Last post on Oct 02, 2006 at 5:54 AM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#19 of 28 Re: Sport package and the 530xi [victoria333]
Sep 16, 2006 (6:14 am)
V, try putting a cushion on the seat to boost your position into the seat better. This is an old trick when bench seats where still in cars.
#20 of 28 Re: Ride quality of 530Xi vs 330Xi [bruceomega]
Sep 16, 2006 (6:26 am)
Bruce, I also own the '06 330 xi with SP (appperance,seats) and have the same sense of the harshness but It does not bother me. The RFT's are deffinately part of the issue but any other RFT would be the same. You can opt out of the RFT and add a donut spare and your ride quality will improve greatly. (When I had a flat on my RFT, I still have the old tire I replaced back in March. The sidewall is extremely thick which allows the car to run on 0 pressure.)
I borrowed an '06 330i (non-sp)from the dealer for 1,000 miles and it rode a lot smoother than my car on the same EL42's but I noticed my car did have a handling advantage. I think the xi's are tuned to the xdrive with firmer suspension but need to get more info on that as more experience is known.
I am eager to know if the 5 xi has the same ride quality or better from someone also.
#21 of 28 Re: Ride quality of 530Xi vs 330Xi [bruceomega]
Sep 16, 2006 (6:35 am)
Good! No suspension damage, just the super-hard EL42's! I sensed this in my car. I plan to run my tires to 20G and replace with the best RFT option at that time. I definatly "Bottom Out" by reaching the extent of the suspension travel on one particular highway irregularity on RTE 9 in Sayerville NJ that catupults anything in the cup holder out and onto the floor but is aonly a minor event in my Yuokon Denali. It is even more telling regarding the suspension setup in these cars because they are about an inch higehr than the stock 330i setup.
Have agreat ride with your car now that you are more satisfied. Don't you love the handling though?
#22 of 28 Re: Ride quality of 530Xi vs 330Xi [circlew]
Sep 18, 2006 (2:12 pm)
Yes, I definitely like the handling, quickness, agility, ....
Just took my first road trip today. On top of all the performance plusses, it is also reasonably quiet and comfortable, with a very good sound system.
#23 of 28 2007 3-series
Sep 19, 2006 (2:07 pm)
3er xi sedan only available in one model as 328xi
#24 of 28 Re: Ride quality of 530Xi vs 330Xi [bruceomega]
Sep 19, 2006 (5:48 pm)
What mileage are you up to on the Conti's? My 06 325xi is in, ready for pick up. I will be starting on Conti's (they are taking off the Bridgestones). They might charge 100, but, sounds worth it? Here's my last chance to bail on this deal? Words of wisdom? Sorry, didn't mean to high jack the thread.
#25 of 28 Re: 2007 3-series [manybmws]
Sep 20, 2006 (5:46 am)
You ment coupe only available as 328xi.
#26 of 28 Re: Ride quality of 530Xi vs 330Xi [bpl360]
Sep 21, 2006 (7:13 pm)
I would guess I have about 700 miles on the Continentals. My experience to date is just as some others have posted, much better than the Bridgestones for ride quality and quietness.
Oct 02, 2006 (5:05 am)
In the wings a 335 sedan and in the +1 year from now (or perhaps a bit less) wings, a 335xi sedan and coupe.
As an Audi lover, it seemed a lot like driving an S4 that was at least $7000 less and got better gas mileage.
The 335xi sedan should be a threat to the Audi line up A4/S4 range -- ain't competition great!?!
#28 of 28 Re: I drove the 335 coupe! [markcincinnati]
Oct 02, 2006 (5:54 am)
It would be but I think BMW dropped the ball because I sso no 335xi on the horizon unless it is a secret. They offer only 328 xi for 2007 with 230 HP. No threat to Audi RS4 in the power department.