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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 07-11-2012, 06:09 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
That's better!

First, I really like the colour.

Front turn signal and side markers - go clear or smoked depending on the look you want. If you want a balck trim kind of look, get black kidney grills or Plasti-dip the ones you have (have to remove and take them apart to paint tnem). Gives the car a much up-dated and stealthy/aggressive look.

K &N filters are know to cause problems with the Mass Air Flow sensors on our cars. They gum up the resistor and cause all kinds of operational problems. I would revert back to the OE intake as it has been shown to be as good as it gets. Even the BMW Performance intake ($800) only adds 2-3 HP!!

If you have more $$$, an m-tech or M3 bumper would really dress up the front but to get it painted right, you are looking at a few hunderd bucks.

How muc do you want to spend and what kind of theme are you after?
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:38 PM
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What I'm looking to do is maybe in the near future is get the m-
Tech bumper and I think ill also get clear turn signals and side markers. And my car was running really laggy when I had the OEM intake and I haven't had any problems yet with the k&n intake. But I still have the old intake if I do experience any problems
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:05 PM
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What I'm looking to do is maybe in the near future is get the m-
Tech bumper and I think ill also get clear turn signals and side markers. And my car was running really laggy when I had the OEM intake and I haven't had any problems yet with the k&n intake. But I still have the old intake if I do experience any problems
You're call on the K & N but it's pretty well documented and dyno'd that those after-market filters add nothing to the power and a MAF is an expensive thing to replace.

Just looking a tthat intake... the OE draws air from outside the vehicle (cooler) while that K & N is drawing hot air from the engine compartment. Cooler air is more dense, has more O2 and burns better.

You may or may not get more air through your current system but it's hot air.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:43 AM
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Oh that makes sense. But I guess ill just wait to see how my car likes the intake and if it rejects it then ill switch back to the OEM filter.
Ill look into those clear turn Ans side markers and get some soon
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:32 PM
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Does anyone know how to level xenon lights? Right now mine are angled up to high and are blinding oncoming cars at night. The lights are on my 2003 BMW 325xi. Thanks
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:38 PM
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:18 PM
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Took this one after I washed it. Quality isn't all that great, but you get the idea.

Love those wheels man. I was looking at a set of reps just like those. Are they original M3s??
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:07 PM
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Love those wheels man. I was looking at a set of reps just like those. Are they original M3s??
I have the same. Mine are replicas that I bought from TireRack.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:46 AM
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:46 AM
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Love those wheels man. I was looking at a set of reps just like those. Are they original M3s??
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I have the same. Mine are replicas that I bought from TireRack.
They're replicas. I got them from ModBargains.com.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:02 PM
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:35 PM
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