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      06-23-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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New Ride - 2011 328 M-Sport ... first 6MT

Big change for me. First a little background:

I am coming from a 2008 335xi (step) to a 2011 328i Msport 6MT.

The 335 was totaled about 2 months ago (see pic below) and like most on here I there was not really a whole lot of question as to what I would get next, just a question of what BMW. Problem was I needed something fast, well that didnt happen. I looked at a couple of CPO'd 335s and some new cars at various dealers and I decided I just wanted to get exactly what I wanted so I ordered.

I talked to Ryan at Steve Thomas and he was a huge help. There's no doubt I will be ordering from him next time around, but time and convenience were major factors this time around and I got my CA I leased the 2008 from to come close to matching Ryan's numbers (although not quite, and with a lot more headache).

The last manual car I drove on a public road was an e46 M3 'vert back in 2004 (aside from BKR335's 335 a couple months ago, but that was just a parking lot), and before that the manual cars I have driven were not numerous ... but I knew that's what I wanted. Anyway, with zero practice I went to the dealer to take delivery late Tuesday.

Still have a lot of work to do getting that 1st gear down, but in less than 2 days I know I made the right choice joining the 6MT club ... if a little late.

Below are some quick pics of the old car, the demise of the old car and the new car (and a co-worker's car, I would obviously prefer).

I have OEM Performance Grills ready to go on, tints are happening tomorrow and painted reflectors are next. Once I get used to the 6MT CDV delete and either AA or PBX are probably next. Interior is Chestnut/Light Burl. Its a great combo, the chestnut really brings out the red in the wood and it all ties together perfectly with the anthracite headliner.

I will post more/better pics, plus interior pics once I get the Grills and tint, as well as some more detailed impressions. I can say right off the bat, the biggest thing I miss from my 2008 (other than the N54) is Comfort Access. I did not realize how convenient that was. I guess the new iDrive makes up for it though.
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      06-23-2011, 07:04 PM   #2
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it looks sharp. I like the wheels.
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      06-23-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new 328i. I am just curious, why did you decide on 328i after 335i. Most people would upgrade. 'Anyhow, I am my second E90 and happy with it. As with standard BMW, my first E90 was manual and it was easy to drive. Specially starting at uphill with 3 seconds delay. You don't have to worry hitting the car behind you.
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      06-23-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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Please elaborate on "paint the reflectors" (the orange ones on the sides of the bumper right?)
I want to do something to these orange reflectors too in my 328.
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      06-23-2011, 10:46 PM   #5
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West German, nice. That's where I got my CPO. Who was your sales rep?

Also, how has the decrease in power felt? Does 6MT allow you extract enough power to make it feel somewhat close to a 335i A/T or is it not even close?
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So did you mean to put the focus on the M3 in the back ground. Lol. Damn I like the way the newer e90's look. Congrats on the new car. Glad your ok after the wreck.
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Very sharp, congrats
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Rolling shots tomorrow afternoon?
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      06-24-2011, 07:00 AM   #9
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Big change for me. First a little background:

I am coming from a 2008 335xi (step) to a 2011 328i Msport 6MT.
Sorry, that's as far as I read. I prefer the stories where people "go to an M3" from a 318i, etc.
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Sorry, that's as far as I read. I prefer the stories where people "go to an M3" from a 318i, etc.
LOL

AWD auto transmission to RWD 6MT is a pretty big transition, although I know what you mean. I went from a bigwheel to the space shuttle endeavor, so, you know, my thread on that was pretty baller.
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      06-24-2011, 07:49 AM   #11
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Congrats on your new 328i. I am just curious, why did you decide on 328i after 335i. Most people would upgrade. 'Anyhow, I am my second E90 and happy with it. As with standard BMW, my first E90 was manual and it was easy to drive. Specially starting at uphill with 3 seconds delay. You don't have to worry hitting the car behind you.
Financial mainly. I had some "assistance" with the previous 335, we recently bought a house and as it is my wife thinks its irresponsible to spend this much on a car now, but I did have options for the same price to get a 335 .... one was a 2008 CPO almost identical to my previous car except 6MT and the other was a 2011 but would have had no options other than ZSP. I really wanted LCI, M sport and pretty loaded options-wise and it was either stripped or CPO if I went 335.

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Please elaborate on "paint the reflectors" (the orange ones on the sides of the bumper right?)
I want to do something to these orange reflectors too in my 328.
"Painted reflectors" are a pretty common mod to e90-LCIs and e92s to get rid of the ugly orange ones. You can get them through many vendors on the post (this is the cheapest I have found: http://www.wstoshop.com/servlet/the-...E92-LCI/Detail)


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West German, nice. That's where I got my CPO. Who was your sales rep?

Also, how has the decrease in power felt? Does 6MT allow you extract enough power to make it feel somewhat close to a 335i A/T or is it not even close?
Brian Gustie - he is actually at the CPO lot. No it isnt that close. But as BKR said its just so different. The xi + A/T together really put you far from the engine. That change in involvement is really every bit as tangible as any car magazine or post on here claims. Again I am still not polished on 1st gear but man is it sweet after that.

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So did you mean to put the focus on the M3 in the back ground. Lol. Damn I like the way the newer e90's look. Congrats on the new car. Glad your ok after the wreck.
Yeah, my buddy's, he didnt want to trade unfortunately, thanks.

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Tint, grills, LUX

Rolling shots tomorrow afternoon?
Done and done (or maybe tomorrow)

updated pics with tint and Performance Grills later tonight
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Congratulations, it is beautiful!

For me, I don't consider it a "downgrade" at all like most people do. I'd easily be able to go back to a 328 6-speed if something happened to my 335.


And I love that "West German" badge that your dealership puts on their cars. The first time I saw one, I thought it was for some kind of performance parts. I usually hate all badges, but I like that one.
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Congrats! You have an awesome car. Oh yeah, West German FTW!
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Nice ride. I have the Chestnut interior with Space Gray myself. They work very well together and I like that not a lot of people go with the Chestnut. Feels more luxurious and exclusive.
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      06-24-2011, 12:44 PM   #15
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Blowing the minds of 335i owners by "Downgrading" your horsepower.

Sweet looking ride. Has anyone ever went "M" instead of Turbo?

I thought of that very car for a e91 and doing a euro delivery.

Good luck with it. Been a long time but have to have the wife buy in on it or its just another arguement waiting to happen.

THe power on the 328i MT is pretty good. I would not have a 328i in Step as the torque convert does rob it of power, but 335i in step is pretty lame in my book. LIke playing a video game in "beginner" mode. When you get familiar with the 328i you can have a lot of fun with it.
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      06-24-2011, 04:07 PM   #16
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Awesome ride, congratulations! And welcome to the 6MT club.

I was in a very similar boat ... got a 6MT car, went to the dealer with 2 hrs experience behind a 5 speed Chevy. Scared the shit out of me at first - I had to drive in a traffic jam with my new BMW for an hour on the way home, up a f*cking hill.

1st ... yeah it is tricky. I rev to 1500RPM, let off the clutch and pause briefly at the grab point, applying more gas as I let it out. Gets off smooth almost every time.
Dunno how the 328 is, but I can no-gas launch really easily. Getting comfortable with no-gas launches really improved my launches.
I rarely ever shift before 3500RPM w/ 1st + 2nd gears. Car seems to like that number for some reason (just the way the revs fall).
/babbling

Almost went to WG to get my BMW, but ended up going to Devon Hill because a co-worker knew people there. WG was very professional with me and I'd recommend them as well.

Congrats again. I like your mod list.
Edit: Oh and CDV delete is totally worth it. I just had mine done, so much easier to launch smoothly. Also no hesitation shifting at higher RPM.
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welcome to the M-Sport and 6mt club!
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Awesome car! Looks great. Welcome to the 6MT club -- in a while you'll never be able to go back.
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Hey man I think I just saw your ride ... were you just driving by Plymouth Elementary school? Saw you at the 4-way intersection just ahead of it.
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Congrats OP. I love those M sport wheels. I just went the other direction, up to a 335i and I couldn't see myself ever changing back. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it is better or worse, just my 2 Lincolns. Hope you have better luck with this one!

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And I love that "West German" badge that your dealership puts on their cars. The first time I saw one, I thought it was for some kind of performance parts. I usually hate all badges, but I like that one.
I thought the same thing! I was leaving the gym one morning and there was a white 7 series with it...I drove around it four times trying to make out what it was, then googled it! I think I'd still take it off...I'm kind of surprised bmw lets them do that.

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Nice ride. I have the Chestnut interior with Space Gray myself. They work very well together and I like that not a lot of people go with the Chestnut. Feels more luxurious and exclusive.
this is the thing I miss the most about my 328!!! I got more compliments on that combo...even from the salesmen at BMW dealerships!
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Your color combo was my 2nd choice, but I wound up going with my 1st choise (AW/black) because white is cooler here in the sunny south. Yours will hide dirt better, though.

Although some don't like the M-sport package, it's one of the features that I really like about my car. I've received a lot of compliments about the wheels, the stance, and interior on my car in the few short weeks I've had it.

As for picking a 328i vs. 335i, it's a matter of personal preference. As long as you went for a 6MT car with sport, it's a good combo. Enjoy!
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