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Old 04-23-2013, 05:15 PM
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Did I make a huge mistake?

So about 1 month ago I bought a 07 335xi 6AT with 57k miles on it. Beautiful car, runs and handles like a dream, had a clean car fax with the appropriate scheduled maintenance being done.

So I somewhat imperiously purchased the car without doing too much research. The dealership (VW dealership) offered a 3rd party warranty (not CPO) for what I thought was a pretty outrageous price , ($3000 for 30 months 30k miles).

I declined that offer and only later found out, at-least according to the forums that these cars are quite unreliable apparently. I am pretty handy with a tool and can do some non major repairs, such as a water pump replacement etc, but I can not afford a large 5k+ repair bill if the turbos go out or something similar.

So my question is did I make a huge mistake buying this car? I really do love the car and it is a joy to drive, but now I am quite worried about a catastrophic failure that may break the bank. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:40 PM
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Did I make a huge mistake?

Take it to a good independent shop for inspection - you should've done that before purchasing the car, but it besides the point now. If the car drives and acts as it should why worry? Keep the maintenance up to date, and it should be a good car. Try to get service records and see if HPFP was replaced. Also, not a bad idea to do cooling preventive maintenance and replace the water pump and thermostat, also walnut blast your intake valves to get rid off the carbon buildup.


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Old 04-23-2013, 05:57 PM
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First of all these cars are not problematic. You have BMW replacement warranty until 8 years/ 82K miles on the turbos. HPFP 10 years/ 120K miles all backed by BMW.
So far I have had one repair, glove box solenoid replaced back in 2007. My car has 58K miles. Does that sound like an unreliable car?
You can expect the water pump to fail between now and most likely 90K miles. BMW seems unable to find a supplier for 6 cylinder engines from 1991 until now be it mechanical or electrical that last much past that.

If you are handy this isn't anything you can't fit on this car. You may need some coding help but other than that you can most of the work yourself.
At your mileage unless you have the service records I would be looking to do a transmission drain and refill (assuming auto) if manual wait 20K miles then drain and refill, brake fluid flush, diff change, coolant change and use BMW coolant as it doesn't cost that much...

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:03 PM
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The high pressure fuel pump (HPFP) has been the Achilles heel of the 335. However, BMW has finally sorted it out and they did a recall on it, as well as increased the warranty length. Other than that, it's little things here and there, but nothing major. I would definitely put $2,000 aside for surprises, but I bet you won't need it, at least not at one time. If you're looking for total reliability, a BMW is not the car for you -- you should have bought Lexus or Toyota. But it isn't like the cars fall apart, either. So sit back and enjoy your car.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:53 PM
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So about 1 month ago I bought a 07 335xi 6AT with 57k miles on it. Beautiful car, runs and handles like a dream, had a clean car fax with the appropriate scheduled maintenance being done.

So I somewhat imperiously purchased the car without doing too much research. The dealership (VW dealership) offered a 3rd party warranty (not CPO) for what I thought was a pretty outrageous price , ($3000 for 30 months 30k miles).

I declined that offer and only later found out, at-least according to the forums that these cars are quite unreliable apparently. I am pretty handy with a tool and can do some non major repairs, such as a water pump replacement etc, but I can not afford a large 5k+ repair bill if the turbos go out or something similar.

So my question is did I make a huge mistake buying this car? I really do love the car and it is a joy to drive, but now I am quite worried about a catastrophic failure that may break the bank. Any advice would be appreciated.

What you get here: A rascally crew o'BMW pilots often intent on solving a problem. Thus, a massive DIY database has been recorded at BimmerFest, E90POST, and N54TECH. Fortunate and the level of involvement is unusually high.

There are other sites, and much is video'd on YouTube - generally, you need only Google to find a solution or be deluged with perspective.

You might not be used to that - from outside, looks like a circle of Hell, but, not so! Evidently, 3 and 5 series BMW's hit a sweet spot, and enjoying the car makes extroverts of us.

Hey....got tools?
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:03 PM
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First of all these cars are not problematic. You have BMW replacement warranty until 8 years/ 82K miles on the turbos. HPFP 10 years/ 120K miles all backed by BMW.
So far I have had one repair, glove box solenoid replaced back in 2007. My car has 58K miles. Does that sound like an unreliable car?
You can expect the water pump to fail between now and most likely 90K miles. BMW seems unable to find a supplier for 6 cylinder engines from 1991 until now be it mechanical or electrical that last much past that.
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Glovebox solenoid?
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:30 PM
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Glovebox solenoid?
I was surprised at that one going out too. Now, the passenger side sun visor solenoid, well, mine has been acting up a lot lately.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:40 PM
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Glovebox solenoid?

Now, I'm surprised that a guy with your experience and orientation is unfamiliar with the Glove Box Solenoid. You have only to Google....you discover that the Glove Box Solenoid is a vital part of modern design, from Honda to Ferrari.

I myself have replaced mine with a BMS unit - I got extra oomph! Please, YouTube the video and learn how this excellent mod can make your day.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:49 PM
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E93 does have a glove box solenoid

Our glove boxes lock automatically with the remote so you can leave the top down and not have someone go through your stuff. Also the armrest too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:08 PM
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My water pump went six months into my lease..brand new 335I Cab. HPFP went as well and had to be replaced, tires blown several times. Beautiful car but a lot of inherent problems...even my BMW dealer told me to purchase a warranty when I bought out my lease...which is what I did and what I suggest to anyone contemplating purchasing a used BMW.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:38 AM
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My water pump went six months into my lease..brand new 335I Cab. HPFP went as well and had to be replaced, tires blown several times. Beautiful car but a lot of inherent problems...even my BMW dealer told me to purchase a warranty when I bought out my lease...which is what I did and what I suggest to anyone contemplating purchasing a used BMW.
But you were covered by the factory warranty on the HPFP and water pump. Not sure why you've had so many tire issues but this could happen with any car.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:01 PM
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I absolutely love my 335 and I wouldn't call it problematic, but my HPFP went out last week despite being replaced via the recall last year (or was it the previous year?) It has 45k miles on it. You should still be covered by the extended HPFP warranty so no worries there. I would be more concerned with having to cover anything else that goes out, but to be honest, I have not had a single other significant issue with mine except a flaky radio that was fixed with reprogramming.
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