Well, not me, my dad’s 135is is in the shop having the emergency call system updated, so he got a 328i as a loaner. They’re changing something and since it was free, my dad took the 1 over there to have it updated. I needed to go to the bank so I borrowed the 328i to test it out.

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I didn’t drive the car enough to do a full review, but I can give my initial impressions. I’m not a big fan of electric power steering, but in sport mode it didn’t feel bad at all. Obviously, it lacks the feel of the M3, but it feels better than the steering in the 228i I had as a loaner. Power was ample, it’s not a high revving NA V8, but turbo 2.0L I4 propels the car along nicely. It had the sports pack, but the seats weren’t leather. The sensatec is alright, but if I was going to spend my money on the car, I’d preferred leather.

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My complaints with the car fall with some of the controls.

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My biggest complaint is with the climate control system. Why is there no sync button. You have to change the drivers and passangers sides independently. I find this really annoying, mainly because the previous generation BMWs had this feature. Even my 128i had a sync button. This seems to be fixed on higher BMWs, such as the 5 series, but still really annoying that it’s not present on the 2 or 3 series.

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Additionally, I don’t like how they’ve moved the controls for cruise control to the steering wheel. I thought the stalk they used to use was more intuitive and a lot more user friendly.

If you’re curious, these are the options the car was equipped with:

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