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      09-22-2021, 11:18 AM   #23
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Love mine, bought it with 93K, just turned 95K. It's not my daily driver though.

There are tons of great You Tube videos out there, and amazing resources here, that will get your thru pretty much everything if you are the DIY type, which I am.
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Maybe others have said this already (I haven't read through all the posts yet)......but a 335i is one of those cars for people who have to really enjoy working on their own stuff. If not, the maintenance costs will kill you.

I bought my 07' 335i a couple of years ago because I got it super cheap, and I was looking for a car to tinker with. I read all the info out there, and knew what I was getting into.....I thought.

I really like the car, I've modded it to around 550hp now, it's a blast to drive..and it's different...BUT, I've lost track of how much I've spend just on replacement parts and maintenance. Injectors, coils, plugs, belts, pulleys, bushings, fuel pumps, sensors, oil pan gasket, engine mounts, transmission shift solenoids and service parts....it seems like it's always something going wrong with it. Currently it's on my lift waiting for a new HPFP.

1. I would never buy one unless you have a reliable backup car.

2. I would never buy one unless you have the space, time, and tools to do your own work....and you actually enjoy it.

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My 2011 335i xDrive has been good to me since I picked it up back in 2016 at 39k miles. I'm at 70k miles now and here is what I can say.

Biggest gripes are premature oil leakage at the OFHG ($1400 job at dealership), and all the other seals since the car was at 40k miles.

Water pump went out at 50k miles ($1400 to replace at BMW), Turbo Air Intake Pipe Split at 60k miles ($200 to replace with metal pipe and a quick 20 minute DIY)

I'm at 70k miles and its been a quiet year so far. I know I need to do the spark plugs and possibly shock mounts soon.

As for power. I came from a 228HP 2001 330i and my 300HP 335i never felt incredibly more powerful. If anything I've enjoyed the xDrive and 0 to 60 acceleration much more than anything else. The best part of the 335i is the low end torque and quick acceleration at lower speeds. I live in NYC where I'm ALWAYS sitting or crawling in some sort of traffic and when the roads are empty the cops are always out waiting for a meal ticket so I'm never speeding around or trying to track the car out on local roads.

As for mods...on my 3rd BMW and I've driven and assisted in DIYing many more BMWs and the 335i is a joy to mod. You can do a lot to it. comfort mods, performance mods, retrofits, etc... If you get the early N54 engine 335i I've heard some folks get Buggatti performances out of those engines.

Used Car prices are crazy high right now in my area and dealerships all over have shortages and will try to sell you a crappy car for a ton of money so just beware of that. Since they start of the pandemic my local mechanic has seen hundreds of newly bought used BMWs come thru his shop (many of which come in broken and either to remain permanently in shop or to leave for the scrap yard). Some people don't even collect their cars because they can't afford to or realized a 20 year old V8 7 Series leaking green coolant is not quite the baller status they were looking for.

I even joked with the mechanic that whoever is selling all these old beat up BMWs, and its usually ALWAYS an older big engine BMW, is just gonna make mechanics and tow truck drivers rich.

A year ago I would have been happy to sell my car at 60k miles for $10,000 not at 70k miles I can sell my car easily and quickly for $15k to $20k. Demand is crazy high and EVERYONE and their MOM wants a BMW!!!!
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      09-22-2021, 03:01 PM   #26
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My 2011 335i xDrive has been good to me since I picked it up back in 2016 at 39k miles. I'm at 70k miles now and here is what I can say.

Biggest gripes are premature oil leakage at the OFHG ($1400 job at dealership), and all the other seals since the car was at 40k miles.

Water pump went out at 50k miles ($1400 to replace at BMW), Turbo Air Intake Pipe Split at 60k miles ($200 to replace with metal pipe and a quick 20 minute DIY)

I'm at 70k miles and its been a quiet year so far. I know I need to do the spark plugs and possibly shock mounts soon.

As for power. I came from a 228HP 2001 330i and my 300HP 335i never felt incredibly more powerful. If anything I've enjoyed the xDrive and 0 to 60 acceleration much more than anything else. The best part of the 335i is the low end torque and quick acceleration at lower speeds. I live in NYC where I'm ALWAYS sitting or crawling in some sort of traffic and when the roads are empty the cops are always out waiting for a meal ticket so I'm never speeding around or trying to track the car out on local roads.

As for mods...on my 3rd BMW and I've driven and assisted in DIYing many more BMWs and the 335i is a joy to mod. You can do a lot to it. comfort mods, performance mods, retrofits, etc... If you get the early N54 engine 335i I've heard some folks get Buggatti performances out of those engines.

Used Car prices are crazy high right now in my area and dealerships all over have shortages and will try to sell you a crappy car for a ton of money so just beware of that.

A year ago I would have been happy to sell my car at 60k miles for $10,000 not at 70k miles I can sell my car easily and quickly for $15k to $20k. Demand is crazy high and EVERYONE and their MOM wants a BMW!!!!
Happy to see you're still on here!
I used your E46 NAV retrofit when I performed one on my old 330Ci. So helpful!

Did you ever retrofit the electric rear sunshade to the 335i? Always wanted to do that to my E46 but I could never find the parts…
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a 20 year old V8 7 Series leaking green coolant is not quite the baller status they were looking for
LMAO. I saw an old 7 series on the highway the other day with ///M badges and a ///MOTORSPORT window decal. Totally tinted up and the side view mirrors had those Pep-Boys stick-on gew-gaws. I wanted to get a photo but I was driving. I'm guessing leaking green coolant was the least of his problems.

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LMAO. I saw an old 7 series on the highway the other day with ///M badges and a ///MOTORSPORT window decal. Totally tinted up and the side view mirrors had those Pep-Boys stick-on gew-gaws. I wanted to get a photo but I was driving. I'm guessing leaking green coolant was the least of his problems.

It’s always an E65 - misfiring or puking black smoke out of the tail pipe from the valve stem seals.

The N62 is junk. Unmitigated junk.

At least the N54 is reliable once the HPFP and injectors are taken care of...
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It’s always an E65 - misfiring or puking black smoke out of the tail pipe from the valve stem seals.

The N62 is junk. Unmitigated junk.

At least the N54 is reliable once the HPFP and injectors are taken care of...
Until the knock sensors act up and put you in limp mode.
Until the until the transmission slips and puts you in limp mode.
Until you get a small deviation in boost target vs. actual boost (boost leak) and it puts the car into limp mode.
Until the rear crank seal starts to leak.
Until the LPFP dies on you and leaves you stranded.
Until the MOSFETS in the DME crap out and leave you stranded.
Until the LPFP pressure regulator acts up and starts causing fueling problems.
Until the oil pan gasket starts puking oil out everywhere.
Until the turbo wastegates start rattling like crazy
Until the turbo seals start leaking and the car starts blowing smoke all the time.
Until the boost solenoids act up and cause multiple different types of issues.
Until the PVC system starts acting up causing issues with oil supply to the turbos, causing them to fail.
Until the OFHG starts to leak, gets the serpentine belt oily, and it gets sucked into the crank seal..possibly destroying in.

....I could go on and on.

Don't get me wrong, I love my 07' 335i.....but you REALLY need to love working on these cars, or it will just make you mad with all the stuff that can (and does) go wrong or act up on them. I would definitely not own one as my old mode of transportation. My 03' Mini S with 190K miles on it is ten times more reliable than my 07' 335i with 100K on it.

When people say "if a passenger farts in your seat, it will put the car into limp mode"......it's almost not a joke
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I bought an 09' n54 convertible a couple months ago with 122k miles and have already put down another hard 4k on it, no major issues. I had a cylinder 6 misfire, but only after consistently pushing the car hard above 120mph for 2 or so hours. I had no real service history to go off of, but whatever you do do not buy one with any amount of smoke coming out of the tail pipes on start up, regardless of what the owner tells you. Just not worth it. And when you look into the oil fill cap, you should see zero build up. This is my first true car but I did tons of research and test drove multiple over a 7 month period finding the right one. I know only 4k miles of ownership isn't much to go off, but figured worth something.
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I bought an 09' n54 convertible a couple months ago with 122k miles and have already put down another hard 4k on it, no major issues.
I'm guessing you don't do your own repairs? $4K would be MAJOR if you did your own repairs, unless it was transmission.
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I'm guessing you don't do your own repairs? $4K would be MAJOR if you did your own repairs, unless it was transmission.
I meant 4k miles! Should have clarified. But no, I do all my own work! Worked on plenty of friend's beamers and Porsches so I'm not totally foreign to foreign
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I meant 4k miles! Should have clarified. But no, I do all my own work! Worked on plenty of friend's beamers and Porsches so I'm not totally foreign to foreign
Ah, of course.
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Happy to see you're still on here!
I used your E46 NAV retrofit when I performed one on my old 330Ci. So helpful!

Did you ever retrofit the electric rear sunshade to the 335i? Always wanted to do that to my E46 but I could never find the parts…
Yeah I did. I was much easier than when I did it on the E46.
I am completing the door shades as I am writing this.

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Power sunshade...had this on my 2011 335i, absolutely, useless. Broke often and I never saw value in it.
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They are weekend cars or they can be use as second cars. Neighbor has one that he purchased a few months ago and he already spent 2gs fixing a bunch of crap... my mechanic has one too and he says it himself, if i wasnt a mechanic I wouldnt own one

If u are handy these cars are a steal though, problem is once u start paying someone else for labour
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Hey everyone, I recently purchased my 2009 328i e90 in March. While I have loved the car part of me wants to buy a e92 335i just for that extra bit of power as well as to have coupe instead of a sedan. I found this beautiful example (I'll include pictures below) with about 150,000 km on it (95k miles). Just wondering if anyone has any advice or things that I should watch out for around this mileage other than the turbos. Thanks!
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Hey everyone, I recently purchased my 2009 328i e90 in March. While I have loved the car part of me wants to buy a e92 335i just for that extra bit of power as well as to have coupe instead of a sedan. I found this beautiful example (I'll include pictures below) with about 150,000 km on it (95k miles). Just wondering if anyone has any advice or things that I should watch out for around this mileage other than the turbos. Thanks!
I've brought a 335i E93 2008 model, I know I will have several things coming up. Therefore have rolled up my sleeves for DIY's. 1st thing o did was to replace the brake disc and hubs as the wheel nut threads were worn out. Now time for shock and bushes to be replaced.
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