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      01-24-2021, 11:35 PM   #1
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Picked up 2020 330i. Impressions and a few Q's

I've owned many M and non M BMW's over the years, including multiple E46, E90, F80, and G20. Needed a DD (18 R8 for fun car) was looking at an A3 or A4. Didn't really consider the 330i until I had a couple G20's for rental cars and really liked the updated interior and tech.

Impression: Wow this is a big car. Especially stepping out of an Alfa Giulia. I was DD an M2 and Giulia QV for a while, this 330i is more like a "mini 5 series" than a 3 series.

Exterior looks: looks "ok". Best from the rear. Its a 330i so nothing exciting here. Nice to have some decent rims on the car for a base 330i.

Interior: BMW REALLY stepped up the interior which is main reason I bought it. The F80 gen materials were junk for a BMW IMO. Felt old, dated, and cheap. My M2 and 16 535i as well... old and stale. My Alfa interior was way better and nicer, if that tells you something. I had a 320i for like 2 months, the steering had major flat spots, the windows creaked going up, pretty horrible for a BMW. Anyways, the G20 interior is a big step up, and the tech is great. BMW still lags behind Audi in fit / finish (I have an R8 and Q8, Q7 before that) but they have come a long ways. Sport seats are nice, and its nice to have them in a base car as the old base seats were terrible if you are over 4 feet tall.

Tech: The tech is great, love HUD, CarPlay, etc. BMW got all the little details right on the tech, better than the R8 and Q8 execution.

Drive. Well, its a big car. not really designed to be a sports sedan so what do you expect.. Its not a 340i but a base 330i. Put it in sport and it shows hints of BMW of old. I actually like the fake sound, as lame as it is, sounds like my old S65 V8 lol. I always drive in sport for the sound. Sport trans setting is a little jerky, not sure if its for effect or poor engineering. Either way, it's pretty good for DD and no need for paddles.

Overall great DD. Picked it up for $27k w 17k miles loaded up. I went 2020 330i vs. a 18 335 since the interior and build quality are a whole different level. Love the tech, and interior design. Wish it was an M Sport or something but its good for what it is.

Question: is there a setting to not have the seat belt tighten when you start driving away? Drives me nuts.
G20 330i (DD) / Audi Q8 (Family) / R8 RWS (Thrill Ride)

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      01-25-2021, 12:52 PM   #2
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Congrats, I don't know of any setting to change the seatbelt tightening force.
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      01-25-2021, 01:00 PM   #3

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I like the seatbelt tightening feature. It reassures me that it will work when needed.
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      01-25-2021, 09:14 PM   #4
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Congrats, the current G20 330i is an amazing all round bit of kit. The B48 is very peppy, has a nice top end punch. Drives more like a 6 pot than 4. The tech is excellent, very refined and nicely isolated cabin, smooth gearbox and drivetrain. The car will feel smaller the more you drive it, there's a talented chassis underneath if you throw it around. It still has that BMW 'DNA' under the surface even being the softest model. I have a GT4 for fun/track, the G20 fills its relaxed cruiser role perfectly.
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      01-26-2021, 09:39 AM   #5
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It just takes time for any owner to get accustomed to any or new features. But overall great vehicle.

The 3 series sedan is a sport sedan when optioned with the appropriate package or model lineup with the proper amount of "M Sportiness" for anyone: 'M-Sport Package for 330i'; 'M-Performance model for M340i'; 'M3 or M3 Competition'.
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      01-26-2021, 10:10 AM   #6

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As an F82 owner, I have a m sport g20 as a loaner and I'm blown away. Might buy one for a daily
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