ClioSport Club Member
clio 172 phase 2
The 3 series looks better, but I like the idea of the extra size of the 5So i had a week without the M135i :dapprove:
As per this thread: http://www.babybmw.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=59323&sid=327c6afcb0afc52a67ade91922fda865 mine had the "fan on & limp-mode" problem which has affected all the Jan/Feb/Mar '14 build cars, ie a faulty aux fan thinks the car is overheating, so turns all the fans on and drops power back to 114i levels of rubbishness.
On the flipside, i got to swan around in a 320d M Sport xDrive touring and a 520d M Sport for a few days. Both VERY nice cars, although the 5er was just on a different planet from a build quality/comfort/ergonomics perspective, it also made the derv engine almost silent, whereas the 3er sounded ver much like a transit delivery van. The ZF autobox is quite simply amazing, i almost regretted not ordering it for the M135i tbh.
Some comparison pictures (3 series, then 5 series):
Id happily have a 530d M Sport next, not sure on the 3 series, it was a little too much like the M135i on inside for my liking.
Got back in my car this morning to be reminded that 320bhp it considerably better than 185.