2009 BMW 335i Coupe (E92) 6 Speed Manual – For Sale




2009 BMW 335i Coupe (E92) 6MT/Sport/M-Technic/No iDrive

  • Rare special order BMW configured by an enthusiast – 6 Speed Manual Transmission, no iDrive or Premium Package!
  • Last of the 3 series coupes,  E90 generation is the last REAL 3 series, a car that FEELS like a BMW, not a Euro-Lexus.
  • A real German BMW – built in Regensburg Germany, not South Africa, South Carolina or Mexico!
  • Still looks, feels and SMELLS like a new car
  • 79,600 miles
  • Ext. Black Sapphire Metallic (475), exterior 9.5/10, no dents, dings, scratches and paint is glossy and swirl-free
  • Int. Black Dakota Leather (LCSW), interior 9.5/10 leather in perfect condition
  • N54 Twin-Turbo I6 engine 302+ HP (only available until 2/2010 production except in 335is model)
  • 6 Speed Manual (ZF GS6 S53BZ) rare option, same 6MT transmission as E9x M3
  • Transmission shifts perfectly, strong clutch
  • 3rd owner, never registered outside of  California (NEVER IN SNOW very rarely in rain ZERO RUST), never tracked
  • Clean title, clean CarFax, no accidents
  • Purchased as BMW Certified Pre-Owned 07/2012
  • Excellent reliability record, with all supporting documents since delivery 03/2009
  • 100% up to date – All factory recommended maintenance performed at BMW dealer up to 72k mi, plus additional “Mike Miller Lifetime Maintenance Schedule”, for long term reliability and durability (details below)
  • Adult driven, non-smoker,  always garaged – aprox. 70/30 highway/city driving mix.
  • Everything you need (6MT, Sport, Leather, ZCW) and nothing you don’t: Runflat tires, iDrive, obsolete BMW Assist, or outdated, obsolescent navigation that is super expensive to update or repair, no dead electric steering or fake engine noise, etc.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • $17,950.-

Contact cinematechnic@mac_com


Standard Features – 2009 335i Coupe

  • 3.0L DOHC 24v twin-turbo 300-horsepower 6-cylinder N54 engine with Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Brake Fade Compensation, Hill-Start Assistant, Brake Drying with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • 4 wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control
  • Engine speed sensitive HYDRAULIC variable-assist power steering
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Xenon Adaptive Headlights (swivels into corners) with dynamic auto-leveling
  • Halogen free-form front foglights
  • 2-way power glass moonroof
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Automatic headlight control
  • AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • BMW Advanced Safety System
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • Split fold-down rear seats
  • Power Moonroof
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds, top speed 155 mph (limited) [BMW test data]
  • EPA rating: 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway

Factory Installed Options:

  • Sports Package (M Sport Suspension, 8-way power front sport seats, 3 spoke sport steering wheel, engine oil cooler, increased top speed)
  • High Gloss Satin Black Trim (760)(BMW Individual “no chrome” window option)
  • 19 inch wheels/tires (upgraded to CSL style wheels, details below)
  • Cold Weather Package (heated front seats, heated steering wheel, ski bag, headlight washers)
  • Park Distance Control (PDC) rear
  • Aux audio input USB/MP3, iPod/iPhone compatible (6FL)
  • Dakota Leather Upholstery, Black (LCSW)
  • Gray Poplar Wood Trim (4AS) very dark like rosewood (guitar fretboard color)
  • Comfort Access keyless entry (322)
  • Anti-Theft Alarm System (5GA)
  • HiFi Audio System (676)

NOTE: M Sport Package was not available on 2009 335i coupes. I have retrofitted most of the M Sport Package interior items using original BMW parts.

M Technic front spoiler, black kidney and lower grilles, smoke side reflectors, yellow Lamin-X fog lamps

Upgrades: (Genuine BMW Parts installed after delivery)

  • M Technic Front Spoiler (OE retrofit aero package)
  • M Sport Shift Knob – perforated leather
  • M Sport Brake Lever – perforated leather
  • M Sport foot rest
  • M Performance Stainless Pedal Covers (335is style)
  • M Sport door sills
  • BMW Performance Gloss Black Kidney Grilles
  • Black lower front grilles
  • Black Alcantara steering wheel trim
  • BMW M3 suspension upgrades (front tension rods and lower control arms) OE BMW M3  parts used
  • BMW E.U. Sunglass Holder (replaced handle above door on driver’s side)


Upgrades: (aftermarket parts):

  • VMR VB3 (CSL style) wheels  19 x 8.5 front, 19 x 9.5 rear
  • Hankook Ventus R-S3 235/35ZR-19 front tires (not run flat)
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport 265/30ZR-19 rear tires (not run-flat, NOTE tires are worn on inside edge and near end of tread life)
  • P3Cars Vent Integrated Digital Interface (digital readout of coolant temp, turbo boost, etc.) $409.-
  • Huper Optik Ceramic Tint (40% with infrared/ultraviolet block) $500.- (front window tints replaced with new 2/17 under lifetime warranty).
  • Custom Hard wire for Valentine One radar detector with concealed display in ashtray
  • AFE Pro Dry S air filter (reusable, non-oiled)
  • AFE dynamic air scoops (behind kidney grilles, ram air effect)
  • Euro Rear Fog Lights activated
  • Smoke side reflectors (ESS)
  • Lamin-X Endurance Racing Yellow protection film for fog lamps (removable)

Major Maintenance items:

  • 03/2010 HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pump) changed to latest version at 12k* – no problems since
  • 11/2012 Intake valves cleaned (walnut shell blasted) at 49k
  • 12/2012 Front brake pads/rotors at 50k*
  • 12/2012 Valve cover & Oil filter housing gasket at 50k*
  • 01/2013 Manual transmission fluid change (MTF LT3) at 50k
  • 01/2013 Differential fluid change (Motul G300) at 50k
  • 06/2013 Battery cable recall completed
  • 08/2013 Rear brake pads/rotors at 60k*
  • 10/2013 Front tension rods / lower control arms replaced with new M3 parts at 61k
  • 01/2015 Electric water pump and thermostat at 71k*
  • 01/2015 All 6 fuel injectors at 71k*
  • 01/2015 power steering fluid flush at 71k*
  • 04/2016 oil (Mobil 1 0W-40) and OE filter at 77k (changed every <7k mi, confirmed by oil analysis)
  • 06/2016 Coil #6 replaced at 78.5k
  • 08/2016 New battery (Bosch S5), registered
  • All service called for by BMW Condition Based Service (examples: brake fluid flush, cabin air filter, windshield wipers, etc.)

*replaced under BMW warranty/maintenance plan with OE parts

NOTE: Front brake pads will likely last past 100k miles. Rear brake pads likely to last to about 96k miles. Rear brake pads go faster due to DSC using them to control wheelspin. Front and Rear brake rotors should have enough thickness to continue in use at next brake pad change.

Up to date on important maintenance BMW does not cover, including:

New battery, transmission & differential fluid changes, intake valves cleaned, coolant and PS fluid changes, oil and filter at <7k intervals, confirmed by oil analysis.

Always used BMW original oil filters and approved synthetic motor oils (BMW 5W-30 for dealer oil changes, Castrol 5W-40 and later Mobil1 0W-40 for my oil changes).

Detailed maintenance records from day/mile one, all receipts since my ownership, dealer service records prior. Excellent oil analysis reports from Blackstone labs.

Custom Modifications:

Valentine One radar detector hard wire. All wires hidden and power is drawn from the cigarette lighter fuse. Concealed display is integrated into the ashtray. VERY stealthy setup that requires only that you clip the V1 to the passenger’s sun visor and plug it in with the cable that’s hidden there. All you need is your own V1 unit.

Euro Rear Fog Lights activated using a 3D printed polycarbonate plunger to replace the one that BMW removes from the US cars to keep you from using the rear fog lights.  This is great for when you are being tailgated.

BMW N54 twin-turbo engine cut away – the front and rear 3 cylinders each have their own turbo

N54 Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Engine:

My car has the N54 engine. This very high performance twin turbo engine with forged crankshaft and full dual exhaust was only available until 2/2010 production in the 335i, later cars have the single turbo N55 engine, with cast iron crankshaft and single exhaust (but still twin mufflers).

The E92 335i [with N54 engine] has become the BMW to tune. It has become synonymous with making big horsepower with relatively easy modifications.

-Turner Motorsport

The N55 has lower emissions and slightly better fuel economy, but does not have the same power curve as the N54, nor does it have the same potential for aftermarket power upgrades.

My engine in in superb condition, confirmed by recent oil analysis. It has an extremely low oil consumption rate of less than 1/2 quart in 8000 miles. I have never added oil between oil changes as it has never consumed more than 1/4 quart in 7000 miles, and I’ve never gone longer between changes.

My engine has never been tuned. I did do the research on this and will be happy to provide my information to the buyer if the are interested in more power. These engines can be tuned to the 360 HP range with a few supporting modifications and stock levels of drivability or durability. 400+ HP is within relatively easy reach, with a few more mods and close supervision of the engine.

N54 vs N55 engine:

The N54 is the original twin-turbo engine with a conventional throttle, the N55 is the single turbo engine with Valvetronic. 2011 and later 335i have the N55 engine except for the special edition 335is and 1 Series M Coupe which use the N54.

BMW claims the same 300HP rating for both N54 and N55 engines, but multiple independent tests have confirmed that both stock N54’s and N55’s put out considerably more than 300HP at the crankshaft.

Automobile magazine tested an N54 powered 335i at 277 Rear Wheel HP, equal to about 326 HP at the crank. In the same session, an N55 powered car delivered 266 RWHP equal to about 314 HP at the crank.

In general, vs. the N55 engine, the N54 has a flatter power curve. The N55 produces slightly more torque between 2200 and 5000 rpm. The N54 produces sightly more torque below 2000 rpm and above 5000 rpm.

The largest torque differential is at 2500 rpm, where the N55 is +30 lb-ft, and the largest HP differential is at 6750 rpm where the N54 is +25 HP.

N54’s have a true free flowing dual exhaust, vs. single exhaust with dual mufflers on the N55 cars. N54’s true dual exhaust and piezo injectors make it a more costly engine than the N55.

Manual Transmission – The Enthusiast’s Choice

My car has the rare ZF 6 speed manual transmission. This is the exact GS6 transmission used in the E9x M3 and the E9x 335is. 99% of the 335i’s out there have the conventional automatic. If you are a true enthusiast you will accept no substitute transmission. The ZF 6 is a close-ratio 6 speed manual with a short precise shifter.

The transmission in my car shifts perfectly into every gear, even from a cold start. It has had a fluid change at <50k miles with BMW MTF-LT3 oil (the factory-fill gear oil). The clutch is strong, showing no signs of any slippage or chatter.

Manual transmissions only need two things: New gear oil every 50k miles, and a new clutch every 150k miles or so, and they last forever. Even if the gear oil is not changed, the transmission will not fail, but shift quality will be comprimised.

Regrettably, BMW is still putting decals like this on the transmissions (photo is from my transmission):


I took the photo to identify the correct oil to order for my transmission fluid change.

No Steptronic Ticking Time Bomb Automatic…

With the manual transmission, you won’t have to worry about any long term failure problems with super expensive ZF 6 speed Steptronic automatic transmissions that have never had their Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) changed (which is probably 99% of them).

ZF recommends changing the Steptronic’s ATF every 62k miles (100k km). When the E90’s were new, BMW claimed the ATF is “lifetime fill”, but if you read the fine print (ZF’s  info), lifetime is defined as 200k km = 124k miles. Now BMW has got “religion” (probably got sued) and they are recommending ATF fluid change at 100k mile intervals.

BUT – the Septronic Auto transmission fluid change does NOT show up in the Condition Based Service indicator, and the transmissions have a big label on them that says “lifetime fill – no oil change”. So you can be sure than 99% of the Steptronic 335i’s with over 62k miles have never had their ATF fluid changed.

E92 Coupe vs. E90 Sedan

Coupes (E92) are much less common than sedans (E90). For the years of simultaneous coupe and sedan production (model year 2007-2011) more than four sedans were produced for each coupe produced.

E92 coupes and E90 sedans have the same engines, transmissions and suspensions. The differences are body (not one panel is the same) and interior. Many interior parts are different between cope and sedan, and the coupe is a dedicated 4-seater with a center console in the rear (like the E34 M5).

The E92 coupe also has a slightly less restrictive exhaust with more engine sound. The center resonator that sits between the secondary catalyst and the main mufflers is deleted in the coupe.

E92 coupes and E93 cabrios are built in BMW’s Regensburg, Germany plant.

The differences are so significant that after the E92 series, BMW decided to establish the 4 series coupes, in order to command a higher price, making the E92 the ultimate 3 series coupe.

Last REAL 3 Series BMW – Last one on Car and Driver 10 Best List

The E9x series is widely considered to be the last “real” BMW 3 series. The last with hydraulic power steering, where you can FEEL what the front wheels are doing.

The BMW 3 series has been on the Car and Driver 10 Best Cars list EVERY year between 1992 and 2014, only dropping off the list in 2015. The E92 series last model year was 2014. Perhaps the F30 cars are too “soft”?

“The BMW 3-series is a perennial winner of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars award and has won every comparison test in which it has competed since the E90 series was launched in 2005.” – Car and Driver magazine


Suspension on my car is stock except for the genuine BMW M3 tension arms and lower control arms that replaced the worn original parts (the stock bushings go bad at 60k). This is the single best suspension mod you can do to a RWD Sport Package E90 series.

BMW used very soft oil-filled bushings in the suspension of non-M cars to compensate for the rock-hard run-flat tires fitted on new cars. The bushings soften the steering feel and deflect under hard cornering wearing out the outside edge of the front tires.

The photo below shows how the front bushings wore out the shoulder of the Michelin Pilot Sport 2’s that were on my car when I bought it. I replaced the worn tires with the updated Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Tire wear is even now.

Uneven Front Tire Wear BMW E90
Uneven front tire wear caused by stock lower control arm bushing on BMW E90 series. Note how the wear has rolled over onto the sidewall. The solution is M3 control arms.

The rubber of these soft bushings cracks and the oil leaks out at about 60k miles. And this is NOT covered under CPO or Extended Maintenance.

Proper bushings were fitted to the M3’s since run-flat tires were never fitted to the M cars. The M3 lower control arms also increase negative camber which reduces understeer.


Garage kept since my ownership. Paint is in very good condition, no dents or scratches on the body, paint is swirl-free.

The CPO dealer told me they had repainted the front bumper cover to correct rock chips, etc. Although never disclosed, I suspect there was a partial repaint on the driver’s side door and part of the rear quarter panel. You have to look very closely to notice it. Most likely the result of a parking lot scrape.

Although my car has never been in an accident, the hood and front/rear bumper covers have been repainted recently. The hood was dented by a crazed L.A. pedestrian while I was driving. This was cosmetic damage only. I have the police report and insurance estimate. The bumper covers had scratches that were unavoidable in LA even for a garage kept car. I took advantage to have everything done at the same time.

OK – If this car is so great, why the hell are you selling it?

I have greatly enjoyed every minute of owning and driving this car, and I am reluctant to sell. No car I have owned has received more compliments. My plan was for long term ownership, and I have taken meticulous care of this car.

In 2015 I purchased a 2000 E46 wagon as my daily driver so the 335i became a weekend car. In 2016 I started my own business. I have reluctantly decided to sell in order to finance the expansion of the business. I also have plans to start a family, so I will likely need to be in the four-door world for a while.

When I look at these pictures I took of my car, I don’t want to sell it. Make me an offer before I change my mind…

Forget the B.S. you may have heard about N54 335i’s

Other than the standard “they all do that” items (HPFP, rubber gaskets, water pump, etc.) nothing unexpected has gone wrong with this car in four and a half years of my ownership. I have very detailed service records for this car to back up that assertion.

When driven and maintained properly, these are reliable and durable cars. The engines are overbuilt and nearly bulletproof, as evidenced by how many have been tuned in excess of 500 HP.

There are cheaper 335i’s out there than mine. But most of those cars are slowly ticking time bombs. The only got minimal or no maintenance (regrettably  per BMW’s recommendation). That why I did the “Old School” “Lifetime Maintenance Schedule”.

If you buy one of those neglected 335i’s you’ll end up spending $2500.- to take care of all the maintenance the previous owner avoided doing. That’s best case. Worst case scenario is the steptronic failing and  needing a rebuilt ZF automatic transmission for about $8,000.-

You won’t have that problem with my car.

Since the expiration of the CPO warranty in March 2015, the only item I’ve had to replace is a single ignition coil ($32.- and 20 minutes to install), and the original battery (which CPO would not cover anyway) which had reached the end of it’s service life at 90 months. That’s it.

The strongest thing I can say is this: Once my business becomes profitable, I would purchase another E92 335i or M3 without hesitation. Sorry BMW, but you jumped the shark after the E90’s.

I’m in no rush to sell – if you like this car you should hurry and make me an offer before I change my mind…

I will consider reasonable offers, but will politely decline offers that are too low.

Contact: cinematechnic@mac_com

NOTE: This car is subject to the massive Takata airbag recall. This recall has not been completed because the parts are not yet available. The parts should be available in 2017. I have the original recall paperwork and the recall will be performed free of charge at any BMW dealer once parts are available. Since this car has never been operated in a humid environment, there should be little concern about the airbag.

P.S. Don’t bother mentioning KBB values to me. Their valuations are notoriously inaccurate for speciality cars such as sport and M model BMW’s. There are plenty of inadequately maintained non-sport auto transmission 335i sedans with chrome windows and 15k mile oil changes out there if you want to try to pay KBB prices.

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