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      10-23-2019, 01:36 AM   #1
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Need Advise on best year for the 135i

Hey Guys, I apologize if this question gets covered too often, but I'm looking to purchase a used 135i and I'd like to know what year do you guys recommend above others?
I plan to use this as a daily driver with plans to mod until I run outta cash! Thanks in advance!
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      10-23-2019, 07:43 AM   #2
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So uhhh... 08 through 13.

Daily driver? N55 > N54 for reliability and cost of ownership. Ok knock off 08 through 10.

I never recommend year one of a model or refresh. Knock off years 11.

The 2013 has a computer that is more work to tune if you're going to do that.

So. Buy a 2012.
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      10-23-2019, 04:28 PM   #3
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ANY YEAR as long as you buy privately and owner has very good maintenance records.
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      10-23-2019, 04:57 PM   #4
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ANY YEAR as long as you buy privately and owner has very good maintenance records.
Agreed. I was going to say "the one with the lowest miles" but this is similar.
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      11-18-2019, 09:23 AM   #5
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Hey Guys, I apologize if this question gets covered too often, but I'm looking to purchase a used 135i and I'd like to know what year do you guys recommend above others?
I plan to use this as a daily driver with plans to mod until I run outta cash! Thanks in advance!
If you plan to modify get an n54. Spend your money fixing the oil leaks and replacing the crappy factory plastic parts, then make it go faster.
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      11-26-2019, 11:24 AM   #6
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Also watch for the usual used car issues - look for any rust (a cheap trick is to pull the rear tow hook plastic cover and look to see if there is rust under there).

I've owned both an '08 and a '13 - the N54 may be 'easier' to tune, but the N55 is just rock solid. The manual tranny behind the N54 has a higher torque capacity than the one behind the N55.

If I had to do it again I'd try to find a '13 with the fewest miles possible that met my feature set requirements.
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      12-02-2019, 05:44 AM   #7
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I never recommend year one of a model or refresh. Knock off years 11.

The 2013 has a computer that is more work to tune if you're going to do that.

So. Buy a 2012.
As an owner of a 2011 I'd disagree with the assumption that the 2011 has any more issues than '12 or '13 model years.

The 2011 are mid-LCI so n55 and DCT option but not the LCI tail lights. Other than that I've not seen anything suggesting the 2011s are any different/worse/less reliable than other years.
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