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Old Fri, Jul-21-2017, 07:37:58 AM   #1
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Default Zzyzx85's '03 M3 Revival Project

The $7000 M3 with 195k miles.

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Hello m3forum.net!

I'm the new owner of a 2003 M3 6 spd in Imola Red, previously owned by 03IRM3 here on m3forum.

Picked it up in Las Vegas on July 3rd and made it home in the wee hours of July 4th.

in the driveway the day after I bought it:
20170704_201839 by Zzyzx85, on Flickr

With my other red BMW ('87 325is; sold but not forgotten :')):
20170718_192450 by Zzyzx85, on Flickr

Why did I buy a E46 M3 with 195k miles on it? After looking for months for a E36 M3 that was in good shape and a decent price, I found 03IRM3's ad here and thought it was worth a look at the asking price. I knew about the issues with the E46 (chassis and engine) through my buddy LateBraking's car (and all of our BMW E46 owning friends). But after seeing 03IRM3 had stayed up to date on the maintenance, even with the high mileage, inspecting the rear subframe floor for cracks (there were none visible) and taking the car for a test drive (nothing felt off and it felt strong), I knew I had to pull the trigger on the deal. Not bad for $7000.

I'll be documenting the work being done to the car here. Some I'll do on my own, some with my friends, others at my friend's shop (Matt @ Tech Craft).

I bought this car as daily, so I didn't really car about the looks (though I will address the looks later on). I am keeping it in the idea of a GT car, something that was fast and powerful but also comfortable to drive long distances in. I also have a 2011 STI that is my track/weekend car. It's loud and stiff with a heavy clutch (and it's also putting 375/360 to the wheels), so it's not the most pleasant car to daily or drive long distances in.

Let's get started...

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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 01:04:57 AM   #2
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Been a while since I've updated this but here's my first update.

Started off with the interior of this car. I figured I would put some good money in here since this is where I spend most of my time with the car anyways.

The PO's son had wrapped the interior accents with red vinyl wrap. To me, it looked tacky, so it needed to go...

Taking off a bit more than just the vinyl...
20170725_180528 by Zzyzx85, on Flickr

I'll live with the ragged looking Ti trim for now. To me, it looks way better than the red.

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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 01:12:45 AM   #3
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Next job was replacing the headlight lenses.

Made a nice improvement in nighttime visibility.

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Old Tue, Aug-29-2017, 01:22:45 AM   #4
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Back to the interior.

This time, replacing the old dried up shift boot and shifter. The shifter boot was so dry it was making it difficult to shift into 2nd gear.

After I replaced the boot, it was much easier to shift. The new ZCP shift knob feels tits too.

20170811_122356 by Zzyzx85, on Flickr

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Old Fri, Sep-15-2017, 04:10:33 PM   #5
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Nice find man, I love high mileage well cared for M cars. Did you go with the Bosch headlight lenses or the Visions brand from Khoalty?
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Thanks. it's amazing how well built German cars are. My E30 had almost 299k miles on the odometer when I sold it. I'm sure it was over 300k as the odometer was broken for many years before I bought it.

I replaced the lenses with OE/Bosch ones from ecstuning.com. I figured these were a safety item and spending a few more bucks on them won't hurt.
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You can buy that shadow trim on ECS for pennies, scoop one up!
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You can buy that shadow trim on ECS for pennies, scoop one up!
The interior trim? Link (if you don't mind) please?

edit: found it! wow. never thought I would ever see "inexpensive" OE BMW interior trim parts https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...51457904351kt/

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any new additions to your car?
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any new additions to your car?
Only parts that will being going into the car for the rear subframe/floor reinforcement/clutch job coming up at the end of this week. Just been enjoying it as my daily.

Lately it's been making a rattle when it is cold but gradually goes away when it warms up. Suspect it might be the exhaust or a heatshield attached or near the exhaust. I can feel it rattling against the body (or the harmonics are vibrating things around the body).
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