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      06-27-2017, 04:25 PM   #1
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Looking @ 2011 BMW 335I 56K

Hello everyone!

I am looking at purchasing a 2011 335i 6SPD with 56K. Its being sold to me for about 17K out the door. I did the BMW Vin decoder to look at some options but I may not really understand what I am looking at. The cars VIN is: WBAPM5C55BA745540

I have owned older BMWs in the past like an E30, E36M and E46M. All of them were a lot of fun but I also recall the maintenance being crazy at times.

Its a clean CarFax and is an all Florida car. Here are some things I wanted to know and if anyone can chime in on anything I should be aware of on owning and maintaining.
  1. The car says Bluetooth, can I stream Spotify from my phone through it?
  2. Are there any issues with engine hardware that can cause an issue? Injectors, Fuel pumps, etc...
  3. Does it have auto headlights when the area becomes dusk the lights turn on?
  4. Does power folding mirrors mean the mirrors can fold in when the car is turned off?
  5. Intermittent Wipers - does this mean I can leave the wipers on a sensor to automatically turn on to rain?

Thanks in advance for all help,
Phil

**Edit to add VIN info:

New car info below.

Last edited by thirdlobe; 06-29-2017 at 04:52 PM. Reason: add VIN info
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      06-28-2017, 06:07 PM   #2
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  1. The car says Bluetooth, can I stream Spotify from my phone through it?
  2. Are there any issues with engine hardware that can cause an issue? Injectors, Fuel pumps, etc...
  3. Does it have auto headlights when the area becomes dusk the lights turn on?
  4. Does power folding mirrors mean the mirrors can fold in when the car is turned off?
  5. Intermittent Wipers - does this mean I can leave the wipers on a sensor to automatically turn on to rain?

Thanks in advance for all help,
Phil
Sounds like a sweet deal, hopefully I could be of some help.

1) Yes, your phone will work over bluetooth exactly as you describe.
2) From my experience with this car I would say the weakest part of the N55 motor is the cooling system. Waterpump/Radiator/expansion tank are known to go. Also, Oil filter housing gasket and valve cover gasket seem to be a close second on that list.
3) Yes, auto headlights have a setting to go on/off during the day/night. There's a knob to the left of the steering wheel, when turned to the "A" position the lights should function automatically.
4) No. Power folding mirrors means there's a button to fold the mirrors in. Although, with coding it's possible to have them fold automatically when you lock the car. I coded my car to do this, it's very simple. There's a great app for your phone called Carly for BMW. They sell an OBD adapter that makes coding very easy. Check that out if you're interested.
4) Yes, there's a button that you push which activates the automatic wipers.


Congratulations on your new BMW!.
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      06-29-2017, 03:45 PM   #3
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my 2011 does not allow audio over bluetooth, just phone calls
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      06-29-2017, 04:52 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for the feedback. That car actually fell through on me and I ended up buying today a 2011 e90 335 MSport.

It on its way to me from Texas. I got it at Auction.

This one does not say Sirius or Bluetooth which is a little of a bother.

Here is the Vin Decoder results:

Vehicle information
VIN WBAPM5C57BE435544
Type code PM53
Type 335I (USA)
E series E90 (MUE)
Series 3
Type LIM
Steering LL
Doors 4
Engine N55
Displacement 3.00
Power 225
Drive HECK
Transmission MECH
Colour LE-MANS-BLAU METALLIC (381)
Upholstery SENSATEC/SCHWARZ (KASW)
Prod.date 2010-04-13

Vehicle upgrades
Spare/replacement key fob

Vehicle options
S1CA Selection of COP relevant vehicles
S2MF BMW alloy wheel, M spider spoke 193
S2VB Tire pressure display
P337 M Sports package
S403 Glass roof, electrical
S459 Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S481 Sports seat
S4MG Int. mouldings aluminium glacier-silver
S507 Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
S521 Rain sensor
S522 Xenon Light
S524 Adaptive Headlights
S534 Automatic air conditioning
S544 Cruise control with brake function
S563 Light package

Vehicle options
S570 Reinforced power supply
S688 Harman/Kardon Surround Sound system
S693 Preparation BMW satellite radio
S697 Area-Code 1 for DVD
S6FL USB/Audio interface
S704 M Sports suspension
S710 M leather steering wheel
S715 M Aerodynamics package
S760 High gloss shadow line
S775 Headlining anthracite
S840 High speed synchronisation
S8S4 Decoding variable light distribution
S8SC Telematics access request,country-spec.
S8SP Control unit COP
S925 Dummy-SALAPA

Vehicle options
S249 Multifunction f steering wheel
S497 Centre armrest, rear
S520 Fog lights
S5DS Emergency release, luggage compartment
S645 BMW US Radio
S663 Radio BMW Professional
S823 Hot-climate version
S845 Acoustic belt warning
S850 Dummy-SALAPA
S853 Language version English
S876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
S992 Control of number-plate attachment
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The original car you mentioned was my old car, I just traded it in at Braman Honda Sunday.
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I am looking at purchasing a 2011 335i 6SPD with 56K.
I bought a 2011 335i E92 with the same mileage a few years ago. Since owning it, I've had to do all the maintenance OneMoreAlex mentioned. I've replaced the expansion tank (leak at the top), oil filter housing gasket, oil cooler gasket and this past winter water pump and thermostat.

I hope this doesn't scare you; these are all pretty standard weak points on both BMW's I've owned. Other than that, I've been happy with the N55 and how the rest of the car drives.

Enjoy it!
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The original car you mentioned was my old car, I just traded it in at Braman Honda Sunday.
I was really close to pull the trigger on it. It just didnt check enough of the boxes for me. Looked really nice.

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I bought a 2011 335i E92 with the same mileage a few years ago. Since owning it, I've had to do all the maintenance OneMoreAlex mentioned. I've replaced the expansion tank (leak at the top), oil filter housing gasket, oil cooler gasket and this past winter water pump and thermostat.

I hope this doesn't scare you; these are all pretty standard weak points on both BMW's I've owned. Other than that, I've been happy with the N55 and how the rest of the car drives.

Enjoy it!
No this does not scare me, I owned a E46M which has A LOT of maintenance that needed to be done. Thanks for the input though,
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my 2011 does not allow audio over bluetooth, just phone calls
go to media menu, click "external devices", click on the device, then select "Configure phone" and make sure "audio" is checked .
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It had a downpipe intake, scoops hig fogs lux adjustable angle eyes new water pump and t state all new oil seals and oil cooler.

No tune so the check engine should be on but thats because of the cat.
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Looks like the new one I bought does not have Bluetooth so thats a shame. I am hoping when it arrives that its there but fingers crossed. It didnt come up in the VIN check.
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