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Old 08-02-2014, 03:17 AM   #1
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My Ride: 1998 BMW E46 323i
Steel Blue Beauty

Hello Folks!

After 6 months of ownership, I decided to introduce my DD to this forum.

So far has been very reliable, with no major issues and, with good care, turned out a pretty decent MPG to performance ratio

Stock specs:

Modellbezeichnung: 323I
Ausführung: Europa
Typschlüssel: AM31
E-Code: E46 (4)
Karosserie: Limousine
Lenkung: links
Türen: 4
Motor: M52/TU - 2,50l (125kW)
Antrieb: Heckantrieb
Getriebe: manuell
Außenfarbe: Stahlblau Metallic (372)
Innenraum: Stoff Flachgewebe Geomix/lavendel (E5LA)
Produktionsdatum: 19.05.1998
Werk: München

Code Sonderausstattung Optional Equipment
Abgasnorm EU2 EU2 exhaust emissions standard
Sport-/MFL-Lenkrad/Geschw.Regelung Sport/MF steering wheel/cruise control
Fernbedienung für Zentralverriegelung Remote control for central locking
Warndreieck und Verbandstasche Warning triangle and first aid kit
Raucherpaket Smoker package
Armlehne vorne Armrest front
Klimaautomatik Automatic air conditioning
Radio BMW Reverse (C42) Radio BMW Reverse (C42)
Händlerverzeichnis Europa Retailer Directory Europe
Bordliteratur deutsch On-board vehicle literature German
Versandschutzpaket Transport protection package
vollwertiges Ersatzrad Spare wheel

Some upgrades were also present:

- 330i exhaust system
- smoked front side lights/blinkers
- Depo FL style tail lights
- Renewed steering wheel
- 328i clutch
- one previous owner also replaced the interior with an Individual "Atlantis" leather interior
- 16" style 32 rims with Bridgestone Turanza
- Dension Gateway Lite
- K&N filter

Services and repairs done in my ownership:
- Replaced gaskets (Oil Filter Housing, Valve cover, Rear main seal, Transmission gaskets)
- Radiator Outlet Temp Sensor
- Cracked Subframe repair
- Front suspension arms rebuild
- Rear trailing arm bushings
- Vanos rebuild with Vanos Oil Line replacement (probably the best thing I did to my car )
- Clutch replacement with 328i clutch (a bit bigger)
- Usual services (Oil, Filters, etc.)

Steering Wheel

330i exhaust

Upcoming mods:
- Short shifter
- Headers (thank God I only have the Lambda sensor before the CC)
- Xenon headlights with headlight washers
- Rain and light sensor

Thats for now ...will be updating as I go...

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Old 08-02-2014, 01:27 PM   #2
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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OP welcome aboard! Hey who rewrapped your "renewed" steering wheel? I like it.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:48 PM   #4
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Looks good, welcome!

That steering wheels looks REALLY nice. Where/How did you get it?
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:44 PM   #5
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Nice car! Steel blue beautiful on the e46. Diggin the steering wheel as well.

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Old 08-13-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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Would love to know how/where you had your steering wheel done. Beautiful car!
2002 325ci -- OB/Sport/Premium/5-Speed/Sand
2013 135is -- Space Gray/Coral/6-Speed
2005 330i ZHP -- Imola/Cloth/6-Speed
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:45 PM   #7
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Sorry for the awfully late response. Haven't been paying much attention to my thread
The steering wheel was done by a member of our Slovenian BMW forum, @Danijel S, though I got the original idea for the combination from our fellow e46fanatics member @to2002 and his ride (CLICK)

Adding also an update on what I have been up to...

During last year's summer, I spent almost a month camping, having fun, cruising with my beemer and friends across countries of former Yugoslavia, mostly Croatia. A shout of brotherhood and unity to all of you from this area Cruising and attacking corners on the seaside highway was a blast! Some photos from the trip...

After I got home, I replaced my old broken cats with ebay headers. PITA job, but was worth it. Probably the best price/performance mod you can do to this car.

A video of the end result...

Then I bought a pair of used front sport seats and got them reupholstered with real black Mercedes Lugano leather, softer to the touch.

Currently waiting for finances to finish the other part of the interior. Decided to replace the current interior in a whole. Getting together all other parts: black door panels, black fabric for pillar and ceiling, ... Going for the combination of all black interior with silver or brushed aluminium trim.

With the help of NCS Expert, NCS Dummy and of course the wonderful e46fanatics coding communtiy, I got to work the temperature needle adjustment mod Thank you guys!
Upper numbers are the stock configuration, lower are the adjusted new ones.

A clip of it in action. Acceleration in 4th and 5th gear on the highway with the thermostat opening.

During Christmas holidays, I took care of the leaking oil pan gasket.

And currently? I am waiting for the smog test coming in the next two weeks with my new magnaflox 2x2 cat

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Old 07-04-2015, 10:39 AM   #8
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Reupholstered sport seats, OEM black headliner, gray to black interior swap,.... life is good

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323i, steel blue

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