response? This blog is audited, so be civilized! As for me, I kept my big mouth tightly shut!
Bottom line: If I get nailed, I lose to the cop. I hate losing when I have a choice, so you're done before we start!
I'll be satisfied if I can get to the speed limit quickly and handle any curve or road condition thrown at me. That's why I got the (335)xi. The xi Coupe (if available) would have been amazing, but there were also reasons why the sedan is just too easy as compared to the Coupe. If the car ever sees the high side of the centennial mark, it will be on a track where I can be aggressive and not risk everything.
I will be in touch since, sooner or later, I will get nailed, and I will need some sympathy! I truly think some day (soon?), my Jekyll side will come out while behind the wheel with an evil grin, and the hammer will come down! It will most likely be in Vermont in the remote hills, so no worries!
Happy Motoring, and drive your new wheels in good health!
#1221 of 3108 Re: On a slightly different subject, still 335s... [xeye]
Jul 27, 2007 (9:59 pm)
What would I have said in response? I am too polite too so I would have just shrugged and stayed quiet. Sometimes you get caught and that's just the way it is.
I have been driving a wobbly Jeep Grand Cherokee and that makes it much easier to avoid tickets. You never have the desire to go fast even though it does have power. Speaking of having a car that handles all road conditions... the best part was when I pulled an Escalade out of the snow in the mountains. I was looking at getting the xi too, but in the end it doesn't make sense for the weather around here in California. I won't take the 335 skiing, so it will never see snow. So I have the 335 with the SP instead. The extra HP will be nice, but I hope I get used to driving a low-to-the-ground car again. I've gotten spoiled being up high in an SUV.
Let me know how your new car is. Mine is still not even on a ship yet. I still have a month wait.