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04-05-2012, 02:39 AM #1
Looking E92 335i, need some BMW help!
I'm currently in the position that i may be able to get an e92 335i and i really need some advice on what to look for in terms of specs and options. I currently have a 2010 GTi and love the car, but since i have the opportunity I might as well take advantage to look around and see what i can get. The price cap will probably be around 40K all together.
What I really want to know:
Automatic or manual? I have the DSG in my GTi and love it, but i know that the auto in the most 3 series isnt the DCT, so should i look at the auto, go straight for the manual, or take a look at the DCT
M-sport package. I want this thing to look aggressive straight from the factory. I'll be doing some small mods, but nothing extreme like fitting a new body kit.
Is there an e92 sweet spot i should know about? year, engine, transmission, etc. I know that they changed the engine recently, but don't really know which one is better. I'll be doing an engine tune, so it'd be nice to know what to look for.
As a last question, is there another car you'd recommend over the 335i? I'm open to other cars.
I'm sure I'll have a ton more questions, but this is all i can think of right now. The help would really be appreciated, I tend to know a good amount about cars, but i sometimes miss fine details like these.
Thanks again guys
- EJ Fitzpatrick
Last edited by Ej Fitzpatrick; 04-05-2012 at 02:41 AM.2012 Audi TT-RS
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04-05-2012, 03:38 AM #2
You'd want one with the N54.
Make sure it has an oil cooler.
Auto or 6 spd. is up to you. However, engine mods would make the 6 speed a better choice
If you plan on putting in a LSD, go with earlier years. Other than that all are pretty much the same.
They say late 06 + early 07 build dates have forged internals but it has yet to be proven.
04-05-2012, 01:14 PM #3
Hey, I had an '07 E90 335i, great car. Manual is a good choice, although the auto transmission is better than I expected, one of my friends had one with a JB4 ECU upgrade. Sport package is a must, you have to get those sport inflating seats, huge difference, you have a GTI, you probably know it by then. Also, get a JB4, no questions asked, 410 + hp vs. 300, total new car, quick as hell and more fuel efficient.
04-05-2012, 04:00 PM #4
-Transmission is taste and based on your drive if its your daily
-M sport package front bumper is garbage, don't get the package if you have the choice, get an actual M3 bumper
-07-08 had problems with their fuel pumps but BMW made the recall and will fix it for you if it hadn't already
Personally I would look at an A5 in comparison the E92, better interior by far (and I am huge on design)Software Engineer, User Experience Architect, Interface Designer, Technical Consultant, Mentor
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04-10-2012, 05:03 AM #5Member
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I loved my 2007 6 speed 335i. It was a great car and you will not be disappointed.“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
04-10-2012, 10:13 PM #6
If you're willing to spend 40k then spend a few more and get an '08 M3!
For the 335i, everything above is correct. They have an HPFP recall, an injector recall, and an oil retrofit for the early builds. Check and make sure it has an oil cooler (look for vents inside the front wheelwell of the passenger side front wheel). The HPFP and injector recalls aren't huge, but they will probably have to be done at some point (both covered by BMW).
Sport seats are a must. I would recommend a 6 speed if you want to mod it. Definitely get a JB4 or PROcede, makes a huge difference. Fun car overall!
04-10-2012, 11:04 PM #7
04-10-2012, 11:56 PM #8
wow, i just realized the huge response i got, thanks a ton guys. I actually went to the dealership the other day and was refused a test drive... It's the first time it's happened actually and I've driven much more expensive cars. Anyways, after being rejected from the BMW dealership (not the only one around, so i'll be going to one of the others) I've been taking a look at one of the new 2013 mustangs, i've heard that they're a great buy for performance and the interior has gotten a lot of better. Haven't been over to that dealership yet, so i can't comment with personal experience.
Once again guys, thanks a ton for the info and if there's anything else i should know, my ears are open.2012 Audi TT-RS
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04-11-2012, 01:04 AM #9Banned
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Get an 08' M3 for 40k, better yet an 06-07 M5
04-11-2012, 02:45 AM #10Junior Member
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