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Pop That Collar - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 10,315
edited December 2014 in BMW
imagePop That Collar - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

A little button near the window controls allows you to raise the 3 Series Gran Turismo's rear spoiler when you're not at highway speeds. You shouldn't use it.

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    ebeaudoinebeaudoin Member Posts: 509
    Yeah, that's an odd feature. I've seen a few cars with their spoilers raised like that. Very odd.
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    steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited December 2014
    Can you pop it when parked so you can wax the leading edges? And it'd be handy to use as a rope tie-down when you toss your kayak on top. :smile:
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    iamthestigiamthestig Member Posts: 85
    Ugh. I can't stand seeing cars with extended spoilers that shouldn't be extended. At highway speeds, it's great. Let the car do with it as its designers intended. When you're detailing your car, extend that spoiler by all means. But when I see a parked Audi, Porsche, BMW, etc with an extended spoiler, all I can imagine is that the owner really wanted to show off. And no one likes a show-off.
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    legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599
    An A7 parks on my block with the spoiler up all the time. I assumed the thing was broken.
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    schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    I had assumed that the purpose of raising these spoilers manually was for cleaning. Just like in the old days of pop-up headlights, the Honda Accord had a button to pop up the headlights (but not turn them on). This is so you can clean and access the lights.
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    banhughbanhugh Member Posts: 315
    Maybe if its pouring and you drive above speed limit on the highway, I would find it useful.
    Or if you track the car and try to drop some serious lap times.
    Otherwise, there is no real need for additional downforce!
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    schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    legacygt said:

    An A7 parks on my block with the spoiler up all the time. I assumed the thing was broken.

    It probably is. Any mechanical thing such as thing is bound is break, especially if it's on a German car.
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