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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 02-12-2017, 04:30 PM   #1
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Neglected M3 ZCP, Project/Build

Hey guys, I'm new here. I just bought this 2005 M3, true 6MT, Comp Package (VIN Verified), with 57k on it. I picked it up through a friend who is a dealer at the auction. I'm planning to restore it and use it as a weekend/track car. I have a 1995 M3 AA Supercharged so I'm familiar with //M cars but wanted to make the jump into an E46. I always dreamed of having a comp package M3 so I can't wait to get this car back to where it should be. Currently, it's at a friends shop getting a coolant leak from the regulator fan switch fixed, Powerflex RTAB's installed, new Drive Shaft Coupler and everything looked over.

I'm in need of some parts so I'll make a post in the WTB thread but I'm hoping someone has a handful of these and would make me a deal/ help out with shipping.

Things I need:
Strut Bar, OEM or Aftermarket
OEM LED Tail lights
Drivers Side Headlight
Kidney Grills, OEM or Carbon? Can't decide which route to go.
OEM ZCP Wheels or Volk TE37, CCW Classics, Suggestions?
OEM Shift Knob
Upper Steering Wheel trim
Headliner Options?

Considering a Coil Over set, don't know which way to go on this either.

I look forward to your suggestions and getting this thing built up right. Here are some pics of the current condition. I'm getting the trunk lid painted to match going to try to paint correct the rest of it after the Florida sun took its toll on it.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
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Do maintenance before coilovers or any other mods. And you'll spend plenty of time and money getting caught up on maintenance.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:44 PM   #3
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Do maintenance before coilovers or any other mods. And you'll spend plenty of time and money getting caught up on maintenance.
Normally I would agree, but those blacked out tail and corner lights just looks stupid.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:32 PM   #4
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I hope for the best for you, but it looks like the previous owner only cared about making a black car more black. Not good. He didn't even spend the money to paint the aftermarket CSL trunk. Worse.

Hopefully he remembered to do oil changes and didn't consider black oil another "mod" to his journey of 100% blackness.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:37 PM   #5
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me right now after seeing a low mileage ZCP M3 looking like that

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Old 02-13-2017, 03:19 PM   #6
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That M3 is a double-facepalm but has so much potential. Good luck with the restoration.
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Old 02-14-2017, 10:40 AM   #7
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me right now after seeing a low mileage ZCP M3 looking like that

Lmao

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Old 02-14-2017, 12:42 PM   #8
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Who thought that was a good idea...? Must have tried to make it look like a Riced Civic lol! Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:29 PM   #9
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Previous owner was a neanderthal. You've rescued this car and have a responsibility to restore its OEM dignity. Good luck.

The blackness...vomit.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:11 AM   #10
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Come on folks if you're stuck with a black car the tail lights match up nicely. I'm surprised the wallopers in blue aren't on his case though.
Check the car out - bring it up to operating properly - then
The OEM tail lights are a good choice.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:31 AM   #11
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Poor thing, glad you are saving it. I'd vote OEM ZCPs.

If you have to replace the headliner (and pillar trim) anyways, definitely go alcantara! Makes the interior of any car feel so much more upscale, wish they had offered it from the factory.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:39 AM   #12
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I've gotten most of the mechanical maintenance up to date, all fluids changed, inspection II done, RTAB's and a few other bushings replaced, and new tires.

Tail lights are on their way and the trunk is getting painted next weekend. The interior work and replacing the worn out weather molding from the nasty Florida climate will be time-consuming but definitely worth it. Still on the hunt for a lot of parts but I appreciate everyone's' support!
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:49 AM   #13
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how much did you pay for it? and post pictures after it's restored and doesn't look thugged out
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Old 02-18-2017, 01:15 PM   #14
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Good for you for rescuing that M3. Now that you have it up to date on mechanicals, I'd get the lighting back to OEM and a set of ZCP wheels. The coilovers are among the extras like front lip and side skirt extensions so I'd be in no hurry for them.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:28 PM   #15
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I have the OEM strut bar and OEM LED's! PM me!!

Nice to see this car being rescued!
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:33 PM   #16
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Hey guys, the car has a code for the ambient air temp sensor and I didn't worry about it initially since I had bigger things to deal with but I've found the kit from ECS. Only thing is, I have a cluster of wires and plugs that are in that area and no idea what is what. I've looked at the realOEM diagrams but didn't have too much luck.

Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks!


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Old 03-07-2017, 11:29 PM   #17
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big plug you have in your hand is the plug for the wiring harness that runs behind bumper cover.
smashed plug next to your hand with yellow/brown & brown wire is the fog light plug
I believe the smaller plugs by the fog light are the for the low and high note horns (one of them could be the outside temp sensor.. can't remember)
quick way to find out the outside temp sensor wiring is to short both ends of the plug and have someone check the temperature on the dashboard. It should read an irrelevant temp like (-47 F) or something
good luck. I'll try to find a pic & diagram for you that I posted a while back
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=934170
have a look here bud
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:54 PM   #19
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Thanks G-Hots, really appreciate it!
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