E91 Straight Six Bearding

E91 Straight Six Bearding

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bodhi

4,759 posts

177 months

Friday 28th July 2017
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zippyonline said:
bodhi said:
Can E82 owners play too? smile
As long as you keep the 1 series chatter to a minimum A few other v8 bm owners contributed to the v8 bearding thread which was interesting.

RFC1 said:
ATM said:
Not a Y just usb from iPod to car.
I think you need both USB and aux connected to your I-thing. I do with my iPhone and it works perfect.
I have a "snap in adaptor" (well capability for) which you just plug your iphone in and it all talks to everything nicely. The media ones are going for about £55 on eBay when I last looked.

I've got a "MULF2 Hi-SVS" unit sitting at home waiting to be swapped (and coded) with the MULF2 unit so I can add USB playback to the car - currently Aux and Bluetooth all work nicely though. And the headunit will talk mp3 cd's, so not too bad. I actually burnt some cd's for the cd changer just because it's there - it felt so retro!

Also, last weekend I went up to Bradford direction to look at a E91 335i with/for a friend - but it was overpriced for how rough it was (bodged angel eyes that were falling out and leaking, scuffs, trim falling out, parcel shelf that didn't work etc.) and the dealer didn't want to budge on price - all the cars there were as rough as, avoid the place! So we drove away without it. Anyway, said friend should be along to this thread soon as he's now picked up a good condition pre-lci e91 335i auto with 164k on the clock.
In which case I'll leave out the 1 Series specific stuff, like bouncy suspension and dashboard rattles smile

The N52 really is an absolute peach in the 1 Series however, completely dominates the car, but in a good way, so you get that wonderful big engine small car feel. The engine is on 106k now, still runs as well as when I bought it on 57k, although oil usage has gone up to around 1 litre ever 4000 miles, and fuel consumption is gradually going up too (started averaging around 31, now it's on 27.9), still perfectly smooth and whips round to the redline well.

For the audio, after much pratting around with cheap Amazon Special Bluetooth Audio Recievers, only to get annoyed when they lost the phone, or just randomly stopped working, I invested in a Sony Bluetooth Reciever like the below, and I'd say it's well worth the money. You can't select tracks through the stereo, but it does have a voice control app for Android, and will plug into Siri for those other phones. Sound quality is incredible - seems punchier than CD at times and it took 5 minutes to install - just make sure the remote can "see" the reciever, as it still uses Infrared (why Sony, why?), but otherwise it's been superb. Just needs the Aux socket and a power supply, either from USB or a Cig Lighter adapter.

http://www.halfords.com/technology/bluetooth-car-k...





ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Saturday 29th July 2017
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zippyonline said:
ATM said:
What's a valve cover?
Did the valve cover on mine (it was leaking a bit), changed the eccentric shaft sensor whilst I was at it. Turns out the reason it was leaking is actually coz a couple of the studs were already sheared - and they're one time use alu things. Strangely the car came with a set of new alu bolts for the valve cover included, but no new gasket - guess that explained why!

It's a fairly time consuming valve cover gasket to change - there's a lot of things to get out of the way, an even then it's a bit Houdini like! Also changed the valvetronic gasket and the oil filler one and the eccentric shaft gasket whilst I was there.


065 (16-03-2017) by Chris Reeves, on Flickr

Common leak point apparently!
I've found a receipt in my service book for 700 quid which mentions rocker cover gasket and vanos seals from June this year. The seller never mentioned this but I now suspect that this might have been the motivation to sell. I see this a lot where someone decides they have to sell their pride and joy once they get hit with a reasonably large bill. All the other receipts are for servicing and the odd ABS sensor.

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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Is the wider track on the LCI part of the hubs / suspension or just the alloy's offset?

zippyonline

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318 posts

114 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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ATM said:
Is the wider track on the LCI part of the hubs / suspension or just the alloy's offset?
Cross referencing part numbers on realoem of LCI vs pre-lci, seems to be the hubs.

In other news, the other day I discovered the boggo brakes on the 330i have 330mm dia discs on the front and 336mm dia discs on the rear! 335i seems to come with 348mm dia and larger calipers.

Anyway, apparently the calipers on the F30 fit, so I have ordered some BMW brembo 4 pots with discs and pads as I thought the braking was distinctly average on my 330i! I probably won't fit them for a while, but as it came with some cheapo discs and pads - and they're not wearing brilliantly, these will get fitted sometime over the next 6 months as well as the braided lines for the rear brakes (came with the car, but unfitted, fronts were fitted!).

I'll have to see if my 17s will fit under them, but I'm fairly sure they will.

Swervin_Mervin

2,836 posts

186 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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ATM said:
Is the wider track on the LCI part of the hubs / suspension or just the alloy's offset?
I looked into it a while ago and IIRC it was hub assembly and driveshafts that were the only difference. Not cheap to change over unless you can source some cheapy used items.

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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zippyonline said:
In other news, the other day I discovered the boggo brakes on the 330i have 330mm dia discs on the front and 336mm dia discs on the rear! 335i seems to come with 348mm dia and larger calipers.

Anyway, apparently the calipers on the F30 fit, so I have ordered some BMW brembo 4 pots with discs and pads as I thought the braking was distinctly average on my 330i! I probably won't fit them for a while, but as it came with some cheapo discs and pads - and they're not wearing brilliantly, these will get fitted sometime over the next 6 months as well as the braided lines for the rear brakes (came with the car, but unfitted, fronts were fitted!).

I'll have to see if my 17s will fit under them, but I'm fairly sure they will.
I had an F30 335i with the standard grey 4 pots and I used 17 inch winters. The m performance package with the blue [or red] calipers for the F30 has bigger discs and they do not fit under a 17 inch wheel.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Swervin_Mervin

2,836 posts

186 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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zippyonline said:
In other news, the other day I discovered the boggo brakes on the 330i have 330mm dia discs on the front and 336mm dia discs on the rear! 335i seems to come with 348mm dia and larger calipers.

Anyway, apparently the calipers on the F30 fit, so I have ordered some BMW brembo 4 pots with discs and pads as I thought the braking was distinctly average on my 330i! I probably won't fit them for a while, but as it came with some cheapo discs and pads - and they're not wearing brilliantly, these will get fitted sometime over the next 6 months as well as the braided lines for the rear brakes (came with the car, but unfitted, fronts were fitted!).

I'll have to see if my 17s will fit under them, but I'm fairly sure they will.
I'd be interested to see how you get on with that. Our F20 125i has the BMW 4-pot Brembos up front and I have found myself wondering about whether it would be a worthwhile mod to my 330i.

Out of interested, and if you don't mind me asking, how much did they set you back?

Kev_Mk3

1,349 posts

43 months

Monday 31st July 2017
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I have a 325d E91 and love it


zippyonline

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318 posts

114 months

Tuesday 1st August 2017
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ATM said:
I had an F30 335i with the standard grey 4 pots and I used 17 inch winters. The m performance package with the blue [or red] calipers for the F30 has bigger discs and they do not fit under a 17 inch wheel.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Cool - that confirms that one. My reading about and cross-referencing of part numbers alluded to that (340 dia discs fitting under 17s), wheraas the m performance with their 370 dia discs require 18s.


Swervin_Mervin said:
I'd be interested to see how you get on with that. Our F20 125i has the BMW 4-pot Brembos up front and I have found myself wondering about whether it would be a worthwhile mod to my 330i.

Out of interested, and if you don't mind me asking, how much did they set you back?
I've paid circa £600 for a set of the 4 pots from an F30 335i, but come with the discs and pads - all this is OEM BMW and have done about 11k miles - and from the photos look alright. It also comes with discs, pads and calipers for the rear in the same situation. So I'll sell the rears on, and the original fronts to get the outlay down a bit - but in fairness, I'm not far off the price of OE discs and pads to be honest by the time I'm done. I also think all the fluid volumes are alright, so I shouldn't have to bugger about with master cylinders or anything, but we'll see.

What swung it for me over getting a set of E9x 335i calipers which are a larger diameter and I also know fit - was just price was it worked out similar, and then I looked at the weights (and how the 4 pots look better!) and went with the 4 pots! We'll see how they end up - but suspect I might not fit them for a while.


royobannan

88 posts

140 months

Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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This is my one. 335i in azure black. Sadly auto but love it.

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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royobannan said:


This is my one. 335i in azure black. Sadly auto but love it.
Dont be sad Ban Man. Be Happy.

Mike335i

2,723 posts

50 months

Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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royobannan said:


This is my one. 335i in azure black. Sadly auto but love it.
That does look lovely!

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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I think my headlights move left and right.

Dannbodge

1,675 posts

69 months

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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royobannan said:


This is my one. 335i in azure black. Sadly auto but love it.
I looked at that one. It was at a main dealer for like 18/19k when I was looking (waay too much for me, especially as an auto) but it looks incredible.

zippyonline

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318 posts

114 months

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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ATM said:
I think my headlights move left and right.
With the steering, or loose?
And how do you find them? Useful or gimmick?

Does it say you have the clever adaptive ones on the VIN lookup? Does that mean you have hi-beam assist too?

royobannan

88 posts

140 months

Friday 4th August 2017
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I managed to get it down to 16.5k which I thought was ok. There was only one other one i was considering which was similar money but not as nice. Its been great over the last 50000 miles and planning to keep it until it dies!

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Saturday 5th August 2017
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zippyonline said:
ATM said:
I think my headlights move left and right.
With the steering, or loose?
And how do you find them? Useful or gimmick?

Does it say you have the clever adaptive ones on the VIN lookup? Does that mean you have hi-beam assist too?
Yes and Yes

I've not driven it yet in the dark. It was only slightly dark when I noticed the arc moving as I parked.

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Tuesday 8th August 2017
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Had a good blast in the E91 last night. Threw it into some bends at speed and hammered the throttle to see what would happen. Overall it seems quite good. The run flats crash and skip a bit but on a smoother surface it seems to go round bends pretty well. I did notice some weird smells afterwards and the brakes started to feel a bit less responsive. I'm now wandering if the front discs need changing. One of my friends who is a fair bit more OCD than me pointed out that the rear discs look brand new but the fronts have a reasonable sized lip on them.

Does anyone use DSC?

On my 550i if I dont use DSC then the TC can cut in a bit early getting off the line so I generally leave it on all the time. In the 335i I tried turning it on and then noticed that the cruise will not work. How annoying. In the 550i you can use cruise with DSC on.

zippyonline

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318 posts

114 months

Tuesday 8th August 2017
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I was reading up on the braking/traction systems etc. the other day. 6 cylinder jobbies have a different system I thinks on the braking front.

Anyways, on the braking system there is meant to be an "anti-fade" function, so if they're getting hot, the system should compensate so your pedal feel is consistent for a given level of deceleration. I guess there's only so far the system can help you out - and actually I think if I was hooning all the time / using track time, I'd find this annoying as you couldn't feel the brakes starting to get hot and adjust your driving accordingly.
I've also worked out when the brake assist is activated now - it's when you take your foot off the throttle pedal quickly and then press the brake relatively fast - I don't like it. I don't think you can turn it off - but now I know when it's triggered, I can work with it.

I like DTC mode, but when casually cruising use DSC as like you say otherwise you can't use cruise. DSC I find cuts in too early, DTC is fine for making progress and allows as much slip and sideways-ness as is sensible on the roads tbh - standard dsc mode I find cuts in too early for you to feel what's going on IMHO. Hooligan mode is fine for smoking tyres etc.

I also found out yesterday that on cruise control, if the bend is beyond a certain angle, it applies the brakes - even if the car is more than capable of taking said bend at said speed.

Oh, and I've now done 10k miles in mine. That's quite high mileage for me, given it's been off the road for about 1.5 months in the last 11 months I've owned it, and I cycle to work most days, so that's mostly all leisure miles!

ATM

10,067 posts

167 months

Tuesday 8th August 2017
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Yeah I was working to work a lot the first part of this year as its only about 1 mile for me. But now I have a sore knee I am trying to rest it.

So I'll be honest I dont know what DTC is or the difference. I believe the 335 has a DSC button but I could be mistaken?