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Old 09-15-2011, 08:30 PM   #21
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Checking in.. as a Junior. Got my car last summer (2010)

This summer was full of maintenance and mostly high-cost items such as: tires, rotors & pads, CCV, Vanos, FCAB's.

Maybe next summer will be coils & this fall i'll hopefully be doing an alarm retrofit, intake, and alcantara wheel re-wrap..and a few other odds and ends.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:54 PM   #22
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Im a Sophmore at BYU-Idaho
Bought my 01 325ci about a year ago with 100k on it, Upgrades and repair since:

Rockford Fosgate Audio setup: $1200
M6 Replica Rims: $1000
Replacing blown rear tire on said rims: $660 (This was for rear only)
Alternator: $250
Belts and Pullys: $150 (guessing on alt and all)
Battery: $100
Control Arm (Both sides): $600
Power Steering Pump : $320

To Do: Clutch Replacement :$700
Passenger Endlink replacement ~$70
Paint Job: $500
Ugh, but I love every bit of it
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:02 PM   #23
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I have an 01 325ci AW about to hit my 150k
Ive done so far
Depo p46 headlights
5000k hids
Hid on fogs
OEM led taillights
M tech II front bumper
18 I forgot what style oem BMW rims
If I recall, they're style 193. And very nice looking!!
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:05 PM   #24
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:14 PM   #25
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:34 PM   #26
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Computer science freshman at UNR. ive had my e46 for about 9 months now but im not a noob to bmw. had an e36 and an e30. this summer was full of maintenance. new pads/rotors, cooling system overhaul, rtabs, fcabs, fuel filter.
mods
motegi mr118 wheels
depo smoked corners
smoked tails
carbonfiber emblems
black kidney grilles
(coming soon)
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bilstein coilovers
mtechII if i can find decent used one
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:39 PM   #27
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:44 PM   #28
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Computer science freshman at UNR. ive had my e46 for about 9 months now but im not a noob to bmw. had an e36 and an e30. this summer was full of maintenance. new pads/rotors, cooling system overhaul, rtabs, fcabs, fuel filter.
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motegi mr118 wheels
depo smoked corners
smoked tails
carbonfiber emblems
black kidney grilles
(coming soon)
ebay headers
vibrant muffler/res delete
bilstein coilovers
mtechII if i can find decent used one
hey, i am in cs too. learning how to program a operating system. u should come here for masters yo
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:47 PM   #29
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2nd year of college, had my car since i was 16, now 20 and has 160,000 miles on it and 8 grand put into it, just got it back today, has new subframe bushings, and the turnermotorsport subframe reinforcement kit on it now. prepping the car for a 3.0 liter m54 swap. going to fit the new mtech II bumper tomorrow and hopefully have it painted and installed next week. still undecided on what suspension/wheels i want to get, had gunmetal e39 m5 wheels on it but sold them last year.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:15 PM   #30
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2nd year of college, had my car since i was 16, now 20 and has 160,000 miles on it and 8 grand put into it, just got it back today, has new subframe bushings, and the turnermotorsport subframe reinforcement kit on it now. prepping the car for a 3.0 liter m54 swap. going to fit the new mtech II bumper tomorrow and hopefully have it painted and installed next week. still undecided on what suspension/wheels i want to get, had gunmetal e39 m5 wheels on it but sold them last year.
hey //m, I just ordered the subframe kit too. How long does it take the welding shop to have it installed? And about how $?
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:24 PM   #31
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I'm a Junior at the Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in aviation maintenance. I bought my car from my dad with about 120k miles, now it's almost at 188k.

Most of what I've done in the past year
- 330 front brake swap
- stoptech rotors, brake pads, ss lines
- Kmac camber plates
- Mtech I front bumper
- M3 steering wheel
- BMW Performance strut bar
- cosmos/amsoil tube intake
- complete M3 rear end (Waiting to get a 6 speed before I install)
- lots of maintenance stuff..

I'm always fixing something on the car but I still enjoy it.

Here's some kind of recent progress pics. I hit a fox last winter






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Old 09-15-2011, 11:28 PM   #32
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whats up guys, im a 4th year at UCR and i just bought my 2004 325i last week aha and i havent done anything to it.. but am ordering an hid retro kit this weekend after i get paid lol
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:56 PM   #33
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Hey everybody, Freshman at a local cc (doing a transfer) and I've had my 325i (100,700 miles) for almost two whole weeks!! And I have been getting pretty good at shifting in that period

In that short time I've already got quite a list of mods in mind
-Clear corners
-DEPO projector46
-clear led side markers
-led tail lights
-Mtech II front bumper
-Aluminum Pedals
-New shift knob
-Ebay trunk lip spoiler
-Gauge rings
-Next year when I need new tires new wheels too
-a can of plastidip for the grille

Maintenance Needs As of now
-New pullys
-Front passenger window regulator down the line

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Old 09-16-2011, 12:05 AM   #34
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Preventative maintenance
-coolant system overhaul
-pads and rotors
-new DISA
Black grills
Black style 68's
Gruppe M CF intake

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Suspension
Bushings
Subframe
Any preventative maintenance not mentioned. (Previous owner did not do ANYTHING)

Any other Wildcats on here?
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:37 AM   #35
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hey //m, I just ordered the subframe kit too. How long does it take the welding shop to have it installed? And about how $?
well installation of the subframe bushings and to weld the kit in was $1,300 total, and my car was in the shop for 2 weeks. And add the cost of the tms reinforcement kit
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:53 AM   #36
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:26 AM   #37
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:37 AM   #38
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I'm a Junior at the Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in aviation maintenance. I bought my car from my dad with about 120k miles, now it's almost at 188k.

Most of what I've done in the past year
- 330 front brake swap
- stoptech rotors, brake pads, ss lines
- Kmac camber plates
- Mtech I front bumper
- M3 steering wheel
- BMW Performance strut bar
- cosmos/amsoil tube intake
- complete M3 rear end (Waiting to get a 6 speed before I install)
- lots of maintenance stuff..

I'm always fixing something on the car but I still enjoy it.

Here's some kind of recent progress pics. I hit a fox last winter






Prefacelift sedans ftw, btw where did you get your mtech I bumper, it looks pretty damn good
Oh and thanks for everyone who posted so far, I will try to keep updating the status on my car
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:12 PM   #39
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you live in south jersey? Come over to RU! I'm a commuter and I still love going there
haha your talkin about rutgers new brunswick right? or camden?
i live pretty close to RU camden but am intrested in new brunswick. i visited new brunswick and it was sweet.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:00 PM   #40
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haha your talkin about rutgers new brunswick right? or camden?
i live pretty close to RU camden but am intrested in new brunswick. i visited new brunswick and it was sweet.
definitely new brunswick. Camden is a no no haha, but if your going for a nursing degree I guess then it isn't too bad. other than it I don't want to spend my schooling in one of the poorest cities in america. new brunswick ftw
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