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      10-30-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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• Sparkling Graphite Metallic
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Engine/Drivetrain:
• 3 stage intake manifold (from 08 X3)
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* ○ Euro MAF-delete
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• Active Autowerke headers
• MILVS
• European airbox
• Rev Motoring silicon intake
• 3.73 diff
• E46 M3 trans mounts
• BMW Performance short shift lever, ZHP knob
• Muffler delete + vibrant resonator (it drones at like 2.5k lol)


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• Bilstein B12 Pro kit
• Whiteline RSFB inserts

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• BBS RX 282 (BMW Style 197)
• Continental ExtremeContacts
188 +34 - 225/40
188.5 +37 - 255/35

PREVIOUSLY:
• Replica dished Style 351M
188.5 +38 - 225/40
189.5 +43 - 245/35


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• Mudflaps
• Depo amber LED smoke sidemarkers
• Depo V2 xenon headlights w/ angel eyes
• M-Sport rear bumper

Interior:
• 135i gauge cluster
• Homelink mirror retrofit
• Storage tray retrofit
• Alarm retrofit

Coming Soon™:
• E90 335i brakes
• Blackline LCI tails
• Reworked exhaust - Borla muffler, Vibrant resonator and upped to 3" after the merge
• M3 sway bars, control arms
• M-Sport front bumper
• CobraMarty's exhaust cam upgrade


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      10-30-2016, 10:37 PM   #2
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Here's where we started:


Warning, back story:

Previously I had been driving my parents' 2003 Lexus ES300. It worked great, it was comfortable, but goodness it was sloppy. I really appreciated having a set of wheels I could use, but being an enthusiast it didn't excite me that much . I had a bunch of money saved up from working, and my parents agreed to sell the Lexus and put it towards a newer car (very thankful for that).

Thought about what I wanted, basically a comfortable RWD manual coupe that isn't difficult as a daily like roadsters are. After scouring cars.com, craigslist, autotrader, etc. for a few weeks I noticed BMWs basically fit all those criteria. Plus they weren't impossible to find in manual, locally. My parents had both owned BMWs back in the day, mainly mom loved her manual E28 528i. So they were comfortable with the brand. I hopped on E90Post and began REALLY researching them. Common issues, maintenance cost, ease of DIYs. I was wanting a 335i but the only ones in my price range were 07-08s and the thought of replacing turbos on my budget was terrifying. My main focus was an E92 328i. Really focused on sport/manuals. Not easy to find.

Found an '06 330i at a dealership in Daytona. Went down and checked it out. Looked great in the pictures and had the 6mt/sport with like 70k mi. Perfect! I got there and the car was honestly a dump. Paint was swirly as hell, headlights fogged, interior had totally peeled apart. The salesman mentioned the sunroof leaked, and lo and behold there was a big puddle in the rear seat floor . Disappointing to say the least.

After that I found a clean 335i with lower miles, if the turbos were replaced I'd seriously consider it. But the dude flaked - said he wanted to meet a week later.

Annoyed, I get back on the usual sites and continue looking. I hadn't checked autotrader in a while, so I gave that a look. There was a 128i in the area, no pictures even posted yet. Ran the VIN and saw it was truly a manual along with the sport package. I honestly barely even knew the 1 series existed. I thought it was a newer series - like 2011+ or something. I check it out and it's basically the E92 328i I was looking for, but in a cozier package. Call up the dealership and ask about the price - they say if we showed up today we could knock a thousand off. So off we went. Honestly I saw the car, looked at how clean it was and knew it was the one. Didn't even know stick that well, but the salesman let me puts around in the parking lot and felt I did well enough to take it on the road. 79k miles - a little higher than I liked but the car was pristine so I really didn't care at that point. So we bought it!!


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• Nav, reverse cam, parking sensors & cameras everywhere
• Driver's Assistance Packages (Lane deviation warning, blind spot monitoring, HUD, etc.)
Probably more I'm forgetting.

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      10-31-2016, 01:11 AM   #3
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Congrats on the 1er, and welcome! Seems like you got most of the PM out of the way. I would also check your maintenance history to see:

- Waterpump/thermostat: Those are notorious for failing. If you don't see any, I would highly recommend switching that out first.
- Coolant hoses
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil filter housing gasket

If not, then I would highly recommend you getting these done. The gaskets can wait until you spot a leak, but it's known to fail once you're up in the mileage.
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      10-31-2016, 11:30 AM   #4
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Congrats on the 1er, and welcome! Seems like you got most of the PM out of the way. I would also check your maintenance history to see:

- Waterpump/thermostat: Those are notorious for failing. If you don't see any, I would highly recommend switching that out first.
- Coolant hoses
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil filter housing gasket

If not, then I would highly recommend you getting these done. The gaskets can wait until you spot a leak, but it's known to fail once you're up in the mileage.
Already did VCG and OFHG, that's where the coolant pic and cracked cover pics are from.

But the cooling system is another story. I'm hoping by the non-OEM coolant I found is a sign it's already been dealt with. I really want to address that, but a new cooling system along with a new battery (mine's original from 2008!) is pretty steep on a college kid's budget. I can do it! But I'll hold off as long as I can.
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      10-31-2016, 11:53 AM   #5
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Got the alignment pin out. Extra tiny bit of camber up front! Why not! It's free after all. Don't worry, I got that chunk out - just didn't bother with it from taking the picture.




I also have the Whiteline rear subframe bushing inserts. I know people like/recommend total bushing replacement, but on a 128i that might never even see an autoX, I didn't feel it necessary. Plus it's Florida - flat and straight. I'll save my money for the 3 stage intake.
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      10-31-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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Car-Part.com for the 3 stage manifold (You can get complete units for $200) BPC for the tune.
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      11-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #8
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Car-Part.com for the 3 stage manifold (You can get complete units for $200) BPC for the tune.
Car-part is definitely planned. Seen them go as low as $150 over in Tampa. And how does the BPC tune compare to AA?
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Car-part is definitely planned. Seen them go as low as $150 over in Tampa. And how does the BPC tune compare to AA?
Better in every way - there will be a test soon to show everyone.
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Small photoshoot with some friends!
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Found a friend!!

I can't lie, I've walked towards this car a few times thinking it was my own.
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Found a friend!!

I can't lie, I've walked towards this car a few times thinking it was my own.
They do seems kinda similar.
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This reminds me that I also need to change my MT and differential fluids here shortly, probably with my next oil change. Might send mine off to Blackstone -- after reading your analysis, I'm curious.
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They do seems kinda similar.
Head on, not a whole lot, but when I'm coming towards it at an angle in a sea of cars it's not always 100% apparent.

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This reminds me that I also need to change my MT and differential fluids here shortly, probably with my next oil change. Might send mine off to Blackstone -- after reading your analysis, I'm curious.
Would recommend! If you can, MTL feels great in the trans. When I first drove the car after swapping fluids it kinda felt smoother, like less rolling resistance. Which makes sense, but I don't know if that was in my head. The shifter on the other hand was immediately obvious.
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Disaster struck! Sorta. I was cleaning my wheels when I noticed my subframe bushing insert broke!




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Disaster struck! Sorta. I was cleaning my wheels when I noticed my subframe bushing insert broke!




More info here: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1328481
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Well I finally got around to fixing this!





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Installed the short throw shifter (this isn't it, just me taking out the old one). What a difference! Increased effort for sure, but the shift is short as can be. Definitely an excuse to get the ZHP knob
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Quietly....



Jk it's coming along great man that exhaust really worked out well too
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