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Old 09-04-2012, 10:50 PM   #21
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^325 looks great except the black corners. very nice picture of your car. is that yellow building in the background your home? would be interested to see what the inside of a german apartment looks like
Aside from the outside, they look pretty similar to some apartments in the US... and if you ask a German they're "flats". The only thing I loved about homes in Germany were the Rolladen, all homes should have those!

I feel like there's a lot of compromise going on in this thread... seems like most of the auto owners at least in some part wish they had a manual
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #22
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Step owner here... picked up my 2000 323i in April with 137k miles and I'm closing in on 146k now. Just replaced the control arms and bushings with Meyle HD, replaced the foggy headlight lens, motor mounts, fan clutch, new tires, and a new vapor barrier. Car is covered in small dings, some scratches but it still shines up really nice. Car is a joy to drive (even more with the new control arms) and I get compliments on it all the time. I'll be doing a cooling system overhaul at the end of the year and I'll also do some more suspension work.



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Old 09-05-2012, 01:21 AM   #23
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Bought myself out of high school and has become my project ever since.

2001 330ci 135k step

Other mods not seen in pictures:
M3 cluster
CF trim
Bimmain Autocarbon wheel
AA chipped
AA performance water pump
AA headers
UUC TSE3 full
Upgraded fan clutch
ZHP headliner
+ many other things I can't remember now.

Mods on my to do list:
Csl CF trunk painted
GTR CF hood painted
Vented front fenders ( not m3 ones )
Full suspension
Rims
Auto to 6 speed. ( in a very long time )
AA stage 2 with meth posabbly
Whats all that red stuff in the engine bay?

Return back to stock PLZ!
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:35 AM   #24
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STEP here. Pics/mods in my sig, but I'll add interior and engine pics. A few mods not listed, including OEM gloss black grills and c/f roundels.



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Old 09-05-2012, 01:36 AM   #25
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Soo Clean, John!!

Steptronic checking in. I would definitely like to get into a manual for my next car, but as far as automatics go, I love it. There's a trick to making it smooth while in Steptronic mode.

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Current modifications:
-18" CSL reps painted Matte Black (20% Gloss)
-Rear: 18/35/255
-Front: 18/40/225
-12mm Spacers up Front
-15mm Spacers in the Rear
-Carbon Fiber Roundels
-Euro plate
-Matte Black Kidney Grills
-Matte Black Window Trim (Painted and Laquered)
-HID Fogs (3k)
-Umnitza HID LED Angel Eyes (3k)
-Yellow Bi-Xenon bulbs (3k)
-PIAA High Beam Bulbs (2.5k)
-Yellow Gloss - Painted High Beam Bowls
-Painted Turn Signal Housings (headlights)
-LaminX Covers for Fog Lights (Yellow)
-Debadged
-Rotora BBK
-Koni (Yellow) Shocks/Struts
-Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs
-Khoalty LED License Plate Lights
-Khoalty LED Reverse Lights
-Smoked Side Turn Signal LEDs
-Painted Reflectors (Front)

Waiting On:
-CSL Carbon Fiber Bootlid Trunk
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:43 AM   #26
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Thanks Shaun. Love yours too!
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DICE Ipod, Parrot/Connects2 Bluetooth, StealthOne Valentine Module, Hardwired V1
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:56 AM   #27
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Car is gone now...but I had no issue with my 2004 325......kinda miss it sometimes. And yes, it was a step...and yes, I had my fluids changed out at 70 miles. And yes....it was a full Dinan point car. SULEV also.....LOL.



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Old 09-05-2012, 01:56 AM   #28
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STEP here. Pics/mods in my sig, but I'll add interior and engine pics. A few mods not listed, including OEM gloss black grills and c/f roundels.
So clean

By the way, those H&R race springs I purchased from you are performing well
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:01 AM   #29
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Also...do not PM me on where I got the stuff, all came from sponsors of this site, please search the old threads for my user name for details I no longer have the car. Sold it for 13K a few years ago.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:25 AM   #30
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Bought myself out of high school and has become my project ever since.

2001 330ci 135k step

Other mods not seen in pictures:
M3 cluster
CF trim
Bimmain Autocarbon wheel
AA chipped
AA performance water pump
AA headers
UUC TSE3 full
Upgraded fan clutch
ZHP headliner
+ many other things I can't remember now.

Mods on my to do list:
Csl CF trunk painted
GTR CF hood painted
Vented front fenders ( not m3 ones )
Full suspension
Rims
Auto to 6 speed. ( in a very long time )
AA stage 2 with meth posabbly
How much quicker does it feel over stock with this stuff?
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #31
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2005 325i Auto/step with m56 sulev engine... I like to live dangerously.

Mods:
Homemade intake + heat shield
Projector hid retrofitted headlights.
Interior LED swap
Clear lighting all around
Golf Tee mod
Carbon fiber roundels (shut yo mouf)

Not much so far. Will do more as time goes on.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #32
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So clean

By the way, those H&R race springs I purchased from you are performing well
Thanks. And, glad that worked out... yup, those are awesome springs.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:50 AM   #33
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manual shift boot and some wiring, should I make a DIY?
Yes!

Also my car is performance-wise all stock. Few lighting mods.

Working on maintainance first before I do anything for performance.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #34
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Steptronic for my E46.

I love it. You can pick exactly the gear you want anytime you want.. and when you don't want... no need. The biggest trick is to get comfortable using it early and often.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:43 PM   #35
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2005 325i. Bought it back in 2006 with 30k km now it is at 176k km.

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MTech 2 bodykit
Lip Spolier
Clear all around + R/C/R tail lights
Black Grille
ST Coilovers
M68 rims [225/45 F and 255/40 R]
stainless steel lines
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Sports seats [got these from a junkyard.. all electrics in perfect working condition]
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Front cross drilled rotors

Future:
keep it running - stay on top of maintenance..E46Mango has good writeups
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #36
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #37
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I simply could not find a manual 330 that I was happy with, so I bought my 325cic thinking that I'd upgrade later. I hope to be looking for a 330 manual coupe ZHP in the near future.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #38
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Do you steptronic owners drive in D, S D, or manual
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:09 PM   #39
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Do you steptronic owners drive in D, S D, or manual
Wat?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #40
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steptronic is like M1-M4 If I'm correct?
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