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      09-19-2016, 07:24 PM   #1
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Who feels the same way???

Some how i still feel like my old bucket 1990 honda civic 287k miles original motor never rebuilt is more reliable than my 335 fbo 74k miles with new turbo, walnut blasted, new ignition coil, new index 12 injectors and new nkg plugs. The 335i runs flawless but i still feel like if i had to go on a long trip my civic would be the one who would make it there and back without breaking down on me haha! Who have this same feeling that have another older car vs the 335???
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Some how i still feel like my old bucket 1990 honda civic 287k miles original motor never rebuilt is more reliable than my 335 fbo 74k miles with new turbo, walnut blasted, new ignition coil, new index 12 injectors and new nkg plugs. The 335i runs flawless but i still feel like if i had to go on a long trip my civic would be the one who would make it there and back without breaking down on me haha! Who have this same feeling that have another older car vs the 335???
That's like saying an obvious troll is obvious

But yes I agree minus the punctuation and grammar

My daily is a Toyota v8 with 200k. BMW only has 50k, yet, I trust the Toyota across country, but I make sure I have the proper merge area if the BMW decides to go into limp mode on the way to work.

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I'd take my 300K mile 325i across country tomorrow if necessary.
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I'd take my 300K mile 325i across country tomorrow if necessary.
lol. I knew you'd chime in.

I have 2009 335i and I just do not have the same faith in it as you do in your 325i
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lol. I knew you'd chime in.
Had too

Trying to get a N52 vs. N54 fight going. We've not had one for a few days.
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lol. I knew you'd chime in.
Had too
This should be your goal>translate BMW to justify a new h30 or whatever they decide for nomenclature:

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/16/t...mile-official/
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lol. I knew you'd chime in.
Had too

Trying to get a N52 vs. N54 fight going. We've not had one for a few days.
We will all be driving Chinese sourced teslas in five years - no need to argue.

https://www.wired.com/2015/10/attack...es-from-china/

That should help the argument.. Right?
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      09-20-2016, 12:08 AM   #8
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The sequoia that ironically towed my car home when i bought it has 200k on it and has never broke down and has had no leaks only work done was timing belt and water pumps every 100k for peace of mind. my 335i on the other-hand, less just say everything that can go wrong has, Im currently battling a rear main seal leak and the car doesn't even have 86k yet, if i didn't diy everything on this car I would be broke. Its kind of annoying...fix one thing another breaks.
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Had too

Trying to get a N52 vs. N54 fight going. We've not had one for a few days.
This is the area where we shine!

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I met an owner of a 270k mile 996 today. Car looked like A road warrior but the original owner was doing it right!
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I've had an N52 and now an N54. In 6 months of N54 ownership I had more problems than 4 years with the N52, BUT I wouldn't trade 400whp for that anemic ass N52 if you paid me for it.
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This should be your goal>translate BMW to justify a new h30 or whatever they decide for nomenclature:

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/16/t...mile-official/
Ah, that's all highway miles, easy stuff. I drive my car like a BMW...
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For me, I don’t really feel the same way. I bought my 1997 Toyota Corolla in 2008 with 116,000+ miles at the time when gas prices were at its $4+ peak. I’ve owned it for 8 years and it has 160,000+ miles on the odo now and this little gas sipper takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I just keep it maintained and it continues to be a reliable DD.
As for my 2010 E92 335i, this is my first BMW which I bought new. It’s been 6 years, 9 months, and 76200+ miles since the first day I drove it home and it’s been just as reliable as my Corolla. Of course, I’ve had to replace a few minor things due to 6+ years of normal wear and tear (i.e. 5.7 year old battery, right fog lamp, right rear LED brake light, windshield rubber molding), but aside from that I haven’t had any major issues with it and keep it well maintained.
Been on many long 400-600+ mile road trips with my BMW and I wouldn’t have any second thoughts of not driving it for fear of it breaking down.
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For me, I donít really feel the same way. I bought my 1997 Toyota Corolla in 2008 with 116,000+ miles at the time when gas prices were at its $4+ peak. Iíve owned it for 8 years and it has 160,000+ miles on the odo now and this little gas sipper takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I just keep it maintained and it continues to be a reliable DD.
As for my 2010 E92 335i, this is my first BMW which I bought new. Itís been 6 years, 9 months, and 76200+ miles since the first day I drove it home and itís been just as reliable as my Corolla. Of course, Iíve had to replace a few minor things due to 6+ years of normal wear and tear (i.e. 5.7 year old battery, right fog lamp, right rear LED brake light, windshield rubber molding), but aside from that I havenít had any major issues with it and keep it well maintained.
Been on many long 400-600+ mile road trips with my BMW and I wouldnít have any second thoughts of not driving it for fear of it breaking down.
That's because it hasn't broke down, when it does you loose faith in it.
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For me, I donít really feel the same way. I bought my 1997 Toyota Corolla in 2008 with 116,000+ miles at the time when gas prices were at its $4+ peak. Iíve owned it for 8 years and it has 160,000+ miles on the odo now and this little gas sipper takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I just keep it maintained and it continues to be a reliable DD.
As for my 2010 E92 335i, this is my first BMW which I bought new. Itís been 6 years, 9 months, and 76200+ miles since the first day I drove it home and itís been just as reliable as my Corolla. Of course, Iíve had to replace a few minor things due to 6+ years of normal wear and tear (i.e. 5.7 year old battery, right fog lamp, right rear LED brake light, windshield rubber molding), but aside from that I havenít had any major issues with it and keep it well maintained.
Been on many long 400-600+ mile road trips with my BMW and I wouldnít have any second thoughts of not driving it for fear of it breaking down.
Till shit breaks down.. And shit breaks down when you need the car the most. Last repair was starter and battery replacement(in my 11 335); both went to shit on the same day.. Car has 62k miles on it, nearly all highway.
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That's because it hasn't broke down, when it does you loose faith in it.
That must be in your case. If so, sorry bro. If not, good for you.

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Till shit breaks down.. And shit breaks down when you need the car the most. Last repair was starter and battery replacement(in my 11 335); both went to shit on the same day.. Car has 62k miles on it, nearly all highway.
Sorry to hear that bro.

Not every BMW is unreliable and prone to break down. If they were, there would be a billion negative threads, lots of bad press, thousands and thousands them parked in used cars lots, and these models would’ve been discontinued years ago. Because of all the problem posts you read about on this site and other similar sites, it would seem like every BMW is a problem plagued money pit lemon, but not every single BMW owner all over world is on this site so you don’t hear from the majority of those who don’t have problems because when there are no problems there’s nothing to talk about.

For my 335, I have a trusted mechanic who I take it to frequently for preventive maintenance and other services. Took it to him last month for the 75,000 mile maintenance which he serviced the cooling system (coolant flush, cooling system check), checked the water pump (Ok), change the oil, replaced the spark plugs, brake flushed, replaced air filter, and a few other things. Overall, everything was A-OK. With that, I trust my ride will be as reliable for however long I own and properly maintain it.

Same goes for my 2005 Stang GT. Bought that brand new as well. Haven’t had any major issues with it in the 11 years I have owned it and bring it to the same trusted mechanic for all maintenance and services.

Used to be a fan of GM (General Malfunction) products years ago, but I definitely lost faith in the them (1995 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP – bad transmission, 1989 Chevy Z-24 bad transmission, 1986 Pontiac Grand-Am 3 bad alternators) and won’t ever go back.

Back to OP’s topic.
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I've had an N52 and now an N54. In 6 months of N54 ownership I had more problems than 4 years with the N52, BUT I wouldn't trade 400whp for that anemic ass N52 if you paid me for it.
Ehh I don't know. Sometimes I feel like not needing to worry about my car every 6 months may be more appealing than having 400whp you use to get up to 75 on the highway once or twice a day :/
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No, I don't let the fear of "something" happening determine the more logical outcome.

"Many People say" that this car is a pile of crap and unreliable. Ill choose to do my own research and determine the risks.

I wont let the demagogues ruin the world, nor what car i drive
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Out of all the cars I've owned, the only car that I'd have been scared take it for a road trip would be my 1997 honda accord with 185k miles. That car would overheat, distributer would fail for no reason, starter motor went bad, etc etc. That was the most unreliable car I ever had.
All other cars have had their little problems in bits and pieces, but nothing major that would leave me stranded on the side of the road. Took my e46 with 187k miles to a 1100 miles road trip. e92 (N51), took it for a 1000 miles road trip the next day I bought it(61k miles). Audi A4, owned it for 2 years, took it to 4 state road trips (total of 40k miles in 2 years). I do maintain my cars pretty good, I do not take cars out for a road trip unless I am confident.
My experience with Japanese cars have been horrible in comparison to European cars. Exact opposite of what generally is a norm.
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That must be in your case. If so, sorry bro. If not, good for you.



Sorry to hear that bro.

Not every BMW is unreliable and prone to break down. If they were, there would be a billion negative threads, lots of bad press, thousands and thousands them parked in used cars lots, and these models wouldíve been discontinued years ago. Because of all the problem posts you read about on this site and other similar sites, it would seem like every BMW is a problem plagued money pit lemon, but not every single BMW owner all over world is on this site so you donít hear from the majority of those who donít have problems because when there are no problems thereís nothing to talk about.

For my 335, I have a trusted mechanic who I take it to frequently for preventive maintenance and other services. Took it to him last month for the 75,000 mile maintenance which he serviced the cooling system (coolant flush, cooling system check), checked the water pump (Ok), change the oil, replaced the spark plugs, brake flushed, replaced air filter, and a few other things. Overall, everything was A-OK. With that, I trust my ride will be as reliable for however long I own and properly maintain it.

Same goes for my 2005 Stang GT. Bought that brand new as well. Havenít had any major issues with it in the 11 years I have owned it and bring it to the same trusted mechanic for all maintenance and services.

Used to be a fan of GM (General Malfunction) products years ago, but I definitely lost faith in the them (1995 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Ė bad transmission, 1989 Chevy Z-24 bad transmission, 1986 Pontiac Grand-Am 3 bad alternators) and wonít ever go back.

Back to OPís topic.
Ride is meticulously maintained.. Had all fluids and filters (including tranny pan\filter) changed at 60k miles. During vanos bolt replacement they also replaced my vcg, ofhg, and oil pan gasket; this was at like 45k miles so at least i dont have to worry about that anytime soon.. Waterpump was replaced at 30k miles.. Belt and pullies are still in good condition but thats the only thing left to do.
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Ride is meticulously maintained.. Had all fluids and filters (including tranny pan\filter) changed at 60k miles. During vanos bolt replacement they also replaced my vcg, ofhg, and oil pan gasket; this was at like 45k miles so at least i dont have to worry about that anytime soon.. Waterpump was replaced at 30k miles.. Belt and pullies are still in good condition but thats the only thing left to do.
Nice bro! Looks like your ride has a good bill of health.

My car is with my trusted mechanic. No service work this time. Had the OEM mufflers replaced with the BMW Performance Exhaust and juiced up with a tune. Gonna pick it up later today. Can't wait to feel the beast of this bad boy!

Sorry, back to OP's thread.
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I totally understand where this guy is coming from. I have the exact same feeling about my 2006 325xi even though it has been very dependable. I told my wife we would rent a car for any cross country vacations.

I always worried about the waterpump issue until it failed at 110K. Luckily it gave me advanced warning and I got it to the dealer before I got stranded somewhere. If you break down somewhere far away and not near a metropolitan area you could be screwed for getting a quick fix/parts.

From past experience, and many road trips, I found that the car was worse for wear from long trips on the interstate. I don't mind if driving a beater but my car still looks new after all these years and I want to keep it that way. at least until I hit 200K (1140k now).
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I think for driving pleasure, nothing will really touch my E92 335i.

But, I do feel the same way about my 1998 Nissan. It's failed to start 1 time in 18 1/2 years, when, you guessed it, when the started failed, about year 16.

I am keeping my 335i forever, not joking. But, in the spring, I am planning on getting a 2006 Lexus LS430. It's as if I'm more enthusiastic about the phantom LS, right now, than the 335i. Although, the 335i is in good shape, new PSSs, alignment, new brakes and ABS pump, needs nothing at this moment. Drives like a dream. But, there are times I want a sofa on wheels. I hope I can land a low mileage LS with the sport tuned (NOT AIR) suspension. 1 owner no accidents....I want that bulletproof Japanese reliability. I suspect it ended around 2008'ish, because today they have their share of problems. But in 2006, I think Lexus was actually striving for utter perfection....Tahara Aishi FTW!
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