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Old Thu, May-18-2017, 05:38:54 PM   #1
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Hey guys, welcome to my journal. It took me over 6 months to find my dream car,
and I am so excited to finally own my first e46 m3. In this journal, I plan on documenting
my progress of refreshing and maintaining my weekend driver. I do not have very much
experience working on cars, but I am learning quickly and will be performing DIY's found
on this forum. I will be starting off with simple tasks and work my way up to more difficult projects.
Stay tuned for lots of progress and pictures!

Purchase date: 3-20-17

96,242 miles

2002 Jet black/black 6mt coupe
Harman Kardon
Cold weather package
19inch rims
100% stock
Michelin PSS

Coming soon: subframe, cooling system, f10 m5 knob, apex or volk wheels?

03/17/17 USB radio
03/17/17 Cabin air filter
03/17/17 Engine air filter
03/17/17 Brake fluid flush
04/04/17 Rear window tint
04/17/17 Gloss black kidney grills
04/17/17 Gloss black fender grills
04/24/17 3rd brake light clean
05/15/17 MAF sensor clean
06/05/17 Windshield Cowl replacement
06/19/17 Oil change 99,142 miles
06/29/17 Airbag recall
07/03/17 Blackstone oil analysis
07/04/17 Plasti dipped rims
08/09/17 e46 License Plate
08/10/17 Rear springs
10/21/17 Valve Adjustment/Beisan Vanos
10/21/17 Spark plugs
11/07/17 New BMW key

Untitled by Boston Bruck, on Flickr

Untitled by Boston Bruck, on Flickr
Untitled by Boston Bruck, on Flickr

Untitled by Boston Bruck, on Flickr

Day after purchase








Michelin Pilot Super Sports




4-4-17
Window tint 5% on rear 3 windows













4-19-17
Blacked out the grills






4-24-17
Cleaned 3rd brake light


5-5-17
Cleaned steering wheel stitching
right is before, left is after


5-15-17
Cleaned MAF

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Old Mon, Jun-19-2017, 06:11:37 AM   #2
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6-05-17
Windshield cowl replacement


6-06-17
Found an m4 at the grocery store! I had to take pic.


6-18-17
First oil change and blackstone oil analysis!
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Old Mon, Jul-03-2017, 10:01:50 PM   #3
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6/29/17 Airbag recall, and the dealer got dirt on my floor mats! lol



7/3/17
Oil analysis came back. Bearings are in great shape!

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Old Mon, Jul-03-2017, 10:39:08 PM   #4
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Congrats, looks like a great pick up! I must say, despite being a fan of tint and personally tinting all of my cars, dark tint just looks so ghetto on this car. I'm gonna be taking mine off soon. The stock, blueish windows "fish bowl" look just works so well with this car. Just my but you have a very nice M either way!
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Congrats, looks like a great pick up! I must say, despite being a fan of tint and personally tinting all of my cars, dark tint just looks so ghetto on this car. I'm gonna be taking mine off soon. The stock, blueish windows "fish bowl" look just works so well with this car. Just my but you have a very nice M either way!
I actually had the same thoughts. I thought about taking it off or changing it to a different percent. I do enjoy having the tints to keep the interior cool and also privacy but I don't know the perfect combo yet. It's also annoying how the matrix looks like shit. I am going to make a thread on window tints soon! Thanks for the comment.
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Old Fri, Jul-07-2017, 01:53:32 PM   #6
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This takes me back to when I first got my car. Any big plans for it?
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Old Fri, Jul-07-2017, 03:39:29 PM   #7
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Looks good! I just recently tinted my windows with 35% ceramic tint, all but the windshield (TN Legal). I didn't want to do tints initially, but driving home north-bound from work every day I could feel the heat of the sun on my chest and arm. I definitely prefer the tints for my personal comfort and I think it looks pretty good on my brighter paint car.

Jet Black is one of my favorite color choices on this car. There's something to be said for a simple straight black. My first modification would be to convert all the lights to ambers, but that's just me. Looking forward to your progress!
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Black is one of the best when clean. Nice pick up.
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Nice... makes me think of my M3 and mines just sits in the garage all day =(
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Congrats, looks like a great pick up! I must say, despite being a fan of tint and personally tinting all of my cars, dark tint just looks so ghetto on this car. I'm gonna be taking mine off soon. The stock, blueish windows "fish bowl" look just works so well with this car. Just my but you have a very nice M either way!
I been debating this with this too. I like how my jet black looks without tint, especially because of the cinnamon interior. But man, it is HOTTTT right now in LA.
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