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Old 08-29-2013, 07:19 PM
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My 2007 335i 6MT is bumping up on 100k miles. I am doing maintenance this weekend.

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I did the first intake port cleaning myself with carb cleaner, small brushes and rags. Definitely not as good as walnut blasting but it made my symptoms go away. I think I was one of the first victims of carbon build up. The BMW dealer had the car for two weeks and couldn't figure out the problem. BMW didn't have the tools or procedure out at the time either. I found out about carbon buildup here and decided to pull my intake. This time I will be doing it right. I bought the tools (media blaster, BMW intake port adapter and wand).

I read a lot of complaints about reliability but my experience has been very good. I have had the usual parts replaced under recall or warranty (HPFP, Fuel Injectors, Battery cable, low pressure fuel pump in tank-misdiagnosed by dealer). The car never had any symptoms for these parts and I never go stuck anywhere.

Other things I have done.
Front and rear brakes. one time including pads, rotors, and sensors
Tires once. Chose to replace OEM Bridgestone RFT with Continental RFT. Much nicer tire IMO
Windshield
Blower motor (Safelite dropped a piece of adhesive foam tape though the vent and reimbursed me for the fan.
Oil changes every 7,500 miles.

To me this seems reasonable for and early production model of a new car with a new (N54) engine. I also enjoy wrenching and have access to a shop on a military base so that is a huge advantage.

i still have the original water pump (knock on wood) and I am struggling with whether or not to proactively replace it.

This is my first BMW and I still love the car after almost 6 years. Hopefully I will be writing a similar post when I go over 200k.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:51 PM
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I have a 335i 2007 convertible bought it at about 30k miles now i have 182k miles and the car still runs great. I always did maintenance on time and never got stuck anywhere. It is very reliable model
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:30 PM
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I have a 335i 2007 convertible bought it at about 30k miles now i have 182k miles and the car still runs great. I always did maintenance on time and never got stuck anywhere. It is very reliable model
did you mean 82k or 182k?
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:37 AM
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Awesome. Congrats. Good to hear a positive story around here as a lot of posts are negative. Hopefully I'll be there in six years. ///Mine has 2K presently and I am loving it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:15 AM
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did you mean 82k or 182k?
I think the key to longevity on these motors is frequent oil changes
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:10 AM
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my 07 335i 6MT is at 97K now, I'm right around the corner as well! good job on maitnenance and good luck!
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:36 AM
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Awesome. Congrats. Good to hear a positive story around here as a lot of posts are negative. Hopefully I'll be there in six years. ///Mine has 2K presently and I am loving it.
I wish I got the M-Sport. I had one as a loaner and the car felt like it was riding on rails.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:28 AM
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did you mean 82k or 182k?
it has 182k miles, i had reduced power since 45k miles from hpfp or turbos and i drove it like that. I don't understand why people complain about mileage, i've seen in Europe especially in Germany people put like 250-300k miles on their bmw and that is considered normal there
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:34 AM
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it has 182k miles, i had reduced power since 45k miles from hpfp or turbos and i drove it like that. I don't understand why people complain about mileage, i've seen in Europe especially in Germany people put like 250-300k miles on their bmw and that is considered normal there
I've not heard or experienced this from anywhere in the EU. I rarely see models older than the E46 on even the oldest roads.
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it has 182k miles, i had reduced power since 45k miles from hpfp or turbos and i drove it like that. I don't understand why people complain about mileage, i've seen in Europe especially in Germany people put like 250-300k miles on their bmw and that is considered normal there
Hold up you've been driving some 182k with HPFP failure? Or you had it at 45K and after it was fixed you now have 182K?

When I went to Germany the taxis were E90s.. I don't even recall seeing enough e46's to stand out in my mind. I'm pretty sure Americans keep their cars longer than most EU and Asian countries.


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Old 08-30-2013, 12:49 PM
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Nice work...Long live the N54!
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:17 PM
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Good to go -- nothing like good maintenance. I am going to be curious about how much longer your TPMS will last (I believe you have the direct TPMS). At 100K the batteries may be getting low. There may be a diagnostic tool (dealership, tire shop) that will be able to measure remaining battery life.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:32 PM
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Reduced power is likely due to VANOS solenoid dirty. If it was the hpfp I don't think it would have lasted as long.


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Old 08-31-2013, 02:03 PM
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it has 182k miles, i had reduced power since 45k miles from hpfp or turbos and i drove it like that. I don't understand why people complain about mileage, i've seen in Europe especially in Germany people put like 250-300k miles on their bmw and that is considered normal there
i'm not complaining I just don't usually see BMW's with that high milage. I bought mine at 72k and it have 76k now and i'm glad to see they can go up to as much as yours. I commute about 150 miles roundtrip to work 5 days a week and sometimes I worried i'll add up too many miles too fast.
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Maintenance complete. I deviated from https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3Ta...BoTTM5aEE/edit. I used this blaster http://www.harborfreight.com/20-lb-p...ter-68994.html and the bmw wand and adapter I got from www.getbmwparts.com. The intake valves were very gunked up and the walnut blast cleaned them up like new. The car runs like new. This is my second time cleaning the intake. It took 3 hours including tool setup and cleanup. I'm ready for the next 50k miles. Still sweating bullets on the waterpump and thermostat though. I feel like I am on borrowed time.
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i'm not complaining I just don't usually see BMW's with that high milage. I bought mine at 72k and it have 76k now and i'm glad to see they can go up to as much as yours. I commute about 150 miles roundtrip to work 5 days a week and sometimes I worried i'll add up too many miles too fast.
BMW made their name on their performance straight-six's that could go 200k.

Although those were all N/A cars


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