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A lifelong BMW enthusiast shares his great obsession story with us. He reflects on his life-long passion of obsessing, driving and reading about 3 series BMW’s. Through the highs and the lows from the E21 3 Series to the F80 M3.

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Another great road trip write-up by Rick F., this time featuring the Ghost Towns of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

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Impressive results from Pure Turbo’s Stage 2 turbo for the N55 on a F30 335i.

The dyno yielded 528whp / 498tq with the following modifications:

JB4
PURE stage 2 turbo
EvolutionRacewerks CP, DP, IC
BMS intake
Methanol

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Head and tail lights renderings for the upcoming F30 3 Series LCI facelift model, based on previous prototype spy photos.

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BMW has issued a recall on certain BMW 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series models for potential fuel pump failure. Please see details inside.

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The Taiwanese F30 3 series taxi is back and now in F80 M3 form! :)

Satin Suzuka Grey F30 Photoshoot

03/29/2015 at 1:15 PM
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Modified Satin Suzuka Grey F30 3 Series photoshoot in Vietnam.

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The aftermarket never seems to let factory limitations stop it. Some folks in China and Russia managed to fit the LCD gauge panel from either the 5 or 7 series into the F30 3 series.

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The one-millionth vehicle, a BMW 3 Series Sedan, rolled off the assembly line at BMW’s South African manufacturing plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, earlier today. The production anniversary was celebrated during a visit by member of the Management Board of BMW AG responsible for production, Harald Kr├╝ger.

“Globalization has been an inherent part of our corporate strategy for more than four decades. Established in 1973, plant Rosslyn was BMW Group’s first foreign plant and represents a cornerstone of our global production network with presently 30 sites … CONTINUED

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Part II of Rick F’s BMW trip journal of the Virginia Fort Valley and fortified houses.

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For the fifth straight year, the BMW 3 Series (4 Series included) was the best selling premium car in 2014 in the United States.

Here are the 2014 stats:

142,232 3-Series / 4-Series sold in U.S. in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series made up 42% of U.S. BMW sales
3-Series / 4-Series was America’s 16th-best-selling car in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series sales reached highest level since 2007 (when 142,490 were sold)
3-Series hasn’t been outsold in premium category since 2009

The runner up was the Lexus RX with … CONTINUED

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We’ve been reporting since last Summer that the 335i would be replaced by the 340i to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI facelift and changeover from the N55 engine to the new inline 6 turbo B58 engine.

And now the 340i has officially appeared on BMWUSA’s official production map for the 2016 model year. As the schedule indicates, production of the 340i begins in July-August 2015, with the Munich plant starting production in July and Rosslyn plant in August.

Its sibling, the F32 435i coupe … CONTINUED

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This Autocar article claims that several years down the line, all BMW 3 Series models and upwards will become plug-in hybrid cars, ditching the gasoline or diesel only powerplant and requiring a complete rethink of the make-up of its cars from first principles.

More BMW 340i M Sport LCI Sightings

01/08/2015 at 10:50 AM
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Have a look at the latest spy photos of the F30 3 series sedan M Sport.

Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series, but as we can see, it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.

As seen before, these prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. The M Sport bumper seen for the … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Here’s a video from BMW looking back at the E36 3 Series, produced from 1990 to 2000.

F30 LCI Facelift Rendered

12/29/2014 at 2:30 PM
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The F30 LCI facelift is rendered here in what is expected to be a mild revision to the styling. To recap, here’s our latest info on the F30 LCI:

Until now, adaptive LED headlights have only been available on the 4 Series but it will soon be available on the F30/F31 LCI models. Alongside the LED headlights, the F30/F31 LCI will also feature LED tail lights.

Prototypes show a restyled front bumper, deeper inset headlights (from the beefier bumper design) and shapelier kidney grilles. The … CONTINUED

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Check out the first project of its kind – turning the F30 3 series into an F80 M3 body, using all factory original parts.