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      03-09-2012, 12:58 PM   #23
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[quote=BMWFanatic2008;11511314]To the OP: you are biased; since you already have a 328, you WANT to believe that there isn't much difference between 328 and 335.

I test drove an F30 335 last week and was telling myself that E9x is a better car. Why? Because I drive one, for now [/QUOTE

wrong. I am looking to move to 335 because i wanted more power /torque .
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      03-09-2012, 01:03 PM   #24
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To me, the beauty of the 335i is how undramatic all that power is. It's very easy to drive fast, because you don't feel like you're driving fast. It's smooth, quiet, and competent. It's sneaky-fast; you glance down as you're cruising along and realize you'd better slow it down or risk a fat ticket.

It's a feature, not a bug.
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True this. I just bought my 335, coming from an Evo. The biggest difference I've found is the ability to not feel like you're going 95 miles an hour. In the evo it felt like a go kart.
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      03-09-2012, 02:05 PM   #25
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The 328 is lighter so it may feel a bit tighter on the corners but the difference between the two in terms of handling is minimal, however the difference in acceleration is drastic. The 328i does feel more nimble without a doubt but the tourqe of the 335 is so addictive!
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I feel u, a stock n54 isn't much fun to drive. I only drive mine stock to and from the dealer. The rest of the time my JB4 is in and that's when this motor really wakes up. I'd say find a friend with a tuned n54 then make your decision. I think you'll have a change of heart compared to your first test drive
This. Had a similiar experience test driving a 335 at the dealer. Drove my buddys modded n54 and wow that is a whole different car. Still hoping to get one in the near future.
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      03-09-2012, 02:14 PM   #27
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answer is simple - keep the 328 till u can get the M3 (unless you're looking to switch brands). I came from Audi and let me tell you, there's some serious road/steering disconnect there!!
right on! i had a a4 and a6 before . dont think i will drive anything but bmw. excluding exotics of course
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      03-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #28
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I tested a 2008 335i automatic and ended up getting a 2009 328i M-sport. I wasn't impressed with the 335 acceleration either and it felt heavier than the 328 but in the end it was the LCI M-sport that sold me. Not to mention it was $4K less and had an extra year on the warranty.

I agree that these cars are sneaky fast to 90 mph and part of that is how quiet they are inside at speed.
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      03-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #30
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Twin turbo your 328 then you can still have you 328i haha
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      03-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #31
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Stock for stock I think I prefer the 328 and I did actually own a e90 328i and e92 335i at the same time for about a year. But my 335 didnt stay stock for long and of course with a tune its a much different story, but I definitely felt stock n54 performance was pretty lackluster.
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Anyone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but there is no such thing as a DCT transmission on a 335 in 2008. you sure you drove a 335? loll

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I tested a 2008 335i DCT and ended up getting a 2009 328i M-sport. I wasn't impressed with the 335 acceleration either and it felt heavier than the 328 but in the end it was the LCI M-sport that sold me. Not to mention it was $4K less and had an extra year on the warranty.

I agree that these cars are sneaky fast to 90 mph and part of that is how quiet they are inside at speed.
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Yeah maybe the one you drove wasn't working right. I drive 328's all the time and when I get back into my 335 its a night and day difference in power.

You do know you need to step on the gas to really feel the turbos right.
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Yeah maybe the one you drove wasn't working right. I drive 328's all the time and when I get back into my 335 its a night and day difference in power.

You do know you need to step on the gas to really feel the turbos right.


I dread getting loaners from dealer because they are 328's. I don't even understand how people can say that the driving experience is similar among the two?
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328i is ~176lbs lighter, that's why it feels more responsive and agile. The overall driving experience isn't always a direct function of how much power a car has.

The 18 year old 335i fanboys won't like hearing this, but a 328i w/sport package will handle better than an equivalent 335i.
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The 18 year old 335i fanboys won't like hearing this, but a 328i w/sport package will handle better than an equivalent 335i.
yes it will, just by definition more weight = no good

but i bet not a lot of people track 328s
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but i bet not a lot of people track 328s
Oh man, I wonder what people did before the 335i then
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Oh man, I wonder what people did before the 335i then
before 335i, many people i know who tracked FI'ed their NAs

its obviously pointless to FI 328

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Might have been a bad car, I test drove a manual 335i sedan about a month ago. I'm not sure weather it was the extra power or the manual transmission but it sure did make me grin every time I punched it. And it was stock so I could only imagine what a JB4 would do. I like my 328i for what it is, it handles great and the power is there it just has to work so hard for it. The 335i has effortless power delivery at any speed. I will probably have a 335i in the next couple months lol
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While that may be true, it's really hard to tell 176lbs, on a short drive, and use that as justification for worse handling. Maybe on a track?

Regardless, I don't think op has a sport package 328i, and he test drove a sport 335i, so obviously the handling SHOULD be better on the 335 with sport.


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328i is ~176lbs lighter, that's why it feels more responsive and agile. The overall driving experience isn't always a direct function of how much power a car has.

The 18 year old 335i fanboys won't like hearing this, but a 328i w/sport package will handle better than an equivalent 335i.
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