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      03-12-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Noob questions about LCI

So I hear all this talk about having a LCI car, or wanting a LCI car. I know that it changes the car up, but what does it exactly do? And does it do the same things to the coupe as it does to the sedan? I tried searching, just couldn't find it. Thanks for the help, zach
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      03-12-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+LCI+BMW

Seriously. I don't think you tried searching.
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      03-12-2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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main difference, tail lights change, and front kidney grills become one piece like the coupe. LCI for coupes happened much later and didn't change that much visually.

LCI is just an aesthetics change and iDrive update. Most everything else is the same.
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      03-13-2013, 05:54 AM   #4
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so is it worth it to get an lci sedan or a coupe?
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      03-13-2013, 09:11 AM   #5
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^ That's not a question for anyone but yourself... Coupes will tend to be more expensive since the LCI didn't hit till 2010, and the sedans started in 2009. Also, what's your engine preference? It varies depending on the year.
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The LCI cold weather package (ZCW) also comes with a heated steering wheel, which the pre-LCI didn't have.
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+LCI+BMW

Seriously. I don't think you tried searching.
...this link brings you right back to this thread!
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Definitely worth it. Newer, updated, and somewhat different.

The LCI basically is a refreshed and updated version. In many cases, it is also different. For example, the e92 LCI is a bit longer.. the e90 LCI will have a different trunk.

Looks good and many people go for the "LCI" look.
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Agreed, definitely worth it. cleaner headlights and tailights, more detailed hood, no more kidney grill "mustache", more agressive looking stock. and i wider stance i believe?

mirrors were a bit of a downgrade though, and there are less aftermarket parts available
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+LCI+BMW

Seriously. I don't think you tried searching.
As much as I do this to people... We need to stop doing this
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so I would have to get a 2010 coupe to get lci while I would need a 2009 if I go sedan? and will oem m sport from a >2010 coupe fit the new lci one? and thanks so much everyone for helping.
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so I would have to get a 2010 coupe to get lci while I would need a 2009 if I go sedan? and will oem m sport from a >2010 coupe fit the new lci one? and thanks so much everyone for helping.
No. 2011-2013 are LCI coupes. 2010 is still pre-LCI.
You need to get a 2009-2011 sedan to have an LCI model.
A pre-LCI M-Sport front end will not fit the LCI model on the coupes.

E90=Sedan
E91=Wagon
E92=Coupe
E93=Vert

2006-2008 Pre-LCI E90/91
2009-2011 LCI E90/91
2007-2010 Pre-LCI E92/93
2011-2013 LCI E92/93
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So e90co, do you think it would be worth it to get a 2011, but not have a wide selection of used parts?
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...this link brings you right back to this thread!
It's become recursive!

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As much as I do this to people... We need to stop doing this
It is especially annoying when you're searching for something -- trying not to be that guy who asks something for the xxx time -- and your search results are full of threads telling the OP to go search.

If you feel obliged to post, I'd say a good policy is to provide a link to a relevant thread while reminding the OP to search.
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So e90co, do you think it would be worth it to get a 2011, but not have a wide selection of used parts?
Depends if you are getting an E90 or E92, as well as the model 328i or 335i. In 2011 for both models they switched to the N55 motor in the 335i.
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+is+LCI+BMW

Seriously. I don't think you tried searching.

Seriously dude, I too have tried searching for this, and a I posted in another thread this pretty much same question. It is legitimate. Everyone who answered his/or her question thank you for not flaming. I too tried searching and pretty much gave up and up popped the answer, nicely answered at that.

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I'd avoid the 2010 models- they have a crappier stereo than other years. LCI not worth it when you loose the amp and speakers.
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@e90post, im looking to get a 335i for sure, but i just want to find a better deal, and whichever i happen to find a better deal on, i will jump on either. I have heard that the n55 isnt as good, and that it is harder to hit 400 on it and isn't as fun as the N54. Thanks for all the help, zach
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So e90co, do you think it would be worth it to get a 2011, but not have a wide selection of used parts?
It's just like the first few years of pre LCI, wait till the F series takes over and there will be more used part available.
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personally, I really like the pre-lci blackline headlights, much more aggressive imo. but the kidney grill mustache thing is a bit weird, but if you paint the grills black its not a bad look.

so basically, pre-lci just needs a touch of black and it'll look quite nice.
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But I do NOT understand why you do not use the term "Face-lift" instead...

"Life Cycle Impulse"

Seriously...

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