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Old 12-19-2015, 12:09 AM   #1
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Starting Christmas morning I'm officially starting almost a complete reconstruction on my 2000 323i
I know most of you say to get a better car, newer zhp or something like that. But I'm going to make this car work. It'll be a long process, and I wanted to remember it so I thought why not make a thread.
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Not much of a starting point. This was my dads car and as you can see, "tasteful" modifications is the way he fixed old or broken parts. Although he did constantly and meticulously clean this, the preventive maintenance was lacking quite a bit.
The headlights have surprisingly been good for the two years they have been there, but the eBays have to go. That'll probably be first or second step. I might add that in the process of the reconstruction it will be daily driven, and I'm starting out at 182k miles. I've already started on mechanical parts, I've had the final stage resistor and a new windshield washer pump installed.
Anyone who subscribes to this can be assured that opinions are welcome. I kind of have a plan of where I'm going, but don't know what items are acceptable for the old bimmer. Right now I can feel you all have read this and said what's this "know it all" thinking, but in the end, I don't think you all will be disappointed.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:15 AM   #2
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Have fun with the modding. What do you plan to do first?


I would get either; oem projector headlights or oem halogen headlights with a projector retrofit, black kidneys, front plate delete. Then heavier mods such as new wheels and bumpers
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:22 AM   #3
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what's a "final stage resistor"?
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:23 AM   #4
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I think the first thing on exterior mods will be a new hood. A couple months ago I was painting on a ladder and fell on it, huge dent. And then just lots of little paint chips and road rash, it looks terrible up close.
I still have the stock headlights but when I put them in the other day(this is one of the reason we got new ones) is because when you turn the headlights on, along with something like the heater at a high setting, and they would flicker completely on a off. I don't know what the problem is, but is that a housing problem? And could you still use a projector retrofit?
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:23 AM   #5
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Regulates airflow to the blower motor. Please search next time, easy thing to have looked up.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:24 AM   #6
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I think the first thing on exterior mods will be a new hood. A couple months ago I was painting on a ladder and fell on it, huge dent. And then just lots of little paint chips and road rash, it looks terrible up close.
I still have the stock headlights but when I put them in the other day(this is one of the reason we got new ones) is because when you turn the headlights on, along with something like the heater at a high setting, and they would flicker completely on a off. I don't know what the problem is, but is that a housing problem? And could you still use a projector retrofit?
Check the wiring on the headlights and for corrosion on the bulb carrier.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:25 AM   #7
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https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...m-64116920365b Or blower motor resistor.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:46 AM   #8
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check the wiring on the headlights and for corrosion on the bulb carrier.


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Do they look bad? I don't see anything wrong with them. And I don't think the wiring is bad because it doesn't do it with eBays

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Old 12-19-2015, 09:53 AM   #9
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Do they look bad? I don't see anything wrong with them. And I don't think the wiring is bad because it doesn't do it with eBays
Yea, no wiring. There might be an issue with the bulb carrier that connects to the cars wiring harness.

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Old 12-19-2015, 12:23 PM   #10
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I still have the stock headlights but when I put them in the other day(this is one of the reason we got new ones) is because when you turn the headlights on, along with something like the heater at a high setting, and they would flicker completely on a off. I don't know what the problem is, but is that a housing problem? And could you still use a projector retrofit?
that sounds like something isn't making a clean connection, like a ground somewhere for the headlights. is it both sides or just one that flickers and shuts off?
*not to clutter up your mod thread with this issue. Post a new thread on this question in the Lighting Forum and I'll delete this post and continue there.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:19 PM   #11
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Bavsound speakers got in, will add more pictures of installation tomorrow.
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BMW? Why so many speakers. I don't say it's a bad thing but it's a lot when you have to replace all 10 of them. Also just for a different look I sprayed the speakers covers navy blue. Looks very nice with the grey interior.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:20 PM   #12
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Amazing speakers is all I can say, the quality of sound is better than I expected, and I expected a lot!
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:44 PM   #13
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Got this sent from my parents. At least they are trying! From Khoalty, Looks pretty good too with the little notches on the ends. Want to get it painted eventually, probably as soon as the crappy 3M double sided tape wears off.
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Nice! I have a good feeling about you and the direction the car is going. Make sure it's bringing you enjoyment more than frustration/pain- which can be caused by over-modding and under-driving.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:28 PM   #15
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Ha thank you. I think maybe today I'm ordering some projectors from TRS.
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:31 PM   #16
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this is a video showing my tail lights.
Thought you guys might want to see what I'm dealing with now. They are okay tail lights and do not look bad,but not BMW is the thing.Click image for larger version

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The halos are small and remind me a little of CCFL ones. But I hard wired them to the park lights and they act as turn signals as well.Click image for larger version

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Took a step in the right direction finally today! Ordered some clear lenses for the Halogen housings *thanks Khoalty* and cleaned out under the exterior trim pieces.Click image for larger version

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Didn't know how dirty it could get under them, should've taken a picture of the rag I used afterwards!
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Planning on keeping it silver? What wheels, suspension, brakes and driveline are you planning? Or will you be rebuilding what you have?
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Planning on keeping it silver? What wheels, suspension, brakes and driveline are you planning? Or will you be rebuilding what you have?

I think for awhile I'll be rebuilding what I have, after I get the oem housings back in I got to do some engine maintenance stuff, and I think I might go on do all Mishimoto replacement parts(expansion tank,air intake, basically all the products they make),because they appear to be very high quality.
And after I get that done with that, I think I'm maybe going getting some 18" CSL wheels with some summer tires, and put all seasons on the stock and use them in the winter.
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Got my new lenses, very nice its been awhile. Couldn't remember how much better these actually look. Just have to get my projectors and they be ready to put back in finally
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