Originally posted by ierrahh
My car is 5 speed, I would probably rather wait till the new 3's are a year + before buying it ...I don't want a first year model
Okay. Going from 5-speed 328 to 5-speed 330 (2004) may not be a big acceleration jump as it was for me coming from Steptronic but you will still notice the difference.
The next big question you need to answer is if you are planning to mod your new car. Things like, suspension, CAI, chips, pulleys etc. If you are, then just get base 330 sedan or coupe.
You may have heard that car insurance companies are getting tough on moddified cars. You can still mod the car, but if you don't disclose all modifications to your insurance company, they can deny your claim if you get into an accident.
If you are planning to keep your new car as stock as possible, then I strongly recommend one of the following:
1) My first choice: 330 with M Performance edition ($56,450)
2) Second choice 330 with M Sport package ($54,900)
The much firmer suspension on M-Sport package over normal Sport suspension is worth extra money big time. Plus you will be getting lots of front & rear spoilers, sports seats etc if you opt for this package.
>>> Dont forget you can change from Black Aluminum Cube to Silver Aluminum Cube trim for free as part of one of the above packages/editions.