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Old 04-10-2013, 12:48 PM
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hello bimmer's !! I'm a newbie to your forum and asking for a little advice on my first BMW, hoping to get some good honest advice. Thanks in advance. I'm looking to purchase a used 2007 335xi with 61k on her. All looks good,and know beauty is only sheet metal deep. The car is clean, but I have no records for it except Carfax. My thoughts are OK, but how has this car been reliability wise. I'm thankful with ALL your thought
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Pretty reliable with recent software fix for the high pressure fuel pump. Expect regular maintenance as it is a BMW and you have to keep up with your interval part swaps.

N54 engine requires walnut blasting every 50-60k miles for premium upkeep. Expect a few hundred bucks there.

Get a pre-purchase inspection done at an independent BMW guy or a dealer, so you know what to expect.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:52 PM
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call a bmw dealer with the vin and get the service history it'll be much clearer than the carfax (still not perfect). Get a PPI if its at a BMW dealer, if the non bmw dealer will let you take it to a bmw dealer for a PPI do that.
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hello bimmer's !! I'm a newbie to your forum and asking for a little advice on my first BMW, hoping to get some good honest advice. Thanks in advance. I'm looking to purchase a used 2007 335xi with 61k on her. All looks good,and know beauty is only sheet metal deep. The car is clean, but I have no records for it except Carfax. My thoughts are OK, but how has this car been reliability wise. I'm thankful with ALL your thought
I own a 2008 335xi sedan...only owner since new. It's a reliable car if maintained well but just be aware that you're coming to a point where you'll need to replace some parts. I talked to a service tech at my dealer recently when they replaced my water pump and thermostat. You'll want to find out whether you have the new aluminum replacement pump vs. the original one. FYI, if you're still on the original, it could go at any time and leave you stranded. I would likely want to replace it preemptively. Brakes, front struts and oil gasket would be a few other items on the radar before you hit 100,000 miles.

There are better experts on this forum than me, though.
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I own a 2008 335xi sedan...only owner since new. It's a reliable car if maintained well but just be aware that you're coming to a point where you'll need to replace some parts. I talked to a service tech at my dealer recently when they replaced my water pump and thermostat. You'll want to find out whether you have the new aluminum replacement pump vs. the original one. FYI, if you're still on the original, it could go at any time and leave you stranded. I would likely want to replace it preemptively. Brakes, front struts and oil gasket would be a few other items on the radar before you hit 100,000 miles.

There are better experts on this forum than me, though.
Oh hey there.

Should have just linked your thread! http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=688788

By the way, great addition that I forgot to mention, the Oil Filter Housing Gasket will need swapping if you see leaks, and can't forget the Valve Cover as well, these cars have usual leaks in the back for those, something to watch out for.
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never heard of a Walnut Blasting what is it please
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hello bimmer's !! I'm a newbie to your forum and asking for a little advice on my first BMW, hoping to get some good honest advice. My thoughts are OK, but how has this car been reliability wise. I'm thankful with ALL your thought
Since you want "ALL" our advice, I'll add the upside to this amazing car you're considering. 0-60 mph 1-2 tenths under 5 seconds in some tests. Smooth, quiet, very stable at highway speeds (I had mine at 130 mph on the German autobahn; it hunkered down and stuck to the road like glue), great manual tranny if this car you're considering has one (you might consider getting a short throw stick kit, got one through my dealer), outstanding suspension compliance (especially in a car with so many miles...the previous owner broke it in for you!).

I've test driven a 997.1 and this car is worlds better IMO. Test drove a 2013 Boxster last week. Awesome car, actually, but I question whether I'd really drive it for anything but a short distance when I have the 335xi as the other option, mainly because of the way the Bimmer delivers...silken comfort and all-around pure butter.

I could wax poetic. Have owned my 335xi since new and have never seriously considered trading it in...for what? What would be better, considering the whole package, than this car?
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Since you want "ALL" our advice, I'll add the upside to this amazing car you're considering. 0-60 mph 1-2 tenths under 5 seconds in some tests. Smooth, quiet, very stable at highway speeds (I had mine at 130 mph on the German autobahn; it hunkered down and stuck to the road like glue), great manual tranny if this car you're considering has one (you might consider getting a short throw stick kit, got one through my dealer), outstanding suspension compliance (especially in a car with so many miles...the previous owner broke it in for you!).

I've test driven a 997.1 and this car is worlds better IMO. Test drove a 2013 Boxster last week. Awesome car, actually, but I question whether I'd really drive it for anything but a short distance when I have the 335xi as the other option, mainly because of the way the Bimmer delivers...silken comfort and all-around pure butter.

I could wax poetic. Have owned my 335xi since new and have never seriously considered trading it in...for what? What would be better, considering the whole package, than this car?
Don't forget for 2.5k you can make 500hp I have plenty of cars I'd pick over it, but its an awesome car.
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I have plenty of cars I'd pick over it.
Not me. As an all-around car and considering all factors of ownership, I personally wouldn't trade it for anything. Now, are there plenty of other cars that I would like to have in addition to it? Absolutely. But for now anyway, I'll keep investing in my businesses.
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OK here is the run down. Your car will need fuel injectors (these open and close and do go bad. Mine lastred 76,000). Intake valve cleaning because fuel is injected into chamber and not into the air. Water pump and thermostate can go when ever just like the injectors.

Next issue is fluid leaks. Rads have a tendancy to need replacing, Mechatronics sleeve if the cars an Auto always leaks. The oil filter housing is leaking about now and soon the valve timing cover. In less than a year your going to need transfer case oil change and tranny.
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I've test driven a 997.1 and this car is worlds better IMO.
wow... lolz
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BMW is cool and all, but I'd rather have that 997...
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yeah i agree. apples and oranges, you cannot compare the two.
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wow... lolz
Have you driven a 997.1? It pitches and bobs up and down the highway, car has lots of road, traffic and tire noise, engine is brassy sounding. I didn't like it.
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OK here is the run down. Your car will need fuel injectors (these open and close and do go bad. Mine lastred 76,000). Intake valve cleaning because fuel is injected into chamber and not into the air. Water pump and thermostate can go when ever just like the injectors.

Next issue is fluid leaks. Rads have a tendancy to need replacing, Mechatronics sleeve if the cars an Auto always leaks. The oil filter housing is leaking about now and soon the valve timing cover. In less than a year your going to need transfer case oil change and tranny.
Thanks. Yea, the H20 pump and thermostat went on me just after 65,000 miles and the oil filter housing IS leaking (a little).
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BMW is cool and all, but I'd rather have that 997...
Go for it. Just checked eBay and you can pick one up, same 2005 model year that I drove, for about $39,000 with 45-50,000 miles on the odometer. But back to my comment about an all-around car, you'll need to consider the cost of maintaining a 911, the lack of a real trunk and back seat, and of course you might be disappointed after you test drive it. I was.
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you cant compare the two... one is a sports car, the other is a sedan. the 997 connects you with the road in ways the 335 wont for a reason.

and yes ive driven them, i own a 993...

if you're disappointed by a P-Car, then you prob have a long unfulfilling road of car shopping ahead of you...
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if you're disappointed by a P-Car, then you prob have a long unfulfilling road of car shopping ahead of you...
Nah, disagree. The 981/991 addressed most of the things I didn't like about the 997. Enjoy your car, though.
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