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      04-06-2009, 02:57 PM   #60
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Originally Posted by radiantm3 View Post
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.
materials wise yea, there are not many differences but just on the whole the 3 gives a more grownup, refined feel, that's more what I meant, but that's also why I love the 1, it's a "back to basics" BMW
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