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      02-17-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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Picked up 330i today_First Impression: This car is fast!

FINALLY picked up my mystic blue 330i today. I've been dying
to drive this vehicle after reading on this forum for 2 months.
I really didn't get to push the car during my brief test drive(and even then i drove a 330xi).
I'm leasing my car, so i don't really care about any break-in
periods. Just as a courtesy to the engine though, I drove
about 50 miles before i let loose and let me just say,
WOW! The handling, steering, road feel-Don't
think it can get any better than this. Also, anyone
who thinks that this car is not fast, I really dont
know what to say to you. This car pulls so strongly from
ANY speed and the rush is nothing short of exhilarating.
I only imagine it will get quicker with age-can't wait!
With all the people complaining about the 255hp not being enough,
and the prospect of a new super fast 335i I was so worried
but now i really could care less. This car has MORE than
enough power for me and passing on the highway will be no
prob at all with this car. I can't imagine why anyone
would need a quicker car than this. Maybe I should of
test driven the 325i.
My brother's g35 sedan has 280 HP and this feels faster. BMW hp numbers can be quite deceiving I've learned. Can't wait to go out and drive some more tomorrow! Oh yeah one more thing, I'm so used to "lexus" brakes and I pressed the pedal like i would in my lexus and the car literally stopped on a dime. Incredible!

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What car were you driving before?
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Wait till you run-in the car. It keeps getting better! Oh and since you might enjoy the car so much that you might want to buy it out after the lease. So treating it well might nevertheless worth it.
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What car were you driving before?
Exactly. If he was driving a slower car, then of course it's going to feel fast. It didn't feel that fast to me, but I drive a mid. 13 second Mustang GT 5 speed. It's all relative. I thought my car was fast until I recently drove my friend's new Z06. My car felt like a dog after that.
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What car were you driving before?
'01 lexus gs300 (330i feels MUCH quicker)
'02 330xi (which to me was pretty quick-but 330i still feels a lot quicker but i guess it's all subjective)

Those two I knew even on paper I would be going to a faster car.

But I think it really does feel quicker than my brother's G35 sedan and I think that car is pretty quick too, so I'm using the the G35 has a objective measure.

btw for reference-all ^ auto's
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      02-17-2006, 11:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by agent0986
This car has MORE than
enough power for me and passing on the highway will be no
prob at all with this car.
Exactly the 255 is more than enough and really wasted most of the time. It's there if you ever need it and that's about yet.
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Exactly. If he was driving a slower car, then of course it's going to feel fast. It didn't feel that fast to me, but I drive a mid. 13 second Mustang GT 5 speed. It's all relative. I thought my car was fast until I recently drove my friend's new Z06. My car felt like a dog after that.
I have a low 12 second Mustang, and I still feel like my lowly 325i has a decent amount of power. It won't keep up with any actual sports cars, but it is just fine for commuting and dealing with everyday traffic.

By the way, shouldn't the 330i pull around a flat 14 to high 13 second quarter mile?
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By the way, shouldn't the 330i pull around a flat 14 to high 13 second quarter mile?
Nope, that'd be the IS350.
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I have a low 12 second Mustang
There's a running joke between some friends and I that no matter how much power a Mustang has, it will always run 13s (due to the fact that our Mustang owning friends can never seem to get enough traction).
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There's a running joke between some friends and I that no matter how much power a Mustang has, it will always run 13s (due to the fact that our Mustang owning friends can never seem to get enough traction).
That's actually kind of funny. The Atlanta Dragway has terrible track prep on the night they let the public come in to race, and I haven't been able to break below 13 seconds there because I can't get traction. There is another track fairly close to Atlanta called Silver Dollar Raceway where they have much better track maintenance. I can pull a 12.5 there on street tires and my best time in my sig was on slicks there at that track.

My car has the power to pull high 11s, but I can't drive for shit. The guy that built my car has one with pretty much the exact same power as mine, but with a much better suspension and about 700lbs of weight reduction, that runs in the 9s.
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That's actually kind of funny. The Atlanta Dragway has terrible track prep on the night they let the public come in to race, and I haven't been able to break below 13 seconds there because I can't get traction. There is another track fairly close to Atlanta called Silver Dollar Raceway where they have much better track maintenance. I can pull a 12.5 there on street tires and my best time in my sig was on slicks there at that track.

My car has the power to pull high 11s, but I can't drive for shit. The guy that built my car has one with pretty much the exact same power as mine, but with a much better suspension and about 700lbs of weight reduction, that runs in the 9s.
I run Nitto Drag Radials at the track and in the summer. They will do wonders for traction.
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I have a low 12 second Mustang, and I still feel like my lowly 325i has a decent amount of power. It won't keep up with any actual sports cars, but it is just fine for commuting and dealing with everyday traffic.

By the way, shouldn't the 330i pull around a flat 14 to high 13 second quarter mile?
The 330i is pretty quick to 60 mph, but the power falls off after that because of lack of horsepower, weight, and conservative gearing. 14 flat would be an excellent time with a perfect lanch using a 330i. I highly doubt it possible in stock form. I could see it doing 14.2-14.4's all day long though. It simply weighs too much for only 255 hp., but I am still highly considering purchasing one to replace my mustang. I love the handling, sport seats, and ability to put two adults in my rear seat. The power is decent, but not great. I also like the fuel economy in relation to the power.
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That's actually kind of funny. The Atlanta Dragway has terrible track prep on the night they let the public come in to race, and I haven't been able to break below 13 seconds there because I can't get traction. There is another track fairly close to Atlanta called Silver Dollar Raceway where they have much better track maintenance. I can pull a 12.5 there on street tires and my best time in my sig was on slicks there at that track.

My car has the power to pull high 11s, but I can't drive for shit. The guy that built my car has one with pretty much the exact same power as mine, but with a much better suspension and about 700lbs of weight reduction, that runs in the 9s.
at least you're honest, that's all i could ask for.
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My car has the power to pull high 11s, but I can't drive for shit. The guy that built my car has one with pretty much the exact same power as mine, but with a much better suspension and about 700lbs of weight reduction, that runs in the 9s.
Off topic.
You should check out this video of an M5 that runs under 9!
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13039
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Off topic.
You should check out this video of an M5 that runs under 9!
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13039
Yeah, I saw that video the other day. That is an awesome car.

Here is a video of the guy who built my car running 9's in his Bullitt. His name is Tim Matherly, and he owns MV Performance near Atlanta.

http://www.mustangdyne.com/racingima...E3_001_002.wmv
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Speed Fall Off?

That's funny, I find that my acceleration increases after about 60 or 70.....it is so responsive to acceleration after that that it can be scary....for example. If I aggressively step on the gas while I'm cruising along at 70, i find my self doing 100+ in a matter of about 3-4 seconds...NO JOKE. It's like a sling-shot!
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That sub 9-second BMW is outrageous. So quick without much fanfare.

I wonder how the Nissan Skyline GTR does in the quarter.
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That's funny, I find that my acceleration increases after about 60 or 70.....it is so responsive to acceleration after that that it can be scary....for example. If I aggressively step on the gas while I'm cruising along at 70, i find my self doing 100+ in a matter of about 3-4 seconds...NO JOKE. It's like a sling-shot!

a 3 series scary? you'd have a flippin stroke if you ever rode in a car with real power
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There's a running joke between some friends and I that no matter how much power a Mustang has, it will always run 13s (due to the fact that our Mustang owning friends can never seem to get enough traction).
sounds oddly familiar to the classic supra joke..
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