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#4287753 - 12/29/16 08:35 AM New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport
gofast182 Offline


Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 1692
Loc: NJ
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.







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#4287760 - 12/29/16 08:51 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35846
Loc: Great Lakes
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?
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#4287763 - 12/29/16 08:58 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4039
Loc: North Carolina
thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Congratulations!!!
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#4287768 - 12/29/16 09:02 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
gofast182 Offline


Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 1692
Loc: NJ
Nope, no adaptive M. Not having experience with adaptive M, I like the ride of the regular suspension.
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#4287782 - 12/29/16 09:27 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Congrats!!!!!!

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#4287787 - 12/29/16 09:32 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
wemay Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 8864
Loc: Southeast Florida
Congrats!
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#4287793 - 12/29/16 09:34 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4216
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Very sharp looking car. thumbsup
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#4287795 - 12/29/16 09:37 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
andrewg Offline


Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 5466
Loc: Buckley, Wa.
Classy looking car.

Very nice.
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#4287802 - 12/29/16 09:42 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1979
Loc: VA
Big Congrats, gorgeous color and car. Enjoy and happy new year smile
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#4287812 - 12/29/16 09:52 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
KrisZ Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7460
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Congratulations! Looks very sharp and I love its conservative look. It should be invisible to cops.
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#4287815 - 12/29/16 09:54 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
drtyler Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 405
Loc: GA
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.


Edited by drtyler (12/29/16 09:55 AM)

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#4287838 - 12/29/16 10:28 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2941
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
nice looking.
does bmw still give you 4 colors 'free
' and charge for other colors?
'
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#4287841 - 12/29/16 10:37 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
gofast182 Offline


Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 1692
Loc: NJ
It might be less than 4 colors now. I've got metallic black so it was a "charge" color.
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#4287846 - 12/29/16 10:45 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: edwardh1]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 35846
Loc: Great Lakes
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.
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#4287849 - 12/29/16 10:49 AM Re: New 340i xDrive w/ M Sport [Re: gofast182]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14505
Loc: Top of Virginia
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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