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Old 12-22-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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On the hunt again.



Hi everyone, as you can see I have been around BMW's now for 3 decades and am resting between cars. My last was the magnificent E39 but being a sport model it was a little low which made it difficult to get out of because of arthritis. Getting old sucks!

I would love to go back to my E21 days but they are now well past their prime. I am now thinking about an E82, so I thought I would pick your brains of the pro and cons of these little cars. The newer stuff is just too big and somewhat generic and I don't want an M car these days.

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Old 12-29-2015, 11:04 AM   #2
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Hi Seagull:I'm an old fart, and I've had about 8 BMWs since 1969. I have a 128i, and it's the best car I've ever owned. Normal maintenance only, for 211,000 k in 5 years, except for one wheel bearing. I hated my 530i. I felt it was an old man's car. yuk yuk.
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Old 12-29-2015, 12:19 PM   #3
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Update you on the E82,

52k into owning a 2011 135i had to replace waterpump/thermostat. (just under $1500)
35k into ownership original battery died (just about $600)

These are the only issues thus far. Getting close to 60k now. If you plan on getting one, you will need a coder to reprogram any work you plan on doing or take it to a shop where money will be a factor. The E82 is a fun car but some do have hiccups. Do your research on the vehicle you plan on buying so that way you don't buy a lemon. The waterpump is a known issue because its electric.
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Old 12-30-2015, 02:59 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, sounds pretty much standard BMW stuff. Jack, I too am what is considered an old fart, loved the 540i just a little bit low because of the sports package. Didn't look that cool struggling to get out. I don't bend as well these days.

Rest assured I am on the case with research, these damn cars just get you, said I wouldn't have another. What do I know?

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It's the way they sound and feel.
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If getting out of a e39 is hard why is a 1 or 2 easier?
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I shall treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.
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I've owned my e82 (135 M package) for about 5 years now. I've enjoyed it very much. It's comfortable when you need it to be but it can also go like stink if you put your foot down.

As far as issues go I have had my water pump go but I paid about half the above stated $1500 to have it fixed. Other than that I haven't had a single issue which I consider pretty good for a car that is now 8 years old. If you have any specific questions let me know! I'd be happy to answer them!
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I've owned my e82 (135 M package) for about 5 years now. I've enjoyed it very much. It's comfortable when you need it to be but it can also go like stink if you put your foot down.

As far as issues go I have had my water pump go but I paid about half the above stated $1500 to have it fixed. Other than that I haven't had a single issue which I consider pretty good for a car that is now 8 years old. If you have any specific questions let me know! I'd be happy to answer them!
Did you change the pump/tstat yourself?

The pump/tstat combo from the dealership are around $900 alone. I got an Indy shop near me that did a pressure test and vacuum test ect while they did the pump change. Only reason why it's so high.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:00 PM   #10
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Forget the 135i or the 335i or anything with the 35i engine configuration. The 1 is also harder to get out of the than the E39, for sure.

Issues I have faced personally:

-> 85k km - clutch + flywheel replacement, probably from previous owners, but it happens with higher power cars this early. $1800.

-> Injectors - if you're not smart about getting them off eBay, you'll be paying $1000+ for parts alone at about 100k-150k km.

-> Wastegate Rattle - turbos must be replaced ($5000+). If your car is past 82k miles or 8 years of age, BMW stops covering you.

-> Spark plugs + coil packs ($300 + labour) every 60-80k km on this car.

-> Water pump + thermostat @ 100k km. $600 USD in parts alone. Electric water pumps are not fun.

-> Powersteering pump bolts come loose and can cause all your pulleys to become damaged and rip up your serpentine belt. You have to be keen on hearing the warning signs before this happens.
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