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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 01-19-2013, 02:11 PM
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Repaint calipers and change discs or replce both? also advice questions.

Hey, so I recently bought a BMW E46.
Apparently I bought it for cheap, 1500 Euros for 2001 year.
Invested 2000 Euros into it to get few parts changed:
cooling system, radiator, rear tires, hoses for radiator, thermostat and head gasket, read coils + filters and standart servicing.

Runs perfect now and clean so I am gonna do few changes such as brake disc change etc..
Apparently my current brake calipers are ugly blue color with scrap yard id writing. They work though - there are no fluid leaks, and brakes work perfect, but I don't like color of them.
Should I change just discs or calipers too? I mean calipers are very expensive as it seems unless you buy a brake kit which is another 1000 euros basically. Should I just change discs and pads and just repaint calipers into red? (same as trim on alloys) Any suggestions?

Also, from previous owner, the front car radiator was bent, it looks like some rock or something solid flew into it on a good speed so it had a nice bent shape. Also I noticed it has no grill on front bumper that would protect from such stuff. What can I do? should I replace whole bumper or is there some kind of grills/bars?

I don't beam the main grill that's on hood just under badge, but the lower part of front bumper. Suggestions?

Current condition of discs and wheel in general:
http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/p...psa24d6309.jpg

Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:33 PM
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Best & cheapest way to upgrade your brakes is to get a 330 brake setup (which is significantly larger than your current setup) from your local wrecking yard. If you`re purchasing new rotors, you don`t need anything fancy like drilled or slotted, etc., plain blanks are more than adequate. You`ll need 17-inch (minimum) wheels to clear the 330 brakes though.

Good luck !

PS: as far as painting your stock calipers, they are so disgustingly dinky that (IMHO) you really don`t want to call attention to them, so red, blue, yellow, etc. is out of the question....basic *black* is the hot setup !
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Best & cheapest way to upgrade your brakes is to get a 330 brake setup (which is significantly larger than your current setup) from your local wrecking yard. If you`re purchasing new rotors, you don`t need anything fancy like drilled or slotted, etc., plain blanks are more than adequate. You`ll need 17-inch (minimum) wheels to clear the 330 brakes though.

Good luck !

PS: as far as painting your stock calipers, they are so disgustingly dinky that (IMHO) you really don`t want to call attention to them, so red, blue, yellow, etc. is out of the question....basic *black* is the hot setup !
My current alloys are 18" so that should be alright I suppose.
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