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New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport #4287753
12/29/16 08:35 AM
12/29/16 08:35 AM
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gofast182 Offline OP
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Well, I pulled the trigger on a 2017 BMW 340i xDrive. It was not the smartest decision as I am losing money on the Acura TLX it is replacing, but I'm OK with it. After lots of arguing with my service department about VCM vibrations and the quirky behavior of the 9 speed auto in the TLX, I gave up. Could I have gotten results from Acura? Most likely. Others have, but being an early adopter of the car my stress limit had already been reached before they started replacing transmissions in the 2015 models (and even now you still have to pass a burden of proof). My time is more valuable than that and I get very mad arguing things I know I'm right about with people who also know I'm right but argue anyway. This BMW is the first non Honda/Acura product of my life and its probably fair to say they didn't lose me on product, despite its issues, they lost me in the service department.

As for this BMW, it looks beautiful and drives beautifully. The powertrain is a revelation. The transmission, despite being made by the same manufacturer as the Acura, ZF, the 8AT in the BMW is unquestionably the best automatic transmission I've ever driven in any car, and that includes some dual clutch units. I have no desire for a manual with this trans. It's shifts are imperceptible and lightning quick at low-moderate throttle and at near full throttle and in sport mode it bangs off firm shifts like a champ. Then we have the new B58 engine (I6 w/ twin scroll turbo). I've yet to really exercise it but already I can tell this thing is almost stupid fast. Like the Acura, there's a learning curve to the infotainment system but it's becoming intuitive after a couple of weeks (German logic is different than Japanese/American logic). The bad? The paint. This thing has a bad paint job with excessive orange peel all over the sides of the car. Someone from BMW corporate is supposed to look at it next week.

So that's my story.









2006 S2000 - Berlina Black - PU 10w30, PCX-004
2017 340i xDrive - Black Sapphire - Dlr Fill, 114...898
2011 MDX Tech - Aspen White - Dlr Fill, PLM-A01
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287760
12/29/16 08:51 AM
12/29/16 08:51 AM
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Great Lakes
Quattro Pete Offline
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Congrats! If my 530i suddenly died and I had to get a new car to replace it today, the 340i would be it, although I'd go for the RWD version.

Does yours have the adaptive M suspension?


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287763
12/29/16 08:58 AM
12/29/16 08:58 AM
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Congratulations!!!


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287768
12/29/16 09:02 AM
12/29/16 09:02 AM
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gofast182 Offline OP
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Nope, no adaptive M. Not having experience with adaptive M, I like the ride of the regular suspension.


2006 S2000 - Berlina Black - PU 10w30, PCX-004
2017 340i xDrive - Black Sapphire - Dlr Fill, 114...898
2011 MDX Tech - Aspen White - Dlr Fill, PLM-A01
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287782
12/29/16 09:27 AM
12/29/16 09:27 AM
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MD
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Congrats!!!!!!

Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287787
12/29/16 09:32 AM
12/29/16 09:32 AM
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Kendall, FL
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Kendall, FL
Congrats!


18 Sportage LX: M1AP 5W-20 + M1-104A
13 SFS 2.0T: PP 10W-30 + XG9688
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287793
12/29/16 09:34 AM
12/29/16 09:34 AM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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Very sharp looking car. thumbsup


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (35k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287795
12/29/16 09:37 AM
12/29/16 09:37 AM
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Buckley, Wa.
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Buckley, Wa.
Classy looking car.

Very nice.


2016 Honda Civic LX Coupe
2016 Toyota Rav4
2012 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Arima Sea Ranger HT 21'
2017 Vespa Sprint S 150

Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287802
12/29/16 09:42 AM
12/29/16 09:42 AM
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VA
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Big Congrats, gorgeous color and car. Enjoy and happy new year smile


2006 Civic EX 202K/AT
2006 Acura TSX 180K/AT
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287812
12/29/16 09:52 AM
12/29/16 09:52 AM
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Canuck living in California
KrisZ Online content
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Congratulations! Looks very sharp and I love its conservative look. It should be invisible to cops.


2015 Dodge Grand Caravan-27k miles.
2006 Mazda 3-163k miles
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287815
12/29/16 09:54 AM
12/29/16 09:54 AM
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GA
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Nice!

Unfortunately, many new and recent BMW's have that type of factory paint job that you are describing. I doubt they'll do anything about it.

I thought something was wrong with the paint on my used '09 model when I bought it, until I looked at the new lot next door.

Last edited by drtyler; 12/29/16 09:55 AM.
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287838
12/29/16 10:28 AM
12/29/16 10:28 AM
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Coastal South Carolina
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Coastal South Carolina
nice looking.
does bmw still give you 4 colors 'free
' and charge for other colors?
'


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287841
12/29/16 10:37 AM
12/29/16 10:37 AM
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gofast182 Offline OP
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It might be less than 4 colors now. I've got metallic black so it was a "charge" color.


2006 S2000 - Berlina Black - PU 10w30, PCX-004
2017 340i xDrive - Black Sapphire - Dlr Fill, 114...898
2011 MDX Tech - Aspen White - Dlr Fill, PLM-A01
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: edwardh1] #4287846
12/29/16 10:45 AM
12/29/16 10:45 AM
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Great Lakes
Quattro Pete Offline
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Originally Posted By: edwardh1
nice looking.
does bmw still give you 4 colors 'free
' and charge for other colors?
'

On the current 3-series, there are just two colors (Alpine White and Jet Black) for which there is no extra charge.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182] #4287849
12/29/16 10:49 AM
12/29/16 10:49 AM
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Top of Virginia
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Very nice! I'm afraid Acura lost you for the same reason many people ditch a vehicle or a brand -- service. Human-made products will work or not work, it's just a fact of life. How that dealership supports you is what matters. And it sounds like yours didn't; that's too bad.

Enjoy the Bimmer!

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