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Old Sat, Mar-30-2019, 05:05:00 PM   #1
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Default SQ13ís Interlagos Blue/Black E46 M3 Journal

I’d been looking for an E46 M3 that would make a good long term car to replace my E36 M3. I really wanted to get into a nice example before they become too expensive. When this car went up for sale, I had to have it. The owner was one of my DE instructors, and I had seen the car previously at some track events. I’m really glad he was willing to hold the car for me while I attempted to sell my E36 to make room bc it would’ve been really hard to find a similar example for a good price.

68k miles
Interlagos Blue
Black leather interior
Competition Package
Cold Weather Package
Premium Package
Xenon headlights
Navigation and HK audio
SMG

Mods/Maintenance:
Lo Jack
VANOS rebuild
aFe intake and Epic tune
RE header back exhaust
PFC DD rotors, PFC pads, BW SS lines, BW brass caliper guides
BW stud kit
Fresh RTABs and RTAB Limiters
CSM subframe reinforcement plates
Powerflex subframe and diff bushings
MCS 2WNR coilovers with a bunch of Vorshlag goodies
Complete cooling system refresh
Motor mounts, trans mounts, giubo, diff and trans fluid
Fresh tires on ZCP wheels

Some extra stuff:
18x9.5 Apex ARC-8s
Brake pads and rotors
A lot of motor oil and three oil filters
Schwaben scanner
Schroth QFP
Sparco Evo
VAC seat mount kit
ZCP suspension
OE intake

My plan is to refresh the car and make it a good weekend car, maybe occasional track use.

Planned work:
Rod bearings if necessary
Valve adjustment and fuel filter (only inspection II items I have no documentation of)
Beisan VANOS lockdown
Spark plugs
Touch up front end, maybe respray front bumper
Paint correction
Install PSS10s
Manual swap bc holy shit SMG is sooo bad
Install OE alarm
Replace rearview mirror with an oval mirror
Maybe replace windshield
OE ZCP rotors
Brake fluid flush
Headlight lenses
Fog lights

Completed work:
Install OE chrome grilles and gills
Replace A pillar covers
Remove aFe intake and install OE intake
Oil change (04/13/2019)
80% Llumar ceramic window tint
Remove El Diablo muffler and install OE muffler
Schroth QFP
Eventuri intake
Misc. interior pieces
New steering wheel and trim
Armrest delete center console



I don’t like how the red and yellow tach lights are. My 2001’s lights are more vivid




First mod: back to OE chrome grilles/gills









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Looks so good! Are you doing the OE manual swap? Or the solid shifter swap?
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Old Sat, Mar-30-2019, 06:40:24 PM   #3
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Looks so good! Are you doing the OE manual swap? Or the solid shifter swap?
OE with E60 shift lever or AS SSK. Iím not a fan of the tall solid mount shifters on the street.
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Old Sun, Mar-31-2019, 04:56:34 PM   #4
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My recommendation would be an AS SSK, I just installed the 25% reduction and it feels absolutely amazing.

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Old Sun, Mar-31-2019, 07:48:16 PM   #5
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Nice! Congrats bud. Can't wait to see this thing.
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Old Sun, Mar-31-2019, 10:02:54 PM   #6
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Beautiful car, you're living my dream with two E46s! Everything you have planned for it are things I would do as well, clearly a man of impeccable taste haha. Also have to say those RE exhaust tips really suit the car...

When I bought my '06 I was only interested in finding one with an oval mirror, changes the look of the interior so much IMO. As long as homelink wasn't optioned they came with oval mirrors through the end of production.
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IB M3's are so good looking, nice find!

Random question, do you know what font the "13" is on your silver car?
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Wow, nice score!
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Old Tue, Apr-02-2019, 04:17:53 AM   #9
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Gave both cars a wash








No more sagging A pillar fabric








PO stocked a lot of oil. I have too many spares right now lol.


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My recommendation would be an AS SSK, I just installed the 25% reduction and it feels absolutely amazing.

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I need to drive a car with AS SSK locally. I was thinking 10-20% reduction; I thought my E60 lever’s throw (~17%) was perfect. I don’t want too much reduction, as that’ll make shifts too notchy and unenjoyable for me.

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Nice! Congrats bud. Can't wait to see this thing.
Thanks! I’m gonna try to be in Austin in 2-3 weeks. We’ll try to link up then.

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Beautiful car, you're living my dream with two E46s! Everything you have planned for it are things I would do as well, clearly a man of impeccable taste haha. Also have to say those RE exhaust tips really suit the car...

When I bought my '06 I was only interested in finding one with an oval mirror, changes the look of the interior so much IMO. As long as homelink wasn't optioned they came with oval mirrors through the end of production.
Thanks lol. Your collection is nice, too. A Cayman would be nice to have, but I think I’d be happiest with an E46. The (dual walled?) exhaust tips are interesting, as I’m used to the look of the SS Race tips. The exhaust drones way too much though, so I will likely replace it with SS Sport or Race. That’ll depend on whether or not I get a CSL intake.

I was actually using your journal as inspiration. And your photoshoot helped me decide that I was making the right choice in buying an IB car. Red is my favorite interior, so I’m very jealous of that..maybe someday I’ll swap to red.

The mirror thing is interesting. Mine doesn’t have homelink or the red LED for alarm, it only has an SOS button. I’ll definitely be on the hunt for an oval mirror (or use the silver cars mirror ).

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IB M3's are so good looking, nice find!

Random question, do you know what font the "13" is on your silver car?
It’s the Sunset font by Black Flag Decals.
https://blackflagdecals.com

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The mirror thing is interesting. Mine doesn’t have homelink or the red LED for alarm, it only has an SOS button. I’ll definitely be on the hunt for an oval mirror (or use the silver cars mirror ).
Interesting, maybe it's not related to homelink - could be tied to NAV, as I notice your car has the sharkfin. Either way, glad you will be putting in an oval one

IB really is a fantastic color, especially when the sun hits it and the metallic flake comes out.
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