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Thread: 2008 E90 M3 6MT LCI Rod Bearings

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Columbus, OH

    Default 2008 E90 M3 6MT LCI Rod Bearings

    The story:

    I bought this car from a forum member (second owner) in August, when I still lived in the Southeast and could feasibly drive the car my 10 mile commute all year round. I have since moved to the Midwest and have a 35 mile commute. Needless to say, the car is in the garage for the winter (refuse to expose it to road salt). I have 5 cars now, as I was forced to buy a winter beater to supplement this. Trying to downsize from 5 to 4. The car has new tires, a fresh alignment, and recent oil+fluid changes, so it is ready to go for the new owner.

    The car:

    I am the third owner, first owner had it for ~3 years (Florida), second owner had it for ~6 (Texas). The car has not bounced between multiple owners, and it shows. There is one minor accident on history from the beginning of owner # 2's time with the car. He was driving the car from Florida to Texas and a truck rolled back into the car, requiring minor repairs with OEM parts (hood, headlight, etc.). I have photos of the damage, the insurance documentation, etc. The car comes with a binder full of receipts from previous owners with the addition of what I have done to it.

    The car is effectively an 09+ (LCI) in every way except for the clutch assembly. It has BE rod bearings + ARP/BE rod bolts, the best possible solution for the factory rod bearing issue. It has had every failure mode addressed in a preventative manner, meaning it can be driven for years to come without any issue (diff bushings, subframe, etc.). This car would be perfect for a supercharger. I searched for a car of this caliber for well over a year and moved quickly on it once it went for sale. I also debadged the trunk (removed the worn M3 logo), so I apologize as the rear photo is slightly out of date.

    I have the autocheck and BMW Decoder options I can send to any interested parties, the files are too big to attach apparently. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about the car, though my ownership has been relatively short I have tried to capture all of the details accurately. I am happy to provide detailed photos of the small imperfections to any interested parties, as well as the documentation regarding the accident/damage.

    • 2008 E90 M3 6MT, 73k miles
    • Alpine white over black leather
    • Sunroof
    • EDC
    • Navigation (09+, updated with CIC retrofit)
    • Individual Audio
    • No cold weather package (non-heated seats)
    • Exterior: 8.5/10, some rock chips and a few paint imperfections. 0 dents/dings of any kind
    • Interior: 9/10. Steering wheel is showing its age a bit, I cleaned the alcantara immediately after purchasing but the stitching has aged. Only other issue is the passenger front door pull has become sticky from heat.
    • 30,500 w/ extras, 27,500 without FIRM

    Installed Features:

    • CIC retrofit (Coded by Alex @ Alpine)
    • European light switch (for rear fog lights)
    • M3 illuminated door sills
    • F10 M5 Illuminated ZHP shift knob
    • BMW blue stripe alcantara performance steering wheel
    • full carbon leather interior
    • OEM alarm retrofit (coed by Benvo) w/ added adjustable vibration sensor
    • Llumar ceramic tint w/ transferable warranty
    • LED interior light conversion
    • Oh S*** handle sunglasses holder conversion
    • Ashtray delete
    • Rear seat 12V retrofit
    • Clutch Pedal Stop
    • LCI rear trunk conversion (coded by Benvo)
    • Bavgruppe Blacked out headlights with LED rings
    • Macht Schnell stud conversion
    • carbon fiber front spoiler + rear valence
    • IND color matched keyhole delete
    • IND color matched bumper reflectors
    • IND color match turn signal trim
    • OEM black front kidney grill set
    • AA Green Filter
    • BE bearings w/ BE-specific ARP rod bolts (work done by Will @ Mtechnik in San Antonio)
    • New AGM battery with 900 CCA (previous diehard battery kicked the bucket)
    • Ground Control Coilover Conversion (retains edc functionality)
    • Ground Control Camber Plates
    • MRF aluminum subframe mounts (instaed @ ABR in Houston)
    • Turner Motorsports delrin differential bushings (installed by ABR in Houston)
    • OEM 219 Wheels w/ new Kumho Ecsta PS91s installed
    • New OEM throttle body actuator replaced at ~73k miles. Have the old one so it can be rebuilt for when the other bank goes.
    • New OEM HandBrake Handle
    • Updated OEM Oil Filler Cap

    The car also has a plethora of unique Benvo coding:

    • Turn off seatbelt chime for driver
    • turn off seatbelt chime for passenger
    • disable iDrive 'accept' message on startup
    • turn off iDrive Fasten Belts Warning
    • Rollong of windows and sunroof up/down with key fob
    • folding mirrors with the key
    • euro corner delete
    • Enable BMW efficient Dynamics Display
    • low fuel warning comes on @ 1/8th tank
    • Heartbeat flashing hazard lights


    • BPM stage 2 tune on a flash drive
    • Dell Inspiron Laptop w/ reading software + cable for connectivity
    • Pressed Graphite Volk TE37SL 18x9.5/18x10.5 (2k additional if purchased with the car)
    • OEM Euro Bumper painted by IND in AW with Mode Carbon GTS Lip installed (1k additional if purchased with the car)


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Columbus, OH


    Took some more pictures in the garage, apologies as the lighting was not great so the interior appears washed out/yellow. The light was also reflecting strangely on the rear seat (what looks like chalk lines on the rear bench). I will try to get some better photos over the next few days.

    Last edited by philohlean; 01-01-2019 at 03:38 PM.

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