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Hi everyone,

My name is Gregg and I'm currently in the market for a BMW 335i Station Wagon. I have around 20k, is this reasonable to get a mint example?

I have a couple of question, where is the best place to look for aftermarket items in NZ?

Any things I should be looking out for when purchasing a 335i Wagon?

During my search, I have been looking for the manual, but I seem to be hitting a brick wall. 

I have been researching and found that changing to a single turbo, with a remap id the best way to gain additional power?

Thanks

Gregg

 

 

 

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Hey Gregg and welcome from the Welly crew (and branch of the BMW Car Club)!

A couple of the local guys have these - @Mr Hyde and @#E91FUN - talk to them I would say.

E91 Touring Msports look fantastic and there's nothing wrong with 240KW :)

Looking on TM $20K should do you fine - and make sure you pick up a Mechanical Breakdown Insurance plan with it. The Club has a good deal with MTF Mt Vic - let me know if you want details. But I think you'll need to make do with Tiptronic with flappy paddles ....

Pete

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Hi, Gregg welcome to the forums. Manual 335i's are hard to find. If you're patient enough they come up every once in a while. I have always been pro manual but after moving to the auto gearbox with alpina tune I probably wouldn't want to go back to a manual again. 

Not sure where you could buy parts from around here most of my parts were sourced overseas. 20k seems really reasonable to find a stock wagon. Horsepower is fun but you need to consider traction and stopping. So rotors and brakes perhaps even an LSD. I believe 2007 to April 2008 have bolt on LSD so easy to source one and have it fitted (Sadly mine doesn't have an LSD). Anything after 2008 the ring gear is welded so very labour intensive to have an aftermarket LSD fitted. Wise to do some research on this as it is much more enjoyable to get most of your horsepower gains on the ground. 

If you'd like to come and check mine out you're more than welcome to. Just flick me a private message. 

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you should catch up with Tom Delahunty he has a 335i manual wagon he's thinking of parting ways with

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As a 335i owner I will also say manuals are hard to find and manual wagons are harder again, 1 series manuals seem to be a bit more common. The Auto works well and with a xHP flash you can have full manual control over it. NZ is not a great place to buy aftermarket parts for 335i's, I use Extreme Powerhouse in USA or Demon Tweeks in the UK, shipping is quite a bit cheaper from the UK. A single turbo conversion is a lot of money and labour costs could be horrendous, and some won't fit in RHD cars due to the steering column. A good intercooler, catless downpipes and an MHD tune will see you between 380 and 450 HP  with big torque numbers and at that stage you will need to sort out an LSD and probably stiffer bushings in subframe. You will also want a new charge pipe and possibly new diverter valves.  

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Many thanks for all of the information. I'm hoping to be behind the wheel before the end of January.

Are there any particular options I should be looking out for, or any common problems? 

I have actually used Demon Tweeks a number of times when I lived over in the UK. I owned a Ford Fiesta XR2i for about 4 years, and spent 10's of thousands of pounds on the car :) I Loved that thing.

Thanks again

 

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4 hours ago, _ethrty-Andy_ said:

you should catch up with Tom Delahunty he has a 335i manual wagon he's thinking of parting ways with

Who is Tom Delahunty? Do you have any images of the wagon?

Thanks

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@Tom Delahunty

On ‎24‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 1:53 PM, SmackJackTheCrackerMan said:

Who is Tom Delahunty? Do you have any images of the wagon?

Thanks

@Tom Delahunty ….

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Hi 

it’s Tom here you have messaged me about my 335M touring give me a ring and we can talk.

this car is number 3 

it was Germany’s right hand demo build less is over 2 Pages came into NZ with 60kms on the clock 

021 431984 

tdelahunty1960@gmail.com 

 

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Took the 335i over the Rimutaka Hill a few days back. Was quite late so not a lot of traffic.  The auto is brilliant in it. Very intuitive and the paddle shifters are great. Having driven the hill a number of times in the manual M5, I think I’ll take the 3 series with the auto.  I was never left feeling numb. Would be interesting to try a manual N54 and compare. 

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I agree the auto works well, a manual is an emotional choice but modern autos are so good now you really dont miss  much.

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