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B170 or 320i

Should i upgrade my 1 year old b to a new 3 series or should I stick to my b. I was thinking of upgrading to the beemer as it is faster and more powerful and i got a great price for it

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Not really a fair comparison the 170 is imho a bit underpowered for the size & weight of the B class. If you are habby with & like the size & facilities of the B why not consider getting a test drive in the B200 Turbo. You might also get a better Part Exchange value swapping your B class for another (upgraded) B class
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Those two cars are so different.....the BMW has zero room inside for anything but kids (rear) and the B is like a limousine. I'd stick with the 170, because the fuel economy is probably better than that of the BMW, and I cannot use a cramped family sedan, that my family doesn't fit inside of!

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Should i upgrade my 1 year old b to a new 3 series or should I stick to my b. I was thinking of upgrading to the beemer as it is faster and more powerful and i got a great price for it
Depends, are you happy with the B and it's creature comforts??

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I traded a nearly new BMW 323i for the B because the BMW had uncontrolled acceleration and the dealer did not fix it.
BMW is a great driving car but they do have issues. Be careful what you wish for.
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That sounds interesting. So what, the throttle was sticking wide open? It seems like a greater possibility with e-gas, which most cars (B included) these days have.

BMW's fragile plastic water pump impellers are enough to keep me out of them.
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I traded a nearly new BMW 323i for the B because the BMW had uncontrolled acceleration and the dealer did not fix it.
BMW is a great driving car but they do have issues. Be careful what you wish for.
The problem with any electronics is they can show perfect specs on a test bench but under certain circumstances they can go out of spec. The most common problems are naturally heat and cold temperatures. Since the temperature under the hood can go from -40 degrees to over 200 degrees it can be hard to find intermittent problems.

You would think the dealer would do everything for your problem, a major safety problem. It may have only needed a software update or reinstall. The most common way they fix these problems is hope either the problem goes away or the owner goes away

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After accelerating up to speed and then removing my foot from the accelerator, the car would continue to accelerate. The dealership had three attempts to fix it and could not duplicate or fix the fault. They did advise there was one similar report in eastern Canada of the same model with the same condition. After the third visit to the dealer and a close call ( almost rear ended another vehicle) my wife and I had no confidence in the vehicle or the repair capability of BMW. In fact, BMW did not seem to take this very seriously at all. While I had a moral problem of trading a car with a potentially deadly fault, my survival instincts dictated I get rid of the car. I would never buy a BMW again even though BMW build the nicest lemons.
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3 strikes and you're out seems fair to me to me. Surprised they admitted to another car with the problem. I think my wife would have me sell the car even earlier.
I think most of us have the experience at one time or another of stuck floor mats under the pedal and it is scary to say the least.

Lets all hope no B ( or any other car ) develops the problem.

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Here's a post from someone that currently owns both cars - a B180 CDI and 320i (m sport sedan).

Two really different cars (unless you're looking at the 320i touring) that you can't really compare as apples to apples..

Practicality wise the B wins hands down - more head room/leg room all round - not to mention boot space.. I do get alot of comments (from adults) that it is pretty difficult to get in and out of the rear of the 320i.
For a more sporty drive - can't go past the BMW - although quite frankly I regret not going for a six pot..
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