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BMW 335i 2007+

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  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    yep. true.
  • rel1,

    I believe BMW is coming out with a 335Xi (AWD), and I think it's due some time this year.

    Bruce
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,259
    Bruce,

    How was your Xi in the snow, assuming you had the opportunity?

    Regards,
    OW
  • OW,

    My 330Xi is great in the snow, up to a point. Beyond a certain depth of accumulation on the road, then our X3 is better due to higher ground clearance. Until that point, I would rate them as even.

    A couple of weeks ago we were in the X3 on an unplowed road, and the X3 was fine, but I'm pretty sure the 330Xi would not have made it.

    In our area, we have as much trouble with sleet, freezing rain, and ice as we do snow. This is compounded by drivers who panic in winter conditions, and a density of traffic that precludes using normal snow driving experience to avoid problems; e.g., you get stopped on an uphill, and then have to start from a standstill on an incline, rather than maintaining momentum when approaching a hill.

    I think the 330Xi is particualrly good in these conditions. I think AWD is particularly justified in these conditions.

    Bruce
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,259
    Thanks for you insights, Bruce. I find the car rock solid and here in NY State on Feb14th the snow ruts were 5" deep with heavy ICE since it was around 9 Deg. F. and it was no problem getting through. Even on the all-seasons, the traction was superb.

    Regards,
    OW
  • mk0974amk0974a Posts: 8
    Hi guys,

    Been a long time reader of this forum, just picked up a 335 coupe, black sapphire with coral red interior, full optioned with a six speed manual. Love the car so far, only put on 100 miles today but feels ultra quick. Was a little confused though because my sales guy said there was no real break in requirements, but from reading this forum everyone says to take it easy the first 1200 miles? Thanks guys and happy motoring
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Read your manual on the break-in requirements, it is FAR more authoritative than some stupid sales associate. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • mk0974amk0974a Posts: 8
    couldn't agree more with you shipo, although i can't imagine how I'm gonna suppress the urge to downshift into second gear on the freeway and let it rip for another 1200 miles... :confuse:
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,259
    Just hold back and think of it like you don't want the parts to fly across the road...you will have given the machine a solid preparation for the fun factor coming soon to a road near you!! Pretend you are behind the pace car for about 1,200 miles but do not stay at a constant RPM!

    Great choice! Drive with all the best heath and safety!

    Regards,
    OW

    Regards,
    OW
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    Well maybe the salesperson meant that you don't have to baby it, which is true.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Was watching NGC on how Ferrari builds the 559. They take the car right from the factory to their own circuit and test the car, like they were racing it. Break in, what break in?

    I wouldn't baby the 335, but I would follow owners manual recommendations.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    It's interesting..."break in" is a rather controversial subject, even among engineers, with many theories bandied about. The owner's manuals tend to be very very conservative (for obvious reasons, so that some new owner in his first reveries doesn't redline it out the showroom door) but really, it makes sense that a certain amount of load and stress (within reason) would be a good thing for getting a good wear pattern going. I do break-ins like the motorcycle guys recommend, and I've always been happy with the results....more than pleased.

    Ferraris are, I believe, bench-run pretty much full out before they hit the streets....If the engines don't meet HP on the dyno, out them come for disassembly.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,259
    I respectfully would not compare a Ferrari engine with a BMW engine. The designs are highly different and the procedures for the initialization process would, therefore, vary a great deal.

    A NASCAR engine would need to be "broken-in" at 100% but is designed for low mileage lifespan with huge demands during that life cycle. Hopefully, Toyota gets with the program as they enter the race!! (BTW, why doesn't BMW try NASCAR?)

    I suspect it's all about the warranty and as the tech gets more capable of detecting any "out of warranty" operations in a vehicle, it's going to get bumpy out there!

    Regards,
    OW

    Regards,
    OW
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    Seems to me that if they want us puttering around in our 335s for the first 1,000 miles they should stop making those BMW commercials with brand new cars redlined and screaming like banshees out of hell through mountain passes...don't you think? All BMW is doing is encouraging our bad behavior! :P
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    > (BTW, why doesn't BMW try NASCAR?)

    I think that toyota makes a lot more products that the average nascar fan might buy, and even that move is seen as iffy... I mean, BMW is almost the antithesis of nascar. Handling, luxury, safety, and over-engineering?
  • mk0974amk0974a Posts: 8
    Yeah I couldn't agree with you guys more. Although its always amusing to hear what different sales people have to say about the break in period. I remember I had one Infiniti guy tell me that don't even think about breaking it in lol. But anyhow, i've been trying to think up of excuses to drive somewhere all morning and still haven't come up with anything yet... :mad:. It' interesting to hear you guys talk about varying the RPM, but how do you do that if you are constantly on the highway? Like on my way home yesterday (the dealership was about 70 miles away), I just got in the furthest right lane and put the car in sixth gear and took it easy. Otherwise around my area I try and keep the car at low RPM's as possible.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,259
    Well, yes, you're right but Lexus drops a car and you have to beat gravity...seems like "not reality" as usual with the Ad companies.

    I tend to like the effect from reactions that the kids have in the x-mas present commercial as more effective!

    Regards,
    OW
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    Well you can do full throttle acceleration runs but only to say 4,000 rpm....and then let the engine coast down from that 4,000 to 2,000 or so...I think a new engine would like that...so you can do this in say 2 or 3 gear....of course, the people behind you will think you're crazy but that might keep them off your tail :P Basically you want to stay out of the orange/red zone for 1K and you don't want to "lug" the engine mercilessly, if you have a manual transmission car.
  • car111car111 Posts: 24
    Hi
    I like drive of BMW 335 but is there anyway to make softer the gas/brake pedals and steering wheel ?
    Thanks.
  • When will the 2008 models start coming out? Not the convertible, just the coupe; i'm debating buying one for july delivery or waiting to get the '08 depending on timing,

    thanks,
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