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      12-09-2010, 07:03 PM   #23
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I'd stick with cosmetic mods, yeah you can upgrade the performance of your 328 somewhat but IMHO if you were into performance mods a 335 or M3 would have been a better choice. Also its gonna cost you hundreds and even thousands for a literally a few more HPs which to me isn't really worth it.

Im not hating on the 328 at all, if I had half the problems other 335 owners had Id drive a 328 too.

Now to the mods, depending on your budget, vorsteiner makes the best carbon fiber products and they look amazing but it'll cost you. Rims wise, Id go with BBS CHs myself, I like them better than 189s and you can get more aggressive offsets too. Don't be afraid to get M3 fitment, rolling the fenders is super easy and at the end of the day they'll look way better IMO. If you take my advice 265 in rear and 225 stretched up front will give you the least amount of issue, again IMO.

JBspeed.com has all the other stuff you need for super cheap, like black grille, blackline tail lights, cf badges, lips, spoilers etc. He's soooo easy to deal with and I think he's awake 24/7 cause Ive never had to wait for a reply when Ive Pm'd him, hes like a jedi for discount cosmetic mods lol.
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      12-09-2010, 07:07 PM   #24
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thanks.

I tell ya, the first thing I need to address is the horrible and annoying lag in the automatic transmission.
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      12-09-2010, 07:21 PM   #25
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That may be due to the driving habits of the previous owner. Try doing a reset and see if that helps.
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      12-09-2010, 07:27 PM   #26
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I don't plan on getting winter tires here in Raleigh. Except for the past few days, it rarely gets THAT cold, and I can't see spending money on tires when I don't think I really need to.

Is my thinking wrong here?
You would be amazed at how much good winter tires improves the winter driving experience. The compound in winter tires is designed to deal with the cold temperatures better, not to mention snow and ice.

Perhaps your car already has some decent all season tires on it. Let us know what you have and I am sure you will get some more opinions on the subject.
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      12-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #27
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So, is it ok to put 19" on a 328?
You can put 19 on a 328, but why do it other than for looks. Most of the track people stick with 18. When you put the 19 on you are much more likely to get rim damage and tire damage due to the lack of distance between the rim and the road. The ride will be much better with 17 or 18, particularly when you change to an improved handling suspension.
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      12-09-2010, 07:38 PM   #28
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That may be due to the driving habits of the previous owner. Try doing a reset and see if that helps.
Yeah, I tried the reset. I THINK it worked, but I never heard the "sounds" everyone says you're supposed to hear while holding the gas pedal down. So I'm not sure if it took. Maybe I'll try again.

This is what I did:

1. Inserted fob into key slot.
2. Pressed Start Engine button
3. Depressed gas pedal all the way down for about 30 seconds (listened for the adjustments, but never heard them).
4. Released gas pedal.
5. Waited another 30 seconds.
6. Started the car.

No difference.
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      12-13-2010, 03:46 PM   #29
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For mods, I would say it depends on what you like. Definitely agree that cosmetic mods are probably your best bet as you can't get much more out of the engine. One thing to consider though is the BMW Performance Exhaust - I have a 328xi and I felt it was way too quiet. People might bash it for how expensive it is with minimal gains - but the general consensus is that is has the best sound. There are cheaper options like muffler delete, or Craven's MMW muffler+resonator delete-but keep in mind most people doing these are trying to get something that sounds comparable to PE - spend the money if you have it and get it done right the first time! I was able to get mine done for $1000 installed at the dealership.
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      12-13-2010, 06:29 PM   #30
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      12-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #31
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So far...

My list is:

1 - 18" 189's/tires
2 - Front light fixture upgrade (AEs, adaptive lights)
3 - Complete stereo upgrade (amp, spkrs)
4 - Performance tune software (Autologic)
5 - Suspension upgrade
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      12-13-2010, 08:24 PM   #32
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Exactly the reason I stayed away from a 335i. Could have gotten one, but opted for the "lower-end" engine. I'm very happy with 230HP.

I'll second that! Very happy with my 328i. I could have afforded the 335i but didn't want the issues that came with it.
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      12-13-2010, 08:30 PM   #33
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i recommend the MMW CS exhaust. best gains, best sound, and modifies your existing muffler so its within budget. i don't have it, but plan on getting mine modified soon. scour the n/a forum for more details
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      12-13-2010, 11:10 PM   #34
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The BMW powerbox is must - especially if you're not fond of your transmission.

Give it a nice drop with some light weight rims.

Look for some Xenon's.

Call it a day.
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      12-13-2010, 11:26 PM   #35
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The BMW powerbox is must - especially if you're not fond of your transmission.
Give the DS mode some time to see if you can be happy with it, if not go with PBX.

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Give it a nice drop with some light weight rims.
I am putting this ahead of the PBX now. I know one can get a PBX for as low as $200 but a set of light weight and good looking wheels can shoot several birds with one stone. Based on many feedbacks I will not go more than 18", especially for a 328i.
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      12-14-2010, 04:48 AM   #36
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Purchased a CPO 2007 328i with only a few extras (Satellite, Power seats). Pretty basic. So I was interested in: 1) going with bigger rims (I like the 189's), 2) drop the suspension about an inch, and 3) switch out the headlights with xenons/halos.

Recommendations?

Other mods?

thanks...
1) Enkei RP03 if solid 5-spoke is your style (light!) Don't go OEM BMW wheels are usually quite heavy.
2) Eibach Pro-Kit
3) Check out EAS (here) or some other aftermarket source for DEPO's. Or just go the OEM route and get coding after the install.

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I would actually go against an aftermarket exhaust...feel like if you wanted a growl, you should have gotten a 335.

IMO, you should do mostly exterior...tint, coilovers, M3 trunk lip, aftermarket rims or 189s, underspoiler kit.
NA engines are usually louder than FI engines simply because of the exhaust plugs (turbos).
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      01-23-2013, 11:43 PM   #37
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I recently purchased a 2008 328I for my 17 year old daughter and want to upgrade the lights all around. Nothing to extream just want the lights to be brighter. The head lights and tail lights are dim and the car is hard to see the car at night and the paint is black so it is even darker. Need advice to brighten the car up.

Thinking TDŽ 6000K HID Slim Ballast Kit (Low Beam) - 07-08 BMW 328i for the head lights and bulb up grades for the rest. want a brighter light for the tail lights break lights license plate and side lights. Would consider other options.
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      01-24-2013, 12:03 PM   #38
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I started mine with some easy mods like black grills/blinkers/shadowline trim and stuff like that.
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      01-24-2013, 03:19 PM   #39
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BMS Powerbox & summer tires. Short shifter if you got the 6MT.
is the bms powerbox really noticeable and worth it? ive read that our engines already are at peak performance for the most part.

I just picked up my 328i. Im planning on making it into a fun little track car for the weekend racer. Im coming from an e36 so this thing does seem alittle sluggish compared to the light weight of the e36. Ill likely strip the interior down and part some stuff out to lighten it up.

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is the bms powerbox really noticeable and worth it? ive read that our engines already are at peak performance for the most part.

I just picked up my 328i. Im planning on making it into a fun little track car for the weekend racer. Im coming from an e36 so this thing does seem alittle sluggish compared to the light weight of the e36. Ill likely strip the interior down and part some stuff out to lighten it up.
If money permits, an LSD would be nice as well. Having driven RWD cars with and without, an LSD makes a big difference on track.
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is the bms powerbox really noticeable and worth it? ive read that our engines already are at peak performance for the most part.

I just picked up my 328i. Im planning on making it into a fun little track car for the weekend racer. Im coming from an e36 so this thing does seem alittle sluggish compared to the light weight of the e36. Ill likely strip the interior down and part some stuff out to lighten it up.
in that case you bought the wrong car! You'll need a 3 stage intake manifold, a proper tune, bigger brakes, m3 suspension bits, coilovers, camber plates, and a lot of stripping.

Then maybe you'll be close to an E36 M.
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in that case you bought the wrong car! You'll need a 3 stage intake manifold, a proper tune, bigger brakes, m3 suspension bits, coilovers, camber plates, and a lot of stripping.

Then maybe you'll be close to an E36 M.
Haha I hear ya. It was just having one problem after another. Had to get rid of it. And it wasnt an M. It was just a 328
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is the bms powerbox really noticeable and worth it? ive read that our engines already are at peak performance for the most part.

I just picked up my 328i. Im planning on making it into a fun little track car for the weekend racer. Im coming from an e36 so this thing does seem alittle sluggish compared to the light weight of the e36. Ill likely strip the interior down and part some stuff out to lighten it up.
I have the bms and at first i loved it but once you get used to it its nothing much. but you have to keep in mind the throttle remapping plays a huge part so it feels fast at first. i personally didn't notice that much of a difference but if you have the money then i'd recommend in investing with AA. I've heard good things about that.
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im new to this forum and not sure how credible or good m advice would be. i have spoken with many people and have ben told that by removing the rear muffler and welding a pipe and some tips, it would be 90 percent like getting the performance exhaust from bmw....dont know how correct ha is or not but im thinking about trying it
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