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Old 07-02-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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keep car as is.. or keep going with ups. and a question.

ive got a clean 75k mi 2004 325i with zsp and zpp packages.. ive owned it for about 6 months and working on it and driving it has been really fun. im not super knowledgeable about car stuff but ive been doing my homework

ive done: shark injector, custom airbox mod and better air filter, shifter bushing and shorter shifter, some weight reduction, couple simple cosmetic things and some preventative maintenance

im content with my car as it is now.. but im considering lighter wheels, bimmerbrakes headers, and seats, and some other stuff. id love to do that.. but its not like im tracking my car or racing retards at lights. so im wondering if i should keep that money in case something ever breaks on my car. i plan on keeping it for a long time. maybe just wheels and call it a day? i dunno.. its like im at the point where i could keep my car as is and be fine.. but i feel like if i went any further id have to go all out (wheels, seats, drop, exhaust, CF hood, diff)

also.. if i keep making my car faster and more powerful, at what point will i have to worry about reinforcement, stronger clutch, better differential.. things like that? are there people that upgrade to a turbo/sc and keep their stock clutch and diff? just something ive been thinking about.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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just do some preventative maintenance first
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:02 PM   #3
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ive done: ... some preventative maintenance
basically ive done everything i need to do except cooling overhaul. but ill get to that
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:04 PM   #4
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have you done your vanos?
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:11 PM   #5
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i was told that i would probably be ok as 04 and 05 didnt have any problems.. was i misinformed?
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
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after a while your vano seals will go bad, and may need some replacing in the future, you can still drive with bad vanos but will effect your performance a little, but other than that i think you will have fun modding your 325, but if anything ever happens to break or mess up, there are alot of DIY videos and pictures on this forum to fix them yourself to save you money

well im not sure about 04 or 05, but thats what i read about my 03 325

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Old 07-02-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
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Do what you want with it, what does it mean to you to have a 325? Is it a canyon carver, a show car, status indicator, etc... I personally keep a $1000 on hand just for repairs and I fix whatever breaks and anything that should be done while I'm fixing the failure, eg, water pump goes, i'll fix that and expansion tank, thermostat etc to reset their failure intervals. Any cash above that goes toward whatever I want for the car at that moment. I like the direction you're taking your car, just as long as you don't sacrifice you're maintenance budget you'll be fine and kill two birds with one stone along the way.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:16 PM   #8
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Just my personal opinion would be to go with wheels and a drop. And then if it really suits you do the exhaust.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:32 PM   #9
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Just know one thing, these cars are slow. however fast does not always mean 0-60. If I were you ( and I am because I drive the same car ) I would go in the direction of handling and suspension. these cars are loads more fun around a track then they are in a straight line. If your lucky like me you can find places that hold legal autocross events.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:50 PM   #10
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Yeah one thing I had to convince myself of is that my car isn't fast hah. Me and my friend (drives a jetta vr6) had a conversation about that after I got it. But I love driving.. and I love how my car feels around corners.. so maybe that's a good idea.

Can anyone answer my last question though?

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Old 07-03-2011, 02:38 AM   #11
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ive got a clean 75k mi 2004 325i with zsp and zpp packages.. ive owned it for about 6 months and working on it and driving it has been really fun. im not super knowledgeable about car stuff but ive been doing my homework

ive done: shark injector, custom airbox mod and better air filter, shifter bushing and shorter shifter, some weight reduction, couple simple cosmetic things and some preventative maintenance

im content with my car as it is now.. but im considering lighter wheels, bimmerbrakes headers, and seats, and some other stuff. id love to do that.. but its not like im tracking my car or racing retards at lights. so im wondering if i should keep that money in case something ever breaks on my car. i plan on keeping it for a long time. maybe just wheels and call it a day? i dunno.. its like im at the point where i could keep my car as is and be fine.. but i feel like if i went any further id have to go all out (wheels, seats, drop, exhaust, CF hood, diff)

also.. if i keep making my car faster and more powerful, at what point will i have to worry about reinforcement, stronger clutch, better differential.. things like that? are there people that upgrade to a turbo/sc and keep their stock clutch and diff? just something ive been thinking about.
You won't have to worry about anything unless you go F/I. Other then that do what you want. However my personal opinion is keep it how it is. A 325i is a slow car, I would focus more on suspension then making it faster because it won't make huge gains unless you turbo charge it or supercharge it. I would save some money for maintenance down the road. Just throw some nice rims on it, possibly lower and upgrade the suspension and clean and polish it.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:20 AM   #12
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I have a 05 330i and the vanos seals made a noticeable difference. something to consider.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:45 AM   #13
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I have a 05 330i and the vanos seals made a noticeable difference. something to consider.
Every e46 has vanos issues, starting after 35k the seals start to go bad and turn to hard plastic with cracks. It's not that big of a deal though and everyone seems to be raving about it on this post. If you hear lots of rattle when you hold your idle at 2200-2400 rpm and once you get above 2600rpm and don't hear any rattle then you need to replace your seals...

It's a 325, I wouldn't do anything other than turboing it or supercharging it. If I were you, I'd keep the car as is and sell it and get a 330, they aren't that much more expensive. Or better yet, save enough to sell your car and buy an M3 in a year or two, depending on your moneyz lol
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