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Old 06-19-2015, 06:05 AM   #1
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Hey guys, it's been a while, but I'm back.
The last year of my life has been quite complicated, but now things have finally started to go down in a straight line. So, without further to do, I'm proud to present the new E46.
I don't think you guys have this "snail" powered engine in the US.
It's a 2003 BMW E46, 316i - 1.8 petrol with 116bhp.
Nothing so specatcular so far.
However, the car has been equipped with the M-Tech 2 factory pack and also has some extras:
- alcantara leather
- style 135 18' alloy wheels
- rain and light sensor
- heated front seats
- electrically adjustable mirrors
- central locking + Viper alarm
- MTX subwoofer
- shadowline exterior trim
- new backbox for better looks and sound
- chromed rings for instrument cluster
And probably some other extras that I've forgot to mention.
The car had only one lady owner from new, it's got a complete service history at BMW dealers and has only covered 130.000km (~81.000 miles). The car is a bit slow and feels quite heavy due to the big alloy wheels.
Future plans include:
- black kidney grills + M stripes
- new glass for headlights
- hid kit + angel eyes kit
- probably LED rear lights
And some other small bits that I will find along the way.
Enough with the small talk... here are some photos. Let me know what you think.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #2
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Congrats on the E46 looks nice and clean and you can't even tell its a 316i If I seen you driving I would think its a ZHP 330i Take care of her man...!

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Old 06-19-2015, 04:10 PM   #3
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Great looking ride! Welcome back.
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Old 06-20-2015, 04:14 AM   #4
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Beautiful car. That engine tho.
I think my 2.5 is slow... I can't imagine a 1.8. At least it's a manual which probably makes it a little bit more fun to drive.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:46 AM   #5
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Thanks for the kind welcome guys!

Some new photos taken today
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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Love the car but hate the ghetto subwoofer installation.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:35 PM   #7
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Clean m tech and interior, sub could uses a better install. What is the power like?
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:27 AM   #8
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The power...eerrr... not that great compared to what I used to get from my 525d E39. However, I bought this car because it had complete service history and only one lady owner from new.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:42 AM   #9
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Colour is great (silbergraumetallic?) and i like those style 135 alloys too
I hope everything goes well with that engine. My father has 316 1.8 with same sort of engine and in 210.000km both vanos units had to be replaced.
It is quite economical engine to drive, easily 5 litres / 100km.

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Old 06-23-2015, 01:05 AM   #10
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@Antti: If you would like to swap alloys with mine, that's fine with me However, from Romania to Finland is quite a bit of a distance. Also, my car is anything BUT economical. In city traffic, my average fuel consumption starts from 10L/100km and I've noticed that if the weather gets hotter, the consumption increases as well. I think my fuel consumption "problem" is related to the big 135 style alloys.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:36 AM   #11
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Congrats! looks awesome
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:41 PM   #12
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Hey guys. Today I took my dad's e90 wheels and put them on my e46 to see if there's a difference between 18' and 17'. There's a biiiig difference! The car moves faster, is more comfortable, and the fuel consumption has reduced by 3 liters/100kms. Sooo, in the near future, most probably I'll downgrade to 17' alloys. I've also activated all of my rear lights to be on at all times.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:45 AM   #13
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Great news! Today I got the OK for being admitted as exhibitor at one of the Tuning Shows in Romania, during 30 July - 02 August. Still looking for some new alloys...
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Old 07-16-2015, 04:43 AM   #14
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Hey guys!

I've got some updates. Nothing major however.
Yesterday I gave the headlights a good polish and I'm pretty happy with the results. I've also ordered Morimoto projectors, hid kit and the powerful SMD angel eyes for a nice retrofit - the projectors and hid kit have arrived, but my supplier for SMD angel eyes told me that I would be receiving them next week (not a major setback, because I've still got another 10 days until I get my driving licence - had it suspended for 30 days).
I've also managed to trade my style 135 M alloys for a pair of style 30 16' alloys + 250$. They're not the best looking wheels, but hey, at least I've got a decent fuel consumption. I've looked for some style 68 alloys, but wasn't lucky. I'll keep looking however...
Enough with the small talk; here are the photos!
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Old 07-16-2015, 06:10 AM   #15
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Nice car. Really clean. I think you may have gotten off on the wrong tract with the fuel consumption. You need to compare the effective circumference of each wheel/tire setup.

It may just be that the 18 inch wheels had a larger circumference than the 16 inch ones and so the speedo and odometer were off making it seem like you were going fewer kilometers than you really were.

Google a tire size calculator and compare each setup.
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