Old 17th September 2006, 07:26   #1
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My new toy



I just bought a 2007 BMW 335i Twin-Turbo. Just released by BMW, and the second one purchased in my state (and I got the first 6-speed manual). It's the first turbocharged BMW model sold in the U.S. in two decades.

I also tried out the Acura TL and RL, Lexus ES350, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes CLK-Class and Infiniti M35/45. The 335i beat them all hands down on design, materials, features, comfort, audio and performance. So I took one home.

Here are some details about my particular car...

- Space Gray Metallic
- Coral Red Dakota Leather
- Gray poplar wood trim
- Sport Package
- Premium Package
- Cold Weather Package
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Bluetooth
- BMW Assist (GPS, lo-jack and 24-hour concierge service)
- Keyless access and ignition
- Run-flat tires
- Power lumbar support
- 13-speaker Logic7 audio system (AM/FM/satellite/CD/MP3/WMA) with aux input for a portable music player. There's also an iPod kit which enables an iPod to be controlled via the console and steering wheel buttons.

I've never seen, touched or sat in a car with a more beautiful interior. The red leather and gray poplar wood are an amazing combination. And the car frikkin screams from a standstill to whatever speed you decide to let off of it.

I'm driving here tomorrow, so I'll get some pictures of the car against very cool backgrounds.

Just got back from a night drive through the Wasatch mountain range, testing out the adaptive headlights. And the handling, of course.




Oh... Anybody wanna buy a 2001 530i?
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Old 17th September 2006, 08:44   #2
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I'm confused... ..you chose that ov... ..oh just saw the competition you looked at. Yes against them the BMW is far superior, Mercedies built quality is still crap thease days.

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Old 17th September 2006, 12:42   #4
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Congrats my friend
It's alot less expensive than I thought it'd be.
What color did you get?

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Very nice!
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Old 17th September 2006, 14:07   #5
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You left off the part where you think the car is so sexy and if it were a woman you would marry it

Congrats again honey!
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Old 17th September 2006, 14:18   #6
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Old 17th September 2006, 15:04   #7
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Old 17th September 2006, 15:16   #8
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I don't care for BMW in general, but I do like the 3-series...

I just can't get over all these recent Bangle designs...The front end I like, but I hate the rear-end...Those taillights looks weird...Couldn't they have given the people you pass up something better to stare at?

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Old 17th September 2006, 15:21   #9
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What I'm trying to figure out is how you got the money to afford it?
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Well-paying job and a college degree?

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Old 17th September 2006, 15:26   #11
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What do you do?
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Old 17th September 2006, 15:30   #12
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I'm not a huge fan of the styling of the recent BMW's, but that's quite nice. A 6 cylinder doing 0-100km/h in 5.3 sec without sacrificing comfort is impressive too.
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Old 17th September 2006, 16:47   #13
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Old 17th September 2006, 16:50   #14
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Yeah, Chris Bangle shook up the design initiatives of BMW in a way that lots of people didn't like. And the rear-ends of a lot of his cars are pretty generic-looking. But the front of this car is very well done. "Angry" is the first word that came to mind when I kneeled down and looked at the front end and air dam at nearly ground level.

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Congrats my friend
It's alot less expensive than I thought it'd be.
What color did you get?
Thanks.

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You left off the part where you think the car is so sexy and if it were a woman you would marry it
I'm driving her down I-15 to Las Vegas today for the nuptials.

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What I'm trying to figure out is how you got the money to afford it?
I haven't paid a penny for it yet. Good credit + already having a car loan through BMW Financial means I could walk in, point to a car, sign a piece of paper and drive out with it.

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What do you do?
I'm an information technology manager with a large payroll and benefits services company in Salt Lake City.

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I'm not a huge fan of the styling of the recent BMW's, but that's quite nice. A 6 cylinder doing 0-100km/h in 5.3 sec without sacrificing comfort is impressive too.
Indeed. And BMW has always been conservative on their power and performance specs. I saw two instances in which the 335i dyno'ed at 285hp at the wheels, which would translate to something over 330hp at the flywheel (which is the standard point at which car companies quote their HP stats). Since, of course, power trains are always a little inefficient. Manual shift transmissions eat about 15% of your HP, while automatics eat about 20%. I also saw a 335i measured by G-tech doing 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

And turbo lag in this car is practically non-existent.


(And I just found out that the CD player reads CD-RWs (the one in my 530i doesn't - it only reads CD-Rs. So I can have decently-long playlists on re-writable discs even before buying an iPod.)
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I ban nubs before they get a hundred posts.
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I wish!

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Old 18th September 2006, 04:51   #18
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Finally, PICS!

I took these about 6 hours ago at Canyonlands National Park in southeast Utah.





Is this a gorgeous interior or what?


3.0L inline 6 cylinder twin-turbo, 300HP, 300lb/ft of torque.


I pulled over and took this one at sunset.
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Old 18th September 2006, 05:35   #20
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Nice car, but for that price I would have rather have a Subaru WRX STi
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Old 18th September 2006, 11:43   #21
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There was a commercial on during the game yesterday for the 3 series.
I love the color of the interior way better than the website's demo.
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Old 18th September 2006, 13:15   #22
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Sweet!! Almost as sweet as Auburn beating LSU this weekend! (Did you get to see that? The LSU game always is a nail biter....)
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Old 18th September 2006, 14:18   #23
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Nice car, but for that price I would have rather have a Subaru WRX STi
Which might be marginally faster on a track or in low grip situations, but with the trade off of a harsher ride and a higher noise level. I'd guess it would require servicing more often too.

Either way, it's a dilemma i'd be happy to face.
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Actualy the WRX would be consideratbly faster in all conditions, particualy the wet. Also remember BMW's are tuned for a harder ride than most lux cars anyway, so the ride would not actualy be hugely harder in the sports enginered WRX.

Also, being Japanise it will be more reliable than the BMW, but not by much, thats one thing BMW never fail to do properly.

However, people would think your a ricer in a WRX, and a Yuppy in the BMW... ..damned if you do, damned if you dont realy.

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Nice ride Scor!

Just ignore the snobs here...
Thanks. But there are no snobs here. Everybody's making good points.

However, if all I wanted was performance, I'd have bought.......a Subaru WRX STi. (And saved some money.)

I wanted a high-performance luxury car. And this car fulfills that requirement for me better than anything else in (or below) its price range - and believe me, I did lots of comparisons. There are a long list of things I love about this car that the WRX would never give me.

Plus, the audio system beats every other factory system I've ever heard. This is important because I specifically wanted a car with an audio system I WOULDN'T have to change, as that (a) costs extra money after buying the car, and (b) causes you to give up other features like integrated controls (steering wheel, etc.) and seamless phone integration. Hell, the only sound systems I've ever heard that beat this one were fully custom competition-level setups.

Logic7 seriously kicks ass. (And I don't even use its DSP settings...simple tone adjustments and EQ cut-levels give me everything I want.)
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Actualy the WRX would be consideratbly faster in all conditions, particualy the wet.
Aye. I can attest to that. My bro-in-law has a WRX Sti. He's tuned it up a little bit, so he can stomp 350 Zs, Cobras, Corvettes, etc. And the handling is phenomenal. It's got a nice set of features as well, but nothing compared to the 3-Series.

The two can't really be compared. They're in different classes, and they both excel in them.
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buy a monaro, more fun sideways than a bmw.

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neat shots.. that red leather really finishes it off.

How fast does your car drive?
(I'm not interested in statistics c/p's)

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It's certainly fast. My power band starts very early - the torque peaks and holds level from 1500 to 5000 RPM. That's a very wide band of powerful acceleration. And you really feel it. I find I can pass people uphill starting from 35 MPH in 5th gear, without having to downshift, and the acceleration presses me back in the seat.

And when I'm winding out the gears, the G-forces really hit hard. There's no turbo lag in this car, so with snap acceleration, if your head's not against the headrest, you risk whiplash. And in the middle of hard, continuous acceleration, you can feel your face being stretched back from the inertia.

My only complaint is that each gear only lasts a brief few seconds, so going as fast as the car can go, I have to row through gears as fast as I can clutch and shift. And the lower gears are the shortest, of course...1st lasts maybe 1.5 seconds, 2nd last another 3 or so. With a fraction of a second for the shift in between, 2nd takes me to well over 60 MPH. (I've had it to about 65 MPH in second gear before hitting third.)

And 100 MPH is only halfway through 6th gear - about 3500 RPM (to a 7000 RPM redline) - like the car's just starting to stretch its legs at that speed. It probably considers anything less to be menial. I've had her up to 115 so far - going around a mountain curve which recommended 45 MPH.

And handling...oh God...the car sticks like it's a rollercoaster locked down to its rails. With no body lean. Just me pressed hard against a side bolster, holding on for dear life. And DTC makes it much safer doing that kind of thing on mountain roads that are ocassionally peppered with sand and the random water puddle. In the most aggressive maneuvers, I felt DTC adjusting throttle throughput and braking particular wheels momentarily every now and then...just a brief interruption of my full power turns required to keep me from taking a dive off the side of a mountain.
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it seems my post has been edited.

I see no pms or whatever communication byt anyone.
I feel this is not an acceptable behaviour

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That's because your post was unacceptable. Read the rules again and perhaps you'll notice your mistake.

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Posting a picture of a big red dildo isn't acceptable behavior...

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Maybe it has been asked allthogh I never saw it. How many hp?

BTW Congrats on the toy.

*EDIT: nvm I found it. It has 300hp.

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