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Old 07-31-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Upgrade/PM Path for my 2002 ZSP, 5 speed Touring

After a couple of years of looking (and a slight lowering of my low-mileage expectations) I found the Touring of my dreams.

2002 Topaz Blue, 110,000 miles, 5 speed, Sports package, black leatherette manual seats.

I intend to keep this car long-term (it's my second similarly equipped e46 Touring) so I'm looking for a little advice about PM and mods.

The car seems to have been well-treated--the PPI showed only a few small issues-- but not particularly aggressively PM'd.

The cooling system has been done, complete with a radiator, belts and Stewart water pump. The rear brakes and parking brakes have been done.

Got plans to do the VCG, which has a very small leak right now, and air filters, plugs, and the VANOS while the engine's apart.

I'll probably replace the battery soon with an AGM Die Hard.

From a mod/aesthetic POV, I've installed an M3 wheel, a ZHP shift knob, Alcantara boot, aluminum pedals, an Ipod/DICE and new headlight covers.

So what next? My goal is to keep the car running reliably (I did a 1,200 mile round trip shortly after the cooling system was done without a hiccup.)"

The suspension seems very good for car of this age, but I may go for refresh in the spring with Koni FSDs.

Aesthetically, I need to replace the A-pillars. I love the seats but I'm thinking I may love a pair of heated sports seats more come winter. Someone local seemed to have a pair of black leatherette manuals but I haven't been able to get a response.

So what would you replace/upgrade do if it was your car?

Allen
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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Finally! As picky as you were in your other post, I didn't think you would ever find one that was good enough.

How are the DISA and CCV? Both might be due for a replacement if they are still original.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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After a couple of years of looking (and a slight lowering of my low-mileage expectations) I found the Touring of my dreams.

2002 Topaz Blue, 110,000 miles, 5 speed, Sports package, black leatherette manual seats.

I intend to keep this car long-term (it's my second similarly equipped e46 Touring) so I'm looking for a little advice about PM and mods.

The car seems to have been well-treated--the PPI showed only a few small issues-- but not particularly aggressively PM'd.

The cooling system has been done, complete with a radiator, belts and Stewart water pump. The rear brakes and parking brakes have been done.

Got plans to do the VCG, which has a very small leak right now, and air filters, plugs, and the VANOS while the engine's apart.

I'll probably replace the battery soon with an AGM Die Hard.

From a mod/aesthetic POV, I've installed an M3 wheel, a ZHP shift knob, Alcantara boot, aluminum pedals, an Ipod/DICE and new headlight covers.

So what next? My goal is to keep the car running reliably (I did a 1,200 mile round trip shortly after the cooling system was done without a hiccup.)"

The suspension seems very good for car of this age, but I may go for refresh in the spring with Koni FSDs.

Aesthetically, I need to replace the A-pillars. I love the seats but I'm thinking I may love a pair of heated sports seats more come winter. Someone local seemed to have a pair of black leatherette manuals but I haven't been able to get a response.

So what would you replace/upgrade do if it was your car?

Allen
I consider the Stewart pump a downgrade. A lot of people speak of them as if they are an upgrade--a sort of sigh--relief--got that ticking time bomb of a water pump out of there. I view it as the exact opposite. But hey if it's working so far, great. Just don't be surprised if you begin to see leaks.

If it was my car, I'd do everything in my maintenance sig. I don't care if your paint is shiny--needs to be done unless there's proof it was.

My car was factory fresh looking when I bought it. But knowing BMWs I knew what needed addressing.

These things need to be brought back to life. I see a lot of shiny lookinh E46s out there w/ owners lookin' smug and confident. Little do they know that their entire car is a wet noodle ready to overheat! "But I just waxed it and changed the oil bro--my car is in top shape!" No, you're just making payments on a used car and threw on a coat of wax!

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Old 07-31-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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JMB: Yeah, I was pretty picky, but I was holding out for the 5speed/sports/sunroof. I had been hoping for a lower mileage example, but this one seems like a very solid car and and I bought it at a price that allows for the PM it'll need

Mango: Maintenance signature? What? Where?
But seriously, of course I've been checking it twice, Mr. Mango.
I've had the car six weeks and by the time the next go round of PM is done later in August, I'll have done all the engine compartment jobs except the power steering (which needs it) and the DISA/CCV.
Does it make sense to roll those jobs into the VANOS/VCG?

And with the spate of fires, I'm getting a little freaked out by the FSR, although the blower seems to be working perfectly.

I'm thinking about getting some 22-inch chrome spinners and lowering it on bags, but I haven't made up my mind yet.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:10 PM   #5
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I'm thinking about getting some 22-inch chrome spinners and lowering it on bags, but I haven't made up my mind yet.
Yes to 22" chrome. spinners are played out though. if you raise the suspension to xi height you can even fit 24s. think about it.
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