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Old 08-09-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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My Orientblau 323i

Just picked up my first e46 this past weekend, and have already learned a lot thanks to every one here. I wanted to start a thread to chronicle all the work that I will be doing to the car. This wont be a build thread, as I wont be doing a lot to it, just normal up keep.

The car is a 99 323 with 172k on the clock. I am the second owner. First owner was an old man who babied the crap out of this car and always, ALWAYS, took it to the dealer for everything. Battery, oil changes, tires... everything. So it has been really well maintained.

I have a small amount of work to do soon, but nothing major. I need to take care of the diff mounts, an o2 sensor, and a window regulator. That's all. Everything else is great on this car. Shocks and struts are in great shape, front end is nice and tight, AC is way too cold.

I will admit that I was a little apprehensive going into this.... I have had 3 BMW's previously (I come from a long history of Mercedes), and all of them have been horrible money pits.... But that has more to do with the fact that the PO's did nothing to those cars, but tear them to pieces. I have always admired and wanted an e46, and I have to say, I am glad that I took the chance on it. I couldn't have found a better one if I tried.

So far, the only thing that has been done to it, is that it has wheels off of a 5 series. The pictures do not do the wheels justice, they look much better in person, and the offset is perfect for my taste.











My only plans for now are to fix the few things that need attention, and tint the windows (mostly to keep the Florida sun at bay). I will probably do much more in the future, but for now, it's just a daily driver/family hauler. I would like to lower it a little, but I really don't want to screw with the ride quality. I love it.

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Old 08-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Finally had a long enough break in the daily rain cycle of Florida to give it a good detail and wax.








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Old 08-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
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Looks nice, I love the color.
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks. I wasn't too crazy about the color at first, but it has really started growing on me. I see that you do some detailing as well... any tips on removing baked on road stripe paint? lol The PO drove through some a while back, and never had it taken care of. I've got yellow speckles on the lower fenders, lower front doors, and the rockers... on both sides...
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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Try a Clay bar kit, if that doesn't work try some heavy cut polishing compound. Should take care of it!
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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Never would have guessed without seeing them, but the rims/wheels look really good on the car. Nice ride man.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:39 PM   #7
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Great taste on the color combo
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:36 AM   #8
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Great taste on the color combo
Thanks. I am not usually big on tan interiors (gets dirty too quickly) but I really cant think of another color that would look better with the Orient Blue. I have always loved the Cinnamon interiors, but I don't know how that would look with the blue, and I am not sure that color was even available in the sedan?
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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When I got the car, the CEL was on and I was told it was for an o2 sensor. All I had was a crappy little code reader that I got off ebay 5 years ago for $24. It was not able to read the codes on the BMW for some reason. It could clear them, but not read them. I went ahead and bought an ELM bluetooth OBDII adapter and Torque PRO for my phone.

So far I am very pleased with it. It cost me $18 for the adapter and the app together and it works great. It gives you a lot of information that you will not get from your cheap generic code reader including, Manufacturer specific codes, freeze frame data, and LIVE data. There is a ton that this app can do. I've only used it for an hour and I am already extremely happy with it. It was giving me info from my BMW that my friend's $700 scanner couldn't give me. Here are a couple screen shots from my car...

Don't mind the MULTITUDE of codes. Turn out that all 4 of my o2 sensors are bad, which I now know for sure thanks to the app.

The red screen are my codes (the first 4 are BMW specific codes, it gives the full description when you tap it)-


The black screen is my freeze frame data from when it threw the codes (as you can see, my STFT is WAAAAY off)-


The gauge screen is my live data (top 4 graphs are my o2's... this confirms that they all are bad, as they are not switching like they should, which also explains my STFT readings)-


The good news is that I can get all 4 Bosch sensors for $188 shipped.

In other news, I finally got around to taking a clay bar to the entire car. It did work on the road paint... to an extent. I started with the worst side, and after 2 hours, the clay bar had removed about 90% of the road paint. The rest I had to take car of VERY CAREFULLY with a razor blade. It's almost completely gone now (still have to finish the rockers) but after 5 hours of detailing, I had to take a break for the day, haha.









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Old 09-16-2013, 05:40 PM   #10
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Some not so fun parts showed up at my door today. Guess what I get to do next week...

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Old 09-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #11
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:53 PM   #12
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Well, I took my daughter over to my mom's house to visit, like I do every week. I parked behind my my mom's car, like I do every week. She had to go to the store for something, and as she is leaving, I hear a thud.... She backed into the car! lol. What's funny is that this isn't the first time she's done this, she backed into a Civic I used to have years ago.

The damage wasn't too bad. Broke the retaining clip for the blinker, snapped the side bumper bracket off, and spider cracked the paint. The good news is that she just bought me a new M3 rep bumper, which should be here on Friday.





The bumper was hanging off enough to rub on the tire, so I have been driving like this all week

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Old 11-06-2013, 03:31 AM   #13
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #14
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New bumper has arrived!



I bought the cheapest one that I could find on eBay @ $189 shipped. It came with the fog lights and lower grille. It made it across the country in 38 hours! Being so cheap, I was a little worried about fitment issues, but a friend of mine is a professional paint and body guy, so I would have a little help there. To my surprise though, the first test fit was actually very good, just needed a couple little tweaks and it was great.





Despite the fact that I do have access to a really good painter, I decided that I would try my hand at painting it myself (with my friend's help/supervision, of course)

Sealer sprayed-


First coat of color-


Unfortunately, we had to stop there because my friend knocked over the paint! But I just went out and got some more today and hopefully will be finishing it on Sunday.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:15 AM   #15
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Wow, nice car! Just needs some fresh OEM beige floor mats, and nice xenon headlights. Also, now that you've decided on the M3 front bumper, you need to paint the black moldings around the car or it will look weird.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #16
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Yeah, I agree. Painting the trim will be next weekends project. I was thinking about doing the xenon retro fit rather than shelling out the dough for OEM. I am also looking for a set of style 63 x5 wheels to cram under there (coilovers will happen at the same time).
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:08 PM   #17
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Hey I have a 325xi with the same colour ! May you please send me the link where you bought the m3 bumper
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:07 PM   #18
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This is the seller that I purchased from- http://www.ebay.com/itm/99-06-BMW-E4...73e088&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:58 AM   #19
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This is the seller that I purchased from- http://www.ebay.com/itm/99-06-BMW-E4...73e088&vxp=mtr
It's weird that the image that seller used shows the E46 3-Series (PreFacelift) Sedan. The title says "2D" which usually means 2 Door Coupe. I'm glad it fits, I'll be looking forward to some updates. I like the wheels a lot, I have never seen those in person.
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