3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
just a opinion. seems the new 3 comes with fully loaded e46 3 and e39 5 series features. but in my own opinion.. the back is kinda funky. it does have a beautiful front.. also could be that i havent seen one in person yet. cant wait.. tomorrow it's released here.. but anyways.. it does look a tad weird from the pics and video. maybe it's something u grow into? like it was for the 7. mm i'd like to hear some responses on opinion.
Actually, a slight revision to the above. I just walked up to the showroom again for another look. The back is not as bad as I remembered, but the front is worse.
Right next to each other is a Gunmetal grey E90 320 saloon UKú26,500 and a bright red E46 convertible UKú28,000. So not much difference in the money Inside the convertible has some "M" parts, some carbon fibre and half suade seats. The E90 has parking sensors, nothing else of any great significance. For me the E46 wins it easily.
As a side note, the E90 dashboard and interor looks much more bland than the E46, although the 6 speed was nice. Looking at the front of the two side by side I have difficulty putting my finger on what I don't like about the E90. However, it seems that the distance from the bottom of the headlights to the bottom of the front fender has too much unbroken space. It is hard to describe but it is as if the front fender is too big for the rest of the front of the car. From the back the E90 rear lights are ok, but they look awkward as if added as an afterthought, as if they were meant for a different car. Where as the E46 lights fit the rest of the rear of the car's symetry perfectly.
I went in a E90 320i. It drove beautifully. The dash is ugly, the rear of the car is ugly, but I can't help feeling upset that my pride and joy is now an out of date model. :'o(
I remember on a tv programme with many of the world great car designers talking, a very good point mentioned by one of them. 'If a cars styling is accepted in every way when if first comes out, it is out of date already.' I guess there is some truth in this. I remember the new 5 when it came out, I wasn't too sure, but now I love it. Same with the 7, and even th 1 series after going for a ride in one.
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