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Old 02-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Dang these have some low end torque

I've owned a lot of BMW's, 7 e30's, an X5, the current DD is an e36, and the wife has had a couple 5 series' over the years. Today I "really" drove the e46 330i for the first time, having bought it a couple weeks ago, and I was pretty darn surprised how much torque it had. Unexpectedly, I found that I had to be careful with the gas pedal or the car would quietly charge ahead much faster than intended.

Now isn't that a treat. Geez the e46 has a lot more low end torque than the e36 328. The official specs make the two seem pretty close. It's not close.

The reason it took me 2 weeks to drive the car is that I've been rescueing it. You know how pet rescue types get that satisfied smug look when they mention how they "rescued" a dog/cat? Well, that's what I did here [execute look of satisfied smugness].

The paint and glass were so water spotted as to be a nightmare. The hood and roof were badly sun faded, much of the interior plastics and wood trim were busted up, a hole was worn in the steering wheel, the headlights and nearby trim were falling out, the front bumper was askew, and someone cut the top 2" of the shifter selector as a ghetto solution to drop the shift knob. As if a low shift knob was somehow a good thing. Headlights and tail lights were right out of a ***** Xmas stocking.

And finally my favorites....There were faux chrome exhaust ports on the front fenders and the tire air nozzle caps were replicas of bullets.

The paint isn't entirely fixed yet, but compounding with a rotary buffer and than using a rubbing compound with a dual-action buffer has removed the worse of the damage. All the glass got polished, all interior problems have either been fixed or awaiting parts and the headlights/trim/bumper issues have been fixed.

I got the car pretty cheap, but if I had to do it over again I'd a paid more and ended up with a car in better condition. The PO says that he didn't have any idiot lights lighting up, but that's a little hard to believe. I've got lean issues, so prob a vac leak, DSC and airbag issues still to resolve.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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You know what they say about rescues...they love you even more for it. Glad to here someone gave an E46 a second lease on life.
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