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Old 08-25-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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I bought my wife a new Honda and I took her 2002 325CI BMW. It has 120,000 miles on it.

What I did to it: New fuel pump, fuel filter, complete cooling system, throttle body, accelerator pedal, engine wire harness, spark plugs, brake pads and rotors, rear brake hose and air filters and oil filters. So I know the car pretty well. I hope I can get another 100,000 or more out of it.

I'd like to fix it up and get more power out of it, etc. What should I do to it? I can't spend too much money though.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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Some people notice increased power in the lower end by replacing vanos seals with improved ones from http://www.beisansystems.com/
For general maintenance, refer to http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=923563

Don't install a cold air intake.

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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+1 on vanos seals- do it- drive it slow for 300 mi, you'll notice a huge difference-- I'd suggest a Sprint booster as well, a night and day difference in the 3 series for throttle response-- I have a throttle body spacer I'm selling cheap as well if you're interested... other than that CAI, chip (power programmer, or shark injector -both great!)...headers are a cheap and worth while-however very loud!
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:36 AM   #4
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lol^ I bet your selling a highline exhaust cat back too. Maybe I'll email you again.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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lol^ I bet your selling a highline exhaust cat back too. Maybe I'll email you again.
Exhaust has been sold-
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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I'm assuming it's just the double vanos seal repair kit that one would need?

Sorry op didn't mean to thread jack
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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I'm assuming it's just the double vanos seal repair kit that one would need?

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Yeah you're correct. There's a video on YouTube of someone getting to the vanos, but the pictures in http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm work just fine and got me through the job. The wall of text also has a link to purchase the actual seals aswell.


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+1 to seal site- great DIY- not that bad- just take your time


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Very nice car. It looks very classy and premium the way it is. Don't do any distasteful mods to it. Clean it up really nice and your wife will regret leaving it
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I bought my wife a new Honda and I took her 2002 325CI BMW. It has 120,000 miles on it.

What I did to it: New fuel pump, fuel filter, complete cooling system, throttle body, accelerator pedal, engine wire harness, spark plugs, brake pads and rotors, rear brake hose and air filters and oil filters. So I know the car pretty well. I hope I can get another 100,000 or more out of it.

I'd like to fix it up and get more power out of it, etc. What should I do to it? I can't spend too much money though.

Thanks,

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Pardon me for the Stupid Question, but you let your wife drive around in a car that needed all of that work, and NOW you feel you know more about it?

I don't want to sound like I'm dissing my wife, but I once thought she was barely able to put gas in the damn car! She put it in the garage one night and there was not enough gas in it to get it out the next day. She misjudged the tank capacity once and ran out of gas down the street from our house -- about 1 mile away.

She's never driven a car that I was not intimately familiar with.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #13
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Don't worry about power

Work on getting it in showroom conditions - xenon lights and better wheels maybe?
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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If it was your wife's car before, was it not also yours? My wife and I both own/use both of our cars, figured that was typical.


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Old 08-27-2013, 05:54 AM   #15
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She had the car before we were married. Also all the repairs were done in a period of 3 years. She did say "now that the car is fix I ended up getting a new one". I told her I"ll trade for the new one but she didn't go for it. So I'm stuck with the BMW...
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:26 AM   #17
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #18
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AND she also has a new Honda. That woman lives right. He, not so much...
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