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Hi there,

I'm new at this forum, i'm from Portugal and i just bought a new weekend car!

I bought a bmw e46 323ci convertible from the year 2000, with 105.000 klm in a very poor condition, the previous owner didn't treat it very well, didn't had a service since 2012 and the paint is in very bad shape, 3 years in the sun without being cleaned inside and outside... :banghead:
The first day i brought it home, the car was washed 2 times and still it was dirty...

Modifications update:

Exterior:
- Car fully painted to original color, DONE
- wheels repainted, DONE
- HID lens projector, DONE
- Xenon can-bus 4300k, DONE
- soft top detailed

Interior:
- Gauge rings, DONE
- Sport E46 Steering wheel, DONE
- Wrap the interior wood in brushed aluminum, DONE
- Original wind deflector, DONE
- Astray and central console with plasti dip, DONE
- Oil Temperature Gauge DONE
- Oil Pressure Gauge DONE
- Boost Gauge DONE
- Front seats e46 m3 Cabrio DONE
- full interior detailed DONE
- Innovate LC-1 Wideband DONE

Engine etc:
- full service, oil's and filters, DONE
- Camshaft exhaust and intake sensors, DONE
- Oil level sensor, DONE
- Resonator deleted from exhaust line, DONE
- Front Strut Bar, OUT
- Meyle HD, front suspension arms etc, DONE
- Ebay Headers - stainless steel exhaust manifold , DONE
- manifold intake from a 325ci DONE
- Custom Tune, 211HP and 259 NM's achieved, OUT
- 330ci front and rear brakes, stainless steel hoses and drill disks OUT
- ASA Turbomex 12 KIT, DONE
- 3 inch exhaust line, with 200cell cat and 2 resonators, DONE
- M54b30 injectors, DONE
- Custom Tune, 319HP and 380 NM's achieved, DONE
- Porsche 911 front and rear calipers with M3 CSL Rotors, DONE
- custom original sports struts remanufacture with different oil and setup, DONE
- Eibach pro kit springs, DONE
- 255lph fuel pump, DONE





Enough talk and let me show you some pictures...











So as you can see the last owner was an asshole...

This 2 plastic covers from the soft top are not working...



The first thing i did, was a full service, engine oil, brakes oil, steering oil etc and also every filter and spark plugs, the belts were ok.
I also put it a new battery the old one was ok but it was to small for the car... so i bought the right one!



Also took the mid resonator, let it make a little more noise :thumbup:



Now the car is in the paintshop, it will paint the entire car and the wheels, i will keep the same colors, hope i can put some pictures of the paint process.

And of course some new goodies so i can give a new and clean look to the car :woot:







The car is running good although i have a dtc erro, P0340, camshaft sensor, a new one is coming, and also a new oil sensor will be installed.

Sorry for my english, i will try my best ;)

Thanks in advanced for all your help!!!
 

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You're definitely on the right track !! You're going to love the brushed aluminum once its done. Luckily you were able to save it from the bad previous owner.
 

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You're definitely on the right track !! You're going to love the brushed aluminum once its done. Luckily you were able to save it from the bad previous owner.
Thanks so much!!!

It seems i cant find headers for my car, are there any compatible ones in the market? i can see on ebay for the 323 sedan and touring, why are not they compatible?
 

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Whoever owned that needs shot then hung :censor: THANK YOU for saving it! Nice start, I'm gonna be watching this one. :thumbsup:
 

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So today i went do the paintshop to see the paint process, guess what?

The previous owner used contact glue to install the side indicators... :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

This and others small stupid things that a car like this doesn't deserve.

The painter says that in the end its going to be perfect!!!








 

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Seriously now you're making me wanna do mine all over again! :excited: At this point tho I'd probably be looking for M3 fenders as well to match the rest of the mods. I always just loved those. Your car is gonna be soooooooo sweet!!!
 

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thanks droptop 330ci :thumbsup:

I will try not to go that way, since its not a real M3, i bought it with the front bumper and rims already installed, and i really like the combination of it all, also has M suspension from fabric, so i think i will leave it like this :D

But who knows, time will tell ehhehehe :bump:
 

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So,

Like i said, photos of the paint process, and new photos of the finished job.










Already with the Hid xenon projector installed and xenon 4300k bubls




So i changed the camshaft sensor and the p340 error was still on, went to bmw bought the oem sensor, this error went way, but now i have the error of the other cameshaft sensor...

But it's almost done, almost :evil::evil::evil:

Did this past week, 1000klm with it, and it was a very pleasant road trip, it did everything i asked him to do, brakes, engine, comfort etc etc etc

I also took it to the annual inspection, and the oem suspension were 77% efficient, and also the CO2 etc etc were at correct levels for a stock engine :thumbup:
 
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