I got me a BMW 3

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Duke

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;) Same day as Sage, too!

Yesterday I picked up a new-to-me 2003 BMW 325i. It's a 23,000 mile CPO car, which means that in a year and a half when the original warranty expires, it gets an additional 2 years or 50,000 miles on the major systems.

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It's a ZSP (Sports package) with a manual transmission, heated leather seats, moonroof, and xenon headlights. In other words it has everything I considered essential and no fluff. I would have liked to get a 330, but there was a big step up in price to get the additional power, and this has enough motor to be fun. This engine is notoriously hard to modify effectively, but I may be doing a few basic items to it.

The previous owner apparently added the lip spoiler and a small color-matched spoiler at the top of the back window, which are nice subtle touches of personality. It seems to have a short-throw shifter in it, too, because the throws seem, well, shorter than on the other 325s I recall driving. The clutch takeup is also better placed for some reason - in most of the BMWs I've driven the catch point is way up high in the travel, but this car seems much more linear.

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It was a 250-mile round trip from one end of New Jersey to the other to get it, but the deal seemed worth it. I can't wait for an excuse to drive it - almost makes it worth going to work.
 
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Congrats! Are you and Gil in a race to have the most cars here at GTP?

I mean, you have a Van, a TSX, a LeMans, now a 325i, a neon...

It's a very good looking car. I quite like the spoiler. Have fun with it. 👍👍
 
That is teh sex. Now throw some HRS 3-piece forged alloys on it, preferably no bigger than 18", with some Kumho Ecsta Supra 712's or MX's around 13" wide in the rear. :D Take it to the track, homeboy. :D
 

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The looks of those 3's are pretty damn near perfect in my book. 👍 One thing that does bother me are the location of power window switches, but I believe they fixed that for the new 3's. Congrats on your purchase, Duke.
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It was a 250-mile round trip from one end of New Jersey to the other to get it, but the deal seemed worth it. I can't wait for an excuse to drive it - almost makes it worth going to work.
What are you joking? If I was driving back a car like that, longer the better. :D
 

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Heh, it hadn’t even occurred to me that we both got 3’s. :lol: Congrats again on the purchase. 👍

Is the seat comfortable with that front part detached like that?
 

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Congratulations, Duke! I'm glad you're enjoying the car. I love the color and the subtle spoilers. :) That's my least-favorite E46 taillight design, though. :indiff:

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One thing that does bother me are the location of power window switches, but I believe they fixed that for the new 3's.

Blasphemy! The center console is where they're supposed to be. :P I like them there on my car -- they're easy to find, and you don't have to swap hands on the steering wheel to use them.
 

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Congrats! Are you and Gil in a race to have the most cars here at GTP? I mean, you have a Van, a TSX, a LeMans, now a 325i, a neon...

It's a very good looking car. I quite like the spoiler. Have fun with it. 👍👍
Thanks! I really like those two little touches also - I never would have paid extra to have them added, but I'm glad they were already there.

Actually, a guy from the GRM message boards made me an offer I couldn't refuse on the Neon, and he took a spare engine and set of wheels I wanted to get rid of as well. Thaqt's what prompted me to step up my search for a car, when I had been window shopping before.

Though I admit we have 4 cars for 2 drivers, so i win in the department of redundancy department.
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As for the power issue: here in Germany, some BMW tuners offer a range of easy to install and fairly cheap supercharger packages. Maybe you should check if that's available in the USA as well.
Thanks; I'll look into those!
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The looks of those 3's are pretty damn near perfect in my book. 👍 One thing that does bother me are the location of power window switches, but I believe they fixed that for the new 3's. Congrats on your purchase, Duke.

If I was driving back a car like that, longer the better. :D
Actually, I was driving my nephew's 190,000 mile mufflerless Mazda 323 hatch. In return for the favor of him spending his Saturday this way, I let him drive the BMW most of the way home.
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Which end of New Jersey do you live in?
Actually I live in Delaware, south the the bridge. But the car was located near East Orange.
Vonie
Nice, I haven't seen those wheels before.
They're the standard BMW 17s that come with the Sport package. I may look into some summer wheels/tires, though.
Sage
Heh, it hadn’t even occurred to me that we both got 3’s. :lol: Congrats again on the purchase. 👍

Is the seat comfortable with that front part detached like that?
Thanks! Yes it is. However, it can be retracted as well if it doesn't fit your thighs well.
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Congratulations, Duke! I'm glad you're enjoying the car. I love the color and the subtle spoilers. :) That's my least-favorite E46 taillight design, though. :indiff:

The center console is where they're supposed to be. :P I like them there on my car -- they're easy to find, and you don't have to swap hands on the steering wheel to use them.
I don't mind the taillights, but then I prefer amber turn signals. I see that replacing the tails is a popular appearance item, though.

Yeah, I like the window switches there on the console, too. Plus the front-seat passenger can put the rear windows down as well.

Thanks for the congratualtions, everybody!
 

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Congrats on an awsome new car! You already talked about modding the engine, but any plans for suspension mods?
 

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Blasphemy! The center console is where they're supposed to be. :P I like them there on my car -- they're easy to find, and you don't have to swap hands on the steering wheel to use them.
:lol: You're right. As I've never driven a BMW, I never realized that "swap" until you just mentioned it.

Duke
Actually, I was driving my nephew's 190,000 mile mufflerless Mazda 323 hatch. In return for the favor of him spending his Saturday this way, I let him drive the BMW most of the way home.
Right on. In that case, I guess the drive could've felt a little long. :D
 

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Nice Duke 👍

We get those wheels on 330d's here. But diesels sound like the sucks - straight 6's are much better ;)
 

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:D 👍

Nice going, man. Choice color combo. Choice options. Cool 'no charage' extras. Make sure you see a doctor when the 'permagrin' doesn't come off after a few weeks.


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Nice, if my 323ci had a CD player I would really miss that car right now. But how come the front lip on your car looks so unassuming even though it's got the ZSP on it?

And I too like the window controls in the centre, on the E90 they're on the side armrest which reaches far too forward and slopes down, so a lot of times I open the rear left window when I want to open my own.
 

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But how come the front lip on your car looks so unassuming even though it's got the ZSP on it?

I was wondering the same thing until I recalled the M-Aero II airdam only comes if you order ZSP on a 330i. But he's most definately got ZSP. Check out the three spoke steering wheel and thigh bolsters on the seats.


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Very nice Duke. If I ever had extra money I would love to own one of these some day. 👍
I think I took more pics of the BMW's in GT4 than any other car. Get some pics of the sexy halos for us. :sly:
 

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Sweet. Now you can pretend you're Andy Priaulx. RWD manual - wet trackday fun :D Enjoy!
 

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No more Neons. :(

But a fun to-drive Bimmer, that makes up for it. Truth be told, I've only driven a 3-series once for any considerable distance, but it seemed to be worth all the hype the auto press gives it.
 

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Congrats on an awsome new car! You already talked about modding the engine, but any plans for suspension mods?
I want to take a few weeks/months and find out what suspension tweaks I may want to make, if any. Swaybars are usually a good way to improve the cornering without affecting the ride, so I may start there. The M54 engine is not terribly cost-effective to mod, so I'm going to carefully think about what I do there. The car has a build date of July 2003 which means it has the last revision of the engine management system for this model... no $300 chips to make 10 or 15 extra HP, unfortunately.
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I was wondering the same thing until I recalled the M-Aero II airdam only comes if you order ZSP on a 330i. But he's most definately got ZSP. Check out the three spoke steering wheel and thigh bolsters on the seats.
Hey, I actually logged in this morning to drop you a PM with the good news, and I saw you had found this thread. Thanks again for all your patient and detailed advice. You definitely helped me find the perfect car. I would like to have come home with a 330, but I just coudn't justify the extra money to myself. From what I paid for this I'd have needed to increase the budget substantially - like, by the cash price of my daughter's first car in a few years. It's not a rocket sled, but it has more than enough torque for the daily dirty work. And so far it has all of the indefinable quality of driving feel that I had hoped for.
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Yesterday I picked up a new-to-me 2003 BMW 325i. It's a 23,000 mile CPO car, which means that in a year and a half when the original warranty expires, it gets an additional 2 years or 50,000 miles on the major systems.
Seems to be an excellent purchase, Beemer_Duke.:cool: I’m personally a fan of any of the six cylinder E46 range, and despite modest performance, I’d be inclined to leave the car stock. Savour that refined six for us… :cheers:
 

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Hmm... four cars, two drivers? I'm almost there... just need to get rid of one driver. :lol:

Damn nice car... and a nice find in manual, too!

Just looking at that interior brings tears to my eyes... I like that steering wheel much more than the fat boy in the new 3's. (But that's just me.) :D
 

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Though I admit we have 4 cars for 2 drivers, so i win in the department of redundancy department.

^ Indeed you do :lol:

Congrats on the car Duke - Looks very good.. And the sound of that straight 6 is pure sex !...