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The ULTIMAT3 - F30 BMW 328i Sportline (Alpine White/Coral Red)

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Its simple ,its obvious, its a no brainer , & yes it is the 328i

Yes i was waiting for the confirmation about weather the N20 engine will be launched in India & as soon as it got confirmed i did make up my mind for the 328i sportline in " White"

Any other considerations ?

Yes the 530d i had a soft corner for & i would have gone ahead & bought the 530d if 328i wouldnt have been launched (Also would not have mind spending the extra if BMW had planned a 335 variant)

Biggest Rival / Enemy - 520d

Yes, i know this may sound as an obvious choice (not in case of BHPians) that any one would want an 5 series as after hearing that a discount of additional 1.75 lakhs was available on the 520d variant so my father was keen on the 520d , but yes it did take time convincing him where in finally he gave a go ahead ( thanks to the BMW for marketing the increased dimensions which helped me convince him & also a point where i told him that any way the 5'er is not supremely spacious anyway so this is not going to be a big loss in space )

PS - Did not want to highlight the performance aspects otherwise he would have panicked & put me under the scanner that why i want such a fast car & where are the roads etc etc , LOL

The HUNT

Two days after the launch i.e. on 29/7/12 i went to Infinity, Worli for the test drive, was completely floored by the performance.

I was ready to book the car in " WHITE" Mumbai & ready to make the down payment (booking amount)

I was flexible for the interior colors i.e. either Coral Red or Black

Somehow i always wanted & desired a white Bimmer & so was adamant on getting a "White" only

I was not been given the clear picture regarding the status / inventory of "White" by either of the dealers in Mumbai.

They had the following reasons or may be spreading a rumor of the following ;

1) Infinity Mumbai say that the 328i Sportline production had stopped and BMW Chennai would not be making any further 328i's

2) Navnit Mumbai said that 328i sportline is available only in MELBOURNE RED & IMPERIAL BLUE no other color is offered by BMW on this variant ( But the brochure did not specify any thing of that sort nor anything was said of this regard when i had gone for the launch party held on 27/7/12 )

- Out of which point no. 1 was partly true as BMW had only approximately 50 units of 328i's allotted for 2012 and the next units would come in only by early 2013.

- 75% of the 50 Cars (328's) which were allotted in the 1st lot for India were in Melbourne Red & Imperial Blue , the rest being other colors including White ( so chance of location a white got even difficult)

^ The above i was confirmed by Infinity GM where in he was very helpful & honest in sharing the information, infact he had a white which he had sold so that being the only white which was not available now so he had advised me to go ahead and book a RED before that runs out of stock too.

I was heartbroken and was left helpless ( almost got myself convinced in going in for MELBOURNE RED)

The only positive i had was that my car/s i register myself at " Silvassa " i.e. DN Passing, so like i did with sourcing my White Fortuner ( from Surat ) i started the hunt by calling up BMW dealers all across India.

In a day i had called Delhi, Jaipur , Raipur, Pune , Surat , A'bad & none of them had the 328 in white.

In my Question to them i was very specific in asking " their inventory " & not what they could order ( because i did not want to block my funds & have a no show or wait 4-5 months)

In the meanwhile my brother ( 15 years old ) called me up & said " Hey theres one White with Coral Red available at Platino Classic, Kochi & he had called for pictures for proof etc.

Within 30 minutes we got their e-mail with pictures attached & i did not think much and just sent them an e-mail confirmation regarding my booking & got their confirmation as well & the next morning i did an RTGS of the booking amount of 5 lakhs to their A/C & Reserved the car & what a sigh of relief it was Clapping.gif

Discount Offered ;

50 % Discount on Insurance of Car i.e. 50% off on 1.50 Lakhs so a direct saving of Rs 75,000

Handling Chargers (HC) of Rs 28,000/- - waived off , so more saving.

Transit mode ;

Biggest Question was how to transport the car safely to Silvassa (Gujarat) for registration.

Option 1 ;

Drive down - As the car was un-registered was not sure if i would be able to pass through all the check nakas / octroi posts without any hassles as i did not want to end up paying a hefty penalty and also second reason being road condition from Kochi towards B'lore.

Option 2 ;

Flat Bed truck : Infinity GM again helped me with this as he advised not to drive down and to let it come on a flat bed.

The Deal : Rs 45,000 /-

Transit Insurance : Rs 500 / Lakh = Rs 19,140 /-

Did not mind paying the above as i already saved some money as Discount on Insurance & HC

Dealer Experience ;

9.5 / 10

It took around 2 working days to get the loan approved.

The entire agreement etc was signed and sent via courier and they received the payment on Monday i.e. 13/8/12

PDI was done that day itself.

Insurance & TP was ready on Tuesday & i was confirmed the delivery on Thrusday i.e. 16/8/12

I reached Kochi airport on Thursday afternoon , Platino Classic had arranged a car ( Honda CRV ) pick up for me from airport to Show room , that was a good gesture.

Pause : Let the pictures do the talking for a while ;

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Coming back to the story ;

I had a flight back on Thursday night for Mumbai in the meanwhile there was a problem in the Temporary Registration

A wrong name was mentioned i.e. instead of my company's name " Managing Director " was mentioned & that was not accepatable so i had to wait till next day afternoon to get it amended.

This delay made me cancel my flight & Re-Schedule it for the next day. ( Cancellation charges @ Rs 1400 )

For the above episode i ranked the Dealership experience of Platino Classic 0.5 less i.e. 9.5/10

Otherwise all in all the experience was fantastic , the GM to the sales staff were extremely helpful & friendly.

Coming back to the story ;

I had a flight back on Thursday night for Mumbai in the meanwhile there was a problem in the Temporary Registration

A wrong name was mentioned i.e. instead of my company's name " Managing Director " was mentioned & that was not accepatable so i had to wait till next day afternoon to get it amended.

This delay made me cancel my flight & Re-Schedule it for the next day. ( Cancellation charges @ Rs 1400 )

For the above episode i ranked the Dealership experience of Platino Classic 0.5 less i.e. 9.5/10

Otherwise all in all the experience was fantastic , the GM to the sales staff were extremely helpful & friendly.

Freebies ;

At the time of delivery i got a gift pack which included a Keychain, a Box chocolates , BMW car care products free Other than that i got the following BMW Lifestyle items also free ;

- 2 BMW T-Shirts with BMW Emblem on the arms ( Polo , 1 in Black other in White )

- 2 caps with BMW Emblem ( 1 white & other in Black )

- Laptop Bag ( Worth aprox 6500 INR)

- & i was able to squeeze out a BMW M Watch Worth INR 16,700

The Drive

It was a short one i started from the showroom went to the fuel station and got 1000 Rs Fuel filled ( 89 octane ) from there i went to my hotel.

Apparently the accommodation provided by BMW did not have a good parking facility so i did not want to risk it & thankfully The showroom was just a minute drive away , so i put it back into the showroom in safety.

I had informed the show room guards that i will be back late at night and will be taking the car out for a late night spin.

I somehow held my temptation to do so again because the TP still was in - correct and so did not want to risk it.

Key Observations in the short drive ;

- Drove in COMFORT mode , the ride quality was decent enough to absorb the rough patches, throttle response was phenomenal ( Note : Have not red lined till now )

- Also the Steering i.e. the " Variable Sport Steering " turns from lock to lock in almost just above 2 turns , this was noticed while manoeuvering at the petrol pump & while parking. This came in handy, im sure it will weigh up nicely at higher speeds in the sport & sport + modes.

The Loading ;

The Temporary Registration with the amendments had arrived and now it was time for the car to load in the container.

Trust me this was the most difficult part as i was so inclined towards driving it to Silvassa but here are some pictures of the loading ;

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The Truck started from Cochin at 4 pm it is expected to arrive at Silvassa (Gujarat) for registration by Monday & i was so looking forward to driving it back to Mumbai on the NH 8.

D-Day (21.08.12)

Also 21.08.12 happened to be my 25th B’day

So on the D-day the truck had reached Gujarat (out skirts)

I had jumped out of my bed @ 6 am and set out @ 6:45 from Mumbai (Mulund) towards Gujarat.

I wanted to do the unloading before the Talasari check point.

I co-ordinated with the transporter he confirmed he was standing 10-12 kms before the check post at an Indian Oil Fuel station , at a hotel called “AARAM” , LOL

8:15 : I reached the destination it was the most pleasant sight to see transporter

standing beside the truck.

So the first set of pictures are as follows;

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Love the angry Front look;

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140 mm ground Clearance;

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^ Evident increase in legroom : My brother almost 6 ft tall

Registration;

I Got the car registered and the number i got alotted was " 747 " , more than happy with that.

We set of after the registration getting done to Mumbai at about 3 pm.

So before wasting any more time here is my take on the 328i

Review ;

Performance;

The 328i has the new N20 Engine. Many people (including BMW Sales staff) are misinterpreting the “Twin Power turbo“ as “Twin Turbo“. The fact is that the N20 is having a Single “Twin Scroll “Turbo.

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This engine is generating 245 hp & 350 NM of Torque @ 1250 rpm.

What BMW has tried to achieve here with this 4 cylinder turbocharged motor is to deliver the performance & smoothness of 6 pot with FE of 4 cylinders, which on paper is tough to argue.

You really have to drive it to believe it & im not too sure of the FE & i think it is too early to measure FE but the performance Oh Boy , Oh Boy this more than puts a smile on your face.

I had driven the 530i no doubt it was impressive , also the sound / engine note was very sporty but had a very weak low to mid range. But with this the 328 the low end starts strongly & just gets stronger all the way to the redline.

The Engine note is silent most of the times but gets throaty (in a good way ) past 3000 rpm & past 4500 rpm gets angrier.

In most instances you don’t even come to know the way the speeds climb up in fact i was @ 185 km/h in Sport mode where in i never gave more than 50% throttle.

Acceleration;

Absolutely Savage Throttle Response. As the Peak Torque is so low down the rev range the performance is very linear for a Turbo Engine.

As the company claimed 0-100 km/h of 6.1 secs (which i haven’t tried yet) but i am sure it will feel faster than the numbers suggest.

Did not do much of spirited driving but did have a few short bursts and was truly blown away.

Note : Though being a Turbo Very Linear., almost no lag.

Overall i feel this 4 banger is mammoth fun.

In fact after returning back to Mumbai i took her for a late night spin to BW Sea Link.

Love On the NH8 ;

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Note : 5 series like REAR

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Note : Wipers were confusing to operate , also were slow for Very heavy showers

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Gearbox / Transmission;

The Indian Spec 328i comes standard with the “ Sport Automatic Gearbox “

To be very frank i have never owned a Automatic Transmission Car (But have driven few of my friends) & have always been disappointed by most of them to be honest, but this one shifts & how.

The gear changes are lightning quick, so quick that in the first 3 gearshifts it is very difficult to say when it changes the gear especially if you don’t look at the tacho.

In Comfort mode it is always perfect, no uneven downshifts, always in the right gear.

In Eco Pro it up shifts quite up which may not be useful on hilly areas (ghats)

Also In Eco Pro there is a indicator (in Blue) which shows you how much kms you have gained by driving in ECO PRO mode , which i my case i drove aproxx 30 odd kms in ECO Pro mode and gained 5.9 kms on range, so thats a good feeling & will make you drive in ECO PRO for longer.

Driving Experience Control (Modes);

ECO PRO – As i explained earlier, does come in handy & more importantly it works

Negatives - Eco Pro mode up shifts quite early (low rpm) which may not be useful on hilly areas (ghats)

COMFORT – Was driving in this mode almost 50 % of the time, & i believe that this very well does justice to the “COMFORT mode“ , the power delivery was very sublime, thanks to the sorted mapping. The other good thing was that i never felt the lack of power / grunt & the need to switch to the SPORT mode, so this is the ideal mode for city & internal highways.

SPORT – This did sharpen the throttle response & quicker gear changes, also weighed up the steering nicely for more precise handling , really loved this setting on the run.

Also as soon as you shift from Comfort to Sport There is a downshift and the car selects the gear for the best acceleration from that speed, Killer tech !

Sport Display : When you are driving hard your eyes should be on the road & not on how much Torque Or Power your making so this TOY is good to show off & nothing more ;

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SPORT + :

The only noticeable difference was that this switched off the DTC. Did not feel any more difference that the SPORT mode otherwise. I think it needed more pushing harder (which i didn’t).

RIDE & HANDLING;

Ride Quality;

I have not spent much time in the E90’s but once i was being driven around Surat in my Uncles car & other time i was test driving a test drive vehicle (M kitted with mixed tyres) overall it was not an uncomfortable ride but yes Harsh.

In the F30 its better but not the most comfortable ride ( Thanks to the 18”ers) But my opinion changed as the speed/s climbed into 1xx territory. It feels very comfortable as well as planted.

I am sure in the 16,17" setups for the diesel the ride quality will be more comfortable for sure.

Checked the Tyre Pressure today ( after returning to Mumbai ) it was @ 23 psi , so i think the rims were taking all the pain , now @ 30 psi it feels lot better and the suspension is now getting to absorb the bumps better.

Run Flats;

Globally this car in 18” setup is offered in the following tyre brands;

Pirelli CintuRatu P7 RSC

Bridgestone Potenza s001 RFT

GoodYear Efficient Grip ROF

Continental Sport Contact 5 ssr

The above is depending on what tyre brand was delivered to the factory when the F30 was being made.

My car is fitted with GoodYear Efficient Grip ROF , 225/45 R18

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Grip Levels :As these Good Years are “touring” spec (surprised) but were pretty grippy acceptable but i would have loved having the Continentals.

Note : Again i hadn’t got the opportunity to check the Tyre pressure as the pumps around were “ Out of Order”

Tyre Noise : Very Silent

Handling;

The 3 series already has been legendary when it comes to handling so the F30 had a big task to better it & how , absoloute stellar handling thanks again to the Steering which acts sharp in the Sport & the Sport+ Modes , Very Precise.

You wont believe the amount of speed i was carrying into the corners on the NH8 and this was my first drive , really gives you the confidence to push hard and when you have you push “ Harder “

Though the Indian spec version does not get sport suspension (which lowers the car by 10 mm) the handling is unbelievable.

RWD & 50:50 Weight Distribution : These Attributes have always defined the BMW brand, but in my 1st sprint i could very well feel the difference of why these cars are so special. No tail out fun yet (except while taking a U-Turn i experienced it on full throttle & was in Comfort mode then too) , was taking it easy & not much of Sport+ usage till now which de-activates the traction & skid controls)

Steering ;

EPS, Variable Sport Steering (Exclusive to 328i)

The steering precision is magical with the way it weighs up when you change from say Comfort to Sport.

Also as i mentioned in traffic and parking the variable sport steering is very handy as the difference is that the no. Of turns required to reach lock & lock position (just about 2) is less that on a normal one ( just under 3) , this really aids maneuverability.

Steering Feel & Haptics - Perfect size & thickness , Very Meaty ,& perfect button layout.

Also a lot has been said about the EPS in the 'F' range , i agree it may not be as magical as the previous gen but still overall as a first time BMW owner i am overly satisfied with the steering precision & feedback & it still is the most involving car to drive in the segment ( comparing to the likes of C & A4 )

Interiors;

Coral Red Interiors have got a mixed review, to be honest as i had mentioned i wanted the White with black combo but due to non availability of the same had to settle for the Coral Red option.

But i was wrong these interiors are a blessing in disguise, in fact one of the best highlights of the car.

They truly grow on you and match the character of the car.

Also thanks to BMW to give a "proper" handbrake & not a button or a foot lever like they did in the 5 & 7

Front Sport Seats: These are bloody excellent. These do give the feeling you enveloped in proper bucket seats + being comfortable at the same time.

Very supportive & kept me in proper place especially when the side bolstering is tightened.

Rear Seats - The Rear Seats are comfortable , especially good on thigh support.

4 people can seat comfortably , for 5 not recommended for long journeys (as middle passenger will always be complaining thanks to also the rear A/C vents)

Heads Up Display (HUD) ;

Another feature exclusive to the 328

This feature takes the driving involvement to the next level. A big thank you to BMW guys for in-corporating this feature in the Indian – spec version.

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^ Notice Dual Colors Observed.

Note : The HUD Displays information such as ;

- Speed

- GPS Directions

- Speed Warning Signal (As seen)

- Radi / Audio selection details

- Phone calls ( To Receive / Ignore )

- Door Open

- Mostly all Notifications are shown

HUD Color – The speed in Daytime it is in White & Night its amber (orange/red)

Lights;

Bi-Xenons are really impressive. Brilliantly bright & look amazing. They never have that aftermarket “purple/blue” tinge.

Adaptive headlights are missed though

Day Time Running Lights – Again Brilliant & Very Bright

Also tried taking the picture of the DRLs running at night after my drive on the Bandra Worli Sea Link

Ambient Lighting ;

Interior - 2 setting one is " Classic" & 2nd is " Sport "

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Classic Setting is having fantastic RED LED lit door panels, floor & Gear console area.

Music System;

The 328 is equipped with the HiFi Loudspeaker system. It has a total of 9 speakers.

One Speaker in the dashboard centre, 2 mids 2 tweeters on front doors, 2 subs under front seats & 2 mids on the rear doors.

I haven’t heard the music system in the Diesel variants (which apparently is a different one i.e non HiFi) But Trust me this one’s real loud & classy, the clarity is impeccable and the bass is just apt, though i am not much into ICE but this system strikes all the right chords.

Also i was able to pair my i-phone with the car very quickly & play music from my phone via bluetooth.

I am sure the clarity will get better in CD's & once the songs are on the Hard Disk

Other features;

- 12 GB Hard Drive for maps & music

- DVD Drive

- USB & Aux In Support

- Bluetooth ( Can play music from my i-phone via Bluetooth)

I-Drive & Tech ;

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The Big Screen (22.3 cm) is nice & clear & the whole i-drive system is really easy to use.

The Screen looks ultra cool & as if like an I-Pad is directly shoved inside the Dashboard.

* Note : Many times mistaken for a touch screen , lol

Park Assist ;

The Park Assist is having a reverse camera and the usual audio function.

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Note : the Green lines ( which is the projected trajectory ) Move when you turn the steering , AWESOME !!

Navigation: Maps look great & the resolution is good on the screen so its a joy to get directions,I am still getting used to it.

BMW Apps : Will need a Snap in Adapter for that , will get it next month & report on it.

Conclusion;

So the new 3 with the sharp & fresh new look is faster, lighter, more economical, with better ride quality / comfort keeping the handling dynamics which truly defined the car alive.

ULTIMAT3 is the best way you sum it up as.

A special thanks to;

The support car for the pictures & more;

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^ Notice the Punto was grinning & happy to see the 328i

& thanks to my brother for the pictures & spotting the availability of the model in Kochi, without which this buy would not have been possible.

I am happy overall that this entire delivery process was very smooth i.e.

the excitement levels of bringing the car down in a truck from Kochi to Mumbai etc , yes it was a big risk but the entire running around was worth it.

Thanks for R3ADING !!!

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Hey F30

Thats such a detailed review. The car looks superb and Im a big fan of those alloys. The interior combo is just perfect. This review should help many prospective buyers and you are lucky to have got a car since not many 328is are allotted to India this year. Do keep updating this thread as you munch the miles on. Thanks for sharing this review with us

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Thats a sweet looking car F30. Looks like you are one of the first owners of the new 328i. I must say you got a lovely road to drive her on after taking delivery. Take good care of here do post regular updates.

Cya

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I must say, it was very well writen & In-depth review! Many people will ask you that why you did all this complecated & tiring process, just for a colour?; but what you did was absolutely right, as when you spend such large amount of money, you'ld be 100% satisfied & car's look royal in white!

But I think you have wasted 64k in transportation! You could drive it to your destionation, as our cops aren't enough brave to stop a BMW & If some-one stoped you few green-notes could done the Job!

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More detailed pics of interior & around, small but noticeable points;

The Light switches are of immaculate quality & a joy to use;

Also the storage compartment below is handy

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Seats with 2 memory (M) function , can adjust ;

- Travel

- Height

- Seat Angle

- Backrest angle

- Side Bolstering ( Lateral Support )

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Thigh Support Adjustment

Thigh Support IN ( As pointed the Adjust Lever - Manual )

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Thigh Support OUT (to max)

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Just love the ORGAN Type Accelerator pedal - Was missing it ( had it in my Laura L&K )

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Finally found the Boot release button

Need to pull the hood release 2x times to open ( love the way the hydraulic release makes pop the hood )

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Note : Speaker location on the dashboard behind i-drive screen

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& the Subwoofer under front seats

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View from the REAR PASSENGER seat ( Believe it or not this was actually the 1st time i sat on the rear seat of the 3, din bother even to try before the buy , ha ha )

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Twin Cup holders on rear center arm rest, Also note : Audio controls missing

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Rear Window sun blinds pretty effective ( Non Powered ) ;

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Cabin Lights : Now present for the rear passengers as well , i think it wasnt there in the E90

Note : Lights are LED's ( soft white tone )

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Entire Owners Manual is incorporated in the i-Drive;

1) Pictorial Explanations of the Owners Manual

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Or Manually Search any query by keyword

Note : If u type say HU , the i-drive will predict you are searching for HUD and open that link , SMART !!

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The queries regarding FUEL TYPE etc are solved here ;

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Park Distance Control / Rear Camera

- Turning Circle Lines ( They do turn on steering movement & then project a trajectory )

- Obstacle Marking - ( Confusing tool )

^ You can turn off the two if they hamper vision

Note - Still the most useful are the Audio Beeps - you trust them

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Rear Camera : Located in the handle strip of the boot lid.

Negative - After coming back from the Pune drive , dirt had impaired the quality of vision / picture ( i.e. in Monsoons )

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Notice the well designed Weights used for " Balancing "

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^ RIMS Gather Dirt very easily and difficult to maintain

Note : Recommended TYRE PRESSURE ;

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^ Currently I'm running 30 psi in all 4

Boot has decent storage space nothing much to write about

Note : The Plastic Covering on the boot opening mechanicals a neat touch & move forward in premium feel.

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Power Socket provided in Boot ;

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Battery located in the BOOT ( to perfect 50:50 Weight Distribution ? )

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On Board Tool Kit neatly placed ( can be covered )

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The Number plate has arrived will upload the pics with it fitted shortly,

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Thanks for R3ADING :)

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The white exterior with the read interior are just a fantastic combination. That's just the mix I have been saving up for to match up on my recently acquired ANHC. Getting your car with the right combination, as you've listed in great detail seemed like quite a task, but having seen the pictures, I do believe it was well worth the wait.

Here's to many happy miles and safe driving in the lunatic 328i!

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Hey F30

Thats such a detailed review. The car looks superb and Im a big fan of those alloys. The interior combo is just perfect. This review should help many prospective buyers and you are lucky to have got a car since not many 328is are allotted to India this year. Do keep updating this thread as you munch the miles on. Thanks for sharing this review with us

Thanks , oh yes i love the alloys too :)

Thats a sweet looking car F30. Looks like you are one of the first owners of the new 328i. I must say you got a lovely road to drive her on after taking delivery. Take good care of here do post regular updates.

Cya

Sure thing couldnt have asked a better road than the NH8 (infact i love it more than the Mum-Pune expressway , because of the smooth tarmac against the concrete of Mum-Pune Expressway)

I must say, it was very well writen & In-depth review! Many people will ask you that why you did all this complecated & tiring process, just for a colour?; but what you did was absolutely right, as when you spend such large amount of money, you'ld be 100% satisfied & car's look royal in white!

But I think you have wasted 64k in transportation! You could drive it to your destionation, as our cops aren't enough brave to stop a BMW & If some-one stoped you few green-notes could done the Job!

Thanks , yes i know i could have driven all the way, but had mixed opinions regarding doing the same so opted for the safer option :)

PS - Believe me loading the truck @ Kochi was the most difficult part

The white exterior with the read interior are just a fantastic combination. That's just the mix I have been saving up for to match up on my recently acquired ANHC. Getting your car with the right combination, as you've listed in great detail seemed like quite a task, but having seen the pictures, I do believe it was well worth the wait.

Here's to many happy miles and safe driving in the lunatic 328i!

Thanks a lot ! yes now after everything i feel this was the best way to get my 1st Bimmer , couldnt have asked for more excitement ;)

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Finally it was time to get the car detailed ( exterior )

Kamyo guys arrived @ 9 am sharp at my place.

The process consisted of Washing/Shampooing > Polishing > Glazing > Paint Sealing

Here are some WIP pics;

Special importance to the wheels on my instruction :D

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My all White Brigade now showroom fresh :P

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Kamyo Team Strength : 4 people

Total Duration : 2hrz 45 mins

Total Cost : Rs 4000/-

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Recently we at Deutsche Dash Touring had gone out for a run at Kasara Ghat, Igatpuri

This was the 1st time took my car for a run in the hilly / ghat sections of Igatupri.

Also the 1st time drove a RWD car in the Ghats & i tell you what it sure may not be the fastest run towards Igatpuri but sure was thee most Exciting one biggrin.gif

Note : Had not engaged Sport + (which de-activates the DTC) as i wasnt too confident also there was light to moderate traffic so was in Sport mode only.

I tell you what the Sport mode really gave me a trailer of how things would look like in Sport +. So yes the Sport mode does allow the Oversteer to happen but in a very controlled & safe manner.

Couldnt capture pics of the Kasara ghat section, but some pics of the drive id like to share;

The line up;

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BMW Performance power kitted 320d;

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Audi A4 3.0 Tdi;

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BMW 530d;

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& my car ;

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Some pics from the drive;

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Brunch halt @ Manas Resort, Igatpuri

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En Route Mumbai @ NH 3;

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what does the boot battery power , the hydraulic boot /tail gate.

do share the initial cost in detail so that we get an idea how much it actually costs to own one of these beauties.You said you got it financed , was it from BMW or other arrangement , lay few details.

How much more after the initial booking amt of 5 lakhs...

Sons generally want to go for a higher series than their father suggests but here your father wanted the 5 and you neatly settled for the powerfull new 3,loved your move

Yes , that initial hesitation is always there but people soon realise the reality that car are meant for roads ,they will bump and scratch no matter what , i would say ,more than saving the transportation money it would have given you major thrills driving down yourself (as it is you drove it back) and prevented those initial sleepless nights trying to get the location of the container /trailer

In all a great review and cheers for this one and many more to come ,many congratulations.

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I'm sure, you must had an intresting adventure in Kasara, along with this great cars! But I'm a foodie & I travel on that route quiet often, So I wan't you ask you about Manas Resort! Well, many of my friends had praised about it & igatpuri is the spot where we stop for brunch, but at road attached dhabas, as I'm always short on time! So, how is their food? & how is their service?(how much time they took to serve? & is it worth to leave beautifull piece of tarmac of NH3? & Another question, did you hired special photographer for this adventure?, as pics are exeptionally good! :)

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what does the boot battery power , the hydraulic boot /tail gate.

Theres only one battery i.e. located in the boot

do share the initial cost in detail so that we get an idea how much it actually costs to own one of these beauties.You said you got it financed , was it from BMW or other arrangement , lay few details.

It was thru BMW Financial Services.

How much more after the initial booking amt of 5 lakhs...

The ex-showroom cost is aprox 38L

Sons generally want to go for a higher series than their father suggests but here your father wanted the 5 and you neatly settled for the powerfull new 3,loved your move

Yes , that initial hesitation is always there but people soon realise the reality that car are meant for roads ,they will bump and scratch no matter what , i would say ,more than saving the transportation money it would have given you major thrills driving down yourself (as it is you drove it back) and prevented those initial sleepless nights trying to get the location of the container /trailer

In all a great review and cheers for this one and many more to come ,many congratulations.

Regarding driving down i agree it would have been more fun but doing so with an un-registered vehicle is always a task to get thru the police checks etc ( even though had a CRTM )

^ It is ok to ferry it for a short distance like from Maharashtra to Gujarat ( i have done it many times before on previous buys ) but this was different so did not take the risk.

Yes, regarding the decision over the 5'er i agree the 5'er would have been more practical may be more snob but theres one thing you cannot ignore when you're buying your first bimmer & that is Power .... HORSEPOWER ;)

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I'm sure, you must had an intresting adventure in Kasara, along with this great cars! But I'm a foodie & I travel on that route quiet often, So I wan't you ask you about Manas Resort! Well, many of my friends had praised about it & igatpuri is the spot where we stop for brunch, but at road attached dhabas, as I'm always short on time! So, how is their food? & how is their service?(how much time they took to serve? & is it worth to leave beautifull piece of tarmac of NH3?

The food @ Manas resort is just average. Service is also very average again.

Road side im not sure if there are any good dhaabas.

But theres one called " Bhagat Tarachand" a bit before the Kasara ghat toll naka which is pretty good & highly recommended.

Theres great parking too.

& Another question, did you hired special photographer for this adventure?, as pics are exeptionally good! :)

Nope we hadnt hired any professional photographer. My friend clicked the pics rest was edited by me :)

Glad you liked the pics :D

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But theres one called " Bhagat Tarachand" a bit before the Kasara ghat toll naka which is pretty good & highly recommended.

I've visited "Bhagat Tarachand" & it's really good!

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First of all congrats for your car. Indeed it is car with everything a person wishes for, great driver encouraging performance, great looks and that hint of pride to it's owner. I personally like the car a lot.

You mentioned that you reached a speed of around 185 kmph without giving full power, tell us about your experience at that speed. What highest speed did you achieve till now ? How did the car build up speed, was the car stable and confident to gain more speed ? What is the FE that you are receiving considering that you have the car for around six months now ?

DRIVE HARD

DRIVE SAFE !

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First of all congrats for your car. Indeed it is car with everything a person wishes for, great driver encouraging performance, great looks and that hint of pride to it's owner. I personally like the car a lot.

You mentioned that you reached a speed of around 185 kmph without giving full power, tell us about your experience at that speed. What highest speed did you achieve till now ? How did the car build up speed, was the car stable and confident to gain more speed ? What is the FE that you are receiving considering that you have the car for around six months now ?

DRIVE HARD

DRIVE SAFE !

Hey Shitij,

Thank you !

The positive thing about the Bimmers are that they somehow feel <50 km/h then they are actually clocking so yes @ 185 it felt pretty stable.

Have clocked 255 km/hr as per HUD (should be 5 km/hr speedo error as factory quoted top speed is 250)

FE in city limits (traffic + internal highways) is in the range of 8.5 - 9.5 km/l

On highways if you have a light foot + ECO pro mode & manual mode (too maintain low rpm) you can easily achieve 13 km/l.

On high spirited runs FE can get as low as 4.5 - 6 km/l :P

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Turbo Lag & I LIKE IT; :P

While driving on the EE Hwy/Mumbai Pune EE Hwy in Full Manual mode in 8th gear @ 80 km/hr. You press the pedal & then there is a feeling that yes the car wants to go on but is going to make you wait, then @ 100 the surge comes in typical of a Turbo (Infact the feeling reminded me of my Laura 1.9 PD which gave me similar response in 5th Gear @ 80 km/hr) & this lag was welcome.

Mind you the 328is power delivery is absolutely linear no doubts on that.

But sometimes driving the car at a slow pace in the full manual mode & the car making you wait for the turbo to kick in has its own charm.

Whats the point of a TURBO if you wouldnt get that invisible surge of boost.

PS - Still sometimes the thrills i get in my CRUZE (i.e. The wild nature of the TURBO kicking in) are unparalleled.

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Man oh Man!!

A true driver's car in the hands of a drving enthusiast is indeed a killer proposition.

A very detailed and straight from the heart review coupled with brilliant pics. Enjoyed reading it, and now waiting for the "Michelin" experience which is coming up shortly!!

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Turbo Lag & I LIKE IT; :P

.......

But sometimes driving the car at a slow pace in the full manual mode & the car making you wait for the turbo to kick in has its own charm.

Whats the point of a TURBO if you wouldnt get that invisible surge of boost.

PS - Still sometimes the thrills i get in my CRUZE (i.e. The wild nature of the TURBO kicking in) are unparalleled.

Exactly, +1

I've not driven a New 3-series yet but i can completely understand & feel to what you're saying here, in reference to my Swift. To which, i mostly drive it sedately with easy gearshifts & upto 80kmph speeds but after that or 2000rpm with its Turbo spools up, it changes its character comfortably & comes into its wild mode with thrilling performance.

This is really addictive in its own way.

Btw, how much you paid for New Michelins ?

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Man oh Man!!

A true driver's car in the hands of a drving enthusiast is indeed a killer proposition.

A very detailed and straight from the heart review coupled with brilliant pics. Enjoyed reading it, and now waiting for the "Michelin" experience which is coming up shortly!!

Thanks Rahul,

The Michelin experience will be uploaded in the next couple of days.

Exactly, +1

I've not driven a New 3-series yet but i can completely understand & feel to what you're saying here, in reference to my Swift. To which, i mostly drive it sedately with easy gearshifts & upto 80kmph speeds but after that or 2000rpm with its Turbo spools up, it changes its character comfortably & comes into its wild mode with thrilling performance.

This is really addictive in its own way.

Btw, how much you paid for New Michelins ?

Yes, good thing you could understand the feeling i was trying to portray :P

The Michelin / Tire upgrade write up will be uploaded shortly

PS - Sorry for the late reply guys was out on a vacation :)

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A very detailed and straight from the heart review coupled with brilliant pics. Enjoyed reading it, and now waiting for the "Michelin" experience which is coming up shortly!!

Btw, how much you paid for New Michelins ?

The review is up & running plz see the link below;

http://forum.autocarindia.com/index.php?/topic/9603-my-bmw-upgraded-to-michelin-pilot-super-sports-staggered-setup/

Thanks :)

Also how about a travelogue on your vacation in the Travelogues section? :)

Oh Well that can wait, may be later on :)

Thanks

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