“Ironically, I had no initial desire to do any of these modifications on my 2007 BMW 335i when I bought the car used in early 2011. My goal was to pick up a manual transmission sports sedan as a fun daily driver for not too much money, and I’ve always loved bimmers! Of course I wanted an M3, but coupes are everywhere and I’ve got four kids -and besides, they’re pricey – and I didn’t want a cheap one with 100,000+ miles. Needless to say, finding an affordable M3 sedan with manual transmission isn’t easy. I finally got tired of waiting and settled for a 335i I found on Autotrader, at a used dealership on the coast. This BMW 335i had sport package, navigation, sunroof, short throw shifter, and a really nice exhaust note, which I later found out, was an aftermarket mod by the previous owner. Owner also blacked it out pretty well, but as you can see, I finished the job. Anyway she was pretty, fun to drive, and had only about 48,000 miles on the odometer. I got her for $24K, which I thought was a bargain.
As far as mods go, I suppose I was like most car owners- eventually slap some new wheels and tires on there and at least she’ll look a little cooler, and that’s exactly what my original intention was on my first trip to ModBargains. I contacted Alan and he set me up with some killer Avant Garde M310s. I loved ModBargains because their prices and products were so awesome, they specialized in BMWs, and they were in SoCal.
On the day I arrived at Modbargains to have my new wheels and tires installed, Alan asked me a very fateful question, “Have you considered adding any performance enhancement products to your car?” My reaction was, “What performance enhancement products?? ” That started a long journey of learning, buying, and killer driving! First thing I learned was that the twin turbo design on the 335s allowed significant modifications that could push the car to power levels that meet or exceed the M3! What?! I can have my M3 after all? So I bought the Cobb flash tuner, ran Stage 1, and instantly fell in love with the power gains. I was hooked. Drove all the way home with a smile on my face. My only question now was how fast can this go? Turns out it was Stage 2 with FMIC. So I couldn’t help myself and bought a new aFe dual cone intake, an Evolution Racewerks intercooler, and AR Design downpipes and had the car set to Stage 2.
I drove like a maniac on the way home. Pure power and adrenaline. I just couldn’t believe the power I was getting out of this car.
So to make a long story short, I got spoiled. I decided that I was finally driving an “M3”, and I wanted it to look that way. Alan helped me with a ton of nice exterior enhancements. A new carbon fiber (CF) vented hood, M3 package, CF grills, CF front lip, and CF spoiler. Now not only do I turn heads when I fly by people, but I turn heads in the parking lot as well.
Thanks so much to the ModBargains team, and especially to Alan for his patience and educating me
as I turned my car into my dream machine. And perhaps the best part is I’m maybe a total of around $30K int this car which irritates the crap out of my M3 friends as I burn by them and their empty wallets! Ha! I only
have one more visit to make to Modbargains to put on the new super deep concave Forgestar F14 wheels in matte gunmetal…killer…what can I say, I’m hooked!
Forgestar F14 Super Deep Concave Wheels
Cobb AccessPORT Tuner N54
AR Design Catted Downpipes
Evolution Racewerks Competition Intercooler
aFe Dual Cone Intake
Borla Cat-Back Exhaust
BMS Oil Catch Can