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Old Thu, Jan-26-2017, 03:04:51 PM   #1
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Default 2009 E90 as DD - 45k miles

Hi everyone --

I previously had an '11 M3 E90 4 years ago, and traded it at 28k miles for a Jeep Wrangler....

Fast Forward to today .....

The Jeep has been fun, but it's no M3. Sure you can take the roof off, and the doors, and it's a simple machine.... but it's no M3.

I miss the CAT noise from the M3 startup. I miss being able to manually shift even if it's DTC. I like hearing the exhaust noise and actually move someplace lol.

Most of all, I LOVE the classic look of the E90 Sedan --- I'm specifically looking for that body style over current F80 -- no offence to anyone who has one.


SO.... after all this intro, I'm seeking some opinions.

The Car: 2009 E90 M3 - $43k miles -- 2 owners
I'm getting the car from CarMax. For two reasons. 1, they have the car, color combo, and mileage i'm seeking. 2. I hear great things about their warranty even from my service advisor at BMW.

1. Should I change the rod bearings when I get the car to rule that out as being a problem anytime in the future? I don't want this to be a battle of the rod bearing issue, but just want to know thoughts on just getting it done out of pocket before finding out if my car has an issue or not in the future. This will be my DD.

2. Any other thoughts on going from a 2014 Jeep to a 2009 M3? Some people call me crazy. It's not because I cant afford an F80 M3 (although I would never buy one new), it's because I truly love the naturally aspirated V8 - the look -- the noise...
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Default Re: 2009 E90 as DD - 45k miles

I am not a truck person so I have no interest in driving a Jeep. If I went off roading then one would make sense. Maybe an SRT8 version would be entertaining.

Buy the M3. Get the warranty. Do the rod bearings when the warranty expires or sell the car then and buy something else. I don't see any reason not to drive the M3 unless you are trying to preserve it for its next owner. That is not my style, but maybe one day I will have a car collection and simply not be able to drive them all every day. I buy cars to drive.
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Default Re: 2009 E90 as DD - 45k miles

So since I'm getting the MaxCare warranty thru CarMax... should I wait to see if I even have a rod bearing issue .... or should I just take care of it just in case (out of pocket) and drive the car worry free (from that issue)?
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Seems to me like the major point of paying extra for a car with a warranty is that you can use the warranty if there is a problem. I bought my car CPO and did the rod bearings when the CPO warranty expired (it was 6 years old and had 60k miles then).

If you are going to worry even if you have a warranty, and getting rid of that worry is worth $2500, then do the bearings right away. From the pictures at M3Post, the bearings look bad on 95% of the cars they come out of, but on the other hand, 95% of M3s sold are driving around on their original bearings. I don't know what to make of that. Maybe the failure rate will increase as the cars accumulate more miles with age.
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