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Hello again everyone! My name is Antti and i am writing from the country where weather is crap all around year (Finland)

For that reason, many of us have different cars for wintertime to take all the salt, snow etc. Some of you may remember me i had E46 325i M-Sport 2 with same colour.
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I sold it because volkswagen which i didnt like and i sold it too. Now i have opportunity to drive with this old N46 based E46. I am not fan of this engine, but at least one winter it should be ok.
2 things which i dont like, steering wheel and seats. I am trying to find cheap as possible M-Steering wheel and front sport seats with heating in good condition.

Now for this car, it has quite nice history:

  • 1 original owner 2005-2017.
  • 253000km
  • Good service history, 90% stamps from local BMW.
  • Some extra mainentance done (Vanos wheels, valvecover gasket, timing chain tensioner, valvetronic motor, oil filter housing gasket, crank timing sensor, fuel pump, expansion tank, waterpump/thermosthat, rear springs, front TCA´s, front & rear discs+pads.
  • New hood and 2 doors because seam rusts in anti-corrosion warranty
  • New headlight lenses, front bumper repainted.
  • Never crashed or damaged.
  • Completely original car
  • No smoking, animals or anything which ruins interior.
This summer plans to do:

  • Inspection 2 service
  • Front TCA rear bush replacement
  • Full machine polishing
  • Interior wash with kärcher machine
  • Sport seats, M-Sport steering wheel
  • New powersteering fluids
  • Brake fluid replacement
Factory specifications

Type code EY31
Type 316I (EUR)
E series E46 (4FL)
Series 3
Type LIM
Steering LL
Doors 4
Engine N46
Displacement 1.80
Power 85
Drive HECK
Transmission MECH
Colour MYSTICBLAU METALLIC (A07)
Upholstery STOFF JACQUARD/ANTHRAZIT (H9AT)
Prod.date 2004-05-17
Vehicle upgrades
Spare/replacement key fob Read more
Vehicle options
S1CA Selection of COP relevant vehicles
S226 Sports suspension settings
S255 Sports leather steering wheel
S320 Deleted, model lettering
S434 Interior trim finishers
S441 Smoker package
S494 Seat heating driver/passenger
S495 3-point belt and headrest, center rear
S502 Headlight cleaning system
S520 Fog lights
S650 CD player
S661 Radio BMW Business (C43)
S715 M Aerodynamics package
S785 White direction indicator lights
S818 Battery master switch
Vehicle options
S832 Battery in luggage compartment
S842 Cold-climate version
S863 Retailer Directory Europe
S885 On-board vehicle literature Swedish
S896 Daytime driving light switch
S8SP Control unit COP
S925 Dummy-SALAPA
Vehicle options
S210 Dynamic stability control
S530 Air conditioning
S548 Kilometer-calibrated speedometer
S851 Language version German



Some pics for start, much more later when work goes on..













 

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Inspection 2 first part: Gasoline filter change.

Old filter was 12 years old original filter. It was full of black liquid.





 

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Replaced license plate light lenses.
Old parts were so fragile they basically fell in parts yesterday..



 

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Inspection 2 completed

Mahle active carbon cabin filter
Mahle engine air filter
Mahle oil filter
Mahle Fuel filter
NGK platinum spark plugs
Castrol Magnatec 5W-40 oil





Air cleaner element easy to change :D you have to pull half of engine bay apart.



 

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Kinda cool looking at that smaller engine. Looks very clean.
Btw.... nice shop.
It is not so exiting to drive.. 118horsepower / 175newtonmetres of torque.
It is N46B18A engine. Dual vanos / Valvetronic.
Fuel economy is good, only 5-6 litres/100km in highway. For example 330ci takes 8litres / 100km.
 

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Nice FL with Mtech1. Did you have any other E46 thread before?
Yep, i had 325i with same colour and with good options. I sold it which was not good decision..

Here is some fresh pics from yesterday











 

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I'm insanely jealous of you with this car. Cloth seats, manual windows and a 4 cylinder. The low optioned e46s are so cool. The 6 cylinder cars are still slow so it's not even worth the lower fuel economy in my eyes. Is that an oem trailer hitch you have too?
 

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I will post more pics today or tomorrow. Here is some pics for start.
I have been in garage all week doing this machine polishing. It is now almost complete.
I will post more pictures from interior later





 

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Clean, basic economical e46! Goes to show you that not every BMW has to be an M or have gobs of power to be appreciated.
I would order a new windshield cowl, other than that, looks mint!
 

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Finland equipment level offer every time something new :D

I found out that rear shocks are leaking, and i am quite sure that front is not much better. I start first with rear shocks.
I put order for Bilstein B4 shocks + top mounts. I hope those will arrive next week.

 
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