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Old 04-03-2012, 10:08 AM #1849
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Welp. I would have bought that e30 Sunday if it hadn't of been a ranch vehicle for all 130,000 miles. Time to save more and keep looking.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:27 PM #1850
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i want to ditch my vaders for recaro speeds
Yeah one of these days Ill be getting a real racing seat, probably fixed back though. In the mean time I can't really justify a full race seat with stock 3 point for a dd. Plus Im not really trying to get pulled over while sitting in a race seat...

I'll have to pull the drivers seat one of these days and take a looksie.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:29 PM #1851
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recaro speeds are like the perfect middle ground




i'd never get a fixed back seat in a car that's not only driven on the track
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:06 AM #1852
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I'm looking at small-midsize sedans to replace my wife's Volvo XC90 T6 because her new job has her commuting further now and the Volvo doesn't get the greatest mileage.

We're looking at 06+ 3 series sedan (330i or 328i) for around $18,500 w/ 60,000 miles or less. I've been told that a 325i isn't worth wasting money on? Anyways I've read plenty of good reviews on the 330i between several bmw forums, some have even said its probably the most reliable of the newer generations.

I'm not afraid of performing required maintenance if and when it is needed. I expect that we'll keep this vehicle at minimum 4 years averaging 10k miles per year.

Any opinions between 330i (I know it was an 06 model year only) or the 328i's? What would make the 330i so much better especially being a first year body change vehicle? Typically those tend to have the quirks.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:35 AM #1853
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E90s with n51s or n52s, the non turbo charged engines, really stayed very consistent as far as reliability and common problems. I see the same common issues on cars throughout the entire range of years the E90s were produced. n54s and n55s had some issues all there own, but it doesn't sound like you are looking into the turbo models.

Personally, I think you can find an e90 with some CPO warranty left over within your price range, and that is your best option. You say you want to do your own maintenance, which is fine as long as it's very basic stuff, but these cars require a lot of factory programming and diagnostics to be repaired correctly. There was a very large jump from e46 to e90 as far as technology went, and with that came the need for a lot of factory diagnostic equipment, so keep that in mind.

As far as common e90 problems, you have oil filter housings leaking oil, valve cover gaskets leaking oil, n52 magnesium valve cover bolts breaking in the heads, axle seals leaking, pinion seals leaking, lifter tapping, mechatronics sealing sleeves leaking transmission fluid, door lock mechanisms, etc.

Tires are expensive at about $250 a tire now for factory run flats, which unless you buy a separate spare and fill your trunk with it, you would need the run flats.

If the gas mileage is your primary reason for wanting to move into an e90, look at something else. They aren't good on fuel. I have 3 tanks of premium through my 2011 328xi since I got it 2 weeks ago, and I'm only getting about 21mpg. I am also a much slower, much more easy going driver then most. Anyone with a heavy foot won't even be seeing over 20mpg.

Like I said, I think you can get something in your price range with an extended coverage plan that is still active, and you should jump on that.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:28 AM #1854
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Lucidus, I really appreciate the detailed response. You've really helped out.

Realistically I figured I could find a nice 330i or 328i with less than 60k miles and a CPO warranty however it seems those are still in the $20k range. As far as performing my own maintenance you were correct in your assumption. I have no problem performing simple maintenance but I'll be happy to let my local euro shop handle anything technical.

I hope to find a vehicle that has had the run flats swapped with some better tires especially since my price range has me looking at vehicles with 50k miles or more. I would assume tires would have been replaced by that time.

Gas mileage isn't the biggest reason, its more or less an "excuse" to get something different. My wife's XC90 is an 04 with just about 100k on it. Right now its averaging 16-18mpg. We've had it 3 years and put about 40k miles on it. Its paid for of course, so we'd hope to get $10k selling it out right and trying to finance around $9-10k on the BMW purchase.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:56 AM #1855
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i've never owned or worked on e90s but i did beat the absolute piss out of the 330i's when they first came out thanks to BMW's ultimate driving experience thing they did one year at shea stadium. good times were had.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:14 PM #1856
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So I need some advice on a clutch problem my e36 is giving me.

Basically, the clutch sometime engages too much, and sometimes barely engages. Most the time it drives as it should, but every now and then I will shift into a gear and hit the gas and it will just rev up, hardly engaging at all. At other times, I will have the clutch fully depressed and then it will be hard to shift gears as if it is still engaged, and then when I shift it holds strong.

I have replaced both my clutch master and slave cylinders, any advice on where to go from here before I replace the clutch? I feel like this is not really something a new clutch will fix, and don't want to replace it if it is not the problem. Any guidance would be great.

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:16 PM #1857
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Sounds like the pressure plate to me.

How old is the clutch? If its decently old, I would replace the whole thing.
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I have no records of when the clutch was last replaced, if ever, and was planning on replacing it all, but only wanted to after I ruled out other options.

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Old 04-09-2012, 07:07 PM #1859
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Took my uncles e36 to a euro shop for a compression test and to have them check it over. Everything checked out, buying it tomorrow night. I'll get some pics, but it's a 94' 325is M-technic, 5 sp, 65000 miles. Been driving it around today, I love this thing
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:36 PM #1860
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very nice how much?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:46 PM #1861
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:53 PM #1862
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seems like a good deal to me.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:14 PM #1863
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I'm still searching for an e30 after that Orlando ranch car. It'll come eventually.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:35 AM #1864
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I didn't think it was a bad price. The interior is near flawless, the exterior needs some work, but it's not bad. it's an M-technic too, so everything is M3 but the motor.

The only thing making me nervous is a sound I just started hearing this morning. I was wondering if any of you guys culd narrow it down.

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Old 04-10-2012, 08:42 AM #1865
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get a stethoscope and try to pinpoint where it's coming from


also, GIVE ME YOUR ****ING DOOR HANDLES. god damn i want those m-technic handles so bad...
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It sounds like it's coming front the front of the valve cover, the sexposed painted part right behind the shroud assembly.

Some guy on bimmerforums said the doorhandles were rare, I assumed all M cars had them lol
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:52 AM #1867
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nope, only the m-technics.

it could be the vanos, but vanos noise usually isn't a knocking kinda noise like that. check your pulleys.
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I'm looking at small-midsize sedans to replace my wife's Volvo XC90 T6 because her new job has her commuting further now and the Volvo doesn't get the greatest mileage.

We're looking at 06+ 3 series sedan (330i or 328i) for around $18,500 w/ 60,000 miles or less. I've been told that a 325i isn't worth wasting money on? Anyways I've read plenty of good reviews on the 330i between several bmw forums, some have even said its probably the most reliable of the newer generations.

I'm not afraid of performing required maintenance if and when it is needed. I expect that we'll keep this vehicle at minimum 4 years averaging 10k miles per year.

Any opinions between 330i (I know it was an 06 model year only) or the 328i's? What would make the 330i so much better especially being a first year body change vehicle? Typically those tend to have the quirks.

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I'd pass. I hated my 328 loaner. Slow as balls, tons of body roll, and terrible mileage for how slow it was.
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nope, only the m-technics.

it could be the vanos, but vanos noise usually isn't a knocking kinda noise like that. check your pulleys.
Good call. I talked to my uncle and he said the noise comes and goes, but I guess his mechanic looked at it and was thinking pullies as well.
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