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Old January 16th, 2019, 17:33   #871
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How long did the harmonic balancer last? I'm thinking of replacing mine as PM at 60K miles.
Mine croaked at 108k km = 67k mi.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 18:29   #872
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Thanks for the info. Maybe I will replace it at 60K miles.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 20:38   #873
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Thanks for the info. Maybe I will replace it at 60K miles.

It's pretty unscientific, but you can do a visual on it to see if the rubber mass between the inner and outer rings looks bad. If it's got any pitting or cracking to it, get it out of there. If the rubber looks nice and smooth and black, maybe you can go awhile. I'm guessing a car kept in a climate controlled garage would get more miles out of the HB than one sitting outside in a place with lots of freeze/thaw cycles.
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Old January 16th, 2019, 20:48   #874
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Mines never been parked inside and I'll hit 119k miles tomorrow on my way home to KC from Minneapolis, still on the original balancer. Maybe luck of the draw? I'll be inspecting mine soon and had planned to order the fluidampr now that they are back in stock. If mine looks ok I'll hold off getting it until I am in Atlanta in March and just pick it up in person.
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Old January 23rd, 2019, 10:49   #875
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Most people on the e90 forum report them going out around 120,000 miles. Mine gave out at 139,000.

Peter, when you fitted the Kosei's, did you ever find BMW center caps to fit them?
I'm only at 207k miles on my 2012 X5 35d (M57 engine) and it still has its original HB.
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Old February 7th, 2019, 08:33   #876
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I was in Minneapolis this week, lots of snow the past couple of days. I left at midnight headed for KC to try to beat the worst of the storm driving my 335d. When I left Minneapolis there was enough freezing drizzle to keep the top third of my windshield icy until the drizzle changed to heavy snow just after the Iowa border. Drove through constant snow until the Missouri border, then it cleared up shortly after. Car did fantastic on the ice and snow with the all seasons, I haven't even put on my Blizzaks for the season yet. Probably won't at this point. I couldn't figure out why my headlights weren't projecting well until I stopped for fuel and knocked 1/4" of ice off each one

The good news is I got 44.6mpg calculated at fill up on the trip home, the bad news is it took me 3 hours longer to get home because of the icy and snowy conditions. 436 miles door to door, 9 hour drive time.
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Old February 7th, 2019, 17:29   #877
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Old February 7th, 2019, 21:08   #878
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Dubfamily,

Not sure it it's just me, but all I see is a massive post and two huge minus signs--no images load.

335d update: I just got air shocks installed in the rear for towing. This gains 23.6 mm of additional clearance, or putting my rear close to stock ride height (PO had installed coilovers, which ride great, but are quite low). So now I kind of have a good hybrid suspension setup: progressive rate coilover struts in front, progressive springs and air shocks in rear. I had an automatic compressor/controller installed with it. It all adjusts easily with a small remote that clips to my visor. The controller/compressor is wired to an ignition-on fuse. Next up is mounting the Execuhitch and buy a spare tire/wheel.

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@nicklockard, please share your experience with the execuhitch installation and use? I'm considering one for my F10 535d and would be interested in information other than marketing materials. TIA!
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I had my tired original 335d sport suspension replaced with the Bilstein B12 Pro-kit (B8's w/Eibach springs), new shock/strut mounts and spring pads, as well as complete M3 control arms and new tie rods. After waiting two weeks for a bit of shake out and settling, I'm currently at the shop for 4-wheel alignment. The car already felt great. Should be even better with alignment and a tad more camber up front.
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Not sure it it's just me, but all I see is a massive post and two huge minus signs--no images load.
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As the old saying goes, finally broken in!
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Well I did it. Bought a 2016 535d xdrive. CPO but can buy up an extra year for 3000.
Car has warranty otherwise thru 8-2021.

The big question, with 30,000 miles on it and doubtful I will drive it more than 15k a year, should I buy the extra year or not. Since I am planning to keep it quite a while, I have started thinking about saving the money for later big $ repairs.

I still plan to drive the Jetta about 1/2 the time. I am going to miss the 5spd.
Need to go pick it up and drive back to VA from Detroit.
Thanks for any advice,
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Old February 17th, 2019, 10:02   #884
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Well I did it. Bought a 2016 535d xdrive. CPO but can buy up an extra year for 3000.
Car has warranty otherwise thru 8-2021.

The big question, with 30,000 miles on it and doubtful I will drive it more than 15k a year, should I buy the extra year or not. Since I am planning to keep it quite a while, I have started thinking about saving the money for later big $ repairs.

I still plan to drive the Jetta about 1/2 the time. I am going to miss the 5spd.
Need to go pick it up and drive back to VA from Detroit.
Thanks for any advice,
Congrats!! I'm still really enjoying my 2014- every time I drive it.
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Well I did it. Bought a 2016 535d xdrive. CPO but can buy up an extra year for 3000.
Car has warranty otherwise thru 8-2021.

The big question, with 30,000 miles on it and doubtful I will drive it more than 15k a year, should I buy the extra year or not. Since I am planning to keep it quite a while, I have started thinking about saving the money for later big $ repairs.

I still plan to drive the Jetta about 1/2 the time. I am going to miss the 5spd.
Need to go pick it up and drive back to VA from Detroit.
Thanks for any advice,
$3000 for one year of CPO is absurdly over priced. They'd probably just deny anything important anyway. Around 160k miles, the complete emissions system will go to junk. You'll need the money to resolve it. About $13,000 for OEM or $4000 for 'ABC delete'.
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