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Old Sun, Sep-10-2006, 03:18:35 PM   #41
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okay vert experts -- anyone know the part number for the trim piece that is around the shifter on a 6MT - you know - with the cut-outs for the windows

also, can we order this piece individually without the other 8 pieces of trim?

is this piece different from the coupe since we have the extra "all windows down" button ???

i want to change my shifter and boot because they are worn - and my titan shadow trim around the boot is in horrible condition


i hate titan shadow - wish i had a set of the Piano Black that came on the 01s
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Old Tue, Sep-12-2006, 03:52:48 AM   #42
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I am not much of a mechanic guy nor very knowledgable about M's. Please help.
I owned a 03 M3 Convertible for over a year now. I've been getting this strange noise coming from the engine bay. This problem was discovered by a friend of my when he first drove my car when I first bought it. Since I'm not a mechanic guy I didn't think that it would be a big deal. Over the weekend, I brough it to an auto shop, the mechanic told me that there is something wrong with the exhaust manifold. To his knowledge, he said that there is a leak or there is something wrong with the gasket. The car will be servincing in 2 weeks by Longbeach BMW but I just want to expand my knowledge a little bit. If anyone of you could expand my knowledge, I would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and assistance.
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What do you guys think about H&R springs? I'm thinking about buying it from one of the guy in the forum but I'm sure if H&R is good. Please help....
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okay vert experts -- anyone know the part number for the trim piece that is around the shifter on a 6MT - you know - with the cut-outs for the windows

also, can we order this piece individually without the other 8 pieces of trim?

is this piece different from the coupe since we have the extra "all windows down" button ???

i want to change my shifter and boot because they are worn - and my titan shadow trim around the boot is in horrible condition


i hate titan shadow - wish i had a set of the Piano Black that came on the 01s
I think you can get it individually. The piece is the same as the coupe.
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My buddy has them on his vert. Good medium drop while maintaining ride. Get some adjustable rear shocks and it will be perfect.
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I am not much of a mechanic guy nor very knowledgable about M's. Please help.
I owned a 03 M3 Convertible for over a year now. I've been getting this strange noise coming from the engine bay. This problem was discovered by a friend of my when he first drove my car when I first bought it. Since I'm not a mechanic guy I didn't think that it would be a big deal. Over the weekend, I brough it to an auto shop, the mechanic told me that there is something wrong with the exhaust manifold. To his knowledge, he said that there is a leak or there is something wrong with the gasket. The car will be servincing in 2 weeks by Longbeach BMW but I just want to expand my knowledge a little bit. If anyone of you could expand my knowledge, I would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and assistance.
Sincerely,
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Couldn't tell you without hearing it. I suggest you post this in the general faults and fixes sections you will get more views and possibly a quicker answer. Our engines are not vert specific.
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Moderate drop. I've got Tein S Tech on mine with Koni SA and the drop on mine equates to 1.5" front and 1.3" rear. The springs are great, although H&R I've heard are too. It really depends on what you want. I would not recommend changing springs without changing your shocks/struts as you'll end up having to remove the springs again in short order. I know some others run just the springs but it gets really harsh on rough roads - or so at least mine did. Good luck.
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Default 19" & 20" set up....what do you guys think????

I'm getting some shoes for my //M this weekend. The set up is 19" in the front and 20" in the rear. I need you guys opinion on this. Should I go with 19" all the way around or 19" and 20".
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I'm getting some shoes for my //M this weekend. The set up is 19" in the front and 20" in the rear. I need you guys opinion on this. Should I go with 19" all the way around or 19" and 20".
Thanks,
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Now for my 2 cents:

The "hot rod" look hasn't been done before to an e46 M3 to my knowledge. It could look could but an adjustable drop is key. Thus coilovers is a must as oppossed to your spring inquiries. I would go all 19s or all 20s...but then again if you can pull it off you would be very unique.

One side note: I believe different size wheels will effect your speedomoter and odometer.
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