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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 05:58:41 AM   #1
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Default ///Vannesa **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Hi Guys,

I'd like to introduce myself briefly so that you guys can get the sense of who is driving this car.

I am 20 years old, go to school at UC Irvine majoring in CS.
I own my website business and I love computers.

My previous car was a 2003 330Ci Steptronic. I paid 11k in cash for this with the money I got from selling off one of my websites.
It was my dd, autocross and track car. Amazing car but I felt that there wasn't enough power.


I received an internship offer at a tech company in San Jose for this summer and I decided to take this opportunity to upgrade! I sold my 330Ci and used the money to pay the M3 in cash FULL. about 20k out the door.


I bought my 2002 E46 M3 during the start of this summer. It was my first stick. I learned how to drive stick in a m3. but i picked it up pretty quickly....at least he replaced the clutch before!

heres when I first got it:




plastidipped my wheels...i later took it off:


Did some maintanence work on it...
brake job
tps sensor
timing belts
rsms
lock actuators



wrapped my cracked arm rest:



replaced the garbage stock knob with zhp:



but then mod bug hit:
got CSL diffuser
csl splitters
strutbar
angel eyes...




At Bullet Performance in Costa Mesa, doing some maintenance work





soon it was time to drive from norcal to socal for school... A TRUE TESTAMENT TO M3 daily drive-ability!



I been reading couple of build threads and I love the idea of having other members critiquing the build progress of my car. Having people keeping you in line is a great resource haha. Don't want to mess up a m3...

I am doing relatively small mods atm but im saving up for some nice coilovers.
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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 05:59:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: ///Vanessa **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

I recently got my roof vinyl-ed by Daniel from F4D Studios in Riverside, CA.



They gave me a sizable discount, as I was their first customer!

Brand they used and recommended was Hexis, they also had 3m but Hexis did look better.

Anyways I leave my car in the open where my car is a target for bird crap. I just wanted to protect my roof to the elements.

Hood and bumpers are easy to replace. A roof is something to protect.
Although this DOES adds unnecessary weight to the car, I feel like its not even a big factor.

They did it in 2 hours or so. If you guys need to vinyl your roof in Socal , pm me i'll give you their information.



They also did work for skateboards!





Just ordered BMW OEM SSK Shift Lever! Read the reviews and im excited for this!
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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 01:33:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Very nice progress man. Car looks simple and clean. Best of luck with the build and enjoy!
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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 03:04:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Congrats! Welcome to the race that never ends. Will check up on your thread in a couple of months to confirm.
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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 03:19:55 PM   #5
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

congrats and nice project...IMO the front exterior looked better in stock exterior form...oem corners, gills, grilles, no splitters...keep the wheels factory...no black lol
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Old Tue, Oct-04-2011, 03:26:48 PM   #6
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Nice progress!!!
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Thanks all!
Hoping to document this beast of a car. I love it so much
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

looking good!

did you plasti-dip the hood grill and side grills as well?
how did it hold up to the elements?

whats next in the mod list?
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Old Wed, Oct-05-2011, 06:57:00 AM   #9
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Very nice journal, but you should have the mods move it to the "Member Journal's" Section!
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Default Re: ///Marley **omhl's 2002 E46 M3** Build Diary

Oh shoot.

Can mods move this for me. I didn't see member journal.

BMW ssk is my next mod. And yes I plastidipped grills . Works fine
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