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      01-08-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
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335i carsales.com.au editorial - they're not warming to it!

http://editorial.carsales.com.au/car...w/2269437.aspx

"...It is also the most expensive by a significant margin in an era when most new models arrive with a price cut. It is also the first that hasn't left me excited after the first drive."
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      01-09-2007, 12:18 AM   #2
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there have not been good comments on the new convertibe either... dumb reporters! they should wait till they have atleast driven it!

the coupe is art though...
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      01-09-2007, 08:20 AM   #3
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At least he gave iDrive a go, and didn't dismiss it out of hand - the first review I have read where they say they like the iDrive!!
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      01-09-2007, 04:55 PM   #4
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Strange review. He's effusively positive about many core aspects of the car, but seems to be trying very hard to be unenthusiastic. I don't agree that you never get to hear the best of the 335's engine unless you are caning it. That lovely, expensive sounding baritone exhaust burble is with you all the time up to about 4500rpm (even at light throttle openings) until it's replaced with the usual and equally wonderful BMW straight six scream. It's the one characteristic I wasn't really expecting in this otherwise super refined car, and I never tire of it!

Good to see some balanced reporting on the RFT's at last though. And he's right about the bump steer too, unfortunately.
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Maybe he didn't hear the engine because his daily driver is a Lada Niki

I seriously didn't read him as a car person - what car person couldn't hear that lovely engine sound??
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      01-10-2007, 06:41 AM   #6
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^So true Jamie, So true.
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      01-10-2007, 10:21 PM   #7
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I have had my 335i with 19" wheels for over 2 months now (Saphire Black and Black Leather...I love it.
The ride is a little harsh sometimes but more an indictment of our roads than anyhing.
I have it pretty much optioned up (Sat/Nav, Heated Seats, Comfort Access and upgraded stereo) and the I Drive is Ok once you get used to it, very handy with a BB on Blue tooth.

I really think you need to drive for a while to appreciatethe car. More than 500Km's
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      01-10-2007, 11:01 PM   #8
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the longer you own your new baby, the more you will love her it's the little quirks that bimmers have that make them great
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I have had my 335i with 19" wheels for over 2 months now (Saphire Black and Black Leather...I love it.
The ride is a little harsh sometimes but more an indictment of our roads than anyhing.
I have it pretty much optioned up (Sat/Nav, Heated Seats, Comfort Access and upgraded stereo) and the I Drive is Ok once you get used to it, very handy with a BB on Blue tooth.

I really think you need to drive for a while to appreciatethe car. More than 500Km's
Congrats and great to hear that you enjoying your ride. Just wondering if you have the coupe or sedan. i really wished they would change the badging of the coupes, it gets .
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Congrats and great to hear that you enjoying your ride. Just wondering if you have the coupe or sedan. i really wished they would change the badging of the coupes, it gets .
do you mean back to the old way? like "Ci"? instead of the new way "i"?
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Yes thats right ASTRA
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yeh i wish it was still the same... just another way of distinguishing between the two
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Yes it does make it confusing that they dropped the Ci nomenclature.

And right about loving it the more you drive it. I have realised with this car the quirks are part of what makes it great - it makes the car more human, and they are really minor in the scheme of things, and all it takes is one more fast corner and all is forgotten and forgiven...
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Congrats and great to hear that you enjoying your ride. Just wondering if you have the coupe or sedan. i really wished they would change the badging of the coupes, it gets .
I purchased a coupe...ordered it in July last year was one of the first to arrive....just looks good with 19" wheels.
Just drove to QLD and back over the holidays.
Also bought a car bra for it...looks OK as it is black but really protected the front end.

I was hesitanmt when I heard about going Turbo...but you really would not know at all, so smoooth and some real go.
My sugestion is still manual much more fun than the auto (Even with paddle shift)
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oh great you have 19inch rims, i am considering ordering 19 inch rims as well when i order my coupe. Just wondering how the ride was with the 19inch rims? im worried because alot of ppl have been complaining about the ride quality with the standard 18inch rims.
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get to ordering it now chris!! it's 07! time for an 07 build...
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lol ok ASTRA i will!!!! DONT FORGET IM ORDERING JUST BECAUSE YOU SAID SO!!
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Strange review. He's effusively positive about many core aspects of the car, but seems to be trying very hard to be unenthusiastic. I don't agree that you never get to hear the best of the 335's engine unless you are caning it. That lovely, expensive sounding baritone exhaust burble is with you all the time up to about 4500rpm (even at light throttle openings) until it's replaced with the usual and equally wonderful BMW straight six scream. It's the one characteristic I wasn't really expecting in this otherwise super refined car, and I never tire of it!

Good to see some balanced reporting on the RFT's at last though. And he's right about the bump steer too, unfortunately.
I must say I agree with the reviewers opinion, its really a quiet engine unless you've got your foot into it. I drove one today and its a great little screamer of an engine. But it doesn't have the sounds of say an S54 even at light throttle, but once you hit the loud peddle it comes to life.

That said, in this type of car I prefure the setup like that. It's not an M and isn't designed as such, so therefore I reckon it functions perfectly.

I was mightly impressed with the 335, it went quite well and has a great feel to it build quality wise. Definantly up on par with the Merc's now. I was resolved never to buy another BMW again after my M, but driving the 335 has swung me back towards a new 3. (Hence joining the forum to get all the info from people in the know).

For $120 odd k it's a lot of car for the money. Leaps and bounds above the E46 Coupe's and even the ride quality with the run flats is superior to that of the E46's.

Thinking of MB on black with sunroof, 19's, heated seats and keyless go. What's the no BS delivery time on these? The guy at the dealership reckoned on delivery in May or June. If that's the case, a demonstrator maybe the way to go. And what does everyone think is a fair price on them?

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oh great you have 19inch rims, i am considering ordering 19 inch rims as well when i order my coupe. Just wondering how the ride was with the 19inch rims? im worried because alot of ppl have been complaining about the ride quality with the standard 18inch rims.
Hi,
I have the 19' rims and have done just under 4000k's in the car since november. The ride is firm and it's great when you put the boot in- the car just sticks on corners with no tyre squeal. Daily driving can be a bit jarring at times (F'ing crap australian roads + RFT sidewalls) and scuttles and jumps over linear bumps (bridge expansion joints, tram tracks etc). But did I mention that they look awesome (I'll try and get some pics in the next few days- I'm pretty busy)? Don't forget to factor in the replacement price of 19' RFTs- massive. I'm thinking of getting a mobility kit and non RFT's when they wear out. Cheaper, softer ride without handling/ cornering compromise and more tyre choices.

Good luck with your order.
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