E91 Straight Six Bearding

E91 Straight Six Bearding

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zippyonline

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271 posts

105 months

Thursday 17th January
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pedarby said:
the guys at PMW
Great buy - car looks like it could be made good pretty sharpish and sounds like you're on it. You also sound local-ish as PMW aren't too far down the road from me (although I'm moving soon...!). Do you rate them? I've had it in the back of my mind I might ask them to change my clutch if I needed to and I couldn't be bothered on the sloped drive....!



Mr Tidy said:
Mine has OEM Bluetooth, but 2006 Bluetooth with a 2018 phone doesn't work. laugh
Mine seems to work fine (very well in fact, sound quality is great for phone calls anyway) with my iphone...
not tried streaming music - i fact for the moment as the logic 7 works so well, it's been less hassle to just burn a few mp3 cd's and roll with them!

pedarby

11 posts

2 months

Thursday 17th January
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zippyonline said:
pedarby said:
the guys at PMW
Great buy - car looks like it could be made good pretty sharpish and sounds like you're on it. You also sound local-ish as PMW aren't too far down the road from me (although I'm moving soon...!). Do you rate them? I've had it in the back of my mind I might ask them to change my clutch if I needed to and I couldn't be bothered on the sloped drive....!
Thank you!! I feel like it definitely has potential - I've been doing a hell of a lot of reading through these forums and seems an N52 330i was a good choice, especially with only 60k miles on her! Will definitely be a long term car and a bit of a project smile

PMW are only 15 mins down the road from me so it seems we may well be local to one another thumbup


zippyonline

Original Poster:

271 posts

105 months

Thursday 17th January
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pedarby said:
seems an N52 330i was a good choice, especially with only 60k miles on her!
My N52 330i has 208k miles on the clock at the moment, and the engine seems very healthy! So yes, good choice!

By the way, with your dual side exist exhausts (like the 335i), you're likely be missing a storage section in the boot, so if you go back to stock, you'll also have potential for more boot space. I've got a scorpion catback on mine, but do have the stock BMW unit still if you want some reference etc.

13aines

2,081 posts

88 months

Thursday 17th January
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Is it worth retro-fitting bluetooth?

I have one of these (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Receiver-Hands-free-Reduction-Multi-Point/dp/B011I8ITJ6) plugged into the aux and power under the arm-rest, and the controller just ahead of the arm rest, between the arm rest and the storage tray just ahead.

It's neat and tidy, comes on with the ignition, connects to my phone automatically every time (never failed to in 20 months of heavy usage) and allows me to stream my music (unlike the old BMW kit) and control playback, invoke Siri, control calls etc.

The only thing is, I have to close the arm rest hard onto the cable, but I might file a little groove in the underside of the arm rest to accommodate the cable.

I just pulled out my telephone cradle, got the original rubber tray on my desk to pop in later. Bluetooth and DAB are intermittent in my 335i, I think I need to get the control unit out of the boot and inspect the PCBs for dry joints.

Edited by 13aines on Thursday 17th January 11:40

ferrisbueller

22,375 posts

166 months

Thursday 17th January
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zippyonline said:
pedarby said:
seems an N52 330i was a good choice, especially with only 60k miles on her!
My N52 330i has 208k miles on the clock at the moment, and the engine seems very healthy! So yes, good choice!

By the way, with your dual side exist exhausts (like the 335i), you're likely be missing a storage section in the boot, so if you go back to stock, you'll also have potential for more boot space. I've got a scorpion catback on mine, but do have the stock BMW unit still if you want some reference etc.
Is that a different boot floor then?
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pedarby

11 posts

2 months

Thursday 17th January
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13aines said:
Is it worth retro-fitting bluetooth?

I have one of these (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Receiver-Hands-free-Reduction-Multi-Point/dp/B011I8ITJ6) plugged into the aux and power under the arm-rest, and the controller just ahead of the arm rest, between the arm rest and the storage tray just ahead.

It's neat and tidy, comes on with the ignition, connects to my phone automatically every time (never failed to in 20 months of heavy usage) and allows me to stream my music (unlike the old BMW kit) and control playback, invoke Siri, control calls etc.

The only thing is, I have to close the arm rest hard onto the cable, but I might file a little groove in the underside of the arm rest to accommodate the cable.

I just pulled out my telephone cradle, got the original rubber tray on my desk to pop in later. Bluetooth and DAB are intermittent in my 335i, I think I need to get the control unit out of the boot and inspect the PCBs for dry joints.

Edited by 13aines on Thursday 17th January 11:40
This seems like a great cost effective solution - nice and tidy as well, I think I would also have the controller just in front of the arm rest. Thanks for the recommendation!!

13aines

2,081 posts

88 months

Thursday 17th January
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pedarby said:
This seems like a great cost effective solution - nice and tidy as well, I think I would also have the controller just in front of the arm rest. Thanks for the recommendation!!
It sure is - and you can put it in other cars. I haven't used the BMW Bluetooth, because, as I said my DAB & telephone + Bluetooth is flaky at the moment, but I don't think i'd miss it. You can achieve far far more with Siri/Google Assistant without touching anything from what I understand.




zippyonline

Original Poster:

271 posts

105 months

Thursday 17th January
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ferrisbueller said:
zippyonline said:
pedarby said:
seems an N52 330i was a good choice, especially with only 60k miles on her!
My N52 330i has 208k miles on the clock at the moment, and the engine seems very healthy! So yes, good choice!

By the way, with your dual side exist exhausts (like the 335i), you're likely be missing a storage section in the boot, so if you go back to stock, you'll also have potential for more boot space. I've got a scorpion catback on mine, but do have the stock BMW unit still if you want some reference etc.
Is that a different boot floor then?
More the bit of trim is flat on the x35i's. All E91's apart from the 335i and 335d (i.e. exhaust either side) have a flat(ter) floor, all the rest have a luggage bit.

335i part no = 51479118673 the rest with just the single side exhaust exit point part no = 51477068889

actually looking a bit closer, more like the location/shape of under boot floor storage is different I guess.

13aines

2,081 posts

88 months

Thursday 17th January
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My (new to me) 335i has consumed 5 litres of screenwash since Friday - and I have not driven the car much either. Yesterday the warning came up on the dash again.

I hoped that I would go to fill it and barely get any in - but that would mean a dodgy sensor. Anyway, it took a full 5 litres again (water this time!) which I am pleased with, I think a sensor would be more costly.

I saw some dripping from the drivers side sill by the wheel arch - I think that might have been some spillage, but it might indicate a leak behind the wheel arch liner. If it's not that, perhaps a headlight washer hose/connection has broken off? I understand this is common.

For now I am avoiding using the washers and monitoring the level to see if it drops.

How tricky is it to take the wheel arch liner out? I have read that there are single use plastic rivets you must replace?

ferrisbueller

22,375 posts

166 months

Thursday 17th January
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Yeah, but I was thinking it's an aftermarket system made to fit the standard 330i floor. Wasn't sure whether the 335s had a different floor or the pipework was just routed through places the 330s don't need, if that makes sense.

If the internal trim is different the floors probably are, too?

Either way, seeing four pipes protruding from a 330i makes me itch.

zippyonline

Original Poster:

271 posts

105 months

Thursday 17th January
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13aines said:
How tricky is it to take the wheel arch liner out? I have read that there are single use plastic rivets you must replace?
Not that tricky - you need to punch the centre of the rivets outs...then just get some rivets to replace them, they're quite cheap off ebay. If they were cable ties, no-one would think twice about removing and replacing them!


ferrisbueller said:
Yeah, but I was thinking it's an aftermarket system made to fit the standard 330i floor. Wasn't sure whether the 335s had a different floor or the pipework was just routed through places the 330s don't need, if that makes sense.

If the internal trim is different the floors probably are, too?

Either way, seeing four pipes protruding from a 330i makes me itch.
Agree it makes me itch too! I'm fairly sure it's just different trim, as the actual boot floor is a gaping hole which trim is inserted into. But yes, suppose the exhaust could be routed round it. Guess we'll find out later!

Dannbodge

1,584 posts

60 months

Thursday 17th January
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Headlight washers get gunked up and leak.
Was one of the first things I had to change on my E90 as I was leaking around 5l a week.

Easy to replace, front bumper off and then they just unclip. Genuine ones are about £35 ish wash if I remember.

Easiest way to stop new one leaking is to stick to one brand of screenwash. I only use genuine BMW stuff

Dannbodge

1,584 posts

60 months

Thursday 17th January
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zippyonline said:
ferrisbueller said:
zippyonline said:
pedarby said:
seems an N52 330i was a good choice, especially with only 60k miles on her!
My N52 330i has 208k miles on the clock at the moment, and the engine seems very healthy! So yes, good choice!

By the way, with your dual side exist exhausts (like the 335i), you're likely be missing a storage section in the boot, so if you go back to stock, you'll also have potential for more boot space. I've got a scorpion catback on mine, but do have the stock BMW unit still if you want some reference etc.
Is that a different boot floor then?
More the bit of trim is flat on the x35i's. All E91's apart from the 335i and 335d (i.e. exhaust either side) have a flat(ter) floor, all the rest have a luggage bit.

335i part no = 51479118673 the rest with just the single side exhaust exit point part no = 51477068889

actually looking a bit closer, more like the location/shape of under boot floor storage is different I guess.
The 335i does have some underfloor storage. It's pretty small and pointless though. I can just about fold up a jacket to fit underneath

Sohaib-ijiiv

18 posts

9 months

Thursday 17th January
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13aines said:
My (new to me) 335i has consumed 5 litres of screenwash since Friday - and I have not driven the car much either. Yesterday the warning came up on the dash again.

I hoped that I would go to fill it and barely get any in - but that would mean a dodgy sensor. Anyway, it took a full 5 litres again (water this time!) which I am pleased with, I think a sensor would be more costly.

I saw some dripping from the drivers side sill by the wheel arch - I think that might have been some spillage, but it might indicate a leak behind the wheel arch liner. If it's not that, perhaps a headlight washer hose/connection has broken off? I understand this is common.

For now I am avoiding using the washers and monitoring the level to see if it drops.

How tricky is it to take the wheel arch liner out? I have read that there are single use plastic rivets you must replace?
I had this, its a connector which connects the reservoir to the headlight spraying jets.

Gave it in to BMW to fix under warranty.

2 GKC

450 posts

44 months

Thursday 17th January
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phil_cardiff said:
What are the 330i models like to drive with an auto? They seem to be more plentiful but I'd be worried about pairing an auto box with a rev hungry engine.
I think it's a sweet pairing. Plenty of grunt and the gearbox is great. Can line up for an overtake using the tiptronic if needed. For what these cars are mostly used for the auto makes sense. Likes a drop of unleaded though

bmwmike

1,714 posts

47 months

Thursday 17th January
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2 GKC said:
phil_cardiff said:
What are the 330i models like to drive with an auto? They seem to be more plentiful but I'd be worried about pairing an auto box with a rev hungry engine.
I think it's a sweet pairing. Plenty of grunt and the gearbox is great. Can line up for an overtake using the tiptronic if needed. For what these cars are mostly used for the auto makes sense. Likes a drop of unleaded though
Concur. I've got a n53 paired with the ZF8 and its a great combination.

cerb4.5lee

10,932 posts

119 months

Thursday 17th January
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bmwmike said:
2 GKC said:
phil_cardiff said:
What are the 330i models like to drive with an auto? They seem to be more plentiful but I'd be worried about pairing an auto box with a rev hungry engine.
I think it's a sweet pairing. Plenty of grunt and the gearbox is great. Can line up for an overtake using the tiptronic if needed. For what these cars are mostly used for the auto makes sense. Likes a drop of unleaded though
Concur. I've got a n53 paired with the ZF8 and its a great combination.
I don't think the N52 engine and the ZF6 auto are a very good match(although I did put up with my auto 330i for 4 years!). In fairness I'm not a big auto gearbox fan though, but I do think that the auto worked well in my E90 330d but not the 330i. The 330i deserves a manual for me.

2 GKC

450 posts

44 months

Thursday 17th January
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Interesting. Why didn't you think them a good match?
The only thing I don't like is that the gearbox is sometimes too eager to change down; it won't let you give it some in a high gear and ride out the torque. Other than that it's beautifully smooth and quick to change. Mine's an SE, it never was or never will be a sports car so auto suits it nicely 90% of the time.

bmwmike

1,714 posts

47 months

Thursday 17th January
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I've always found bmw manual boxes (getrag generally right?) Clunky and notch at high revs anyway. Admittedly e46s.

Swervin_Mervin

2,628 posts

177 months

Thursday 17th January
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bmwmike said:
I've always found bmw manual boxes (getrag generally right?) Clunky and notch at high revs anyway. Admittedly e46s.
No, ZF wink

What model do you have that pairs the ZF8 with the N53?