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      11-28-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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Proud New Owner of E92 335i xdrive M-Sport

Hello everybody, just purchased a very clean 2011 335i coupe with m-sport package and x-drive. I own an E39 M5, which is my baby, but with only 70k and zero rust, I just can't take it through an Ohio winter. So I got what I think is the best winter car around

Car Specs:
81K on the clock
Black Sapphire Metallic
Coupe, with split fold seats (still haven't figured out how they work)
M-sport package, xdrive
Automatic steptronic transmission

Initial Impressions:
This is my first turbo car, so the twitchy response from the M5 is noticeably missing, compounded by the fact it's auto. However, it pulls reasonably hard in first - second gear, and the paddles shift quite quickly, which I am happy to find. The steering is heavier than the M5s, but I like it a lot. Feels VERY nimble. Overall very happy.

A Few Questions:
Im no stranger to wrenching/working on cars with the M5, but Im hoping this car won't require so much hassle. However, after perusing these forums for a bit, Ive got a few concerns:

-VANOS bolts: My car was once upon a time CPO, but the dealer I bought it from had no service records indicating this fix was done. I presume it was, but I will call the dealer to make sure. Since most posts regarding this issue are from 2014, does anyone have any thoughts on how I should proceed? Cars build date is 8/2010

-Water pump: CARFAX only lists rear crankshaft seal as the only thing ever fixed on this car, so I believe water pump is original. Is it worth fixing now before winter or could it wait? No problems so far

-Any general advice for an N55 noob is very appreciated! It took me a long time to learn the quirks of the M5, so if you know of any weird peculiarities about this car I should keep an eye out for, let me know!

Thanks!!
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congrats on the new ride
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      11-28-2016, 05:39 PM   #3
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-VANOS bolts: My car was once upon a time CPO, but the dealer I bought it from had no service records indicating this fix was done. I presume it was, but I will call the dealer to make sure. Since most posts regarding this issue are from 2014, does anyone have any thoughts on how I should proceed? Cars build date is 8/2010

-Water pump: CARFAX only lists rear crankshaft seal as the only thing ever fixed on this car, so I believe water pump is original. Is it worth fixing now before winter or could it wait? No problems so far.
The VANOS bolts are an official recall, so the dealer can determine if yours need to be replaced by running your VIN. The answer about needing the recall is yes or no based on the VIN. If you VIN does require the replacement and the dealer cannot prove it has been done, schedule them to do it. Should be no cost recall.

The waterpump tends to crap out between 50-70k miles, with no warning. I'd suggest two actions: 1) Look at the waterpump to see if it looks newer, like it was replaced in the last 20K miles. 2) Get a bmw specific code reader and scan for all codes. If the waterpump is faulting a hidden code may already be logged.
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To operate the folding rear seats, look in the trunk. Mounted on the underside of the rear deck are two handles, one each side. Pulling this handle should release the rear seat fold latch.
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Thank you so much Robert! I will look into those things ASAP
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i have the exact same car but a 2013 with 6 speed manual... enjoy

if u are using it as a winter car, get a good set of winters on it and u will be amazed how good it is in the ice and snow... i live in the north north east and the car is a tank with the hakkapelita r2 with 17" rims in winter

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Congrats! Love me e92 335i, since you have the 6A trans you should check out the Alpina Flash for the transmission, ask any 6A owner, its night and day difference in shift speed and transmission responsiveness, plus you can DIY it, or pay someone <200$ to do it for you along with some coding, Cables included.

Hope you enjoy the new ride!
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-Any general advice for an N55 noob is very appreciated! It took me a long time to learn the quirks of the M5, so if you know of any weird peculiarities about this car I should keep an eye out for, let me know!!
Just read a scary one on bimmerfest the other day - apparently the N55 can have an issue where the coolant gasket in the oil filter housing silently goes bad, allowing coolant into the oil, eventually leading to corrosion and spun bearings.

I guess the moral is to watch or test for coolant in your oil...
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