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Old Fri, Dec-18-2015, 04:17:26 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

Thought I would create a place to post progress on my E46 Touring build instead of cluttering up my journal for my M3. Recently just picked this beauty up about 2 months ago, but haven't had much time for anything due to school.

For the past year or so I've had an E46 325xi Touring as my DD, but it wasn't a car I wanted to keep in the long run for a swap, etc. I didn't exactly need to pickup another car right away, so my slow search begin and had strict requirements.

My search now began for the unicorn Touring. I was able to check off most of my requirements, aside from one (slicktop). If you have read Kaiv's recent search for a Touring, they aren't exactly easy to find. I was extremely lucky with my purchase.

2000 323it 5MT
133k miles
Steel Grey/Tanin Red
Sport Package
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Harmon Kardon
Sunroof

Ended up finding this in Bangor, Maine. Contacted the seller, set up a PPI, and sealed the deal. Shipping was a hassle, but it worked out in the end.

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Baller headliner one of the PO's did at some point. Didn't completely swap everything to black, but I'm in the process of sourcing an OE M-Sport headliner from overseas with all the trims and accessories!



Super clean engine bay.





My plans for this car are to clean it up to my standards and eventually throw an S54 in there with full M3 suspension/drivetrain and do an OE M-Tech II Exterior.
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Old Fri, Dec-18-2015, 04:18:02 PM   #2
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Had some areas I needed to address.

The first transport company damaged the hatch, but they made it right in the end completely paying for the damages.



After samo6566 and his team at Gerber Collision fixed it up. Good as new!



Needed some new wheel speed sensors. These were fun, no wonder they were never replaced, came out in pieces.



Demodding. Some cheap coils, hockey pucks, rear camber arms, angel eyes, and tints.



No, I wasn't kidding about the hockey pucks



Refreshening. M3 struts/shocks, Dinan springs, M3 front sway bar, new OE RTABS, end links, camber arms, RSM reinforcements, new hardware, etc.







With having to remove the entire rear cargo area to access the RSM's, these will be useful in the future.







LAWLence and myself doing an ole fashioned string alignment.





All done! OE 18's mounted sporting some Dunlop Wintersports. Tossed on some clear corners and side markers as well to match the taillights.



Back at home!

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Awesome color combination! Excited to watch this one unfold. Looks like we have a two horse race of e46 tourings.
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Gonna be honest. When i was younger i hated "wagons". Now i love em...awesome find!!!
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Wow! Love the color combo! Great find!
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Very nice! Looking forward to updates on this one.

Why did you remove the Canadian bump stops??
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Congrats on the new daily car! Seriously looks incredible.

But damn, I don't know who manages that shop but it seriously needs to be cleaned.

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Why did you remove the Canadian bump stops??
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Awesome nick! Does this mean I start a non-M E46 journal too?

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Awesome color combination! Excited to watch this one unfold. Looks like we have a two horse race of e46 tourings.
Thanks! Kaiv will probably beat me to it, knowing him.

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Gonna be honest. When i was younger i hated "wagons". Now i love em...awesome find!!!
Thanks. I've always loved them, my family has always had Volvo wagons haha.

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Wow! Love the color combo! Great find!
Thanks!

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Very nice! Looking forward to updates on this one.

Why did you remove the Canadian bump stops??
When I saw them I couldn't believe it. Very fitting for myself being a hockey player all of my life. It was destined

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Congrats on the new daily car! Seriously looks incredible.

But damn, I don't know who manages that shop but it seriously needs to be cleaned.
Now you need to pick one up, and a maid for that shop of yours

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Awesome nick! Does this mean I start a non-M E46 journal too?

Lol I was thinking about posting over on E46F, but rather do it here. I mean it'll be worthy sooner or later.
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