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Observations on '11 335 loaner

der_kommissar2010-08-17 16:28:57 +0000 #1
Just wanted to share two observations on the '11 335 (no sport) auto loaner I've got for the next several days and see if anyone else agrees....

1. The ride is smoother and there is less tire noise than my '07 328. I noticed that the 335 has Conti ProContacts and my 328 has the Bridgestone Turanzas (rears are new). Is that enough to make a difference? Clearly, the Conti's are 225/45's 17 inch and the Turanzas are 205/55 16 in, so if it is the tires, is it the make or the size differences?

2. I had a '10 335 xdrive auto loaner a few months ago with the twin turbo and it felt faster than the new for '11 turbo. I never noticed turbo lag with the '10, but honestly, I feel like at low RPMs the new turbo is somewhere in between the 328 and the old 335. into mid and higher RPMs and it's still very strong and fast, but down low and from a standing start it feels weaker (but still better than the 328). This is a personal observation, so take it for what it's worth.

3. The base stereo still sucks compared to the HiFi units, but whoever was in this loaner last tried to compensate by turning the base all the way up to 10 and the treble up to 7. As bad as that was, once I brought the levels down again, the sound became very hollow and had little depth. I think I liked it better turned all the way up.


The J-Man2010-08-17 16:41:12 +0000 #2
1.) This is a common comment. They changed the dampers on the 2011's and it seems to have made a big difference.

2.) Some people feel the way you do, some feel the opposite. I'd like to see some good dyno numbers of the N55. BMW claims is should be more responsive down low versus the N54. Your observations could also be due to the 2011 having almost no miles on it.

3.) I am less than thrilled with the Harmon Kardon system in my 2011. I can only imagine how crappy the base stereo is.
Wake272010-08-17 17:18:36 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by The J-Man

2.) Some people feel the way you do, some feel the opposite. I'd like to see some good dyno numbers of the N55. BMW claims is should be more responsive down low versus the N54. Your observations could also be due to the 2011 having almost no miles on it.

3.) I am less than thrilled with the Harmon Kardon system in my 2011. I can only imagine how crappy the base stereo is.

I've heard similar things about the N55.

You don't like the Harmon Kardon though?
WWONG2010-08-17 17:44:12 +0000 #4
Any idea if these 2011 dampers can be retrofitted? I'm getting tired of the loud/stiff ride
serg12822010-08-17 17:52:57 +0000 #5
Pretty unfortunate about Harmon Kardon if it's that bad.
JackSpadesSI2010-08-17 18:42:09 +0000 #6
Agreed about the HK premium sound system.

I am also driving a 2011 335i loaner and it has the HK system. I would describe it as very good if it were the standard system. However, for $875 I expect a whole lot more!

That said, I'm glad that I ordered my own 335i with the HK system because I can't fathom how bad the standard audio system is (all the cars I test drove had the HK system, too).
srcstc2010-08-17 18:42:03 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by WWONG

Any idea if these 2011 dampers can be retrofitted? I'm getting tired of the loud/stiff ride
Shadow335i2010-08-17 18:51:05 +0000 #8
Is that a coupe or a sedan HK. I think they sound a little different due to the different interior size and shape.
JSpira2010-08-17 20:34:42 +0000 #9
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Originally Posted by der_kommissar

3. The base stereo still sucks compared to the HiFi units, but whoever was in this loaner last tried to compensate by turning the base all the way up to 10 and the treble up to 7. As bad as that was, once I brought the levels down again, the sound became very hollow and had little depth. I think I liked it better turned all the way up.

EDITED BASED ON UPDATED INFO.

The HiFi system is no longer standard (or even offered) in the U.S. apparently but you can order the Harmon Kardon (née Logic 7) system (13 speakers) as an option.
shockin330i2010-08-17 17:07:46 +0000 #10
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Originally Posted by JSpira

The BMW base system isn't offered in U.S. 3er Series cars. The standard package is the HiFi variant (8 speakers) and you can order the Harmon Kardon (née Logic 7) system (13 speakers) as an option.

Really? Then where are my other four speakers?
JSpira2010-08-17 18:11:52 +0000 #11
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Originally Posted by Shadow335i

Is that a coupe or a sedan HK. I think they sound a little different due to the different interior size and shape.

Correct. The sedan has much better acoustics.
JSpira2010-08-17 21:03:42 +0000 #12
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Originally Posted by shockin330i

Really? Then where are my other four speakers?

If your "really" has to do with the base system not being offered in the U.S., then yes, really.

EDIT: the information below this post has the correct info

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