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LoveBeingUseless 10-22-2011 06:07 PM

Project: Useless E46
Hows it going guys! I'm ready to start my build thread on my new 2003 BMW 325i. SO far I really like this forum and have enjoyed floatin around checking out old threads and what not.

Before I get started I wanted to tell a little about myself! My name is Austin, I am 20 years old and I come from the VW/Audi scene. I love working with cars and I LOVE working with European cars. I am partial to stance and fitment. Hence my name on this forum, I love making my cars so low static, they are rendered useless :rolleyes: well for most people who arrent familiar with driving low. I live in Ventura County and am a BMW Auto Technician, so I know these cars pretty well and love going to work everyday!


Alright enough with the talk, let me show you what I'm all about, This is my previous ride. A 2000 VW Passat Wagon on 18x10 et25 Miro STP-1's wrapped in 215/35/18 Tires.







I loved my wagon and unfortunatly it got totalled! :( So from there it only made sense to get a BMW Being that I am an auto tech for BMW.

Now on to some e46 content. Here's a couple quick Pics of my car.

Its a 2003 E46 325 5 speed . SO far it's Completely stock. Except for some minor stuff.

Nothing fancy, no sport package or premium package or anythign to that effect, it was traded in to my dealership, owned by a doctor, the interior is IMMACULATE, the paint is in fairly good shape and the motor is happy as could be :) 77xxx miles on her. I was waiting for us to get a e46 in with some more features but the sales dept, gave me a really good deal, so I couldn't pass it up and I couldn't be happier with it! :D

I love documenting my work on my cars, so expect to see this thread to be written almost like a DIY so those who are interested in things they see, hopefully any question that may rise will be answered. I hope you guys enjoy and keep stoppin by!





First Plans:

-Coilovers On Order
-Paint Kidney Grill Trim Satin Black (Done Pics to come)
-Resurface Headlights, (Done Pics to Come)
-E60 Shifter
-Projector Headlights with LED Halo's


Not sure what Wheels I want yet but I'm looking to run 18x10 up front and 18x11 with 215/35 and 235/35 tires offsets I'm not sure, somewhere around et20 or so, I still gotta research more. From what I've seen, for running a 18x10 on the rear, the highest offset you can run without rubbing on the inside is about an et38. so buy throwing 11's back there, I automatically subtract 12.6mm aka 13mm to the et 38 to get a final offset of et25 outback with an 18x11 to be as close as I can without rubbing, than from there I'm going to add about -4 to -5 degrees of camber so I will have to adjust my offset/add spacers to compensate for the rim leaning into the inner wheel well.

Should be an exciting project! I'm looking forward to it! Take care all and thanks for stopping by!


HaloArchive 10-22-2011 06:11 PM

Tint, Drop, LED Tails, Facelift bumpers, Exhaust.

LoveBeingUseless 10-22-2011 06:36 PM

I'm all about fishbowl.. No tint here.. LED tails defintiely, Facelift bumpers and exhaust definitley as well :)

Studdly_Studright 10-22-2011 06:57 PM

As soon as I saw the wagon I was thinking, this is gonna be good :4ngie: Can't wait to see what you do with it. Titanium silver :luv:

domcreates 10-22-2011 07:11 PM

I wish those stp-1's came in 5x120 :(

323I00 10-22-2011 07:38 PM


Originally Posted by studdly_studright (Post 13726782)
as soon as i saw the wagon i was thinking, this is gonna be good :4ngie: Can't wait to see what you do with it. Titanium silver :luv:


nike001 10-22-2011 08:06 PM

This thread will deliver.

SW222 10-22-2011 08:15 PM

I am interested in moar pics of the passenger?

ramtin325i 10-22-2011 08:17 PM

great find and welcome :thumbsup:
its rare finding 325s in stick

dreamdrivedrift 10-22-2011 08:18 PM

pics of the chick

So Lowww 10-22-2011 10:17 PM

Nice wagon, better slam the fcuk outta the 325...anyone that hates can go cry.
Can't wait to see what you do

JordanBMW 10-22-2011 11:17 PM

Lol you

KKe46 10-23-2011 04:08 PM

Haha digging the name.. VW was cool, curious to see route you go on e46. Good luck!

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HardPark'd TT 10-23-2011 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by LoveBeingUseless (Post 13726727)
I'm all about fishbowl.. No tint here.. LED tails defintiely, Facelift bumpers and exhaust definitley as well :)

Good man. This will turn out nice.


Originally Posted by game-of-stance (Post 13726815)
I wish those stp-1's came in 5x120 :(

They do. Get your stance on bro. :facepalm:

Krystian_E46 10-23-2011 04:31 PM

theres no such thing as a useless e46 :4ngie: cant wait to see results of this :)

LoveBeingUseless 10-30-2011 06:43 AM

lol My girl is for me gentlemen... Might I say, though she is looking forward to driving my bmw slammed :)

Thanks for all the Nice comments everyone! I am really looking forward to to get this thing sitting proper!!

Heres a small little update.

Just Painted the kidney grill trim satin black.

I'm sure you know how it all goes.

Paint, sand and prep, I used 800 grit, I sanded one grill while my girl sanded the other. I laid them out and sprayed in nice even coats letting them dry a bit inbetween and sit over night before I installed them.












Thats all for now! More things to come!


DTMdan 10-30-2011 08:03 AM


djewen 10-31-2011 11:17 AM

Your Wagon :drool:

Keep up the good work!

Dibaltic 10-31-2011 01:32 PM

I used to drool over those pics of your old wagon all the time, so I cant wait to see what you do with this car, I'm sure it'll be jaw dropping :thumbsup:

Dibaltic 10-31-2011 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by ramtin325i (Post 13726946)
great find and welcome :thumbsup:
its rare finding 325s in stick

tell me about it! when i was shopping for a 3 series i could only find 2 within a 100 mile radius that were stick. :banghead: i ended up buying one of those two lol

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