BMW 316i Review (F30)

The BMW 316i F30 is one of the cheapest 3 series you can get in Singapore’s used car market. But just how good is it, and is it worth the money for those just getting into the BMW brand?

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Video Transcript

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what’s up guys

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Syed here and today i am in the bmw 316i

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this is the f30 generation and this was

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actually replaced by the 318i

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three cylinder in around 2015 okay so

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this car you can only get it

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in singapore from like 2012 to 2014

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model year so in singapore for the f33

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series you can get the 316 you can get

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the 318 you can get the 320 efficient

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dynamics you can get the 320 you can get

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a 328i and you can get the 335i

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and of course you have the m3 but we’re

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not going to talk about that so this car

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has a n13 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbo

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engine

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this is what they call the prince engine

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which uh is basically an engine

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developed by a few french manufacturers

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and bmw

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so you have like peugeot citron and bmw

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this entertain is the same engine you

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find in the f-20 116

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the one series the f-20 118

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and the 320 efficient dynamics but the

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only difference is that the engine is

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tuned to give different outputs for all

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these

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different models so in this particular

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car the 316 this engine outputs 134

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horsepower 220 newton meters of torque

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it’s mated to the excellent zf 8 speed

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automatic transmission

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zero wheel drive and does zero to 100 in

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about 9.2 seconds

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so the thing that draws people to this

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car is you know obviously being a base

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3 series the price is more affordable

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and you know now

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used cars right you can get it for

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between like 50 to 60k

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with like an 11 to 13k kind of

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depreciation which is

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you know for 3 series quite reasonable

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because if you compare it to like uh

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you know 320 which has a degree of like

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what 15 16k

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32835 of course you don’t have to

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mention the dpr is way higher than that

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uh and i’m not going to compare it to

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the 318 because the 318 has a three

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cylinder

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so um i i like my cars with you know

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even number of cylinders

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so uh yeah we’re gonna just be talking

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about this car and having a 1.6 liter

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engine it means your rotax is very cheap

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742 dollars a year

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and this car also has a few fuel saving

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features which we’re gonna talk about

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later on so exterior wise this car is

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slightly bigger than the e90 generation

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three series which it replaced

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and looks wise i think this looks better

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than the e90 i think this looks better

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than the audi a4 the b8 and the b8.5 and

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i

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also think it looks better than the

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w204c class whether it’s the

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preface lift the peanut headlights or

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the

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facelifted one with the slightly nicer

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headlights i think this is the best

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looking car

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in like the german uh small sedan

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segment

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you know this car has the quite a garang

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look and you know

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just a simple m-sport body kit this car

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looks it looks really really good even

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though this car is like almost what is

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seven

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eight years already some of these f-30s

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have already had their cos renewed even

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you know it’s uh the earliest model you

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can get is a 2012 one

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and it doesn’t look like an

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eight-year-old car however if like you

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move on to the interior right i think

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it’s starting to look a bit dated so to

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put it into context right the 2019 mazda

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3 that i drove recently

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has a more luxurious interior than this

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bmw 3 series

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yes i said it a mazda has a nicer

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interior than a bmw

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but it’s true you know times are

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changing manufacturers are making the

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interiors nicer

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so this car yeah being seven eight years

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old it’s starting to look a bit outdated

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but

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the thing i like about the interior is

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that bmw’s interiors are very functional

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they may not be the prettiest but they

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are easy to use

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very easy for you to get used to bmw i

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drive i think it’s one of the best

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infotainment systems in the market also

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speaking of

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interior features this car doesn’t have

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you know all the new

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safety features that comes in modern

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cars like lane keeping assist

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adaptive cruise control 360 camera this

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car doesn’t have that but i think that’s

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fair right it’s a base 3 series

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so you know they’re trying to make it

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affordable for a lot of people

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but you know this car has the parking

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reverse

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camera with guidance lines and it has

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all around parking sensors as well so

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for me it’s good enough

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in terms of practicality i think it’s

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quite decent for a car of this size

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center compartment it’s not deep but

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it’s

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the area the shape is also a bit weird

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because it has to make space for this

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uh manual handbrake so it’s not that big

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center compartment

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but you do get two cupholders here with

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a removable tray

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and a very small compartment above that

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to maybe keep your phone or something

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glove box is about average size

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not too big so in the back with this

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seat being in my

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driver’s position i do get some

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leg room and more than one knuckle of

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leg room actually and i

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get slightly more than one knuckle of

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headroom as well

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however i have to point out that because

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this is a rear-wheel drive car the

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transmission tunnel is

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quite tall and that eats up into your

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leg room

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in the back you get 480 liters of boot

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space

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which is about the same size you get in

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the audi a4 and

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mercedes c-class so how does the

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f-3316-i

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feel to drive first of all right i think

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if you’ve driven an e90 before

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you may be disappointed by this car uh

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the reason i say that is because

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this has the electric power steering so

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it’s not as

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sharp as the e90 is immediately obvious

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if like you drive an e90 and you jump

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into this f30

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immediately after um there’s a very big

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difference

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the e90 will feel sharper will be

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a bit more fun to drive but the e90 has

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a very heavy steering and that’s a turn

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off for some people

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for me personally i prefer the slightly

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okay i can’t say i prefer the slightly

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heavier because around town right there

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around city drive for city driving the

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heavy steering

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is can be quite annoying so this car i

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think is a bit more

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city friendly urban friendly than the

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e90

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but it also loses a bit of the sharpness

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of the e90 and this car also has quite a

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few

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fuel saving technology features so you

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have eco

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pro so that’s like the driving mode you

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should be in if you want to save the

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most amount of fuel and you have a brake

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energy regeneration as well

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and you also have a auto start stop in

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this car

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so you have like three different

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features to help you save

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petrol and i’m gonna check the fuel

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consumption

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later on

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so right now i’m in eco pro mode and the

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car feels

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very tame very mild even when i floor it

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yeah you can feel that turbo search but

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it’s not exciting

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okay now i’m gonna move it to sports

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mode

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in sports mode right the steering is

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still not as

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sharp as i’d like it to be it’s not a

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three series kind of sharp

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because it’s still relatively light even

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like when i’m driving at speed right now

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it’s

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the steering is still pretty light not

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like

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what you expect from a 3 series you want

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a tight kind of steering feel you know

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and this car

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yeah it just doesn’t feel like that and

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i’m i’m already in sports mode

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if you are expecting this car to give

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you like some

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sort of excitement and all that you will

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get that kind of excitement

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but only if you are new to the bmw brand

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if you’ve been driving like you know

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regular japanese cars your whole life

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and you just

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you know got this car then yeah you’ll

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be

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okay it’s a bmw you know it’s a double

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charge

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3 series you will feel some sort of

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excitement

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and you will use this car as the

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benchmark

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for your future bmws but if you’ve owned

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bmw z4 like an e90

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or whatever then you probably will not

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feel

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that this is an exciting car because

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even in sports mode right now i’m

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flooring it

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[Music]

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it doesn’t have that like search that

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you know

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pushes you back into your seat so to

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answer the question how good is a base

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3 series the 316 it’s good enough for

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you if you are new to the brand you are

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new to bmws

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but if you’ve owned bmws before or you

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used to you know this kind of like a bit

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more exotic brands like

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bm audi jaguar mercedes it’s probably

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not

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it won’t it won’t excite or overwhelm

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you to you

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it will probably be you know just

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another bmw

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so yeah maybe if you’re looking for that

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kind of driving feel driving fun

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you may have to get a 320 or you can get

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this car and you just you need to give

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it a bit more power i think you can get

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like

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35 wheel horsepower with just a

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regular tune which i mean good enough

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like this car is 130 horsepower

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so you bump it up to about 170. so

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because i’ve owned an e90 before

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i prefer the sharpness and the steering

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feel and the feedback of the e90

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definitely for sure

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but everything else right in terms of

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like you know

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how easy it is to drive the excitement

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because the one i own was a 320 so you

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know

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that car two liter no turbo and it’s

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super slow that car is really very slow

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i’m not saying that this is a bad car or

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anything it’s not

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but yeah if you used to you know bmws

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and stuff

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uh i think you should go for the 320 at

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least

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and you will feel it’s a bit more worth

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your money even though the debris is

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pretty high that is a 15 16 kdp that’s

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like a 5 series kind of debris

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yeah which you know you can consider the

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5 series also so if you are new to bmw

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is new to you know this kind of a bit

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more

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uh luxurious brands i think this

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will serve you just fine because it’s

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still more fun to drive than your

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average japanese

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car to sum up this car how i would put

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it is uh

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it’s like a bit neither here nor there

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kind of situation

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it’s not super sharp and it’s not that

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powerful also

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so if you want like a proper 3 series i

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think you have to go for at least a 320i

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so yeah thank you guys so much for

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