It’s Flashback Friday, and so we’re taking a second look at February 2013’s Car Of The Month, a gorgeous black E90 BMW 335i sedan. Over the past few years, the owner has worked closely with Modification Expert Alan Wei to turn this E90 from sedate to stunning with the power to match its aggressive exterior. Below is the story of how this car came to be in the owner’s own words. Check it out and enjoy the gallery!

“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!

NOW with
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



Carbon Fiber Lip M3 Style Front Bumper

MTech Rear Bumper

M3 Replica Side Skirts

Carbon Fiber Kidney Grilles



Avant Garde
M310 Wheels

Gunmetal Machined

BMW Aluminum

City Vision
LED Angel Eyes

H&R Wheel

If you’re interested in turning your own 335i from sedate into a proper M3 fighter – talk to Modification Expert Alan Wei – he’s got the Experience, Expertise and Enthusiasm to pair your car with the right parts for your goals and help you unlock the true potential of your BMW. Call 714-582-3330 to speak to Alan and our other Modification Experts about your project today! Or, chat live on