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Old 08-03-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, i am planning on buying a 2001 330i and i was wondering what the most important modifications would be and what i should do first.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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The first mod I recommend is ALWAYS the . It helps SO much!

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Old 08-03-2010, 01:32 AM   #4
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just look around on this site at some pictures and read some of the threads to get an idea of what mods YOU like. dont do a mod just bc someone else does it. if you're not looking to put too much into your car then id suggest just doing some exterior/interior mods but do w/e you want man
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:49 AM   #5
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:56 AM   #6
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:57 AM   #7
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Mods? I have a few suggestions, though you might not think of them as mods...

First, +1 on 'get the car' and see how it drives...tell us mileage, and many will have an opinion on what needs to get done.

Me? I'm of the belief that mods should come after car is 'correct' functionwise...so

the oil change mod
coolant change and perhaps cooling system overhaul--check dates on things
brake/clutch fluid
trans/diff fluid
PS fluid flush
air filter/fuel filter
plugs

you'll prolly also need some combination of suspension work...as in--new control arm bushings, rear diff bushings

Your guibo, maybe center support bearing on driveshaft
Belts, idler pulley, tensioner pulleys, check other pulleys

Ah, then, the 'cleaning things up' mod--MAF, DISA, ICV, TB

You probably will be due for alignment, so check its tracking carefully

Listen for noises from wheels...as in maybe bearings

Brakes...check them carefully...measure the thickness of the rotors

Okay...I'll stop...just don't start pouring money into that beautiful new air intake that will clog your MAF and signal a code, before you get car running right. Best mod is the bmw on the road, not on driveway!

HTH...trying to...just don't want to see you pick all these 'official' mods and then run out of money to fix the things that need to be fixed...and there will be some...there's a reason why PO was selling car, and I bet it's coz he/she didn't properly maintain it.

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:19 AM   #8
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:21 AM   #9
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:44 AM   #10
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:04 AM   #11
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and how can mods have an order of importance? You do whatever you want to the car and search the forum...
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:11 AM   #12
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Depending on the mileage the first thing I would suggest would be a Cooling System Refresh Kit.

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Once these models have more than 60k miles they should be serviced, then every 60k miles there after. Water pumps begin to fail, thermostats housings crack, along with expansion tanks and begin to leak due to plastic construction.

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