Edmunds Compares the 135i, 335i & E46 M3

Another solid article by the folks at Edmunds. Instead of focusing on trying to find a competitor to the 135i they simply matched it up with it ‘s big brother the 335i and the previous generation M3. All cars I might add that are on my 2009 shopping list. Here ‘s an excerpt:

Considered by most editors to be the best-of-both-worlds compromise between the larger 335i and the harsher M3, the 135i is the perfect package in many ways. On the tightest, twistiest roads, the 135i is unquestionably the car to have. Offering the perfect combination of nimbleness, suspension compliance and tractable power delivery, it is easily the most rapid car over mountain roads.

We ‘re not going to give away the results other than to say a few eye-brows might be raised by the end of the article. Highly recommended.

+ Comparison: 135i, 335i, E46 M3 / Edmunds

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  • Rich

    How can the favorite by popular vote be last place? Disagree!

  • Having driven each of these cars (not back to back mind you) I’d completely agree with their assessment.

  • Every friggen article you post or I find on my own simply makes it harder for me to wait to take delivery of my 135i! It’s in production now – scheduled to finish tomorrow. These next 4 weeks – or so – are going to be PAINFULLY long while I wait for her to arrive at the dealer!!! Great article/review to see though.

  • I just did an HPDE with Windy City (where were you Gabe), and there was one metallic black 135i there–the only one there. It was drop dead gorgeous–I wasn’t knocked out about the looks of this car, until I saw it. If get one, this would be the color….

    Anyway, the owner was a fantastic driver–one of the best, if not the best out there. Car was stock with the exception of a Dinan chip, and he ran with Hoosier tires. He was fast. Very fast.

    He killed two sets of stock brake pads before the end of the second day and had to call it quits (track pads weren’t available yet for the brakes), and he loved the car–but hated the edif. He’s going to put a real LSD on it, and a few suspension tweaks.

    He bought the car as an everyday driver, but recently lost a Ferrari and several Porsche’s in a fire, so he’s using the 135i for now. Great driver, and very nice guy.

    After the fun I had this weekend, I’m in even less of a hurry to get out of my MINI, but the 135i looks much better after this weekend than it did before. It does need a true LSD and suspension tweaks, and with those, should be one hell of a track car/everyday driver.

  • Would have loved to have been there. However since I’m selling my MCS in a few months I thought of best not to track it 🙂

    My track time for 2008 will be relegated to the e90 m3 at Laguna Seca unfortunately.

  • My track time for 2008 will be relegated to the e90 m3 at Laguna Seca unfortunately.

    Not a bad 2008 – better than most no matter how you look at it!

  • cct1

    I was going to say the same thing…

    It’ll be kind of a bummer for Motoringfile when you’re out a MINI (Sounds like it’s going to be a 135i replacing it?), but you wouldn’t let Motoringfile die, potentially too dangerous–next thing you know, someone would get MOTD crowd all riled up and they’d divert to your front door, do an autocross in your front yard and a donut competition in your back yard. But that wouldn’t take you nearly as long to clean up as all the empty beer cans littered throughout your property. You really don’t want to give that crowd any reason to make another road trip, especially if you live on a winding road…

  • Dave

    Selling the MCS? I thought you’d only had it for a while? What you trading up to Gabe?

  • wait. There is something WAYYY off on this article. Anybody who owns an M3 can drive without hitting curve will attest to that the M3 is faster then 13.7 in the 1/4 mile.

    There were even the factory freak M3’s that ran 12.9, let alone most of the M3’s (E46) are technically 13.3 cars. So unless gramma was driving that car, I have no clue on gods green earth how they hit a 13.7 with that car.

  • Selling the MCS? I thought you’d only had it for a while? What you trading up to Gabe?

    My wife and I are expecting our first child so we’re going to go with one car for awhile during the first year (the paid off 3er wagon being the choice). Since she’s not working there’s really no need for two cars. Honestly there’s no need for two period but I just need something fun 🙂

    Anyway there’s no decision on what’s next but I have several great options I’m currently looking at for next spring/summer. My MCS will be for sale in July of this year – unless someone snatches it up before it officially goes on sale.

    wait. There is something WAYYY off on this article. Anybody who owns an M3 can drive without hitting curve will attest to that the M3 is faster then 13.7 in the 1/4 mile.

    All the times are pretty slow. The 135i should hit 60 in around 4.7 if you want to get serious.

    Not a bad 2008 – better than most no matter how you look at it!

    Yeah I really can’t complain.

    It’ll be kind of a bummer for Motoringfile when you’re out a MINI (Sounds like it’s going to be a 135i replacing it?), but you wouldn’t let Motoringfile die…

    I don’t need to own a MINI to keep MF going. I mean DB writes most of the day to day stuff anyway. And I’ll certainly still be interested in MINIs and of course have all my contacts. And I’ll happily review press cars anytime something new comes out 🙂

  • Jon

    There is no doubt that Gabe selling his Mini won’t hurt Motoringfile. I think we can be enthusiast of cars still that we may like even if they don’t reside in our driveways. To of the most knowledgeable Porsche people I know are hit and miss on having these cars in their garages at any given time.

  • Phil

    Interesting the article compares the 135i series with the sport package against the 335i with the premium package.

    I purchased a 335i coupe with sport package last November, and having driven the 135i, I am glad I made the decision. All the cars mentioned in the article are fine cars, but the added space in the 3er wins me over. If the hatchback had been shipped here, my decision may have been different.

    Ps, Gabe congrats on the coming addition to the family.

    Phil.