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Consumer Reports has issued its latest Best & Worst Used Cars report (for April 2013) and the 2009 BMW E90 328i sedan has been named the best sedan in the $20,000-$25,000 category. It shares the top pick with the 2009 Infiniti G and the 2010 Toyota Avalon.
Here’s what the report says about its picks:
The 3 Series combines agile handling, a taut ride, good brakes, and powerful six-cylinder engines in a comfortable, if slightly snug, interior. The Infiniti G is … CONTINUED
This past weekend, BIMMERPOST members from many of our communities braved the cold Chicago winter weather to meet with other enthusiasts at Burnham Harbor by Soldier Field.
Check out their event photos inside.
Had a nice lazy sunday today and decided to dream up what an M-Performance parts equipped 3-series GT could look like in various stages of kit. What do you all think?
Compare with the stock car photos which are all on the Official 3-Series GT Thread
Just a programming note: 3 new videos have been added to our 3-series GT official thread.
Have a look at the BMW 3 Series GT at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 together with Bruno Spengler, the racing driver who won the 2012 DTM Drivers’ Championship. He’s talking to Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design.
To re-inject a dose of OEM goodness after seeing all the tuner produced BMWs, here is a F30 M Sport (Active Hybrid 3), looking great in Glacier Silver. Nothing fancy or new, just good ole factory OEM-ness.
Austrian tuner MS Design unveiled its F30 program today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed the “B36″, this F30 335i tuning program comes with both go and show.
Release by MS Design:
World Premiere in Geneva the B36 by MS Design
This September the Austrian car styling and individualization specialist MS Design celebrates its 30th Anniversary. And of Course such an occasion deserves a very special project. The B36 by MS DESIGN!
B36 by MS Design
Based on a BMW 335i MS Design created a special project, combining a … CONTINUED
Making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the BMW 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) [Official Thread], the newest variant to the F3x 3 Series model line. The 3 Series GT rounds out the current generation 3 Series lineup, with the next model spawning off the same platform to be the 4 Series Coupe (F32)
While the 3 Series GT improves upon the 5 Series GT’s very unwieldy back end, we feel that the rear design could still have been sleeker and … CONTINUED
Alpina has brought two world debuts to showcase at the 2013 Geneva auto show – the B3 F30 and the Alpina XD3 (based off the X3 SAV).
You can find the B3 F30′s full official specs and gallery inside.
Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show this week will be the MS Design B36, a radical looking F30 335i.
The B36 features aggressive fender flares, paired with new front and rear bumpers, sidesirts, and exhaust pipes. It wears 20″ wheels and rides on an upgraded suspension.
It’s not all go and no show though, as power the 335i has been tuned to 360 hp.
The interior features alcantara seats (front and back), arm side panels, armrest.
Look for more details and real life photos from … CONTINUED
F30POST member dd1981 shares yet another great and useful DIY for the F30 3 Series, this time providing a details guide for hardwiring a radar detector in the F30.
3 Series owners snapshots featured in this compilation of various 3 series generations from the 22 years of BMW 3 Series making the Car and Driver Annual 10Best List.
The Wye Dean rally in a Ratty BMW 325i, by Chris Harris.
In-car video and track data from the 2012 BMW 335i’s lap at Virginia International Raceway for the 2013 Lightning Lap competition by Car and Driver.
AC Schnitzer has revealed its F31 3 Series Touring and 6 Series Gran Coupe set to show at next week’s 2013 Geneva auto show. These appear to be very minor updates of the previously revealed ACS F31 and ACS 6 Series Gran Coupe.
The F31 3 Series Touring M Sport kit includes a center bumper metal grille, front splitter lips, painted rear diffuser, roof spoiler, and exhaust tail pipes. The 6 Series Gran Coupe M Sport gets a center bumper metal grille, carbon fiber front lip, … CONTINUED
Here are some new photos and updated specs of the Alpina F30 B3 Bi-Turbo.
The F30 B3 boasts more power and torque than the E90 B3, yet is 20% more gas efficient.
The new B3 Bi-Turbo delivers 410 HP (301 kW) starting at 5500 RPM (compared to the US F30 335i with 300 HP), and and 442 lb-ft (600Nm) torque. Transmission comes in the form of a ZF 8 speed automatic.
0-100kmh (0-62 mph) takes only 4.2 seconds.
Top speed is 305 km/h (189 MPH).
Emissions decreases by 7.6 L … CONTINUED
Here’s a nice and simple F30 335i M Performance Exhaust Install DIY.
It’s not very difficult and you can save yourself hundreds of dollars (what the dealership charges). Approximate install time should be under one hour.
Bored at work or home? Burn away hours on this BMW (and other makes) online tuning configurator.