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kaiv Thu, Dec-17-2015 05:44:27 AM

The perfect daily driver?
 
What makes a perfect daily driver?
To me, two things: 1) driving experience and 2) cargo space.

My quest for the perfect DD began with a 1997 740i. I enjoyed that car so much that I replaced it with the cleanest and newest E38 Sport I could find. For those not familiar with E38s, the short wheel base Sport is a very special car, and the late 2001 is the pinnacle of that chassis IMHO. There was a multitude of upgrades over the regular model which made an already great car that much better.

To this day it is one of my favorite cars ever. It was a fantastic cruiser with unparalleled smoothness and great grunt. Just a terrific car and very understated! The cargo space was limited though, with a relatively small trunk for a large sedan and rear seats that didn’t fold. I wanted more cargo so I reluctantly sold it.

I then briefly looked for an E39 540i Touring. But only the elusive 2003 M-sport has the exact same drivetrain as the E38 sport and I wasn't willing to compromise on that. They made few of these in sedan form and finding a Touring is virtually impossible.

The next logical step -or so I thought- was an X5. In my mind the X5 would combine the auto V8 power I loved from the 740i and the cargo space I wanted. I got a nice 2005 4.4i Sport with just about very option you could find… but I could never fall in love with how it drove. The dampening seemed too stiff and I couldn’t get over how portly it was. And it had none of the magical smoothness of the E38. Sold that too.

What to do next? I missed driving an actual car. I wanted something smaller, lighter, something that handles well.
I also missed having an E46 which IMHO is one of BMW’s all time greatest. So I set out to find an E46 touring.

Must haves were:
1) non SULEV
2) sport package
3) RWD

The search turned out to be more difficult than I expected. First, the wagons are rarer than the sedans and coupes (and owners know that and thus ask for a premium). Second, being in California I came across a lot of SULEV versions. For those not familiar, this is a special “super ultra low emission vehicle” version that had a ton of extra emission components like a metal fuel tank with built-in pump that costs upwards of $6k to replace if the latter takes a crap O_O (a standard fuel pump costs $150 and takes 10min to replace!). Then most non-SULEVs seemed to lack the sport package; and finally it seemed like every 5MT example I came across was an xi with AWD. :banghead:

Eventually I found one that seemed nice enough and snatched it up (even though it’s an automatic :facepalm: )

Here are the specs:

2004 BMW 325i Touring
Japan Red
Grey Interior
5AT
ZPP - Premium Package
(Wood trim, Power seats, Auto dimming rear view mirror, Rain-sensing wipers, Moonroof)
ZSP - Sport Package
(3-spoke steering wheel, Sport seats, 17” sport wheels, Sport suspension)
HID headlights
Heated front seats
HK Premium sound
Rear PDC

The car is a one (female) owner and had dealer maintenance and warranty all the way up to 100k (140k now).

http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/y...v1/325it/1.jpg

http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/y...v1/325it/3.jpg

Grey interior with wood trim. Every E46 owner’s wet dream :rulaiz:

http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/y...v1/325it/2.jpg

The car needs some TLC and it’s the slowest BMW I’ve owned… but strangely I’m loving it! The ergonomics, the feel, it’s just great! I have to say it’s good to be back in an E46.

Hopefully this journal isn't premature and I get to turn this wagon into something a little more special in the future.

Thanks for reading! #csb #tldr

Go_diego_go Thu, Dec-17-2015 05:54:07 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
IB4S54Swap

ftc3 Thu, Dec-17-2015 06:00:25 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
In before its sold! jk! Nice find and can't wait to see what you have planned! I'm sure one of your famous auto --> manual swaps is in the future

Namniek Thu, Dec-17-2015 06:03:51 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Go_diego_go (Post 1067288547)
IB4S54Swap

Quote:

Originally Posted by ftc3 (Post 1067288552)
In before its sold! jk! Nice find and can't wait to see what you have planned! I'm sure one of your famous auto --> manual swaps is in the future


Everything is covered in here, except congrats! :thumbsup2:

kaiv Thu, Dec-17-2015 06:25:57 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Ahah. I guess an S54 6MT would be nice. At this point I wouldn't know how to wire it up but I guess I could hit up our resident wiring/programming genius Terraphantm :D

Original Thu, Dec-17-2015 07:01:07 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Nice congrats! Rare stuff.

Alex Thu, Dec-17-2015 09:40:36 AM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Very nice car! I have also fallen in love with the 740. I'm trying to find one to replace the merc. Can't wait to see what you do with this wagon!


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Radmobile Thu, Dec-17-2015 01:34:22 PM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Congrats Kevin. Like finding a needle in a haystack. I was unaware of the sulev aspect. How does one know whether it is an sulev or not? I am a big fan of the touring cars as a happy medium between car and SUV. Excited to see what you have in store.

I know someone selling a set of genuine BBS LMs with red center caps if you'd be interested for this car. Came off an e46 M3.

FK Thu, Dec-17-2015 03:54:08 PM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
If I didn't have my LeMans 4.8is, I would be in an E46 Touring. Love it.

M3n00b Thu, Dec-17-2015 04:14:23 PM

Re: The perfect daily driver?
 
Congrats man! I love MBZ/BMW/Audi wagons.


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