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Old 01-28-2014, 10:43 PM
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First time BMW owner,need some advice

Just picked up a 2007 328 sedan alpine white, beige interior.
I have very little experience with German cars, just my wife's 06 Mini Cooper S not the same thing I know.

Car is very clean, but does have some dirt in the "grain" of the leather on the arm rest and a little on the seats. What is the best method and what should I use to clean without damaging the leather?

Any wax recomendaotions for a white car? I have always used meguires carnuba on my other cars but they are very dark blue, black and red, my first white car.

I am also a little confused on the equipment in the car. It has all the sports package with the exception of the paddle shifters. I ran the Vin and it listed m sport suspension, I assume that is same as the sports package?
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:12 PM
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Didn't see the detail section until just now, so disregard the leather question.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:08 AM
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There is a topic on the difference of msport suspension and sports package...wait a sec not telling you to search...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=691872

OK now you can see what i was talking about.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:09 AM
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Just picked up a 2007 328 sedan alpine white, beige interior.
I have very little experience with German cars, just my wife's 06 Mini Cooper S not the same thing I know.

Car is very clean, but does have some dirt in the "grain" of the leather on the arm rest and a little on the seats. What is the best method and what should I use to clean without damaging the leather?

Any wax recomendaotions for a white car? I have always used meguires carnuba on my other cars but they are very dark blue, black and red, my first white car.

I am also a little confused on the equipment in the car. It has all the sports package with the exception of the paddle shifters. I ran the Vin and it listed m sport suspension, I assume that is same as the sports package?

Son, you've bought yourself a peck o'trouble! Were I you I'd buy a water pump right away, and view THIS

Sport Suspension? Pish posh. At 60k mi, you'll badly need THIS
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:19 AM
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Congrats on the new ride!

Just bought an 07 sedan for my son......it should be a solid car.

SoftScrub will clean the leather....really.....treat it with conditioner after cleaning.

We also have a 2002 alpine white 330i that has lived outside most of its life. Turtle Wax every 6 months or so.......paint is still glossy!

How many miles on your car?
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:19 AM
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Just picked up a 2007 328 sedan alpine white, beige interior.
I have very little experience with German cars, just my wife's 06 Mini Cooper S not the same thing I know.

Car is very clean, but does have some dirt in the "grain" of the leather on the arm rest and a little on the seats. What is the best method and what should I use to clean without damaging the leather?

Any wax recomendaotions for a white car? I have always used meguires carnuba on my other cars but they are very dark blue, black and red, my first white car.

I am also a little confused on the equipment in the car. It has all the sports package with the exception of the paddle shifters. I ran the Vin and it listed m sport suspension, I assume that is same as the sports package?
Zaino lasts for ages. Make it easy to hand-wash. Depending on use it'll still bead a year later. white cars don't shine like darker colors so just go for the longest lasting final coat available. Having several white and black cars in the past I now own almost exclusively silver.. the blue car in the pic below was bought used for about half price at 10k miles so I am tolerating it not being silver.

Lexol for the leather - Amazon sell it. Buy the cleaner and conditioner. I've always had black leather so it looks good after a few years in the house one of my leather couches was bought in 1997 and still looks almost new - it's sagged a little over the last seventeen years and that's it - it's been moved to the US from the UK and up and down the length of the east coast!


Wheel shifters were a (cheap) option on top of the sports package
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:26 AM
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The n52 engine also have these water pump issues?
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:09 AM
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Bemwww, i saw the thread you linked, but that was for the new 3 series. I didn't think it would apply to the e90, it is the same?

Calwaterboy, I had the car checked over and it got a clean bill of health. I did get an extended warranty so I will keep an eye on the water pump, thanks for the tip. However, I don't understand why I would need to do an aftermarket suspension?

Lazer, it has 55k and looks very good. It wasn't abused.

Mp3, thanks for the advice on a white car. I will pick up the lexol pair as soon as the snow down here in NC is gone. By any chance were you in the military? I spent 4 years in the UK also.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:21 AM
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Nah, English by birth. Work with Accenture for the Stock Exchange + BP's Oil trading divisions then fled the country. Taxes were crippling + everything is so much more affordable here.

Water pumps die on all BMWs AFAIK. Possibly it a designed lifespan to generate out of warranty profit. I am convinced that's part of the BMW business case. Manufactures do so much testing these days that they must know the average life span of components + actually design it in. E.g. Honda/ Toyota interiors are designed to disintegrate early even though their major mechanicals generally go to 300K miles. Almost all manufactures seem to want their auto-boxes to fail at ~120K miles plus. If they didn't they'd mandate fluid changes. Engine oils have become so good that engines rarely end a car's life these days - other than neglect.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:22 AM
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I know about the water pumps, mini Cooper one went out at 45k. If I remember right bill from dealer was $2400 for pump, thermostat, housing, assorted small items and labor. The warrantee on her car paid for itself on that one repair. Waiting on a new wiper motor to come in for it now. Another 800 saved.
Seeing those repair bills was the reason I got it for my car.
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