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      04-06-2009, 01:56 PM   #59
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Originally Posted by Add1ct View Post
First off, I will be the first to agree with you that the 335i is a much nicer car and far more attractive. That said, I had an e46 and moving the 1 you can definitely feel the compactness of the car when driving around. Yes, it is a portly thing, but it is still quite a bit smaller than the 3 which makes it, on the whole, much easier to drive. And, imho, until the e46 coupe, the ugly duckling part was an essential component of the BMW formula.
The 3 has a bit less [cheap] plastic in the dash and panels. Aside from that, what's much nicer? My 1 and 3 are both fully loaded and the plastics are the only discerning difference in quality. If I really wanted to nitpick, maybe the doors feel more solid when shutting them on the 3. But that's probably because the 3 sedan has the frame around the window. On the plus side, the 1 gets the large 6-piston calipers.

I can see the argument that the 1 is the ugliest BMW in their lineup right now (which is probably why it made the list in the first place), but I can name at least 20-30 current production cars on the market that look a lot worse. The Mitsubishi Evo should have been on that list as well, for example.
2011 E92 M3(Sold). 2007 Honda S2000 (Track Car). 2016 Cayman GT4 (Sold). 2017 Shelby GT350 (AKA Crowd Killer).

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