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      05-13-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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Decided to go the 08/09 335i route....is this the right choice?

Alright, well after much thought and a bit of research, I've decided to start looking at the 335i Sedan after my dilemma in this thread:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=683388

My main reasons were this:

1) Performance & Handling
2) Automatic (I'm getting too lazy to DD a manual car. I've driven the automatic tranny on these cars and was pretty impressed with the abundant features it has (most impressed with the smoothness of rev matching when downshifting)
3) Easy of performance upgrades
4) Styling, inside and out
5) Cheaper than a 1yr old STi. About 15-18k difference give or take.
6) Although it has it's problems, most of them are addressed and known. I'm slightly mechanically inclined so I don't mind getting dirty and getting to know the car inside and out.

Another factor I looked at were the main common issues that were known, and if fixing it is a huge problem.

1) HPFP - warrantied extended for 160k iirc, that should be OK?
2) Injectors - seems like a lot of these get replaced, should be OK?
3) Carbon build up in the intake mani- minimize rough idle and hesitation and walnut blast every 60k and it should be good. Cost $350-$500 each time.
4) Wastegate rattle - turbos don't seem to blow, but because it's an internal wastegate BMW replaces them for this issue. If I needed to, I could outsource them online for 1k iirc or upgrade (not sure if upgrading them is a common route to solve this issue) I wouldn't mind upgrading them just for the fact of having them issue-free. Not too worried about getting huge power.

My plans for this car is to be able to have fun while driving it. Maybe 1-2 track events per year at most. I mainly want something to haul ass around town if I wanted to. 400whp would be good for me. I don't need a track queen. I want reliable power.

I'd do the simple mods such as exhaust, intake, chip, and a good set of coilovers over the next couple of years. I don't plan on going crazy, but something enjoyable.

I know I want to get the Sport Pkg since it comes with the oil cooler and adjustable seat bolsters, but what other options should I look for?

iDrive? I've read that these have problems and electronics isn't BMWs strong suit, so should I avoid this feature to keep problems to a minimum?

Feel free to add anything if I'm missing something or correct me if I stated anything wrong (I'm still in research mode), but would love to hear some feedback.

OR, am I way over my head??

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      05-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are sold. I love my 335i and there are tons of aftermarket parts available.
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      05-13-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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For me, sport pkg was the top need because of the seats. Second was iDrive - wife wanted nav. Realize iDrive was updated in '09. So that's where I started my search. Happy hunting.
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      05-13-2012, 11:26 PM   #4
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duck,

Looks like you've done your homework! I think you will be stoked with the 335.

in an area with winter the cold weather pkg is awesome..the heated seats are fantastic, they heat up fast and the heated wheel is so nice on a cold morning. The split folding rear seats gives versatility to the cabin space when needing to transport oversized objects.

cold weather > idrive imo, technology gets dated quickly and you can get a garmin nuvi that does a better job at nav for ~$300. If you find a car that has it, great, but IMO it's worth the bit of extra effort to find a car w/ ZCW.
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duck,

Looks like you've done your homework! I think you will be stoked with the 335.

in an area with winter the cold weather pkg is awesome..the heated seats are fantastic, they heat up fast and the heated wheel is so nice on a cold morning. The split folding rear seats gives versatility to the cabin space when needing to transport oversized objects.

cold weather > idrive imo, technology gets dated quickly and you can get a garmin nuvi that does a better job at nav for ~$300. If you find a car that has it, great, but IMO it's worth the bit of extra effort to find a car w/ ZCW.
True story.

I have every option except navi I think. Don't miss it really. Plenty of options for navi out there. Cold weather is nice. I like and use mine.
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If chipping, like JB4, does iDrive help change settings on the fly or is it purely for navigation, iphone/pod, bluetooth etc applications?

If I can reduce the amount of electronics, I would.

Surf, you make an excellent point as well. Navigation can be easy to upgrade and get a Garmin and have more features and upgrade as newer technology comes along. Plus, it won't interfere with other applications like the clock, radio etc if it goes faulty.
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iDrive is more than navigation. I have it and I love it, even though I have the old version. The navigation honestly kind of sucks compared to even portable units, but the integration with the car, multimedia controls, and phone controls are more than worth it IMO. Especially the redesigned iDrive in 09+.
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You can def have your 400whp pretty quickly and it looks like you have done your research. I actually sold my 2010 M3 and bought an 09 E92 335i with M sport back with the real M bumper as well. Mine has the I-drive in it and in my opinion it looks like a different car inside. It gives the car a different look, a more sophisticated look, and feel when your sitting in the car. It doesnt do anything performance wise but is just nice to have. I would do the JB4, downpipes, exhaust, an intake, and probably an intercooler depending on where your living at
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I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that the i-drive system was updated in 2009. So if going for a model w/the i-drive, this will affect the cost/resale value.
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Sounds like a good call. I have had 3 decently modified WRX's and almost had an STI (test drove em but never got the price where I wanted since they are in high demand). They are nice, but like you, I have decided on the 335i because I have pretty much the same goals/wants/plans as you. Good luck finding the right one
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iDrive is more than navigation. I have it and I love it, even though I have the old version. The navigation honestly kind of sucks compared to even portable units, but the integration with the car, multimedia controls, and phone controls are more than worth it IMO. Especially the redesigned iDrive in 09+.
+1 on the multimedia on the I-drive. It is very useful. You can hook up your iPod and basically control it with the scrolling device. Also being able to sync your contacts to your phone is vey useful.
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It looks like I might stick with an 08 without iDrive because of the price difference.

I'm not a huge music guy and even if I want, I can just plug it into an AUX right (not sure if they have an AUX input or iphone jack)

I also don't need my contacts from my phone synced to my car.
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It looks like I might stick with an 08 without iDrive because of the price difference.

I'm not a huge music guy and even if I want, I can just plug it into an AUX right (not sure if they have an AUX input or iphone jack)

I also don't need my contacts from my phone synced to my car.
There was a very important LCI change in 2009 to the rear of the sedan. Now, I don't want to offend, but IN MY OPINION, the pre-lci rear of the sedan is very Japanese-car looking.
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The price difference is a significant one and I think I can pass on them.

Mid-30k for 09' is out of my budget for tail lights and an updated iDrive.
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For me, sport pkg was the top need because of the seats. Second was iDrive - wife wanted nav. Realize iDrive was updated in '09. So that's where I started my search. Happy hunting.
wish i knew that...bought my car not knowing ANYTHING about BMW. i wish i did my search and looked for maybe an 09 or 10....but still love my 08 even tho its at dealer more then i have it =P
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I didn't read on after "automatic." But I saw the word "cheaper," that generally doesn't work with BMW. I remember thinking that about the M3s, someone at work was selling a 10 y.o. one for 20k, I thought, wow, a car that sweet for 20k? For example, anyone and his mother can afford a used 750. Which one of us can afford 9-11k to fix the coolant leak that will start under the intake? Not even a wealthy person wants to spend money on it, which is why the car is on the used market. BMWs are not cheap cars to own, period, that's why some get extended warranties when they never buy them on anything else in life....
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That's why I'm buying extended warranty for another 3yrs on the vehicles I'm looking at, full comprehensive bumper to bumper.

I figure I'll have the car for maybe 5yrs? After warranty is done, I'll bring it to my local mechanic and source out parts. At least the costs won't be anywhere near a dealership.
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