Considering an E89...opinions please

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Post by greg1953 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:28 pm

Thinking of changing my E85, 2.0 for one of these
https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... New&page=1
Can members please advise on known issues, I've had most of the big ones on my E85, ABS pump, rear springs and timing chain and don't want to walk into a similar minefield.
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Post by Smartbear » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:39 pm

greg1953 wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Thinking of changing my E85, 2.0 for one of these
https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified ... New&page=1
Can members please advise on known issues, I've had most of the big ones on my E85, ABS pump, rear springs and timing chain and don't want to walk into a similar minefield.
Cheers,
Greg
Hi, there doesn’t seem to be much posted at all on here about issues with these cars. Are you aware that the 18i,20i & 28i all share the same engine/turbo? They are easily mapped for big power gains :)
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e89 Sdrive2.0 20i, plenty of mumbo & good economy=the thinking bears z4 :P
e89 Sdrive30i this ones busted, pass me another...
e85 3.0si, i foolishly sold my trouble free car...

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Post by TONYMOR » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:02 pm

I've a 2.31straight six non turbo had it 3 / 1/2 years and still prefer it to the e85 I owned before albeit a great car the E89 is more refined and an all rounder I m o .

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Post by mcbeee » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:27 pm

I had a an E89 35i ..... not quite the same animal. I had an issue with a broken valve spring, also had a recall and replacement of the HP fuel pump, the age old problem of 296 rims cracking, solved by putting real (non-rft) tires on it, the electrical junction box in the trunk melted, (I attribute that to a service tech not tightening a cable clamp after the valve spring issue so not directly a "car" issue). Other than that I loved the car. all the bits that are the same on the cars you are looking at were great, no probs.
I dumped the car because I was extremely po'd at the local BMW service. Still think its a great looking car , whatever the engine size :)
Sold the Boxster, now I have a Z4 M Roadster and a 911 Carrera S
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Post by Smartbear » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:03 pm

mcbeee wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:27 pm
I had a an E89 35i ..... not quite the same animal. I had an issue with a broken valve spring, also had a recall and replacement of the HP fuel pump, the age old problem of 296 rims cracking, solved by putting real (non-rft) tires on it, the electrical junction box in the trunk melted, (I attribute that to a service tech not tightening a cable clamp after the valve spring issue so not directly a "car" issue). Other than that I loved the car. all the bits that are the same on the cars you are looking at were great, no probs.
I dumped the car because I was extremely po'd at the local BMW service. Still think its a great looking car , whatever the engine size :)
You were unlucky having a valve spring break on you! I’ve never heard of that happening to any zed, are they a double spring set up?
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e89 Sdrive30i this ones busted, pass me another...
e85 3.0si, i foolishly sold my trouble free car...

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Post by Z4M-2006 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:09 pm

Single springs on N54....


Never heard of any breaking on "N" derived engines. Apart from this one of course.. :rofl:

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Post by mcbeee » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:47 pm

No idea if it’s a double spring setup, they had their senior specialist take the engine down until they found the problem, and that’s what it was. It took forever ... the alarm record showed a misfire on one cylinder. I drove home from Montana, had about 5 miles of Limp mode then it reset itself. Weeks later it started acting funny and the engine shut down...... after that repair the troubles started.
Sold the Boxster, now I have a Z4 M Roadster and a 911 Carrera S
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