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      01-10-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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G35 Owner potentially moving to a 335i

I've been lurking and reading here for the last few months and have been toying with the idea of picking up either an e90 or e92 335i. Well, one has come up that I'm seriously considering purchasing, primarily due to the low price.

Here are the specs: 07 e90 335i, 6MT, All Options, 55k miles and is a CPO until Mid 2013/100k miles.


Currently I drive a 07 Infiniti G35 Sedan 6MT (newer body style) and it's a fantastic car. It's relatively quick and sporty (my Summer setup is with Volks and minor mods) and above all, VERY reliable. Here's where my concern lies as I assume this has come into play with a lot of you prior to jumping into your now 335.

I talked to the owner today who is actually in another state, but he said all the maintenance and warranty work has been done at BMW (I'm going to be calling them tomorrow with the VIN to get records and details). The owner (2nd owner) mentioned that the turbos were replaced about 15k miles ago and that the HPFP was replaced about 5k miles ago.

To be honest, I've read a lot (maybe too much which is why my fears are so high) about the potential problems and would like to get everyone's opinion...perhaps if you regret your decision to buy your warrantied/unwarrantied 335 regardless if you've had problems (minor or major), or none at all.

If I decide to purchase the car, I'll be looking at a tranny/diff fluid change and he mentioned the brake fluid needs to be flushed as well. I don't mind doing all of these and have looked at the DIY and fluid kits from the recommended dealer that offers great prices and service.

My plans with the car would be a Stage 1 Flash, possibly Meth (most likely, lets be honest considering the bang for the buck), mild suspension (most likely springs and shocks), wheels and small cosmetic items.

I don't know, maybe this is me speaking out loud for my own sake, but if you have any thoughts or opinions, feel free to share away, I'm all ears.

Thanks in advance!


Cliffs: Have a 07 G35 6MT that I really like and it's reliable. Considering an e90 335i 6MT, but worried about reliability. Thoughts?

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      01-10-2012, 03:09 AM   #2
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i went from an 03' G35 to a 10' 335d, no comparison, night and day. forget the engine, the suspension alone makes you think damn, this is why its a bimmer.
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      01-10-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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bad move imho. '07 Infiniti to '07 BMW, both cars have aged, why do you want to make a lateral move to the more expensive to maintain? You said it yourself, the G35 is reliable. To make this move you have to get into a different mindset.

G35 EVAP problem? $400 at the dealership. 335i EVAP problem? $1800 at the dealership. Japanese car drivers seem to have a difficult time accepting the reality that a German car is simply not going to give them that "drive it for 14 years without any problems" security blanket. People have picked up their new 335i's in Munich with a SES lit up. LOL

btw I still have my VQ, it is 14 y.o. and never had any problems. I drive it daily and thank goodness I had it when the 335 was undriveable for 6 mos. in late 2009-2010. I am the original owner of a 2k7 so I know it inside and out. A BMW cannot stack up as far as reliability goes, and warranty / CPO means nothing, it means you won't have to pay some ridiculous amount. It doesn't mean the car will stay on the road without issue.
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      01-10-2012, 06:50 AM   #4
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If you drive a car as a enthusiast, there is no comparison IMO. BMW has a soul, and a purpose, far beyond anything made in Japan besides the GT-R. Period.
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      01-10-2012, 07:15 AM   #5
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Both John070 and Raceblood's posts should /thread, but I am sure that the infiniti bashing from the bmw fanboys on this forum will start soon.

Like I said, I agree with both. I just want to add, having come from an 04 g35 lease to a cpo 07 335 that the hpfp is warrantied seperately for 120k miles.

Also as to Raceblood's comment, again, he is right but I don't think that the difference is as great as some would have you think....after this BMW, if I cannot jump to a Porsche or a Jag, xkr an m6 (if and when), or a gt-r then I am probably going back to infiniti more for reliability reasons. I'm getting to that point in my life where I just want a reliable dd.
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07 to 07 is pointless....dont do it...
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If you drive a car as a enthusiast, there is no comparison IMO. BMW has a soul, and a purpose, far beyond anything made in Japan besides the GT-R. Period.
Ouch...This poster is the reason I really HATE having that BMW logo on my car. BTW ITR, RX8 or S2000 just to name a few, have FAR more "soul and purpose" than a 335i ever will. Don't listen to the fanboys, DO NOT do it if your concern is reliability. Keep the G35, the 335i is not worth the headache.
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07 to 07 is pointless....dont do it...
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Ouch...This poster is the reason I really HATE having that BMW logo on my car. BTW ITR, RX8 or S2000 just to name a few, have FAR more "soul and purpose" than a 335i ever will. Don't listen to the fanboys, DO NOT do it if your concern is reliability. Keep the G35, the 335i is not worth the headache.

not sure if srs.....


but on a more srs note, don't do it.
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not sure if srs.....


but on a more srs note, don't do it.
100% serious.
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100% serious.
i can see the light in your point, but its not really there. don't get me wrong.. i come from a boosted g35

you listed some great cars to come out of japan, but i don't think they stack up to modern bmw's that we are driving today.. at all.
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i can see the light in your point, but its not really there. don't get me wrong.. i come from a boosted g35

you listed some great cars to come out of japan, but i don't think they stack up to modern bmw's that we are driving today.. at all.
I respect your opinion, however I think the E46 330i ZHP or the E36 M3 had more "soul and purpose" than the E90 335i.
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I respect your opinion, however I think a E46 330i ZHP or the E36 M3 had more "soul and purpose" than the E90 335i.
i wish i could agree about the ZHP, but the e46 was plagued with issues, and i can't speak for an E36 because i never owned one.

but the original argument here was japanese cars vs. bmw..

OP sorry for
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i wish i could agree about the ZHP, but the e46 was plagued with issues, and i can't speak for an E36 because i never owned one.

but the original argument here was japanese cars vs. bmw..

OP sorry for
I obviously prefer BMW but to say that " If you drive a car as a enthusiast, there is no comparison IMO. BMW has a soul, and a purpose, far beyond anything made in Japan besides the GT-R. Period. " is just plain ignorant.
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I made the move from an 06 G coupe 6MT to an 09 e92 6MT 2 months ago. No comparison, and havent looked back since. The fun factor alone is worth the move.
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I am no fanboy. I am an avid motorcyclist, a Triumph Speed Triple afterall, though want a KTM.

There are two cars to possess for the enthusiast, a BMW, and a Porsche. I am like a car you can to a track on the weekends, and to work on Monday. I like car that is meant to be driven to the limit.

I also would always prefer a manual over a auto.

Its that simple, you could not get me into a Japanese car in any category, period, I would buy a Audi or a Jaguar or a Caddy, long before anything Japanese, besides a GT-R.

Case in point, 350Z. Not!
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I am no fanboy. I am an avid motorcyclist, a Triumph Speed Triple afterall, though want a KTM.

There are two cars to possess for the enthusiast, a BMW, and a Porsche. I am like a car you can to a track on the weekends, and to work on Monday. I like car that is meant to be driven to the limit.

I also would always prefer a manual over a auto.

Its that simple, you could not get me into a Japanese car in any category, period, I would buy a Audi or a Jaguar or a Caddy, long before anything Japanese, besides a GT-R.

Case in point, 350Z. Not!
Agree to disagree. A Honda S2000 for example is more of a "enthusiast" and a "sports car" than a 335i will ever be in any configuration. Same goes for a Mazda RX8. It is that simple, period.
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Agree to disagree. A Honda S2000 for example is more of a "enthusiast" and a "sports car" than a 335i will ever be in any configuration. Same goes for a Mazda RX8. It is that simple, period.
i really think this varies by generation..
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Im actually pretty surprised by the posts on here, I didnt think there were that many problems with the 335i that it would get this many people saying the 335i is unreliable. The only problem I have been hearing with the 335i is the HPFP and the waste gate rattle, if you are CPO, i say go for it, BMW will give you a loner whenever you need it. I used to have a 2006 g35, i thought it was a good care, reliable is another thing though, many of use had to have our entire motor switched due to oil consumption issues. I poured tons of money into the car to mod it, but it never felt like the 335i did stock. I had the works on there, including the HKS GT supercharger. A BMW is a BMW, you gotta pay to play, just like owning an Automatic Tag compared to a Casio. If you stick with mods that wont be an issue to remove if something goes wrong with your car you'll be fine. I say whole heartedly do it, hell honestly, I'd take a manual 328i with a sport package over the g35. Good luck with your decision.
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Im actually pretty surprised by the posts on here, I didnt think there were that many problems with the 335i that it would get this many people saying the 335i is unreliable. .
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I've had no major issues with my coupe.

I upgraded from 05 G35. There is simply comparison. I have driven 07 G35 and 09 G37 extensively. They are improvement over previous model but dont live upto 335 in my opinion.

Reliability aside, I do question going to a 5 year old CPO car? If you are making the swithc, i'd suggest try to get in 2009+ 335. It would make more sense than going from 07 to 07.
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      01-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #21
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Wow, thanks for the responses so far...

I agree with most everyone here on has been said (both sides).

To explain the lateral move from an 07 to 07, my thinking is that I can sell my current G for about what I bought it for and the 335 is going to be maybe $1k-2k more after taxes (it's a really good deal on the car), so while I'll have a similarly aged car, I'll have a car that is worth $4 more (albeit with more potential reliability issues and expenses).

I'm going to talk to BMW that has done the service on the car today and then also drive a few 6MT 335s today just to help solidify my decision (whichever direction that may be).

It's probably important to note that I'm generally in cars about 2-3 years at most and my thought is that if I get into this 335, I'll be in it cheap enough that for the year and a half it's covered under CPO at the end of it, I should break even after depreciation since I can purchase it for so cheap...that's of course assuming nothing catastrophic happens that isn't covered under the CPO warranty.

I'll have to be honest, the appeal of a flash and meth ($1,000) and having that much power is a HUGE part of my appeal, plus we all like having change and new cars of course...I just have to decide if it's worth the potential cost/headaches associated with owning the car.

I've had my G35 for about 18 months and it's really a great car and stock vs stock, on par with the 335 in just about all aspects (from the 335s that I've driven), but of course is not as friendly to mods (not even close).

What concerns me is that the turbos were already replaced on this car after about 40k miles, what's to say they won't go out again, especially if I'm driving the car harder than the previous owner, not to mention throwing a flash+meth into the mix. Ugh. Cars...money pits (coming from a previous AP1 S2000 owner as well).

Thanks sincerely for everyone's responses/time so far.
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Oh, one thing to consider as part of the lateral move...the 07 may or may not have an oil cooler. This will be important if you plan on driving as hard as you say, although meth will help alleviate that. Anyway, if its important to you, you should check. If not, ER has a great aftermarket oil cooler but that is $900-$1800 depending on which one you get.
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