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      08-10-2018, 11:28 AM   #1
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Purchased a 335i X-drive M Sport! Now what?

Hi all,
Thank you to everyone that chimed in and helped me through the process of deciding on my new car. All of the input really helped me!

Yesterday, I purchased the following:

2015 335i X-drive M sport package pretty well loaded. It has CPO and Maintenance through September 2020, no mileage cap. According to my dealer, the car was ranked #1 of 264 vehicles across the region by some independent ranking system BMW uses. I forget what it was called.

I am over the moon.

Questions for all of you:

1. What are the essential car care products I should pick up? Specifically looking for recommendations on a wash and wax I can use for home washes.

2. Any mods (quick DIY or otherwise) to do that won't void my warranty/service plan?
3. Any onboard set up tips/tricks you can share?


Thank you all again. I am a newb to all of this but... loving the ride so far!


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      08-10-2018, 11:34 AM   #2
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I would get your money back from the maintenance package. i was sold into it but i cancelled it and got my money back...

depending on your mileage in the next two years what maintenance will you get... at most two or three oil changes... maybe a brake service... is that worth the $2k plus that you paid for it???? doesnt even cut close... and on top of that, the dealership will only service your car when the computer tells you too.. jus some food for thought...

congrats on the purchase... you gonna love the car!!!
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I would get your money back from the maintenance package. i was sold into it but i cancelled it and got my money back...

depending on your mileage in the next two years what maintenance will you get... at most two or three oil changes... maybe a brake service... is that worth the $2k plus that you paid for it???? doesnt even cut close... and on top of that, the dealership will only service your car when the computer tells you too.. jus some food for thought...

congrats on the purchase... you gonna love the car!!!

I drive about 23K per year so I will do almost 50K in that time. That's 5 oil changes, brakes and a number of other 50K and 75K services. I paid $1500 for it and wanted to be on the safe side of things.
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I drive about 23K per year so I will do almost 50K in that time. That's 5 oil changes, brakes and a number of other 50K and 75K services. I paid $1500 for it and wanted to be on the safe side of things.
23k a year, then you def would want that for the peace of mind... i hope you maximize that maintenance plan and get every single dollar out of it!

i hit less than 10k and it was just not worth it for my car...

im assuming you dont want to void warranty so a tune and downpipe are out of the picture.... however if you ever plan on tuning your car... i would recommend replacing the factory charge pip with a metal one... they are known to blow up from spirited driving on stock engines...

an exhaust will definitely open up the n55 engine and will sound good. beyond that there the basic cosmetic mods you can do. Wheels will change the entire look of your car as well

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1. I use Adam's polishes detailing stuff and Meguiars regular car wash stuff. It just depends on your preference, but wouldn't recommend the off-brand stuff you find at walmart. Mothers, Turtle Wax, Chemical Guys, etc. all make good products. I pretty much go for what's accessible and cost effective.

2. I made a thread for quick/cheap mods. Take a look for starters.
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1437440

But obviously there are a lot of other things you can do like wheels, exterior trim (lips/diffusers/spoiler), interior trim, etc. If all you're concerned about is the engine/transmission/drivetrain like most people, then just don't touch anything that affects those.

3. Check out the coding section. There are several apps like Carly that you can download to do some coding bits easily. I bought the cable but did the coding myself to save some cash.
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=696777
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1. I use Adam's polishes detailing stuff and Meguiars regular car wash stuff. It just depends on your preference, but wouldn't recommend the off-brand stuff you find at walmart. Mothers, Turtle Wax, Chemical Guys, etc. all make good products. I pretty much go for what's accessible and cost effective.

2. I made a thread for quick/cheap mods. Take a look for starters.
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1437440

But obviously there are a lot of other things you can do like wheels, exterior trim (lips/diffusers/spoiler), interior trim, etc. If all you're concerned about is the engine/transmission/drivetrain like most people, then just don't touch anything that affects those.

3. Check out the coding section. There are several apps like Carly that you can download to do some coding bits easily. I bought the cable but did the coding myself to save some cash.
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=696777


Awesome stuff. Ty!
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Congrats - very nice car.

Depending on how long you may want to keep the vehicle, coilovers will significantly improve the suspension behavior. xDrive equipped vehicles have a base suspension.
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Congrats - very nice car.

Depending on how long you may want to keep the vehicle, coilovers will significantly improve the suspension behavior. xDrive equipped vehicles have a base suspension.
Will this void my warranty? What is the cost to do this?
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      08-11-2018, 10:02 AM   #9
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I've been at this point of what to do to my car and this is what I'm doing so far...

Motor wise........
VRSF CP (looks like BurgerMotorsport is offering it now also under the phoenix brand name)
Phoenix fmic
Flash tune either MHD or BM3
DP will be upgraded to a High-flow cat if the original burns-out but I highly doubt it will since I rarely go full throttle...

Next year will probably go PS2 and then the DP will definitely be upgraded..

Suspension wise... I really want to lower the car and if I did I'd just go with coil-overs... but living here in the city I'm kinda scared of even putting on the front spoiler due to my wife has already scraped the underside of the front end a couple of times pulling in and out of driveways around here when I do let her drive it... the spoiler is actually sitting right next to me right now collecting dust...
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Happy to see you started a new thread to get away from that 328 vs 335 war.

I'm in a similar situation with the warranty and not wanting to void it although now I'm preparing for my warranty to end and am working on going bm3 stage 2 93 octane.

What I did in my first couple of years was all cosmetics and I haven't had any problems with warranty and made my car look 100x better.

If your looking to do stuff performance wise, legally you can do anything you want and the only way it would void warranty is if the dealer can prove that whatever after market part you put in was a direct cause of the failure.

I still didn't want to take a chance with the bs so I personally stayed away.


Ps with the m perf front lip you do have to change your driving style completely or you will destroy it. I have one on my car and love how it looks. If I was you make this guy ^^^^^ an offer so it can stop collecting dust and maybe get a steal on your first add on.
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Congrats - very nice car.

Depending on how long you may want to keep the vehicle, coilovers will significantly improve the suspension behavior. xDrive equipped vehicles have a base suspension.
His car is msport though, so it might have the adaptive m sport suspension. The adaptive is pretty good as is, even with xdrive. I think it'll still have softer springs though, so coilovers would work if still unhappy with it. If it's adaptive there might be certain things to be mindful of when adding aftermarket suspension parts. Probably worth reading in the suspension sub forum.
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Assuming the paintwork is pretty clean, you might want to look into a paint protection film or ceramic coat to keep it looking mint as long as possible...if that's important to you. Still one of my biggest regrets in not doing every time I look at all the rock chips on my front bumper.
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Assuming the paintwork is pretty clean, you might want to look into a paint protection film or ceramic coat to keep it looking mint as long as possible...if that's important to you. Still one of my biggest regrets in not doing every time I look at all the rock chips on my front bumper.
Yes, this. If you plan on keeping the car for a long period of time, I recommend any paint protection. I don't know how recent BMW paint is, but from my knowledge, experience, and searching through craigslist, BMW paint quality on cars like the e46, e39, and e38 is complete shit. I've got friends who've had BMWs with constant clear coat peeling all over areas like the hoods, roofs, and fenders, and others with dry paints and fades all over their car just from living without a garage. My e46 which I still own today is lucky to only have a "dry" paint surface on the roof. Again, maybe they've up'ed their quality, but BMW paint from the 90's and 00's truly sucks.
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Yes, this. If you plan on keeping the car for a long period of time, I recommend any paint protection. I don't know how recent BMW paint is, but from my knowledge, experience, and searching through craigslist, BMW paint quality on cars like the e46, e39, and e38 is complete shit. I've got friends who've had BMWs with constant clear coat peeling all over areas like the hoods, roofs, and fenders, and others with dry paints and fades all over their car just from living without a garage. My e46 which I still own today is lucky to only have a "dry" paint surface on the roof. Again, maybe they've up'ed their quality, but BMW paint from the 90's and 00's truly sucks.
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I have XPEL film on my front bumper, hood, fenders, totally worth it to me.

I drive hwy miles in my daily commute - the rocks that chipped the front bumper and hood on my old black e46 made it look like car had been sandblasted by the time I sold it with over 130K mi.
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Thanks all.

A couple more questions:

1. Regarding octane, from what I have read it sounds like use 91 when available and 93 if not. No 87 or 89, correct?

2. I read somewhere that taking out two 5 amp fuses keeps the exhaust pipe open all the time. What does this do to sound etc.?
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25k miles a year and you picked black?! good luck lol

i'd get painted front and rear reflectors. maybe a new charge pipe but you have the cpo coverage so idk.
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I see you have the non sport shifter, make sure you code the sport transmission option, and if you want you can add paddles pretty easily.
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I would start off with the cosmetic mods. Grills, carbon fiber spoiler, lip, mirror, and maybe a new set of wheels.
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Thanks all.

A couple more questions:

1. Regarding octane, from what I have read it sounds like use 91 when available and 93 if not. No 87 or 89, correct?

2. I read somewhere that taking out two 5 amp fuses keeps the exhaust pipe open all the time. What does this do to sound etc.?

1. Regarding octane, the minimum (as recommended by BMW) is 89 octane, you can go as high as you want (91/92/93/94 all would be perfectly fine). I personally either get Shell 91 or Chevron 94 (I am in Canada tho, so the octane numbers may differ). Plenty of people run 89 octane without any issues; however, generally speaking, higher octane will give you a bit more power (although this depends on how you're driving and how sensitive you are to fairly minor changes)

2. I am not 100% sure if the fuse removal will open the exhaust flaps, but check out this thread: https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=684397

That will detail the "golf tee mod" for f30 platform, which opens the flaps all the time. For my 328i, it really didn't make much difference (I am sure it's a bit louder, but for day to day driving, it doesn't really change anything).
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Great car...! I did the same around 3 weeks ago. You will want to spend the next month trying to digest the owner's manual. This is the most complex car I have ever owned. There are a few pages dedicated to just locking the doors! As for using the sound system, you may need a factory rep with you for a few weeks. It's great to have choices, but a little simplicity would be appreciated as well. And "profiles"....Ha!
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For maintenance there's a lot of products available.

Wheels and Rims
Wheel Woolies
Chemical Guys Short Hand Wheel Brush
Hard Bristle low profile tire brush
AMMONYC Brute Wheel Soap
CarPro Iron X for decon
SuperClean degreaser 3:1 for tire browning
Optimum Tire Gel - Personal as shine preference can vary

Paint/Windows/Interior
Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine
Optimum QD
Gyeon Q2M Vinyl

Gear
3 Buckets - Soap, Rinse, Wheels
Eagle Edgeless 500 Towels
Platinum Pluffle Towels
Waffle Weave + Premium Glass towels for windows
Adam's Hex-Grip Tire applicator

If you have a pressure washer
Angelwax FastFoam (stronger cleaning) or Chemical Guys Honeydew Snow Foam

Ceramic Coating
CQuartz
CarPro Reset
CarPro Gliss or CarPro Reload

I have italicized products I highly recommend. It's quite easy to go overboard with your wash regimen.
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