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Old 03-02-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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It's been almost 3 years since I sold my last E46, an Estoril Blue 320d Sport bought from none other than Sir_Dave on here. I loved that car, and always said I would own another E46, though I did expect it to be an M3. I came close to buying an M3 last year, viewed a few and found a few that I liked, however just getting off the phone arranging to view a lovely Techno Violet example, I was told I would be losing my job, so that plan went out of the window.

This was the old one, which some of you may remember:
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After that I've had a few different cars. Two Integra DC2s, of which I still own one of them. An E36 328i Sport, a Seat Ibiza Cupra, a Audi A4 Avant, an Integra DC5, and a Civic EP3 (which I also still own, but are selling, if anyone is interested). I've been playing the "what is the ultimate daily" card for a while Something happened last week however which made me think that something with comfortable heated seats, cruise control, sat nav, and an engine that could comfortably tow my DC2 track car to events was needed asap. This happened when I took my car to track for the first time on a trailer. The benefits are exceptional, but I didn't want to buy an excellent towing car and end up with a shitty road car that I would hate. I thought about buying a Disco 3, excellent to tow with, but how long until I'd get bored of it, or bored of fixing it? I considered getting another A4 PD130 Avant, a brilliant car no doubt, and very sensible, but I don't need sensible. Sensible lasted a couple of months the last time I tried it, and petrol is probably the cheapest it will ever be at the moment. When I was thinking about the Audi I started to think about E46s again, notably the 330d. Power, torque to tow with, and an excellent chassis with half decent fuel economy? No brainer surely? Then I remembered about the time my mates HPFP died on his E46 330d, and remembered the bill it came to. So why not a 330i?

To start with, they're properly rare to get, and to get in a good spec, even harder. One of my CS FB friends suggested speaking to a guy on here about one he may be selling, but unfortunately we didn't agree on the value. It wasn't the perfect spec anyway, so not to worry. Then on Friday morning I was tagged into a post on FB, from a man selling a 330i Manual Touring Sport, with under 100k and every option I could have wanted. Xenons, Sat Nav, Heated Leather Seats, H+K, Auto lights/wipers, Digital TV tuner, I think the only thing it doesn't have is electric seats and a sunroof. I could live with that. Best of all, it had a manual gearbox, and a 6 speed one at that. I got on the phone to the guy straight away, it was down in Stevenage which is close to 3 hours from me. No biggie, I've travelled further. Once I got talking to the guy though, I knew the car had to be mine. He'd owned it for 8 years, and best of all, he was a BMW Master Technician. This meant the car had full dealer service history, last serviced 3k ago. It had proper tyres fitted, Michelins up front and Bridgestone Potenzas on the rear. It meant the services had been done properly, things that most cars of this age are overlooked on like brake fluid and coolant had been changed. The leather seats had no signs of wear, no sags, no shine. It meant the Sat Nav disc was up to date, it meant that only genuine BMW parts had been used with the proper oil etc. I could go on, but knowing stuff like this gave me great confidence in the car and the seller, and made me quickly realise I had to own it. I made an offer on the phone, with the promise that if accepted I would take the car that night. He accepted, so after sorting a lift, off I set!

Upon arrival of the car I was greeted by not only one M car also in the household, but two. An M6 and an E46 M3 sat on the drive of the house. You know when you just get that feeling that things are going well? Anyway the car drove great, was exactly as advertised, and even had a few things thrown in that I didn't expect like a bluetooth car kit and a iPod link fitted in the glovebox.

I haven't yet taken any good quality pictures of the car, as I started my shift at work the next day. Here it is in the petrol station on the way home:


(Average MPG on the way home was 34.5mpg, with cruise set at 72mph all the way.)

I'll get some better pictures of it this week if anyone is interested. Hopefully it'll be my tow car to Spa/Ring in April as I don't really want to risk driving the DC2/drive the DC2 that distance in its current build. I need to get a towbar fitted and do my trailer test before then. I've got Cadwell on the 9th of March so going to try and get it done before then.

The interior is fantastic.


This is easily the best car I have owned to date. It might not be an M3, it might be in a slightly dull colour compared to my other BMWs of the past, but I absolutely love it.

Quick picture with my EP3 in the background.

Here are some better pictures I took after a little wash:
DSC_0638 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0639 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0637 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0636 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0632 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0623 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0620 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0618 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0614 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0629 by DanielJames., on Flickr

and to mimic my other E46:
DSC_0609 by DanielJames., on Flickr
DSC_0607 by DanielJames., on Flickr


Last week I swapped out the Inlet Cam Position Sensor following a guide on here - hopefully there will be many trouble free miles to come.

Plans for the car are subtle at the moment, I want cupholders and new badges immediately. Also I need that damn washer jet cover back.

Cheers, I'll keep this updated as I go.

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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Oh, and if anyone likes their Hondas/Acuras, here's my track DC2

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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Holy **** that's a nice wagon.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:05 AM   #4
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:43 PM   #5
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Ah I would absolutely KILL to have 330i touring's over here in the U.S.!!! This thing looks fantastic, it's always a selling point when the car has a decent service history; even better when the owner is a BMW tech! I just picked up a 5 speed 325i touring with similar options about 2 months ago, 5-speed, xenons, H+K, analog climate control (idk if thats what it's called, it's not digital, it has twisty knobs) black trim, taninrot red leather, sport pack, manual heated seats, no autodim rearview or rainsensing windshield, no sunroof, other weird ones. I came from a 330i sedan so this was a big drop in speed but the car itself..... It is amazing, I LOVE mine!! What are the plans for this beaut?
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:53 PM   #6
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Freaking CLEAN WAGON!!!! the dslr pics give it full justice man. Interior is mint. Just get that washer cap and you're set.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:14 PM   #7
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Ugh I want a wagon so bad. Isn't that a ZHP? I know there aren't any zhp wagons in the states but I was not sure about abroad.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:55 AM   #8
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It's surprisingly simple to swap the engine especially if your car is already manual. I did it with no previous experience.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:52 PM   #9
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Holy **** that's a nice wagon.
Thanks man

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Thanks!

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Ah I would absolutely KILL to have 330i touring's over here in the U.S.!!! This thing looks fantastic, it's always a selling point when the car has a decent service history; even better when the owner is a BMW tech! I just picked up a 5 speed 325i touring with similar options about 2 months ago, 5-speed, xenons, H+K, analog climate control (idk if thats what it's called, it's not digital, it has twisty knobs) black trim, taninrot red leather, sport pack, manual heated seats, no autodim rearview or rainsensing windshield, no sunroof, other weird ones. I came from a 330i sedan so this was a big drop in speed but the car itself..... It is amazing, I LOVE mine!! What are the plans for this beaut?
Analogue climate control.. haha. I'm not sure what you'd call it. To be honest its very rare to see a BMW with that in the UK, most are SE or Sport spec which has climate standard. I think I've only ever seen one with the twisty knobs!

I haven't really got any plans. I was thinking of putting an eibach spring kit on and perhaps 12mm wheel spacers all round, but I'm unsure. It's such a lovely car as it is, I'd just prefer to say goodbye to the typical BMW front arch gap. Is there really that much difference between a 330 and a 325? I've never driven a 325 but I didn't think there was that much in it.

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Freaking CLEAN WAGON!!!! the dslr pics give it full justice man. Interior is mint. Just get that washer cap and you're set.
Thanks man, yeah I really need to get one ordered. I just can't decide whether to get one pre painted or paint it myself and save the cash.

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I'm not sure on the ZHP... we never called it that over here. Isn't ZHP the same as Sport spec over here? If so, yes!

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It's surprisingly simple to swap the engine especially if your car is already manual. I did it with no previous experience.
S54 swap? I'd love to do that, engines are far from cheap though, talking the cars value plus some just to buy the bits.
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No, I was replying to the dude in the USA where we didn't get the 330 model. I meant a M54B30 swap, you can get a decent one that's been compression tested for less than $2K. (link in the signature).
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:16 PM   #11
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Still getting through the small niggles with the car from when I bought it. Most people wouldn't notice the things I noticed but knowing that the car wasn't 100% bugged me.

One thing I noted was what felt like a lack of mid range torque, INPA said to change the intake cam sensor which I did, but the car still didn't feel perfect. I decided to take the DISA valve off and this is what I found:




So yeah, pretty knackered. A rebuild kit should be with me one day this week. For now, I simply removed the plastic butterfly. I felt that if I reinstalled it with a loose pin there was just more risk of me dropping the pin again once removed.





Other than that I've just been driving the car and mostly enjoying it. Went for a drive around Yorkshire last weekend with the mrs:


Then up to the Lake District this weekend


I've actually cleaned it once or twice too



... but it always seems to rain once I've done!

One other thing that bugged me was the lack of cup holders, I didn't have a euro tray either as my car has the phone, so couldn't just use that.

£50 to BMW later:


I also got a headlight washer blank that I need to get sprayed for the front.

Before:


After:


Tested it out this morning



Doing 30 mile trips to work each way I usually find myself taking a brew or a can of pop so grateful to have this. Also using the car to tour Europe in late summer so they will be useful.

Last but not least I've ordered some Eibach Sportlines as I checked the rear springs the other day and the nearside has slightly cracked at the top.

Hopefully the springs will be on this weekend.

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