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    Hi, my dad is buying a new car and very interested by the 320i convertible, this would be a car from 2007-2009 so the E93 I think.

    Could anyone tell me what the difference between the suspension on the SE and the M is? I understand the M has stiffened suspension; how much firmer is the ride compared to the standard car? He would prefer the standard car as it'll probably be a bit more comfortable to drive? He's 55 not exactly a boy racer

    I assume this isn't going to be a massive difference, and not something you'd be able to get a grip of through doing brief test drives of both models. But how much firmer/harder is the M sport?

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    E90 m sport shocks

    This should help

    If you have the opportunity its best to test drive both on same size alloy and type of tire(run-flat or normal)

    There are good and bad for both suspension types
     
     

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    M sport looks superior but is definitely a firmer ride so if you're looking for comfort above all things then SE would be the way to go. What contributes to the harder ride are stiff suspension, 18" wheels and runflat tyres, though in my experience the biggest factor is 18" wheels - there is a world of difference between 17" and 18". Taking runflats off is an improvement to the hard ride but not huge. 17" regular tyres on m sport suspension is comfortable but 17s on the lower m sport looks a bit odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash330iM View Post
    M sport looks superior but is definitely a firmer ride so if you're looking for comfort above all things then SE would be the way to go. What contributes to the harder ride are stiff suspension, 18" wheels and runflat tyres, though in my experience the biggest factor is 18" wheels - there is a world of difference between 17" and 18". Taking runflats off is an improvement to the hard ride but not huge. 17" regular tyres on m sport suspension is comfortable but 17s on the lower m sport looks a bit odd.
    And what about our delapidated third world roads, a major factor don't you think so?
     
     

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    Thanks for the answers. We test drive an m sport yesterday and my dad really liked it, but we do live in a village with bumpy roads. I know obviously the SE will be more comfortable, just want to know if the M sport is actively uncomfortable. Sounds like it might be thanks to its 18" and suspension.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake13 View Post
    And what about our delapidated third world roads, a major factor don't you think so?
    But not a controllable factor

    Quote Originally Posted by treeroy View Post
    Thanks for the answers. We test drive an m sport yesterday and my dad really liked it, but we do live in a village with bumpy roads. I know obviously the SE will be more comfortable, just want to know if the M sport is actively uncomfortable. Sounds like it might be thanks to its 18" and suspension.
    Most of my driving is on country roads, its not uncomfortable on 18s but I wouldn't go any bigger than 18" for the sake of my back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash330iM View Post
    But not a controllable factor



    Most of my driving is on country roads, its not uncomfortable on 18s but I wouldn't go any bigger than 18" for the sake of my back
    Thanks, that's good to know. Anyway too late for all this now... I went to tell him what I'd read and he was on the phone buying the car!

    Hopefully he likes it, I think it looks gorgeous. Glad he didn't go for the Audi A4 which was what he wanted, because that car is so boring to me. We'll pick this new one up next week :o

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    Suspension aside, be very careful when buying a 320i of this age, if they have the N43 engine, they can be plagued with problems, injectors, coils etc, i have learnt through bitter experience. Make sure it runs smooth and if you can get the codes read.
     
     

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    I have an e92 Msport on 19's.

    The performance is great, the suspension just seems to do everything right when you're driving the car hard and the car feels firmly on the road.

    However, comfort wise, it can be quite jarring, I go up and down the dual carriageway everyday so the ride comfort isn't so much of an issue for me, but when i do drive around my neighbourhood or around town the ride can be quite harsh.


    As for the N43, by this age it probably has had most of the work done - but do check in the history for some proof of the newer bosch injectors and a HPFP replacement at some point in its life.
     
     

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