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Old Tue, Aug-08-2017, 02:31:27 PM   #1
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Default Just picked up this beautiful E46 M3

I bought this E46 M3 a little over a month ago.
She's Imola on Imola, 90k miles and very well maintained.

The is my first BMW and I absolutely love this car. When I first purchased this car, I loved everything about it. Soon after joining this forum I realized that BMW got the styling right the first time, and all of the little cheap aftermarket parts that the previous owner installed had to go.

So far I've removed the carbon fiber wrap from the spoiler, and replaced the roundel emblems with the correct BMW factory emblems. I also replaced the blacked out ///M3 emblem with the factory.

I have to say, it looks SO much better. Now if I can sell these hideous wheels and purchase some ZCP wheels in good condition she will look fantastic.

Although I've owned this for 5 weeks now, she was on jack stands in the garage for 3 weeks. I installed the turner reinforcement plates using the epoxy method, and performed the structural foam reinforcement as well.

With the subframe removed, it was nice to know there wasn't a single crack or fracture in the chassis and this car should last me a long long time.

I'm going to continue to return much of this car back to factory over time. I want to keep this car forever. She wasn't supposed to be my daily driver, but I can't stop driving it!

Here is the journal I started for my mission to return to stock
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imola on imloa very nice gl with her
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imola on imloa very nice gl with her
Thanks! I've heard Imola on Imola is pretty rare. I wish I knew how to check the number built with the options it has.
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Congrats, now sell it before you spend all your money on it haha
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Congrats, now sell it before you spend all your money on it haha
It's too late. I've already ordered subframe repair parts and I'm tearing out the rear end to do the preventative maintenance this weekend.
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I'm not sure "tasteful" is the word I would use for those wheels, but that's an easy fix. Great color combo.
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I'm not sure "tasteful" is the word I would use for those wheels, but that's an easy fix. Great color combo.
Yea, I'm seeing a lot of ebay replica parts there lol


But nice red on red combo
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Beautiful color, enjoy!!
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Although I'm sure its a clean car, the previous owners taste in mods are anything but tasteful.
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Although I'm sure its a clean car, the previous owners taste in mods are anything but tasteful.
Well... That's your opinion. I appreciate the mods he made, and fortunately for every change he made, he also gave me the original parts.

I'd be interested in the items you aren't fond of.

Some things I would like to put back are:
1. Original emblems
2. Remove CF wrap from spoiler
3. Stock comp wheels

Otherwise, I like the LED DRL, HID headlamps, LED taillights, LED tag light, LED side light, $7000 audio system, $2000 radar/laser jammer with display mounted in rear mirror, alarm system, CF lip, cold air intake, Billy Boat exhaust, custom made floor mats, imola suede headliner, grey suede A pillar. And above all, how well maintained and clean the car is.

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