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Old 01-22-2013, 11:00 AM   #21
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I saw a forum about that in here before..
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:03 AM   #22
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Dude you have a pre-facelift. Stick with it, why even go facelift anyway. Get an mtech2 bumper and you're golden. It's purely subjective but I think prefacelift looks better anyway! I think there's a reason they never facelifted the M3.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:04 AM   #23
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:24 PM   #24
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I like the turn signals, headlights, and side markers on the facelift, but the kidney grills I dislike enough to prefer the pre facelift look.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #25
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WUZZUP YALLLL
so i got dis!


and i really wanna turn it into this!!!



please help me. i can change my wipers so i am a mechanic. thanks.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #26
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I really dont get why anyone would face lift convert a coupe.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #27
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I'm wondering if anyone has ever done this if anyone has what do I need exactly! but it'l look so cool..

I GOT THIS

and I want to turn it into this

Any idea on how to do it!? thankss
OP, since you're new(ish), I'll be nice. Based on the comments above, to get close, you're talking thousands I guess, and what do you get out of it? The same car with different looks.

Instead, I'd say take that money, start off with a new cooling system (what's your mileage?), do fuel filter, air filter, clean icv and tb and replace rubber wherever you see it--belts, bushings, vac lines. Replace your ofhg, vcg, and vanos seals. You'll want a new ccv, plugs, coil boots.

Gummi pflege your gaskets on door, trunk, and hook.

I'm pretty sure that all this stuff hasn't been done. Based on my experience, if you spend your money getting what you want, you'll be out of money when you need it the day after you're finished and won't be able to afford the new battery you need...just saying.

Don't get mad at me...I'm old...and just tried to explain, maybe, why you've heard all this 'negative' talk. It's really for your benefit. The bmw you have is all underneath the covers...the stuff you want to change. Instead, fix up what you have and you won't car what it looks like at all, because it will drive like it's meant to. It could be bright pink and you wouldn't care.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #28
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Alright I think I'm being misunderstood on what I'm trying to acomplished forget the facelift I just want a front conversion make my 2000 323ci look like a 2005 330 basically I don't care if its facelift or not lol I don't care about the wheels either..
so basically I'm saying
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- headlights
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #29
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Alright I think I'm being misunderstood on what I'm trying to acomplished forget the facelift I just want a front conversion make my 2000 323ci look like a 2005 330 basically I don't care if its facelift or not lol I don't care about the wheels either..
so basically I'm saying
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- Fender
- headlights
- Headlights molding
- Front bumper.


Yeah. That's a facelift.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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OP, since you're new(ish), I'll be nice. Based on the comments above, to get close, you're talking thousands I guess, and what do you get out of it? The same car with different looks.

Instead, I'd say take that money, start off with a new cooling system (what's your mileage?), do fuel filter, air filter, clean icv and tb and replace rubber wherever you see it--belts, bushings, vac lines. Replace your ofhg, vcg, and vanos seals. You'll want a new ccv, plugs, coil boots.

Gummi pflege your gaskets on door, trunk, and hook.

I'm pretty sure that all this stuff hasn't been done. Based on my experience, if you spend your money getting what you want, you'll be out of money when you need it the day after you're finished and won't be able to afford the new battery you need...just saying.

Don't get mad at me...I'm old...and just tried to explain, maybe, why you've heard all this 'negative' talk. It's really for your benefit. The bmw you have is all underneath the covers...the stuff you want to change. Instead, fix up what you have and you won't car what it looks like at all, because it will drive like it's meant to. It could be bright pink and you wouldn't care.


Mileage is 50k on my 323ci I have 2 other e46's also :O..
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I had it the other way, I had a facelift which really didnt grow on me and i liked the pre-facelift look better....(due to the reasons of it being closer to an ///M)
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Idk I like facelift wayy better for a 2004 2005 e46 over here goes for around 12 14k
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Alright I think I'm being misunderstood on what I'm trying to acomplished forget the facelift I just want a front conversion make my 2000 323ci look like a 2005 330 basically I don't care if its facelift or not lol I don't care about the wheels either..
so basically I'm saying
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- Front bumper.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:32 PM   #34
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You can't just change the hood. His hood is for facelift version. Look carefully at your car and his. Look at the headlights, see how your headlight corner points down while the black car points up. His is called 'facelift' version 2002+.
Actually, you can do just the hood.
And it looks quite nice if I'm being honest. Not totally sold on the grills but I do like the lines. Click image for larger version

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Facelift coupe lights look hideous.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #37
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that's just a "facelift" front. really not nearly as hard as others have made it sound. come on, it's just bolt on parts. quick list is the hood, kidneys, fenders, headlight assemblies, lower trim and sidemarker lights. if you want to do the bumper that's an M-Tech II which is going to add more to it. if you were to get lucky you could find same color in a salvaged car but the painting is costly.

if you want to know more about what's involved. ask this guy. he recently did similar to his 2000 coupe.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:56 PM   #39
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the only downside to facelift coupe is the lenses are glued on...

facelift is gold, especially with mtech bumper... its a mix of old and new :p

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #40
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who the heck doesn't like a facelift coupe front end??? IMO it's friggin' sexy!!! I thought about doing this too but thought about it after i did the color conversion... soooo i pass. If i had a beat up/project car, I d consider painting it right? So there you go, since I'm there... i d do the facelift conversion. So i say, don't do it OP. Your car is nice the way it is now. Go for another type of mod that would make it dope. There are so many perfectly modded pre-facelift coupes out there, check them out for ideas!
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