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      08-12-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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Liquid Blue Metallic 320i xDrive Journal

Back in February I bought a 2015 320i xDrive CPO. I created his thread to share and document my experiences with this car. It's my daily driver and while I don't intend on tracking it there will be some performance upgrades added along with interior and exterior mods I have planned.

With 49,000 miles on it now maintenance will be due soon such as brakes, tires, serpentine belt and tensioner, and fluid flushes. Here is a list of things I've done to it already.

Mods:
  • aFe Pro 5R drop-in replacement air filter
  • Mishimoto oil catch can kit

Cosmetics:
  • PPF on the hood
  • Window tint (40%)

Maintenance
  • Liqui Moly Special Tec LL 5W30 oil
  • Mann oil filter
  • Corteco proTect cabin air filter
  • Bosch wiper blades

Accessories:
  • Tan leather key fob case

Tools
  • CTA oil filter wrench

I love this car. It may only be a base model, but that doesn't make it any less fun to drive. I upgraded from a 2004 330xi with a 6-speed manual transmission. While I enjoy driving manual I don't miss it at all. The 8-speed ZF transmission in the F30 is fast, smooth, and extremely durable. If anyone knows from experience if I can code in Sport Auto Trans to the transmission module using Bimmercode let me know. The only reason I've hesitated buying it is because I'm not entirely sure this feature will be available for this model through their app.

Next post I'll go over my current detailing supply which is growing weekly. And there's an oil sample going to Blackstone shortly.
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      08-13-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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Great looking car! And i believe bimmercode can. Check out this for supported options: https://bimmercode.app/cars/f30/

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For this option the following control unit has to be available in the car: “Transmission Control Unit” GKEB23
If not, check over in the coding forum to get up to speed on esys. It can be done there as well
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      08-15-2019, 01:55 PM   #3
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After spending the better half of last night frustrated that there wasn't a decent exhaust option for the 320i that didn't require a new bumper or bumper modification I finally found a kit to piece together from Supersprint. The smaller diameter exhaust found on the 320 makes it difficult to use a kit intended for the 328.

This package will retain the factory downpipe and front pipe while replacing and eliminating the center resonator and upgrading the rear muffler.

Center Resonator Delete: 048013
Rear Muffler: 048004
Exhaust Clamp: 18307560779 (x2)

Both Supersprint parts are special order from Turner Motorsport. I'm going to start by installing the center resonator delete and see what kind of sound that yields and upgrade to the rear muffler afterwards. At the end of the day it should produce a respectable sound that won't involve breaking the bank. All together you're in for under $1,000. It's only a 320 after all.
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Back in February I bought a 2015 320i xDrive CPO. I created his thread to share and document my experiences with this car. It's my daily driver and while I don't intend on tracking it there will be some performance upgrades added along with interior and exterior mods I have planned.

With 49,000 miles on it now maintenance will be due soon such as brakes, tires, serpentine belt and tensioner, and fluid flushes. Here is a list of things I've done to it already.

Mods:
  • aFe Pro 5R drop-in replacement air filter
  • Mishimoto oil catch can kit

Cosmetics:
  • PPF on the hood
  • Window tint (40%)

Maintenance
  • Liqui Moly Special Tec LL 5W30 oil
  • Mann oil filter
  • Corteco proTect cabin air filter
  • Bosch wiper blades

Accessories:
  • Tan leather key fob case

Tools
  • CTA oil filter wrench

I love this car. It may only be a base model, but that doesn't make it any less fun to drive. I upgraded from a 2004 330xi with a 6-speed manual transmission. While I enjoy driving manual I don't miss it at all. The 8-speed ZF transmission in the F30 is fast, smooth, and extremely durable. If anyone knows from experience if I can code in Sport Auto Trans to the transmission module using Bimmercode let me know. The only reason I've hesitated buying it is because I'm not entirely sure this feature will be available for this model through their app.

Next post I'll go over my current detailing supply which is growing weekly. And there's an oil sample going to Blackstone shortly.
I have a 2016 320I, also CPO, and you can definitely code SAT with Bimmercode. However it will turn your car into a bucking bronco at low speed due to the extremely aggressive downshifts.
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      08-15-2019, 03:32 PM   #5
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I have a 2016 320I, also CPO, and you can definitely code SAT with Bimmercode. However it will turn your car into a bucking bronco at low speed due to the extremely aggressive downshifts.
LOL good to know. I probably wouldn't keep it coded full time. Most of my driving is commuting back and forth to work, 75 miles one way.
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I have a 2016 320I, also CPO, and you can definitely code SAT with Bimmercode. However it will turn your car into a bucking bronco at low speed due to the extremely aggressive downshifts.
LOL good to know. I probably wouldn't keep it coded full time. Most of my driving is commuting back and forth to work, 75 miles one way.
My setup, at least while under warranty, is BMS Stage 1 with Sport+ coded and I drive with the shifter to the left exclusively. Very responsive and fun to drive for a 320I.
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Performed a full detail today. It's not often I go more than a week without cleaning my car in some capacity, but sometimes life gets in the way. Spent half an afternoon going through the wheels, body, and interior. I will usually split it up every week so I'm not committing so much time at once to it.

Anyways here is my arsenal of tools and chemicals today. Not shown are the various microfiber towels since I couldn't display them without risking getting them dirty.

My Adam's collection will be growing substantially this week. After trying a few other brands they have the best quality for consumer grade products.
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Adams and Chemical Guys are the best products I've come across, especially for metallic colors.
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      09-15-2019, 07:02 PM   #9
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I finally picked up a Dinan sport tuner. The installation was quick and simple. The compact size allows it to remain hidden, sort of, and not detract from the look of a clean engine bay. One issue I have is with the app. It can sometimes take a while to switch between tunes as it doesn't always read the command you're entering. I have an iphone XR so I doubt it's the hardware. I've found closing the app and reopening usually fixes this.

My thoughts are mixed on the performance. It's definitely noticeable, but not as much as I was expecting. It gives the car some extra power on the highway when merging or passing. For everyday driving I like to keep tuner in sport mode and then switch the car between comfort and sport depending on where I'm going and the type of driving I'll be doing.

After all I'm only working with 180hp from the factory. If you're looking for a simple inexpensive tuner this certainly fits the bill. Otherwise if you need a tuner to compliment turbo and exhaust mods you'll want to look into one of the more advanced ecu tunes.

Switching gears (no pun intended) I still need to mail in my Blackstone Labs oil sample. That will go in the mail tomorrow and I think it takes maybe 2 weeks to get the results back. I'll post them here once I do.
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Nice! I dig the color.
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