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|08-03-2010, 12:20 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Los Angeles
My Ride: 2001 330Ci
Advice on Mods!
Hey everyone, i am planning on buying a 2001 330i and i was wondering what the most important modifications would be and what i should do first.
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|08-03-2010, 12:29 AM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas, United States
My Ride: 2001 330i 5spd ZSP!!
it depends what your going for....looks or performance or both?
Dinan Cold air intake
Orion V2 angel eyes
18' tsw rims
clears all around
weighted shift knob
CSL Front bumper
Red sharpie mod
M3 lip spoiler
UUC Stage 2 Lightweight Aluminum Flywheel
UUC Performance Organic Clutch
|08-03-2010, 01:32 AM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Los Angeles
My Ride: has 184.5 hp.
just look around on this site at some pictures and read some of the threads to get an idea of what mods YOU like. dont do a mod just bc someone else does it. if you're not looking to put too much into your car then id suggest just doing some exterior/interior mods but do w/e you want man
|08-03-2010, 05:57 AM||#7|
Join Date: Aug 2006
My Ride: '99 328i 300K miles
Mods? I have a few suggestions, though you might not think of them as mods...
First, +1 on 'get the car' and see how it drives...tell us mileage, and many will have an opinion on what needs to get done.
Me? I'm of the belief that mods should come after car is 'correct' functionwise...so
the oil change mod
coolant change and perhaps cooling system overhaul--check dates on things
PS fluid flush
air filter/fuel filter
you'll prolly also need some combination of suspension work...as in--new control arm bushings, rear diff bushings
Your guibo, maybe center support bearing on driveshaft
Belts, idler pulley, tensioner pulleys, check other pulleys
Ah, then, the 'cleaning things up' mod--MAF, DISA, ICV, TB
You probably will be due for alignment, so check its tracking carefully
Listen for noises from wheels...as in maybe bearings
Brakes...check them carefully...measure the thickness of the rotors
Okay...I'll stop...just don't start pouring money into that beautiful new air intake that will clog your MAF and signal a code, before you get car running right. Best mod is the bmw on the road, not on driveway!
HTH...trying to...just don't want to see you pick all these 'official' mods and then run out of money to fix the things that need to be fixed...and there will be some...there's a reason why PO was selling car, and I bet it's coz he/she didn't properly maintain it.
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|08-03-2010, 08:19 AM||#8|
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
My Ride: 2001 TiAg 330i
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|08-03-2010, 09:44 AM||#10|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Silverdale, WA
My Ride: E46 330i & '90 318i
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|08-03-2010, 10:04 AM||#11|
Join Date: May 2008
My Ride: '02 330i 6MT
and how can mods have an order of importance? You do whatever you want to the car and search the forum...
|08-03-2010, 11:11 AM||#12|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
My Ride: BMW
Depending on the mileage the first thing I would suggest would be a Cooling System Refresh Kit.
The E46 followed the pattern of weak cooling systems set by BMW in the late 80's. But it seems these models are excessively prone to overheating, causing huge repair bills. Due to a low coolant capacity once these engines enter the "Red Zone" on the gauge, thousands of dollars in damage is already happening.
Once these models have more than 60k miles they should be serviced, then every 60k miles there after. Water pumps begin to fail, thermostats housings crack, along with expansion tanks and begin to leak due to plastic construction.
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