Help me write the E9x buyers guide

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  1. 15 Apr 2014 at 5:35 PM #21
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    All i know having only owned one for a short space of time is that the CIC had a hard drive, maps, music etc can be loaded onto this, the UI is much easier to navigate around, the old CCC style I found a bit clunky to get around

    As for retrofitting i'm not 100%, it's not going to be cheap unless you run into a bit of luck and find some very cheap, best bet is have a look around here, it's been mentioned before. I was looking into upgrading my CIC to one with DAB/TVTuner etc but it was looking like in total it was going to be around 1k includig the combox which just wasn't worth it for what I got

    Alpina527 seems to be the man to answer these questions for you
     
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    Sept 2008 build had the newer CIC IIRC

    You can fit just the CIC controller as long as your firmware is up to date, easy way to check is just plug in the new controller (and center console) and see if it works. if not you need to get the dealer to update your software, do this before fiitting CIC and put your CCC controller back in otherwise it will fail.

    CIC can be had from 600-1000 depending who/when and if it has DAB or correct software for combox etc.

    Console trim is circa £200 and controller is 80-200 depending on where you get it from.
     
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    havent seen much about the audio systems?
     
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    :D that's brilliant :thumbsup:
     
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    The bit I'm in the dark about is the various settings through CIC they and handbook does not cover everything

    When I first got the car I wanted to change something and only found it through forums which told me to move DCT leaver to the right to get more options, I cannot even remember what it was now
     
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    That's made me curious now.

    I've taken a while before I found how to change the key settings but managed to find everything else I think.
     
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    See my other post BMWCAR Magazine April 15 out now,should help as a M3 V8 buyers guide features in it .
     
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    I've found this thread really useful for finding information out about the E9x

    Is there a thread on here on the extras for the E9x?

    I know it's personal opinion but I'm trying to get my head around the different options and what to keep an eye out for
     
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    Very helpful info, in the works of buying a e92 m3, this will help
     
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    Options are options, so not really necessary just add style, weight and convenience to your car..

    I've just bought my second e92 and when hunting I looked for the following

    - DCT
    - DAB
    - competition package
    - MPE

    It also has the storage package, individual paint, satin 359's, front splitters (not keen) and rear carbon spoiler, black chrome kidneys, black chrome side indicators, split armrest

    In addition to AUC check .. I checked ..

    - I went right over all the paint work
    - inspected underneath on the garage ramp, looking for any signs of damage, grass, loose fittings
    - inside boot and under the carpet
    - dropped the rear seats down and checked
    - under bonnet, checked for mat paint, build wax, hoses, fixings
    - radiator for signs of wildlife
    - wheels / tyres
    - moved seats front and back and checked carpet and wiring
    - carbon roof for any signs of scratches or damage
    - checked DAB
    - checked security upgrade installed (key in door method)
    - checked cic settings, vehicle info

    HTH
     
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    Worth adding some information about the ex Palmersport track cars that are sold as AUC cars through the BMW network. Through an arrangement between BMW UK and Palmersport, BMW effectively 'lend' Palmersport batches of about 20 white BMW M3s (and now M4s) for exclusive use at their 'M3 Master' experience days at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch. Participants normally get two 15 minute track drives in the M3, with an instructor, followed by a flying lap with the instructor driving. As you can imagine these cars have led short, but hard lives.

    The cars are sold on through closed auction to dealers in the BMW network after roughly two years of track use. Most cars have very low mileage, normally under 10k miles.

    The way to spot these cars is as follows:

    - The e92 M3s are always Alpine white
    - Y registered
    - Owned by BMW UK from new
    - Service history by BMW UK, not a main dealer
    - Identical mid level spec including 19" wheels, DCT, EDC, carbon structure trim, folding mirrors, heated seats, F/R parking sensors, black novillo leather
     
  13. 14 Nov 2015 at 6:32 AM #33
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    Although really you should not have to, but from my experience of buying from a dealer, check the mileage, the mileage on the mot and the mileage on the sales invoice. Somehow they even managed to screw that up,.. They did fix it

    Be very careful with dealers, the salesmen all have shiney suits and cuflinks but some might as well sell toilet roll for the good they are.
     
  14. 13 Jan 2016 at 12:42 PM #34
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    Are we sure all the palmer cars are DCT?
     
  15. 13 Jan 2016 at 1:25 PM #35
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    Pretty sure yes.

    Also:
    The first CiC cars with HDDs were built for the 2009 model year, so cars built from Aug 2008 onwards should have this feature...CiC cars are more desirable and tend to fetch a premium over earlier cars.
    On optional extras:
    Competition pack: 1/2" suspension drop, a different set of wheels and an EDC settings change for Sport mode, which went from passive to active. Other EDC settings remained the same...Comp pack cars fetch quite a premium, out of proportion to what you get IMO but thats the market.
    DCT: somewhere around 90% of E9x M3s came with DCT once it was released, if you fancy a manual they should be significantly cheaper than the same spec'ed DCT car.
    19" wheels: A very popular option, if the car you want doesn't have them you can at least buy a set.
    Sun protection glass: blacked rear windows - a popular option sets the look of the car off especially when white.
    Parking sensors: Rear parking sensors are very handy...as are the front ones, the trouble when you have both is that there is a lot of beeping going on when in a tight space which a bit distracting.
    EDC: I've had a car with and without...can't say I am that fussed about it, its OK but once the initial phase of button pressing has passed, it just gets left in one setting. Usually EDC cars attract a premium over non EDC cars.
    Folding mirrors: Have them, never used them ever. Handy though if you park on a main road. Can be coded to fold on key lock.
    Heated seats: Worth it just for those cold mornings.
    Bluetooth and centre armrest USB port: Pretty much essential.
    Colour: Frozen colour cars fetch a hefty premium. In standard colours, white is by far the most popular and was the most ordered colour. Red was the least ordered colour.
     
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    Thanks Bob.

    Do we know if there were any manual competition packs / frozen cars (I'm pretty sure frozen were all DCT?)
     
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    Understand what the running costs are before buying - can you afford to use the correct oils, parts and tyres.

    Too many people trying to run m3 on a shoestring, with cheap tyres, inferior parts, lack of proper servicing, etc. A travesty - these cars deserve so much better.
     
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    @Caveman73 or anyone else know if there is there any way to find out for sure if a car is an ex palmersport car?
     
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    Later Idrive was from September 2008. Mine is the very first one. PY38093, check it out on that vin checker. Chassis number before (PY38092) has the earlier system.

    PY38093 build date 01/09/2008 (My car) Newer Idrive

    [​IMG]image by Eddie Marriott, on Flickr

    [​IMG]image by Eddie Marriott, on Flickr

    PY38092 build date 30/08/2008 Older Idrive

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    [​IMG]image by Eddie Marriott, on Flickr
     
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    Thanks guys, great start to my research for an e92, sorry for sounding dumb but what is Cic/CCC?
     

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