Deeg's E46 2003 Titan Silver coupe

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  1. 19 Oct 2017 at 1:55 PM #1
    Deeg01

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    Brief introduction of myself, I've been a long term BMW fan, having owned 2 E36 Compact's 316i SE & 318ti, an E46 saloon 320D M Sport and most recently an Alpina D3 - 2006 MT. I thought it was about time I got myself behind the wheel of my dream BMW the E46 M3. After hunting about for a nice one and some false starts I finally found something I can get my teeth in to. I'm not in to modifying things to any serious extent, I am more of a restoration and standard optional upgrades type of thing, but that may change... I wasn't looking for someone else show car, I wanted something that I could put my own mark on and bring back to life so to speak.

    Anyway on to the car, I finally found one that I liked the look of, slightly higher mileage but this was backed up by some fairly hefty recent work by what I beleive to be a well regarded BM specialist in the midlands, Autobhan servicing in Halesowen. I have to admit I had not heard of them previously but reading recommendations on here I was fairly confident they knew what they were doing. I didn't by the car from them directly but from a local dealer who was selling it after autobhan had performed the following work on it in the last couple of months.

    Reddish rear floor reinforcement kit
    Poly bushed throughout with Powerflex Black series - excluding Diff mounts
    Refrubished diff carrier
    Head gasket replacement
    New Front and Rear discs
    refurbished front and rear calipers
    fully refurbished diamond cut OEM alloys

    The car it's self is a 2003 03 plate, with 123K on the clock, fitted with black leather, OEM SAT NAV, HK & Heated Seats. she was originally a SMG but Autobhan also carried out a conversion to manual on this, I am told there was no faults with the SMG at time of removal, it was converted as the previous owner did not like SMG.

    Anyway on to some pics...
    This is how she was when I piced her up:

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    After I bought the car I went round to Autobhan to speak to the guys who did all the work and they very kindly showed me round the place, as well as putting my car on the ramp to see the work done underneath:

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    Having the majority of the big jobs done prior to purchase for myself was one of my main requirements, I'm willing to work on the cosmetics, but the mechanics are not something I prefer to work with.

    Anyway that led me to the long drive from Birmingham back up to Aberdeen, gave me plenty of time to get acquainted with my new wheels.

    At this point I found a couple things I needed to address, someone has converted the dash to blue LED's not my preferred option. so I will likely need to get the soldering iron out and source some OEM colours.

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    also I noticed one of the headlights was out, only as I was driving back up the M6 / M74 the bulb warning light came on, turns out it wasn't the bulb as I stopped in at Halfords to source a replacement, but no luck.

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    I've since spoken with autobhan who are supplying me with a ballast, which will hopefully cure this problem.

    Some of the cosmetic things I need to address given time, and order of priority, after the lighting issue...

    New Mirror glass all round, including rear view mirror which has failed, forgot picture of it, and the wing mirrors are starting to brown in places

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    there is a small section of lacquer failing on the drivers rear quarter

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    in a second place...
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    Then a general clean up including new OEM badges...

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    including a tidy up to the grubby engine bay..
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    and source this missing bolt that will drive me crazy when looking at the engine bay...
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    Then it will be on to the interior, leather will get a full treatment, don't think I'll go to a full recover, but you never know.

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    Then I will try and source matching interior trim for all places, door handles, gear stick surround and dash strips.

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    There will likely be a lot more on top of this, but these are the main points I want to address to get her back to looking good.

    Updates will be slow as I work away from home regular so don't get as much time to tinker with the car as I'd like to.
     
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  2. 19 Oct 2017 at 3:10 PM #2
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    Wow someone spent a lot underneath that car and not a lot on top or inside lol

    Suppose that the cheaper bit so good for you mate !
     
  3. 19 Oct 2017 at 5:09 PM #3
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    Nice little project you have there to work with. Autobahun is a good company I’ve known Rob for a few years and they fitted my carbon roof for me a few months back.
    As for the mirror glass speak to forum sponsor mirror John on here as he does replacement glass at really good prices. I’ve replaced mine with his items.
     
  4. 19 Oct 2017 at 5:13 PM #4
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    Well done Deeg looks like a decent job been done under there .. I reckon the cosmetics will be a reasonably cheap job by comparison. I agree with you on the led dash lights am not into the blue colour. How much did you end up paying for it in the end ( cheeky i know pm if you don't wanna broadcast it ) i had an eye on this one just because of the history it had .
     
  5. 20 Oct 2017 at 7:28 AM #5
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    I know, but it was due to all this work underneath I was happy to get this one! I'm HOPING it works out slightly cheaper for me this way!

    Thanks for backing up my findings already about Autobhan, helps put my mind at ease.
    Yeah I've already been checking out his website and will more than likely be orering all my mirror glass from him.

    Yeah I was a little disappointed when I flicked the lights on when driving up the road with the blue LED's.

    I paid just a touch over 9k, probably a little more than I wanted to but with all these "big jobs" done recently I can't complain too much, and I feel I got one of the better trade in prices on my old Alpina I was offered so overall I'm happy with what I paid.
     
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  6. 22 Oct 2017 at 8:43 PM #6
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    Looks like some decent bits ticked off of the list as far as maintenance goes, looking forward to seeing what you do to it.

    Definitely agree about the blue LED dials :rolleyes:
     
  7. 28 Oct 2017 at 9:21 PM #7
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    So this weekend I had planned to fix headlight issue. Bought ballast and ignitor for hids direct, also planned to swap out and fit an almost full compliment of lights from Paul at PL and fit new rear view mirror glass and wing mirrors from mirror John.

    But driving down to my parents house where all my tools are my battery light came on as I’m on the road down. I had no choice but to try and see how far I could make it. I got within 5 miles until I had to stop as no lights, just as I pulled off the road everything cut out on me... quick call to my dad and he came and picked me up and we removed the battery to get it charged so we can complete the rest of the journey tomorrow. Now looks like I’m removing and sourcing a replacement alternator now instead of my original plans.:mad::mad:
     
  8. 31 Oct 2017 at 7:36 AM #8
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    So minor update last night while I wait on the new alternator being delivered.

    I finally have 2 fully working headlights now
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    Just need to sort out the beams once I get the car out of the cramped garage, hopefully tonight with the alternator fitted...
     
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  9. 31 Oct 2017 at 8:48 AM #9
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    Surprise extras! Hopefully Autobahn have a little warranty cover for your part costs....

    Looks like the start of a great project. How was the alpine? Was that using a fettled 3.0 engine?
     
  10. 31 Oct 2017 at 9:16 AM #10
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    I didn't buy it from Autobhan unfortunately. although they have been extremely helpful considering I haven't given them any business.

    The alpina was great, loved every minute of driving it. was a great commuting car when my mileage was high. Could also be used for some spirited driving when I got the chance. No mine was the early Mono turbo so this was based on the 2.0 engine. still a great engine with masses of torque to play with.
     
  11. 31 Oct 2017 at 10:30 PM #11
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    And we now have a fully functioning alternator fitted again.

    Although when I’ve reassembled my headlights I must not have fitted the washer assembly correct and the drivers side must have fallen out when I was driving as it’s now missing. :mad:

    Just when I thought I was making progress :confused:
     
  12. 8 Nov 2017 at 12:25 PM #12
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    So couple minor updates over the weekend.

    Replaced my rear view mirror and wing mirror glass with items from Mirror John, great service and items are fantastic.

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    also while I was in the engine bay fixing the alternator I noticed the air filter was one of the long term panel induction filters which I'm not a fan of, so I replaced it with a genuine OE air filter.

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    I've also got my replacement headlight washer cover arrived but it's being painted to match just now.

    Out of the country for the next 3 weeks or so, when I get back I'm going to be viewing a garage so I can store it and work on it over winter. hopefully get the interior sorted out while the bad weather is here.

    Plans are seats out and a full deep clean carpets and leather interior. also my dash trims don't match the door trims, so I was going to have them hydro dipped, but I may get them all painted titan silver, but with Matte lacquer on them, bring a bit of colour in to the interior. still undecided what to do though... long term I will likely find carbon inserts for them though.
     
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  13. 10 Nov 2017 at 9:02 AM #13
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    Can help with cluster , not the first I've been asked to put back to standard and have loads of correct colour led's in stock :D
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  14. 10 Nov 2017 at 1:05 PM #14
    Deeg01

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    Thanks for the offer but I have just ordered the LED's myself and will be soldering them in. not a big job, just finding the time to do it...
     
  15. 10 Nov 2017 at 7:29 PM #15
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    Good read mate, will be good seeing you sorting all your niggles out
     
  16. 10 Nov 2017 at 9:24 PM #16
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    Thanks, this is the 1st time I’ve taken on a project like this, I’ve got a long way to go but I know where i need to get to looking at som elf the other projects on here.
     
  17. 13 Nov 2017 at 7:34 AM #17
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    thanks to andy @ autobhan I have been supplied with some photos from during the process of strengthening the RACP before I purchased my car.

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    No real updates to post, except that I've been doing a bit of shopping while working away.
    I secured a bargain on some Genuine LED rear lights, and also to match I've just ordered new front indicator lenses and side repeaters to ensure all the lights look as good as possible, next up will be headlight lenses before I fit them all.
     
  19. 17 Feb 2018 at 10:10 PM #19
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    Finally got round to fitting my led rear lights.

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    Looks so much better. But I think I’m going to go back to the preface lift inners.

    Also I made a purchase in preparation for weekend trips this summer...

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    Picked up a Thule roof rack and bike mounts for £40!! Who says m3’s aren’t practical cars??

    Today I had some free time so I decided to give the car a deep clean, jacked it up and removed the wheels to work on the arches.

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    And the crud that came out... guessing it’s 15 years worth right there!

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    But made it so much better...

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    Also gave the paintwork a good clean and put some sealant on there but it was dark by the time I finished so no pics yet.

    Tomorrow I plan to clean up the alloys and get them sealed and then get some fresh pics.

    Got a few pieces on order so hopefully more up dates over the next couple of weeks.
     
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  20. 26 Apr 2018 at 11:36 AM #20
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    Some minor updates again over the last few weeks.

    Fitted the Xtrons PB7846BP headunit, happy with it so far. Sorry for the poor picture, grabbed it from my Instagram account.

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    I've since set it up with Car Web guru launcher and it gives it a much nicer layout.

    Also changed my FSR... what a pain in the a$$ that job was!!

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    Same time I also fitted new headlight lenses, cheap chinese ones will see how they hold up. fitted perfect straight away.

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    I also finally replaced the missing washer cover that I lost before Xmas! :eek::eek:

    Then a big Thanks to Paul who remotely helpped to code in my LED rear lights and some diagnostic work the other night...

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    No more warnings for the rear lights! :D:D

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    Reset the Adaptions and it's smoothed out the drive massively, I thought I was going to have to change coil packs or more investigation due to a hesitation when driving in certain conditions. Also fixed a couple of fault codes that were present.
     
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