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Old 01-17-2013, 11:03 PM   #15121
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I didn't feel any gain or lose! I was just doing preventative maintenance. I was getting a couple cylinder misfires from 1 and 2 every now and them after I got my Headers on and they have 104k miles on them except for 1 that blew out earlier last year...
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #15122
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It actually looks real good. i'm in favor of cheap easily reversible mods as long as it looks good. i might want to try this. how much is the wrap?
I used ECS for the wrap, but I'm sure it can be found elsewhere for a little less.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-323...3M_Vinyl_Wrap/

I started out with the 4x1 to wrap the trim on the dash just to see if I liked the finished product, then followed up with a second order of 4x2 to finish the rest of the trim. If you decide that you want to give it a go ahead, the dash trim can easily be done by hand, along with the shift trim. The (4) armrests are a little more difficult. I'd have a heat gun or your girlfriend's blow dryer near by to help you heat it up to stretch it so you get a smooth finish over the corners.

Key factor is what you already mentioned - it is easily reversible since there is no permanent change done to your original trim.

Glad you like it!
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:44 AM   #15123
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:50 AM   #15124
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:50 AM   #15125
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:07 AM   #15126
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lol.
Lol my car is modded yes but so not ricey, you guys have a pretty narrow view.

Wild stance, huge wing, altezzas, bad body kits, cheap ugly rims = rice.

Bilstein PSS, cf oem style body parts, painted bowls and BBS is not the same. Eurotrash, arguably, but not rice by a long shot.

Though watch out LooseNTight that faux cf trim has you moving in the wrong direction. I like it but its not JDM.

Situational ethics abound!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:08 AM   #15127
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #15128
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Stopping by the S&G Import Parts in Farmington, Michigan today for a oil Mann oil filter, then the Dealership for some oil.

Okay, Help! I can't seem to find the screen on realoem.com for the plastic splash guard that attaches to the bottom of the bumper and the under the engine. Somebody never put it back years ago. When I replaced my power steering pump this week, I didn't like the fact my car was getting blasted under there, especial the pulleys. Your assistance is much appreciated.

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Old 01-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #15129
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I used ECS for the wrap, but I'm sure it can be found elsewhere for a little less.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-323...3M_Vinyl_Wrap/

I started out with the 4x1 to wrap the trim on the dash just to see if I liked the finished product, then followed up with a second order of 4x2 to finish the rest of the trim. If you decide that you want to give it a go ahead, the dash trim can easily be done by hand, along with the shift trim. The (4) armrests are a little more difficult. I'd have a heat gun or your girlfriend's blow dryer near by to help you heat it up to stretch it so you get a smooth finish over the corners.

Key factor is what you already mentioned - it is easily reversible since there is no permanent change done to your original trim.

Glad you like it!
I was in the midst of wrapping mine when a friend and eFan reg told me ti was too... ricey! Irony.

I've come up with something you will all surely hate, lol. All I can say is that it will be one of a kind and if you were born in 1984 or beforehand you likely will want to jump when you see it. JDMs will come unchained.

Guesses?
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #15130
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Stopping by the S&G Import Parts in Farmington, Michigan today for a oil Mann oil filter, then the Dealership for some oil.

Okay, Help! I can't seem to find the screen on realoem.com for the plastic splash guard that attaches to the bottom of the bumper and the under the engine. Somebody never put it back years ago. When I replaced my power steering pump this week, I didn't like the fact my car was getting blasted under there, especial the pulleys. Your assistance is much appreciated.

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Just a heads up on oil, advanced auto is having buy one get one sale on castrol edge(ours is european formula 0w30). You might want to get that as it will be cheaper than the dealership oil.

I believe the part you are looking for is called splash shield P/N# 51718268344 for facelift sedan(not sure if its the same for preface coupes. But call the dealer and find out the PN and price. Dealer should have it for $100
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #15131
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I was in the midst of wrapping mine when a friend and eFan reg told me ti was too... ricey! Irony.

I've come up with something you will all surely hate, lol. All I can say is that it will be one of a kind and if you were born in 1984 or beforehand you likely will want to jump when you see it. JDMs will come unchained.

Guesses?
I only wrapped the trim to make it darker and match the two-tone better. I drive a 323 Ci, so obviously I'm not trying to reduce weight. As my previous post stated, it's only temporary either way. Ricey? No. It takes away the majority of wood trim and can be taken off in ten minutes.

Apart from that, I'm not too terribly interested in what you've got to say.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #15132
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I don't get the hate of wood trim.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #15133
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Meh, I don't really hate it. It just looks out of place to me in my interior. I'm about to swap out the shift knob for a Coby leather ZHP knob with alcantara boots. In my Mom's Cadillac SRX the wood looks great. Just an opinion!
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:19 PM   #15134
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I changed out the fuel pump.

Tomorrow is the filter and fuel lines.

Sooner or later it will differential bushings and shaft seals, brakes and rotors, perhaps angel eyes upgrade... Not sure yet... And eventually I'll be replacing all of my speakers... $$$$$$$$$$
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:21 PM   #15135
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #15136
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I don't get the hate of wood trim.
IMHO, with age and not taken care of, it starts to look like poo. Unless you bought the car new, or like new, most people don't care about it and it gets scratched, dull, etc. Wrapping it is cheap and gives you a new look.

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:35 PM   #15137
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Just a heads up on oil, advanced auto is having buy one get one sale on castrol edge(ours is european formula 0w30). You might want to get that as it will be cheaper than the dealership oil.

I believe the part you are looking for is called splash shield P/N# 51718268344 for facelift sedan(not sure if its the same for preface coupes. But call the dealer and find out the PN and price. Dealer should have it for $100
Thanks for the help with the part number.

I got some BMW oil for 7.45 a quart from the dealership.

Had to laugh though, when I walked in the showroom today. Two of the salesman were sitting in the back of one of the X models, playing on their phones and ipads! I just rolled my eyes and chuckled and got a laugh from the other salesmen!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:23 AM   #15139
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