It hits 60 in 5. What the numbers don't tell you is just how good it is to drive. On the track and on the road, the 335i feels a bit more nose-heavy and a bit looser out back, with the rear end wanting to step out in turns, whereas the 328i is perfectly planted throughout. Autumn will bring a new trim level, called M Sport, with a more aggressive exterior and sport-themed interior touches. Each is an option package with its own interior theme and exterior cosmetic tweaks. One day, they simply went to full panic mode, beeping constantly and showing that I was millimeters from objects both front and rear.
And so it has always been. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. The car is almost 4 inches longer. Drivetrain Revolution The biggest news for the 2012 sedan is its improved drivetrains, including the 328i model's new engine, whose power and efficiency is better than that of the 2011 328i. At high speeds, the cabin is surprisingly quiet thanks in part to an impressive drag coefficient of 0. It also puts at the bottom of the tachometer a simple gauge to help you drive conservatively.
I found I needed to take it on a back road on a regular basis to remind myself what makes it so good. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. . The result is a completely modern yet familiar look. It feels more like the earlier generation, with better body control and livable ride quality. I'll admit it: I didn't like the idea of a turbo-four in a.
For the record, the last E36 M3 we tested actually hit 60 mph in 5. Many styling cues have trickled down from the 5 and 7 Series, including the rear taillight shape, and subtly raked roofline. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Full throttle past the apex will get the rear out, but it's easily reined in with slightest countersteer. The up side of that softer damping is a better ride around town. The electronic throttle pedal had a dead spot at tip-in that made it difficult to engage the clutch smoothly, which could be solved by driving in Sport mode all the time.
The 328i will probably further diminish the 335's share of sales — roughly 30 percent at the end of the 2011 model year. The Sport setting is notably firmer than Comfort, but not as punishing as early examples of this technology. For driving enthusiasts, the M Sport package, such as on the car I drove, features aggressive exterior and interior trim. Want to know the real kicker? Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454. Sure, the 328i doesn't have the top end speed of the 335i, but it's more rewarding to drive fast. More important, it lowers the car by 0.
It's got the right combination of performance, practicality, and driving fun. The controls are well-laid-out and neither cluttered nor lacking in features. No other Smartphones are currently supported. After 12 months, I have to go with: not quite. What isn't is the failure of a major component in less than 15,000 miles, and that combined with the other, smaller issues showed some tarnish on the 's luster. Moderate understeer is sensed just off center, but quickly and progressively transitions to mild understeer as you dial in more steering combined with just a touch of trail-braking.
The trunk is now a respectable 13. It doesn't ruin the 3 Series. A hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan, called the ActiveHybrid 3, will arrive by fall 2012. It's a good car in general, as well. The steering wheel has gone on a bit of a diet and is a more pleasing size, not as chunky and oversized.
The floor is high enough to raise your knees more than I appreciate, but short trips — and shorter passengers — should be fine. Any way you cut it, this new 328i is some car. The full-color head-up display is handy and appreciably hi-res. Sometimes dramatic mileage improvements come with tradeoffs, but the 3 Series' are few. It spent a week at the dealer having its entire power steering rack replaced free of charge under warranty. There are ergonomic hits and misses.
The coupe, convertible and ultimate-performance M3 will continue for two more model years in their current form. It's popular typically selling 90,000-100,000 units annually in the U. The iDrive system continues to improve and now has the ability to read your Facebook and Twitter feeds aloud and even send pre-written tweets and posts while driving. The N20 turbo-4 sounds a bit wheezy, even diesel-like when idling. The most noticeable change is the more upright signature kidney grille outline connecting to the headlights on both sides.