Since the 1990s, the proliferation of each premium marque’s “special” brands has become dizzying, and for enthusiasts it seems as though they’ve continuously diluted the performance options in favor of profits. From S-Line to AMG to perhaps the biggest offender, BMW’s M division, companies are badge slapping-happy when it comes to sticking a bigger set of wheels, some special trim and maybe, if you’re lucky, a few extra ponies. And on the surface, this 335d would seem to fit that description perfectly. After all, how could you possibly compare the diesel to that sonorous M3’s S65 V8 that cranks out over 400 horsepower and 300 lb.ft of torque with a 8,400 RPM redline? Pull up to a redlight next to one in this 335d, and the snickering owner would undoubtedly be laughing at the ‘M-Sport’ option package you ticked off. Because you’d think there would be absolutely no way that diesel would produce equal power to the M3.
You’d be right. The M57 under the hood of the 335D doesn’t produce as much horsepower as the M3, at least not in stock form. But torque? It produces more. A lot more.
Starting at a leisurely 2,000 rpms, the twin turbochargers augmenting the inline-6 spool up to a mountain of power. In stock form, the 335d cranked out 428 lb.ft of torque. In fact, it’s so much torque that gets used on a regular basis that the first person I met who had one had already consumed a transfer case on his X-Drive model, and he’s not alone. Being a turbocharged model, it was also quite easy and possible to turn up the wick, such as has been done to today’s Feature Listing. The result? The seller claims 410 horsepower, 650 lb.ft of torque, and yet this classy 4-door can still return 35 mpg. Try that in a M3:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 BMW 335d M-Sport on eBay
Model: 335d M-Sport
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 diesel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 91,000 mi
Price: $21,000 Buy It Now
2011 335d M-sport model
I bought this car in May of 2015 and traveled 500 miles to pick it up.
It has the M-sport package
Aluminum interior trim
Dakota Red Brown interior
4/26 production date
Only 751 M-sport diesels were sent to USA
300 of these M-sport Diesels are Alpine White
Only 13 M-sports Diesels are Alpine with Red Brown Dakota leather, 3 with Aluminum trim
No I-drive navigation this car was special ordered with just the M-sport package, HK stereo, and aluminum trim
One of 278 cars out of 10,816 e90’s that have option S710A “M” leather steering wheel
An estimated 410 Horsepower with 650lb of torque and can easily achieve 35 mpg
I did quite a bit of performance/ reliability work on this car since purchasing.
Jarek stage 2.8 tune
K&N air filter
SCR removal, the tank is gone as well
Egr removal pipe kit from AA Rodriguez
Custom Meth setup with Stage 3 Snow MPG MAX controller, Custom Stainless lines and fittings
Prometh fuel cell in the trunk (4.8 gallons). Prometh nozzles with welded bungs. Also has EGT sensor installed and it reads out psi, egt, and injection percentage on the controller. Snow solenoid. Upgraded 300psi 3/8 Devils own pump.
Custom Helix intercooler kit which is huge and completely removes the stock leaking boost hose
HRE 19 inch Flow Form wheels with newer Hancook tires
P3 vent electronic boost gauge (looks stock)
9 month old BMW floor mats
m3 rear lip spoiler
New carbon fiber front lip.
I had the roof professionally painted black by Fender Mender in Encinitas
5 month old LUX angel eyes
Burger Motorsports cowl elimination kit
Black kidney grills
As for Maintenance
all of my oil changes are done with Liquimoly and an Oem filter every 7,500 miles
Fuel filter was changed every other oil change
I did a complete tranny flush with new filter at 80K
Both pressure converters and euv replaced with new oem parts
Rear end fluid replaced with Red Line fluid
All glow plugs and the controller was replaced with new
Carbon cleaning and fuel injector were replaced
all receipts were kept in a huge folder
I have owned this car and driven it about 30,000 miles. I have tracked every single one of the miles since I purchased it using the fuelly app. I have only used HPR Diesel and filled with Chevron maybe five times when I was out of town. I have all of the old emission parts, cowl, and engine covers in storage. I am the second owner.
This car comes with a new February 2018 smog from California for change of ownership
Clean title no accidents
I live 5 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN) I can pick up any perspective buyer almost anytime.
Vin breakdown below:
ALPINWEISS 3 (300)
LEDER DAKOTA/ROTBRAUN (LCCZ)
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SELECTION COP RELEVANT VEHICLES
M L.-A. W. STAR SPOKE 193 M/MIX.T.
TYRE PRESSURE INDICATOR
INTEGRATED UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL
M SPORT PACKAGE
INT.TRIM FINISHERS ALUM.HIGH FINISH
INTERIOR MIRROR WITH DIG. COMPASS
GLAS ROOF, ELECTRIC
INT/EXT RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-DAZZLE
INTERIOR RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-D
SEAT ADJUSTM., ELECTR. W. MEMORY
SPORT SEATS F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER
LUMBAR SUPPORT DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER
SEAT HEATING F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER
PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC), REAR
AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONING
CRUISE CONTROL WITH BRAKING FUNCTION
STRONGER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
COMPLETE PREP. CELLULAR PHONE USA/CDN
HARMAN/KARDON SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
SATELLITE TUNER PREPARATION
M SPORT SUSPENSION
M LEATHER STEERING WHEEL
M AERODYNAMICS PACKAGE
INDIVIDUAL HIGH-GLOSS SATIN CHROME
INDIVIDUAL ROOF-LINING ANTHRACITE
COUNTRY SPEC. RELEASE OF TELESERVICE
DECODING VARIABLE LIGHT DISTRIBUTIO
DAYTIME LIGHTS FRONT AND REAR AKTIV
DAYTIME DRIVING LIGHTS SELECTABLE B
HIGH SPEED SYNCHRONISATION
SHIPPING PROTECTION PACKAGE
MULTI-FUNCTION FOR STEERING WHEEL
CENTRE ARMREST IN REAR
LUGGAGE-COMPARTMENT EMERG. RELEASE
RADIO CONTROL US
RADIO BMW PROFESSIONAL
HOT CLIMATE VERSION
ACOUSTIC BELT WARNING
ADD FUEL TANK FILLING FOR EXPORT
LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH
RADIO FREQUENCY 315 MHZ
NUMBER PLATE ATTACHEMENT MANAGEMENT
The M-Sport diesels are very rare to see, and this one is an absolutely lovely color combination of Alpine White with the unique Red-Brown Dakota leather interior. It’s gorgeous. And while I was among the many that weren’t crazy about the E9x design at first, I have to say that I think it’s aged well, and especially the post-LCI examples like this are great looking cars; very striking, yet immediately identifiable as a 3-series. The seller also knows the car well and presents it as such, outlining the impressive modifications done. While wheels can be a very personal thing, the top-dollar HREs fitted here are just perfect; they suit the design well and don’t look overdone, yet the hint at the improved performance on tap from the upgraded diesel. Frankly, outside of the pump you’re filling up at, there are simply no hints that this car is anything but a high-performance 3-series. On top of that, there’s the ‘eat your cake and have it, too’ realization that for most commuters, the more usable torque, the ease of the automatic transmission and the significantly better fuel economy – along with lower insurance rates and fly-under-the-radar looks, means this car is a better option than the M3. But the icing on the cake? The cost. Sure, you can get an M3 in the 20s, but they’re usually not the best examples out there. Really nice E9x M3s are trending in the 30K plus range still. Yet this pristine and lovely 335d is priced much more reasonably at $21,000. Sure, an automatic diesel sedan isn’t for everyone. But before you pass final judgement, go drive one. They’re intoxicating.
Incredible car! A nice alternative to an m3! 🤤
My buddy has a 335d and gets 40 MPG and is loads of fun to drive. I think it is a secret in the euro community that you can have everything….looks, mpg, and a low 12 second 1/4 mile.
Thanks for posting my car! It has been a great car for me and am looking to move on to some new euro goodies. (it never ends) Thanks to Carter for writing such a great article. The price on the car is not firm at all and if anyone would like to come look at it, I am in Pacific Beach 92109 San Diego area. I have experience on ebay and Bring a Trailer as well, and I really hope the car ends up in good hands. I have owned dozens of euro cars and this one I actually kept three years. From 80-110 this car is a slingshot and really thrives on long road trips. I really hope someone enjoys it as much as I did. Feel free to contact me if you want a look. It actually can pass smog and sounds like a huge semi truck when you drive through a parking lots. It is a very unique combo as well. Come check it out if you are interested! I am an older adult and have every single mod/service record.
Merci Beaucoup! Flying to usa now!! viva la france 🇫🇷
“In fact, it’s so much torque that gets used on a regular basis that the first person I met who had one had already consumed a transfer case on his X-Drive model, and he’s not alone.”
Seriously? That is ridiculous.
@Doug, yes – it seems to be mostly a problem on the xDrive models only.
Dashboard is uninspired and cheap cheap cheap. One would have to look at it constantly — fun driving notwithstanding.
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