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Old 01-18-2010, 02:01 AM   #1
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My New Sport Wagon, I meant Touring! (Road Trip and Mod Content)

After lurking for a few years I thought I'd formally introduce myself.

After narrowing our choice to a 325xiT or an AWD Honda Element, my Fiancée and I are the proud owners of a new (to us at least) Sport Wagon - an 04' 325xiT, 5 Speed Manual, Premium, Cold Weather Packages, Titanium Silver on Grey Interior with 70K on the ODO.



After looking for most of November I found it from a guy in Kansas. He was a pleasure to buy a car from and bent over backwards to help me out. I picked it up in late December and got equated with it on the drive back to CO. It was a cold, gloomy day, but way more comfortable than when I drove the M Coupe back from the East Coast and I still made pretty good time.

The Drive From Kansas to Colorado





On New Years Day I took it on its first road trip from Boulder to Ouray, CO for an Ice Climbing and Snowboarding Trip with our Mountain Biking Team. I made it to Grand Junction in my fastest time yet 3:30 without speeding egregiously and like the drive from Kansas it was a pleasure. The M Coupe is minimallistic for a BMW and my daily is a '97 Tacoma. I couldn't believe what I've been missing all these years.

Glenwood Canyon





Ouray Ice and Mountains





I couldn't climb or snowboard due to a recent knee surgery so I hung out and drove around with another friend who was injured. We had a blast rallying over Red Mountain Pass on the "million dollar highway", which is actually the two lane CO 550.

On the Way to Red Mountain Pass









Even with crap tires the xi did great in snow. With the stability control off I could break and control the back end with ease. On dry roads I felt like the xi reduced some of the oversteer I've felt in RWD E46's. On the way home we were treated to sunny skies in the San Juan's and fresh snow going over Monarch Pass. Once again, even loaded up with 4 people and a hatch full of gear the drive was a pleasure.

Full Hatch



Wave Clouds Over the San Juan's



Fresh Snow on Monarch Pass



After we got home I installed new pads and rotors, flushed the brake fluid with Super Blue Racing Fluid, changed the oil and filter, and installed a DICE ipod adapter. I plan on finishing inspection II with belts, coolant inspection and flush, air and cabin filters, and axel boot inspections, once it gets a little warmer. I routed the DICE cord to the rear ashtray. It's closer than in the glove box and the ashtray box has a light and a little door that covers it when not in use. I build a foam "dock" to hold the thick cases we both have over our iPhones. I plan on replacing my duct tape-covered foam with plastic and a bulb cover that look more professional.

New Rotors and Pads



New Brake Fluid



DICE Rear Ashtray Mount





Then I installed a Thule Crossroads Rack and 2 Red Rocky Mount Trays off my M Coupe Rack. I plan to finish the rack with a hang glider carrier (basically a removable aluminum ladder that bolts to the crossbars) and custom airfoil crossbar covers that I've been working on. I also scored a set of winter wheels, 17" BMW style ??? (could use some help with that) with Blizzak LM's mounted.

Rocky Mount Rack and Winter Wheels Added











The other mods I have still in the boxes are an M3 CSL bumper, Orion Angel Eyes, Clear Corners and Markers, and a set of 18" BBS CH Reps, but those will have to wait until spring...
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:12 AM   #2
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Sooo cool, I'm a huge fan of tourings as my dad has had a wagon for pretty much ever. I think it will look sick with the M3 bumper, clears and wheels. I love Colorado too. I'm actually going on a ski trip tomorrow and won't be able to drive because my sedan doesn't have the loadthrough system or a roof rack . My friend's truck will have to work I guess! You take great pictures too!
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:25 AM   #3
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You take great pictures too!

+1. Must admit, those shots are Amazing... & nice ride. (both M* & Wagon)
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:48 AM   #4
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Nice HDR pictures

e36 m3 wheels are nice and all but dont flow well with e46 touring
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:14 AM   #5
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Nice touring...good pics...Luv the M-Coupe..more pics of M-coupe please!
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:18 AM   #6
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beautiful touring!!!
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #7
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I've been looking for a rack that is a perfect fit for my Touring. Is the Thule Crossroads Rack a perfect fit? I have the OE BMW cross bars, but can't find any bike racks that will mount to it

I like your winter wheels more than the summer; I had a set on my E36 M3. I recommend that you do alot of research before purchasing wheels; larger, heavier wheels are going to slow down your acceleration.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
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I've been looking for a rack that is a perfect fit for my Touring. Is the Thule Crossroads Rack a perfect fit? I have the OE BMW cross bars, but can't find any bike racks that will mount to it

I like your winter wheels more than the summer; I had a set on my E36 M3. I recommend that you do alot of research before purchasing wheels; larger, heavier wheels are going to slow down your acceleration.
Crossroad fits well.

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Old 01-18-2010, 11:54 AM   #9
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Pics look great. Love the tourings
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:02 PM   #10
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:48 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. I'm stoked to finally have something to share on E46 Fanatics...

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Nice touring...good pics...Luv the M-Coup...more pics of M-coupe please!
Always happy to show pics of the M Coupe...















Resprayed Wheels, Added Splitters







I've got some light mods in the works for the M too...

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I've been looking for a rack that is a perfect fit for my Touring. Is the Thule Crossroads Rack a perfect fit? I have the OE BMW cross bars, but can't find any bike racks that will mount to it

I like your winter wheels more than the summer; I had a set on my E36 M3. I recommend that you do alot of research before purchasing wheels; larger, heavier wheels are going to slow down your acceleration.
I've always used Thule stuff and I think the crossroads fits perfectly. I didn't get the aero bar one, just the plain old square bars. I've got some airfoil covers I'm going to adapt from old hang glider control bars. I would highly recommend the Thule Crossroads rack. As far as trays, Rocky Mounts is the best in my opinion. Their newest model is called the pitchfork and it has a disc brake adapter built in. It's much lower profile and stronger than anything else I've seen and the fit and finish is far superior to both Thule and Yakama. Plus you can get custom colors. That's what replaced the trays on the M Coupe rack.

The 18" BBS CH reps I got are pretty heavy, but I'm going to try them before I sell my stock wheels, but won't be surprised if the acceleration and ride take a hit. The ride is noticeably harsh with the contors compared to the stock 16"s.

Arsevador Red Touring = Sex. That was my first choice, but I couldn't find one that fit my criteria. Love the rocket box!
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:07 PM   #12
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:13 PM   #13
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Sick touring!!! Awesome that its manual....those are very rare. You're pics are beautiful as well...

I actually like the E36 M wheels...you never see them on Tourings and they look awesome for Winter Wheels.

Check out the Modded Tourings Thread- you're gonna be on there in no time!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=536138
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:45 PM   #14
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Arsevador Red Touring = Sex. That was my first choice, but I couldn't find one that fit my criteria. Love the rocket box!
Thanks! Though I would say that a Red M coupe is pure girl on girl sex, my car is just plain old missionary compared.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:52 PM   #15
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+1. Must admit, those shots are amazing... & nice ride. (both m* & wagon)
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 PM   #16
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your cars are sick! I love your photos! What camera do you use?
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #17
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Welcome to the XIT club. Either you love um or hate um. Of course, I'm in the former camp.

Whatever you do, don't take off the roof rails or lower it for obvious reasons in Colorado winters. Mine is a 2002 with the sports package and and the convenience of an auto for the other half when she drives it. Other than tinting all around, clear bra, and some new Conti Extreme Contact DWS tires it is pretty much stock.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:08 PM   #18
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Sick touring!!! Awesome that its manual....those are very rare. You're pics are beautiful as well...

I actually like the E36 M wheels...you never see them on Tourings and they look awesome for Winter Wheels.

Check out the Modded Tourings Thread- you're gonna be on there in no time!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=536138
Awesome thread. I used that one as a reference when I was looking. I'll post some pics once I get the rest of the Mod's done...

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your cars are sick! I love your photos! What camera do you use?
I use an old Cannon 20D with a 17-85mm F4.5-5.6 or a 70-200mm F4.5-5.6 Pro Glass lens with minor Levels and Saturation adjustments in Photoshop.

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Welcome to the XIT club. Either you love um or hate um. Of course, I'm in the former camp.

Whatever you do, don't take off the roof rails or lower it for obvious reasons in Colorado winters. Mine is a 2002 with the sports package and and the convenience of an auto for the other half when she drives it. Other than tinting all around, clear bra, and some new Conti Extreme Contact DWS tires it is pretty much stock.
Great to see another Coloradan here! I'm going to take it to the next Euro GTG. They usually post dates for them on the Great Lakes, Rocky Mountain Regional Bimmerforums Forums.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:39 PM   #19
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What style wheels are those in the last few pics of first post?

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Old 01-18-2010, 10:27 PM   #20
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Very sweet wagon indeed. Love the pics of Colorado, will be in Breckenridge in Feb! yeeha!
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