2008 BMW 335i Coupe

Tempting. If I were to sum up the 335i 6-speed coupe in one word, that would have to be it. When it originally launched, I felt that the E92 looks were too heavy compared to the outgoing E46 model, but I have to admit that I think this car has aged pretty well. One thing that couldn’t be argued was the performance on tap from the new twin-turbocharged N54 inline-6. While it didn’t offer quite the spin of the S54 in the previous generation M3, it had more usable grunt. Coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission, the performance figures in real world driving generally indicated that the 335i was as fast as the M3 had been. Inside, the E9x was thoroughly modern, too – if the E46 was the last of the classic driver-oriented dash designs dating back to the late 1970s, the E9x ushered in the new era of electronic-heavy dash design to the 3-series. Is it all bad? No – in fact, in a recent car search the 335i coupe was pretty high on my list of potential candidates because of the sheer bang for the buck quotient. Enter my usual complaint; my searches sifted through hundreds of gray and black examples, but this one really caught my eye because of the unusual combination of Deep Green Metallic and Beige leather:

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2011 BMW 335i

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The E92 is a fairly innocuous-looking car in most cases, with even the almighty V8-powered M3 failing to turn many heads at the stoplight. This 335i has the looks and modifications to attract a bit more attention, most glaringly of which is the 3M Intense Blue wrap, a color not far off the E46 M3’s desirable Laguna Seca Blue. Under the hood a new intercooler and access port from Cobb Tuning, along with some serious breathing improvements including Dinan mufflers behind catless downpipes. A few carbon bits here, some ///M stripes there, and M5 wheels complete the package for a 335i that has both show and go.

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2013 BMW 335i

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In an age of technology which has distanced the driver from involvement in the driving experience, it’s nice to know you can still turn to a few manufacturers to get your kicks. The 3 series sedan is one of the few BMWs left which you can spec with a manual gearbox, and this 335i with a 6-speed manual represents the top of the lineup with the 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 producing just over 300 horsepower. This example comes equipped with the Sports Package, which included tighter suspension, sport seats, staggered size wheels and an oil cooler. While the 340i is now the top dog in the 3 series lineup, this 335i represents about just as much car at a sizable discount.

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2008 BMW 335i Coupe Dinan

As I look forward to the next few years and what kind of car I might move into next, the BMW 3 series coupe is always up there on the list. This is a car that seemingly has it all, such as practicality, performance and the availability of a manual gearbox, which, sadly seems to be waning with the newer models. There is also a huge aftermarket for these coupes as well, from mild tunes to wild M3 clone iterations. This 335i Coupe for sale from our friends at EuroWerkz has been treated to some Dinan modifications, inclusive of Stage II software and camber plates.

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Face off: 2012 BMW M3 v. 335i

I’ve covered a series of BMW 3 series Individual cars recently, and I seem to be on a streak of finding neat ones. Today for your consideration are two E92s; one 335i turbo with low miles in a nice color combination compared to a M3 Individual with higher miles. The price is nearly the same between the two examples; which would be the one you’d select?

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2008 BMW 335i

Before I began contributing to GCFSB I was a daily reader. I enjoyed the site more than other used auto blogs because I found that on GCFSB, many of the vehicles were of the more reasonable variety. Perhaps it’s because I grew up flipping through Used Auto Digest far more often than the duPont registry, though I did enjoy doing that once in awhile just for fun. I like to fantasize about $100k + investments in the classic car market just as much as any other enthusaist but I think it’s far more interesting to learn about vehicles which are grounded in reality. So it is with that mindset that I bring you today’s post, an E90 BMW 335i with 3 pedals.

For those folks that are on the casual observer side of the automotive world, this car doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary and in some ways they’re right. It’s a RWD, Grey over Black four door sedan with pretty basic features and a manual transmission. It doesn’t demand attention the way an E90 M3 does, what with its vicious soundtrack and more muscular body but I think that’s part of what makes it attractive. The 335i is no slouch in the power department, with the N54 powerplant producing 305 hp/295 lb-ft of torque it always seemed to me like a more grown up RWD, ’11+ STi sedan. Now I’m sure Subaru fans would love to rip me to shreds for comparing their beloved rally machine to this UCLA graduation present but I’d be quick to remind them that it’s really a matter of numbers and function rather than the spirit of the vehicle. Spiritually the STi and the M3 have much in common but they’re vastly different in price and performance so I think that an unfair comparison.

The 335i on the other hand checks many of the same boxes as the STi and ultimately does it all while remaining under the radar. It is this line of thought that got me interested in researching the E90 335i in the first place as I had always wanted to build a “sleeper” STi. Remove the garish wing, add alcantara accents to the interior, upgrade the sound deadening, tweak a few other interior details and you’d have a car that is very similar to this one. However that process can get real pricey, real quick, especially since 2011+ STi sedans are hard to find for under $25k. This 335i is a very reasonable $16,998 with nearly 73k on the clock and I think that for the money, you’d be hard pressed to find a car that offers this combination of performance and luxury.

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Two Turbos or None? BMW 335i v. M3

A few months ago at a gathering of friends, two BMWs were present – my friend’s E46 M3 and his acquaintance’s E82 135i. A bit under my breath, I mentioned to him that I still couldn’t get over how unattractive the 135i was compared to the M3. I may have said that the E82 looked a bit like a really poor quality bodyshop repaired a E46 that had been both in full frontal and rear crashes – poorly. But my friend countered that if anything, that 135i was faster and more fun to drive than his M3. Looking back, I paused, and thought “Could I?” The answer remains no in my book, but it does raise an interesting question – with E92 335i prices dropping within reach of the higher E46 M3s, which is the better choice?

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2007 BMW 335i Convertible

Over the past fifteen years or so, BMW’s lineup has transformed from a relatively simple lineup with the 3, 5 and 7 series at its core to a vast mix of SUVs, roadsters, the compact 1 series and the MINI lineup which shares ultimate driving machine’s DNA. One popular constant, though, has been the 3 series convertible.

The first 3 series convertibles that appeared were conversions by Karosserie Baur on the E21 and E30 chassis that had integral roll hoops and fixed rear windows. Then in 1987, the 325i convertible appeared on US shores, a factory produced model that became an instant hit across a number of demographics and was featured prominently in a number of television series and movies of the era. Over the years, the 3 series convertible became larger and more powerful, morphing into the retractible hardtop convertible we have today. While some lament the heavier weight of always having a hardtop to lug around, the all-weather practicality is attractive, particularly for those in colder climates who still enjoy al fresco motoring from time to time.

The following 335i Convertible with Dinan mods comes to us from our reader Andrew, who’s father has listed it for sale in California.

Year: 2007
Model: 335i Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter twin turbocharged inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 44,500 miles
Price: $33,000

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Posting for my dad, who takes better care of his cars than anyone I’ve ever met. He wrote the following:

2007 BMW 335i Convertible in Black over Saddle leather. 6 speed manual, 44,500 miles. If it were not for Sciatica and weakness down my left leg I’d never sell this car! This car is now what the 335i should have been from the factory!

All factory bulletins are up to date and, to protect the buyer, this vehicle has BMW’s best warranty until 100K miles or 03/2014. Every button, switch and knob works perfectly and the car needs absolutely no service whatsoever! The car is kept clayed and waxed. The leather is cleaned and treated so the interior shows almost no wear and the car is in our garage when it’s not driven.

No dents, no dings, no accidents, kids, pets or smoking. Tires (never coated or “shined”) are Michelin’s best Pilot Sport 2’s as 235/40/18’s in the front and 265/35/18’s in the rear, on CSL replica wheels. This sale includes the original BMW wheels and run-flat tires.

Dinan’s 100% reliable modifications (installed by Dinan, Temecula) give it low end torque so turbo lag is gone and acceleration is smooth and easy. The exhaust note is automobile “music” and the UUC short shifter is a delight. This car has never been raced or “tracked” (I’m over 70!), but I sure love to drive great cars and just one drive in this 335i will convince you I’m right. Folks tell me how great this convertible looks, all the time.

The seats are perfect and putting the hard top down just makes my day. No IDRIVE so everything works without a fuss. Mileage did not change with the Dinan upgrades as 18/27 is about right. A list of what’s in this 335i includes but is not limited to:

– Debadged
– Tinted windows
– “Ultimate Pedals” solid aluminum pedals,
– “X-pel” headlight protectors, all new hoses (done by BMW),
– Premium Comfort & Sport Pkgs.,
– Hill-Hold, Bluetooth, keyless entry, power/heated seats,
– Complete overhaul of the factory radio (fading of its display is a known BMW problem!),
– Dinan ECU programming, air intake system, stainless steel exhaust & a UUC solid stainless short shifter & DSSR.

If what you’re looking to own and drive is a superb 335i convertible, this is the only one to consider. Period.

$33k obo. Car is located in Palm Springs, California.

It’s rather refreshing to see one of these convertible E90s with a 6-speed manual transmission. If I had to guess, I’d suspect at least 85 to 90% of all E90 3 series convertibles that have been sold in the US have been automatics. While the convertible isn’t the outright sporting choice for the hardcore driving enthusiast, this 335i looks pretty purposeful in black with the CSL style wheels. Add in the Dinan upgrades, and it makes for one tasty 3 series. The E90 convertible was never really my cup of tea, but if I was going to own one, it would be this exact car.

-Paul