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Yo e46-Fanatics!

I have just bought a 2001 e46 330ci Coupé, Manual 5-Gear shifter, the car has the M-Package and is pretty well equipped:

Prod. Date 2001-06-08
Type 330CI (EUR)
Series E46 (3 Series)
Body Type COUPE
Steering Left Hand Drive
Engine M54
Displacement 3.00
Power 170kw / 231hp
Drive HECK
Transmission Manual
Colour BLACK SAPPHIRE METALLIC (475)
Upholstery STANDARDLEDERSCHWARZ (N6SW)

Editions and packages
S338A M Sports package II
S710A M leather steering wheel
S716A Aerodynamics package
S785A White direction indicator lights
S788A BMW LA wheel Individual

Comfort and interior equipment
S403A Glass roof electrical
S423A Floor mats velours
S428A Warning triangle and first aid kit
S441A Smoker package
S459A Seat adjuster electric with memory
S474A Deleted front armrest
S481A Sports seat
S488A Lumbar support driver and passenger
S494A Seat heating driverpassenger

Multimedia
S630A Car phone with cordless receiver
S663A Radio BMW Professional
S672A CD changer for 6 CDs
S674A HiFi System Harman Kardon

Driver assistance and lightning
S502A Headlight cleaning system
S508A Park Distance Control PDC
S534A Automatic air conditioning
S520A Fog lights
S548A Kilometercalibrated speedometer
S550A Onboard computer

Wheels and drive
S210A Dynamic stability control
S249A Multifunction f steering wheel

Environment and safety
S302A Alarm system
S320A Deleted model lettering
S354A Green windscreen green shade band
S863A Retailer Directory Europe
S879A Onboard vehicle literature German
S832A Battery in luggage compartment
S851A Language version German

Individual equipment
S760A High gloss shadow line
S772A Interior moldings Alu Black Cube
S775A Headlining anthracite


Mileage is 220'000KM, the car is in a pretty original shape (which is very important to me) except:
- LED "tuning" Rearlights
- black BMW-Logos

overall good condition except the typical issues :
- Rust on all 4 fenders
- Rust on subframe underneath rear footwell
- Oil Leakage Engine (usual suspects)
- Front Brakediscs weared off
- Leather Frontseat worn out (usual spot)
- Controlarm holders weared out

Things that are good:
- No Rust on doors, hood, sideskirts
- no accidents, first paint
- Eisenmann Muffler :thumbsup:
- Short shifter :thumbsup:

As this is my 4th e46 I should be able to fix all the typical issues myself except the rust on the subframe.
The plan for this new project is to first make it road-legal again and drive it myself as a fun car. Second to make it technically as perfect as possible again with all the to do's like:

- cooling system
- vanos
- oil leakage
- crank housing system
- undercarriage

Then all the optical issues like:

- Paint work
- Leatherseats
- Wheels
- and, and, and...

This will be the official BUILDTHREAD for this beautiful peace of automobile, which I have saved for being exported to some foreign county or even the junkyard... :thanks:
 

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Got a quote for fixing the rust on the subframe, the rust spots are right underneath the backseat footwell.
The Body shop will cut the rust out and weld in new sheets.
To prepare and keep the costs low I needed to remove:

- sideskirts
- doorsills
- frontseats
- rearseat
- centerconsole
- rear carpet

Job done:
 

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In my opinion you should replace front fenders with genuine new. Dont buy made in taiwan panels.
I recently bought brand new front fender for my sedan E46 (original), fitment was perfect.
Originals are approx 300***8364; / per side.
Is this original Swiss car. How there is so much rust? Do they salt roads there..?
 

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You can get pre-painted front fenders for ***8364;120.- each on ebay from germany, the original BMW parts need to be painted which is quit costly in my country.
All-in-all going with original BMW fenders will cost me about 3-4 times more than the pre-painted ones from ebay.

I already have changed 1 front fender on my 330xi Touring which was made in taiwan, the fitment was surprisingly good, do the fenders for the coupes have issues with the fitment ?

And yes, here in switzerland we usually have some snowy Months in the winter and then the roads get salted (like now) !

The rust on the front and rear fenders is such a common e46 issue that from what I've seen about 80% of the e46 get it sooner or later.

The Rustspots underneath this car are untypical to me, never seen those before on an e46.
 

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Hi
I dont know what is fitment in coupes, but my friend who was working over 10 years in BMW bodyshop, he told me that buy only genuine wings. Fitment is perfect.
I bought genuine, and it was perfect. For sedan..

Did you already remove side sill trims? My winter car had quite bad corrosion damage there.
Worth to check. And yes, we have tons of salt 5-6 months / year.. :(

 

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No, thank god no rust underneath the side-skirt covers on this car !
...this would almost equal to a total loss because the fix would be very costly.

Did you fix it on your wintercar?
 

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I already have changed 1 front fender on my 330xi Touring which was made in taiwan, the fitment was surprisingly good, do the fenders for the coupes have issues with the fitment?

Yo. I replaced my coupe’s driver’s side front fender with an Ebay panel. Fitment is perfect, even around the lights.

I missed a bolt (the lowest one within the door sill) so mine sticks out a couple of millimetres. Don’t miss that bolt!

Paint match was maybe 90% good. To the naked eye it’s fine but I can see it’s a fraction darker, but maybe my car faded over the years.

Looking forward to seeing your build.



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No, thank god no rust underneath the side-skirts covers on this car !
...this would almost equal a total loss because the fix would be very costly.

Did you fix it on your wintercar?
My friend did welding.
16 hours job.
Now it is really good

 

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New Wheels and Tires

Found a good priced set of 18" Styling 32 wheels and used Michelin Sport Pilot tires.
Been looking out for these wheels for some time, it's my favourite OEM wheel.
Curb rash will be fixed before the tires get mounted.
 

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Update:
  • Rust on subframe fixed by the bodyshop (rusty-parts cutted out and new sheets welded in)
  • Refurbished Frontseats with black leather-dye
  • Filled up the holes in the Driverseat with "SUGRU -mouldable glue" (I know, it's not perfect but it looks waay better than before and it was a cheap fix)
  • New original M-Shiftknob
 

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Valve cover gasket and sparkplugs replaced.
Lots of humidity/yellow-slime inside of the engine...

Crank case hoses and oilfilterhousing gasket up next.

@Ettinger:
Thanks! Taillights are already sold ;)
 

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