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Old 07-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Question First mods to 325i sport.

So as the title says, I have $400 up to this point that I can devote to improving my 03 2.5L with sport package. I can also save more as time goes on.
What would be the first thing you do? I'm open to anything, from cosmetic to performance. Some ideas I had were suspension (coilovers), exhaust, or intake.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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So as the title says, I have $400 up to this point that I can devote to improving my 03 2.5L with sport package. I can also save more as time goes on.
What would be the first thing you do? I'm open to anything, from cosmetic to performance. Some ideas I had were suspension (coilovers), exhaust, or intake.
make sure you have maintenance up to date first. If it's not, something will fail soon and $400 will not cover even labor.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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Have you done maintenance? I always suggest maintenance as will anyone else here. Best mod is the clutch fan to electric fan conversion.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Regular maintenence is done as scheduled. Since November I've replaced the fuel pump and spark plugs and had the timing done with those, plus regular oil change change and new brakes (Though the pedal feels a little soft, and the shop never redid the brake fluid or anything with the calipers, just pads and rotors. Considering new stainless brake lines and fluid flush with those). I just hit 155,000 miles. Anything you would recommend at that point? On that note, I don't know whether the transmission fluid has ever been replaced or not, but I know if not it may be too late. If anyone could direct to info on that, it would be much appreciated. Thats got me kinda worried.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #5
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Or I guess I can use the search bar. Its an auto, btw.
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Regular maintenence is done as scheduled. Since November I've replaced the fuel pump and spark plugs and had the timing done with those, plus regular oil change change and new brakes (Though the pedal feels a little soft, and the shop never redid the brake fluid or anything with the calipers, just pads and rotors. Considering new stainless brake lines and fluid flush with those). I just hit 155,000 miles. Anything you would recommend at that point? On that note, I don't know whether the transmission fluid has ever been replaced or not, but I know if not it may be too late. If anyone could direct to info on that, it would be much appreciated. Thats got me kinda worried.
You should replace the tranny fluid. You should also do a brake fluid flush. The new fluid will help a lot. No need to go with SS lines. We recommend replacing a good bit of the cooling system as well. Expansion tank, cap, hoses, thermostat, sensor, water pump. If you want to get your car to 200K, you should do this.
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Most people like the Buffalo Muffler Type 2. Look for vendor "DMAX RACING" on eBay. Best value, IMO.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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Well aint that a buzzkill ahaha. Ah well, Thanks. I'll look into it.
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Most people like the Buffalo Muffler Type 2. Look for vendor "DMAX RACING" on eBay. Best value, IMO.
Thanks! I'll check that out! Still picking up ideas for after maintainence is done.
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Most people like the Buffalo Muffler Type 2. Look for vendor "DMAX RACING" on eBay. Best value, IMO.
This.

But I might add that you can get the Type 1 for almost half the price of a new type 2 now, so that's worth looking into if you don't need the added features.

I'll be picking up his Ram-man high performance intake soon as well. But first I need to spend some money on vinyl wrap for my hood. It's only temporary, I just want to see what it will look like, then i'll probably take it off.
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This.

But I might add that you can get the Type 1 for almost half the price of a new type 2 now, so that's worth looking into if you don't need the added features.

I'll be picking up his Ram-man high performance intake soon as well. But first I need to spend some money on vinyl wrap for my hood. It's only temporary, I just want to see what it will look like, then i'll probably take it off.
Yea but the Type 1 is made in China. Type 2 moved their factories over to Germany. Sorry but I only install German parts on my ride. Plus the tips are permanent on the Type 1. The Type 2 has removable tips so you can install custom ones later on. You should see the ones my homie made for me with his welder.

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Old 07-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #13
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Okay, you got me on this one. Did the search (idiot that I am) and found this:



It's not a muffler, but I think I can make it fit. (A search for Buffalo Muffler turned up some motorcycle exhaust parts. Is there nothing that's not listed on ebay?)
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Pretty exciting news, guys, but the new type III will be out late November if you can wait. Flame bursts are still controlled by a switch, but we've added a dial to regulate the pressure to either side of pipe through a valve in the "X" fitting. You can dial in any sound you want from Buffalo to my favorite--Beagles getting it on. Have you ever heard what they sound like?

It's awesome! Whenever I drive anywhere with 'beagle' dialed in, people turn and look at me all the time. I know they're looking for beagles...but they get me instead.

Stainless, as before...and you can get Titanium tips fitted in any of 5 different shapes--rectangle, circle, square, beagle, pentagon.

Beagle tips are $150 extra. Whole unit is only $1734.17
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This has to be one of the most epic trollings I've ever read on these forums.
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Yea but the Type 1 is made in China. Type 2 moved their factories over to Germany. Sorry but I only install German parts on my ride. Plus the tips are permanent on the Type 1. The Type 2 has removable tips so you can install custom ones later on. You should see the ones my homie made for me with his welder.

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I would say this thread has officially put mango over the edge.

I love it. Heres the breakdown boys. OP has a new to him, used e46, $400 cash saved up, can get more over time, and wants to know what he can mod on his car. But, he did do all his maintenance, which includes brake pads and an oil change, which we all know that as long as your brake pads are fresh and you put new oil in an E46 with 150k on it then you will be good to go so you can go ahead and spend that $400 on some chrome exhaust tips, a really sweet cold air intake, and a racing carbon fiber hood.

Long story short, within a month OP will have his first (of many) service bill of over $2000 and will be posting his new sweet cold air intake for sale in the classifieds. (I got dibs on it). He will then have no money and his new used car will sit in the driveway until it gets sold to someone else for far less than what he paid because of said $2000+ service bill. OP will then look for honda civic, which having $400 budget for service he should've bought in the first place, and then OP will live happily ever after never buying a high end German car ever again. The end.




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Nah. Irish knows better. It's Yewzer that got trolled by thinking Irish got trolled.

I laughed pretty hard once I read DMAX's quick and thorough response. That's excellent customer service!!
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Is this the inception of trolling? A troll within a troll?

We must go deeper.

OP, your "maintenance" is sufficient for a Civic, but not an E46 of that mileage. Due to Murphy's law as soon as you blow that little wad of cash on some bling bling, something is going to break. Search the forums.
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