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  • BMW E91 325i M-Sport Touring Ownership Diary

    Much like Kingers thread detailing the ups and downs of e39 msport ownership, which I attempted to follow when I later owned it, I thought it might be interesting to do the same with the e91 325i msport touring I picked up on Saturday.

    A pic taken upon arrival to test drive:



    I spent a good hour looking over it with the seller, stretching it's legs as much as possible in zone 3 London, before agreeing on a price and signing the documents!

    The deal included genuine BMW roof rack and roof box, which i had to help fit before making my way home.



    The previous owner had gotten the ugly as sin, non detachable tow bar fitted recently as he planned to buy a caravan, before deciding to sell the car. The visible part of tow bar can be unbolted easily enough, which I need to do, but toying with having the electrics removed as well as it just looks so bad.

    It's currently booked into Munich Legends for a post-purchase inspection on 30th November, as the previous owner changed a rear caliper on his driveway, and I just don't trust him enough to have done a good job! It will be nice to have the peace of mind for the long spin home for Christmas on 19th December!
    Last edited by colm89; 12-11-2019, 09:51 PM.

  • #2
    Petrol tourings are utterly fantastic! Hope you enjoy driving her. Pity you didn't sign up to BMW First. €5 a month subscription and they replace any defective bulbs (incl Xenons) and a set of wipers per year. Edit, you would need an Irish Reg..my bad!
    Current: '06 Silver Grey E60 530d
    Previous: '03 Silver Grey E46 M3, '02 Imola Red E46 325Ci, '98 Cosmos Schwartz E36 318iS

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    • #3
      Because it seems to be the done thing with BMW, the spec from mdecoder:

      Prod. Date 2007-07-19
      Type 325I OL (EUR)
      Series E91 (3 Series)
      Body Type TOUR
      Steering RL
      Engine N52
      Displacement 2.50
      Power 160kw / 218hp
      Drive HECK
      Transmission Manual
      Colour LEMANSBLAU METALLIC (381)
      Upholstery LEDER DAKOTASCHWARZ (LCSW)

      Editions And Packages
      P337A M Sports Package
      S704A M Sports Suspension
      S710A M Leather Steering Wheel
      S715A M Aerodynamics Package

      Comfort And Interior Equipment
      S428A Warning Triangle And First Aid Kit
      S431A Interior Mirror With Automaticdip
      S441A Smoker Package
      S481A Sports Seat
      S4ADA Interior Trim Strips Alu Brushed Fine

      Multimedia
      S644A Preparation F Mobile Phone W Bluetooth
      S663A Radio BMW Professional
      S694A Provisions For BMW 6 CD Changer

      Driver Assistance And Lightning
      S507A Park Distance Control PDC Rear
      S521A Rain Sensor
      S534A Automatic Air Conditioning
      S544A Cruise Control With Brake Function
      S563A Light Package
      S520A Fog Lights

      Wheels And Drive
      S249A Multifunction F Steering Wheel
      S2MFA BMW Alloy Wheel M Spider Spoke 193

      Environment And Safety
      S302A Alarm System
      S386A Roof Railing
      S850A ZUSAETZL TANKFUELLUNG EXPORT
      S863A Retailer Directory Europe
      S877A Delete Crosspattern Operation
      S880A Onboard Vehicle Literature English
      S8S2A Coding Alarm Signal
      S8S3A Automatic Locking When Driving Off
      S8SMA Car Ident Number Visible From Outside
      S8SPA Control Unit COP
      S321A Exterior Parts In Vehicle Color
      S853A Language Version English

      Individual Equipment
      S760A High Gloss Shadow Line
      S775A Headlining Anthracite

      Other Equipment
      S1CAA Selection Of COP Relevant Vehicles
      L812A National Version England Ireland

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 318 iS cosmos View Post
        Petrol tourings are utterly fantastic! Hope you enjoy driving her. Pity you didn't sign up to BMW First. €5 a month subscription and they replace any defective bulbs (incl Xenons) and a set of wipers per year. Edit, you would need an Irish Reg..my bad!
        A mate in Dublin was telling me about this, but I haven't been able to find such a thing here in the UK!

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        • #5
          I'm looking at E61's for a while now, mainly looking at 520d's but every so often I search for a petrol one. It's amazing how few petrol ones are out there even in the UK. This E91 looks good though.

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            • #7
              Nice car. Would not worry about the owner replacing the caliper on his driveway. Not much to it bar the bleeding and you would feel that. But no harm get it all looked over and see what is what with it.

              Well wear and nice choice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gn3dr View Post
                I'm looking at E61's for a while now, mainly looking at 520d's but every so often I search for a petrol one. It's amazing how few petrol ones are out there even in the UK. This E91 looks good though.
                A lot of them have been to the moon and back too!

                Hopefully not for a while

                Originally posted by jimgti View Post
                Nice car. Would not worry about the owner replacing the caliper on his driveway. Not much to it bar the bleeding and you would feel that. But no harm get it all looked over and see what is what with it.

                Well wear and nice choice.
                It's not so much the caliper, but moreso what else he might have diy'd and not told me ha ha!

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                • #9
                  Love it, the big question for me is....... How much is her Majesty's road tax?

                  @kingers,

                  Dark rims....All tge cool kids have them.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rennwagen View Post
                    Love it, the big question for me is....... How much is her Majesty's road tax?

                    @kingers,

                    Dark rims....All tge cool kids have them.

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                    • #11
                      God save Queen.

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                      • #12
                        Had the car in with Munich Legends for a post-purchase inspection today at 77,365 miles.

                        The good news is that there a very few, very minor things that need seeing to (couple of bushes, headlight cover clip, bonet struts). They found it had 10mm spacers all round, and even though they're fine they recommended removing them and getting an alignment in the future as it'll handle better.

                        I'll prob book it in for the new year, when we get back from Ireland. They'll also remove the towbar at the same time.

                        Last edited by colm89; 30-11-2019, 01:30 PM.

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                          • #14
                            A friend of mine recently bought a 335i SE coupe with all of the msport bits, and randomly sent me a link to his mdecoder sheet on Tuesday. Confusingly (to me at least) it called out xenons on the spec list. Mine has xenons but there is no mention of them on the spec list, so I assumed they came as standard on all msports. Curiosity got the better of me, and I posted a thread up on PH to better understand, ultimately leading me to find out that the xenon lights were retrofitted to my car by the previous owner, which he did not mention during the sale. He didn't do a full retrofit with the level sensors and washer jets, but just the front lights.

                            Initially I thought that by law you needed level sensors and washers with xenons, or it would not pass an MOT, however have been given sufficient evidence to prove that this isn't the case.

                            Regardless, I am not entirely sure whether I want to keep them or not, and am contemplating reverting back to halogens given my passenger side light will need replacing at some point anyway. I've heard the halogens aren't great, but prefer that over a half hearted retrofit...

                            What would you do?

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                            • #15
                              I think you'll fail the NCT without the headlight washers and levellers.

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