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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-03-2005, 04:11 PM
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As a new owner of a 2002 325i 5sp, my wife asked me what was the first thing I was going to buy for my car? I didn't have an answer. I tried looking for a performance magazine like for my 928 but no luck. That's how I stumbled upon this wonderful community and it's links. If you can remember that far back, what was your first purchase after the sale?
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:22 PM
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Hmmm... On my 328ci coupe... it was Zymol wax, Aluminum Pedal Kit, Conforti ECIS, UUC TSE-II Exhaust, Shark Injector, Breyton Inspiration 18X8.5 wheels and Michelin PS tires.

On my new 330ci ZHP ... Hmm.... More Zymol, Perhaps a car cover, even though it will be in the garage when I'm not driving it - its dusty here and I have three kids ... and other than that I can't hink of much for this car right away.

There are tons of things you can do, but at the early part of this, I would drive it, then drive it some more, then read alot and research alot, and then decide.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:26 PM
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bentley manual...
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:41 PM
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Hmmm... On my 328ci coupe... it was Zymol wax, Aluminum Pedal Kit, Conforti ECIS, UUC TSE-II Exhaust, Shark Injector, Breyton Inspiration 18X8.5 wheels and Michelin PS tires.

On my new 330ci ZHP ... Hmm.... More Zymol, Perhaps a car cover, even though it will be in the garage when I'm not driving it - its dusty here and I have three kids ... and other than that I can't hink of much for this car right away.

There are tons of things you can do, but at the early part of this, I would drive it, then drive it some more, then read alot and research alot, and then decide.

Hope this helps.
Funny you should give that advice because it's kinda how I answerd my wife,"I'm just gonna enjoy the car and then figure it out." BTW I went to CSU for two years and played football for the Rams.
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Old 08-03-2005, 04:43 PM
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bentley manual...
Hope I don't sound stupid but what's a bentley manual?
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:14 PM
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Hope I don't sound stupid but what's a bentley manual?
It's a service manual for the car.
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:34 PM
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It's a service manual for the car.
You'll learn soon enough if you do your own work.
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Old 08-03-2005, 05:56 PM
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First thing I bought was a clutch stop. Made a world of difference in learning the clutch engagement point and getting used to the car.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:47 PM
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I think the first accessory I bought for my first BMW (in 1980) was an Escort radar detector....it proved to be worth it`s weight in gold.

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Old 08-03-2005, 07:34 PM
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Proably Klasse All-In-One and Klasse Sealant Glaze.

But the best "purchase", even though it doesn't cost anything but time, was membership on this forum.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:27 PM
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As a new owner of a 2002 325i 5sp, my wife asked me what was the first thing I was going to buy for my car? I didn't have an answer. I tried looking for a performance magazine like for my 928 but no luck. That's how I stumbled upon this wonderful community and it's links. If you can remember that far back, what was your first purchase after the sale?
Make sure you have good tires. Its the most important thing you can do to your car. The difference between just-decent and good tires is quite significant.
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:56 PM
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Welcome.
First thing I bought was a clutch stop. Made a world of difference in learning the clutch engagement point and getting used to the car.
They you go, exactly what i was going to post best $2 mod ever!
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Old 08-04-2005, 05:18 AM
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It's a service manual for the car.
Ah Ha! Where is the best place to buy one of the manuals? On Rennlist we have what we call "The Big Three" which are the top providers for Porsche parts and what-nots. As far as the radar goes, I'd like to get a remote type installed. The clutch stop I've never heard of until now, what does it do and is it really worth it? Last but not least, I see for too many 02's with the factory wheels like mine so that will definitly have to be changed as long as its not to 'BLING'. I like understated elegance.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:52 AM
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A short shifter and a set of Michelin Pilot Sports.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:00 AM
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The first thing I bought was a wind deflector followed by the IPod interface which I still need to have installed. The next thing I bought was wax and things I needed to have to keep her nice and clean.
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:08 AM
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As a new owner of a 2002 325i 5sp, my wife asked me what was the first thing I was going to buy for my car? I didn't have an answer. I tried looking for a performance magazine like for my 928 but no luck. That's how I stumbled upon this wonderful community and it's links. If you can remember that far back, what was your first purchase after the sale?
Within two weeks of owning my 330, I installed OEM clear corners for front, side, and rear (Orginal amber lamps looked dreadfull on my Orient Blue), a new OEM aluminum shift knob to match my aluminum interior trim, and a homelink module.

Looking back, I wish I installed my clutch stop and GruppeM intake when I first got the car. Best mods I have ever done.

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Old 08-04-2005, 09:51 AM
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Re the clutch stop. There's this link for a home made one: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76732
You might want to use a 2" bolt and add a nut to use as a jamnut to lock it in place.

Here's another good thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65544

Or you could buy a manufactured unit like this:
Rogue Egnineering Clutch Stop
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:24 AM
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I've made several for myself and for friends. I've found that with a 2" elevator bolt the car will not start (clutch pedal won't go down far enough to engage the safety). A 1.5" elevator bolt, with a furniture pad on the bottom comes out to the perfect length. And yes - it will make the car feel 100% better. Before the stop I had to keep my seat closer to the wheel than I wanted to in order to get the clutch to the floor. Now I have the seat where I want it, and my shifts aren't vague anymore either.

Look it's a 2 dollar modification - what have you got to lose? If you don't like it (and you will!) put the oem one back.


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Re the clutch stop. There's this link for a home made one: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76732
You might want to use a 2" bolt and add a nut to use as a jamnut to lock it in place.

Here's another good thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65544

Or you could buy a manufactured unit like this:
Rogue Egnineering Clutch Stop
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:20 AM
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:41 AM
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BTW, there are plenty of BMW-specific Magazines out there:
Roundel (BMWCCA's monthly), Bimmer, BMWCar, Performance BMW to name a few....
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:53 PM
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Hi Snag,

If you are looking for some cool interior and exterior changes at a descent price (like good products and reasonable prices) you can check out www.bimmian.com . I've been getting products from them for my 318 becuase I'm getting a new car in January but wanted to make my car have some nicer stuff without wasting money.
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