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  • 03-26-2009, 12:04 AM

    +1 makes sense, maybe +2, never 20's on a 328!

    I disagree that 17's are not a good option. You get less sidewall flex and the car is more responsive. If you've got the sport package and you drive in a spirited manner (I think that's the correct BMW corporate way to put it.) the +1 size is good. Yes ride suffers a little, but that's a choice for each driver.

    22" rims on a Hummer? Stupid as can be. You couldn't feel sidewall flex on the thing if it had soft tires on 15" rims. I roll my eyes at Honda Civics with wings stolen from 747's too. They'd actually improve their performance spending half as much money on a K&N cold air intake.

    I went from 19" to 18" on my e46 M3 and I thought the tires I bought were horrid. Lord it felt squishy in comparison. I quickly got used to them, and the handling was still great, just a tiny bit of flex as you set it in the corner if you were really moving. Prior Cars: 05 M3 SMG, 04 Audi S4, 97 740il, 95 M3 Coupe.
    2007 328xi coupe Steptronic, Premium, Sport CWP.
  • 03-24-2009, 10:26 PM

    Re: Sport Package features 335xi

    The sport package has fantastic seats and a nice steering wheel. The included wheels are 17 inch with all season (I lucked out and got Contis but you can't chose) - the 18 inch wheels with summer only tires are extra. I have too many tires in my garage already so I went with the all season to avoid switches. The 17 style 188s are the first BMW wheels I have had that are not designed by sadists - they are easy to clean! I do not think the xi with sport package has a different suspension as mentioned by others but it seems fine to me. Interestingly my 335xi does not seen to have an oil cooler either but temps have been fine and my wife drives it mainly. Oh, the sport package also gives you the cool shadowline trim (new for 09).gkb

    88 M6
    87 635
    73 3.5 CS
    91 iX (2)
    09 335xi
  • 03-24-2009, 09:51 PM

    Why not - that's the practical solution for USA

    On a 3 series, the 16" wheels have many advantages:
    1. Cheaper replacement tires
    2. More selection of replacement tires
    3. More rubber to cushion from potholes and expansion joints
    4. Usually better traction in the wet and in light snow
    5. Less likely to damage rims on potholes
    6. Lighter weight wheels
    7. Just as good handling for almost all USA highway driving (not track, regular roads)
    8. Usually quieter
    9. Cheaper to replace a damaged rim

    The only advantage of big wheels for street use is more room for larger calipers and disks. The big wheel thing is a fad; in 15 years they will look as dated as vinyl roofs and "opera" windows.
  • 03-24-2009, 08:52 PM

    nope...16"...see under "Exterior" this is for USA

    cars. You could always get the non sport model and buy your own wheels and tires and keep the 16" set for Winter use. However, the Sport Seats are worth the cost of the SP alone, IMO.

    2009 328i xDrive Sedan Standard Features
    Performance and efficiency
    • 3.0-liter, 230-horsepower, dual overhead cam (DOHC), inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine with composite magnesium/aluminum engine block, Valvetronic, and Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing
    • Electronic throttle control
    • 6-speed manual transmission
    Handling, ride and braking
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
    • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
    • Hill Descent Control
    • Double-pivot type front suspension with dual forged-aluminum lower arms 1
    • 5-link rear suspension with cast-aluminum upper transverse arms
    • Front and rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars
    • Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
    • 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
    • Engine-speed-sensitive, variable-assist power steering
    • 16 x 7.0 Multi Spoke (Style 282) light alloy wheels, 205/55 run-flat2 all-season tires
    • Halogen high- and low-beam headlights and Corona headlight-rings
    • Halogen free-form front foglights
    • Retractable, high-intensity headlight washers
    • Heated dual power mirrors and heated windshield washer jets
    • Chrome-plated exhaust tips
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    Interior seating
    • 8-way adjustable front seats (includes 2-way headrests with Active Head Restraints feature)
    • Leatherette upholstery
    • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with audio and Bluetoothฎ phone7 controls
    • Front seatback storage nets
    • Dark Burl Walnut Wood trim
    Comfort and convenience
    • Engine Start/Stop button
    • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings, exterior mirror and power seat settings,3 audio tone settings and radio presets with optional Navigation system, central-locking preferences, and lighting preferences
    • Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, temperature- and volume-controlled rear outlets, windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C function, heat at rest, and recall of individual user settings
    • 2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation, sliding interior sunshade, and wind deflector
    • Front-seat center armrest
    • Front passenger cupholders (dashboard-integrated)
    • Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders
    • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
    • Power front and rear windows with "one-touch" up/down operation
    • Dynamic Cruise Control
    • BMW Ambiance Lighting front and rear
    • Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when engine is turned off, separately controlled left/right front and rear reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Ground-illuminating lights in door handles
    • Locking glovebox
    • Electric interior trunk release
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Automatic headlight control
    Instrumentation and controls
    • Service Interval Indicator with miles-to-service readout
    • Check Control vehicle monitor system with pictogram display, oil status display, and Condition Based Service indicator
    • On-board computer with Check Control provides feedback on the vehicle's operating status: oil level indicator and distance to next service appointment/oil change, as well as other detailed information, such as spark plug and micro-filter status. It also provides travel information travel range on remaining fuel, external temperature and more
    Audio system
    • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system, Radio Data System (RDS), Auto-Store and 3-channel FM diversity antenna; displays MP3 song title and artist
    • Auxiliary audio input for portable music players
    Safety and security
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Adaptive Brake Lights
    • BMW's Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features
    • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
    • Active Headrests
    • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
    • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
    • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
    • Front passenger seat-occupation recognition with Passenger's Airbag Off indicator
    • Interlocking door anchoring system to help protect against door intrusion in side impacts
    • Central locking system with center console switch (leaves gas filler door unlocked), double-lock feature and 2-step unlocking
    • Coded Driveaway Protection
    • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
    • LATCH attachments on child-restraint safety installation
    • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; and automatically turns on hazard lights and interior lights, and unlocks doors
    • Programmable Daytime Running Lights
    BMW Services
    • BMW Ultimate Service™

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    2008 335i Coupe Alpine PP SP CP Saddle Heated Seats Comfort Access Sirius iPod
  • 03-24-2009, 04:47 PM

    You do mean 17" rims, don't you?

    I wouldn't buy a car that had only 16" rims!
  • 03-24-2009, 10:53 AM

    Re: Sport Package features

    The X Drive cars do not have a true Sport suspension due to the 4 wheel drive configuration. You do get all the other benefits of the sport package a slightly softer ride. For the true BMW ride you need to get the rear wheel drive. What handling is lost on the X Drive suspention is surly made up in wet weather handling.

  • 03-24-2009, 10:48 AM

    According to the BMW website the non-sport

    328xi comes with "16 x 7.0 Multi Spoke (Style 282)" wheels. I think that this is accurate regardless of what the catolog indicates. If you find out otherwise please post your findings here.

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    2008 335i Coupe Alpine PP SP CP Saddle Heated Seats Comfort Access Sirius iPod
  • 03-23-2009, 10:31 PM

    Re: Sport Package features

    Thanks for the info. I'm thinking of getting the sedan. I know what options come with the sports package, but I wanted to know about the suspension differences vs. the standard suspension.

    You mentioned that the sports package has bigger wheels, however, the catalog says that the car comes with 17" rims, sports package or not.

    To be honest with you, I'm at the age where I think I'd like a more luxurious ride, but I'd also love to have those sports seats and thicker and smaller steering wheel too. I guess you can't have everything ...
  • 03-23-2009, 10:20 PM

    Sport Package features

    You didn't mention sedan vs coupe.
    Unless they've changed it, the sport package on the sedan has a firmer suspension, stiffer anti-roll bars etc. It will feel noticeably firmer and corner flatter than the non-sport pkg car. The coupe comes with the firmer suspension and the sport steering wheel automatically. Included in the sport package for both are sport seats, bigger wheels etc.
    Definitely drive a sport pkg equipped sedan and a regular one before you make your choice. The sport suspension isn't rough riding by my standards, but it may be by yours. Also if you don't have any twisty roads nearby, or the roads you have are pretty rough, you may be happier with the regular setup.
    (It's still firmer than most cars and BMW doesn't make a 3 series that doesn't handle well.)

    If you decide you like the firmer feel and really want the best handling, you need good performance tires. I don't know where you live, but if you get snowy winters it's worthwhile to have dedicated winter tires (& wheels) and dedicated summer ones. (If you have a place to put them!)

    Good luck, Hope you find something that works well for you.Prior Cars: 05 M3 SMG, 04 Audi S4, 97 740il, 95 M3 Coupe.
    2007 328xi Steptronic, Premium, Sport CWP.
  • 03-23-2009, 09:40 PM

    Sport Package features

    I am considering buying a 2009 328i xdrive with the sports package. I understand that it comes with "performance" tires as opposed to all-seasons.

    But what about the suspension? I understand that the car is not lowered, but are there any suspension tweaks as far as stiffer springs or different shock valving? The BMW catalog mentions "Sport suspension calibration." What does that mean?


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