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      04-13-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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First time tracking my 328i. Questions/advice

I'm not new to tracking and usually take my M3, but I've deemed it unfit for DEs due to engine belts/pulleys going bad. So I'll be taking the 328 to an event in five hours today.

The 328i is all stock, minus clutch stop. Manuel, sports package, factory spec alignment performed yesterday. Tires are stock sized Bridgestone RE760s; have used RE760s on the M3 on track and have no complaints. It has 48,3XX miles, and maintenance was always performed at a BMW stealership until maintenance plan expired last December. A brake flush was recently performed.

When performing a tech inspection yesterday, fluid levels were fine, but I noticed that brake and PS fluids were green. Is that normal? The fluids I use on the M3 are red, so I'm not sure. I'm hoping fade is minimal; track doesn't look to be hard on brakes. The front right shock is leaking. Car feels and drives fine, and I'm hoping the shock doesn't blow on the bumpy track.

Would anyone be able to try and explain how the car behaves without traction control? On the M3, it's easy to control the car during oversteer, but I've read the diff on 328 is uninspiring with that regard?

Can I flog the 328 without having to worry about the motor blowing up or something?

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Flog away.....328 will mostly under steer with traction control off but is very predictable when you get used to it.....that is when tires are nicely warmed....so my best advice is to wait till warm if you really want to push it.
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Can I flog the 328 without having to worry about the motor blowing up or something?
Absolutely. Pretty tough to blow the engine without moneyshifting or way overrevving it. Have fun with it, it's a very forgiving car.
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Event was fine. Experienced lots of understeer. Started chunking my two day old tires lol. Shifted at 5-6000 RPM and still felt like I was abusing the car lol. Passed cars that had more power than me. Did experience some brake fade due to boiling fluid. Best part is that I finally got to practice car control/skid recovery on a track.



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Thanks for sharing! Very interesting to watch!
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Thanks for sharing! Very interesting to watch!
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I'm not new to tracking and usually take my M3, but I've deemed it unfit for DEs due to engine belts/pulleys going bad. So I'll be taking the 328 to an event in five hours today.

The 328i is all stock, minus clutch stop. Manuel, sports package, factory spec alignment performed yesterday. Tires are stock sized Bridgestone RE760s; have used RE760s on the M3 on track and have no complaints. It has 48,3XX miles, and maintenance was always performed at a BMW stealership until maintenance plan expired last December. A brake flush was recently performed.

When performing a tech inspection yesterday, fluid levels were fine, but I noticed that brake and PS fluids were green. Is that normal? The fluids I use on the M3 are red, so I'm not sure. I'm hoping fade is minimal; track doesn't look to be hard on brakes. The front right shock is leaking. Car feels and drives fine, and I'm hoping the shock doesn't blow on the bumpy track.

Would anyone be able to try and explain how the car behaves without traction control? On the M3, it's easy to control the car during oversteer, but I've read the diff on 328 is uninspiring with that regard?

Can I flog the 328 without having to worry about the motor blowing up or something?

TIA

The P/S fluid should be green. The brake fluid should be gold. It turns green when is contaminated.

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