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Old 08-30-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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i just bought a 335i !!! (first time bmw owner) what should i do first?

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Some of you guys might have read my other thread in the general forum. So I decided to go with the one I was talking about.

I just bought an alpine white 2003 325i with 31k miles for $18800. Pretty basic. No extra options or anything. Tan leather and automatic. It''s in really nice condition! I'm so happy!

What should I do first? Are there any mandatory performance upgrades I should do? Sway bar? Different wheels? Better tires?

I'm suppose to use synthetic oil only right?

What mods or performance enhancers do you recommend? Thanks!

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Old 08-30-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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Some of you guys might have read my other thread in the general forum. So I decided to go with the one I was talking about.

I just bought an alpine white 2003 335i with 31k miles for $18800. Pretty basic. No extra options or anything. Tan leather and automatic. It''s in really nice condition! I'm so happy!

What should I do first? Are there any mandatory performance upgrades I should do? Sway bar? Different wheels? Better tires?

I'm suppose to use synthetic oil only right?

What mods or performance enhancers do you recommend? Thanks!
So very, very confused right now.......
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:52 PM   #3
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I'd love to have a 2003 335i. Is yours a twin turbo?
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:58 PM   #4
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Im guessing its a 325 due to the price he paid but idk really

I wish there was a 03 335
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:59 PM   #5
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:59 PM   #6
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crap... mods can you take care of this for me?
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:01 PM   #7
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Im guessing its a 325 due to the price he paid but idk really

I wish there was a 03 335
But he wrote it TWICE! lol

And 18,800 seems a bit steep for private party, no?
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:04 PM   #8
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ya... i mean for a 335i it would have been a steal, but 2003 325i ?
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:09 PM   #9
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ya... i mean for a 335i it would have been a steal, but 2003 325i ?
I mean even for a 325... 18,800 seems a bit much to me. Especially with no options...
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:13 PM   #10
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I mean even for a 325... 18,800 seems a bit much to me. Especially with no options...
31k miles, 1 owner, really nice condition, bought from a dealer, get a 3mo./3k warranty.

did i overpay?
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:23 PM   #11
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31k?? i guess it was a weekend car.. or an old lady drove it to the grocery store, hairdressers and church every weekend.

synthetic only.. do what you want to do with it. clear corners, wheels, suspension. go from there
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:27 PM   #12
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31k miles, 1 owner, really nice condition, bought from a dealer, get a 3mo./3k warranty.

did i overpay?
....3mo warranty? Is that even enough to get an oil change out of? I've never heard of that before. You say dealer, but was this a BMW dealer, or a used car lot?

I honestly don't know what they go for, but if you're happy with your purchase, then it really doesn't matter. Think of it as buying a piece of art....... it's worth what you're willing to pay for it


EDIT: Looks like that's about right for pricing, so no worries!


EDIT 2: As for mods, I personally went the aesthetic route since these cars will never be the fastest in the world (19" wheels don't much help with acceleration, lol). But I also went with an intake (Cosmos Racing... cheap and as effective as any other), new suspension (a must if you get new wheels... well... a must no matter what really, haha) and strut bar (helped with body contortion a bit, so it minimizes creaking nicely). So you really have to decide if you want to dump your money into minimal power upgrades, aesthetics, or handling (or dabble in all the above.) Most go for aesthetics, with handling a close second... the rest just like to pretend they go faster with the other stuff or dump a crap load of cash on a supercharger.

Happy modding, and welcome!
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:33 PM   #13
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Found it at a Porsche dealer that specializes in Euro cars. I think it was probably the cheapest car on the lot!
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #14
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yea you overpaid. a '03 330i zhp manual with about 50k miles goes for about 17k.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-...=p4506.c0.m245
Sorry, but the STEALership gotcha this time
your car's worth about 15k maybe??

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Old 08-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #15
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first mod should be tint, and then i'd go for CFL's for the head lights AKA Angel Eye's.....
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:29 AM   #16
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yea you overpaid. a '03 330i zhp manual with about 50k miles goes for about 17k.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-...=p4506.c0.m245
Sorry, but the STEALership gotcha this time
your car's worth about 15k maybe??
That has 58600 miles and is a manual and sold as-is with no warranty.

Mine has almost half the miles, auto, had it inspected before I bought it and comes with a 3mo/3k warranty (at least something) and includes a couple free oil changes.
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:50 AM   #17
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That has 58600 miles and is a manual and sold as-is with no warranty.

Mine has almost half the miles, auto, had it inspected before I bought it and comes with a 3mo/3k warranty (at least something) and includes a couple free oil changes.
There is no point of beating yourself if you got a good deal or a bad deal for your car. There is always a better deal out there...

Congrats!
Any mods plan for your car? Pics???
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dont pull hairs about the price you paid for it. its in the past now, enjoy your Ultimate Driving Machine and post pics
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dont pull hairs about the price you paid for it. its in the past now, enjoy your Ultimate Driving Machine and post pics
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