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The E9X is the latest evolution of the BMW 3 series including the highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! Post questions about "upgrading" from your current E46 here or jump over to E90Fanatics.com!

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Old 12-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi,

I used to frequent e46fanatics, and now am looking at upgrading to an e90. Thought I'd see if you all have any thoughts.

Current car: 2004 325CI, auto, silver w/ black Int. 97,000 miles, sport package, xenons, HID fogs, sunroof, focal upgraded audio system.

I'm looking for more power and 4-doors. I am thinking a 335i with sports package or mpackage, HK sound (to save myself from a complete gut of the av system), heated front seats, and the addition of the dinan performance chip to boost it to about 360 hp.

What do you guys think? Is the HK sound any good? Any major differences between years? I see different listings for gas mileage...

Comments and criticism are appreciated. I don't do any engine work, so I am a noob in that regards, only have done interior and a/v work.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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I used to have an e46 325 that was equipped with dinan stage 3 mods. Loved the HELL out of that car. But eventually I had to sell it and upgraded to a 328 e90. I love the car now but doing mods on it is a lot more expensive.

I say do it but you'll always regret it


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Old 12-11-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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I had an 2008 BMW 335i E90 myself and it's a fun car. Tons of potential for power and super comfortable to drive!

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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Dinan chip is very expensive, compared to what else is available. JB4 and Cobb accessport are 2 of the cheapest and easiest to use. JB4 requires you opening up the ECU box and physically installing a module (basic household tools and 45 min - 1 hour of your time is needed), and Cobb just plugs into the OBD II port and flashes the new maps in.

Sport package is a must. The sport seats alone are worth it, and it comes with slightly lower suspension and 18" wheels instead of 17".

As for the HK sound, personally I can't really complain about it, but I'm not an audiophile or anything. Several other people have complained about it not being as good as what they would expect from something that you have to pay extra for. Just give it a try and see if you like it or not.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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We have the COBB V2 on clearance right now while supplies last! Better get on it before it sells out!

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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I just went from a 2000 323i that I loved, to a 2009 335i coupe w/Xdrive. I have had the car since the summer. But I haven't been driving it because it seems to delicate an I was afraid to crap it up. (I am very particular with my car, and I want it to be perfect all the time). Anyhow, my land cruiser just lost its brakes so I have been forced to drive my 335i - in the snowy street of Madison, WI - and I TOTALLY love this car! I don't even have winter tires yet. But, it feels great. Much better than my e46 with winters on. I wish I had the four doors. I will say go for it!

I was planing to keep my in pristine condition as a pleasure ride for many years, but now I am thinking to make it my dd and get something with four doors when my warranty expires ( I am afraid of costly repairs in a 335).


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Old 12-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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We've had lots of experience with E46s. The wife had a 2000 323iT, then a 2001 325xiT, then a 2007 328xi, now a 2013 328xi. I've had a 2001 330i sedan, then a 2005 325iT, and now a 2011 328iT. All were automatics except the latest 2011 wagon, which is a six speed manual.

The E90 has a lot more power than the E46. The electronics are upgraded and easier to set more things from the dashboard instead of paying the dealer. The bad is that the car is slightly larger, whereas the E46 seemed perfectly sized, it has run flats, which gets rid of a heavy spare tire, but rides a lot rougher and is noisier when the car goes over bumps, plus the tires and mounting are more expensive. The automatic in the E46 is a nice 5 speed whereas the E90 328 tranny in my wife's 2007 was sloppy. I think the 335i automatic is better. Also, the early 335i cars had some reliability issues. I think the later model E90s ride a bit better with the run flats and the six speed manual is the best and easiest to use manual I've ever had. It is a pleasure to drive and has plenty of power.

My son has a I35i with a seven speed auto that is so fast you don't use much of the throttle driving around town and on short trips. My 328 seems to be more fun as you get to rev up the engine a bit more. The 328 has all the power you need, but if you want more, the 335i is a must and too bad it is not offered in the wagon.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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Really? You think the E90 6 speed manual is the best and easiest to use? Ease to use I wouldn't argue, but far from the best I think. The clutch travel is too long, first to second is incredibly notchy and rough (more so than most BMWs are). And that stupid CDV is, well, stupid. I really need to get unlazy and just take the damn thing out.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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I am comparing it to what I have owned: Mini Cooper, WRX, E30 318i, Dasher, Duster, etc. I am not claiming it is the best stick shift out there. Maybe my standards are more limited and lower than yours!
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:22 PM   #10
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Well the things I've driven that I can compare it to, a diesel Jetta, Toyota MR2 turbo, and a Porsche 944 turbo. Out of those 3 + E90, I'd rank the MR2 as the best, 944 2nd, E90 3rd, and Jetta last (but that could also be because it's a diesel with a stupid low amount of power).
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:38 PM   #11
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I went from a 330i 5 speed to a 335i 6 speed AT w/paddles... never looking back! I do wish I had my old interior though... suede... sexy
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