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Old 01-08-2009, 03:08 PM   #381
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Hello, I will buy 320ci (99-01) and I have some questions. How much will it cost to euros and a full internal and external m3 tuning separately. Can I buy second-hand parts. How long will it take to given 2 boys from 320tsi>>> M3. Does it matter whether he has a manual or automatic gearbox?
- It all depends where you buy your parts from. The cheapest way is to buy a totalled M3 and just take everything from it.

- With two people, it will take a pretty long time, probably months. If you have a garage with lifts and and engine lift, then cut that in half. The most time-consuming part would be the electronics (body work too)

- It doesn't matter what kind of gearbox he has now, either way you're removing everything from the car and essentially stripping it down to a bare shell.




It's really not that *hard* of a project though, just rip out the whole interior and all body panels, label where wiring goes in the M3, cross-reference it to the sedan, double check that all the wiring will fit in all the right places, rip the sedan wiring out, put the M3 wiring in, install the M3 DME, swap engine/transmission/driveshaft/rear end/front suspension/brakes, connect important things to the DME/wiring harness to test basic functionality, then dedicate the next couple years of your life to figuring out all the little things.
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Old 01-08-2009, 03:53 PM   #382
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It's really not that *hard* of a project though
So you're tellin me there's a chance

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Old 01-08-2009, 04:38 PM   #383
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Thanks Alex I appreciate your answer and I just don't know where to start looking for just two front M3 rims and what could I do with my rear tires? You think people will buy just two rear M3 rims
There isn't that much a market for just the rears, as many have done what you did/have to do. What you might do is buy two replica wheels, some look very close and are inexpensive. If they're 19"s then that Evo style I know they sell. You probably will still be able to use rear tires and have it somewhat look staggered. 255 are what bmw runs on the rears I believe and you'll be fine. But as mentioned, if depending on how much invested and funds you are willing to spend. It might be easier to sell and start from scratch.You can look in the classifieds here under "Wheel and Tire" and see if anyone is selling the M3 Evo wheels. Used M3 wheels are not uncommon for sale as they fit only the M3 and those owners are bored with them.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:40 PM   #384
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you just need to find someone willing to separate a full set of 19s
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Thx for your help guys I appreciate it, ill look around and let you guys know what I did.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:52 PM   #386
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does the m3 engine cam cover fit the 325 engine
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:55 PM   #387
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if you ask such a silly question, then yes it does...but please spend the most possible and buy it new







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Old 01-14-2009, 12:19 PM   #388
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Can anyone post a picture of how 4 FRONT OEM 19 inch M3 rims look on a e46? Im curious because I want to do it. Thanks
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:10 AM   #389
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Can anyone post a picture of how 4 FRONT OEM 19 inch M3 rims look on a e46? Im curious because I want to do it. Thanks
19" staggered M3 wheels. Got the picture off a German site.

Looks like you might have to shave the inner rear fender and use smaller tires.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:54 AM   #391
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Difficulty: 3/10
DIY: Yes
Part Number: M SPORTS STEER.-WHEEL, AIRBAG, LEATHER, BICOLOR 32348022322 $700.29

As long as you have the round airbag, this will be a direct bolt-on. The airbag, horn, radio buttons, cruise control, and everything else will work. Yay!!-
So what if you don't have a round steering wheel? I had the triangle one, and now I have the airbag light on, AKA the airbag is NOT working (I was told by various mechanics).

I bet this has been asked before, but how can this be fixed?
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I'm looking to fit some Oem projectors on my 2000 323ci but i'm a little hesitant. My question is would 2003 M3 headlights fit my car (2000 323ci)? if anyone can let me know if so and what would i have to do... or if they do not. Thanks & appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:17 AM   #394
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Hi Alec,

just read the DYI for M3 mirrors and came across this:

"I am told the MY2000 328cis and 323cis have the 6-pin connector that the E46 M3 mirrors come with. If you have a MY2000 323ci or 328ci, your job has been greatly simplified and you must now simply connect the new M3 wire harness (6-pin)."

Is this true? if so i'll get M3 mirrors from 09/99 for my 328ci without checking - otherwise I'll have to take a look?

I also have a OEM CSL "ducktail" trunk - can I just get i painted and put it on?

I realise that that I should check both - just wanted to know if there was a quick way/lazy way ;o)

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Ps thanks for answer on sway bars - I'm going for the H&R m3 sway which is 30mm (3 adjustment holes) and 330d (stiffer) eibach prokit springs - it's looking good so far!
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:47 AM   #395
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Hi Alec,

just read the DYI for M3 mirrors and came across this:

"I am told the MY2000 328cis and 323cis have the 6-pin connector that the E46 M3 mirrors come with. If you have a MY2000 323ci or 328ci, your job has been greatly simplified and you must now simply connect the new M3 wire harness (6-pin)."

Is this true? if so i'll get M3 mirrors from 09/99 for my 328ci without checking - otherwise I'll have to take a look?

I also have a OEM CSL "ducktail" trunk - can I just get i painted and put it on?

I realise that that I should check both - just wanted to know if there was a quick way/lazy way ;o)

Best,

Kevin

Ps thanks for answer on sway bars - I'm going for the H&R m3 sway which is 30mm (3 adjustment holes) and 330d (stiffer) eibach prokit springs - it's looking good so far!
I was under the impression that the OEM M3 mirrors were 12pin.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:12 PM   #396
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What about fitting a Carbon Fiber M3 intake on a 330 ZHP can it be done? I know that this is aftermarket but this is the closest thread that i can find that maybe be able to answer my question.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:22 PM   #397
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What about fitting a Carbon Fiber M3 intake on a 330 ZHP can it be done? I know that this is aftermarket but this is the closest thread that i can find that maybe be able to answer my question.
Nope!
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I was under the impression that the OEM M3 mirrors were 12pin.
They come in both 6 and 12, mine are 6 pin autofolding.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #399
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Hi Alec,

just read the DYI for M3 mirrors and came across this:

"I am told the MY2000 328cis and 323cis have the 6-pin connector that the E46 M3 mirrors come with. If you have a MY2000 323ci or 328ci, your job has been greatly simplified and you must now simply connect the new M3 wire harness (6-pin)."

Is this true? if so i'll get M3 mirrors from 09/99 for my 328ci without checking - otherwise I'll have to take a look?

I also have a OEM CSL "ducktail" trunk - can I just get i painted and put it on?

I realise that that I should check both - just wanted to know if there was a quick way/lazy way ;o)

Best,

Kevin

Ps thanks for answer on sway bars - I'm going for the H&R m3 sway which is 30mm (3 adjustment holes) and 330d (stiffer) eibach prokit springs - it's looking good so far!

Yes, the CSL trunk will fit, all coupe trunks/mirrors/doors/side skirts are the same, including M3.

Check how many pins are on your mirror connectors, all you have to do is pull off the front door panels. Just order the mirrors from the dealer to correspond with what you have in your car. When I ordered mine, I just ordered 6 pin autofold; they showed up 2 days later and plugged right in and have worked perfectly ever since, including the heat.
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So what if you don't have a round steering wheel? I had the triangle one, and now I have the airbag light on, AKA the airbag is NOT working (I was told by various mechanics).

I bet this has been asked before, but how can this be fixed?
The airbag light is something that needs to be reset by the dealership. If the airbag system detects a fault, the light will come on and everything will be disabled, in order to stop something freaky from happening. In order to get rid of the light, you have to make sure that all airbags in the car are operational and then get the light reset by a dealership (or anywhere that has GT1 diagnostic tools.)

In my car, I just bought an M3 wheel and round airbag (both used), and they were direct bolt ons with no airbag light or issues since.
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