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      02-17-2006, 01:29 AM   #23
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I agree 100%. And since we're dropping names, my previous car was a 1989 Ford Probe (GL), and my 330 surpasses it in every way! Noticably less "window hiss" and "suspension clunk".


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I just purchased a 2006 BMW 330i (w/Sport Package), and I have to say, it compares with the best drivers' cars. I bought it as I needed a more comfortable commuter car. My daily driver was a 2002 Porsche Carrera 4S which I plan to keep as a weekender. Prior to the Carrera, I owned a BMW M5(E39), and prior to that a BMW M3(E46). Let me tell you, this relatively inexpensive BMW is as good as it gets. It's steering is more precise and direct than the M3 and M5. It's a little less chatty than the 911, but the trade-off is a greater sense of composure and refinement. The chassis beats all three for poise, balance, and agility. Actually, the M3's chassis was as good but the ride was rather rough. Of course the engine is not as powerful, but its ability to rev quickly and pull hard all the way up to its 7000 rpm limit combined with a great sounding induction growl provides 90% the thrill of the 911's powertrain. What the 330i lacks is low-end torque and a louder soundtrack. As a result, it doesn't provide the full visceral experience of a Porsche 911 w/sport exhaust. Clearly, BMW tuned this 330i for enthusiasts. Yet, in addition to all of its talents as a drivers' car, the BMW 330i has a level of refinement, practicality, and safety on par with the BMW M5 (which is saying alot) but unlike the M5, it is remarkably fuel-efficient and has a sound system that satisfies this audiophile. Finally, to my eyes the BMW 330i looks stunning inside and out even when parked next to the Porsche Carrera 4S. In my opinion, for the enthusiast, regardless of price, the BMW 330i is the world's best all-around car .
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      02-17-2006, 12:01 PM   #24
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Very funny . My point is simply that compared to other more expensive cars enthusiasts covet, at least the ones I'm familiar with, the BMW 330i needs to make no apologies. Yes, it doesn't have the cachet a much more expensive car has, but get past that and I defy anyone to name another car that better combines the following:
1) world-class sports car dynamics
2) good looks
2) safety (active and passive)
3) refinement (road noise, wind noise, luxury, comfort, superior sound system, build quality)
4) practicality (utility, fuel efficiency/range, reliability/durability)

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      02-17-2006, 06:35 PM   #25
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Very funny . My point is simply that compared to other more expensive cars enthusiasts covet, at least the ones I'm familiar with, the BMW 330i needs to make no apologies. Yes, it doesn't have the cachet a much more expensive car has, but get past that and I defy anyone to name another car that better combines the following:
1) world-class sports car dynamics
2) good looks
2) safety (active and passive)
3) refinement (road noise, wind noise, luxury, comfort, superior sound system, build quality)
4) practicality (utility, fuel efficiency/range, reliability/durability)
John, would you buy a 330i over a 525i or 530i? If so, why? What about back seat comfort for two adults? Do you feel the 330i is adequate or sub par?
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      02-17-2006, 06:52 PM   #26
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I did consider the 5 series. It is as good as the 330i with respect to criteria 3-5 above, but with more space and, one could argue, a little more prestige. However, the driving dynamics of the 3 series really is special . I can get out of the Porsche and into the 330i with little letdown. I'm familiar with the previous 5 series having owned a 540i and M5 and can say that while their driving dynamics were impressive for a luxury sedan, they came off as rather ponderous and gangly when compared with dedicated sports cars. And sadly, some publications have questioned whether the current 5 series is any better in terms of driving dynamics than the previous 5 series. Finally, and of course this is subjective, I'm not keen on the looks of the 5 series, particularly the fascia.

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      11-21-2007, 04:11 PM   #27
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Great to hear im collecting my 330i on saturday cant wait now after what you said about it
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      11-21-2007, 05:21 PM   #28
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Great to hear im collecting my 330i on saturday cant wait now after what you said about it
Aha, so that's why you're looking up all these old threads If you are getting a new one then you must be getting the 272hp engine that does almost 40mpg combined...congrats!
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So in four years you'll have owned a total of four different cars? It is interesting that you call it "upgrading" to an E92 when I would have thought everything (until new M3) is a downgrade from your e46 M3. Is the M3 reall that "bleh" of a car? I drove one once and I thought it was awesome.
He also calls the 330 an inexpensive car. He probably works on Wall St. and is getting a big bonus for his fine work this year.
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