Would you buy a 335i?

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Would you buy a 335i?

Post by lukas » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:26 pm

I've been looking for something fast and cheap recently, and the E92 335i has caught my attention with 2006 - 2008 sub 100k examples available for well under £10k. The cars are generally very tidy and well specced, and obviously very rapid.

The downside is that from what i'm hearing the engine is rather fragile (or at least the bits bolted to it are ). So the question is is it worth the risk at that kind of age? Pricing in the cost of a warranty is an option, but with £520 road tax and mid 20's mpg the running costs will be high. And I don't want a high risk of ending up stranded at the road-side. But then again it is really fast. Has anybody run one of these recently?

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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by Maccy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:17 pm

You will need a warranty, otherwise it could get very expensive!
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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by Kerr » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:54 pm

They aren't all £520 per year road tax. From memory they dropped to a lower band on 57/08 plates.

I really liked my E92 335i. My turbos were replaced under warranty due to loose wastegates and my water pump failed at 6 years old with over 80,000 miles.

Warranties used to be cheap if under 60,000 miles. I'm sure my warranty with BMW was £340.

Prices have clearly gone up if £10k gets a 2006-2008 car now.

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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by lukas » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:21 pm

When I say well under £10k I was meaning more around the £7k - £8k mark for a very tidy example from a (non-bmw) dealer.
Interesting that the tax band dropped around 2008, I hadn't spotted that.

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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by david in germany » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:25 pm

I have an 09 335i and absolutely love it! Yes, it has the turbo rattles but a simple Cobb tune makes it amazing. Faster than any stock E9x m3 you will ever find, comfortable and very well handling. If you want fast? Bolt one and a tune and you will embarrass cars that cost 4 times as much. :spotman:
I ran a panamera 4s this morning on the autobahn and he was too embarrassed or angry to get of my way. he started fast but I pulled him in with ease.

If you do decide to pick one up, make sure you track one down with sport package or M Sport.
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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by Boombap » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:24 am

Only reason I'd buy one is if I was planning on tuning it, then of course there'd be no point having a warranty.

Wastegate rattle is what puts me off, as do I really want to be hearing a noise that develops due to a design issue?

The actual engine isn't fragile though, it is forged and there's people running crazy numbers. Probably on uprated turbos though as you wouldn't want the wastegate rattle again ;)
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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by GBC80 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:11 pm

I really like those...however a colleague of mine had nothing but problems with his...fuel pump, then the auto box went and a few other bits...cost him more than 7 grand in repairs before he flogged it. I think he was extremely unlucky and got a real lemon tbh...mileage is relative...i sold my E60 with 104K and I'm sure the guy who bought it will be happy because it was still ticking perfectly and i always serviced the car properly without any expense spared.
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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by mick.86uk » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:45 pm

I've owned a few 335i E92 coupes in the past.

First one was a manual 07 with 90k miles, only part that failed was the electric water pump which was around £300. The annoying wastegate rattle can be silenced by tightening the actuator rod as it was only one turbo that rattled on mine which was easy to reach.

The second was a 59 plate with 110k miles, had an issue with a boost fault code 30FF when running the JB4, I replaced the vacuum hoses as they had become brittle and two boost solenoids (pressure converters) and all was running perfect again.
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Re: Would you buy a 335i?

Post by Kerr » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:34 pm

david in germany wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:25 pm


If you do decide to pick one up, make sure you track one down with sport package or M Sport.
In the E92(not E90/91)guise the SE has sport suspension unless they ticket the box to remove it when built.

It also comes with sport seats.

The SE front bumper has really nice splitters available for it. Also the 230 style wheels are a lovely wheel.

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