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Old 10-21-2015, 03:16 AM   #1
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2001 330ci - OEM styling

I would like to present you my joy and hobby, a 2001 BMW 330ci 5-speed manual. Those who are not interested in car's background can skip the next three paragraphs.
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I have already owned this car back in the 2013 but was forced to sell it. Back than it was a nice stock black coupe with 17" OZ Superleggera's as the only not-OEM part. It had 109.000km and I was the third owner. The guy that bought the car from me had it for two years and when he decided to sell it I was very tempted to buy it back. He fitted OEM M3 fenders, bumpers, and side skirts along with 18" BBS RXII wheels. Exhaust was also modded with ebay headers, Borla Midpipe and Eisenmann muffler. All seemed like a good deal for the price he was asking, considering I replaced the entire cooling system, pulleys, spark plugs, all filters including gas filter etc. before the car was sold to him and had clean background with all car's history available.

However, upon the inspection I realized the car was in a bad condition. All the bodywork looked like it has been done by an amateur and the exhaust was terrible. Front bumper didn't have a carrier because it needed the carbon one which was too expensive so two self-tapping screws was all that held the bumper in place. Side skirts were missing some clamps, side trim was siliconed to the door, rear bumper was hanging and the exhaust ... it had a terrible drone between 2000 and 2500 rpm and due to being decated it had a terrible smell. Later I discovered it also had a leak and the exhaust mounts were just terrible. Despite the fact that everything the last owner did to a car was bad, the engine was still flawless and the drive train was still intact with no thumping sounds when shifting which is rare with this cars, especially at 160.000km. I would take take it if the price was right, but it wasn't.

A few days later the guy called me asking what is my offer. I offered him around 40% less than he was asking and he decided to make a deal. I felt a strange feeling of deja-vu that night, experiencing same thoughts as when I was buying this car the first time. I had absolutely no sleep and couldn't wait to get it back in my hands.
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Car is a jet black with tanin red leather interior and black headliner. It has xenon, sunroof and electric heated seats which all I need.

List of mods so far:

- OEM M steering wheel
- OEM M3 front bumper
- OEM M3 rear bumper
- OEM M3 front fenders
- OEM M3 rear fenders
- OEM M3 side skirts
- OEM M3 side trim
- OEM M3 exhaust (from eurospec 200-cell cats to the rear muffler)
- headers
- BBS RXII 502 front 8,5x18 w. 245/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport
- BBS RXII 508 rear 10x18 w. 275/35 R18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport

List of parts to be installed:

- Zimmerman drilled brake discs (front and rear)
- H&R Cupkit
- HEL Performance brake lines
- HEL Performance clutch line
- Hamman replica fog lights cover + fog lights
- ...

I have no intention to build a fake M3 therefore I will keep my stock hood, mirrors, silver headlight inserts, and chrome window trim. This will be a weekend car which will only be used during the summer as a second car and will make around 2000km per season.

Here are two pictures of a current state before I put the car into the garage and start working on it to return it to its former glory.




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Old 10-21-2015, 09:57 AM   #2
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Beautiful wheels... And those m3 fenders.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:53 PM   #3
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:28 PM   #4
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As I am dealing with the issues this car had (poor welding job and paint job on doors and fenders) I am stripping down the car in order to give it a good inspection along with some extensive cleaning and detailing. Every part that is taken off the car is inspected, cleaned. Those which aren't perfect are refurbished or replaced with new.



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Old 11-16-2015, 11:32 PM   #5
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keep up the good work there, man..
nice car you got there..
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Old 12-15-2015, 03:23 AM   #6
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Thanks, two more pictures from my archive. All the bodywork is now done and car is currently in the shop, ready to receive a new paint job.



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Old 01-23-2016, 09:10 AM   #7
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Car is back from the paint shop.

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Old 01-23-2016, 09:39 AM   #8
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Headers, M3 midpipe w. 200 cel cats, no muffler.

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Old 01-23-2016, 12:01 PM   #9
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:12 AM   #10
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I have already put together the front. OE M3 bumper with replica Hamann fog covers is held by lightweight plastic bumper carrier. All bolts, plugs and weather stripping on bumper and headlight trim are new. OE headlights are new + Phillips silvervision bulbs in side blinkers.

I didn't notice I was taking pictures on low resolution setting. Will make better pics next time when more parts will be assembled.



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Old 02-10-2016, 06:27 PM   #11
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Very very nice!!!
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Old 03-16-2016, 03:36 AM   #12
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Got my hands on something special - M3 Alcantara interior

Electric seats with memory, lumbar support and inflatable side bolsters.

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Old 03-22-2016, 09:13 PM   #13
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Love the interior. Get more pics up
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:08 AM   #14
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Here is how a car currently stands. It is still far from completed as I always decide to change something. I still need to install the A and C pillars, paint the calipers, instal the spoiler, etc. I bought a genuine M3 hood yesterday along with M3 dead pedal.

M3 alcantara interior with electric, heated, memory seats was sold and replaced with lighter manual cloth seats which are temporary until I get a set of bucket seats and do the rear seat delete panels. Sunroof will also get replaced with sunroof delete panel.

















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Old 05-11-2016, 04:18 PM   #15
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Looks good.

In addition to the sunroof delete panel, are you going to install the reinforcement that goes on non-sunroof cars from the factory?
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