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    Help me make a choice! M235i or 335is

    Hey everyone, as the title says I'm having a little trouble deciding which car to get, maybe you guys could give me some opinions, which one would you choose and why? I was originally looking for a 335is 6mt but I was having trouble finding one, so I started looking at M235i's. I've test drove a M235i and it was nice, felt quick to me. I found the quality of the interior to be underwhelming IMO. I'm currently driving a 2001 e39 540i so it was different to say the least.

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    Hello - what are your goals with the car? Are you going to be upgrading it? tracking it? stock DD? It'll be easier for us to give opinions if we know what the end goal is - both are excellent cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelican Parts View Post
    Hello - what are your goals with the car? Are you going to be upgrading it? tracking it? stock DD? It'll be easier for us to give opinions if we know what the end goal is - both are excellent cars.
    Good point! It going to my DD replacement for the 540. I do plan on modding it to some extend, specifically looking to make power. I've done alot of research on N54 vs N55 and they both seem to have plenty of aftermarket support. A warranty isn't a huge deal to me as I'm used to doing my own work, so I'm interested to know which one has an easier time for DIY. I know alot of what I'm asking is very subjective but that's the point, everyone got an opinion. Thanks

    Also a 335is are 5-10K cheaper than an M235i
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    335i with N54 would be my choice based on price and performance potential. I have a 535i with N54 and JB4 and it goes OK. However, older cars need some maintenance. Fluids aren't really lifetime. Intake chamber needs walnut blasting and scraping. Oil filter housing and cooler and valve cover gaskets need replacing. Needs new ignition coils if raising the boost. Probably should change the 02 sensors. Upper radiator hose small tube across top of radiator is probably brittle. Wastegates may rattle if turbos not yet replaced. Nothing insurmountable but 10 year old cars need more work than 5 year old cars. They also cost less.

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