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Old 04-19-2017, 12:42 AM   #1
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My Ride: 2003 325CI vert
New (to me) 03 325ci project

Hey all, figured I might as well start my cars thread since Ive been stalking the forumns for long enough lol.

This is my 1st BMW, Ive always had muscle cars previously (and I actually owned a hotrod shot before I sold it to buy my new business, bus mechanic shop...bot as exciting but better money lol).

That being said, i have always loved E30's and then e46's but just never got one for some reason. And now I find myself without a hotrod or project and Im dying so I picked up this convertible for $1700 off a neighborhood kid, who got it from his mom. Came with all Maintence records from the last 9 years and was lease before that so it wasnt a bad find.

However going from a 800hp shelby to this car I have to say Im not impressed with blistering takeoff speed lol.

But I have already found a solution to that problem (and the problem of the engine being short 2 cylinders, im sure they just got left out at the factory though. A friend just gave me a 6.2L and 6sp auto out of a 2011 escalade so that's going to find its new home in the vert.

I also just picked up a new in the box replica/fake set of style 313's in 19" for $400 that I figured I try on it. I honestly have no idea of whether it will rub or not but we'll find out. They have a et40 size so who knows.

Soon as I read the ops thread on how to post pics, ill post some up.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:52 AM   #2
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:07 AM   #3
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So far, when I bought the car obviously things were broken so Im becoming aware of the painful differences between BMW's and normal cars. For instance:

1. The top "didnt work" when I got it. - the reason, the rollover bars were deployed. Easy fix.
2. Neither 1/4 window worked.- the reason, the door locks failed so the kid before me "pushed the windows down" ie. He destroyed the regulator assy. No biggie got a couple replacements from the junk yard.
3. Now the top and windows work but for reason the drivers side 1/4 window only about 2" everytime you press the switch which in turn causes the top to sometimes go into fail safe mode....still working on that one. Tried resetting it with every resets method i could find on here and bimmerforumns but no luck so far.
4. "Was going to just black out the grills on the car but when i opened the hood and touched them they literally crumbled and just fell out lol. Consequently there are new black grills in the mail.
5. Got tires on the new rims but one was a different size (and thrown in the wrong box, probably why i got them so cheap). So theres a new rim on its way too.
6. Expansion tank cracked, thermostat stuck. Replaced both (even though Im going to do the engine swap soon I still wanted to enjoy the cool Florida spring weather in a running/driving convertible for a little while 1st. Have to say tho I thought she was a gonner as it overheated (bad) on the freeway and im surprised it didnt warp the head from everything ive read on here (especially in a car with 160k on it already)
7. Went to the junkyard and picked up a few odds and ends that needed replacement (reflectors, plastics etc.)

So far its a fun learning experience tho, those germans really know how to over engineer things lol.

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