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      08-05-2017, 11:20 PM   #1
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So, my first official post here since I joined during the early part of this year.

I have always dreamt of owning a BMW and pretty much wanted it to be my first car. So, as soon as I finished up with grad school, I started looking out a 3 series across the states since I had a lot of preferences and wanted a decent number of choices. Waited for 8 months before I pulled the trigger on a CPO 2014 328xi M sport in EBII with just 9k miles on the ODO. It was reasonably loaded, missing the tech, dynamic handling packages and the HK system. I would have loved to have a 6MT but had to go with the 8AT with paddles because I did not want to miss out on this low mileage beauty.

I got a pretty good deal with all the new grad incentives and a couple of BMW specials (at the time). I was based out of Kansas City but bought the car from Circle BMW in NJ so flew in and drove back.

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I'm more focused on cosmetic mods than mechanical since I plan to keep the car stock to avoid any warranty issues. The only mechanical mod I would do is to upgrade to the Blue M sport calipers and probably the slotted rotors.

DIYs to date:
1. I replaced the rounded 11 slat grill with the more aggressive/ sportier 8 slat grill (I kinda like the chrome on the grill). Plan to replace that with the black grill in the near future.
Tip: Easiest way to take the grills off without removing the front bumper is to use the hook of a shirt hanger. 20 mins tops to swap.

2. Blue contrast stitching in the entire car. I only did this over weekends so it took a while, but boy was it worth all the time and effort (and lots of sweat!)

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This picture was taken while doing the front seats. Thanks to roll_the_dice for introducing me to this from his build post.

DIYs to come:
1. LCI radio/AC trim upgrade to improve the interior ambient lighting.
2. Rear diffuser.
3. Any suggestions?

Coding:
Thanks to the numerous coding guides on the forum, I was able to code the following:

1. Windows to fold on long key press and comfort access.
2. mph on the instrument cluster.
3. ///M welcome on the idrive screen
4. M performance welcome on the instrument cluster data screen.
5. Doors unlock on ignition off.
6. Remember last AC and ASS setting.
7. Tire temperature in the TPMS display.

That brings me to the end of my post. I'll keep updating and contributing to the forum to the best of my ability.

Thanks for reading, guys. I would gladly answer any of your questions and also welcome any comments/suggestions.

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      08-05-2017, 11:43 PM   #2
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nice car congratulations. Wow you did the blue stitching yourself? thats impressive I don't think I read that anyone tackled such a project. looks real nice enjoy your ride
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      08-05-2017, 11:53 PM   #3
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nice car congratulations. Wow you did the blue stitching yourself? thats impressive I don't think I read that anyone tackled such a project. looks real nice enjoy your ride
Thank you. Yes, it's actually not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Just takes a lot of patience to get it done. A couple of them did take on this project which is what got me interested, because the blue stitching really stands out.
Check this thread out: http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1387402
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      08-06-2017, 12:34 AM   #4
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9k on a 2014 is mighty low mileage. Nice catch. Like most ppl here, ebii is my fav color
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      08-06-2017, 01:01 AM   #5
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9k on a 2014 is mighty low mileage. Nice catch. Like most ppl here, ebii is my fav color
Thanks. EBII is my fav. F30 color too, although I like a lot of other colors offered on the F80 and F32.
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Nice car, he didn't.
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Great job on the stitching- I read roll the dices thread and my back hurts just thinking about it so hats off to you! Black accents work well with EBII. Some interior mods are the carbon Fibre gear selector and surround and Alcantara arm rest.... you could do the full m performance interior.... I'm considering it. Clean look on the rear.... aka remove the badges? Good luck and enjoy!
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      08-06-2017, 11:34 AM   #10
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Nice car, he didn't.
Thank you. The car has been great. No regrets at all.
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Don't need much else
Definitely considering non runflats. Will have to look into the stage 1 tune.
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Great job on the stitching- I read roll the dices thread and my back hurts just thinking about it so hats off to you! Black accents work well with EBII. Some interior mods are the carbon Fibre gear selector and surround and Alcantara arm rest.... you could do the full m performance interior.... I'm considering it. Clean look on the rear.... aka remove the badges? Good luck and enjoy!
Thank you. Oh yeah, the back aches suck. Its particularly difficult to reach into every nook and corner without removing the seats but definitely possible.

I like the M performance interior and will consider it too. Haven't considered de-badging at this time but I'll look into that. Appreciate the suggestions.
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I switched to Michelin Pilot Super Sports and it was a night and day difference compared to the summer runflats that come with the car. It will completely transform the way the car drives.
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Nice ride! 2nd the Pilot Super Sports and you might consider black grilles instead of chrome. Tune for sure!
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I switched to Michelin Pilot Super Sports and it was a night and day difference compared to the summer runflats that come with the car. It will completely transform the way the car drives.
I currently have the Pirelli P7 All season RFTs. Michelin PSS would still be an improvement?
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Nice ride! 2nd the Pilot Super Sports and you might consider black grilles instead of chrome. Tune for sure!
Thanks. Yes, I plan to switch to the black grills soon. Will consider tune in the long run.
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Congrats! How about painted reflector replacements? Just did the front ones myself...easy and inexpensive.
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Congrats! How about painted reflector replacements? Just did the front ones myself...easy and inexpensive.
Thanks! Where did you get them painted and how much did it cost?
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Thanks! Where did you get them painted and how much did it cost?
You can find them at multiple online stores, and they come pre-painted. PM me for details on where i bought. About $80 for both. As the only orange thing on the car, they gotta go.

These are for Sport Line, you'll need the ones for M Sport...
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Congrats and nice car! First car I purchased right out of college was a new 09 135i. Custom ordered, PCD. Another "first car done right". I worked hard work through school, got a good job, and saved up a hefty down payment, so I took great pride in that purchase. Sounds like you might have a similar story. Congrats!
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Very nice car, congratulations. M Sport counts for a lot, so few 3'ers on the road seem to have that.

Amazing job on the blue stitching. Wow.

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Congrats and nice car! First car I purchased right out of college was a new 09 135i. Custom ordered, PCD. Another "first car done right". I worked hard work through school, got a good job, and saved up a hefty down payment, so I took great pride in that purchase. Sounds like you might have a similar story. Congrats!
Thank you! Pretty much the same story here. Slogged through grad school, stabilized my finances and waited for the right time and deal before I pulled the trigger. It's a great feeling.

Congratulations to you too. It's great to hear a similar story.

I must say that some credit must be given to BMW for introducing a great college grad program to encourage the younger generation to pursue their dream. Not sure if the such a program was available a decade ago.
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