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Old 06-06-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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My 2004 325ci

I've had this up on Bimmerforums for a while now but thought I would post here as well. Got my car back in 2016 in Florida - I have family there. I live in Memphis (although I'm from Scotland) going to college. I have always been into cars and my family has a number of cars that we take to track days back home.
After getting the car in Memphis, a member of my family down there was happy enough to do some preventative maintenance to the car before we drive it up. I have had it up here for just over a year and have had to get a new water pump and expansion tank. Apart from that the car has been great, and a big upgrade from my car in Scotland. I'm not planning on doing much to the car just regular maintenance and maybe a few things here and there to make it look even better.

Anyway I absolutely love the car, here it is.

Work already done:
- new ET, water pump, upper radiator hose
- coolant flush and bleed & new radiator drain plug and bleed screw
- all new belts
- oil changed every 7.5k miles with fully synthetic and MANN filter
- new side repeaters and front grill painted black
- removed front license plate holder
- redyed the black trim and debadged boot
- new silver interior trim (still to install the armrests)

Work that needs done:

- replace return power steering hose
- replace lower radiator hose
- install the new EBC Brake pads that I already have

Future plans:

- Looking to get new wheels or refurbish existing ones - haven't decided yet
- lowering springs
- new brake discs all round
- tinted windows and paint chrome window trim black


So photobucket isn't allowing me to host photos anymore. So I have edited the post and attached the pictures.

I will just reply every time I have an update, instead of editing this initial post.

Thanks
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:20 AM   #2
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What did you use to re-dye your trim?
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:25 AM   #3
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What did you use to re-dye your trim?
This
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Worked very well. Just need to make sure you use the cleaner concentrate to clean and dry out the surface.
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Old 06-12-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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This
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Worked very well. Just need to make sure you use the cleaner concentrate to clean and dry out the surface.
Great, thanks. Good luck with the e46!
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:09 AM   #5
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So after 2, 700+ mile road trips in one week (Memphis to New Orleans and Memphis to Chattanooga) the car was due to get the oil changed. I used Mobil 1 full synthetic and MANN Filter. Also flushed the coolant out and replaced with new. Need to get round to changing brakes soon and am going to do plugs, air and fuel filter at some point too. I also cleaned the steering wheel using Mr Cleans Magic Eraser as it was looking worn. What a difference it made, I will post pics at some point.
While underneath I noticed a couple small leaks from hoses that will need replaced. I will order them this week and get them changed at the weekend hopefully.
Other than that the car was perfect and even managed 30 mpg on the Chattanooga trip which has some pretty big hills to climb over.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:03 PM   #6
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Nice car. One thing though, you mention Mobil 1 "Full synthetic."

Full synthetic means little to nothing. The question is are you using European Oil? There's an important spec BMW requires. Not all "Synthetic" oils meet spec.

I'm guessing more than likely you are using Mobil 1 5W-30. If so, it's the wrong oil.

It'll do, in a jiffy. But if you run your car hard at high RPMs, it won't meet the requirements set by BMW to really offer max protection.

The correct M1 oil to use is 0W-40 EURO
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:16 PM   #7
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Thanks! I am sure it'll be okay until the next time I change it. Thanks for your concern and letting me know!
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:53 PM   #8
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:52 PM   #9
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Nice and clean! Looks great still. Good job on maintaining it man.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:17 AM   #10
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:05 PM   #11
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Got some work done on the car today. Developed a small coolant leak and after investigation I determined that it must be the radiator. Everything else had already been changed in the cooling system, and the leak was coming from down near the drain plug. So I ordered a Behr rad from ECS and a return hose for the rad that was also needing replaced.
Relatively easy procedure, had a slight leak after installing the new one, however after messing around with the trans heat exchanger and the mounting bracket, I managed to get it stopped. Filled with BMW antifreeze and distilled water and bled, and everything running good.

Here is pics of the steering wheel after I cleaned with the Mr Clean Magic Eraser, made a huge difference!

Next on the list is the power steering return hose, and also changing the front brake pads that I have waiting. I also have silver armrests to swap out for the wooden trim that I am not a fan of. But it is 90 degrees in Memphis, and I have to work on it outside.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:13 AM   #12
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Finally got round to changing my front brake pads that have been needing done. I got done EBC pads from ECS, as we have used EBC's on our track cars in Scotland and they have been very good. Also painted the front calipers, and need to do the back ones soon. After testing out the new pads, I learned I probably should have got discs too, but I will change them soon enough.
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:54 PM   #13
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Lots of work this past week, in between college and internship stuff. A routine oil changed that turned not so routine when the head sheared off the oil drain plug with the remainder in the oil pan. I managed to get it out with some screw extractors and all is good now!

Also a fresh set of discs and pads all round which were well needed on the back. I have also removed the front bumper as I was needing to order new brackets, and it was needing a freshen up. I removed the clear vinyl that was on it, and it looks a lot better already!!

I have a problem with my passenger headlight. When I removed the headlight assembly I see some problems with the wiring. I have highlighted them in the picture. Does anyone know where the part I have highlighted blue attaches to? Also any ideas on how to remove the back of the headlight so I can see better what's going on? Should it be a matter of joining the broken wires and that should be that?

Thanks!


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Some more pictures of the bolt that sheared, I guess i was over tightening it... Lesson learned! A fair amount of panic when that happened! I am also on the hunt for headlight trim as pictured and front bumper brackets.

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Old 03-16-2018, 01:06 AM   #15
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Looking good! What year is your car? Personally use Bentley for lookup and torque wrench almost everywhere. Feels safer to me on highway and extra time is quickly repaid by pain avoidance Enjoy the ride!
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:40 AM   #16
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Looking good! What year is your car? Personally use Bentley for lookup and torque wrench almost everywhere. Feels safer to me on highway and extra time is quickly repaid by pain avoidance Enjoy the ride!
Yeah your definitely right! It's a 2004, I love it, just wish it was manual...
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Finally upgraded to some wider 18 inch wheels over the past week. I have been debating it for a while now, but since my tires were getting fairly worn, I finally took the splurge. Great difference! Just need to get the front bumper fixed and back on now!
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Finally upgraded to some wider 18 inch wheels over the past week. I have been debating it for a while now, but since my tires were getting fairly worn, I finally took the splurge. Great difference! Just need to get the front bumper fixed and back on now!
Looks GREAT! You still need to add the "M" Badge, which is missing on the wheels.

What tire are you running? From what I can make out on the pictures, you do not have a matching set of tires, COOPER and KUMHO?

Should have fixed the curb rashes on the wheels first .

I will address mine this weekend, with some Alloy Wheel Putty from Bavarian Motorsports, as well as primer, BMW wheel paint 144 and clear coat.
After that, I will install a set of new CONTINENTAL Control Contact Sport A/S tires.
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Looks GREAT! You still need to add the "M" Badge, which is missing on the wheels.

What tire are you running? From what I can make out on the pictures, you do not have a matching set of tires, COOPER and KUMHO?

Should have fixed the curb rashes on the wheels first .

I will address mine this weekend, with some Alloy Wheel Putty from Bavarian Motorsports, as well as primer, BMW wheel paint 144 and clear coat.
After that, I will install a set of new CONTINENTAL Control Contact Sport A/S tires.
The tires are 225/40/18 as far as I can remember I know they aren't matching haha but anything is better than the tires I had on the last wheels lol! Yeah I think I am going to give that a go on the old set first to see what they turn out like, I don't have much patience!!! Let me know how you get on!
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The tires are 225/40/18 as far as I can remember I know they aren't matching haha but anything is better than the tires I had on the last wheels lol! Yeah I think I am going to give that a go on the old set first to see what they turn out like, I don't have much patience!!! Let me know how you get on!
Sounds good.
I will work on my wheels this weekend, and will of course post updates here in the showroom once finished.
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