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      08-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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F30 328i loaner, now glad to be back in my 335d

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Just had my last servicing done before my warranty runs out. My dealer gave me an F30 328i loaner for the day, and I have to say, I was very glad to get my 335d back. The 2 liter sounds like a diesel at idle, the new electric steering was completely lifeless, it handled way too softly, even in Sport mode, the non-sport seats are almost 1980s American car flat, and it just wasn't the fun car BMWs from the E9x back have always been. I loved the E46, E36 and still miss my 1991 325iX from way back when.

It was plenty fast, but very jerky in Sport from a start. The only thing I thought was the back seat was slightly bigger.

This puts serious doubts in my head about getting a 328d wagon next spring. I think I'll keep my 335d and my '03 Saab 9-5 Aero wagon (which I think is more fun to drive than the 328i!).

Has BMW lost its sporting edge?
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      08-27-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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I had a new 328i as a loaner while my X5 was getting a rattle sorted for the 5th time. The 4 banger is pretty noisy, especially during auto start. Noisier than the 535 i had as a loaner prior.

The handling of it is actually the #2 reason I ditched the X5 (#1 being mpg). I didn't find it that bad and it's been too long so I can't give it an honest comparison to the 335d. Of course, i was used to driving around that refrigerator so a chevy malibu would have felt better.
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      08-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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I haven't driven an F30 yet but I did have an X3 28i as a rental car a few weeks ago (free upgrade since they were out of mid-size sedans... yay!)

I can't comment on the ride of the F30 but the 4-banger was at least surprisingly potent, but it definitely sounds more like a diesel at idle than my diesel does! It gets quieter once it warms up though.

In sport mode it's "jerky" because the throttle curve is changed, and there's not quite as much lag as there is in the diesel in 1st gear.
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      08-28-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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I wonder if the sport line has the same Lexus like feel? I did not like the F30 328 either. Felt much softer when compared to my non-sport 335d.
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      08-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #5
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My impression is that the non-sport F30 328i is designed to be a midsize car and compete with entry level luxury rather than a sports sedan, which the public seems to want less. BMW will need to either fix this through a different model (a rear wheel drive one of course) such as a 2 or 4 series coupe, or just abandon the nearly mid-size sport sedan market it created. The original 2002tii was much smaller, so perhaps a RWD 1 series would work, but BMW is apparently abandoning this also.

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      08-28-2013, 02:26 PM   #6

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I had a 328i loaner and didnt like it at all for reasons stated above.
I had a x3 28i loander and didnt like it either. The driving experience was very blah, the car wasnt particularly roomy at all and I felt it was very subpar to the x5 they gave me.
I did like the x5d loaner they gave me. It just seems to me like BMW is losing its BMW-ness
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