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Old 06-11-2009, 01:21 PM
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335i advice

Hi, I'm coming out of an '02 6sp C5 Vette and am interested in the 335i's.

I have a 50 mile roundtrip daily commute, 99% it's just me in the car. I like the power in the 335i (several test drives) and the styling attracted me. Was originally looking at CLK500's but after driving both I immediately liked the Bimmer better.

I will be getting an automatic this time around due to occasional traffic and with similar MPG I can't see an advantage anymore.

My budget is low to mid 30's OTD so I'm looking at 07's mostly. Many have between 30 & 40K miles, I'm concerned about buying a car that will have 100K on it just 5 years after I purchase it. I was thinking I should look at a 328 as they are a bit cheaper, but I think I'd kick myself forever about the difference in power. Now I haven't driven a 328 yet, but I imagine there is a significant difference.

I drive - I really think the dash looks better with nav but there are not many to chose from with nav. Should I really be so hung up on this?

So my questions are:
Should I back down a bit and look at 328's?
Is 40K too many miles for a used car I plan to keep for 5+ years and put 12.5+K mi/yr on?
Is Nav really cool, or not? (I know this is probably personal perspective).


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Old 06-11-2009, 01:28 PM
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Nav is not only cool...its a must have.......once you tried it out u will understand....
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:35 PM
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The nav is definitely worth it
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:55 PM
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It's worth studying up on this, though. The older nav systems have some serious critics.

There is a big difference in power between the 335 and the 328. I'm happy with my 328. (Very happy.) But most feel you shouldn't cheat yourself... go for it!

There have been HPFP issues with the 335. Nobody has hard numbers so it's tough to know exactly what risk you'd be running that you'd need to swap it out. Some people have changed several. Others have had no problem at all.

With proper maintenance, there's no reason why these cars cann't do 200,000 miles. Remember that not all miles are created equal. If the previous driver had a lot of stop and go traffic, those are harder miles than those from somebody with a smooth sailing commute.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:28 PM
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i would not get a 328 automatic. Drove one automatic loaner. Please try to get a stick 328.

If your budget in the 30k's, why not an used E46 M3? Or, brand new Infiniti G37S?

As much I love everything about 335i, the HPFP failure shocks me the most, especially it's a ~ 50k car from an Ultimate Driving Machine company.
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I have an 07 335i coupe I just bought a month ago it had 27,000 miles on it. So far no problems with idrive and no HPFP problems!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:36 AM
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I have an 07 335i coupe I just bought a month ago it had 27,000 miles on it. So far no problems with idrive and no HPFP problems!!

Good for you! On e90 forum, 2 gent had theirs failed at 54k and 41k. So, it will fail sooner or later. If I could do it again, I would take an used M3 or 328 stick.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:51 AM
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The nav is definitely worth it
I disagree.. not much you can't do without the nav (except the navigation part)..
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:51 AM
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you should be able to get 2007 CPO 335i ~30k miles with all the options like Nav/sport/premium for high 20K or very low 30k.
Look around in other states also...shipping is like $500 in most cases or just drive back
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:54 AM
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I disagree.. not much you can't do without the nav (except the navigation part)..
Unfortunately, I've always had nav in my cars, so I, personally, can't live without it
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:59 AM
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Yeah..I'd have gotten it, too.. but I had a TomTom that I never used.. i guess I just know my way around well enough that I didn't need actual navigation (and i was really impressed that you can do virtually everything the same from the normal control unit -- without nav)
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:25 AM
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Stick with the 335. The 328 is much slower and coming from a Vette, you won't be happy with its performance.

I bought a 335 new with the NAV because there weren't any without it off the lot. AFter 18 months, I could do without the indash NAV in favor of a Garmin. With the OEM Nav, you're stuck with old technology that can't be upgraded over the life the car. In a 2007 BMW, NAV is DVD based, and BMW wants $199 for an updated DVD each year. With a Garmin or other handheld, you just toss out the old and get a new one at a discount for a little more than a new BMW DVD. Than you have upgraded hardware and software with map updates. Or for about $100 you just get the map updates. Garmin also releases updates to the onboard software in the flash memory. So you get improvements for free in the functionality of the GPS. Finally, you can plan out your trip on your computer and upload it to the GPS. Can't do that with the BMW NAV unless you have a 2009+.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:47 AM
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I did not opt for the nav option on my 335, I agree with what ramblinman states above. There are a few things that I am not able to control without the NAV option, but those items are far and few between. For me the best thing about having the NAV option would be being able to see the audio display with polarized glasses on. That is a whole different topic. If looking at the NAV sit down with the iDrive controller for a little bit, and see how you like it. All of the car rags hate them. They have improved the functionality for the 09 models, so be sure to play with an older unit. I love my Garmin 205W. Another great thing about a portable nav unit is that I can switch it between the cars.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:58 AM
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Good for you! On e90 forum, 2 gent had theirs failed at 54k and 41k. So, it will fail sooner or later. If I could do it again, I would take an used M3 or 328 stick.
Reliability is NOT a reason to buy an M3. BMW V8s are expensive to maintain and repair, and engine wear will be high with those insane piston speeds. What is forgotten by many is that the superior low end torque of the 335 means that RPMs in daily driving will be quite a bit lower for equal acceleration or cruising. RPMs and the related piston speeds are major factors in engine wear. Im not sure what is worse, insane piston speeds(M3 approaches a F1 racer at the power peak), or a low pressure(8.5psi) N54 turbo. Im betting the turbos last longer than the M3's, and the HPFP has a 10/120 warranty anyway. As far as the 328, the jury is still out on the MG/AL block with NO cast iron liners. the previous I6 E46 etc., engines were a stronger configuration than the current one. The introduction of the Mg/AL block was intended to decrease weight, not reliability. Mg/Al alloy is weaker than AL/cast iron liners, the latter will last longer, all else equal.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:38 PM
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Thanks for the reply's so far.

I'm interested in the Nav for several reasons, one I think the dash is a little outdated looking without the extra "bump" where the nav screen resides. I know this probably ruffels a few feathers but I really think the dash looks better with nav. Second, I like the control of climate and other things from it, I'm assuming you can do some of this through the steering wheel or through voice? I have a blackberry with telenav for getting around unfamiliar areas, so the actual nav function is not important to me.

For power, I have to admit the twin turbo attracts me for the ability to modify & tune, being able to add another 50+ lb/ft of torque for <$1K is incredible.

Not to offend Infinity owners...I drove a new G37S last night and was amazed the differences between these 2 cars. Much harsher ride, less responsive engine, far less features and luxury options, and at 6' I cannot sit in the back seats. The Nav is better than BMW's though, and it is a pretty nice looking car. Just felt less connected and more sitting in the car rather than being part of the car.

I feel pretty good that I've done my research now and I need a 335i coupe with sports, perf, Nav, and logic 7.

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:48 PM
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I'm another one firmly in the anti-Nav camp. If you need navigation, buy a $200 Garmin. Everything else can still be controlled either through the in dash computer or the radio menus. Apparently the iPod controls with the iDrive are better thant the iPod controls through the radio only (which are a conceded PITA), but as I leave my iPod on shuffle 99% of the time and use the track button on the steering wheel to skip songs, it's not a big issue.

Short version: if I could get one with Nav for the same price as one without Nav I'd do it, but I wouldn't pay a single dollar more for the Nav system.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:03 PM
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Good for you! On e90 forum, 2 gent had theirs failed at 54k and 41k. So, it will fail sooner or later. If I could do it again, I would take an used M3 or 328 stick.
it doesn't matter if it goes - BMW issued a bulletin - it is covered past 100k miles for all owners now.
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I'm another one firmly in the anti-Nav camp. If you need navigation, buy a $200 Garmin. Everything else can still be controlled either through the in dash computer or the radio menus. Apparently the iPod controls with the iDrive are better thant the iPod controls through the radio only (which are a conceded PITA), but as I leave my iPod on shuffle 99% of the time and use the track button on the steering wheel to skip songs, it's not a big issue.

Short version: if I could get one with Nav for the same price as one without Nav I'd do it, but I wouldn't pay a single dollar more for the Nav system.
+1 - nav is never worth $2k - but it does give you more than a $200 Garmin - you get menus for your music also... not sure it's $2k worth though...
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it doesn't matter if it goes - BMW issued a bulletin - it is covered past 100k miles for all owners now.
Correct! I'm bringing my car (brand new 08, purchased 1/09) in to get the HPFP replaced or atleast checked out on Monday. Not a big deal.

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+1 - nav is never worth $2k - but it does give you more than a $200 Garmin - you get menus for your music also... not sure it's $2k worth though...
After having all my iPod songs show up on my Alpine screen in my Civic and RSX and then only seeing "Track 1, track 2, etc..." in my GTI I'd pay $2000 to see what music I'm playing. Not to mention I believe it also has this thing called Navigation... its really slow to find crap but still worth having the screen!
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:26 PM
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I have '07 E92. I like and have Nav, and I like how it looks. But actually, it doessn't get used often, so you can live w/o it. You can't live w/o the 335 power. You will love your new car.
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Buying used iDrive will not cost you the $2K it cost if you bought the car new so I'd find a car with it. It does make changing settings in the car fairly easy. If you are an iPod user the 2007 might come with an iPod/USB connector in the armrest, or as I did you can have a glovebox adapter installed (about $500 at the dealer).
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:20 PM
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I agree with others here. I think my configuration is great... 328i, MT. It's light and quick. But if you need the automatic, you should go with the 335.

I didn't get the nav, but I like the look better without it, have a Garmin, and, yes, you can control everything without it. I have heard the iPod controls are better with the Nav and, truth be told, if you have a really loaded up iPod, the control through the radio is a pain. I work around it with lists... but that's another thread.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:35 PM
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:31 PM
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Nothing wrong with the power delivery from the N52, particularly if you're going to be using it as a daily driver - give it a test drive. If it weren't for the N54, the N52 would be hailed as an amazing engine, and it only seems down on power because the N54 is just so amazingly powerful. Sport suspension preferred, naturally. With your budget, you may be able to get a stripped brand-new 328i. You might want to consider that, particularly if you plan to keep the car for a long time.

Have you considered a 128i? If you can deal with the smaller vehicle overall, your budget will be enough to buy a nicely equipped one brand new (or possibly a brand new stripped 135i.)

I can say that my experience with the STEPTRONIC in the 135i has been very good. I avoided the nav - way too expensive, and just one more thing that'll break, particularly if you're buying a used car. (By all accounts, the 2009 + iDrive is much, much nicer to have than the previous generation iDrive.) The $90 Garmin 205 has done its job quite well for me.

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