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Old 09-24-2015, 06:38 PM   #41
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:37 PM   #42
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So, just received a letter from BMW, and they are making a recall in Portugal, they want do change the passenger airbag, so my car will be 2 a 3 days in BMW service so they can change the passenger airbag, did anyone received the same letter, in Portugal i know at least 4 cars between 2000 and 2002 for the same service.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:17 PM   #43
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I did receive that letter here in Vancouver, Canada back in Sept 2014. I didn't have the time to do it until summer this year. It only took them half an hour to replace the passenger airbag at the local dealership. 2 - 3 days over there in Portugal? They sure do take their time over there
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:23 PM   #44
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I did receive that letter here in Vancouver, Canada back in Sept 2014. I didn't have the time to do it until summer this year. It only took them half an hour to replace the passenger airbag at the local dealership. 2 - 3 days over there in Portugal? They sure do take their time over there
in Portugal, they dont like to have compromise, so they always ask for more time, so if they do it in less time, they are the best for the client
Its like 1 day to do the service oil, something that only takes them 2 hours max...

But this time, its my fault, i'm going to be a father, and my wife medic, book the same day that bmw did, so i will let the car there 2 days before
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:55 PM   #45
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In my case it took 45minutes to replace last year in BMW.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:04 AM   #46
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In my case it took 45minutes to replace last year in BMW.
Its a typical problem in Portugal, not only in BMW, but in VW etc

For example if you want to change a light in your front headlight, they will keep your car for one morning or one afternoon, its ridiculous...

Thats why i always try to do things at home
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:08 PM   #47
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One more update,

Just bought the M54b25 intake manifold





So now i will look for the adaptor plate for the throttle body.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:30 PM   #48
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When you did the headers did you get OEM gaskets? Reason I ask is because when I had the manual transmission swap done those cheap gasket were used and pretty much melted in a few months. I went with OEM and zero issues. Massive difference in quality between the two.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:34 PM   #49
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When you did the headers did you get OEM gaskets? Reason I ask is because when I had the manual transmission swap done those cheap gasket were used and pretty much melted in a few months. I went with OEM and zero issues. Massive difference in quality between the two.
Hi Solidjake

I used the gaskets that came with the headers... from your experience looks like sooner or later i will have to change them to... i didn't know that.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:10 AM   #50
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Where did you find the intake manifold? The only thing you need is the adapter plate for the throttle body or you could get a bigger throttle body...
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:21 AM   #51
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Where did you find the intake manifold? The only thing you need is the adapter plate for the throttle body or you could get a bigger throttle body...
Hi there,

I found it true a friend that had a friend with a e46 compact 325ti dismantled.

Its hard to get a bigger throttle body, because de 323 and 328 use a drive by wire throttle body, and the 325 and 330 use a electric throttle body.

But the original throttle body with the adapter plate is enough for my objective, this car has 170hp from factory, and i want it with 200hp.

believe it or not, this intake manifold just cost me 50 euros, something like 57 dollars

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Old 10-14-2015, 07:35 AM   #52
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I just got my car last month, so I am interested in your build as I want to do the same to my car. I want to super charge mine to get closer to 300 hp, but I'm just getting started. I have found larger flow throttle bodies that fit on the factory connection, I'll look up where I found them and send you the link,....
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:43 AM   #53
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I just got my car last month, so I am interested in your build as I want to do the same to my car. I want to super charge mine to get closer to 300 hp, but I'm just getting started. I have found larger flow throttle bodies that fit on the factory connection, I'll look up where I found them and send you the link,....
Thanks for that.

How much for a supercharge kit for our car?

In Portugal those prices are very high, i might as well sell the car and buy a e46 m3 cabrio.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:45 AM   #54
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Here's the link http://www.westcoastriots.com/

I found VF Super Charger for $4500 here....
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Here's the link http://www.westcoastriots.com/

I found VF Super Charger for $4500 here....
4500 $ is to much for me. it would be a better investment if i put that money in a M3 cabrio

thanks for the link, i will stay with the original throttle body.

I'm planing on doing a dyno after i installed the intake manifold, to see what results the ebay headers and the m54b25 intake manifold brought, and another dyno after the custom remap
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:59 AM   #56
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Who's doing your remap?
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:59 AM   #57
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Who's doing your remap?
In Portugal we have several good houses of ECU tuning, but i'm thinking on doing this with a friend, who does his own maps, since the e30/e36 and e46.

he as 328ci N/A with 247hp, and over 200.000klm, i know other cars done by him, and they all run without problems and with good numbers, some of them are TD's cars

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Old 11-11-2015, 06:36 AM   #58
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Heres some pictures from the car, once again sorry for the quality, they were taken with my phone.








thats all for now!!!
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:27 AM   #59
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Looking real good. Im glad to see the progress you're making. I would consider finding a set of oem led tails for your car. It'll really set it off
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:25 AM   #60
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I second that.

OEM LED tail lights would make your car look so much better.

Car is coming along beautifully.

I must ask - with all the money/time/work being spent restoring it, why not just drop an M3 engine/drivetrain in and be done with the power side of things?
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