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Old 09-18-2016, 11:44 PM   #1
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Cool Picked up a new daily workhorse E90.

Having owned an E90 328i 6MT RWD in the past, I'm ecstatic to say I am back in another E90 328i 6MT RWD! I've been searching for a nice, fun, yet reliable/cheap to maintain daily and was just looking for an E46 325i 6MT RWD that wasn't rusted to shit with 250,000km and/or outrageously priced. In the midst of that search, luck was on my side and I came across this one and a desperate seller.

I firmly believe everyone needs to own an E90 6MT 328i RWD at some point. They are so agile and fun to drive, they have just enough tech for a modern car to keep you happy, rather inexpensive to maintain/repair, and with the LCI they still look fresh. Oh and the epic fuel economy doesn't hurt either I've been averaging 9.2L/100KM (27 MPG) on this little thing! Compared to the S65's insatiable thirst, this is a very welcome change

Any who, onto the details!

2009 328i
Space Gray on Black Dakota leather
Logic 7
Satellite Radio
Comfort Access
Sport package
Premium Package
Cold Weather package

Interestingly this one has a black headliner and High Gloss Shadowline trim. Decoding the VIN also shows it has M Sports suspension. Turns out in Canada, Sports Package consists of these perks! All I need are M Sport bumpers and it will be just like my previous 328i, lol.

First order of business was to remove front seats, all interior trim, and vacuum + shampoo all carpeting and remove all grit and grime and liquid stains. I also replaced the driver's door rubber seal as it was torn. I wrapped the interior trim in gloss black vinyl because **** wood trim. The start/stop button had the typical peeling trim and I wanted to order a new one but I figured I'd attempt a DIY fix first; I sanded off the peeling rubber surround and painted it black. Looks just like new and saved myself $100 . I wish I took before and after photos of all the "refurbishing" on this car.

Then it was time to address some mechanical issues: I replaced all four rotors and pads as they were worn to shit. I have never seen rotors this bad. Cabin filter and air filter were also replaced, although both looked as if they'd been recently done. I hate the US N52 airbox! I can see why many of you get the euro one.

Now that she drive's like a BMW should, it was time to make her look like a BMW should. Here are some photos ater a wash and one coat of carnauba wax and sealant:

M3 creepin'

I've added F30 style slip-on pedals (best $30 ever! So much more convenient than drilling), 35% Llumar ceramic tint so far. New steering wheel + trim, new side marker lenses, wipers, floor mats are all on the way.

Planned mods aren't much: just OEM 19s (Style 269s waiting to be refinished). Next up will be: OE splitters + trunk lip, and perhaps Koni + Eibach in Spring 2017.

'12 M3 6MT Alpine White + Fox Red Extended | '09 328i 6MT Space Gray + Saddle Brown

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