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  1. Having owned this wagon nearly eleven years (purchased 28 Mar 2012) and mentioned it several times over the years on this forum, "why not start a showroom thread" I wondered aloud yesterday - so here we are. A potted history I wanted another BMW, having sold my e30 325i Touring back in '01. Needed a replacement for our family car (A32 Maxima) and fancied an e39 Touring e39 eliminated as Mrs Olaf thought them ugly e46 fitted the bill, though in 2012 330i tourings were very rarely sold, and 325i's were generally ~$15-20k from dealers. e91 6 cyl were still over $20k and beyond my budget. This one had dropped from ~$16k to the $12k range. 112k kms, fresh import from Japan, good order, best colour - Orientblau metallic. Got it inspected, flew to Auckland and bought it. Drove it to Wellington, it broke down the next day (fuel gauge issue later sorted with replacement pump). Remedial maintenance sorted by BMW Specialist in Welly. Did an Easter Tour to Auckland and back laden with family and it performed flawlessly We've had lots of fun with it over the years and done a shedload of maintenance on it. Here it is about a fortnight after we bought it, after I'd spent time on full body detail. More later.
  2. After being out of the car scene for some time, I've decided to throw my hat back in the ring and create something fun to build and ultimately fun to drive. A user friendly budget would be a bonus but we'll see how that one pans out !! This will just be a fun street car so the aim is to have a mix of comfort, performance and looks. The car: A NZ new 2000 BMW 318Ci with 4 speed auto. Quite tidy generally with only a handful of the expected BMW "things that don't work no more" to resolve at a later date. Being under powered will hopefully mean no cracking around the subframe and minimal hard driving time etc on the body. The engine: A Nissan VQ37VHR from a 2009 Skyline 370GT automatic. 125k on it give or take so hopefully plenty of life left in it. Factory spec at 243kW which should be a solid upgrade over the cars stock 77 !! No plans for anything engine wise at the moment, must get mobile and legal first. Progress so far: The car is sitting with front end off, engine and driveline are out, rear interior and fuel tank etc removed. Have cleaned the underside to a reasonable standard and have welded in the CMP RACP reinforcement kit. Have cleaned and painted the 330 rear end components ready for reinstallation along with installing Powerflex bushes in most locations. Have created a rig to fire up and run the VQ37 on the ground which was a success and a lot of fun ... had the Nissan anti-theft (NATS) removed via UpRev and an ARC license installed at the same time. This was to validate that I can run the motor prior to install and working out the wiring later on when its more difficult. You can check the video here: Next Steps: REALLY keen to get the rear end back together so something is finished !! Will need to complete the welding in of the RACP to frame rails in the boot before the LVV certifier comes to check out my work. Once that's done I can get ready to stitch weld some other trouble areas then underseal and paint it all real pretty before installing the backend. Once the back end is together and looking slick I can finally turn attention to the pointy end and see if the engine is going to play nice. There will be a lot of work involved and a few options to investigate ... current thinking is it will be a custom oil pan and cross member at least. Steering rack may also be an issue. Some Pics To This Point:
  3. This will serve as a diary of my love-hate relationship with this wonderful menace of a machine. Have a whole heap of catching up to do with all that's gone on since I took ownership, and a whole heap more coming up on the horizon. Will be jumping into the full documentation shortly. But for now... looks tasty from afar, don't it?
  4. adro

    E46 330i Touring

    E39 out, E46 in. Transported it up from Arrowtown last week, picked it up this week. 211,000km NZ New 2 previous owners. Last owner had it for 12 years/173,000km Known faults were the remote keys don't work and it has a vacuum leak under the intake manifold as diagnosed by an indy shop in Arrowtown. A few bits of service history but nothing significant. Fresh off the trailer: After talking to experts (forum members) I've started what looks to be a bit of a maintenance mission. Started with the PCV. It was dated as 2002 so original and very brittle. The oil return line disintegrated in half as I pulled out the dipstick tube. I left the manifold on in a bid to have a driveable car to pick my daughter up from day care in and in my haste I forgot to plug in a few things. Idle was smooth but it was real jerky and had a big dip in the throttle when you initially got on the gas. Scanned it and it came up with cam position sensor fault. So out came the airbox and it turned out I had forgotten to plug in the cam position sensor, alternator and something else...whoops...anyway, seems to be running alot better now. Revs are constant and it's not throwing misfire or rich codes. Did the classic air filter, cabin filter and oil + filter too. It's pretty oily down here... Pretty dusty up here.. ewwwww New stuff I went with 5W-40 just because I had 1.5L left over from the 540 so figured I might as well use it up. New Roundel. I got a cheap one off trademe last time and it wore really fast so went all in on the dealership one this time. Changed the plates over too. DQZ346 lives on. Things to do: - coolant system overhaul - vanos valve cover gasket oil filter housing gasket - New Disa valve (rebuilt) - Tints & chrome delete around the windows - Motor mounts - Get the remote locking working - Trans oil and filter Things I would like to do: - Tyres - Suspension Eibach prokit, Bilstein B4 shocks front and Sachs m sport rears - Xenons + black corner lights - Bluetooth hands free - Bavsound upgraded speakers Feel free to add to this never ending list ?
  5. Giving in to peer pressure @Olaf and @adro and sharing 'the journey'... although nowhere near as hands on as the latter or as fastidious as the former! Car 1 is a 2001 E53 V8 Sport Package in Stahlgrau Car 2 is a 2005 E60 M5 in Silverstone II
  6. Vass

    E46 Bits & Bobs

    Have various bits collected over the years that someone might find more use for. I've kept most as spares but don't mind clearing a bit of space either. Shoot a message for whatever you need. Would prefer local pickup (Halswell, Christchurch) but happy to post if I manage to find suitable packaging. More photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yt7zfmkdrysih7x/AAB_g7gtd1TopykigBSSmjgDa?dl=0 AUX adapter cable - $10 (Check if your headunit is compatible - https://e46radio.com/e46-radio-cd-tape-md-aux/) Brake booster - $50 ABS unit - $100 Front bumper foglights - $20 Came off a non-msport facelift sedan, not sure what other models they'll fit. Radiator top hose - $10 Dated 2017. Centre console compartment for HVAC unit - $20 Suits a double-din setup, holds an HVAC unit snug as opposed to a sunglass compartment. Bottom clips broken but should still sit securely against the gearshift surround. HVAC unit - $20 LCM - $40 Auto trans thermostat (unused) - $30 Final stage resistor - $20 Clock spring - $50 Blower motor - $50 Wiper linkage & motor - $100 Space saver spare wheel - $20 Air vents, switches, bumper shocks/mounts, hood & boot struts - $5 a pop
  7. Hello everyone, hope all is well. I'm currently in the works of replacing the bushings on my E46 chassis and have found that the rear trailing arm bushings have shot at 180,000kms. Two are to be replaced which is not too hard but the tool required isn't common so I was wondering if anyone on the forum would know any shops in Auckland that would have this particular tool for hire? Purchasing a $150 tool (80 + shipping from UK/EU) for a one-off job seems a bit overkill. Any knowledge in regards to this would be greatly appreciated, Thank you so much!
  8. This is a used imported part that I got into the country from England . It’s now not needed as the technician made a mistake in his advice as to what was needed . This part is the correct part for my yr 2000 E46 330ci cabriolet. You can check if it will fit yours by referencing the part numbers in the pic . The key number for my car was that number that ran as 358 375 444 …. I fitted the part and scanned it . It has no embedded faults and also reported ( correctly) what my fault was . ( a solenoid) Heads up …. These ecu are actually fairly reliable, if you have a roof fault it’s likely something else playing up . Having told you that . It’s still worth buying as a spare , cause you won’t get another anytime soon if you do need one . I know this as real world experience The trademe price is 200 dollars If you are interested , contact me , or make an offer from your phone in the mobile TM application . cheers les
  9. Thought I'd share today's arrival, very exciting times! Karbonius CSL Air intake - Box, Snorkel. Have decided to go with carbon fiber trumpets over OEM plastic trumpets. Carbon Fiber M3 GTR Style Vented Bonnet. Muffler (already on my car): https://www.agency-power.com/shop/titanium-muffler-exhaust-bmw-m3-e46/ My M3: http://bimmersport.co.nz/topic/59830-new-forum-member-on-the-north-shore-e46-m3/
  10. I have a modified TV module with a digital tuner card installed for sale. see: Webpage. Plug and play, no changes required. Just swap out your obsolete module and get TV again.. $150
  11. Well I bought a set of BBS RK500's a few months ago and have been restoring them since. I snapped one bolt when reassembling them so took it to the local wheel repair shop and they managed to crack the barrel in several places and swear it wasn't them who damaged the wheel, ignoring my proof of the barrel without cracks before I dropped them off. So unfortunately I'm on the hunt for just one 17x8 ET38 BBS RK500 Barrel. It's a long shot but I've spent way to much on these wheels to give up now. Wiling to travel across NZ
  12. So recently I've had a load of issues with my e46 320i. It's at the point where I think the engine is reaching the end of its days or at the very least less and less worth it to repair I had a misfire, changed all the plugs and coils seemed OK then misfire again its at around 240k miles. Haven't taken it in again as I don't know what it is now. I was planning on a m54b30 swap but don't know if its worth it anymore. There's a few cosmetic and other things that are needed to. The big thing is I really want to keep the hellrot color one of the big reasons I got it. Odds of finding a 330i hellrot with a sunroof are pretty low. Although I just started looking. Posting here just to get some advice, should I try to swap and fix her up or cut my losses. I can admit I'm overly sentimental about it. Anyone had a similar situation or any advice would be appreciated.
  13. Hi Team So i'm a new member myself and thought i'd kill two birds with one stone and introduce myself. Names Richard and i'm here to share my journey with my dream car build. Yes you read it right i am going to drop a v12 into the best shape ( my opinion ) bmw ever made. So i had purchased the v12 motor and auto box off trade me late 2015. Have also managed to find a rare 6 speed box that come out of the 850csi bmw that i had to get shipped from Britain. Treated myself to a nice New Zealand new 2000 manual 232i for my birthday earlier this year. Very nice looking with the factory 18inch mags and msport half leather seats and factory spoiler kit too. So here the build begins. over the 3day weekend i disassembled the engine to start cleaning parts for the rebuild. Had already took the heads off and sent to an engineering place to price up getting some custom cams and an ITB set up made. I also have a full new gasket set, head bolts and piston rings that will be replacing all the old stuff, a custom dry sump set up from the states as the oil pan had to be modified to fit the factory cross member. Here are a few picture of the motor in bits. feel free to pass on feed back or any advice team happy to share this build with you guys.
  14. on the hunt for a reasonably tidy somewhat low Ks e46 330i sedan or wagon, preferably wagon. will pay a premium for factory manual and low ks however unlikely, converted manual is ok as long as ZF and certified not in a rush to buy and happy to wait for the right car Big plus if under 130,000 kms, dark interior, all the problematic maintenance records eg. rear subframe reinforced, gaskets, control arms ect. Could go upto $15-20k depending.
  15. I have an E28 with an M54B30 in it (and manual box) from an E46/E34 (box). Its great. As its a custom job I had to make up my own intake. I made an inverted cone (venturi, vortex) style intake. I later found there is an aftermarket company making a commercial version for a couple of grand a pop. Photos of my design below. I also designed a new ducted heatlight cover (from back of E28 headlights straight to intake). Been running it for over a year now, hot and cold weather, no issues. I made it from carbon fiber infused PETG though I might switch to Polycarbonate (which is a bitch to print but is even tougher as a material). It goes well and sounds loud. Too loud for my liking. So Id love to make a "version" of the mythical and sadly now NLA BMW Performance Intake for the E46. This one: https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-bmw-parts/bmw-performance-air-intake-no-longer-available/13720429613/ Its dyno tested as delivering the top performance for all intake replacements. Not sure how or why its so good as Ive never seen it in person. Short of borrowing one from someone for measurements in person (any in NZ??), I'd need photos of every part of it, measurements or some sort of scale. Anyone up for saving this part of E46 history before its gone gone?
  16. I have doubts about the swap when the electrical wiring, does anyone know if I have a DME from the 1.8 wiring if it is compatible for the new m54 engine, I had an accident with my e46 330ci and it was declared a total loss and I have a complete car to do a swap which I want to do on my z3. If someone could help me I appreciate it, thanks
  17. Hey All. First time BMW owner in the Bay of Plenty, call me whatever you want tbh haha. Thought since i'd like to keep my euro 1999 e46 m54 silbersaloon around a while. These cars do funny things, lastnight the radiator bleeder screw decided to break with 2/3rds of it still in the hose to go along with the self-lubricating cassis and leaky radiator, eh the expansion tanks holding strong lol. Ive been lurking as a visitor since July 2022 cant look from the outside in forever though. So, it's nice to be amongst knowledgeable folks :)
  18. E46 M3 Coupe Interior bits. Rear seats, front & rear door cards & silver trim all in great condition. Not sure what to value these bits at bought as a set but only needed the front seats, everything else is surplus.. Not sure what to value this at but message me what you’re after - 0275253050 Will potentially ship if buyer pays shipping but would prefer pick up in Rangiora. Sorry front seats aren’t available.
  19. www.euroitalianparts.com Euro-Italian Car Parts NZ Ltd stock a large range of BMW and Fiat Service parts, supplying both the wholesale and retail trade throughout New Zealand. We import only quality OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) parts from Europe and the USA, and all the parts we sell are guaranteed. For over 30 years, the company now known as "Euro Italian Car Parts NZ Ltd" has served the greater Auckland and NZ region with an impressive selection of original and high quality auto supplies that are made to last. Specialists in BMW parts, Euro Italian has supplied parts from older E21, E28, E30 to E46 BMWs...and beyond as well as Fiat/Alfa Spares from older 850s, 125s, 127s, Alfa 33s etc. to modern ranges, and also VW/Audi and Mercedes Benz. We also specialise in E30 BMW parts. Newly-appointed general manager, Rodney Lingham, has had over 30 years experience with classic, European and British cars, and is bringing a fresh, new look to Euro Italian's decades of excellence! As a result of his experience, under his tutelage, Euro Italian has re-branded and seeks to help both the home-enthusiast and also wholesalers and other trade customers with their queries! We now ship Nationwide across New Zealand , from Northland to Southland, and have a range of local, hard-to-find and International suppliers. Mention Bimmersport when you visit Euro-Italian and receive a 15% discount on in-store stock lines. Opening Hours 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday By appointment (Saturday) Ph: +64 9 444 9817 After hours / WhatsApp: +64 27 446 6547 Email: parts@euroitalian.co.nz Website: www.euroitalianparts.com Address 15 C Saturn Place (off Paul Matthews Rd) North Harbour Albany Auckland See our video, below: For all your BMW parts needs.mp4
  20. Hi there Just want to know which engine oil for E46 M3 is good performance? As i just read user manual said Castrol only is that true or any better brand? Cheers
  21. I'm looking for a run about, just to do trips to school , local shops etc. Basically the hard start stop, short distance stuff that an S85 engine does not care for. I was thinking something like this : https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/320i/listing/3211440747?bof=xYyQq5jp Currently listed at $4,250 ONO - Thoughts or other options please. Thanks.
  22. Hello there, Would like to know for the E46 M3 with SMG II gearbox parking issue. Is that like full manual gear box parking procedure if downhill user reserve gear. If uphill use first gear to parking the car? Or all parking use N is fine for SMG II gear box Thanks
  23. Hello there, I would like to know which work shop is recommend maintenance E46 M3 in Auckland My car may need to reinforcements the subframe. Cheers
  24. Hey everyone! Been lurking in the shadows looking at the wealth of information here! Only now deciding to actually make an account. Got a 318i vert factory manual about a year ago and looking to give it a good refresh and pretty soon swap in a m54b25 out of a donor car (lapsed rego 2002 325i) into it! Just done a front bushing refresh (tie rods, controll arms, swaybar end links), cooling system replacement and also just finished off an airbag light diagnosis, a deep dive that was. Stoked to be a part of the community, and starting to really love these cars. Would also love an E39 540 wagon, my absolute dream. Photos of my very and the donor car. P.s.any guidance for the engine swap would be welcomed
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