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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 06-05-2012, 08:59 AM
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I love your car , best colour for a bmw
Thank you! I wanted Steel Grey, but it was discontinued by 2005, so I went with Sparkling Graphite - an e90 color that was only available on e46 coupes. I thought it was rare, but then I see my car's sister in my tiny little mountain town.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:57 PM
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Thank you! I wanted Steel Grey, but it was discontinued by 2005, so I went with Sparkling Graphite - an e90 color that was only available on e46 coupes. I thought it was rare, but then I see my car's sister in my tiny little mountain town.
The first face lifted 330Ci I saw was at the SF Auto Show and it was sparkling graphite. I think that was the color used in the model brochures too (as topaz blue was for the 2001+ pre-face lifted coupe brochure). While the majority of these cars are silver or black, SG is probably not so rare..
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:41 PM
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:59 AM
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The first face lifted 330Ci I saw was at the SF Auto Show and it was sparkling graphite. I think that was the color used in the model brochures too (as topaz blue was for the 2001+ pre-face lifted coupe brochure). While the majority of these cars are silver or black, SG is probably not so rare..
Rare or not it's a beautiful colour.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:09 PM
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:47 PM
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**** dude not so little toy you got in there chief.
You must be rich. That car would be to high class for a bum like me. Lol!
Sick dough!
What kind of engine you got in there?
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:10 PM
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**** dude not so little toy you got in there chief.
You must be rich. That car would be to high class for a bum like me. Lol!
Sick dough!
What kind of engine you got in there?
If you are talking to me Thanks but no , im not rich hehehe and the engine is a 2.5 but this model is XI which means 4 wheel drive.. Runs clean and i will later upload more pics.. but i consider my car pretty clean... i like the bmw looks.. i dont want to change that.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:48 AM
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:38 PM
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:36 PM
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Ah, the iT! Most underappreciated BMW of all! Fortunately also the most stealthy! We love our 2003 Oxford Green/Grau version.
Would you explain ur comment please?
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:02 AM
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Would you explain ur comment please?

He prob. said that b/c not too many people own/purchase the station wagon model. Thus, making it rarer/less common to other 3 series sedans on the road. Some may even dislike the wagons because it loses its "sporty" look. When he means "stealthier", I think he's referring to wagons that are sleepers. Some ppl do ZHP conversions on their e46's wagons and I know a few people who swapped their e39iT 528/540 motors for a e39 M5 engine

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:05 AM
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He prob. said that b/c not too many people own/purchase a station wagon model. Thus, making it rarer/less common to other 3 series sedans on the road. Some may even dislike the wagons because it loses its "sporty" look. When he means "stealthier", I think he's referring to wagons that are sleepers. Some ppl do ZHP conversions on their e46's and I know a few people who swapped their e39 528/540 motors for a e30 M5 engine
Oh, now i got it, Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:13 AM
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:31 AM
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:19 PM
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:51 AM
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:24 PM
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Make sure to put the correct kind of oil otherwise you might suffer internal engine damage like crankshaft bearing wear and excessive oil consumption from oil pump valves believe it or not the lubrication system can turn your car into a junkyard so be careful. PEACE!
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:23 PM
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Need suggestions for upgrades to improve look and speed. Any ideas? My bimmer is a 2003 325xi
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Need suggestions for upgrades to improve look and speed. Any ideas? My bimmer is a 2003 325xi
Take some daytime pics and we'll at eleast know what the car looks like. That's a good first step in suggesting cosmetic improvements.

As for power...there are tons of threads on that topic. IN a nutshell, short of supercharging the engine at a cost of $5-$7K you can only get minor power increases and they will cost big bucks.

If you chipped it, added headers, put a performance intake...you might squeak out 10-15 hp tops.

Lots of guys change the rear differential to get more out of the existing HP but I'm not sure that would apply to a x-drive.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:31 PM
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Right now all I have is subs, angel eyes( that I want to replace for brighter ones), and a k&n intake
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