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Old 09-12-2012, 11:52 AM
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If you were in the market for a N54 335....

What year would you want and why? Just curios to see what people have to say.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:07 PM
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I'd like a 2009 (funny thing about that).

Been around long enough to knock the kinks out from the first couple of years. Still has the nice features (REST button, heated steering wheel with the sport package), and a decent sounding radio even without Logic 7.

Couple of years old now, so the price will be decent.

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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09 will present the best value. In sedan form you will get LCI, also the Idrive is much improved. I would really have to do some major detective work to find out about the previous owner. With the amount of piggyback tunes, and thrashing of leased cars. I would much rather buy the car from an individual and find out more about who he or she is as well as the service history. People go to a dealer and think a CPO car means the thing will be great shape often find nasty surprises.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:56 PM
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2009 baby! thats what I got!
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What year would you want and why? Just curios to see what people have to say.
I can say: 09 was a very good year.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:13 PM
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:50 AM
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Oh they brought the n54 back to the 13's! Cause that's what he wants
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:35 AM
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I can say: 09 was a very good year.
I concur. The N54 gently gets me around town, but when I need to leap onto the interstate and punch it, I am doing 80 before I realize what just happened...

I am so happy.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:11 PM
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I concur. The N54 gently gets me around town, but when I need to leap onto the interstate and punch it, I am doing 80 before I realize what just happened...

I am so happy.
that is very well put


I feel the same way, except for the huge speeding ticket I got in June lol



its okay, I still love my 335XI
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:28 PM
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Oh they brought the n54 back to the 13's! Cause that's what he wants
Who wouldn't want the latest iteration?
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:39 PM
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Who wouldn't want the latest iteration?


me, I am keeping this car as my second BMW. It holds a special place in my heart!


And I plan on making it my track car at Beaver Run, I cant wait, only 2 more years and its off to the races!!
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what year would you want and why? Just curios to see what people have to say.
2009

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i can say: 09 was a very good year.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:01 PM
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I concur 2009 is the way to go.

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I'd like a 2009 (funny thing about that).

Been around long enough to knock the kinks out from the first couple of years. Still has the nice features (REST button, heated steering wheel with the sport package), and a decent sounding radio even without Logic 7.

Couple of years old now, so the price will be decent.

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What heated steering wheel? How's the REST button work?
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:49 PM
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Seems like 2009 was a good year. Thanks guys. I like the rims on the 07-08 335's equipped w/ sports package. Does anyone know if the 09 and 10 335's (w/ sports package) have the same rims?

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:00 PM
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Seems like 2009 was a good year. Thanks guys. I like the rims on the 07-08 335's equipped w/ sports package. Does anyone know if the 09 and 10 335's (w/ sports package) have the same rims?
No, they don't. The wheels changed in '09, very nice five spoke design.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:01 PM
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maybe i shouldve got an 09

oh well I still like mine
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:04 PM
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Is the consensus year 2009 because it is less expensive then a 2010, or do enthusiasts just not like the changes BMW made from
2009-2010?
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:46 PM
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2009 brought the LCI facelift and the new HD based iDrive navi. Anything after that should be great honestly.

2009 models you can get for fairly cheap as a CPO, and still have 1 year free maint + 3 years of warranty. It's a win-win.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:30 PM
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Is the consensus year 2009 because it is less expensive then a 2010, or do enthusiasts just not like the changes BMW made from
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2010 forward has the N55 twin scroll, single turbo motor. I voted 2009 because you asked about the N54 motor. Personally, I prefer the N55 motor and would vote for that. I think it delivers smoother performance than the N54. Some people have a distinct preference for the twin turbo N54. It is more easily tuned than the N55 and that is important to some.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:03 AM
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2010 forward has the N55 twin scroll, single turbo motor. I voted 2009 because you asked about the N54 motor. Personally, I prefer the N55 motor and would vote for that. I think it delivers smoother performance than the N54. Some people have a distinct preference for the twin turbo N54. It is more easily tuned than the N55 and that is important to some.
I see, I thought the 2010 was powered by the N54. I have the Cobb AP for my 07 so I was checking there website and it showed the accessport supporting 2007-2010 335's. I just assumed the 10' would have the same motor. If they (cobb) can support the 10 with the twin scroll, I wonder why they can't support the 11 and 12's.....however, terry and some other companies have tuning options available for the N55, correct?
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What heated steering wheel? How's the REST button work?

The heated steering wheel is just that - the wheel has a heater switch similar to the seat heaters. Very nice in the winter if you don't like driving with gloves. It went away for sport packages when the only sport package option became the M-Sport, which does not have a heated wheel option.

The REST button is another cold weather nicety. It runs the electric water pump and heater fan to keep warm air blowing into the cabin for 10 - 15 minutes after you shut the engine off. Just the thing if you're stepping out of the car for a few minutes and want to come back to a warm space.

Funny how these small comfort options become attractive as you get older.



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I see, I thought the 2010 was powered by the N54.
They are. The N55 was introduced in 2010 for the 2011 model year. 2010 models had the N54, as do some later specialty models (the 335is, for example).
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:11 AM
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The heated wheel is a part of the sports package or the cold weather?

I have the sports in my 09 and have never heard of, or seen, a button for a heated wheel.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:15 AM
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The heated wheel is a part of the sports package or the cold weather?

I have the sports in my 09 and have never heard of, or seen, a button for a heated wheel.
The heated wheel is part of the cold weather package. You used to be able to get it even if you had the sports package. So, in 2009, if you ordered the sport package and the cold weather package, you got the heated wheel. The button is on the right side of the steering column, in a spot that you can't see from the driver's seat without craning your head to the side..

However, when the standard sports package went away and the M-Sport package became the only option, you lost the ability to order the heated wheel with it. You can still get the cold weather package with M-Sport, but the combination of the 2 deletes the heated wheel. You do still get the heated seats, but will have frosty fingers to go with the warm backside.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:32 AM
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Ah ok that explains it.

The previous owner of my car didn't get cold weather package. He just had the heated seats added on.

When I bought it as a CPO, it didn't really matter to me. My part of Cali and cold weather package don't really go hand-in-hand.
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