Has a Premium Audio System - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Has a Premium Audio System

June 12, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has a premium audio system, when it's hauling two re-coned Jennings Research speaker stacks encased in walnut cabinets, that is. A defunct speaker maker started by a former JBL engineer, Jennings made really nice product, but apparently lacked the business sense to succeed. The speakers sing sweetly again, given new life by the pros at Orange County Speaker.

Sure, I could have used a 3 Series sedan with its rear seats folded for the same task, but I doubt the speakers would've loaded as easily. In this case, it was as simple as dropping them in and tucking a small towel underneath to protect from the metal tracks on the trunk floor.

I've had to swallow my general contempt for the shape and style of this oddball 3 Series when confronted with genuine moments of utility and usefulness like this. Still looks weird and I still question its existence, but it helped me get the speakers home so I could begin disturbing the peace, so it's not all bad.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


  • rotaryboff rotaryboff Posts:

    Dan I sure miss the audio reviews of long term cars that y'all previously did. You sound like the ideal person to take up that cause...whaddya say?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I love Orange County Speaker...although you could have saved money by just getting the re-coning kits and doing it yourself - I did three sets of speakers with their kits.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    I had to replace the surrounds on my 20+ year old JBLs a while back. I ordered a kit online for 1/10th the price of taking them to a shop. And the parts could fit in my car's the door pocket. Sure, I paid in the form of sweat equity doing the work myself, but on the whole it was enjoyable. Reconditioning a trusty old item so it works great again, with the right tools at hand, is pleasure, not "work".

  • tomnvp1 tomnvp1 Posts:

    I know I'm in the minority, but I just don't get the "hatchback-haters." To me, the styling is sleek, looks better than the base model. And the practicality can't be beat - much better than the wagon, and less dowdy.

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