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Old 08-27-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hello everybody, been a while since I had my last e46. My first one was a 99 323i Manual it was my second or third car and I always missed it. My dad recently bought a 2001 BMW 330i M Tech I with the sport package. Its an Automatic transmission car which is not my favorite but my mom is happy lol.

This is just a thread to keep track of mods and just work I have done to the car.

I am a 23 year old dude with about 10 to 15 cars owned since I got my license at 16 or 17. I didn't always buy the cars usually I just took the car from my dad's shop haha. I usually work on them until they are great looking and mechanically sound and then usually its about time to sell them.

My favorite cars have been my 95 240 SX, Camaro RS 5.0, 83 Porsche 944 and my 99 BMW 323i.

My dad bought it at a salvage auction. It was stolen so it had no wheels, tires, stereo or speakers. the door panel covers for the speakers and other trim pieces were also missing.

The good thing is I have a parts car its a 99 323i but some of the body and trim panels are the same. It has a black on black interior. It doesn't run and has a front end and rear quarter damage. I am taking the black door panels and door trim which is black metallic and putting it on my 01 330 with Black/Tan and wood trim interior. I like the sport seats on the 330 so I am not swapping those over.

Issues:
Parts list:
Underneath cover missing
Aluminum strength bar underneath missing?
Front bumper damaged
Front bumper grill
Air box intake manifold
oil level sensor
windshield cowl
front control arm bushings
trunk opening button?
hood release handle broken
no dead pedal
driver door lock is different for some reason?
rear view mirror not stock
floor mats

Already bought:
--Intake tube for air box
--BMW front brake sensor
--Alternator air hose
--Screws for fan shrowd
--Power steering bottle
--Hose for bottle
--Headlight moldings
--Power steering bottle
--Power steering hose, low pressure
--Air box
--3 expanding rivets for front filter
--Drive belts
--front fender liners
--20 lug nuts
--wheels and tires
--Front and rear rotors

Fixed some issues already:
Rear bumper painted
Hood painted
Air box in
New power steering bottle and low pressure hose installed
New belts
New radiator expansion bottle
Front Brembo and rear Zimmerman rotors
Parking brake shoes
Akebono brake pads
Front left door
-panel replaced
-glass swapped
-regulator
Radio swapped


Future goals:
Electric fan swap
Angel eyes
Trunk lip
Rear diff oil change
Tranny oil change
fuel filter
Clear corner lights LED or reg bulb?
Clear LED tailights
Clear fender lights
Auto to manual swap?
Hamann glass spoiler?
Front window tint

I got a new set of stock wheels with great cooper tires. I like the stock look of my cars. I think even with stock cars I can have a lot of fun. I just enjoy messing around with my cars to see how to fix things and having that accomplished feeling.

The front door panels had no speakers just speaker wires cut and put in. So I swapped over Harman/Kardon speakers onto one door with the original wires and plugs. I was planning on swapping the whole door harness over but it is a little bit different wiring for the mirrors. I think the mirrors are heated or something they have that box with two plugs in the door panel. The 323 just has a wire directly from the mirror.

I know it really is not worth it to spend too much money or parts on a salvage title car but its mostly just fun to get this car working right again. I'll probably sell it on in a couple years anyways..

Trying to decide between M Tech 2 front bumper with projector fogs, M3 Rep, or the original M tech 1 used bumper. The easiest to install would be the M tech 1 but it would most likely need repairs.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271501660679 or http://www.ebay.com/itm/261481624623
Does anyone know if the 330i came with trunk button in 2001? my dead pedal was also missing.

Anyone got any suggestions?
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:40 PM   #2
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Let me be the first too say congratulations!

And also I notice you said you replaced your rotors

How are they working for you? I've been looking for a good brand and with all this work you're doing I want your opinion
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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Thanks man. I got Brembo fronts and Zimmerman rears and Akebono Euro pads. Zimmerman and Brembo and great brands and have a nice coating to prevent rust. I also got brake shoes for my parking brakes but those are just cheap pep boys ones since I rarely use my parking brake anyways.

Any other questions? Let me know if I can help.
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:46 PM   #4
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Thank you!!! Any thing else I'll be sure to ask you

I appreciate your quick straight forward reply
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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I just put on clear tailights, side lights, and corner lights.

Got the stereo working by taking the amplifier and speakers from my 323. All of the wiring had to be spliced together with the stock wires and plugs.
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:51 PM   #6
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Seems like a pretty lengthy project

I noticed in your future plans you wanted to do the electric fan swap

I highly suggest doing that one first it's a really good and easy mod
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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Also, I didn't get the slotted or drilled because I'm not tracking the car or anything.
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:52 PM   #8
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Thanks because I was just about to ask that
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #9
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No problem. Yea I am trying to get the majority of the mechanical problems fixed first. The first mod is the electric fan.

I discovered the diff bushing mount is done for and the LCA bushings, guibo, and the transmission thermostat is broken. I guess it broke when I changed the overflow bottle.
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-Electric Fan -Windshield Cowl -Front lower control arm bushings -Air intake manifold (on radiator support) -Oil level sensor
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:00 PM   #10
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I wow
That's a lot to do but you seem to be making the right decisions with your repairs just be careful as there are many fragile parts you'll run across
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:29 PM   #11
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Yea I replaced some vacuum lines already too. Got like 7 feet of vacuum line haha.

Got both intake boots.

Replaced fuel filter (Kayser from amazon) and spark plugs with NGK platinums. Car runs way better. No more misfires.

Ordered the outside air temp to get rid of the annoying -40 temp and the a/c seems to not be working because it thinks it's too cold.

Changed all of the door panels and trim from my parts car too. Looks a lot better.
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Changed cold crank ventilation over the past few days.

Changed oil level sensor to get rid of yellow light at start up.

Lower control arm bushings for the front, oil change, expansion tank thermostat, wiper blades, coolant and put on clear lights all around. Got a really good deal on the lights.

Popped in all of the rear speakers and subwoofers today.

Put in the resprayed battery tray and all of the clips for the trunk panels.

Going to install the outside air temp sensor and harness Tuesday since it was missing on car.

Still gotta do:
Rear view mirror install
Resistor pack from parts car
Reprogram key
Adjust parking brakes

How's it looking? I hope to be able to drive this thing around next week with no issues.
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-Electric Fan -Windshield Cowl -Front lower control arm bushings -Air intake manifold (on radiator support) -Oil level sensor
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:12 PM   #14
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Thanks I'm just looking forward to driving without any problems haha. I really wish it was a manual though.
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Hey guys, looks like I gotta do a manual swap since the auto trans for a manual trans. I have a 99 323 with a getrag 220 trans and I also happened to have a ZF trans from an e36 328ci. Which trans is better to swap in?

The getrags I know are pretty bulletproof. I think I might be able to use the same driveshaft and diff if I swap in the ZF trans from the E36. Does anyone know which forum I should ask all of this?

Thanks!
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Got me a 2001 BMW 330i Sport Package

So I called UUC today and Rob told me that easiest way would be to swap the 323 tranny and driveshaft and perhaps the input shaft to the differential if the 4 bolt driveshaft won't line up with the 6 bolt 330 diff.

Swap entails:
PARTS FROM 323
323 getrag 220 tranny
driveshaft
Clutch pedal
Brake pedal
Slave cylinder
Clutch lines
Input shaft for differential?
Shifter boot

UUC
DSSR
Big boy clutch pedal thingy
Clutch pedal bushings
Liqui moly stuff

From a friend:
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1-Redline MTF

PARTS PLACE
Clutch kit
Clutch alignment tool
Throwout bearing
Pilot bearing
Rear main swap
Gasket maker
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Parts wanted '01 330i
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Engine and trans pulled from 323 on Saturday

Need to pull driveshaft and pedals
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the muffler tip looks sweet.. what's it running
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