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  1. Most of the shark fin aerials where for car phone kits . I don’t think they cover fm frequency’s. I did however reuse mine as a Bluetooth aerial when I removed my jap phone cradle and retrofit a ULF for handsfree and voice commands. the old analogue tv aerials which sit between the body and rear bumper may work be an option . I’d connect it to the rear radio antenna behind the lh c pillar trim. It needs to be powered via 12 volts to its white wire. fm antenna is normally built into rear window btw
  2. USA retail price is also low. The 1M was retailing for the same amount as I paid for an 8 year old e46 m3 at the time. Couldn’t believe the base spec was $43k USD which was about $50k NZ at the time. 1M retail was $100k nzd but slightly higher spec Drove the M3 today outside of normal commute mode😀. If people have the means you’ve got to own one at some stage in your life. Bucket list car
  3. SMG / CSL parts bin are a plus for me. The red interior seems to be a common UK thing . It’s going to be more collectable than standard models. Biggest expense on these is worthy tyres in my experience.. People worry about bearings / smg pumps , subframes , vanos , biff bolts , cam bolts , steering hoses , coil packs , gear position servos , head gasket , alternator replacements etc. With mine it’s done 160,000 and I’ve driven 115,000 of them.over past 7 years. biggest expenses... $9k on rubber. Or $25k on gas. , $21k on parking , and $1200 per year in dealer serving and parts. I think some times we focus on the maintenance costs on e46 M3s where as the costs are elsewhere. $30k for the cs seems like good value for a car that is a joy to drive.
  4. The e46 has a built in alarm and immobiliser but many either didn't have the wiring or the sensors. If your e46 has the alarm wiring then id be more inclined to get the siren / ultrasound sensor and appropriate headlining cover / tilt switch / bonnet switch and add them yourself. Then its just a simple code option via a dealer or BMW specialist. The original retrofit with wiring loom is no longer available , but you get the alarm components from eBay or ecs tuning Eg https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-325Ci-330Ci-328Ci-323Ci-328i-325i-330-M3-Siren-Alarm-Kit-Set-/282815365033 Instructions attached alarm.pdf
  5. Think it would be quite a process and from what I’ve been reading with my own car project ( 63 mini race car without vin) there are quite a few stages) from memory if 60 percent of the original 2002 is present then its modification . The key would be use a car that’ can be proved to have been registered and on the road. Using s 2002 would mean some of the impact and airbag rules might not apply. if it’s beyond 60% then your building a low volume scratch built car which in some ways is a easier Cert process. However, the rules around almost every aspect of the modifications apply. i thing the key to the project would be around any welding carried out to be done by a certified welder with careful consideration as to how the body / chassis/ suspension came together. A low volume Certifier would be required every step along the way. The key to the project is making sure that you can get a vin or re-entry vin line of sight sorted. Otherwise you may build it and find you can’t re vin the vehicle ( I’m stuck at this stage with trying to returning a old race car with no vin onto the road) Id probably start with posting a how would I go about this and get the lower volume car constructor manual for the current regulations. Would be a cool project https://m.facebook.com/LVVTA/
  6. Thanks for the give a little links. Condolences to family and friends. Just heartbreaking !
  7. Can’t quite see but do the early din speaker connectors look like a match https://www.jaycar.co.nz/2-pin-din-plug/p/PP0300
  8. Thats the reality and people talk themselves out of owning great cars Still loving my factory standard m3 with smg 7 years on and 120,000 kms .... and it’s a early 2002 model 😀
  9. Wife’s new car had a $400 version done from the dealer. Even at that low price I find her suv quicker to clean than my m3. Paint comes up great with a simple wash and towel. 1 year on still please with the results
  10. Great project, looking forward to more posts
  11. Thought I’d cooked a subwoofer. Turned out to a screw working loose on the badge causing a voice coil gone type rattle
  12. I think he’ll only part with it if he finds a 850csi that he’s after ( or gets another Volvo 😀)
  13. I think if anything unless well hidden a change of system may devalue a E39 M5. Bavsound could be worth considering. Quite well thought out drop in speakers and amp option. https://www.bavsound.com/
  14. I park near the blue on from time to time. Looks and sounds nice. Tyres are stretched a bit. Pitty the black in wasn’t SMG. Otherwise would take a closer look. Wouldn’t go back to manual now.
  15. It’s basically an amp and speaker (10) plus sub replacement to take it to the next level. On the bm53/54 The difference between the balanced outputs and converting it unbalanced is noticeable for CD listening but hard to tell on radio. I found from a sound quality POV it brought it up to a mid range car CD player. i did evolve the system in my e46 over a few years in pursuit of audio goodness. But also set a budget of 3k for speakers/ sub / amps / Dsp sounds I didn’t get carried away. Basically it has a entry home hifi sound and is still largely controlled via factory the board monitor. if you want some lite reading I have a build thread on here . It should hopefully give you an idea of what is needed to uplift a e39/e46 system.
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