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Old 31-03-2017, 10:37 PM   #1
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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.



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



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









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





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.

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Looks lovely must be quite rare to buy back your old car lol
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"...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/
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Looks tidy & rare spec but new boot floor on an 05 car....Screams rear ended to me.
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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
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Looks great mate you glad to have it back ? Silverstone is a great colour !! Looks a nice example and plans sound great !
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nice one

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

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,

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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.

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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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