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      02-12-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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Buying 07 335i tomorrow

Supposed to be buying an 07 335i tomorrow with 35400 miles. One owner BMW serviced. Is this car going to be reliable? I had an 01 330ci prior to this. Please lee know if this is a wise idea?!!
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      02-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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      02-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
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Lol did you not research what you are buying?
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      02-12-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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"Going to Lemon my car. update post #27
Well first things first, my car, 08' 335i coupe, Completely Stock, bought CPO'd @ 32k, right now i am at 39k. Now the problems that were changed through warranty since my ownership of 7k miles :

- 1x changed 6x injectors
- 1x changed 6x spark plugs
- 1x turbocharger
- 1x hpfp
- 1x turbocharger vacuum reservor tank
- 1x audio output, radio / ccc permanent failure
- 1x radiator compensating tank leaking
- 3x hpfp failure
- 3x brake light bulb failure
- 1x rear brake pad wear sensor
- 3x parking lamp bulb failure
- 1x tail light bulb socket incorrect connection
- 1x starter
- 1x decarbonized my valves

So with all these failures from previous owner, and myself, only owning 7k miles currently.. i think i am done and going to contact bmw NA and to pursue them to buy it back."
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      02-12-2013, 01:22 PM   #5
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no
lol +1

3 outcomes
1. Freakishly lucky and have zero problems (lotto territory)
2. Mild problems maybe a few k
3. BIG problems 5 figures.

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"Going to Lemon my car. update post #27
Well first things first, my car, 08' 335i coupe, Completely Stock, bought CPO'd @ 32k, right now i am at 39k. Now the problems that were changed through warranty since my ownership of 7k miles :

- 1x changed 6x injectors
- 1x changed 6x spark plugs
- 1x turbocharger
- 1x hpfp
- 1x turbocharger vacuum reservor tank
- 1x audio output, radio / ccc permanent failure
- 1x radiator compensating tank leaking
- 3x hpfp failure
- 3x brake light bulb failure
- 1x rear brake pad wear sensor
- 3x parking lamp bulb failure
- 1x tail light bulb socket incorrect connection
- 1x starter
- 1x decarbonized my valves

So with all these failures from previous owner, and myself, only owning 7k miles currently.. i think i am done and going to contact bmw NA and to pursue them to buy it back."
I think 8 of those have service bulletins.
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      02-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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Make sure you have some money on the side for unexpected, quite costly repairs if you don't have any warranty.
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      02-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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Make sure you have some money on the side for unexpected, quite costly repairs if you don't have any warranty.
Or know how to fix the car/ have a good indy. Thankfully some searching I landed what looks like an awesome indy shop. I'd have stuck with the dealer though before meeting the guy

INDY INDY INDY or know how to turn a wrench.
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      02-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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Supposed to be buying an 07 335i tomorrow with 35400 miles. One owner BMW serviced. Is this car going to be reliable? I had an 01 330ci prior to this. Please lee know if this is a wise idea?!!
OP. I wont say its good or bad without knowing anything about that specific car.

Here is few things to think about... Most 335i's are rather doing fine. Ones that have any problems will let it be known, and nothing wrong with that. but perspective can be skewed towards problem side because of it.

I say mostly, a well taken cared of 335i that hasnt been driven the crap out of, and was used for daily purposes, will be a pretty reliable car.

I bought mine CPO 07 few years back. Zero issues. Did i get a particularly lucky car? i dont think so... the owner had it for a lease, who was a older couple that drove it normal, and so did i. How was it driven? that's the number one question.

335i can be reliable and mostly it is. but you wont hear from them. Find out as much info as you can on that car...
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      02-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #9
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Dealer stated that the car has had all its service bulletins done. Just scares me when I read all these horror stories about the 335.
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      02-12-2013, 01:36 PM   #10
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Id say the only way to own that car is to have at least a basic aftermarket warranty that will cover all the major stuff that will cost you 2k+

It shouldn't cost you more than 2500 for a warranty from USAA
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Dealer stated that the car has had all its service bulletins done. Just scares me when I read all these horror stories about the 335.
You read the horror stories, yes, but no one posts that their car is running well. Take care of it and dont beat the sh*t out of it and you should be fine.
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OP. I wont say its good or bad without knowing anything about that specific car.

Here is few things to think about... Most 335i's are rather doing fine. Ones that have any problems will let it be known, and nothing wrong with that. but perspective can be skewed towards problem side because of it.

I say mostly, a well taken cared of 335i that hasnt been driven the crap out of, and was used for daily purposes, will be a pretty reliable car.

I bought mine CPO 07 few years back. Zero issues. Did i get a particularly lucky car? i dont think so... the owner had it for a lease, who was a older couple that drove it normal, and so did i. How was it driven? that's the number one question.

335i can be reliable and mostly it is. but you wont hear from them. Find out as much info as you can on that car...
I got mine from a 75 year old doctor (CA worked with him all her time at the dealer) and have had to have new injectors all around, the tail light bulb SB had to be fixed, vanos replaced, ac fixed, HPFP (who didn't have that)... Beyond that its been a stud.
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You read the horror stories, yes, but no one posts that their car is running well. Take care of it and dont beat the sh*t out of it and you should be fine.
What is the point of having a 335i if you aren't going to run it hard?
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      02-12-2013, 01:51 PM   #14
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Supposed to be buying an 07 335i tomorrow with 35400 miles. One owner BMW serviced. Is this car going to be reliable? I had an 01 330ci prior to this. Please lee know if this is a wise idea?!!
I am going on seven years with my 07 335i and although I had HPFP issues, turbo recall issues, and others, this first year model has been the most fun and exciting vehicle I have ever owned. It now has over 73K miles and I can't wait to get behind the wheel to drive it...anywhere. IMO, it is as reliable as you perceive and make it to be.

I believe this particular vehicle is...for me.
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What is the point of having a 335i if you aren't going to run it hard?
No, no, guess I should be more clear. Dont beat the hell out of it like your local honda riceboy. Run it hard, yes but dont go revving, burning out or acting like a fool every chance you get.
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      02-12-2013, 01:53 PM   #16
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I'd like to know what he means by don't run it hard. You can be responsible and run it hard. Oil coolers, FMIC, letting it get 2 temp before going WOT, preventative maintenance, good fluid change intervals.

Throwing an ECU mod on and gunning it all around town is something I'd call abusive and any car when abused will give issues.
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      02-12-2013, 01:53 PM   #17
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you'll be fine. a lot funner to drive compared to your 330.
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      02-12-2013, 02:18 PM   #18
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I bought an 08 335i w/31k miles a few weeks ago. Had it over to a top indy shop for a lookover.

Had 30k services done; new plugs; update software. He looked at some of the usual trouble spots (oil filter housing leak; tranny sleeve leak; carbon on intake valves; etc.). His response: "This baby's like brand-new!"

For another $8-12k, I coulda bought an '09/'10 CPO car with more miles and only two years warranty.

I decided to keep the extra money and live with repair risk. IMO -- the purpose of insurance (ie, extended warranties) is to cover losses that you cannot afford to bear. Everybody is different, but I can afford to fix my cars. Over the course of a dozen different cars, I've only had one car where the cost of an extended warranty would have paid for itself. Meanwhile, I didn't spend that $20-$25k for warranties, and paid cash to fix cars.

And, BTW, trade-in value of a car more than about 5 years old isn't dependent on lurking mechanical problems. Dealer does a quick cosmetic lookover and drives it around the block (maybe). The car is going to auction anyway, and auction buyers don't get to drive it and do a thorough inspection. So, if your 335i runs but is looking at big repairs, go trade it in. It's more important to keep it pretty than to keep it in perfect mechanical shape. I once got full trade-in value on a Volvo that need a transmission and a new heat exchanger...prolly $5k of work.
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      02-12-2013, 02:25 PM   #19
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DON'T DO IT! Don't buy 07 model. They are 10X more likely to have issues.

Stick with 09 or above. It is fairly reliable.

If you don't you will deal with subframe issues, turbos, lack of extra cooling radiator, and a host of other problems. A lot of parts have been revised 3-5 times by the time they hit 2009/2010.

You've been warned.
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DON'T DO IT! Don't buy 07 model. They are 10X more likely to have issues.

Stick with 09 or above. It is fairly reliable.

If you don't you will deal with subframe issues, turbos, lack of extra cooling radiator, and a host of other problems. A lot of parts have been revised 3-5 times by the time they hit 2009/2010.

You've been warned.
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DON'T DO IT! Don't buy 07 model. They are 10X more likely to have issues.

Stick with 09 or above. It is fairly reliable.

If you don't you will deal with subframe issues, turbos, lack of extra cooling radiator, and a host of other problems. A lot of parts have been revised 3-5 times by the time they hit 2009/2010.

You've been warned.
Hopefully BS..
I own mine 07 335i for 8 months NO ISSUES at all so far!
just regular maintenance!
No performance mods only cosmetic.
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Id steer clear of an 07.
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