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Old 08-07-2016, 10:30 PM   #1
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A year and a half with my 325i

Ive had my e46 for about a year and a half now and decided to try and make a thread of everything ive done. Some good and some bad but ive learned a lot Click image for larger version

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:35 PM   #2
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After doing a really thorough cleaning of all the leatherette. It was filthy when i got it but cleaned up well also waxed her for the first time and liked the gloss it added. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:53 PM   #3
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Next i did my spark plugs with some ngks. Changed my oil with castrol (us spec) and a fram filter . Thats the bad stuff i used to do . Painted my tires and did some tire lettering ( bad to some i like it though ) I finished out the month with some clear corners from depo. This was september of 2015Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:54 AM   #4
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Nice looking car, the painted tires look badass! Did you do any PM to it? I have a quite long list on mine.
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:33 PM   #5
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Nice looking car, the painted tires look badass! Did you do any PM to it? I have a quite long list on mine.
Yeah ive done a lot of the vac lines and stuff. Did the ofhg and vanos . Didnt refresh the cooling as po got that done at 75k. She also had vcg done at around the same time . Gettting ready to tackle a full suspension refresh soon .
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:59 PM   #6
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Yeah ive done a lot of the vac lines and stuff. Did the ofhg and vanos . Didnt refresh the cooling as po got that done at 75k. She also had vcg done at around the same time . Gettting ready to tackle a full suspension refresh soon .
Good, my suspension was pretty beaten up when I bought it, made a full refresh and it feels like a different car. I'm changing the steering rack this week.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:52 PM   #7
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I got my roof rack from another member in vegas . Oem plus two bike carriers for 220 . I painted my headlight shrouds white and actually really like it as my car is white. Also did blue high beam bowls which is in fact fully reversible if i ever sell it . I used a very weak lacquer in them and have removed it once . Got my brake pads changed too during this time . Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 08:57 PM   #8
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Did my horribly leaking ofhg. First bigger diy I had done and enjoyed it a lot . Didnt enjoy removing and installing the damn fan though (at tranny). Got interior leds for christmas and clear side markersClick image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:00 PM   #9
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Didnt do much cleaned her up a lot and got a front plate delete . Tow hook was in as it just got towed lolClick image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:03 PM   #10
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Got down to doing my trans fluid ( at 100k ) and my diff . Not to bad except had to order a new gasket because i forgot to put the magnet back in the pan and dropped it again 200 miles later . Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:07 PM   #11
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I decided to put a ceramic coating on my car from pearl nano ( edit if im not able to talk them up ) but have been super impressed with its durability in the desert heat here in vegas . Did this cause i wanted to add it to my services for the detailing business im trying to start Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:10 PM   #12
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Did my cabin filter , airbox, fuel and oil was changed . Solved my idle issue id always had Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:17 PM   #13
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Got some gauge rings and had to do my alternator . Went out and caused all sorts of issues ( stalling loss of power and tranny lights )Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:23 PM   #14
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Good, my suspension was pretty beaten up when I bought it, made a full refresh and it feels like a different car. I'm changing the steering rack this week.
What route did you go oe or bilstein ? I'm still trying to decide exactly what shocks and struts i want..
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:14 PM   #15
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That front end photo with the blue lights looks sweet. Matches the Roundel a bit. Vegas sun in the summer must be insane. How has all the trim and rubber held up with the heat and UV's blasting it? My side window railing trim takes a beating and only lasted 9 years in Florida.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:08 PM   #16
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That front end photo with the blue lights looks sweet. Matches the Roundel a bit. Vegas sun in the summer must be insane. How has all the trim and rubber held up with the heat and UV's blasting it? My side window railing trim takes a beating and only lasted 9 years in Florida.
Thanks man ! so easy to do so i thought why not and now I love it. Everything has held up pretty well. My beige plastic sills by your feet have turned a bit yellow. The rest of the interior is flawless for its age, mostly due to having leatherette. The only very weathered part is my window pillars. The rest of my trim buffed out and i applied the ceramic which prevented it from coming back.UV scale has been at 8-10 for months lol.
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:12 AM   #17
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I'm going to have to do this thing they call ceramic.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:54 AM   #18
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Thanks man ! so easy to do so i thought why not and now I love it. Everything has held up pretty well. My beige plastic sills by your feet have turned a bit yellow. The rest of the interior is flawless for its age, mostly due to having leatherette. The only very weathered part is my window pillars. The rest of my trim buffed out and i applied the ceramic which prevented it from coming back.UV scale has been at 8-10 for months lol.
Are you sure that is Leatherette? AFAIK the sports seats came with leather for the U.S. Market. Have you ran the vin to confirm that you don't have leather?

Here is the vin decoder I like to use: www.bmwvin.com

Everything looks very nice on your car, at least you are doing the required maintenance!

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Old 08-09-2016, 11:10 AM   #19
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Not bad. What's with the fascination of painting the highbeam bowls blue? Not the first time I've seen this
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:36 PM   #20
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Not bad. What's with the fascination of painting the highbeam bowls blue? Not the first time I've seen this

Honestly my friend did it on his e30 and I liked it. Ive seen lots of gold bowls on here as well. I think its just something to do and with xenons it doesn't effect the function of the lights .
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