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Old 08-02-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Spec e46 Question

Can I buy a 3 series coupe and build to Spec e46 standards? or does it have to be a 330 by vin?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:21 AM   #2
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It has been stated elsewhere in the forum by the rulemakers that the VIN will not be checked. As long as you build to the letter of the rules a chassis is just a chassis.

If you are buying local like I did you will have to deal with a fair amount of rust. The body only had a small amount of rust but the suspension pieces were pretty nasty. I have replaced the majority of the components under my car. Trailing arms, spindles, brake calipers, one axle. I found an automatic diff with the 3.46 ratio (can't afford a limited slip right now). Essentially even though I started with a 330, I still replaced a lot of the parts you would have to replace going from a whatever to 330 spec.

In my case it does sound like the law of diminishing returns but I had no way to transport an out of state purchase and I did manage to find a 330i 4 door, 5-speed with no sunroof within 10 miles of my home. It just needs a little TLC to get up to my standards.

Good luck!
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