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      06-01-2012, 09:16 PM   #23
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Ah, I see. I don't think I've ever driven fast than 80!
Fair enough. I don't do it often or for long, only a quick burst occasionally cause i love getting the turbos spooled up with the JB4. Afterwards i slow back down to regular freeway speeds. I'll also sometimes do it when passing then slow back down
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      06-04-2012, 02:43 AM   #24
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Yea but i'm also talking about things like on ramps and hitting bumpers in the 80-+100 range. That's when i really feel the floatiness
I have to disagree with you, just last week I had it pinned out at 230 + kph (about 140 mph) and she felt smooth. No fear... until my radar detector went off
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      06-04-2012, 05:05 AM   #25
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1) Xi sits higher, and also has a rake (front is a bit higher) for driving clearance.
2) Xi with sport package gets a modified standard i suspension.
3) Both feel floaty to me. Comfortable, a bit sporty, but watered down.
4) RWD w/o LSD is one wheel drive.

I'd get the xi and upgrade the suspension. Best of both worlds. Pics in my garage are stock xi suspension w/ 18" 189s and 19" CSL replicas.

Good luck with the decision. You're going to love your new coupe.
Huh about number 2.
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      06-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #26
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Ok i've been searching all over but can't find the answer to this.

I'm looking at 335 coupe. It's gotta have the sports package.

Do both the 335i and XI have the same sport suspension? My buddy tells me it doesn't...

Secondly, do 335xi's sit higher than the 335i?

Again i'm talking only about coupes.

335 xi sits higher and the suspension and handling is not the same as 335i. Drive each one of them through s-curves and you will feel the difference. The CG is lower on 335i and it has sharper handling including braking (less weight). I have 330i but my friend just replaced his '07 335i coupe with '11 335 xi and he doesn't like it. He didn't know that the xi's suspension and steering are different. I drove both and my 330i has razor-sharp handling compared to the xi's relaxed feel especially at higher speeds. The bottom line, my opinion, the xi has different handling characteristics compared to "i". There is no better or worse, both of them are fine machines with different purposes. If you are in PA xi is useless except for 2-4 months in a year, otherwise you are driving a 200 Lb fat chick with you all the time. Also, you will need winter tires if you go with "i" unless you have all seasons but they don't handle as well on dry roads. Good luck and post pics when you get your project!
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I've had two xi's. The first was a 2008 328 and then a 2011 335. To me, the 328 was much firmer. After having the 335 a week I couldn't take it anymore and upgraded to coilovers. The car is night and day more fun to drive and it's height is adjustable for the seasons. For approximately $1500 total is definitely worth it.
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I just upgraded the springs on my 335xi Coupe to OEM sport springs from an E90 335i. The car now sits at the same ride height as a regular 335i (about .5 lower all around) and handles better, meanwhile ride quality actually feels better and smoother than the original Xi springs.
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If you are all about performance, make sure you get an aftermarket LSD pronto on your i because it doenst have one.
Umm, real sport drivers want RWD, LSD or no. And the added weight of the AWD system would typically also be a deal-breaker for track users.
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I have an '07 335i sedan sport package. Ride height is significantly lower than AWD versions that are 98% of the ones I see. I often get asked why my car looks better than most 3-series and I think this is the reason. Without the dreaded run-flats the ride quality is great but I might eventually go to coil-overs for track use and seasonal adjustability, as mentioned above. Still, I have no problem in CO winters with snows mounted. Braking and curves are the winter problem, not acceleration.
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My stock xi wheel gap with 19" rims really isn't that bad...
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