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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, May-24-2018, 10:08:43 PM
Replies: 535
Views: 31,108
Posted By rhythim
Re: How many miles do you have on your M3?

'01 6MT, 135k

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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Apr-04-2018, 06:33:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,606
Posted By rhythim
Re: I'm 3D printing a sub woofer enclosure using tough PLA.How thick should the walls

Could use one of these in my vert. If you get a chance, I'd appreciate it if you could PM the dimensions so I could look them over.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-21-2018, 04:26:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,253
Posted By rhythim
Re: Dash cam hardwire - who's done it?

^RLS = Rain/Light Sensor. It's under the black plastic housing where the mirror is attached. My cam is on the glass right next to the housing where it's hard to see from the driver's seat. Wanted...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-21-2018, 04:04:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,253
Posted By rhythim
Re: Dash cam hardwire - who's done it?

I used a variant of this one.

Amazon.com: Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with Sony Exmor Video Sensor, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording:...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 11:29:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,171
Posted By rhythim
Re: Anyone put JUST catless headers on a stock (exhaust) US car?

^This. I'm running AP headers with stock everything else. I'm evidently too old, because it's too loud. Currently modifying another stock section 1 so I can run dual OE resonators.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-22-2018, 10:38:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,708
Posted By rhythim
Re: California Insurance doubled?

I have USAA as well, hits me about $80 a month and I have it covered for everything, fire, theft, indian raids, you name it. And that's with a $250 collision deductible, $0 on comprehensive, and a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jan-15-2018, 12:26:42 PM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

Snagged a hardtop, dolly, and cover for my vert for $350, and it was just on the other side of town from me! Hadn't really planned on buying one, mainly because I don't think they're worth the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-20-2017, 02:49:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By rhythim
Re: How to get service history?

My SA ran a warranty report on mine when it was in for the first of the 2 airbag recalls. Was no sweat to get and took him longer to get it to print than it did to pull it up. It showed a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-30-2017, 10:50:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By rhythim
Re: Submarine sea trials

At 125k, dead cold, no oil added, mine was 165-170psi in all 6 holes.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Nov-28-2017, 11:14:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By rhythim
Re: headlight compatibility for 2001 e46 m3?

If you go to the later headlamp housings, you'll also need to replace the signal lamps, because they physically attach to the headlamp differently. I did a Morimoto bixenon conversion on mine, but...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Nov-26-2017, 11:51:22 PM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

Today marked 1 year to the day since I bought my vert, it was a perfect mid-60 degrees and sunny day out, almost identical to that day last year. Gave it a bath, dropped the top, and went out and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Nov-20-2017, 01:00:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,480
Posted By rhythim
Re: E46 M3 changes over the years

Correct. My vert is a 3/1/01 build and has aluminum rebars front/rear. They switched to composite for the 2002 model year starting 9/01.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-17-2017, 01:27:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By rhythim
Re: Sourcing parts from wrecks/junkyards

Depends on the yard. My employer has a few late-model full-serve salvage yards that are heavily specific to European makes, a big one in Maryland and another in Orlando. They are friendly to the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-16-2017, 12:57:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 585
Posted By rhythim
Re: Thoughts on my bumper crack?

^Didn't pay. Insurance company did. $500 if you bring the cover in, yeah. Labor is 2 hours book time to O/H (includes 1.3 to R&I the bumper assembly) plus 2.4hrs paint time, plus materials and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-16-2017, 12:18:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 585
Posted By rhythim
Re: Thoughts on my bumper crack?

Just FYI, had my rear cover resprayed a few months ago. Final bill was a tick over $700, and that included replacing the $13 tow hook cover. Couple days at the shop, done and done.

Sent from my...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Nov-10-2017, 08:03:49 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,114
Posted By rhythim
Re: E46 M3 Daily Drivers, have you considered another DD?

Bought mine last year on 11/26. Have put just over 16k miles on it as my DD since then. No issues to speak of, just fastidious maintenance and 93 octane.

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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-08-2017, 02:36:00 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,182
Posted By rhythim
Re: Headlight lenses refresh?

Just FYI, Automotive Lighting is the name of MM's lighting division. Those lenses are straight-up OE. Originally AL was a joint venture between Bosch and MM, but is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-01-2017, 11:30:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By rhythim
Re: How to get these rear fogs to work?!

US cars aren't wired for them. You'll have to run an additional wire from (as I recall) pin 49 on the LSZ back to the decklid. It's detailed in a DIY here and elsewhere.

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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-26-2017, 06:38:33 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 23,523
Posted By rhythim
Re: Cheapest Oil Change Kit?

They do offer the genuine article for the S54, although it isn't listed with any of the kits that I'm aware of. Bought one separately a couple months ago for my last valve adjustment.
...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-26-2017, 12:28:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,948
Posted By rhythim
Re: Mileage vs Maintenance

This. Bought mine with 110k on it, which was 20k or so higher than where I really wanted to be looking because I was buying it to be a DD, but the condition and impeccable maintenance history sold...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-24-2017, 07:09:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,751
Posted By rhythim
Re: Fuel injector cleaning

Pretty hard to do any damage to an injector with a typical cleaning machine. All they're doing is running a variable duty cycle on the injector coils while the injector is in an ultrasonic bath. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Oct-12-2017, 06:25:50 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 88,608
Posted By rhythim
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

Nice. That's about how mine looked for my last analysis with ~70K on the replacement set (116K on the car). 3 copper/1 lead on a ~4800 mile OCI.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-11-2017, 08:32:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By rhythim
Re: Debate: List m3 for sale now or wait idle until springtime?

Bought mine during Thanksgiving last year. I feel like I got my money's worth, but it definitely didn't come with a cold weather discount.

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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Oct-01-2017, 01:55:04 AM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

Inspection I. Only needed to re-shim 1 valve. Cams showed very little wear, VANOS exhaust hub looked great/verified the BS kit had been installed just like the PO said it had. 165-170psi...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-19-2017, 11:57:06 PM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

Just piddling around on it today. Finally got around to wiring in the rear fog lamps and swapped out the pair of 6w3 woofers for a single 8" in the trunk. So easy I'm not sure why it took me 4...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Aug-18-2017, 11:51:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By rhythim
Re: Help with tint options

I'll put in my vote for Llumar CTX. Mine is quite a bit darker than what you're looking for (no mistaking that I have deep-tinted glass), but the UV rejection is at or above 99% per their specs.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Aug-14-2017, 08:48:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
Posted By rhythim
Re: Rod bearing check

They've actually gone to where they're paying for shipping now. If you email them, they'll send you new postage-paid labels to stick on your containers. Got a couple of them last month.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-21-2017, 06:50:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Posted By rhythim
Re: How the hell does the mileage countdown to inspection keep increasing

If it's negative, the car thinks it's 10075 miles past due for an oil service/inspection, so the more you drive it, the further past due it becomes. Guessing it didn't get reset at the last...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-21-2017, 06:47:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By rhythim
Import Alliance in Nashville 7/22-23 2017

Figured why not, I haven't actually had a car at a car show in a couple decades, and since it's a half-hour drive away, I might as well polish the M3 and go. Anybody else going?

Frankly, I don't...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-19-2017, 02:44:24 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 10,990
Posted By rhythim
Re: Pentosin MTF2 Discontinued

I just ordered a couple of liters from RockAuto for about $43 shipped. Will see what shows up in a few days. It all depends on which warehouse distributor they're drop shipping it from (Rock...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-17-2017, 12:34:55 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 88,608
Posted By rhythim
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

^ If you're referring to how many miles to put on your oil before sending it in for a test, just run your normal OCI. They calculate universal averages on a 4800 mile run. It's seemingly a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-13-2017, 01:06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By rhythim
Re: What paint brands are best for resprays?

Admittedly, the last car I sprayed was over 10 years ago, but the paint system is still available. The best results I have ever gotten out of a paint job was when I used the DuPont Chroma system. I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-12-2017, 02:02:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 981
Posted By rhythim
Re: Window Tints

I'm running 15% Llumar CTX all around. Huge difference in interior temp, especially considering black top/black interior. I quit worrying about getting a ticket years ago. I got pulled over one...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-10-2017, 01:41:23 PM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/rhythim/20170708_174008.jpg

Washed/waxed, and finally got around to putting the square setup on it. Stock suspension/mostly stock alignment with 255/40s all...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-07-2017, 02:11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By rhythim
Re: Rod bearing recall service records for my car..."Installing exchange engine?"

"Remfd short engine" indicates to me that they dropped in a reman short block assembly, which would be the block and reciprocating assembly (crank/rods/pistons) and reused the original head. Their...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jun-26-2017, 12:45:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,073
Posted By rhythim
Re: M3 rear ended

The only way I can see that trunk floor being written on the estimate to be replaced is if you pay the difference to replace it vs. repairing it. That's just a few hours of straightening time vs....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-15-2017, 05:54:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By rhythim
Re: Can anyone re-tune my dme to stock settings?

You'll need to swap out some hardware for the lighting upgrades unless you're super crafty. IIRC I paid around $70 on fleabay for a CI37 LSZ from a guy in Lithuania then coded it to my (also 3/01)...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jun-12-2017, 11:43:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 661
Posted By rhythim
Re: How many miles should I get from a set of tires ?

I have around 15K on the Ventus V12s on the rear of mine and still have about 7/32" of tread left. They're wearing like steel shoes. Have around 12-13K on the G-Force T/As on the front with 4-5/32"...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, May-30-2017, 01:14:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By rhythim
Re: Trunk handle removal for vert

^ This. Pry the emblem off and there's one more there. Had mine off a few months ago to mount the camera.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, May-13-2017, 01:36:56 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 88,608
Posted By rhythim
Re: The Official E46 M3 Oil Analysis Results Thread

First analysis done on mine. About 70K on the rod bearings that were done in 2005. I'm pretty pleased.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c157/rhythim/M3%20UOA%20031217.jpg...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Apr-03-2017, 12:07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 802
Posted By rhythim
Re: Are these really ULO tail lights or cheap knock offs ?

ULO was the Tier-1 manufacturer for BMW for the tails on these. Bosch (for early cars) and then AL (Joint venture between Bosch and Magneti-Marelli) or ZKW made the headlamps (depending on option),...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-27-2017, 04:30:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,253
Posted By rhythim
Re: Dash cam hardwire - who's done it?

^ I have a convertible, so I'd bet the harness is somewhat different from a coupe, but there is a single switched 12v wire in the harness at the windshield header (can't remember the color-installed...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-21-2017, 04:12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By rhythim
Re: Is this e46 m3 worth it?

^ Not necessarily. Just means the repair estimate exceeded about 75% of the ACV, which as these cars age and replacement parts and labor prices remain constant, means it takes less and less damage...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-20-2017, 11:59:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,904
Posted By rhythim
Re: Would you buy a 2001?

My 'vert is a very early 2001 build as well (in the first 100 units including pre-production models). Being a code 999 initial dealer allotment car, it's IR with black/piano black. Had pretty...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Mar-14-2017, 12:09:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,723
Posted By rhythim
Re: Your mileage - high mileage? Still powerful?

I've only had mine since last November, so I haven't had it on display, so to speak, other than in my daily commute. I'm planning to get out to a C&C at some point this spring once I have time to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Mar-13-2017, 10:28:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,723
Posted By rhythim
Re: Your mileage - high mileage? Still powerful?

Other than the AP headers and some tweaks with the Martyn tool, my car is stock with 117K on it as of yesterday and it still gets the "HOLY S#!+" reaction from people who have never ridden in it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Mar-03-2017, 06:47:16 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 19,685
Posted By rhythim
Re: Running a Dr. Vanos or turbotoy exhaust hub? Get in here!

16K on a Beisan systems kit with stock hub.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-28-2017, 08:07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By rhythim
Re: What should I do with this M3

Worst part of that repair is the inner apron/shock tower. Everything else is superficial, but it's very labor-intensive to replace the apron if that's what it would require (and what I would want,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-22-2017, 12:07:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 814
Posted By rhythim
Re: Rear quarter damage - best way forward?

Double post, please delete
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Feb-22-2017, 12:07:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 814
Posted By rhythim
Re: Rear quarter damage - best way forward?

Anywhere near 75% of the ACV of the car and it's a 95% probability the insurance company will total it. As far as the $10K, on a convertible it books for 23 hours labor to R&I the partial outer...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-10-2017, 02:24:49 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,044
Posted By rhythim
Re: Your Trade or Profession

44
Product Manager in the automotive aftermarket. Been a parts guy since I was 16 years old.
Married 10 years.
2 step kids (no jokes about the redhead :))
ISTJ-inasmuch as I give little...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-09-2017, 08:10:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,325
Posted By rhythim
Re: Airbag Recall updates???

Called my stealer yesterday. My vert is a 3/01 build. As of yesterday, their system doesn't show anything regarding mine being added to the list, but I had my SA key the VIN into the "Safety...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Feb-03-2017, 06:42:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,534
Posted By rhythim
Re: Flaky/Smug sellers?

My favorite is when the prospective buyer starts telling you how much they paid for "the one they used to have" or, or how much their friend/neighbor/uncle/cousin Earl/etc. paid for theirs. I always...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-25-2017, 02:24:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,652
Posted By rhythim
Re: OE Manufacturer list

Great idea.

Here's how we ("we" being my employer, a LARGE distributor replacement parts for the automotive repair industry) have to classify parts. "OE" = Original Equipment. Comes in packaging...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-20-2017, 06:36:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 273
Posted By rhythim
Re: Carfax Reports...

Lol...If the guy's not willing to cough up $30 to do his homework on a serious car, then he's not a serious buyer. No vehicle history report is going to tell the whole story, but if you're a serious...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jan-20-2017, 02:49:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,540
Posted By rhythim
Re: New DD: 2002 540i Sport Package

Nice ride! Buddy of mine has one with a 6MT. Awesome sounding car. Always thought the Style 32 was the best OE wheel for an E39. Looked fantastic on my E34 as well.

Something to be said for...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-18-2017, 01:49:10 PM
Replies: 1,779
Views: 486,441
Posted By rhythim
Re: E46 M3 Market Sales Tracker: Please Report Your Purchase or Sale!

^This. My 'vert had 110K on it when I bought it, but the impeccable service history is what sold me on it, even though it came in the form of a manilla folder stuffed full of receipts somewhat...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jan-10-2017, 03:16:04 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 6,461
Posted By rhythim
Re: National M cars Meet & Road Tour 2017 (Q&A)

I'm in Nashville, so I'd likely make the leg from Deal's Gap back home. Wouldn't be the first time mine's run the Dragon, but will be the first time with me behind the wheel.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-21-2016, 12:03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By rhythim
Re: My first bmw

I saw that car a few days ago...If i'd had space in my garage for it, I'd have brought it home and cut it into a gazillion pieces just for the spare parts. Looked like a pretty easy fix, had a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-19-2016, 07:32:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 637
Posted By rhythim
Re: Holiday Repairs?

Just a small list, really.

-Oil service
-Bi-xenon headlamp retrofit/coding
-checking fitment of 12mm spacers w/OE 18" rears in preparation for square setup
-engine detail
-convertible top...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-19-2016, 07:20:12 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 5,673
Posted By rhythim
Re: Whats The Average e46 M3, Owner Age ?

I'm late to the party, turned 44 in November and bought mine a week later. Well worth the wait.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-13-2016, 12:31:53 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 413,237
Posted By rhythim
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-13-2016, 12:30:59 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 413,237
Posted By rhythim
Re: Do you take cell phone pics of your m3 constantly Cell phone snapshot thread

Got up to 55 degrees yesterday, time time put the top down! http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/affa0f9bc9992e4e380eb35d75cfff6a.jpg

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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-09-2016, 03:05:56 PM
Replies: 8,999
Views: 593,795
Posted By rhythim
Re: What did you do to/for your ///M today?

Finally received all of the parts needed to install the new head unit, backup camera, and dash cam. That goes in tomorrow. The Morimoto bi-xenon retro kit should be in on Monday, the new OE...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-06-2016, 06:25:13 PM
Replies: 1,779
Views: 486,441
Posted By rhythim
Re: E46 M3 Market Sales Tracker: Please Report Your Purchase or Sale!

Are you the Buyer or Seller?: BUYER
Model Year: 2001
Mileage: 110,000
Coupe or Convertible?: Convertible
Exterior Color: Imola Red
Interior Color: Black/Black
Manual or SMG?: MT6
Major...
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