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      09-18-2007, 06:43 AM   #1
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Talking My new M3 delivery!! Collected her Friday night.

Well - its here at last . Collected my car on Friday evening. The picture attached was taken late Friday as the light started to go. So, here are my first impressions:-

Likeys -
- Gearchange is shorter throw and less clunky than my E46
- Car is smoother, more refined on long drives
- Nice V8 rumble above 3k revs, but could(should?) be louder ..
- iDrive is a scoosh to use, very neat and intuitive to me, at least
- M-Drive set up for my preferences and to my key
- Steering wheel is thicker, but feels great.
- Seating position is fine, certainly not too high, although I have mine at the lowest setting.
-Looks spectacular, yet understated too, if that makes any sense?!?
- Brakes feel very strong.
- Good steering feel (off centre) in corners on sport setting.
- Clutch/gearchange no longer require Conan the Barbarian to be effective.
- Chilled storage compartment on transmission tunnel.

No likeys -
- Less storage cubby holes
- Seat belt handler seem a little flimsy - time will tell ...
- Steering is a little vague just off centre, even on sport setting
- Fuel consumption so far (cruising) is 23.5 mpg - not good! Hope it'll imrpove with miles.
- Big square rear-view mirror - yuk!


More feedback once I get some more (non-commuting) miles under the wheels...



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      09-18-2007, 07:08 AM   #2
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Well - its here at last . Collected my car on Friday evening. The picture attached was taken late Friday as the light started to go. So, here are my first impressions:-

Likeys -
- Gearchange is shorter throw and less clunky than my E46
- Car is smoother, more refined on long drives
- Nice V8 rumble above 3k revs, but could(should?) be louder ..
- iDrive is a scoosh to use, very neat and intuitive to me, at least
- M-Drive set up for my preferences and to my key
- Steering wheel is thicker, but feels great.
- Seating position is fine, certainly not too high, although I have mine at the lowest setting.
-Looks spectacular, yet understated too, if that makes any sense?!?
- Brakes feel very strong.
- Good steering feel (off centre) in corners on sport setting.
- Clutch/gearchange no longer require Conan the Barbarian to be effective.
- Chilled storage compartment on transmission tunnel.

No likeys -
- Less storage cubby holes
- Seat belt handler seem a little flimsy - time will tell ...
- Steering is a little vague just off centre, even on sport setting
- Fuel consumption so far (cruising) is 23.5 mpg - not good! Hope it'll imrpove with miles.
- Big square rear-view mirror - yuk!


More feedback once I get some more (non-commuting) miles under the wheels...



DC

Please make this it's own thread. It deserves it!!
Love the IB by the way. Feel free to take more pics.
What are the specs on your car? Interior color/trim?

You say you like the off center feel then you say it is vague.
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      09-18-2007, 07:48 AM   #3
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Well - its here at last . Collected my car on Friday evening. The picture attached was taken late Friday as the light started to go. So, here are my first impressions:-

Likeys -
- Gearchange is shorter throw and less clunky than my E46
- Car is smoother, more refined on long drives
- Nice V8 rumble above 3k revs, but could(should?) be louder ..
- iDrive is a scoosh to use, very neat and intuitive to me, at least
- M-Drive set up for my preferences and to my key
- Steering wheel is thicker, but feels great.
- Seating position is fine, certainly not too high, although I have mine at the lowest setting.
-Looks spectacular, yet understated too, if that makes any sense?!?
- Brakes feel very strong.
- Good steering feel (off centre) in corners on sport setting.
- Clutch/gearchange no longer require Conan the Barbarian to be effective.
- Chilled storage compartment on transmission tunnel.

No likeys -
- Less storage cubby holes
- Seat belt handler seem a little flimsy - time will tell ...
- Steering is a little vague just off centre, even on sport setting
- Fuel consumption so far (cruising) is 23.5 mpg - not good! Hope it'll imrpove with miles.
- Big square rear-view mirror - yuk!


More feedback once I get some more (non-commuting) miles under the wheels...



DC
Congrats DC, yes re-post this as a new thread. I see that ugly rear-view mirror issue is comming up again.
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      09-18-2007, 07:48 AM   #4
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Well - its here at last . Collected my car on Friday evening. The picture attached was taken late Friday as the light started to go.
Interlagos FTW! Please take more pics when it gets sunny (it does get sunny there, right ).

Also I second what Epacy said - start a new thread.
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      09-18-2007, 07:57 AM   #5
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New thread coming

Thanks folks.

I'll post a new thread with more pics once the weather improves!!

On the subject of steering feel, to clarify, what I meant is that the steering does feel a little vague just off centre, but once into a corner the steering feel is actually pretty good, its just when driving in a straight line that there is a little vagueness around the straight ahead position ... make sense?



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Thanks folks.

I'll post a new thread with more pics once the weather improves!!

On the subject of steering feel, to clarify, what I meant is that the steering does feel a little vague just off centre, but once into a corner the steering feel is actually pretty good, its just when driving in a straight line that there is a little vagueness around the straight ahead position ... make sense?



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Sounds good. Heck, I'll take pics even in cloudy weather. Will be good to see how the IB and the interior look in all conditions.

What color interior?
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      09-18-2007, 10:27 AM   #7
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The 19's and IB go well together. Good color but I am not sure it is for me.

23.5 mpg is about the same as my E36 M3, so thats good to me!

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Congratulations, your car looks amazing in IB. It looks like Scotland is the place to be if you want a new M3...

It feels like I've been waiting ages to say this to someone, but Welcome to the Club!!!!
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      09-18-2007, 11:36 AM   #9
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Congrats!!! The car looks amazing in the photo.

I've taken the liberty of breaking this out into its own thread, as it's certainly deserving of it.
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      09-18-2007, 11:36 AM   #10
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The 19's and IB go well together. Good color but I am not sure it is for me.

23.5 mpg is about the same as my E36 M3, so thats good to me!

Jason
Bear in mind this is 23.5mpg (UK).

This is the equivalent of 19.6 US mpg.
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The 19's and IB go well together. Good color but I am not sure it is for me.

23.5 mpg is about the same as my E36 M3, so thats good to me!

Jason
I was just about to say that. 23.5 mpg in a 400 HP V8 is great!!! My Interlagos E46 M3 averaged about 22 to 23 mpg when I babied it during driving. You should be impressed!

Congrats on the wonderful car. Interlagos looks great on the new M3.



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Bear in mind this is 23.5mpg (UK).

This is the equivalent of 19.6 US mpg.
What makes UK mpg any different than US mpg? How do they differentiate it? Also, I read that somebody else is getting 28mpg UK (..so about 23-25 mpg US).
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Woa nice more and more m3post owners taking delivery now. Give us more pics and feedback when you've wiped that grin off your face or manage to pry yourself from the car
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Well - its here at last . Collected my car on Friday evening.

Interlagos Blue is a beautiful colour!

Congratulations on your new wheels.
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I was just about to say that. 23.5 mpg in a 400 HP V8 is great!!! My Interlagos E46 M3 averaged about 22 to 23 mpg when I babied it during driving. You should be impressed!

Congrats on the wonderful car. Interlagos looks great on the new M3.





What makes UK mpg any different than US mpg? How do they differentiate it? Also, I read that somebody else is getting 28mpg UK (..so about 23-25 mpg US).
A U.S. gallon (3.785 litres) is smaller than a UK gallon (4.546 litres).

Therefore 23.5 mpg in the UK is actually 19.6 mpg in the U.S.
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What? There was a fault when I posted and for some reason it posted my message twice.
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Grrrr... I cant wait to get my hands on my car. C'mon BMW USA, move it.

Congrats dude, cool car. have a blast....
Please post more pics if you can.
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Thanks folks.

I'll post a new thread with more pics once the weather improves!!

On the subject of steering feel, to clarify, what I meant is that the steering does feel a little vague just off centre, but once into a corner the steering feel is actually pretty good, its just when driving in a straight line that there is a little vagueness around the straight ahead position ... make sense?



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I found the same feeling on my E46 M3 initially. After installing adjustable camber plates and dialing a little more camber than stock in, it was much better.

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