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Old 09-02-2013, 08:53 AM
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Is 2008 a bad year?

A newbie question. I always avoid the first year of a new model and it has served me well with German cars. That said, I'm looking at M3's and there are a couple of 2008's that have a good profile. Low miles, good condition and favorable pricing. All manual trans cars. So, my question is, what were the problem areas with 2008 and should that year be avoided?

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Old 09-03-2013, 05:27 PM
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I believe that the i-drive was upgraded quite a bit for '09. I have an '08 convertible, and no issues so far. It's a convertible, bought it about 3 months ago with 34k miles for $37k if that gives you any perspective. Mine has the dual clutch tranny though.

My other car is an '02 540i, so the nav system on the m3 seems terrific to me
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:38 PM
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2007 was launch year in Europe (someone correct me) so, technically, you are on year 2.

E9x cars, of any year, seem to be pretty robust.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:39 PM
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My wording was poor in my post. I should have said, is there a significant reason to stay away from MY 2008. Some cars, like the 2002 745's had many reasons to wait. Weep hole issues and so on. I think there were some electrical issues with the early versions of the last gen 5 series.

The early E46's had bearing issues, i had one, but BMW fixed all of them to the best of my knowledge.

I guess what I've learned is that there is no reason to stay away from a 2008 M3. Sounds like you got a great deal on yours. Glad you like it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:43 PM
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My wording was poor in my post. I should have said, is there a significant reason to stay away from MY 2008. Some cars, like the 2002 745's had many reasons to wait. Weep hole issues and so on. I think there were some electrical issues with the early versions of the last gen 5 series.

The early E46's had bearing issues, i had one, but BMW fixed all of them to the best of my knowledge.

I guess what I've learned is that there is no reason to stay away from a 2008 M3. Sounds like you got a great deal on yours. Glad you like it.
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Ah. Short answer: No.

Be sure and compare a 2009, the significant upgrade in iDrive might be worth it to you (but it might not). Car is a blast to drive either way.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:58 PM
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I got an 08 brand new in September of 2008. Over four years I put 29k miles on it and never had one issue. Sold it in December 2012 for $37k (and that was with $5k in Dinan mods).
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:17 AM
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I got an 08 brand new in September of 2008. Over four years I put 29k miles on it and never had one issue. Sold it in December 2012 for $37k (and that was with $5k in Dinan mods).
really good feedback and that's the kind of deal I"m looking for. Thanks
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If iDrive interface matters the 2009 is 10000000000x better than the older system.

Otherwise, go with what makes sense.
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Go with the lowest mileage and cleanest service history. iDrive is meh, just a toy, I've rarely touched it aside from setting the EQ for the EPS.
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Go with the lowest mileage and cleanest service history. iDrive is meh, just a toy, I've rarely touched it aside from setting the EQ for the EPS.
I agree on the iDrive. I had a 2005 750 and it was OK. I've got a 2012 750 and it is much better but I don't know that it would have a lot of sway on the car I bought. As you say, I'd rather go with the right car as opposed to which iDrive system.

Thanks to all for your responses and helping me fast forward through figuring out the 92's. If I find the right car at the right price I'll buy on .
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There seem to be excessive cam bearing wear issues in 08 and 09s. BMW changed the design on those in the later years.
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There seem to be excessive cam bearing wear issues in 08 and 09s. BMW changed the design on those in the later years.
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I think he may be speaking of rod bearings, there was a part change, but nothing conclusive. >2010 models showing increased lead/copper as well.
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