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Old 08-26-2013, 04:24 PM
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Advice on a used E92

I want to apologize beforehand because I realize you must get these all the time, but after searching and going through endless pages of results I found some useful info but i'd still like to read some of your opinions.

I have recently started looking around for a new (to me) car. For me it was between the S4 and E90/92 and i've settled on the beautiful and fast 2007-2010 N54 E92 335xi. My question is should I set a cutoff point as far as mileage goes, like how much is too much? And I realize there may be some bias as to which year is best, if any, but was also looking for opinions on that as well..Any other helpful info or advice as to what to look for, package wise or anything else, is appreciated. Sorry if my post is redundant, thanks in advance.

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:05 PM
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I am by no means an expert, having just bought my first BMW last month. However, mine is an E93 (2008 335i E93) with 54,000 miles and I was worried about the mileage thing as well. After getting an extended warranty on it I feel much better about my choice.

I guess my point is that if you do get an older BMW look into the possibility of getting an extended warranty.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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I haven't had it long, but I've been happy with my 2008 E92 I purchased for $23K with 31k miles. After spending time on this and other boards, I would have shot for a 2009 or newer, but would want more than 50,000 miles. Sure, many have 100K+ reasonably trouble free miles, but I would like those miles to be mine, not the previous owners.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:17 AM
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A turbo is a wear item and will eventually have to be replaced. There are problems with the N54 turbo that BMW deal with by extending the warranty to 8 years, 82k miles. Some Festers have been able to get new turbos out of the extended warranty. Others new wastegates only. But if own any turbo charged car long enough, a new turbo is in your future.

The N54 has carbon build up on the intake ports and valves, requiring media blasting after removal of the intake manifold. Another issue is a defective oil filter housing gasket. Water pumps are a weak spot and replacement before 100k is almost a certainty. So as you look at a higher mileage car, ask what repairs have been done by the previous owner. If none of these have been done, you can expect to do them yourself. Some people report doing all of these repairs as a DIY. If you have the time, tools, some mechanical skill and a place to work, you can do all of this yourself.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:39 AM
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Thanks guys, are any years of the N54's less susceptable to these issues? I plan on driving the car for a number of years hopefully, and i've been telling myself no more than 50k miles. Sound about right or does it really just depend on how the previous owner treated the car
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:34 PM
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After reading around quite a bit i'm questioning if AWD is necessary at all. NY winters do get bad at times and I figured that Xdrive would be my best option, but it seems there are so many people that say RWD with snow tires is almost as good, and i'd absolutely need some KW v3s for an Xdrive, that they're not nearly as sporty and fun feeling as the i's etc..
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:37 PM
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After reading around quite a bit i'm questioning if AWD is necessary at all. NY winters do get bad at times and I figured that Xdrive would be my best option, but it seems there are so many people that say RWD with snow tires is almost as good, and i'd absolutely need some KW v3s for an Xdrive, that they're not nearly as sporty and fun feeling as the i's etc..
There are so many threads on AWD and snow tires, it's silly. You can read for hours; no, DAYS.

Long and short of it is: RWD with snow tires is probably good enough for 95+ percent of drivers. AWD with snows is a ridiculously good, I'm actually one of the few people that really needs it. We have 3 homes (2 in snow country) that do not get their drives and roads plowed. I'm a ski/sb instructor and have to get to work no matter what (who cares about the public? ) - that puts me in very select company, I'd say 2000 people in WA state out of of the >100,000 skiers/sb'ers. That 2000, plus the other 2500 people that commute over Snoqualmie Pass/I90 to work in Seattle are the only ones that truly need AWD+snow tires in WA state (and there are 5 million people in WA).

Only *YOU* can decide if you need AWD+snows (probably not.)

BTW, AWD + all-seasons is for poseurs.
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325i/328i is pretty good and more reliable tahn turbo

we have 330d version here... same engine as X5 and 600KG lighter
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