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      02-25-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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RagingKileak's New Car Journal - 335i M-Sport

Hello all,

Well I guess it's the worlds worst kept secret for some of the more vigilant members on here, but some of you might still be surprised to see that I have recently purchased a new car.

In this thread, I intend to do something I've never done before. That is to update the thread with write ups and pictures which relate to this car, rather than have seperate threads each time. I know this isn't exactly unusual, but I've always modified my cars a lot, but rarely told much of a story as changes were made.

In addition, I'm hoping that the 335i is going to be with me for longer than most and that I can really 'use' it - as in not just potter up and down the motorway, but also to go places and see things. I say this everytime I buy a new car, but hell I might just do it this time...

The car I opted for is a 2009 M-Sport Highline in Alpine White with red leather and it is absolutely beautiful. The car has now covered just 16,000 miles from new and has the following spec:

N54 Twin Turbo
DCT Gearbox
HDD based CIC Nav
High Gloss Shadowline
Privacy Glass
Heated Seats
225 Alloys

So, as you can see, she has quite a basic spec but in a fairly rare configuration of engine/gearbox/i-Drive or Nav. Let me explain....

Clearly, I needed a twin turbo car. No offense to the N55 boys out there but there was only one option I really wanted, yet once I had tried it, I NEEDED to have DCT. I've also made my thoughts known about the older versions of BMW Sat Nav known many times - I'm not a fan.

This car has the wonderful combination of the twin turbo engine, the DCT box and the later nav system. Despite it's relatively modest spec elsewhere, I can add USB/Audio options and do I REALLY need comfort access, adaptive xenons or some of the other nice to have's that I had been thinking of?

So how does she drive? Well so far, I absolutely love this car. The power delivery is obviously similar to my previous 135, but the DTC box means that its a much smoother experience than my 1'er which was a manual. I've also found that the exhaust has a completely different note; the 335 sounds deeper, slightly more subtle and much sexier.

Already, I have a more confident manner when approaching corners than I do in the Golf, which can tend to be led too much by its front wheels (of course) and any surface imperfections they might meet. I love the central pivot point in this car too (my first 3 e9x 3 series Coupe) which is similar to the 1 series coupe and far better than my previous 335d saloon.

If anyone, I now know (sorry to piss more of you off) why the Coupe costs more than the Saloon - it's not just about the kit, it also feels better made and more composed, as well as a little bit more driver focussed.

Some of the other touches I really like include things like 'mood' lighting which bathes the door panels - things which are just absent in the 1 Coupe or the E90 Saloon.

Before I end this part of the write up, I'd just like to say that I bought this car from another member here and I feel like I have stepped into a brand new car. There are 2 stonechips on the entire body and almost no swirling whatsoever; the interior is practically immaculate the the wheels unmarked - this car is as good as any car I've ever seen and she is a real credit to her previous owner. Thanks mate.

I'll more than likely modify this car extensively, although I am not going to give too much away about what I will be doing just now. You'll just have to wait for more write ups!

That's all for now, except some pics below! Enjoy!!

















Last thing... We had a nice drive out around the Yorkshire Dales this morning as you can probably see, so heres some action shots...

A hairy Northern man...



And Jen, who was innocently trying to snap an artistic shot of herself and the cars interior, when I went over a MASSIVE bump - this is a great advert for M-Sport suspension, as she practically (literally) hit the roof lol...



Thanks for reading!

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      02-25-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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      02-25-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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Looks great, loving the red leather.....i think my next car will have to have this

Future plans ??



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      02-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Matt, she looks stunning mate. I love them in AW with red leather. Look forward to following this journal for updates.
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      02-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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Nice Mrs!

Lovely car mate.

Look forward to all your mods and reviews!!!!! ....
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After reading about what you did to your Golf this could get very interesting.

Love the red leather, no other manufacturer that i've seen can do a red leather as well as BMW.
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      02-25-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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Looks great.

The two of us going to be lauding up the UK meets later in the year with our lovely contrasting E92s

Especially as we both have a penchant for a mod or two.

Top purchase Matt.. Well done matey. As for the spec: Outside of the DCT (Pretty please can I give this a quick try at some point? Although it's very possible after trying it out I'll be depressed at not having it ) the heated seats are the only must have: IMHO. Which you've got. So it's a good'un. Furthermore being a highline you've got Hifi I guess rather than the totally standard sounds?

Do you have any plans to change the alloys? I think that'd have to be my first port of call in your shoes. That is if you don't immediately spend 3k on power enhancements

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      02-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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Looking good Matt, didn't realise you bought a white 335 you copycat (although the mileage on mine is close to 5 times yours)

Pretty much the perfect spec without buying a brand new one and I'm eager to see how this develops with all your plans and few of the things we discussed earlier.
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Nice one mate. Enjoy!
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V nice car, BMWs are the only car I'd take a red leather interior with.

Kinda convinced me to do a write up on mine now.

Enjoy the car sir!
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Very nice
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Ooooh now that's nice as is the car

Top car Matt and a great choice,petrols are the way to go now imo,the D has it's limits in terms of tuning,and there is so much more you can do with the i.

I'll look forward to seeing the aesthetic transformation as the BHP increases
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Nice car and pretty partner.
Congrats, good choice dude.
Look forward to modification on your car.
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Ian.....I'm surprised to see you say diesels have had their day!!
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Nice combo Matt!!!

loooks lovley, but i hope piano black interior trim replacement is on your todo mod list.
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Thanks for all the comments chaps.

I have a lot of plans but all are subject to change. I can confirm some will be interior or exterior cosmetic mods, but mostly I'll be working on the engine, suspension and drivetrain I suppose.

I've made a couple of purchases already, so once they become 'mods' I will make sure to post the outcome.

Dave although the car is highline, I'm fairly sure it's a bog standard stereo. It's certainly got no tweeters in the door etc - just the usual 4 crap speakers and 2 subs under seats. It's the only option I really would have liked to hang on for.

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Look after her mate, I feel quite upset you all taking about my old car .
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Nice one Matt, she looks a beauty, and keen to read (see in person) the progress. I'm with Steve, piano black trim looks billiant, given the colour theme (just like my 335i) - unless you're thinking carbon.
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hey Matt, looks fab and haing sent a lot of time in Pauls I can see why you went for a 335i love the banshee howl at 7K

While I also really like GTi's and their handling, I do think BMs are far better balanced. Do you think the heavier 35d engine could also contribute to the difference your felt between the e90 to e92? Saying that, if I were to change an e92 335i DCT is up there
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What a head turner! This is a beautiful car absolutely stunning!
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congrats

awesome car and colour combo

look forward to mods
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