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Old 06-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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new guy from michigan

hey all, just purchased my first bmw.

its a 2001 325i 5-speed with 92k miles

over all the car is in great shape, i dont know much about bmw's at this point, but im willing to learn.

one problem the had is bad CAB's and lower ball joints.. so i just ordered the MEYLE hd's

swapped out the non working stock radio for an aftermarket bluetooth jvc.

now onto a few things i wasnt told, and any insight as to weather im correct.

the wheels arent factory to a 2001?
looks like aftermarket halo headlights?
m3 front end swap?


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Old 06-06-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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I like the color, wheels are ok. Make sure you follow guides to keep up on fixing up your car! You will realize it costs a bit.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:28 PM   #3
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yes, i am aware of the cost upkeep. my last ride was a 2002 volkwagen vr6 with a hahn turbo setup.

i know its a lot different, but im a factory trained GM certified mechanic.

i got a late start today, but i did get the passenger side lower control arm changed. love the meyle's they are a lot beefier than stock


yes, using my herby kerby as a picture table lol.


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as for rims, im looking at a set of 18x9 xxr 522's in the bronze color!


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Old 06-06-2014, 10:58 PM   #4
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welcome to the forum!

great car! minus the after market headlight and ditch the black rims.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:28 PM   #5
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thanks and yes, i plan on ditching the black rims as soon as i find something i cant live without. the rims are factory silver 7 spokes that were curb rashed to death. so i plasti dipped them to look a bit better.

i also have these rims, but one has a small crack in the lip that causes air loss
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:44 PM   #6
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:23 AM   #7
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Do you personally like the headlights?
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #8
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i do and i dont. i like the style, but the fitment is terrible!
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:18 PM   #9
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Haha yeah. Its that way with aftermarket lights.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:07 PM   #10
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What's wrong with the headlights? I don't understand.

The rims, I do understand.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:30 PM   #11
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What's wrong with the headlights? I don't understand.

The rims, I do understand.
The car probably had halogens originally, and a prior owner installed what you see now, which are a one piece (headlight assembly + corner turn indicator) unit that was probably made in China with suspect light output and fitment. The stock look on a pre-facelift sedan (1999-2001) looks quite different.

The wheels are the original type 44's from the Sport Package. If they were silver and in good shape, they're one of the better looking stock OEM wheels from the E46 lineup of vehicles.

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Old 06-09-2014, 10:28 PM   #12
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the headlights fit terrible, and have a very low cut off with the projectors *about 6' in front of the car* they have gaps near the fenders, and have NO adjustability.

and the rims are okay i suppose. they are silver, just plasti dipped black. but have lots of road rash, which is why i decided to plastidip them.

here they are when i bought the car

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Old 06-09-2014, 10:33 PM   #13
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You live in paw paw? I go up there quite a bit for snowboarding.


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Old 06-09-2014, 10:37 PM   #14
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snowboarding in paw paw? lol u must mean at timber ridge, or bittersweet?

and yes ive lived in paw paw for 18 years.
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snowboarding in paw paw? lol u must mean at timber ridge, or bittersweet?

and yes ive lived in paw paw for 18 years.

Yeah I do mean bittersweet. But paw paw is the exit I take off of 94. So I always remember it.


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Old 06-09-2014, 10:42 PM   #16
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yeah bittersweet isnt far from paw paw. i actually live on m40, which is the road u take from the highway towards bittersweet. i live just north of the two lakes.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:45 PM   #18
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im going to be plasti dipping my rims blaze green tomorrow!
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:57 PM   #19
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #20
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I'd burn those headlights. Just go back to OEM. Ebay headlights are horrible. Yours remind me of the E39 headlights. You're off to a good start lucky for you plasti dip isn't permeant. I'm still picking dip off in between my spokes though.
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