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Old Fri, Oct-30-2015, 07:47:11 PM   #1
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Default The Coder's 03 Estoril M3 Journal

As some of you might know, I've recently joined the M club after 7 years of owning and caring my own E46 325Ci. I posted my purchase story earlier in a 'How to Import a Vehicle from Canada' thread.

Now it's time to maintain and do some tweaks on this all stock vehicle. @97.5 k I already refreshed the fluids, replaced the drive belt, and have some plans for this vehicle as follow

1. Reinforce the subframe
2. Swap the SMG with Manual while it's functional

I'll keep you all posted



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06/10/2011
@72969
Brake pads & rotors
RTAB
Wiper blade

11/01/2011
@76244.1094
Inspection I
Diff fluid
Replace radiator tank, refill coolant
Left tie rod

11/01/2011
@76270.207
New Valve Cover Gasket


02/14/2012
@77050
BMW Exide OE Battery

09/08/2012
@79209 mi
VANOS unit replaced

06/21/2013
@86306
New Rear View Mirror

10/10/2014
@94207
Constant Pressure Valve
Power Steering Flush
Power Steering Pump
Power Steering hose

========PURCHASED===========
@97.5K mi
- Replace Oil fluid
- Bleed brakes
- Top off Power Steering
- New Rear Tires
- New Bosch Alternator
- New air filter

@99.5K mi
- Replace Oil fluid
- Bleed brakes
- SMG to 6MT swap
- Refresh 6MT fluid
- Replace all transmission input and output seals
- New Luk Clutch and flywheel
- New OE Input shaft pilot bearing
- Copper Clutch fork Ball pin
- New OEM Clutch fork
- New OEM Clutch Release bearing
- New OEM Clutch Slave Cylinder
- New OEM Clutch Master Cylinder
- New OEM Central Support Bearing
- All input and output seals replaced on rear diff
- Reedish RCAP reinforcement kit (welded).
- Vincebar RCAP reinforcement bar (Welded).
- AKG subframe bushings
- ECS Tuning front Diff bushing
- Replaced Diff two rear bushings
- Upgraded ESC Tuning BBK CSL slotted and drilled Rotors, and CSL brake adapter.
- Replaced all brake lines with steel braded brake lines from ECS Tuning
- HAWK front and rear brake pads
- Upgraded DME assembly to latest assembly (7.842.973)
- Replaced Fuel filter and pressure regulator
- Upgraded all interior light to Ziza LED.
- WINCOS 70 Premium Series IR Clear tint applied to all windows except windshield.

@100k
- Genuine BMW LED tail lights
- OEM Eldor ignition coils
- OEM NGK laser platinum spark plugs

@100.5K
- New from Windshield with water sensor
- New WINCOS 70 Premium Series IR Clear tint applied to windshield
- New Genuine face-lift reverse light

@100.7K
- New Left wheel hub bearing
- New Set of ZCP Wheels and Michelin PS2 tires.

Note: All replacement parts are OE or OEM unless stated otherwise.
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Love that color!
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No, you are not. You just got good taste.

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Congrats, great color!
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Love the colour. Hate you for taking a great Canadian car away from us.
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Love the colour. Hate you for taking a great Canadian car away from us.
Sorry man. But if it makes you feel better, the previous owner bought it in the US anyway, so I technically brought it back home

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Sorry man. But if it makes you feel better, the previous owner bought it in the US anyway, so I technically brought it back home

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Hahaha! Then you have returned the Crown Jewels to the rightful kingdom. Awesome car!
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@97500 mi

I lifted the car and did an inspection : Noticed that the drive belts need to be changed. So I got some Continental drive belts and replaced both belts.


Also replace the Motor oil with my favorite Luqui Moly 10W-60 and a Mahle Oil Filter.


Measured the Alternator's output using the embedded dashboard voltmeter, and it seems a little shaky. at run time it's throwing 11-13 volts. So I though I'd replace and sell it while I'm there as well. I had good experience with the BOSCH alternator's on my 3 series so I got new BOSCH alternator instead of the current Valeo. ended up costing me a fraction of the price had it actually went out.

I also noticed some wear on the rear right spring, so I'll be replacing that along with the left side spring. Got me some new OE springs online.


Already found me a used 6MT manual transmission! at $850, that was a steal. I just need to prepare my computer with proper INPA, NCSExpert and
WinFKP so that i can code the vehicle's ECU properly


Last, I got my new plates ! Thanks to forum member M57 for their suggestion which surprisingly turned out to be available.

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No problem

Car is looking good
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