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Old 09-23-2018, 11:59 AM   #1
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After selling my beloved 330D...

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...and driving E60 for three years, I surrendered to my inner urge to buy this excellent driving machine E46 again. After several months long search on the car selling web sites I conntacted owner of one master piece from near Stuttgart. The guy was excelent seller who told me every detail from the car history, took it to the workshop his family owned, changed all fluids and made more detailed pictures from the bottom of the car. Car is equipped with automatic transmission so even my wife can use it to drive to work and back when needed, or to take it for a drive sometimes when I will be abroad for longer period I sometimes do. Suspension was replaced for KW KV1 version. Exhaust is Eisenman up to cats. Head unit is replaced for android type and subwoofer is in rear seats. Exterior of the car is designed like the ZHP in every possible way one can option here in Europe. Only alcantara steering wheel, shifter, handbrake boots and red needles on gauge cluster are excluded. Unfortunately, first owner repainted silver cube trim which is a pity. I will definitely keep you updated with all mods, repairs, or pictures I will do to it.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:13 AM   #2
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Nice pick up!
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:45 AM   #3
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Nice pick up!
Thanks

First mod I decided to do was to set the coilovers to the height of OEM sport suspension due to lower quality of roads we have in comparison to Germany. Now my ride height is according to specs 602mm in the front and 567 in the rear measured from the lowest edge through the hub up to the fender edge. Ride is now much more comfortable yet still sporty. Then I set the headlights to align it to new set up.
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:07 PM   #4
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The trim doesn稚 look to bad painted


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Old 09-28-2018, 06:43 AM   #5
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I think that most car makers do not offer interior trim in exterior car color for a reason. To me it seems cheap. I just do not like it. Moreover the paint job has not been done properly and the cube pattern is still visible. Now the trim is in process of repainting to piano black. In the future I am planing to replace it with original silver cube.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:33 AM   #6
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Back to the story, even though car looked to be detailed and kept clean, I have a habit to do thorough clean after buying every car. Here are some pictures taken after that and also some before and after shots of alcantara restoration.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:54 AM   #7
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Stinky AC was flushed with Meguiars APC, soft brush, pressure washer and lots of water, then sanitized with dezinfection solution, and finally AC foam cleaner was applied.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:07 PM   #8
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Taillightsエ ground wires were reinforced preventatively although ground pin on one connector was a little bit melted
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:34 PM   #9
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First failure. Power steering pump shaft sheared off 200km from home, two mountain passes on the way. Monday was an arm day. When replacing it I did the complete system overhaul replacing both hoses, reservoir with filter and flushed the power steering fluid.
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Old 10-20-2018, 02:54 AM   #10
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Being busy this week. First, I restored winter set up which had been really badly mistreated. It must have been Years that the break dust had not been washed off and it has etched into the top layer so that even the stiffest brush, dedicated wheel cleaner, and iron remover were not able to remove it. The only tool that could do the job was hard clay. But after agressive claying it was necessary to polish the clear coat to remove clay induced scratches. Because of complicated shape and little space between spokes it needs to be done by hand...probably 15 hours of work...then coated with Soft99 Fusso...some before and after pictures...
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:36 AM   #11
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...and winter set up is on. While replacing wheels I installed front strut tower reinforcement plates and cleaned and painted rear inner wheel arches as a rust prevention before winter...some more pictures...sorry for my face but the only way a could take a picture was by using front camera while looking at the display
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:15 PM   #12
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I thought that trim looked cool, but i agree it does look cheep- reminds me a VW bug. I actually have a spare wood set that id like to redo in piano black just like you. any pics of the final product?
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:42 PM   #13
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I thought that trim looked cool, but i agree it does look cheep- reminds me a VW bug. I actually have a spare wood set that id like to redo in piano black just like you. any pics of the final product?
Thanks for appreciation. I have not had enough time to finish it yet. I managed to repaint them but have polished only three of them around the headunit. Just few fast shots now, I will post better pictures once it will be done completely. On the first picture you can see how the rest with heavy orange peel looks like before polishing.
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:20 PM   #14
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Hi leonidas. In respect to my thread here about maximum exhaust tip size https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1241637

Could you put a ruler to your Eisenmann tips and tell us if they are 70mm each or 76mm each? Thanks. (I want to get one, but very worried their 2x76mm will not fit without grinding the diffuser, they even claim it must be grinded.)
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Hi leonidas. In respect to my thread here about maximum exhaust tip size https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1241637

Could you put a ruler to your Eisenmann tips and tell us if they are 70mm each or 76mm each? Thanks. (I want to get one, but very worried their 2x76mm will not fit without grinding the diffuser, they even claim it must be grinded.)
Hi, mine are 70mm so I could not help you much. I just measured clearance between upper edge of a tip and lower edge of a diffuser and there is 10mm so 76mm variant would fit onto my car without any problem. But I believe also the age of an exhaust hangers can maybe make a few milimeters difference. I do not know how old are mine. Plus one should let some room for exhaust to vibrate. In my eyes 70mm are pretty big to call them decent. I would not go with anything bigger than that but it depends on ownerエs taste of course. Wish You good luck with the choice of your exhaust.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:11 AM   #16
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Thanks for appreciation. I have not had enough time to finish it yet. I managed to repaint them but have polished only three of them around the headunit. Just few fast shots now, I will post better pictures once it will be done completely. On the first picture you can see how the rest with heavy orange peel looks like before polishing.


Wow thats looks amazing. I知 looking to do the same with a spare wood set I have in my garage. I didn稚 want the oem set because it was metallic. I知 also going to do the upper and lower steering wheel trim. You result is exactly what I知 shooting for.


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Wow thats looks amazing. I知 looking to do the same with a spare wood set I have in my garage. I didn稚 want the oem set because it was metallic. I知 also going to do the upper and lower steering wheel trim. You result is exactly what I知 shooting for.


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Thanks and wish you good luck with your project. "Upper steering wheel trim" you mean the part with multifunction buttons? If I can give you an advice I would not do this piece. It will be too much of a gloss I think. But of course depends on you.
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Today I spent some time with my summer set up to put it to hibernation. After soap wash Iron remover was applied, then tar remover, remaining glue was peeled off, and finally rims were clayed. Tires were cleaned with All Purpose Cleaner and then coated in water based dressing.
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Another week, another project. I tried to find, brush, and paint all the rust spots on an undercarriage. There were more of them than I firstly thought because most were hidden under the body insulation. it appeared only as a tiny crack brownish in color but rust under the crack was always much much larger. After applying two layers of paint I sprayed Fluid Film AS-R to keep the water and salt away from car. It was sprayed mainly into cavities where I could not adress rust physically. I still have to do front inner wheel arches but I have to wait for new screws holding reinforcement brace which have to be removed to further remove plastic wheel wells covers. And screws need to be raplaced after therefore I have to wait.
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After Fluid Film application pictures.... In spring I will go under the car and make the report about Fluid film performance for everyone who is interested.
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