Sunday, August 19th was the BMW Car Club of BC’s Concours, held at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. Overcast sky made for an unspectacular backdrop but the neutral lighting also granted the ability to take pictures from almost any angles.
Have a first real life comparison look at how the F30 3 Series M Sport (in Estoril Blue II) compares to the E90 3 Series M Sport model. You be the judge – which do you prefer?
A month ago, a new BMW prototype was spied for the first time. At the time, given its fastback shape and substantial similarities to the 3 Series GT (3GT) prototypes we’ve been spying for months, we deemed it to be a 3GT with some camouflage removed or altered. But, the prototype has been spotted again and the additional looks at the prototype have us convinced that it is indeed the F36 4 Series Gran Coupe (4GC) being tested.
Here’s a brief analysis of the clear differences between … CONTINUED
BMW has issued a service bulletin (SIB / TSB) affecting owners of a BMW powered by the 6 cylinder N54 turbo engine. It extends the warranty on the N54 turbochargers for any failure of a turbocharger caused by a defect in the turbo wastegate. Here is the full bulletin:
N54 Engine Turbocharger (Wastegates Only): Emissions Warranty Extension to 8 Years/82,000 Miles
E60, E61 (MY 2008, 2009, 2010): 535i including xDrive E71 (MY 2008, 2009, 2010): X6 xDrive35i
E82, E88 (MY 2008, 2009, 2010): 135i
E89 (MY 2009, 2010): … CONTINUED
Video feature from BMW featuring the a 2012 335i outfitted with F30 M Performance Parts, including front spoiler lip splitters, sideskirts, and rear diffuser. Also features M Performance wheels, M Performance brakes, M Performance interior trim and shift knob. The M Performance exhaust can also be heard. The full F30 M Performance Parts catalog can be found inside.
KW has released its V2 and V3 (Variant 2 & 3) “inox-line” coilovers for the BMW 3-series Type 3L (F30) & BMW 1-series Type 1K4 (F20/F21)
For more than five generations the BMW 3-series is one of the most successful models of the Munich manufacturer. Also for the new BMW F30, KW automotive has developed a wide range of coilovers in high quality stainless steel finish. The BMW F30 can be continuously lowered up to 65 mm within the TÜV approved adjustment range. Depending on the variant, … CONTINUED
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will be upping its crash test standards for 2013 and the new standards have proven challenging for the nearly one dozen 2012 entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested, so far.
Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks. The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the BMW 3 Series (F30), Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked … CONTINUED
It has now been 6 months since the official launch of the new F30 3 series and its second model year (2013) has already started. We’re curious as to the issues (or lack thereof) that our F30 owners are experiencing. Cast your vote inside and let us know.
We visit the BMW owned Munich dealership from time to time as it contains some of the most interesting models you will see on any BMW showroom floor, with new cars regularly rotated in. It’s especially a fun place to see BMW Individual models in all sorts of colors, leathers, and trims.
The past few months have featured several Individual E9x generation 3 Series, including Enzian Blue, Graphite Blue, Lime Yellow, and Mandarin 2. Check out some photos below.
Coverage/photos provided by moderator Dackelone.
BMW has issue a service bulletin (SIB / TSB) which will allow dealers across the country to reprogram / code all BMW models with the Auto Start-Stop feature so that the system defaults to the “Last User mode” (last used setting) the next time that the car is turned on. Check out auto start stop SIB 12 15 12 inside.
Watch the gauge clusters (speedometer and tachometer) of the 2012 328i and 335i accelerating side-by-side in full out acceleration runs from a stop. Gives a good idea of how the two compare in terms of acceleration.
We’ve also added previously posted videos of our experience with the two models from the BMW press drives, both at our own hands and with the skills of professional BMW drivers Joey Hand and Bill Auberlin.
F30POST member Dan once again shares with us some DIYs for the F30 3 series. This one includes instructions for one of the first modifications any BMW enthusiast makes – replacing the factory front bumper reflectors and/or whiskers, usually to be replaced with body color matched versions.
Full directions and guide inside.
iND provides an updated look at their 2013 F30 328i project car. Without resorting to radical modifications, the look of this Sport Line Imperial Blue F30 has been transformed to a more aggressive look. The F30 3D Design front lip has been fitted for now, with the rest of the kit coming soon. An Eisenmann exhaust system will also be fitted onto their F30.
Here is the full list of modifications made so far:
3D Design front spoiler lip
19″ BBS CH-R wheels [19×8.5 ET32/19×9.5 … CONTINUED
The Alpina F30 B3 has started development and we’ve got the first sighting of the prototype. The B3 test mule (based on the F30 335i) provides a good preview of the external styling to expect on the F30 B3, with its Alpina front lip spoiler, aggressive trunk spoiler, quad exhaust, and of course Alpina wheels. It appears that Alpina has now changed the front lip spoiler design from its original preview render. The production version is likely to feature a special exterior color as in past … CONTINUED
Customer F30 3 Series M Sport models have landed on US shores and into the driveways of their owners. This is our first reported F30 M Sport delivery and it goes to a lucky member in Texas. We’ve also seen the delivery of US spec M Sport F30 in Europe (to an American stationed in Germany).
Congrats to the owners and to all owners to come!
You know the physical specs of the F30 3 Series and how it compares to the E90 3 Series and F10 5 Series, but exactly how do their size and shapes compare? See how the cars compare in these silhouette overlays, which show us the precise differences.
After achieving record sales in the first half of 2012, the BMW Group reported its best-ever sales result for July. With a total of 135,537 (prev. yr. 129,102) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide last month, the company increased its sales by 5.0% compared to the previous year. It was also the first time in the company’s history that over one million vehicles had been delivered in the first seven months. From January to July the number of deliveries climbed 7.6% to 1,036,088 vehicles … CONTINUED
According to a report from Automotive News, BMW is considering adding a second North American plant – in Mexico. It would join the Sprtanburg, SC plant as the only other BMW plant in N.A.
Production at the Spartanburg plant has included the X5, X6, X3, and Z4 (no longer built in Spartanburg) and will soon include the X4 SAV. The potential Mexican plant would expand that to the 3 Series and future FWD 1 Series models. Production would set to begin at the plant in late 2016 … CONTINUED