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      04-30-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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What's up guys? Just signed up on here and been reading up on the forums because I believe I found my next car and wanted to introduce myself, I previously owned a 00 Civic SI as my first car, then bought a 05 SRT-4 (loved it) and now own a 01 S2000 (love it) I got last year and going to enjoy it this year. I've had a couple daily drivers in between as beaters currently have a 03 Audi A4 as a daily so the s2000 is a garage queen.

So the car I am just about set on is the E92 335i Coupe N54 6MT
I am loving everything about them so far (never personally thought id be going down the euro path besides my beater Audi lol) but definitely sounds like a great car.

So how do you guys think I would enjoy it coming from what I previously owned? Any recommendations in packages/features I need to get when buying this car?

And most importantly does my bank account need to be stacked to own one of these?? Obviously they seem a blast to modify but as far as maintenance?

Any other things I should know about being new to this scene I would love to learn!
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It's a nice car but expensive to maintain?
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i'd imagine your current and prior cars as you're only in the market for a 335.

depending on the year/mileage/service history there are many problems you could run into with the N54. hpfp has an extended warranty, otherwise it's a pretty much a car to car basis for premature component failure. there's literally a myriad of threads covering all this stuff but i hate telling people to search. food for thought i have a lengthy commute and i wanted something reliable so i bought a 328.

yes you should have dedicated funds for something going wrong
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Welcome man, I'm somewhat new as well but I just recently went with a 2010 335i after doing tons of research so maybe I can weigh in.

I was between an M3 out of warranty and a 335 under warranty. For many obvious reasons, I went with the 335 under warranty. I spoke with a BMW service department employee of over 30 years (family friend) and while he did acknowledge that there had been a lot of problems with the 335 (high pressure fuel pump / turbos) he said that after replacing the HPFP with three new models, the new ones finally seem to be holding up alright. His advice also boiled down to this: You should be fine, as long as you get it under warranty. In my case I'm under warranty til 2016 or 100k miles. I've only had the car for about 2 weeks now but I absolutely love it so far (KNOCK ON WOOD) If you decide on the 335 just take good care of it, service it regularly, and try to get a good warranty on it (CPO / extended warranty should be a big selling point IMO).

In terms of packages and features, mine is fully loaded and I love it. I think the iDrive system is not only cool to have and use, it makes the interior of that car look nicer.


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Thanks guys, ill be looking to spend around $25k on a 335i, yea I would love to find one warrantied, also might I ad in, this car will also be a garage queen as I will have a daily driver to commute in everyday and this will be my pleasure car..

The bad fuel pump I am well aware of also now learning about the "turbos going bad from a WGA rattle?" I guess im getting at... :/

But what packages features are the "musts" on these? lol
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1. Make sure it's a CPO
2. Try to avoid '07-'08 (not all are bad but the ones that normally go wrong are these years)
3. Enjoy it because it is extremely fun
4. Have some extra money because it's almost impossible not to catch the mod bug
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the car you going to buy? so we can give some good advice
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1. Make sure it's a CPO
2. Try to avoid '07-'08 (not all are bad but the ones that normally go wrong are these years)
3. Enjoy it because it is extremely fun
4. Have some extra money because it's almost impossible not to catch the mod bug
Thanks and whats "CPO" mean?

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the car you going to buy? so we can give some good advice
it will be after this fall when I will buy one lol but I will definitely post pictures.
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Thanks and whats "CPO" mean?
Certified Pre-Owned. This way you get the extended warranty. You'll thank yourself later.
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Certified Pre-Owned. This way you get the extended warranty. You'll thank yourself later.
Can I get a CPO off a private seller or is that just from a dealer?
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Can I get a CPO off a private seller or is that just from a dealer?
From the dealer but you can get an extended warranty through BMW after the private sale. The CPO program "reconditions" the car and has to pass a large inspection and also comes with the warranty of 6 years/100 thousand miles starting after the car is initially sold to the first owner. Another plus is you know the car wasn't in any accidents other than small cosmetic if any. It's worth it and BMW financial is running a special of .9% on CPO cars. It's something to think about and I recommend it.
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From the dealer but you can get an extended warranty through BMW after the private sale. The CPO program "reconditions" the car and has to pass a large inspection and also comes with the warranty of 6 years/100 thousand miles starting after the car is initially sold to the first owner. Another plus is you know the car wasn't in any accidents other than small cosmetic if any. It's worth it and BMW financial is running a special of .9% on CPO cars. It's something to think about and I recommend it.
interesting, thanks for the advice cobbtt
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Doesnt have to be a CPO. Some dealers prefer to mark them up as CPO in order to increase the sales price. Just pay for an independent inspection (PPI). I'm on my 4th BMW and I do have to say the majority of my money has gone to mods, not maintenance or repair. That said, maybe I have been lucky, i dont know, but I did get PPI's done prior to purchasing any of the four BMWs. GL...I think you'll love the 335 and N54 engine as long as you dont get a lemon.
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I love it. Such a fun car lol
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Doesnt have to be a CPO. Some dealers prefer to mark them up as CPO in order to increase the sales price. Just pay for an independent inspection (PPI). I'm on my 4th BMW and I do have to say the majority of my money has gone to mods, not maintenance or repair. That said, maybe I have been lucky, i dont know, but I did get PPI's done prior to purchasing any of the four BMWs. GL...I think you'll love the 335 and N54 engine as long as you dont get a lemon.
Thanks for the help i usually try to stay away from dealers and buy privately
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