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Old 04-20-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Buying E90 Advice!

I'm looking to purchase an E90 for the wife, but I have several questions..

I'm looking for a 2006-2008, whichever is the best option (price + mileage + options etc)... My question to you guys is, is it worth it?

What are the major problems you guys have faced with these cars?

How much money have you spent fixing the car if any?

The reason why I ask these questions is because, I have several friends who drive E90's and some have had minor problems while others have had major problems... I had an E46 that barely ever gave me problems and last me 12 years... I currently drive an F10 and "knock on wood" it has given me zero problems till this point..

Thank you guys for the input in advance!
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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Are you looking for a 328 or 335? There are some things specific to the 335 that the 328 doesn't have, mostly due to the turbos and stuff required to run the turbos. But like an E46 (or any other car) proper maintenance will prevent most major problems. Also I guess you could get lucky or unlucky and get a good or bad example. I don't think the E90 in general has more problems than an E46. Also, if you can buy CPO from a dealership, a lot of people recommend buying an extended warranty for it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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I haven't really chosen between the two, whichever one makes more sense for me to buy I'll buy, it will come down to the best available one, as far as color, interior etc..
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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Also, 2006 model year sedans, while the chassis is an E90, the engine is still the same as the E46, meaning you have a 325 or 330. And if you're looking at 2007 335i, make sure to get one built after March, because that's when they put an oil cooler in. The ones build before didn't come with one from the factory.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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Also, 2006 model year sedans, while the chassis is an E90, the engine is still the same as the E46, meaning you have a 325 or 330. And if you're looking at 2007 335i, make sure to get one built after March, because that's when they put an oil cooler in. The ones build before didn't come with one from the factory.
Awesome, thank you for your knowledge!
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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You specified 2006 to 2008, but the 2009 and laters are more refined to the run flat tires. My wife's 2007 rides a lot rougher over bumps than my 2011 does. It is partially the newer tires that I have and partially a better refined suspension. I was told by the service department that the later E90s were more refined.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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Also, 2006 model year sedans, while the chassis is an E90, the engine is still the same as the E46, meaning you have a 325 or 330.
Incorrect. N52 is a totally different design.

OP. Ive had an alternator and window regulator go in my E90. Not that big a deal to DIY.





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Old 04-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Incorrect. N52 is a totally different design.
Sorry, you're right. But either way, the 2006 comes as a 325 or 330, then 2007 got another new set of engines for the 328 and 335.
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