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Lifted Diesel F30 Daily Driver?


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Some cars just have a weird way of finding me. I was not looking for an F30, but then again, I am always looking for cars to buy and sell. After buying a 2008 Tahoe hybrid on a whim to tow my boat, I came across a listing for a unique Alpine white over Saddle brown fully loaded 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive that was lifted, deleted, and tuned. The listing stated that the owner was looking for a truck or Tahoe to trade. I messaged him thinking how dumb I would be to get rid of all of my tow vehicles (after just selling my other Tahoe), but at the same time smart because of the value difference and the possibility of finally retiring my civic hybrid of 327k miles. 

Fast forward a week later and I am a proud owner of another diesel BMW, and what better way to really prove a new cars "worth" other than to take it on a 3K mile road trip through the smoky mountain's.  I did some preparation, fixed some things, and fully inspected the car before I left, but safe to say I made it there and back without an issue.  I was thoroughly impressed by the cars capability by not only climbing up the side of a mountain with a bunch of heavily modded trucks, but keeping up with some other newer BMWs on the tail of the dragon.


For now, Im not really sure what the future may hold for the car, but I plan on keeping it for awhile. I have some thoughts in my head of lowering it back down, but for now, Im just going to do some preventative maintenance and fix some of the odds and ends that it needs. This thread will probably be more of a log for me to keep track of such.

Here is what is done to the car:

  • Center Line Wheels 18x8 +35 (1 of 1)
  • TOYO TIRES 225/55/18 Open Country
  • Black Label Lighting 30" Single Row Light Bar
  • D.H. VinylWorx Graphics
  • Buzzken - 328d DPF/SCR delete
  • JR Auto Stage 3 Tune
  • Rising Tuning lift & level kit
  • black kidneys
  • trunk spoiler


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15 hours ago, YoungCR said:

What did you get for fuel mileage? This is crazy awesome. 

I was squeezing 50 out of it on my way down. I had it in eco mode, was coasting a lot, and was very light on the throttle. Once I hit some rain, I gave up and started laying into it. In the mountains on and off road I got a solid 37-38 using the throttle as an on and of switch 😆

3 hours ago, SteelBlue said:

Was this car up in Appleton? I feel like I have seen it before, but maybe I am just imagining things.

Yes. The original owner that modified it worked at Fitment Industries. he sold it to the owner I purchased it from in Neenah. 

2 hours ago, GunMetalGrey said:

Those wheels though

Sewer caps*  (honestly they are centerline 849 PANGEA's) fitting for the lift and tires. 

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2 hours ago, Jdesign said:

Yes. The original owner that modified it worked at Fitment Industries. he sold it to the owner I purchased it from in Neenah. 

This is explains a lot because the Black Label Lighting is a Custom Offsets only brand.

This thing is so fucking cool.  I'm not a big one for graphics but the lower black piece and the mountain scene around the back wheels is really fitting for this car.  I love it.

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  • 3 months later...

Maintenance Update! 

This car was overdue for some general service. I placed an order to do the 150k service interval. I’m taking full advantage of the FCP lifetime fluids and parts. I am doing a complete fluid flush and brake service. Here is a list of what I ordered;

  • BMW 5W-30 Oil Change Kit
  • BMW Coolant/Antifreeze (2 Gallon)
  • BMW G1 Hypoid Differential Fluid (500mL) x2
  • BMW G2 Hypoid Differential Fluid (500mL) x2
  • BMW GA8HP45Z GA8HP70Z Automatic Transmission Service Kit
  • BMW Zimmermann Brake Kit
  • DOT 4 TYP 200 Brake Fluid (2 Liter)
  • BMW Air Filter
  • BMW Cabin Air Filter
  • BMW Fuel Filter
  • BMW Jack Pad




I did realize that the rear trailing arm is missing a rock guard. and the rear diff vibration damper is failing. I will have to order these as well.

  • BMW Vibration Absorber (40Hz) - Genuine BMW 33316798890


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