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Pauly.22 31-03-2017 10:37 PM

2005 BMW e46 M3, underbody resto
 
Back in 2013 I bought this, that was it at the premier inn car park as I was working away when I picked it up.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...472DC2FF5E.jpg~original

And then sold it after 4/5 months as I was an apprentice and couldn't afford it :(

37 months later, the owner messaged me to say you can have first refusal on the car,

So even though e46 prices have gone through the roof, especially for late individual models, I thought Screw it. I'll have it back

So here it is back at mine last weekend

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...9826A7CB35.jpg

In the past three years it's had,

Head gasket
Inspection 2
Oil service
New rear tyres within last few weeks,
New mirror glasses
New steering wheel
New gear knob
Better condition wheels
Replacement boot floor at BMW with new suspension bushes etc
Intravee 2 installed

And probably a few other bits.

I could have bought a cheaper one, but I know this one has had some big expensive jobs done, and it's an individual. Only 50 made for the UK market.

Issues with the car are, the fuel gauge is reading is unreliable, so I've got a new sender to fit.
Locking wheel nut key is damaged and I can't undo the wheels
Some rust spots have crept in, which will be sorted later in the year.

Few pics of the car

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...477309CC8C.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...653D864AED.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...AC3B047BAD.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...52C502CA57.jpg

Id never heard of the intravee unit but it's got some great options to turn on,

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...13493B4713.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...B6C235A47C.jpg

Plans for the car are,
fit a csl style rear diffuser,
renew the gearknob for the illuminated one,
refurbish wheels,
sort a few rust patches,
Diff oil,came with car
New diff bolts
New headlight lenses, came with car
Paint and clean up discs and pads,
Private plate,
New inner boot lights,

Nothing massive just little jobs to tidy it up.

Cheers Paul.

Disco Smudge 31-03-2017 10:51 PM

Looks lovely must be quite rare to buy back your old car lol

slim_boy_fat 31-03-2017 11:03 PM

"...Locking wheel nut key is damaged and I can't undo the wheels.."

You might find this thread helpful

http://www.bmwlander.co.uk/index.php...ter-days.1671/

306dean 01-04-2017 10:24 AM

Looks tidy & rare spec but new boot floor on an 05 car....Screams rear ended to me.

calw123 01-04-2017 10:41 AM

The boot floor is a known issue on the e46 chassis where the sheet metal rips/cracks at the rear subframe mounts, so not due to accident damage.
Regarding the rust get it down to your local dealer shar**** as e46's have a 12 year bodywork warrenty and they're usually very good at fulfilling this warrenty, obviously your time is running out mate so get it to the dealer

Brad-Smith 01-04-2017 12:33 PM

Looks great mate you glad to have it back ? Silverstone is a great colour !! Looks a nice example and plans sound great !

enc 01-04-2017 12:44 PM

nice one :thumb:

this thread got me thinking ... which of my old cars would i have back :confused:

306dean 01-04-2017 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by calw123 (Post 5305465)
The boot floor is a known issue on the e46 chassis where the sheet metal rips/cracks at the rear subframe mounts, so not due to accident damage.
Regarding the rust get it down to your local dealer shar**** as e46's have a 12 year bodywork warrenty and they're usually very good at fulfilling this warrenty, obviously your time is running out mate so get it to the dealer

Ah fair play. I love the blue leather!

Pauly.22 01-04-2017 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by calw123 (Post 5305465)
The boot floor is a known issue on the e46 chassis where the sheet metal rips/cracks at the rear subframe mounts, so not due to accident damage.
Regarding the rust get it down to your local dealer shar**** as e46's have a 12 year bodywork warrenty and they're usually very good at fulfilling this warrenty, obviously your time is running out mate so get it to the dealer

Yeah it's a common fault and 4000+ the bill from BMW was :doublesho

I've been to BMW today. The car is 3 months past the warranty, and they said unless it's had full history by BMW they wouldn't warrant it anyway,

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brad-Smith (Post 5305529)
Looks great mate you glad to have it back ? Silverstone is a great colour !! Looks a nice example and plans sound great !

Yeah I'm happy to have it back, it runs and drives spot on, few rust bubbles to get sorted and its perfect.

MadOnVaux! 01-04-2017 05:09 PM

One of my neighbours has a E46 M3 and he had to have his boot floor done too....it's crazy that that's an actual fault.


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