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neil-c

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243 posts

68 months

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Friday 6th July 2012 quote quote all
Been looking for a nearly new 3 series and have noticed a few of these " performance edition" models. Look like they have the M sport bodykit but does anyone know which suspension is fitted, standard or M sport? Also I presume it's non sport seats fitted? Any other differences over sport spec I should be aware of?

Fox-

11,391 posts

133 months

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Friday 6th July 2012 quote quote all
I think this was BMW's idea of a cruel joke - the 'Performance Editions' were only available wiht the very worst, slowest engines in the range.

Don't bother with one - they are not particularly cheap and you'll easily find a better car with a better engine for not a huge amount different price wise. The 318i is a particularly poor car - it offers absolutely nothing over the 320i in terms of fuel economy but loses performance.

vsonix

1,561 posts

50 months

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Saturday 28th July 2012 quote quote all
It always bugs me that low-end BMWs get dissed as 'poor cars' - they're not. Sure, they're usually pretty slow, but the handling more than makes up for it, however the real reason behind them is that they are relatively cheap to tax and insure. Everyone wants the 'serious' models, but not everyone wants to pay the full-fat tax bracket, and many insurers won't touch young or inexperienced drivers on anything more powerful than a 318.

Fox-

11,391 posts

133 months

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Sunday 29th July 2012 quote quote all
The 318i is no cheaper to tax than the 320i. It is also no more economical.

It's a car for people who would be better off in a decent Mondeo, Passat or similar but crave badge. Even the name is hilarious, 318i performance edition, just lol
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