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328sport here. lower - yes but also firmer (more) (archive)

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Posted by Ran on March 03, 1999 at 09:43:46:

In Reply to: Question for Sport Pkg. Owners. Ever hit ground? posted by Future Owner on March 02, 1999 at 21:19:30:

328sport here. still in break in but I dont think that you will have that problem. used to drive a mazda 626 ES V6 and that used to hit the road more than the BMW. even though the BMW is lower, it is firmer and does not have the give that a soft suspension has. yet, once I am past the break in period, and get into some reaaalll drrrriving, we shall see. But I dont believe it is a real problem because it is ssoooooo firm.

: This is a problem with the A4 sport package. Lots of owners bottom out on speed bumps, even when being careful. It's also possible to scrape the front valance ("spoiler" equivalent) on driveways, etc. when the angle changes. A couple of people have even reported destroyed oil pans! Audi's sport package is 20mm lower (about 3/4") lower than non-sport. From some source, I heard that the BMW sport pkg. is about 15 mm lower (a little over 1/2 inch).

: Has anyone had ground clearance problems with the sport package on the 99 E46, particularly 328i? It could be that the "lowered" E46 still has significantly more clearance than the "lowered" A4.....or maybe not?




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