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      04-28-2015, 02:08 AM   #1
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Getting back in the game

I sold my 135i .. and now I wish I kept it.. However now that I have sold it I am looking to pickup another one and have fun with it.

Here are some questions:
  • What can I do to improve / restore it? (wind back some of the wear and tear)
  • What should I be looking out for when getting a second hand one?

FYI i am looking for a white or space grey 135i, auto, black interior, silver trim. Coupe, not convertible. Preferably not modded before If you know someone hit me up. I have time to purchase, I get back to oz end of June. However i'll snap one up if I find a good one

Thanks for the help!
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      04-28-2015, 03:48 AM   #2
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I don't think there is a whole lot to look for, that is specific to a 135i.. My list would be:
  • Listen for wastegate rattle (plenty of youtube videos on this)
  • Look for signs of modification
  • Ask about the HPFP and whether/how many times it has been replaced
  • Budget for a walnut blast, almost all N54's will have high enough mileage to need one
  • Search Search Search the forums for common issues, there is a million threads

There are a lot of things I haven't added here but I don't think you need me to write a list on "things to look for when buying a second hand car" .

Good luck, AW is an awesome colour!
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      04-29-2015, 04:36 AM   #3
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The only thing I would add is the water pump and thermostat. They're just as failure prone as the HPFP.

Oh and if you're going steptronic then get the Alpina tranny flash. Highly recommended.
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      04-29-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

Yes I am getting steptronic.

Regarding the issues, my old one had virtually no issues but I read a lot already about the things that come up and PermanentCraving, you're on point. I agree with you on the walnut blast.

Does Peter from Advan still read the forums? He would have good input.
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      04-29-2015, 09:41 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!

Yes I am getting steptronic.

Regarding the issues, my old one had virtually no issues but I read a lot already about the things that come up and PermanentCraving, you're on point. I agree with you on the walnut blast.

Does Peter from Advan still read the forums? He would have good input.
Thanks!

I am not sure how active he is but, in case you didn't know, he has the best price on walnut blasting; last I heard, he was charging $500.

OzJustin Good call.
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