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Old 10-06-2013, 09:04 AM
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2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

I need you guys help for opinions and experiences. For the same price of 20k, would you rather get an 07 328i automatic with 73k miles or an 08 328i sulev Manual with 56k miles?
I do prefer manual but should I be concerned about being SULEV?
Not really sure why an 08 with 56k miles less miles is same price as an 07 73k miles. Is it because its an SULEV or maybe manual and noone wants it and theyre selling it for less?
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:55 PM
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I have SULEV manual, haven't noticed anything different, unusual, etc. i'd go with the 08... Less miles, newer car... If you are in a metroploitan area, manual is less popular, thus the price differential IMO...
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:07 PM
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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Thanks! I used to own a manual back in my teen yrs and would street race and I guess my midlife crisis is kickin in early and im in my mid 30s. Lol. Are you pretty satisfied with the power/performance and what mpg are u getting? And what yr do u have if u dont mind me asking.

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:50 AM
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My 2008 is a SULEV... Performance is good (obviously not an M3), perhaps down a bit from a sedan or coupe due to the cabrio weight penalty... However, when I step on it, it scoots... Throttle response isn't as quick as i would like, but i think thats the drive by wire.... MPG fluctuates (top down top up, winter, summer) but iI'd say 25 MPG on avg. (again, keep in mind, it's a cabrio)... As an added benefit, IIRC, my radiator converts carbon monoxide to "clean" air somehow, so I tell that to my Prius driving friends... of course when i have to replace said radiator, it could get expensive...
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:55 AM
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if you can you should look at each one and drive each one in person, then decide. But I would have which ever one you like checked over by an independent shop
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:14 PM
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:37 PM
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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Thanks Salvator! Very great info. Cant wait to test drive it tomorrow. I called BMW and they said that there is still warranty until feb 2014 so I feel assured at least a lil bit since it said on carfax it was sold at an auction after the last owner.

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Old 10-07-2013, 06:41 PM
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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Btw, I forgot to include if it makes a big difference that the 2007 328i AT has yhe navigation panel while the 2008 doesnt. Is that a deal breaker for some?

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Old 10-07-2013, 06:47 PM
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Sulev or not to Sulev?

While I was researching my '08 E93 purchase, I learned that the fuel pump replacement cost in a Sulev is $3,000 since it must include the sealed specialized gas tank. Check it out 2 B sure.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:09 PM
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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Thanks for sharing that Mike. Should I be concerned about the fuel pump at 50k miles? And I wonder if warranty will cover it.

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Thanks for sharing that Mike. Should I be concerned about the fuel pump at 50k miles? And I wonder if warranty will cover it.

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The fuel pump for that car (2008 SULEV model with N51 engine) should be available without replacing the fuel tank. Here is a diagram:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...88&hg=16&fg=15

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...87&hg=16&fg=05

AFAIK the only SULEV BMW's that had the sealed fuel system (tank, pump, sending unit, etc.) were the E46 SULEV models. Replacement is obscenely expensive, if the warranty has expired.

In general, SULEV parts have a 15 year/150,000 mile warranty. But some parts are only warranted 12 years/120,000 miles. It is so confusing that even a lot of dealers do not understand it.

With other things being equal, I would definitely choose the manual transmission over the automatic. A pre-purchase inspection is always a good idea.

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:32 PM
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Btw, I forgot to include if it makes a big difference that the 2007 328i AT has yhe navigation panel while the 2008 doesnt. Is that a deal breaker for some?

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I like having nav, but I would not consider not having it a deal breaker... You can get a Garmin unit for much less if you really need nav, and it will work as well if not better...
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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Thanks alpinweis. That was very useful. I called BMW dealer and they confirmed the warranty is only CPO. But I did find the old thread from both you and salvator regarding SULEV and I spoke with service side of BMW that any SULEV does in fact have a longer warranty for those specific sulev related parts.

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Re: 2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Thanks everyone for contributing. I just want to do an update. Its been a month since I decided to get the 08 e92 manual and I couldnt be more satisfied. The car still has cpo warranty until feb 2014 so I took it in to do the battery recall, oil change, and wiper blades for free. Then I told them there was a rattling sound and found out it was the lifters so they replaced that too. All for $50! I know everyone says "why didnt u get a 335?". But the manual transmission makes up for it. I drive my car like it should and shift on higher rpms. And when changing lanes and doing a turn, I downshift and let me tell you, it FEELS so good! Now its time to mod....

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Old 11-10-2013, 09:59 AM
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2007 328i AT or 2008 328i Sulev MT

Congrats. I got a 2011 328i MT with 22k on it about 3 weeks ago. Let us know about your mods.


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Old 11-23-2013, 08:31 PM
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Great car -- but read my SULEV post regarding replacing three plastic valve covers in 37K. SULEV has the oil separator built in versus the others. Each replacement costs $1200. This is a known defect.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:23 PM
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Thanks everyone for contributing. I just want to do an update. Its been a month since I decided to get the 08 e92 manual and I couldnt be more satisfied. The car still has cpo warranty until feb 2014 so I took it in to do the battery recall, oil change, and wiper blades for free. Then I told them there was a rattling sound and found out it was the lifters so they replaced that too. All for $50! I know everyone says "why didnt u get a 335?". But the manual transmission makes up for it. I drive my car like it should and shift on higher rpms. And when changing lanes and doing a turn, I downshift and let me tell you, it FEELS so good! Now its time to mod....

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