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Mod, please delete if this is not appropriate here. I’m just excited to have found this.

A 2007 AT 328i RWD 210K miles. I know it’s not an E46 but I figured you guys wouldn’t mind this one.

I read somewhere that there are only around 2321 of these RWD pre-facelift variety in the US. The manual version is rarer than a hens tooth so I gave up in looking for one long ago. All the ones I’ve seen up to now are AWD and the very few RWD were crazy expensive at double of what I paid.

The car was dealer maintained its whole life. Everything works with some minor cosmetic with the passenger side door handles. No leaks at all anywhere.

This will be my daily driver for now until I decide which chassis I want to swap the 6 liters LS into. I’m going to enjoy the auto until it blows.
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I’m still keeping my E46 Touring. Save the wagons!
 

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Awesome find, and congrats!

I didnt realize the RWD prefacelift E91 wagons were so rare either, but I guess it makes sense considering the same spec E46 wagons were rare too.

LS/manual swapping one sounds like a fun project.
Thank you! I didn’t know either until I started my search for a RWD manual.
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Wow, those numbers are unbelievably low.

Double digits for the sport and MSport RWD manuals.:oops:

Total E46 touring production for the NA market was like 20k cars, so in total it looks like there were 5k less E91's built.

I think the F21 wagons sold better, but you can start to understand why BMW stopped offering 3 series wagons in the US.
As long as I’ve started liking wagons I learned that they’re a dying breed in the US long ago. I have maintenance fear for the Beemers wagons that came after the e91 so I’ve never checked but they seems to be ridiculously low in production number as well. Low as in I’ve never seen them on the roads.
 

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Nice find! A buddy of mine has one of those ultra rare RWD/manual/M Sport E91s. It's a beautifully spec'd car that he ordered new. Currently has just under 40k miles, IIRC. I'd love to buy it if he ever decides to sell it, but fear I won't be able to afford it, and won't be able to care for it properly. (It's a low mileage garage queen and I have no garage space for it!) There is a natural brown interior under that blue paint.
That’s a nice combo. It would pull some crazy money on BAT for sure.
 

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There are tons of f31’s on the roads up here. Presumably 99.999% are awd. Lots of folks come up here from Boston / NY in their very fancy suvs, but the cool people drive wagons with roof boxes 👌🏻 Complimented a guy’s f31 just the other day.
Glad to see you finally caved and bought another wagon!
I think I’m either not looking hard enough for those F31 or just living in the wrong part of the country to see them around. They’re great looking.
 

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Paid for it yesterday but couldn’t drive it home. Went back out there and picked it up with my buddy that I work with.

I’m going to restore this and make it an OEM AT daily project and see where it’ll get me. At best I will do wheels and coilovers
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I’m going to start with restoring the paint and interior next.
 

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Sry about the s2k. Hope it worked out for the better!

M3 control arms up front really help the e91. And there are some Rock Auto suspension arms that are hidden TRW white labels and can be bought for pennies. Keep your eye out there! BMW label scraped off and sold for nothing. Great aluminum pieces. Shhhhhhhh
I appreciate the heads up on the arms so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them.

It did ended well with the S2000 with the insurance company.
 

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I’m digging the gunmetal on Titanium Silver. Time to break out the Eastwood fender roller for these.

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I think I need to find another 6 liters. These are some of the lightest 18s I’ve held.

I’m seriously considering keeping the E46 as it is for as long as possible and put the V8 into this one while I hunt down another 4.8 or 5.3 or if I’m lucky another 6.0.


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I’m also keeping this auto and probably with a 4L80.
 

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Love that the Subaru basically matched the M3 - must make the M3 owner feel great. Those cars are beasts. I think they will be loved in the future, but hard to support given the 8 million parts under the hood.
:ROFLMAO:, that Subie was my daily driver and it's more blueish compares to the M. I don't even want to know the potential maintenance costs for that beast.
 
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