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      04-03-2017, 12:09 PM   #45
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Question, I'm looking at a few engine parts for a friends 2012 M3. One of the parts is an alternator. I'm about to order online, but https://www.bmwdiscountparts.com is giving me different prices for the same part, different year. Will a 2011 M3 OEM alternator fit in a 2012 M3? They seem to be identical in dimensions. Any input is appreciated.
You should always purchase parts by vin number. BMW loves to switch parts mid year to give you the shaft. You can't just ask for a 2012 alternator and expect it to fit.
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      12-12-2017, 10:15 AM   #46
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2011-2013 M3 with ZCP have an improved EDC + DSC software. There was a BMW press release article reference on the improved EDC (not to confuse with euro MDM). They re-optimized how the EDC uses DSC data to dynamically adapt the damper setting in sport mode. This is no speculation.

"With a suspension lowered by some 10 mm and light alloy wheels in the size 9 x 19 inches at the front and Y-spoke design at the rear, the Competition Package provides further optimised longitudinal and transverse dynamics. In addition, the control of the electronic damper adjustment function EDC including a Sport mode specially developed for the Competition Package has been precisely adjusted to the chassis modifications by means of map-based control and the driving stability control function DSC."

http://www.bmwblog.com/2010/02/12/of...n-package-zhp/

I am sure there are other 'silent' minor improvements in the last year that the marketing team did not publish.

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      02-18-2018, 04:06 AM   #47
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      07-24-2018, 10:03 PM   #48
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I would say 2011 is the year to have. better looks rims with comp package, lower ride and better looks tail lights.

I went 2013, but if i was buying used i would do 2011.
I agree with you bro! I purchased a 2011 e90 m3, great features
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      07-24-2018, 10:05 PM   #49
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You should always purchase parts by vin number. BMW loves to switch parts mid year to give you the shaft. You can't just ask for a 2012 alternator and expect it to fit.
haha for reals, a bit of a hassle but will save you time and money by looking parts by vin number
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      09-22-2018, 06:15 PM   #50
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Car for sale from a new lister

New lister. This is a test. Also. How do I list a 2011 M3 Competition package for sale.
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      09-22-2018, 08:50 PM   #51
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New lister. This is a test. Also. How do I list a 2011 M3 Competition package for sale.
If this is a test you have failed newbie. Cars are not bought and sold on M3 post. They are given away to the person who gives you your first "appreciate". That is I.
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      03-15-2019, 06:08 PM   #52
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Hi. Are the front arms all the same on the e92. Ie m3 the same as a 320d or 330d. Thanks.
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      03-15-2019, 07:49 PM   #53
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Hi. Are the front arms all the same on the e92. Ie m3 the same as a 320d or 330d. Thanks.
Lol no not at all, the m3 has special control arms no other 3 series gets
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      04-28-2019, 09:04 AM   #54
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Red face m3 actuators

m3 actuators anyone any idea were to code them in the carly bmw app via dndroid
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      05-24-2019, 03:51 AM   #55
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interesting topic you are posted
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I found a m3 for sale an 09 m3 with 64k miles I took it for pre inspection and the guy said it needs a new oil filter housing gasket and I also got to do the road bearing kms but the car as is for 24 grand otd my pros on that car is it's clean drives nice my cons r it's a 10 year old car and I'm financing the car for 6 years I donít know if the car will last that long but do you think itís a goodbye for a 2009 and three in 2019? FYI just started college gonna be tough on money
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I found a m3 for sale an 09 m3 with 64k miles I took it for pre inspection and the guy said it needs a new oil filter housing gasket and I also got to do the road bearing kms but the car as is for 24 grand otd my pros on that car is it's clean drives nice my cons r it's a 10 year old car and I'm financing the car for 6 years I donít know if the car will last that long but do you think itís a goodbye for a 2009 and three in 2019? FYI just started college gonna be tough on money
hard to tell if its a "goodbye", but I definitely would consider other financing options.
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      08-30-2019, 12:53 PM   #59
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I found a m3 for sale an 09 m3 with 64k miles I took it for pre inspection and the guy said it needs a new oil filter housing gasket and I also got to do the road bearing kms but the car as is for 24 grand otd my pros on that car is it's clean drives nice my cons r it's a 10 year old car and I'm financing the car for 6 years I donít know if the car will last that long but do you think itís a goodbye for a 2009 and three in 2019? FYI just started college gonna be tough on money
Not sure an M3 is the right car to have in mind if money will be tough to come by with college.

Did you mean the oil fill housing? I believe you will need to replace the entire valve cover gasket on the passenger side if it's the oil fill housing that's leaking. You might get away with finding an indy shop who will do it as low as $3-400 or so.

And rod bearings will cost you between $1800 to $2700 depending on the shop as well.

So on top of that 24 grand, you're adding another $2200 to $3100.

There is no reason a 2009 with 64k shouldn't last another 6 years. From what I have read, after figuring in the commons issues (RBs, DCT leak, TAs), E9X M3s seem to be more reliable than 335is (N54 or N55 which have the LPFP, HPFP, Water pump issues, and other issues).

The majority of the operating expenses for an M3 is gas, oil changes, brakes and tires and all 4 of those really depend on how much you drive.

Full disclosure here...the only reason I was able to buy my E92 M3 was because I got it for $17,500 (81K miles). The DCT lower pan, RBs and motor mounts were done for $2800. So all together, I am only $20,300 into it. Come spring time, I will probably get both valve cover gaskets done.

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      08-30-2019, 01:04 PM   #60
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I found a m3 for sale an 09 m3 with 64k miles I took it for pre inspection and the guy said it needs a new oil filter housing gasket and I also got to do the road bearing kms but the car as is for 24 grand otd my pros on that car is it's clean drives nice my cons r it's a 10 year old car and I'm financing the car for 6 years I don’t know if the car will last that long but do you think it’s a goodbye for a 2009 and three in 2019? FYI just started college gonna be tough on money
I would definitely make the seller pay for the OFHG and I would assume that's a $1K job at least. It's a BIG job if done correctly, with so much of the front end coming off... depending on the spec of the car, that price needs to probably be in the 22K range just with the leaking oil filter housing... then budget rod bearings.
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      08-30-2019, 01:14 PM   #61
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I would definitely make the seller pay for the OFHG and I would assume that's a $1K job at least. It's a BIG job if done correctly, with so much of the front end coming off... depending on the spec of the car, that price needs to probably be in the 22K range just with the leaking oil filter housing... then budget rod bearings.
He could probably shop around and get a reasonable price if its the OFHG.

But you are right....have the seller take some money off the asking price to pay for the OFHG.
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