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#160 of 224 Re: div2 [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 01, 2007 (9:08 am)
There is a misconception that it's a lack of maintenance that does in ATs, but really, the enemy is HEAT...
Well, yes and no. Excessive heat breaks down the ATF and the lubricated/moving parts in the transmission suffer accordingly. If the transmission isn't running all that hot, a change of the fluid at 50K-60K intervals will be sufficient to keep it running for 150K-200K miles.
I wish ATs had temp. gauges.
Don't hold your breath... My 1993 Pathfinder at least had an ATF temp warning light.
I wish BMW would fit a glass cockpit that could be configured by the driver. That way we gearheads could have all the information we want at our fingertips.
#161 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [circlew]
Jan 01, 2007 (9:13 am)
I do not know why they went from 330 to 328...doesn't make sense.
BMW model designations used to correspond with engine displacement. Tody the numbering system is used to differentiate cars within a model range.
Jan 01, 2007 (10:22 am)
Really? An ATF heat warning light? That's very cool, I didn't know that....great idea!
#163 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [div2]
Jan 01, 2007 (11:13 am)
BMW model designations used to correspond with engine displacement. Today the numbering system is used to differentiate cars within a model range.
I was rereferringo the drop in power output. Doesn't make much sense to go from 255/230 to 230/200.
#164 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [circlew]
Jan 01, 2007 (1:19 pm)
Theyíre careful about how much power they dole out. I guess they figure that jumping the 325 to 255 hp in the 328 is giving you a bakerís dozen, if you will. No free lunch. Taking the successor of this current 328 to 255 hp is a logical next step. Itís a good thing there are the HP wars. I donít think they would have given the 335 that much power if it wasnít for the competition. Think of how miserly Porsche is with power. A 245 hp Boxster equates financially to a 400 hp Corvette.
I believe it will get to a threshold where many customers will be quite satisfied with the power offered on the lower-end models, although it will always be different story with the performance-pushing buyers. I wouldnít be surprised to see a shift in sales percentages from say the 335 to 328 in the future. Speed limits aren't being raised but power and acceleration times have improved substantially through the years. All of this is benefits the consumer and itís a good thing too because we have to put up with all of the other bs they put into these new cars in addition to increasing weights.
#165 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [designman]
Jan 01, 2007 (2:53 pm)
I agree with the weight issue in terms of lbs. or kg./HP. I always thought that a good wight limit in the compact to midsize segment should be around 3,000 lbs. The advent of lighter weight alloys will no doubt find their way into the design. Corvette has the right idea with the fiberglass body and magnesium/carbon fiber.
Then, you don't need 500hp/383 lb/ft of tourque to move the added weight in say an M6.
250/250 or 300/300 would be quite potent. Pushing 900 lbs. less is a big advantage for total performance IMO.
A Z06 weighs 3,132 lbs and comes close to my goal weight. This is probably the only car manufactured in the U.S. that is world class (now). With 500 HP/470 lb./ft. or in stock 400/400 model, there is more than enough blend for an enthusiast or meglo-enthusiast.
#166 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [circlew]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 01, 2007 (4:11 pm)
The 328 model didn't replace the 330i.. It is the entry level 3-series... It replaced the '06 325i (which also had a 3.0 litre engine). I believe the '06 325i was rated at 215 hp, so the 328i is a 15 hp jump from that model...
The 335i (turbocharged 3.0 litre) replaced the 330i.. A power jump from 260 hp to 300 hp..
2006.. the two 3-series models were 215/255 hp
2007.. the two 3-series models are 230/300 hp
#167 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [circlew]
Jan 01, 2007 (6:34 pm)
335xi coupe out next September.
#168 of 224 Re: 2007 328xi drive vs 2003 330xi [manybmws]
Jan 02, 2007 (10:55 am)
335xi sedan out in March [of 007]!
Audi S4 performance for over $7,000 less -- with better gas mileage to boot!
Now if you could just get the RED leather interior in the sedan. . . .
#169 of 224 2007 BMW 335i Test Drive
Nov 14, 2006 (11:01 am)