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Old 03-12-2012, 04:59 PM
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Hello, I am new to this post, as i have just bought my first car. A salvaged 2007 335i. Only thing i could afford because I'm only 16. I have been working on cars full time for the last 3 summers, and on and off before that. I am in the process of putting the engine back into the car and i was wondering, what mods should i maybe think about before putting it back in? Not a huge problem if i have to pull it again, but hey, who wants to have their car in the shop for 2 days? Besides mods that go on the engine what have you guys found worthwhile and easy to live with?
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A larger intercooler (the one that's there is probably toast), and make sure that there is an oil cooler.
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Now THERE's a fixer-upper for you, lol. Take lots of pictures along the way. I'd love to see the finished result. Best of luck.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:30 PM
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I have 5 days, or about 45 hours into it so far and the frame is perfectly straight as well as the wheels spaced and aligned properly. I will be posting another thread later with all the pics from the beginning.
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Hello, I am new to this post, as i have just bought my first car. A salvaged 2007 335i. Only thing i could afford because I'm only 16. I have been working on cars full time for the last 3 summers, and on and off before that. I am in the process of putting the engine back into the car and i was wondering, what mods should i maybe think about before putting it back in? Not a huge problem if i have to pull it again, but hey, who wants to have their car in the shop for 2 days? Besides mods that go on the engine what have you guys found worthwhile and easy to live with?
A new front end would be the first mod I'd recommend. Very nice progress so far. I'm impressed that at 16 you're able to repair such a badly damaged car.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:57 PM
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Haha I have all the parts, just need to throw them on. And thank you for recognizing just cause I'm young i cant do work. Customers all day complain about how I must not know anything. A little off topic, but i see you have a X5 with a 4.8. My mother was looking into one. Any complaints?
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Haha I have all the parts, just need to throw them on. And thank you for recognizing just cause I'm young i cant do work. Customers all day complain about how I must not know anything. A little off topic, but i see you have a X5 with a 4.8. My mother was looking into one. Any complaints?
None at all. Love it. I used to own a 2001 4.4i and 2006 330xi and found I was driving the X5 almost everywhere. Last October I decided it didn't make sense to own a car which I wasn't driving and decided to trade them both in on a newer X5. I still love the 3-series but X5 seems to be my preference.

How much longer do you expect your repair to take?
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Yea, I test drive a few every know and then for work, and i must say they are just as nice to drive, or even nicer than the cars. Especially up in Minnesota here where we are never short of snow. What kind of mileage are you getting from that beast? I've found their V8's to be surprisingly efficient, but I've never had time to run a full tank or two through one.

And i am looking at about 2 full days of work (22 hrs) to put the engine back in and straighten the strut housings, as well as mount my skirts, fenders, radiators; coolers etc., and my hood and bumper. Its fairly simple from here on out.
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Some people like the looks of the LCI (facelifted) front end better than the earlier models of the E90. This is possible, since it appears that you must replace the hood, fenders, and bumper on your car. The Angel Eye headlights are also a nice upgrade (if your car doesn't have them).

If you are asking about speed modifications, remember that the 335i is ferociously fast, even in stock form. If you still want more, there are a number of software modifications available for your engine.

I am also impressed that your are putting together a car so badly damaged. Remember you will probably not be able to insure it, since it has a salvage title. Therefore, you may not want to make the car too valuable.

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I have 5 days, or about 45 hours into it so far and the frame is perfectly straight as well as the wheels spaced and aligned properly. I will be posting another thread later with all the pics from the beginning.
Great work so far. So was the engine damaged?

We just got our E93 and had to change the pass right front lower A-Arm. I guess they act as a sacrificial part for pot holes and such. I was surprised it broke in the first place. My first time working on a BMW and the a-arm replacement went smoothly.

Good luck with the rebuild. It's cool you're "building" your first BMW at age 16.

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I have 5 days, or about 45 hours into it so far and the frame is perfectly straight as well as the wheels spaced and aligned properly. I will be posting another thread later with all the pics from the beginning.
Pretty cool man good luck with your car I wanted a 335i as well but I ended up getting a 328i do to the budget lol you inspired me to start a new topic about age and owning a BMW haha
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Yea, right now there are halogen AA's but I ordered a pair of led's. I liked the e92, and it was a steal. I have redone many salvaged vehicles with help and this is my first complete solo build. I have driven a few m3's and I hear this is a tad slower that the new 4.0's, and I don't necessarily want to be faster, I just wanna run with the big dogs. And Minnesota's insurance laws are luckily almost non existent. And if all else fails well give loyds a call.

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Surprisingly, the block wasn't cracked since it is what stopped the car. The timing chain broke, causing 8 valves to bend and both turbos to crack, but we do those constantly. The worst part was the frame rail on the passenger side was bent and as you can see it is not factory paint and has been replaced. And yes the LCA's do break a bit, but we found if you buy the updated M3 arms or bushings, we don't have the problem ever again. If you ever have to do them again I'd recommend it. And its my first solo build on a salvage car, but I'm finding it to be quite simple. And I've never had the pleasure of doing work on my own car. I really enjoy it. Better than doing timing belt and water pump on Honda's all day. Hope you enjoy your car! I would've loved the hard top convertible!

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Haha thank you! and any E9X is the best in the book if you ask me. What comes after the 3, well is just icing on the cake. And I payed 1/12th the blue book value for this car, and I can't say how lucky and appreciative I am. I don't want to have to drive it to school now cause everyone will key the damn thing!! Haha. But age and owning a BMW , is all relative. I will say I am extremely fortunate but I've spent every summer of the last few years working 55 hour weeks to pay for this. Guess mom was right! Hard work does pay off!

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Yea, I test drive a few every know and then for work, and i must say they are just as nice to drive, or even nicer than the cars. Especially up in Minnesota here where we are never short of snow. What kind of mileage are you getting from that beast? I've found their V8's to be surprisingly efficient, but I've never had time to run a full tank or two through one.
The computer says I am averaging 14.7 MPG since I bought the vehicle and 23 MPG for a short trip I took which was primarily highway driving. I believe the 14.7 number is fairly accurate but the 23 number is probably a little high and would come down some if that trip were a little longer. I don't really pay much attention to it because it is what it is.

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And i am looking at about 2 full days of work (22 hrs) to put the engine back in and straighten the strut housings, as well as mount my skirts, fenders, radiators; coolers etc., and my hood and bumper. Its fairly simple from here on out.
Sounds like you'll be done soon. You'll have to post pictures of the final work. Do you work in a body shop? Or at least have access to one? I would think such a repair wouldn't be cost effective unless you are or know someone who does this type of work. Also was that a telephone pole collision?
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For all that power though you can't complain about almost 15.. and your exactly right. It is what it is. You can't put a price on fun.

And yes I am. I work as a mechanic and we do not do collision work. Only for personal vehicles and close friends. But its pretty self explanatory. And I picked up the car for 2500 bucks. I don't even know how it happened, because there was a solid 6k worth of parts. And I will finish with very little into it because I don't have to pay a penny for labor or shop space. And it was a palm tree. He set off the secondary charges in the drivers airbag so he was doing over 40.

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For all that power though you can't complain about almost 15.. and your exactly right. It is what it is. You can't put a price on fun.

And yes I am. I work as a mechanic and we do not do collision work. Only for personal vehicles and close friends. But its pretty self explanatory. And I picked up the car for 2500 bucks. I don't even know how it happened, because there was a solid 6k worth of parts. And I will finish with very little into it because I don't have to pay a penny for labor or shop space. And it was a palm tree. He set off the secondary charges in the drivers airbag so he was doing over 40.

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Well, you will have a pretty nice vehicle for 8,500 when all is said and done. Good luck.
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And yes I am. I work as a mechanic and we do not do collision work. Only for personal vehicles and close friends. But its pretty self explanatory. And I picked up the car for 2500 bucks. I don't even know how it happened, because there was a solid 6k worth of parts. And I will finish with very little into it because I don't have to pay a penny for labor or shop space. And it was a palm tree. He set off the secondary charges in the drivers airbag so he was doing over 40.
Not bad at all...$8,500 for a 335i is a great price even if it will have a salvaged title. Maybe you should start a business. I'm just wondering how you managed to buy all the parts for $6,000. BMW parts are expensive and with the amount of damage I would expect parts along to be more than $6,000.

Can't wait to see the final product.
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Haha I would love to but I'll finish my high school and go for a 4 year. I'd like to take over my fathers shop and client list someday. The parts for the car were all actually pretty cheap. Granted we go through worldpac who has OEM products and we get 30% off.

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Mr. Money, you have my utmost respect. Bravo.

Unlike many of us here, you will have truly earned your fine ride.
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reading Mr. Money's posts, he definitely deserves some Kudos.

I seriously doubt that most of the membership here would willingly jump into a full rebuild like he is doing, whether or not he has a little outside guidance along the way.

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Very impressive thread

I admire hard work and this is an example of it. Well done.

As others have said, a narration of progress with pics would be appreciated - when you have time of course.

Keep the thread alive with updates.
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I have 5 days, or about 45 hours into it so far and the frame is perfectly straight as well as the wheels spaced and aligned properly. I will be posting another thread later with all the pics from the beginning.
Not to be a ballbuster but the car doesn't have a "frame" in the literal sense. It is a unibody. That being said, way to go!!

I spent evenings in high school working at the local service station and was lucky enough to be mentored by a mechanic there who let me do repairs at night while he wasn't there and verified my work in the morning. He got paid flat rate on my work and I learned a ton. Now I am 50 years old and an executive in a large corporation and I still do my own work when I can. It is a skill that you will value no matter what you do in life.
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I seriously doubt that most of the membership here would willingly jump into a full rebuild like he is doing, whether or not he has a little outside guidance along the way.
I've learned unless you're in the business / have the proper know how / tools to do work like this, or any fixer upper project, the cost savings isn't there. You end up paying almost the same as just buying a non-damaged vehicle / what-have-you and you save yourself a lot of time and headache. And that's assuming everything goes according to plan and you save money. Often, at least in my experience, the costs tend to be more. If I were to undertake a project like this it would be as a hobby and not a money saving move. I don't possess the knowledge, skill, tools, and facilities as the OP does to do it based on cost savings.

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Yea I meant the frame rails** and I feel I am in the same boat you were as a kid. I work for my dad and do customers cars all week, and I get to play with personal projects on the weekends. He learned in a similar way, and I hope to keep the tradition alive

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