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Old 11-07-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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2001 BMW E46 330xi Titansilber metallic

I have been registred on this for a while, but didnt make any thread about my car. However now I decided to do so in order to get some advice about future mods.

This was my previous car, 2000 318i in Topasblue metallic. Sold it with 216.000km (134.200 miles).

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And this is what I currently drive, 2001 330xi in Titansilber metallic. It has a full service history and 166.500km (103.500 miles).

Mods done so far:

-Eibach pro kit
-M leather steering wheel with tricolor stitching
-M shortshift gear knob
-armrest delete
-spare tire + jack delete (replaced with foam repair kit)
-red needles

Future plans:

-18" wheels
-Bilstein B6 or B8 - dont know which one will be better for Pro Kit, any thoughts?
-CDV delete

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Location: Paterson, New Jersey / Orlando Florida
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My Ride: MB3ci & z33 HR
Super clean. love that interior.

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Old 11-28-2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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I guess this topic in far from interesting

Due to low temperatures my car bagan to experience problems with shifting. I believe most of E46 made before 2003 have same issue with pistons inside the transmission which get stuck and a spring cannot push them back in default place. As a result, a gearstick stays in front of the 5th gear instead returning to the middle. This was annoying when I wanted to shift from 2nd to 3rd and ended up shifting in 5th, due to gearstick automatically pulling to right side.

Because a replacement of those pistons (number 6 and 7 on the picture below) requires taking gearbox out of the car I decided to include 2 another mod.

First mod wasn't really related to transmission, it was a simple CDV delete.

Second mod however was a shortshifter installed. A bought a custom shortshifter which was CNC machined from stainless steel. I had luck to get one, since the guy only made a few. It has 620g and which is almost double weight of original shifter. Ball is also stainless steel and is adjustable, than secured with a hidden bolt. Upper part where gearknob is attached is also adjustable and than secured with a nut. Shifter has a high quality double bearing which makes the entire unit undestructable.

My shortshifter is the left one on the picture. The one on the right is stock from E30 for comparation.

Results of new gearbox pistons, shortshifter and CDV delete are superb. Shifting is so smooth and precise like it is a new car. Clutch feels softer due to CDV delete and the whole driving experience just went on another level

Here is a bad pic of gearknob in 3rd, neutral and 4th.

And another pic of shark antenna removed. Yes, car is dirty and on winter setup therefore ugly

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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Got me a set of OZ Superleggera 8x17 wheels. I bought new original OZ centercaps, Mcguard safebolts and a set of new Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 2 tires (225/45 R17).

Than I got hit by a girl who was reversing with her SUV.

Insurance paid for new bumper (damaged one is for sale BTW), new carrier, licence plate and the car is pretty again

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Oh, and I shortened the lenght of the shortshifter. Here is a BEFORE/AFTER:

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