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Old 09-28-2012, 09:34 PM
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What to get for the E90

After several years with the E39 528i Wagon (she was a wonderful and trusty car for 155K, but it was time for something new), I've recently had the pleasure of purchasing a beautiful 2009 328i with 13,000 miles (I don't know what someone was doing for three years, but it seems to have worked out for me . Love it BTW).

My question to you fine folks is this: what would you prioritize/save/spend your money on first? I know on the E39 the answer was unconditionally a cooling system replacement after 50K-75K. Other examples: Extended Ultimate Service to 100K? Performance Intake? Performance Exhaust? Rims?

I know that a lot of this depends on personal preference and priorities, but just give me what you would do. White exterior on beige interior w/ halogen lights w/o iDrive in SF if it does matter. I'm not looking to do anything at this point, just curious to see the opinions out there. Cheers!

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:59 AM
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:17 AM
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Congrats on the new ride!

The 2009 with the LCI refresh is a beautiful car that will look good for years.

What size rims do you have. The 17 in upgrade looks good on the 328. Also we recently replaced the OEM Bridgestone runflats at 46,000 miles and the car is so much quieter now.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:36 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

MMME30W - I've kept scheduled maintenance a priority with all of my cars. Definitely plan to stay on top of it with this one, so excellent call. Of course, keeping the oil changes to 7,500 miles (playing the lifetime fluids by ear; figure around 100K). Rockin' the auto tranny, so no heel-toe for me, but for sure considering the mats and sunshade.

laser - Thank you, I have quite a few friends with the same (but pre-LCI) vehicles, I've envied them for some time and I can't tell you how happy I am with mine. I loved my E39 for so many years (and always preferred the look to the E60); as someone who isn't quite taken with the F30 yet, I'm feeling the same way. Also really pleased with how much lighter it feels to the 5 Series. I only have 16" wheels on the car right now; I had the M-Sport package on the E39 and I found that things got really dinged up on the crappy bay area roads (I recently relocated from Southern California - Orange County). That being said, I do like the look of the 17"/18" OEM wheels out there, I may be tempted before soon. I have to say, I feel a bit exposed without the comfort of a full sized spare in the trunk; are you just using the "goop in a can" as a solution?

Also, I should mention that my option to continue BMW Ultimate Service to 100K only continues to the middle of next year. As much as I've learned that Indy's are the far superior solution to my maintenance needs (as opposed to dealerships), having everything guaranteed for one flat price seems appealing. Is this really a poor option?

Happy to see both posts come out of Georgia, I spent two years in Marietta (albeit, several years before I could drive). Cheers folks!
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After several years with the E39 528i Wagon (she was a wonderful and trusty car for 155K, but it was time for something new), I've recently had the pleasure of purchasing a beautiful 2009 328i with 13,000 miles (I don't know what someone was doing for three years, but it seems to have worked out for me . Love it BTW).

My question to you fine folks is this: what would you prioritize/save/spend your money on first? I know on the E39 the answer was unconditionally a cooling system replacement after 50K-75K. Other examples: Extended Ultimate Service to 100K? Performance Intake? Performance Exhaust? Rims?

I know that a lot of this depends on personal preference and priorities, but just give me what you would do. White exterior on beige interior w/ halogen lights w/o iDrive in SF if it does matter. I'm not looking to do anything at this point, just curious to see the opinions out there. Cheers!
Good luck on your new ride, 328I!

Post some pictures of the E39 Wagon, I would like to see it!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:58 PM
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