Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

BMW 335i 2007+



  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,831
    First: Thanks to all on this Forum that ( repeatedly ) provide valuable information & insights.

    Resistance was futile.

    I ordered a 2007 Corvette Coupe on Wednesday. Expected delivery in 5 – 6 weeks.
    Monterey Red \ Titanium Gray
    3LT, MX0, CC3

    Now I may check in here occasionally, to read owner’s impressions, once US deliveries of 335 Sedans begin in earnest.

    I did look very carefully and very seriously at this BMW, as I think it has much to recommend it. And the boost in HP, and particularly in TQ raises the 3 Series to a new level \ class, in my view. And there are already reports that 350 or 375 HP \ TQ may be relatively easy to obtain through reconfiguration of the turbochargers’ boost.

    And I do like the BMW 3 sedan interior styling & ergonomics, the fact that I could have had a “real” sliding sunroof ( vs a removable glass Targa top as the Corvette has ) and European Delivery with my Daughter would have been a ‘Trip’. [Pun intended.]

    Yet I chose the Corvette. For exterior styling that I really like – a lot. For interior styling that ( finally, in the C6 ) I also like – a lot. For 400 \ 400 without having to resort to aftermarket tuner Powertrain Control Module reflash and potential warrantee issues. ( I am also impressed with the 5 YR, 100,000 mile transferable powertrain warrantee on the new Corvette. Would have loved BtoB, but oh well. . . ) And a few other things.

    - Ray
    Soon to be Corvette Driver . . .
    Counting the weeks and the days already . . .
    2015 Charger R/T - yup, it's got a Hemi...
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    Great choice.

  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531

    If i had money/space for a second car the vette would be on my list, along with the boxster S.
  • I've got to chime in on the new 335i. I just got one yesterday and it's out of control. I've had a few Porsche twin turbo's and this bimmer hits hard!!! I couldn't believe it, I was in the dealership looking at convertibles for my wife and after one test drive of this thing I was sold. You can't buy a used twin turbo Porsche for less than 65K. There is absolutely NO CAR that hits like this for 46K period. Forget the Boxster, Forget a regular 911, Forget an M3 this car will smoke them all. I read about a guy who dino'd it and it came out at 350lbs of tourque. You gotta drive it to belive it!!!!!!!!!
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    The same C&D that got the 4.8 second 0-60 and 13.5 quarter mile time for the 335i posted a 4.1 and 12.6 second time for the 911S. The base 911 is marginally slower.

    So, with all due respect to the 335i which appears to be a very impressive car, your exaggerated impressions are full of crap. And more than a little suspect from someone claiming to have owned a "few" 911 TT's. :confuse:
  • "Forget the Boxster, Forget a regular 911, Forget an M3 this car will smoke them all."

    Sounds like you're the one that is "smoking" something funny. I test drove a 335i while my M5 was in for service. Nice, yes. M3/911 quick, no. Boxster/M3/911 handling, definitely not.
  • Plus, you can only put so much horsepower in a car without suspension upgrade due to the weight increase. No one wants a car that can only go straight, and will not turn. I think American Classic, Road Runner, was one of those.

    No one? Heck, I'd venture to guess 90% of Americans define an automobiles performance by its straight-line speed numbers. It's enthusiasts like the people that frequent this and other sites that appreciate more sublime attributes like handling, steering feel, gearbox performance, etc.

    We are in the minority in America.
  • carjimcarjim Posts: 155
    Ray, I have followed you ever since you showed up on the Lincoln LS board. I've been wondering what vehicle would win you over. Sounds like you went for one of the best. Happy Vettin'.

    I traded my Bimmer for a 06 G35 Coupe. Hear me roarrrrr.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    I test drove a 335i while my M5 was in for service. Nice, yes. M3/911 quick, no. Boxster/M3/911 handling, definitely not.

    Glad to hear the voice of reason and reality. I drove the 335i and liked it, but it's not quite the legend that seems to be growing.
  • Coming from a 90,000.00 M5, what do you expect?!?!?! Are you really comparing a 335i to the 911/Boxster/M5 etc? Sounds fair, a 45k car with several options, compared against cars that are 60k-90k with their options. LOL!

    For the money, the 335i is an outstanding car. Easily one of the best cars out there in the 40k-50k range, and even MORE so when you look at the value of it. I seriously doubt in any magazine we will see a comparo of a 335i and the M5, or a 335i and the Porsche 911. More than likely, you'll see comparo's with the IS350 and the Audi S4, maybe Infiniti G35.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    More than likely, you'll see comparo's with the IS350 and the Audi S4, maybe Infiniti G35

    a 07 G35 cannot even compete with a dated 06 BMW330i let alone a BMW335i.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    Hey folks thanks for confusing me with the facts!

    All this time I thought my soon-to-be BMW335i was equivalent to or even better than any Lambo or even a SLR McLaren Benz. And now all of a sudden I find out from all you informative members that my new car is nothing more than a plain vanilla 335i that cannot even compete with a humble 911 Carrea S or a M5 (I mean what do you expect from a car with a base price of $40K?)? Oh well at least in my humble opinion the 335i is the best value for the buck in the sports sedan market (something that cannot be said about any M Series model ) :P
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    Oh well at least in my humble opinion the 335i is the best value for the buck in the sports sedan market (something that cannot be said about any M Series model )

    I guess you haven't driven a G35, Acura TL Type-S, Lexus IS 350 either. :P

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Obviously you haven't either. :P
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,993
    No I haven't but I have driven a G35 and a M3 BMW. The M3 vs. G35, should be close enough of a comparo giving a edge to the BMW since it's in "M" trim. I honestly came away liking the G35 a little better. I'd like to test drive a 07' G. ;)

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,831
    carjim –

    HA! I showed up on the Lincoln LS board in late 1999!

    I see the C6, as of MY 2006 ( with the addition of the A6 trans. ) as a world class GT car and a world class bargain.

    Not cheap, mind you. The MSRP of the one I ordered is over $10,000 more than my 2003 LS. And the actual transaction price is higher by even more . . .

    If the C6 did not exist, in its current state, I’d certainly be looking hard at the 335i. The ( relative ) lack of low end TQ is one of the few things that has kept me out of 6 cylinder BMWs. The TT 335 addresses that quite well!

    Enjoy the G35. ( Drove 3 or 4 sedans & 1 coupe. )

    - Ray
    Counting the days ‘till delivery of “my” 2007 . . .
    2015 Charger R/T - yup, it's got a Hemi...
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    As I said, I like the 335i. However a comment was made earlier that overhyped the car. That's what some of us responded to.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    BTW Dewey, what size wheels are you getting? I drove a 328i with 17" wheels recently. The 335i I drove had 18s. I much prefer the 17s. The car feels darty with 18s.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    You're not alone with your 17s observations. A reviewer from the British mag called Car (Sept. edition) found the 17s more preferable too.

    In my case I wanted my sedan with sport suspension and the only way I could get that was by ordering a sport package that includes 18s.

    Despite the above the 335i I test drove had 18s and they felt real good . How are they relative to the 17s I really dont know? At least if I bought the coupe I would have had an option between 17s and 18s. :(
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,604
    Ray, I had an '03 LS but los it in NY on the Tappan Zee on ice. Went with the '06 330xi and loving it. But you are my new hero with your new purchase. Wish you well and many happy/safe miles! It's a legend!

    BTW, LS built strong but misses mark on performance (handling. Lincoln is in BIG trouble!
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    I'm sure the dealer would swap the 18's for the less expensive 17's.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    Before I do such a thing I want to test drive a 335i with 17s first.

    At the same time I hate the idea of paying the price of a sport package and forgo the more expensive tires. I dont think the dealer would mind though.
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    True. I'd prefer the 17's just because the roads here are so choppy and i tend to drive over train tacks at full speed. But i think i want the sport package, so i'm pondering...

    Did you drive the 335 with both the sport and non-sport package?

    Perhaps if you are in the BMWCCA you can find another 3-series owner and arrange a tire swap and get a few dollars out of the deal.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    Did you drive the 335 with both the sport and non-sport package?

    The dealers I had visited only had a 335i coupes with a sport package.

    I think test driving a BMW 335i sedan without a sport package will be a waste of time since unlike the basic coupe a basic sedan does not include sport suspension as a standard feature. All I want to do at this point of time is to compare 17s and 18s on a sedan with sport suspension.

    Perhaps if you are in the BMWCCA you can find another 3-series owner and arrange a tire swap and get a few dollars out of the deal.

    Not a bad idea.

    I read Car & Driver's test drives of both the 335i coupe and sedan and they raved about the two cars. Both cars were equipped with 18s and they had no complaints. Similarily I had no complaints about the 18s but at least I would like to compare one with 17s. I guess I will have to try harder in finding a tester with 17s.

    If I dont then I will remain content with my 18s.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251

    are you interested in the coupe or the sedan?
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    The sedan--i think. I do think the coupe looks substantially better, and may be a good compromise between a sensible sedan and the little sports car i really want, and i can only justify one car for myself now.

    But, for now, the sedan. I end up carting my family around a lot, and they're all "husky." But maybe i should tell them "you're lucky i didn't get a miata!" :)

    I seem to be the only prospective BMW buyer on edmunds who may opt to not get the sport suspension. I think the sport package rides a bit sportier, but is not the night and day diff everyone else seems to think it is. So, i factor in harsher ride, cost of the package, probably using more tires and rims....
  • You found G35 and M3 to be close?. You mean the G35 was parked right next to the M3... because the way they drive is worlds apart. I think you probably drove a BMW 318 TI(with an M3 emblem on it)a car that will probably match or be close to the "performance" of a G35.
  • Sport package is a must ...big difference in the way the car handles. If I would be to choose only one option on a 335 that would be the sport package.
    Harsh ride compare with what... a Cadillac?
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    In fact my wife and I wanted the coupe. But the lack of a third seat belt in the back seat stopped us. Our kids certainly would certainly not appreciate the coupe. :(
  • I've recently test-driven both the 335i and 328i coupes, and have been frankly disappointed in the engines. Rough feel, iffy performance. I drove a 530i that felt a bit better, but nothing to write home about. I drove a second 328i that was a bit better than the first. The salesperson keeps reassuring me that it's just engine break-in, but frankly I was so disappointed in the 335i, I've settled on the 328i if I do go forward. I owned a 1980 528i for ten years and these engines don't measure up. However, BMW would not get the reviews it gets if my experience were universal. I was told at a car show that I should drive the broken in 335i with a manual a the dealer to experience the real deal, which I'll do (the guy had a really interesting breakin method - said his cars were always the fastest afterwards), but as I said to the salesperson 'these engines did now show well'.

    I do currently drive a 2004 Jaguar S-Type 4.2 (coming off lease in January), which has a great engine, very smooth and powerful, so maybe it's just the 6 vs 8 thing. But honestly, shouldn't even an un-broken in BMW 328i or 335i give you the smooth surge of power I remember? Being on the highway at about 50-60 mph, dropping into third and flooring it - now that was fun, a little hesitation and you were at 6000 rpm and shifting into 4th. Phew. By contrast, these engines - even the 335i - were working hard and getting nowhere fast.
This discussion has been closed.
BMW 335i 2007+ - Page 6 — Car Forums at