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Old 05-01-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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My Ride: 330i
8 Months, 10 Vendors

some great advice, some good friends & a great wife have all played a part in helping me fix up my ride to it's current condition. I work offshore so I'm only home every other 2 weeks so all the work actually was done over 4 months and everytime I've been home something major is getting done. Once my mirrors are here & installed the only upgrades left to be done will be the M Tech II rear bumper & side skirts. I plan on using Tischer for those two items for fear of after market fitment issues and because I've heard good things about them. All in all I've had great experiences with all the vendors listed and because I'm offshore 2 weeks at a time, I'm not an impatient person when it comes to receiving my ordered items. So here's a big "THANKS!!!" to all the vendors and friends that have helped me so far.

F1 Autohaus - By far my favorite vendor and now every single bulb inside & outside of the car are from F1 Autohaus. Mike is also great for troubleshooting and advice since he always makes himself available.

Angel Eyes
Headlight Upgrade
Complete LED Interior Lighting
Corner Delete With LED Blinkers Front and Back
Reverse LED's
Foglight Upgrade

JLevis SW - If you haven't dealt with Nick and you're needing advice on items they sell, you're missing out. Great advice , great service and great products. I love my wheels and I think the CF pillars was one of the best looking mods I've added to the car yet since the old pillars were faded black.

Carbon Fiber Pillars
Velocity Motoring CSL Wheels and General UHP Tires

Bavarian Autosport - Honestly, I used Bav AS before I found out about everyone else. Their prices are high but somethings are worth it through them - Customer service probably gets a C+.

Windshield Cowl
Clear Parking, Side & Tail Lights
Flat Black Grills
Sun Shield
Floor Mats
Clear 3M Headlight Cover Protectors
Clear 3M Hood Protector

Mod Bargins - Two pretty major purchases through them and I was happy with the price & product. Shipping was very timely and customer service as far as PM's gets a B+.

Bilstein Shocks & Struts w/ All New Mounting Hardware
Turner Motor Sports Under Pulleys & Belts

EAS - Only used them once with no issues. I would use them again.

Carbon Fiber Badges

Euro Dyne - Just got my splitters through Euro-Dyne and was impressed with Ray & Joe when it came to communication & customer service. BTW - I love my splitters!

Carbon Fiber Splitters

Bimmer Tools - Point Blank - Ken is the man when it comes to tools and advice. The Peake code reader has saved me a ton of cash and was an incredibly smart purchase.

Peake Code Reader
2 BMW Paint Pens

DTM Spec (Euro Spec) - Funny story, I ordered the M3 bumper and was shipped the M Tech II bumper instead. I wasn't happy at first but in the long run.....I'm really glad they screwed up the order. They could use a little help in the customer service dept. but I'd use them again.

M Tech II Bumper With New Fog Lights

Um Nitza - I just got my mirrors last week and had them painted the other day. Too bad they are the wrong mirrors! No problem though, they haven't been hard to deal with and said they'll get the right mirrors on the way. Despite what I've heard, they've been very friendly and easy to deal with......To be continued.

M3 Sport Mirrors

Pelican Parts - Superior customer service & my #1 vendor for parts. Anything to keep me from having to pay double at the dealership. Very fast shipping as an extra added bonus.

Wiper Blades
3M Air Conditioning Filter
Control Arms & Bushing
Stewart Hi - Performance Water Pump
Thermostat from Pelican Parts
Belt Tensioner
Expansion Tank
Upper & Lower Radiator Hoses
Radiator Hose Sensor

Friends - Never hurts to have friends that like to upgrade every few months. It's also great to have friends that have been there done that when it comes to maintenance and advice. Josh (Tigerbait) & Travis (SPDU4IA or Mr. Art Car as many of you know him) have been my biggest help locally.

AC Schnitzer Chrome Muffler Tips
Eibach Sport Springs

Maintenance, Paint & Upgrades

3M Vinyl Around Black Strips (Antique White), New Grommets & Clips
Sanded, Primed & Painted Aluminum Strip On Windows (Flat Black)
Brake Calipers Painted (Red)
Hood & Roof Professionally Repainted
Pin Stripe Removed
4 Point, Weighted Alignment
Daytime Running Lights Turned Off
Control Arms & Bushing Replaced
Valve Cover & Valve Cover Gasket Replaced
Spark Plugs Replaced
Oil & Filter Changed
New Vacuum Line
Fuel Sending Unit Changed
Fuel Pump Replaced
Muffler Resonator Delete
Cold Air Intake w/ Heat Shield
Fuel Filter Changed

So here is the car when I purchased it from a local Dr. who had just returned from Munich where he purchased the new one. The car was well taken care of with no major issues, a complete service record, and best of all, sold to me well below blue book value.

And here is the car today. Once the mirrors get here they will be painted black to match the roof. Obviously I have much left to do but I couldn't be happier with the progress so far.

Still more to come..................

KNUT's Progress & Thank You to E46Fanatics Supporting Vendors - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=1#post9933726

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