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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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.