: Anyone drive the new 335i ?



Natedog
06-11-12, 01:28 PM
I know it's a very different animal than the Gen 1 V's, but I'm curious if anyone has had a chance to drive the new 335i? I was reading through a motortrend recently and noticed it put down a 4.7 0-60 time and a 13.3 quarter mile which is faster than the tested times they got for the 2006 V... not to mention it's twin turbo and gets 33 mpg on the highway... at 47k nicely equipped it's a beast of a car for the money... not a fan of the styling but i'm sure it's nice to drive

mstrjon32
06-11-12, 01:48 PM
A friend of mine test drove the new 335i and I went for a ride with him. It was nice and I liked the interior a lot more than the previous generation, but the handling was less than inspired. It was more of a cruiser and seemed to float a lot more on the road and in the corners than the V. We rani t up to 150 mph and it felt nice, though. Of course, my Saturn has a ride that is at least twice as hard as the V's, so I'm getting used to firm suspensions. He liked it too, but ended up buying a new 2012 M3 instead.

My favorite feature on the M3 was the surround camera, which shows you everything around you in a top-down view when you're reversing.

JFensty
06-11-12, 01:50 PM
I raced one and it held steady until about 120 then started pulling on me. When we got to the next light I could hear the blow off valve. Was not stock but mine was at that time. 0-60 may be faster but I thought our cars stock were in the13.1 area from car and driver.

Natedog
06-11-12, 02:33 PM
A friend of mine test drove the new 335i and I went for a ride with him. It was nice and I liked the interior a lot more than the previous generation, but the handling was less than inspired. It was more of a cruiser and seemed to float a lot more on the road and in the corners than the V. We rani t up to 150 mph and it felt nice, though. Of course, my Saturn has a ride that is at least twice as hard as the V's, so I'm getting used to firm suspensions. He liked it too, but ended up buying a new 2012 M3 instead.

My favorite feature on the M3 was the surround camera, which shows you everything around you in a top-down view when you're reversing.
I assume the one he test drove didn't have the adaptive M suspension?? My brother has a new M3 which i've driven a number of times and it's a fantastic car.. just doesn't have the brute force i'd expect at that price range to be honest though... a V2 for the same $ is just jaw droppingly quick

Natedog
06-11-12, 02:35 PM
I raced one and it held steady until about 120 then started pulling on me. When we got to the next light I could hear the blow off valve. Was not stock but mine was at that time. 0-60 may be faster but I thought our cars stock were in the13.1 area from car and driver.
The only apples to apples comparison i found was from motortrend
335i:
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1202_2012_bmw_335i_first_test/
2006 V:
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0608_2006_audi_rs4_vs_2006_cadillac_cts_v/specifications.html

mstrjon32
06-11-12, 03:07 PM
I can't remember if the 335i had it or not. I know his M3 has adaptive suspension, and I can feel the difference between the modes.

mberisha
06-11-12, 04:47 PM
A friend of mine test drove the new 335i and I went for a ride with him. It was nice and I liked the interior a lot more than the previous generation, but the handling was less than inspired. It was more of a cruiser and seemed to float a lot more on the road and in the corners than the V. We rani t up to 150 mph and it felt nice, though. Of course, my Saturn has a ride that is at least twice as hard as the V's, so I'm getting used to firm suspensions. He liked it too, but ended up buying a new 2012 M3 instead.

My favorite feature on the M3 was the surround camera, which shows you everything around you in a top-down view when you're reversing.

:yeah:

odthetruth
06-11-12, 05:05 PM
BMW
13.3 sec @ 103.9 mph

13.4 sec @ 109.2 mph

The difference here is the trap speed. At 109 vs 104, the V would generally pull better on the highway. AWD generally loses its spunk at higher speeds. Its great to launch from a stop, and has good grip in corners to an extent. A few bolt ons would put it in stock V territory at highway.

1 tenth wouldn't qualify this as a generally faster car then the V. Magazine racing vs real life track is much different.

[edit]
Although I'm sure the interior of a 335 vs a V1 would be much different. LOL

Natedog
06-11-12, 05:16 PM
The bimmer is RWD (Audi's are AWD) but i agree with you on the trap speeds... only thing is, you know damn well those motortrend guys worked hard to get those times outa the V whereas the 335i automatic with launch control is much easier to drive fast in a real world setting (especially from a dig) since most of us aren't Jeff Gordon... the other scary part is, all it needs is a $450 mail order 'tune' to up the boost on the twin turbos and then it's creeping into V2 territory speedwise due to the 800 lb weight differential... i hate to think i'm even considering looking at one of these but it's hard to argue with the value for 42k base or 48k nicely equipped (note that you can option the crap out of it for like 55k though... stupid german manufacturers and their options)

odthetruth
06-11-12, 08:00 PM
The bimmer is RWD (Audi's are AWD) but i agree with you on the trap speeds... only thing is, you know damn well those motortrend guys worked hard to get those times outa the V whereas the 335i automatic with launch control is much easier to drive fast in a real world setting (especially from a dig) since most of us aren't Jeff Gordon... the other scary part is, all it needs is a $450 mail order 'tune' to up the boost on the twin turbos and then it's creeping into V2 territory speedwise due to the 800 lb weight differential... i hate to think i'm even considering looking at one of these but it's hard to argue with the value for 42k base or 48k nicely equipped (note that you can option the crap out of it for like 55k though... stupid german manufacturers and their options)

LOL I agree 100% on motortrend probably spending all day to get that time. Wheelhop is horrendous in these cars. No doubt about it.

The 335i is nice, but then again you are comparing it to a car thats worth about 20-30k now. The V1 is still a great bang for the buck. I thought I saw xi... if i was going to get a 335, it would be the AWD one just because you KNOW it'll be good easy launches at the track.

odthetruth
06-11-12, 08:00 PM
The bimmer is RWD (Audi's are AWD) but i agree with you on the trap speeds... only thing is, you know damn well those motortrend guys worked hard to get those times outa the V whereas the 335i automatic with launch control is much easier to drive fast in a real world setting (especially from a dig) since most of us aren't Jeff Gordon... the other scary part is, all it needs is a $450 mail order 'tune' to up the boost on the twin turbos and then it's creeping into V2 territory speedwise due to the 800 lb weight differential... i hate to think i'm even considering looking at one of these but it's hard to argue with the value for 42k base or 48k nicely equipped (note that you can option the crap out of it for like 55k though... stupid german manufacturers and their options)

LOL I agree 100% on motortrend probably spending all day to get that time. Wheelhop is horrendous in these cars. No doubt about it.

The 335i is nice, but then again you are comparing it to a car thats worth about 20-30k now. The V1 is still a great bang for the buck. I thought I saw xi... if i was going to get a 335, it would be the AWD one just because you KNOW it'll be good easy launches at the track.

kciaccio
06-11-12, 09:03 PM
I just bought my wife the new 328i. They make claims it is like 1 second faster than her old 02 325I. Well they are both stick and I can tell you her new twin screw turbo 4 banger is not a second faster.
I understand the 335i is faster but I was not impressed with her new 328i.

JimmyH
06-11-12, 09:54 PM
335ix=that many more things waiting to break

CTSV_510
06-11-12, 11:24 PM
My good friend has an '08 335i with the auto trans. I haven't driven it but I've ridden in it with a tune loaded and the thing is very quick. It's hard to remember my V before the maggie, but I would say is was pretty comparable in quickness to a stock V, much attributable to the tune and somewhat to the auto. Since you can tune them up pretty good without much work, they can easily be made quick with those turbos. He's in the market for an '11 M3 though now so if anyone is looking for an '08 335i with ~70k miles let me know...

HAMSTAR
06-12-12, 12:07 AM
The bimmer is RWD (Audi's are AWD) but i agree with you on the trap speeds... only thing is, you know damn well those motortrend guys worked hard to get those times outa the V whereas the 335i automatic with launch control is much easier to drive fast in a real world setting (especially from a dig) since most of us aren't Jeff Gordon... the other scary part is, all it needs is a $450 mail order 'tune' to up the boost on the twin turbos and then it's creeping into V2 territory speedwise due to the 800 lb weight differential... i hate to think i'm even considering looking at one of these but it's hard to argue with the value for 42k base or 48k nicely equipped (note that you can option the crap out of it for like 55k though... stupid german manufacturers and their options)

Have you driven one? There is no passion to it.

I wanted a V1 for years, but didn't know it. I kept test driving cars... drove A5, S5, X5, 335xi, 335d. Actually, the 335d came the closest, but all of them felt like turds compared to the V1. Turns out I needed some American V8 rawness in my life. And the V1 communicates the road and is so utterly transparent about what it is doing, whereas the 3 series felt too neat and predictable.

lilgCTS-V
06-12-12, 01:13 PM
My sister has a 335i coupe white with black interior with every option you can put in the thing ... It's a girls car that is it ... It handles awesome and drives great but still a chicks car.

Natedog
06-12-12, 02:12 PM
Have you driven one? There is no passion to it.

I wanted a V1 for years, but didn't know it. I kept test driving cars... drove A5, S5, X5, 335xi, 335d. Actually, the 335d came the closest, but all of them felt like turds compared to the V1. Turns out I needed some American V8 rawness in my life. And the V1 communicates the road and is so utterly transparent about what it is doing, whereas the 3 series felt too neat and predictable.
I haven't had a chance to drive one yet but am planning to do so this weekend if i can track one down... i totally understand your feelings about the rawness feeling though as i've driven my brothers M3 a number of times and it's just too predictable... i have a slew of reasons as to why i'm looking into something else, i'm just having a hard time coming up with legitimate contenders to the new F30 335i priced under 50k at this time... i'd probably do a lease and BMW's lease rates are the best in the country due to residual value so i'd be looking at around 475 a month with 0 down, and 0 maintenance costs for the term of the lease

JimmyH
06-12-12, 04:27 PM
I miss my V :(

CadzillaTN
06-12-12, 05:07 PM
Too many posers, losers, and overall pieces of sh*t driving BMWs. There are good folks and enthusiasts driving them too, but they are few. You have to hand it to the germans, they managed to create a brand that probably 98% of it's customers can't truly afford to drive but do it because they think someone will envy them.

I'd have to get the ///Man version just to have some exclusivity.

CadzillaTN
06-12-12, 11:24 PM
Maybe most people that drive bmws aren't that bad. But people that schedule unnecessary meetings are definitely douche bags. Glad I have tapatalk-i mean mobile email.

Koooop
06-13-12, 12:13 AM
I've been getting to drive a 2011 135i vert with the optional auto trans and sport suspension. It was a bit quicker than my V, smoother ride... I still took the V most of the time though, can't beat that LS6. Now that the 135 has some special factory tune that eliminated that awful transmission pause some of these suffer from, now I think the baby bimmer would crush the V if a rematch were possible.

Lord Cadillac
06-13-12, 01:04 AM
I know it's a very different animal than the Gen 1 V's, but I'm curious if anyone has had a chance to drive the new 335i? I was reading through a motortrend recently and noticed it put down a 4.7 0-60 time and a 13.3 quarter mile which is faster than the tested times they got for the 2006 V... not to mention it's twin turbo and gets 33 mpg on the highway... at 47k nicely equipped it's a beast of a car for the money... not a fan of the styling but i'm sure it's nice to drive

If you want a sleeper that can do high 12 second quarter miles with a few hundred dollars in mods than the 335i is for you...

Koooop
06-13-12, 02:41 AM
I miss my V :(

Ditto.

odthetruth
06-13-12, 03:54 AM
I miss my V :(

Stop playing Jimmy and just go get another one.


Too many posers, losers, and overall pieces of sh*t driving BMWs. There are good folks and enthusiasts driving them too, but they are few. You have to hand it to the germans, they managed to create a brand that probably 98% of it's customers can't truly afford to drive but do it because they think someone will envy them.

I'd have to get the ///Man version just to have some exclusivity.

LOL This is messed up because its partially true.

Natedog
06-13-12, 12:34 PM
LOL This is messed up because its partially true.
It's definitely true cause i've been one of those haters for years... it pains me to even consider it but i have a test drive setup for tmw night and will report back accordingly

JimmyH
06-13-12, 01:56 PM
Stop playing Jimmy and just go get another one.

I came very, VERY close to buying my V back from the guy I sold it to. But I had my heart set on the SS. If I could go back in time, I think I might have bought my V back.

CadzillaTN
06-14-12, 01:00 AM
I came very, VERY close to buying my V back from the guy I sold it to. But I had my heart set on the SS. If I could go back in time, I think I might have bought my V back.

You could probably trade that ss plus cash for an 04V

Koooop
06-14-12, 01:35 AM
I came very, VERY close to buying my V back from the guy I sold it to. But I had my heart set on the SS. If I could go back in time, I think I might have bought my V back.

I very nearly turned around and drove home when it was time to drop my V off. I didn't want to do it, I thought the guy was going to shoot me. It took me 20 minutes to walk into his bank and surrender the car!

My red hot Mistress (V) was traded off for a 300lb Lingerie Model (TBSS).

Natedog
06-15-12, 12:10 PM
So initial impressions after a short test drive in typical 7:00pm northern VA traffic, the 335i is nice... after driving a V for 5 years, i was a bit overwhelmed by all the fancy technology and gadgets in the car, but once we actually got into the driving aspect, it felt very smooth and had plenty of power to get you in trouble quite quickly... the tester was the Modern line and didn't have the sport auto transmission or M adaptive suspension which is what i would spring for, but it still felt very tossable but very much in control... was it unbelievably amazing and did i want to plunk down my cash immediately? No. Is it a great car that's a lot of fun for daily driving? Definitely. I certainly haven't made any decisions yet, but just wanted to toss out my initial opinion

M5eater
06-15-12, 12:56 PM
What about a B8 S4?

Granted you can price it north of 60K, but with a few select options, it's pretty competitive on it's own as well.

Natedog
06-15-12, 01:07 PM
I definitely like the styling of the S4 but really have no interest in AWD.... s4 would price out at least 5k more for essentially same options, and BMW's lease rates are much better, not to mention $0 maintenance costs.... plus a 500 plug n play 'tune' gets you another 60hp and 40tq out of the twin turbos whereas the S4 you need to mess with some hardware in addition to a tune. You really can't go wrong with either though

mstrjon32
06-15-12, 08:30 PM
I was out with my buddy who owns the M3 tonight, he had a few drinks and I drove us home (we actually live in the same apartment building) in his car. Big mistake...I really loved the handling and the ride, and I already put FG2's in my car, but I might need to break that credit card back out for some more suspension upgrades...

I was just taking it easy, but the M3 is a very sweet ride...

M5eater
06-15-12, 09:20 PM
I was out with my buddy who owns the M3 tonight, he had a few drinks and I drove us home (we actually live in the same apartment building) in his car. Big mistake...I really loved the handling and the ride, and I already put FG2's in my car, but I might need to break that credit card back out for some more suspension upgrades...

I was just taking it easy, but the M3 is a very sweet ride...
I was thiiiiisss close ] [ to snatching a 6MT E90 M3 after the A6 V (half the car payments would have been nice) but I snatched the CTS-V instead.


plus a 500 plug n play 'tune' gets you another 60hp and 40tq out of the twin turbos whereas the S4 you need to mess with some hardware in addition to a tune.
You do not need any 'hardware' modifications, and 'tunes' do not cost $500. They haven't for a long time for any German sedan.

A proper brand name canned tune starts at ~ $800-$1300 for both cars.

Motown Cad
06-16-12, 01:48 AM
My co-worker and good friend has a 335i and was talking smack in the smoke pit this week "IN FRONT OF PEOPLE" of how faster his car is blah blah blah.... So, I let him run his mouth and acted like he was getting the best of me. When he was done, I asked him what he was doing tonight. "Nothing" he replies. So I said to him, good "I will pay for your entry at the drag strip tonight and we can stage and race each other". At which point he went silent........and said "dude i don't take the bimmer to the drag strip and abuse it" and everyone jumped on him and started dogging him out. He shut up quick.