My Second Zed Thread (2010 E89 sDrive30i)

Specific discussion about the E89 2009 Z4 (sDrive35is, sDrive35i, sDrive30i, sDrive23i)
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:45 am

So my 2nd Zed makes an unplanned entry to the household.

Wasn't planning this route at all, but a quick drive in a friend's E89 23i back in the summer showed me how nice they are - then a slightly unloved one popped up for sale 15 minutes down the road at a decent price, so home it came.

I've enjoyed keeping a record of everything that's happened with my E85 (though probably a boring read for anyone except me!) so thought I'd do the same for the newbie.

My car:

2010 sDrive30i saphire black automatic
290 style wheels (replaced the red 294 style wheels it came with)
Ivory white heated nappa leather + pure white design option
100k when purchased, October 2019
Options when new: heated sports seats, Nav/iDrive, front/rear PDC, 11 speaker audio, folding mirrors, wind deflector

Maintenance in my ownership:

None (just serviced prior to purchase). I have washed it :D

Mods to date:

Stubby aerial
Replaced arm rest USB port
Updated navigation maps (v2020-1)

To do list:

Cruise control (parts bought, awaiting fitting/coding)
Some kind of exhaust mod possibly - it's a bit muted
Investigate near side leak into footwell area
Royal wheels re-trim possibly

October 2019:
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:46 am

Part numbers, with prices if bought new:

Stubby aerial: J6561N3 - £7.60 (Peugeot/Citroen part number)

USB/Aux port inside arm rest: Original is 9138402, replaced with 9129651 (Ebay)
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:52 am

First mod completed - the now infamous stubby aerial swap:
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:01 am

And the first fix completed too. The USB port in the arm rest wasn't working (the aux port was working fine). On closer examination the little plastic 'guide' bit inside the socket had been snapped off at some point and the 4 metal pins were all bent beyond repair.

I bought part number 9129651 off Ebay - which is different to the part number on the one I removed, 9138402. They are very similar however, just some different coloured plastic and the 'Aux In' text is reversed. Now able to stream music from a USB drive, so all working fine.

Original part: (now looking a bit shabby - rather than take everything apart I just pulled it out with long nose pliers seeing as it was broken anyway)
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Post by Zed Baron » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:44 am

The car will look great with a little TLC and once you've changed the grills and powder coated the wheels :)

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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:40 am

Zed Baron wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:44 am
The car will look great with a little TLC and once you've changed the grills and powder coated the wheels :)
Thanks :D

Yes they're the obvious 2 places to start aren't they.

Unfortunately the 2 front tyres need replacing, and the rears have some budgets on currently - so I'm looking at a large bill to get the 294's on the car and looking decent. I love the design though, so they'll be going in the loft until funds permit.

I'm picking up a set of 290 wheels from another forum member this week, with almost new Bridgestones all round - not the best wheel design and 17" rather than 18" but will do the job and remove the red.

Another forum member has generously agreed to send me his standard grilles for a charitable donation, so that will sort that bit of red out too - I'll give him a proper shout out in due course.

I'm very familiar with E85s, but know very little about the E89s - are there any other obvious quick winsI should have on my mod short list? (I prefer the pre facelift side markers, so won't be upgrading those)

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Post by scootr » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:01 am

Congrats on the new car. She's a beauty :thumbsup: But I'm biased, I have the same year and model :)
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Post by mr wilks » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:32 am

That will come good with some time & effort , it was spotted & discussed on the forum recently , cheap car that won't look it once back to a more stock look :oops:
10yrs old now but imo not showing their age at all , still a great looking car & the black disguises the non Msport bumpers too
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Post by Silverstar » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:11 am

I spotted this car on Autotrader a few weeks back, the price was good but I would imagine the wheels and grills must have put many off it. Will look great when back to stock. Regarding the PDC sensor you could try spraying WD40 on it, I had this issue with a PDC sensor on mine a couple of weeks back and after spraying it with WD40 it seems to be fine since.
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Post by maxman » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:07 pm

Looking at your first photo,you seem to have a good selection of modes of transport. :D You look to be living life to the full.
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:50 pm

Silverstar wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:11 am
Regarding the PDC sensor you could try spraying WD40 on it, I had this issue with a PDC sensor on mine a couple of weeks back and after spraying it with WD40 it seems to be fine since.
Thanks for the tip - I've read they can be problematic, especially after getting wet. I'm sure when I first picked it up just one of them was playing up, whereas after washing the car yesterday they were all going haywire :) I'll give them a decent dry, listen out for the tell-tale clicking and give the WD40 idea a go.
maxman wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Looking at your first photo,you seem to have a good selection of modes of transport. :D You look to be living life to the full.
Ha, the boat belongs to my next door neighbour and I've just agreed the sale of my Triumph Sprint motorbike - a casualty of the E89 arriving. White Skoda is my family wagon, blue Honda is Mrs Timmyboybunter's car. I do consider us very lucky however to be able to have a 'toy' car too - though until the E85 is sold I am officially unpopular in the house.
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Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:01 am
Congrats on the new car. She's a beauty :thumbsup:
Cheers - yours looks in very shiny condition. Truth be told black would be the last colour I'd choose - looks great for 5 minutes, but just gets ruined as soon as you use it especially in winter. The sterling grey on my E85 hides the dirt very, very well.
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Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:32 am
That will come good with some time & effort , it was spotted & discussed on the forum recently , cheap car that won't look it once back to a more stock look :oops:
Thanks - I saw it mentioned in the 'E89 market watch' thread but couldn't find any other discussion about it. Curious to read if you do have another thread link to hand. I've already found myself looking at black M-Sport bumpers on Ebay. Must. Resist.

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Post by Silverstar » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:01 pm

I've thought about the M sport bumpers for my car too but in the end I've come to the conclusion this is one BMW that actually looks better in standard trim especially in black and does not loose a lot by not having it. The 7 series is another that is better in standard rather than M Sport all the rest 1 2 3 4 5 series etc have to be M Sport.
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Post by maxman » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:06 pm

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Silverstar wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:01 pm
I've thought about the M sport bumpers for my car too but in the end I've come to the conclusion this is one BMW that actually looks better in standard trim especially in black and does not loose a lot by not having it. The 7 series is another that is better in standard rather than M Sport all the rest 1 2 3 4 5 series etc have to be M Sport.
Totally agree with above comments :thumbsup:
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Post by Timmyboybunter » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:57 am

Sat nav maps updated - easy and painless to do, took about 45 mins. I was lazy and bought one of those 'lifetime' FSC codes from Ebay for £7 - worked perfectly.

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Post by buzyg » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:13 am

A bit of a bargain then, what's not to like. : :D

Well apart from the lipstick. :oops: :wink:

Once you get those wheels and grill sorted you'll have yourself a corker. :thumbsup:
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