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E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:43 PM
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Switching from nissan and toyota to BMW ( need help, buying guide)

Hey guys, I am currently new to this site, and in the next 5 to 6 months, I will be getting another car. Seems like me and my dad are most likely to chip in for a used BMW. and I wanted a some insight from previous owners for tips. So I plan on getting a 2008-2010 used BMW 335.
and i wanted to get it under 50k mileage at least which ranges from 22k to 26k in MD at least.
I was wondering what years are the best and what years are the worst. and what I am looking forward to if I get a 335. im probably going to get navi package, and sports.
but what do you guys think?
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:55 PM
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335's 2008-2010 have problems, coils, fuel pump, twin turbos, spark plugs, injectors to name a few. Newer single turbo 335 models are better, not to say trouble free just less maintenance. If you have to buy 08-10 make sure is certified and spend something extra for an additional warranty/ maintenance plan. On the other hand 335 is a great car to drive. Good luck
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:11 PM
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I think mileage and owner history are more important than year or anything else.

I'm a glutton for punishment and wanted a N54. My perfect 335 became available not too long after I started to seriously search and it was a 2007 and not a 08-10, again I love danger.

Find one that has super low miles, is a one owner, well taken care of and title is clean.
Next, look at color\options.

Have had mine for 4 months now and still can't believe I found one that ticked all my check boxes, almost like it was meant to be. End result is no regrets even if I paid slightly more then some on this site would have paid.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:51 AM
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I'll open a little debate .... if you are coming from Toyota / Nissan why not look at the 328i as well. Drive them both.

Plenty of power and much simpler 328i, a bit less money to put towards the NAV and other goodies.

Consider the post LCI refresh 2009 ..... a good model year in your selection range.
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What do you mean by post LCI refresh 2009 ?

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:55 AM
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What do you mean by post LCI refresh 2009 ?

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Car was refreshed in 2009, change in headlights/hood/bumper, new iDrive system with a hard drive, etc.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:35 PM
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Go for the 2011 335i. It has the N55 engine that's more efficient and currently still used in the new 335i. But if not look to get a 2009 or newer 3 series sedan, which has the facelift.
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E9x post 2010 have less issues

Post 2010 thet changed the whole electronics design thats what bmw service manager told me
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for all the advice.

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Thanks for all the advice.

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Whichever model you choose to examine, have a good PPI completed and make sure the back of the intake valves are thoroughly examined as well as the thrust arm bushings in the front, they are comprised of a gel filled material and don't last long at all.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:42 PM
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Where would I get a PPI done ?

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Where would I get a PPI done ?

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Look for a BMW independent shop near you.

http://www.bimmershops.com/

http://www.bimrs.org/


The price shouldn't be north of $150 and it's worth it. Suspension seems pretty rugged otherwise in the e9x chassis. Interior plastics are a different story. If you find an older vehicle with a nice interior, that owner took very good care of the vehicle.
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