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Old 03-30-2014, 08:32 PM   #1
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My 330xi Touring project

Hey guys, this is my 2nd e46. I picked it up to replace my e36

So the story starts with me finding the car on ebay under completed listings. It was listed for cheap but had already sold. I was devestated as it had every option i wanted. I took a shot in the dark and emailed the seller asking if he still had the car. Long story short the stars aligned, he still had the car and i managed to pick it up for a whopping $1500

Now the car needed an alternator and didn't run well. Well the " not running well " ended up being 30psi compression on cylinder 6 which resulted in an engine swap

Here are some photos along the way

The first drive home

Engine coming out slowly but surely. It took about 2 days of solid work to get the bulk of the work done. The 3rd day was buttoning up things that were missed ( like a ground wire not hooked up or a coolant leak )

The new m54b30 being assembled to drop in

All complete and ready to drive

Some fun pictures i took

ZHP gauge cluster

With everything running solid i took it out to VIR on the track for some fun. It performed exactly as you would expect with stock suspension and basic 205 all season tires . It was alot of fun and it made for a great pace car

Soon to come is this 6 speed manual transmission from a 03-05 330xi

Oh and here is my option list ( roughly )

5 speed
sports package
Harman kardon sound system
Roof rack
Premium package
Xenon headlights

A pretty rare set of options for a wagon, all i'm missing is a cold weather package

Soon to come

Mtech 2 front bumper
Stock e46 18 inch wheels ( I will be running 4 front wheels )
M3 steering wheel
M3 gray seats
Koni yellows + H&R OE sport springs

Its going to make for a great daily drive and i'm in love with it. Let me know what you guys think and thanks for reading.
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