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Old 11-20-2017, 07:15 PM   #1
Big Bill
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Hello,

I am finally in the position to purchase a BMW. I'm pretty sure I want a 328. I'm thinking a 2010 or 2011. i would love to get a manual transmission but they are hard to find. Either way, can someone point me in the direction to get a service manual? On my watch list now is a 2008 coupe 328 165,000 kms, 2009 sedan 328 114,000 kms and a 2010 coupe 335 100,000 kms. I think the 335 is too much. I don't want a huge $$ service in the future. I feel the turbos will cause issues in the future. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 11-20-2017, 10:01 PM   #2
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If you want to keep running costs minimal, don’t even think about the 335i. The 328s you’re considering are almost Honda-like when it comes to running costs. They’re great cars. I have a 2009 6MT myself and absolutely love it.

Around the mileage you’re looking at, they should be due for spark plugs, belts & pulleys, cabin and air filters. Other than that, they might have a leaking valve cover gasket, and budget for a water pump and thermostat repair as those tend to go around 150K or so. However, I’ve seen a lot of 328s with their water pumps lasting beyond 200k. It’s more of a peace of mind preventive repair on those, rather than risk being stranded roadside.
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:29 PM   #3
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If you want to keep running costs minimal, don’t even think about the 335i. The 328s you’re considering are almost Honda-like when it comes to running costs. They’re great cars. I have a 2009 6MT myself and absolutely love it.

Around the mileage you’re looking at, they should be due for spark plugs, belts & pulleys, cabin and air filters. Other than that, they might have a leaking valve cover gasket, and budget for a water pump and thermostat repair as those tend to go around 150K or so. However, I’ve seen a lot of 328s with their water pumps lasting beyond 200k. It’s more of a peace of mind preventive repair on those, rather than risk being stranded roadside.
Thank you. You have just convinced me the 335 is not going to be my first BMW. Your 328 is very nice.
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