Originally Posted by stressdoc
My 2 cents worth:
Inside Line did a lame job on this one. First clue was the sticker price BS.
The 335is has a niche, similar to the beloved E46 ZHP. Yes you can save some $ by opting for a N55 Msport. But if you are serious about performance the N54 with extra cooling and lighter flywheel has some big advantages. If you do not want to tune and mod and change exhausts etc. then the 335is is a lot more fun out of the box with full warranty.
Someone who gets it
I have only made minor mods to the car since I got it: tinted the windows and debadged all traces of 335is (except the ones inside the car) and am about to put my winter wheels on, so to the untrained eye, it's just a 335i. There's nothing wrong with modding or tuning, but I don't want to deal with the hassle of removing the tune everything I take the car in for service, or God forbid, the car breaks down on the freeway and has to be towed to the dealer. So, to me, the iS was a no-brainer. Now, if I keep the car pass warranty, then I might start extensive tuning or modding, until then am gonna enjoy it the way it's.