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Old 09-15-2018, 12:22 AM   #1
DaveSTi
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E90 328xi - The Daily

After getting the ZL1, there's no winter/wheel tire setup I wanted to run on that car, so I've taken over the family E90 (my wife has a Cherokee now) and am going to be making it a little bit more sporty.

It's a 2010 328xi we bought at 57k and it currently has 71k on it.

So far, I've mainly done maintenance/updates for wear and tear:

-Air and Cabin filter
-Coil packs and spark plugs
-New radiator and hoses
-New Power steering line
-new Idler pulley and belt
-Updated the nav to 2018 maps
-Added satellite radio function to iDrive
-Replaced the sagging rear window rubber trim
-Replaced the HVAC control panel
-Replaced the Engine Start button
-Replaced the iDrive controller metal ring
-Replaced the spray painted kidney grilles with new ones

I currently have the multi-function sport steering wheel and sport airbag on order to replace the non-sport wheel that while heated, is really thin and blah. This new wheel keeps the heated function (winter time!)

I also have ordered heated sport seats and the matching rear 60/40 fold-down seats in black dakota leather. I plan on retrofitting the fold-down function into this car with these seats.

After I do these interior updates, I will be moving to wheels, brakes and suspension. Parts currently on hold:

- Bilstein B12 kit
- M3 rear guide rods and upper links
- All strut mount bushings
- Stoptech brake pads, OEM rotors and fluid
- VMR VB3 18" wheels with all season tires (winter)
- BavSound speaker/sub/amp upgrade

With the foundation cleaned up:

- 330i 3 stage intake manifold kit w/ tune


All said and done, I expect this car to last for several years with proper upkeep and preventive maintenance. (water pump on the horizon in the next 10-20k)

Pics coming as the projects come along. Here's what we're working with:







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Old 09-17-2018, 10:41 AM   #2
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Ive always thought these would make good daily/winter cars. I always worry about the maintenance though.
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Ive always thought these would make good daily/winter cars. I always worry about the maintenance though.
Yeah it is not cheap to run vs. say a Toyota.

We’ve had it long enough now that I’m more confident that the big ticket items are sound and any looming work is preventative.

My biggest worry is for the trans or transfer case to go out but that’s not common and with fluid changes at 100k, it should run for awhile.

Now, little stuff? Quite possible and likely. Window regulators are a problem area but I can DIY those for a couple hundred each.

What my endgoal here is to have an E90 with an identical setup to my old E46 M3 but with all season tires and all wheel drive so I can drive it year round back and forth between DC and Richmond.

If this blows up in my face spectacularly, let’s have a laugh about it together on here
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