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Old 02-24-2014, 06:16 PM
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What up everyone?! Im new to the site and new to the "Dark Side" as ive always called BMW as my last car which was my first car was a 2002 CLK430 Benz that I had extensively modded. I loved that car and still do but sadly it was totaled. Ive always had my eye on the 335i since it came out so that was my next vehicle of choice for a long time. Being 2014 and the 335is being out since 2011 still using the n54 engine I decided to pick up a 2011 335is with 9000 miles. I feel I made a great decision as the modding options are endless if I start getting bored. My questions at this time are what to look out for as far as regular maintenance, cleaning, etc...any little tips and tricks would greatly be appreciated. Also another concern is taking care of the rust that just started on the calipers and rotors this winter because of the road salting. Mind you my clk which I never treated for rust didn't have a speck of rust on its undercarriage and I had that car for over 8 years. BMW doesn't seem to have as well of a rust proofing process Thanks and I hope youre all as knowledgeable and helpful as the benz guys in the forums!
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:22 PM
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What up everyone?! Im new to the site and new to the "Dark Side" as ive always called BMW as my last car which was my first car was a 2002 CLK430 Benz that I had extensively modded. I loved that car and still do but sadly it was totaled. Ive always had my eye on the 335i since it came out so that was my next vehicle of choice for a long time. Being 2014 and the 335is being out since 2011 still using the n54 engine I decided to pick up a 2011 335is with 9000 miles. I feel I made a great decision as the modding options are endless if I start getting bored. My questions at this time are what to look out for as far as regular maintenance, cleaning, etc...any little tips and tricks would greatly be appreciated. Also another concern is taking care of the rust that just started on the calipers and rotors this winter because of the road salting. Mind you my clk which I never treated for rust didn't have a speck of rust on its undercarriage and I had that car for over 8 years. BMW doesn't seem to have as well of a rust proofing process Thanks and I hope youre all as knowledgeable and helpful as the benz guys in the forums!
Well...pics or it didn't happen.

You will eventually have to have a walnut blasting done as carbon deposits build up in the intake manifold. Rotors will rust, that is normal. I'm not sure about the calipers. You generally wont ever have to worry about rust on these cars.

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:57 PM
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You only have 9000mikes, I don't think there is anything to worry about, enjoy it! and yes, post pics!

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:43 PM
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What up everyone?! Im new to the site and new to the "Dark Side" as ive always called BMW as my last car which was my first car was a 2002 CLK430 Benz that I had extensively modded. I loved that car and still do but sadly it was totaled. Ive always had my eye on the 335i since it came out so that was my next vehicle of choice for a long time. Being 2014 and the 335is being out since 2011 still using the n54 engine I decided to pick up a 2011 335is with 9000 miles. I feel I made a great decision as the modding options are endless if I start getting bored. My questions at this time are what to look out for as far as regular maintenance, cleaning, etc...any little tips and tricks would greatly be appreciated. Also another concern is taking care of the rust that just started on the calipers and rotors this winter because of the road salting. Mind you my clk which I never treated for rust didn't have a speck of rust on its undercarriage and I had that car for over 8 years. BMW doesn't seem to have as well of a rust proofing process Thanks and I hope youre all as knowledgeable and helpful as the benz guys in the forums!

Well DS/IS, what mods did you make to your Merc?
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:12 AM
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Haha you guys are already proving to be a tough crowd...I'll post pics up of the 335 and clk pre and post accident later as I'm at work and have pics of the Benz on my computer. As for the rusty rotors and calipers I would really like to tackle this prone problem now and not have to worry about a bigger problem down the road. The car comes with 313 rims and really shows it
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Haha you guys are already proving to be a tough crowd...I'll post pics up of the 335 and clk pre and post accident later as I'm at work and have pics of the Benz on my computer. As for the rusty rotors and calipers I would really like to tackle this prone problem now and not have to worry about a bigger problem down the road. The car comes with 313 rims and really shows it

Guessing cosmetic mods are you cup o'tea. Some of that here, from M3 badges to rear deck wings, but it's not extensive. Much more re: performance mods.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:55 AM
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Lol M3 badging...I'm not into posing. If I wanted an m3 I'd of got one. Yes I'm into costmetics but also performance. Sort of the reason why I got the IS instead of the I because it still comes with the n54 engine. The Benz had over 12k in it in cosmetic and performance mods. Carlsson front bumper, 19" lorinser wheels, H&R springs and bilstein shocks, mild exhaust work, renntech intake which I later removed to upgraded to a supercharger, beefed up the transmission solenoids to take the harder shifts, custom dyno tune...370rwhp, 400rwtq. It was an animal. Low and fast
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:06 PM
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I rented a CLK430 in Vegas a few years back. Perhaps because it was a rental it felt different, but boy I didn't care much for that car at all. Terrible driving car IMO.

I think you'll love the BMW a lot more once you have it a few months and really get to know it. Certainly drives A LOT better!!
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I rented a CLK430 in Vegas a few years back. Perhaps because it was a rental it felt different, but boy I didn't care much for that car at all. Terrible driving car IMO.

I think you'll love the BMW a lot more once you have it a few months and really get to know it. Certainly drives A LOT better!!
In Stock form yes they are more of a soft body rolley type of ride as they weren't really built with performance aspect in mind..more luxury with a hint of performance as the 280hp 300tq V8 wasn't no slouch for a stock benz that began its production in 1997. But after I got done with stiffening the suspension and adding bigger and wider rims it was a completely different car. Not as stiff as the 335is but just enough. TBH I think the IS is TOO stiff but hopefully ill get used to it fast. Heres a pic of my CLK
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In Stock form yes they are more of a soft body rolley type of ride as they weren't really built with performance aspect in mind..more luxury with a hint of performance as the 280hp 300tq V8 wasn't no slouch for a stock benz that began its production in 1997. But after I got done with stiffening the suspension and adding bigger and wider rims it was a completely different car. Not as stiff as the 335is but just enough. TBH I think the IS is TOO stiff but hopefully ill get used to it fast. Heres a pic of mine
The IS is definitely stiff - especially with 19" wheels and runflats.
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In Stock form yes they are more of a soft body rolley type of ride as they weren't really built with performance aspect in mind..more luxury with a hint of performance as the 280hp 300tq V8 wasn't no slouch for a stock benz that began its production in 1997. But after I got done with stiffening the suspension and adding bigger and wider rims it was a completely different car. Not as stiff as the 335is but just enough. TBH I think the IS is TOO stiff but hopefully ill get used to it fast. Heres a pic of my CLK
Drop the runflats, it will be much more comfortable.
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Scoale and Nerdboss...You guys are both right as the runflats ruin the ride and suck in the snow. That being the case im going to be prorating the wheel and tire insurance I picked up at the dealer and just putting on a set of my own tires of choice when the time comes for new ones. Heres a pic of the 335is. sorry for the ****ty angle and lighting but its in a tight space in my garage. Ill have to get it out and take some good shots of it. Also included pics of the rotor and caliper corrosion
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Scoale and Nerdboss...You guys are both right as the runflats ruin the ride and suck in the snow. That being the case im going to be prorating the wheel and tire insurance I picked up at the dealer and just putting on a set of my own tires of choice when the time comes for new ones. Heres a pic of the 335is. sorry for the ****ty angle and lighting but its in a tight space in my garage. Ill have to get it out and take some good shots of it. Also included pics of the rotor and caliper corrosion
Looks like Sapphire metallic black, am I correct? Looks pretty sick, congrats!
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:26 PM
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Looks like Sapphire metallic black, am I correct? Looks pretty sick, congrats!
Yup Its Sapphire black...Thanks!
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Lol M3 badging...I'm not into posing. If I wanted an m3 I'd of got one. Yes I'm into costmetics but also performance. Sort of the reason why I got the IS instead of the I because it still comes with the n54 engine. The Benz had over 12k in it in cosmetic and performance mods. Carlsson front bumper, 19" lorinser wheels, H&R springs and bilstein shocks, mild exhaust work, renntech intake which I later removed to upgraded to a supercharger, beefed up the transmission solenoids to take the harder shifts, custom dyno tune...370rwhp, 400rwtq. It was an animal. Low and fast

You should forget cosmetics and focus on handling. Your target: M3

You can easily blow away the ol' Merc w/460 hp & 460 ft lb, bolt-on. But before you do, explore what BMW has done, and aftermarket products like LSD, Koni Yellows; linear springs. Power's sloppy w/stock parts. Quite a kick w/right setup.
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Scoale and Nerdboss...You guys are both right as the runflats ruin the ride and suck in the snow. That being the case im going to be prorating the wheel and tire insurance I picked up at the dealer and just putting on a set of my own tires of choice when the time comes for new ones. Heres a pic of the 335is. sorry for the ****ty angle and lighting but its in a tight space in my garage. Ill have to get it out and take some good shots of it. Also included pics of the rotor and caliper corrosion

Yeah....18" rims too. At least your ride'll be more compliant. Can still hold a line like was glued. Uh, not stock of course.
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Consider painting the calipers, that should last a few good years...and then, do it again I'm not sure how expensive is to change what's behind the wheel...

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