Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mid Week Match-Up: Not a BMW 335i For Dan

This week's Mid Week Match-Up victim is a friend of DT who asked me to help him find a 2007-2009 BMW 335i.  For the sake of anonymity, let's call him Dan -- his 335i needs to be specifically, a 4 door sedan (consider 2 door coupe, no interest in convertibles) 6 speed manual.  Exterior color preferences: 1) Space Grey 2) Alpine White 3) dark blue (montego?) or black/sliver plain colors could also work. Interior - very much desire the upgraded Napa saddle brown leather! This is much harder to find than the typical black base leather. Price range <$15k but prefer in $10-12k range Mileage prefer under 100k I'd also be interested in the same generation 135i with similar features/colors. So I'd prefer 335 sedan>335 coupe>135 coupe.

Of course I don't think he should get a 335i and I don't think you should your time helping to find that rare space grey 6-speed unicorn-- instead you should offer alternatives for him to drive, but don't get crazy and recommend a Pinzgauer.  I am going to suggest this 2008 BMW 550i with 6-speed manual gearbox offered here on eBay for $13,900 buy-it-now located in the Bronx, NY.

What do you recommend?  Comments below.


  1. Vince, you're not helping by suggesting that E60 in New York! We need to find a good but sketchy 335i for Dan, because whenever he gets tired of complaining about its issues and not fixing it in 5-10 years, it will become our next LeMons car.

    Here's a good baseline to start with, but doesn't have the "saddle brown leather."

    2008 BMW 335i Sedan - $11900 (irvine)

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  2. Then there's this one with the brown leather and a +100whp "JB4 tune" that "kills STIs." Do I smell a race coming on?

    Manual! JB4 Tuned Twin Turbo BMW 335i Low miles - $12000 (Ridgecrest)

    But it's green.

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  3. The Bronx? Would could possibly go wrong with buying a car in the Bronx? (Full disclosure: my Dad grew up in the Bronx, and got the hell out as soon as he could)...

    -Average Bear

  4. And as for the least desirable, I am thinking of selling my 2010 135i, also tuned, for $14.5k with 76xxx miles. Coupe, alpine white over Dakota tan leather. Automatic though.....


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