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bigjae1976 02-08-2013 01:33 AM

I'm leaving my E46!
A very tough decision but as you may have noticed from my F/S threads I've decided to part my 2004 330Ci out. I've owned that car for 9.5 years and we've been through so much together. We've won SQ comps, drag raced, and did many hours on the track. The best part was on the track, I'd catch a corvette in the corners. The vette would expect to blow me away on the straight...but I'd stay with them...in a 330! I do love this car. I've always gotten out of it with a smile on my face. The car is in amazing condition...the paint is better than most E90s out there. She has been the best companion.

I really wanted to keep it. The plan was to drive it until I die. But things change like BMW inventing an AWESOME 4.0L V8. I DD an E90 M3 and then had this as a track car. But it doesn't make sense. An FI'd 330 on the track is not reliable. They are fine on the street though. The MS45 DME is a massive PIA. The only real way to make it reliable for track use is to spend about $11.5k for a built engine, stand alone, and tune it. I could buy a new 330 for that. Even then the M54 is just not made for it.

I start taking off the supercharger and return the car close to stock next week. So long good friend! I hope she finds as good a home as I gave her or even better! :bawling:

Some parting pics.

First...stock and brand new back in Sep 2003.









Action Videos




bigjae1976 02-08-2013 01:41 AM

I'm not leaving for long. Hello 2004 M3! Its got 99,200 miles on it and its Red on Red...AND its a 6SP! I've seen these going for close to $20k...got it for less. The paint is not so great but it covers the metal. The front bumper needs to be replaced. It runs fabulous and the interior is in really good shape except for the pillars and mirror. My new track car...here's the planned build:

TC Kline D/A coilovers (have)
TMS rear adj control arms (have)
RTAB limiters (have)
Vorshlag camber plates
Stoptech BBK - front and rear
4.10 gears
Apex ARC8s with 275 Nitto NT01s (have)
Bimmerworld exhaust
SS Headers
Software (not sure who's yet)
Sabelt seats and Schroth harnesses (have)
Stipped interior
Sunroof delete
Pulleys (not sure who's yet)
4pt cage
Carbon hood and trunk
Aero (lip, splitter, wing)

Eventually maybe put on a CSL style intake with Alpha-N...but I'll have to do a lot of research.






HacksawMark 02-08-2013 02:03 AM

Well goodbye! And hello again? LOL!

WALKD U 02-08-2013 02:19 AM


mtnbound 02-08-2013 02:49 AM


Gheybe 02-08-2013 03:07 AM

As soon as I saw the second post, I said to myself "He better put the CSL intake and run Alpha-N on this."

Kept reading, and sure enough.
Can't wait to see where this goes. For the love of Jesus don't put black ARC-8s on it.

gearhead2069 02-08-2013 05:07 AM


Originally Posted by Gheybe (Post 15142085)
...For the love of Jesus don't put black ARC-8s on it.

Thank you! :facepalm:

trizzuth 02-08-2013 07:29 AM

nice pick up! wtf is that thing in the front/middle of your old E46's engine?

330iPilot 02-08-2013 09:49 AM

I was wondering the same thing.

TheJonRoss 02-08-2013 10:31 AM


choxor 02-08-2013 10:34 AM

IR on IR is sex. Congrats!

bigjae1976 02-08-2013 10:58 AM

That is an inline oil filter.

Not sure about Alpha-N. Wanna stay close to stock on the engine at this point. Need to do lots of research. I learned my lesson with the 330.
Also never planned on getting an E46 M3 so I never paid close attention.

BimmersGarage 02-08-2013 11:10 AM

Good bye.

Damn! Back so soon!? That was fast..

Sweet M3!
Looking forward to seeing some more track action!

NukeMiller 02-08-2013 12:02 PM

So what do you want for the M3 wheels? or are you keeping them for backup?

WDE46 02-08-2013 12:41 PM

If you cut and polished that red paint it would look good again. Right now it's pretty bad. What did the PO wash it with? Steel wool?

bigjae1976 02-08-2013 12:45 PM

Those wheels are curbed pretty bad and I have to keep them for awhile.

It was a private sale with some auto garage...so no recon was done.

saxual328ci 02-08-2013 01:28 PM

so long

welcome back :)

bigjae1976 02-08-2013 01:53 PM

Did anyone think I would let 11k+ posts go to waste? NO WAY!

WDE46 02-08-2013 04:58 PM

Did your OBM coupe have Bi-xenons? If so, how much for the sensors and ballasts and headlight assemblies?

E46Snowball 02-08-2013 06:17 PM

Sweeet I'm subbing to this. Excited to see what you have in store for this beautiful M.

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