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  1. Thanks for this ! Really great info....hybrid efficiency definitely seems different to regular driving efficiency. Usually I try to hit the brakes as little as possible and hit them hard when needed. Now I'm trying to anticipate and use light brakes to regenerate and coast into red lights.
  2. Picked up the car today. 2013 Sonic Titanium. Don't think I would have seriously investigated the car without the feedback on this forum so thanks ! Can't believe it was only 6 weeks ago I posted on here, feels much longer. I missed out on a few ones that sold quickly or where something odd happened. Very frustrating at the time but I really feel like I got the best possible example. Mechanic I hired for pre-purchase inspection tried his very hardest but couldn't find a thing wrong with the car. He said he couldn't find any leaks or even signs of anything leaking and being cleaned up. Early days but I like a lot about the car. Like other posters mentioned, a test drive isn't an adequate representation of the miss all the nuances and the subtle well-roundedness of the car. - I was considering white, silver, grey or blue (if I got F sports) but am so glad I got the sonic Titanium. I love how the colour changes in different light (it's like 3 diff car colours in one), the matte quality of the paint, even the way it feels. Also how it shows off the lovely body lines. Each time I look at the car I see a new body line that I like. I was that guy today looking back at my car 3X as I walked away. At least the gf wasn't there to laugh at me - the cabin is so serene, looking around at all the other loud cars with people racing around to get to the stop light first...just seemed a bit silly. Will have to work on fast growing superiority complex. - lots of nice, thoughtful touches (the way the doors open with the notches being noticeable but not clunky, seat moving back to let me out when engine turned off, how quiet the cabin is, how the main cabin light dims down and up, auto most everything) - thoroughly enjoying driving in ECO mode and trying to max out efficiency. I'll compare with normal mode to see how much difference I'm making with the careful driving. I'll try Sports soon...two of my tyres are brand new so need to wear them in a little first. Some questions - I'd like to get the best MPG as possible. I remember reading that you want to get up to speed pretty quickly and then use the electric motor to coast on the battery. Should I be flooring it (going into power mode in the area where the tachometer usually is) or accelerate with the motor but slowly, keeping it in the eco area ? - the manual says I'm supposed to have a key number plate. I got the two regular keys but not this. I suppose I should ask the dealer about it important ? - is it normal for a hybrid to lose charge overnight (esp if cold winter nights) because both this and the corolla hybrid I rented have lost at least 20% battery charge overnight. I park outside, maybe it's less bad in a garage. - can you switch the outside temp gauge to F from Celcius ?
  3. This is such a fantastic detailed response...tons of great insights, thanks ! My friend had an E39 530i and that car was what got me interested in my e46 330i....especially the engine. I considered the F20 M135i but it just seems like the performance will be dormant 95% of the time. And I'm tired of all replacing all the rubber and plastic parts on BMWs.
  4. Thanks ganzoom, it's good to know about things that will disappoint. Is there nothing that can be done to address or lessen the massive throttle lag ? Sport mode and sports on the transmission don't eliminate it ?
  5. Wow, thanks to everyone for the responses. If the car is half as good as the detailed and thoughtful replies here...I'll be very happy. I especially appreciate the comments from people with BMW experience ! I think it's important to go into the test drive with the right expectations. When I first got my 330 I drove it hard a lot of the time. Now I find myself just cruising most of the time. Sometimes I'm even trying to maximize fuel economy which is kinda crazy on this car since it makes very little difference. I think I could make the shift to enjoying just maximizing efficiency 95% of the time and accepting the compromise of sluggish throttle response for the other 5%. If I put the car in sport and select sport on the transmission does that sharpen the throttle response or does it just simulate gear changes ? For a couple of the responses it seems it does tighten it up...hopefully enough to eliminate issues approaching a roundabout or driving on a hilly, curvy mountain road ? Finally what are the pros and cons of going F sport vs non-F Sport ? I don't care too much about the exterior looks of the F sports package and I'd actually prefer not having staggered wheels (not like I'm going to use the performance advantage of bigger tyres) but if there's an actual performance advantage to F sports (better transmission performance, faster etc) then I could be swayed. I've heard that the F Sports seats don't work well with the heated seats ? Thanks again !
  6. A question for IS300H owners and test drivers. I have been driving a 2002 BMW 330i Sport Package for the last 15 years. Looking to move to Lexus reliability in a rear wheel drive package. I was looking at the IS350 but where I live there is very little opportunities to drive remotely fast. Combine that with the fact that the IS350 engine seems to be similar MPG to my 330i and now I’m considering the 300H. What I really want to know is does the 300H feel like it’s Rear wheel drive or, due to the hybrid nature and lack of torque, does it feel FWD or just “odd” ? I know I should test drive but I’m looking at used ones and I don’t want to waste the time of the owner driving his car for me to do this research. I don’t expect the 300H to drive like my 330i with it’s excellent inline 6…I sit in traffic most of the time…my average MPH is 15 haha. But I’d like to be able to enjoy taking it occasionally on a curvy mountain road. Or feel like I can overtake with some confidence. I test drove some Lexus’ 10-15 years ago and they had lag when initially applying the accelerator. I know I’ve gotten used to the low down torque on the BMW. Interestingly my friend’s 2010 RX350 had good pickup and no lag. Perhaps the 300H’s electric motor gives it enough torque from 0-15mph ? Sorry for the rambling post. Appreciate any answers !
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