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Old 10-04-2015, 06:25 PM   #26
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Great looking car. I've sold my last 3 cars on forums.

In other news, 300 more miles and break in is complete
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:16 PM   #27
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I keep wanting to put my car away for the winter but the weather decided to be really nice again.

On that note, I seem to have uh "lost" one of the aero flaps under the front bumper. Probably stuck in some cone somewhere. I've been trying to figure out how to replace it using RealOEM but I can't find a part for it...

Also, the middle part of the bumper cover is sagging because some bolts seem to not be there. Anyone familiar with what goes on under there? Can I just bolt it back up?

I can post pics if it sounds like I'm just waving my hands and saying random crap.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:32 PM   #28
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:35 PM   #29
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Yeah, looks like it's #18 in that second one:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...60#51757185797

The hardest part was figuring out what to call it... Googling for "E92 rubber aero bit" really didn't work .

Thanks. Now to figure out how to get that saggy bit back up.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:42 PM   #30
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=18

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...4&postcount=20

Looks like I have to replace the whole fender liner. Maybe I'll just do both sides and stop going to autox
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:46 PM   #31
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...4&postcount=20

Looks like I have to replace the whole fender liner. Maybe I'll just do both sides and stop going to autox
In my experience, it's so hard to keep all of those undertray bits in good shape over the life of the car. Might make sense to let it all be, getting weathered a bit rather than try to keep up with it. But that's just me. I replace stuff that's needed when selling, etc. Then again, I daily drive these cars in the city, so any upkeep is generally fruitless.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:41 PM   #32
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For the e92 it's a separate piece, assuming you're still talk about the deflector lip. For the bumper cover post pics of what you're dealing w/ will be helpful, there's really not a whole lot holding it on the car honestly.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:54 PM   #33
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How do you guys feel about e39's?

Just picked this up as my daily.

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:36 PM   #34
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Love mine. It's roughly the size of the current 3 Series but narrower, which I really like. I've had mine for a year and haven't had any problems.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #35
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Love them. There's an orient blu one down the road from me I told the lady owner I will buy if she wanted to ever get rid of it. I saw a nice white 530i the other day and still really want to get one for a DD and keep it well maintained and no real modifications. :sigh: need more garage space
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:47 PM   #36
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I love 'em, just bigger than what I was looking for.

I just met a guy who has two, one s64 swapped, and the other is currently pretty stock but he's planning an s54 swap that I might help him with by modifying the oil pan to clear the crossmember.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:28 PM   #37
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For the e92 it's a separate piece, assuming you're still talk about the deflector lip. For the bumper cover post pics of what you're dealing w/ will be helpful, there's really not a whole lot holding it on the car honestly.
Are you sure? Those posts had a guy talking about fixing up his 335is (coincidentally an autox accident as well) and he ordered the first part but found out later he has to do the whole liner.

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How do you guys feel about e39's?

Just picked this up as my daily.

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The E39 is one of my favorite car designs ever, especially for what it is. So clean, understated, yet doesn't look like a slouch especially in M5 form.

I would love an E39 but I get scared of cars with so many years under their belts.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:17 PM   #38
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Are you sure? Those posts had a guy talking about fixing up his 335is (coincidentally an autox accident as well) and he ordered the first part but found out later he has to do the whole liner.


Hmmm, not sure now realizing you have the 335is and the bumper is different than the base 335i that I have.

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Just checked mine, the little pieces in the parts diagram are indeed a different part from the piece that hangs down from the inner fender. Sorry, when I had to take apart my front end I remember these pieces and though it was one piece.
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:51 PM   #39
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I have this strange urge to sell my 335is and buy a not-mint E46 M3 off Craigslist as strictly a track car... what is wrong with me?





Ok I need to stop browsing Craigslist while I'm waiting for stuff at work

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Old 10-06-2015, 07:01 PM   #40
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I know where a nice e92 M3 is, http://annapolis.craigslist.org/cto/5210919499.html

I'd even drive it to you once the check clears Just pay for meals and hotels


Seriously though, this is a guy from work. Not in a rush to sell it but was supposed to go to Carmax today to get a quote because he's tired of trying to sell it. Really nice car. He doesn't have it advertised anywhere else so could be a reason it's not moving.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:05 PM   #41
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Yeah, the E9X M3s all hitting that magic $30k range has my attention. They're at the point now where you could buy, drive for a year and sell at next to zero loss.

I almost bought one a month back. Quarterly taxes took care of that idea.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:50 PM   #42
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I have this strange urge to sell my 335is and buy a not-mint E46 M3 off Craigslist as strictly a track car... what is wrong with me?
A couple thoughts...

If you daily drive, the 335is is a more comfortable/durable car for sure.

If you're going to be using it as mostly an autox/track/weekend car, the M3 for sure.

All that being said, aren't you heading into med school (or residency) soon?

If so, you're not going to have the time to get to the track too much. And then there's your budget. With anything near regular tracking, you can kiss that goodbye.

You'll go through a grand in tires over a season (two if you go a handful of times), $400-500 in pads every couple of events, a few hundred in cheap rotors every few, a hundred or two in gas each event, etc.

There was a guy on here who raced a Vette in NASA T1 (maybe?) during his training years, but I have no idea how the hell he managed that. Money aside...med school et. al is a huge time commitment.

And then there's upkeep...keeping the M3 is going to require more legwork for sure. Bushings wearing, etc.

OK, I'm done scaring you.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:22 AM   #43
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I needed a DD car when I bought the 335is, then the wagon came along and now the only times I've taken the 335 out is to a track day and some autox events.

But did I really LIVE if I didn't own an E46 M3 at some point? What if I'm laying on my deathbed and that haunts me?? There's so much mythical hype around the E46 that I can't really be sure what is real anymore. What is life?

All I know is I have zero interest in BMWs after the E9X era. I suspect the M2 will have the same feel and steering as the M3.
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Old 10-07-2015, 02:50 AM   #44
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E46 m3 arent that fast or mythical anymore. IMO....

That being said i wouldnt turn one down if it was cheap enough. But there are better track cars and better street cars. Its a do all machine that is getting old.
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E46 m3 arent that fast or mythical anymore. IMO....
I don't think anyone claimed they were. In fact, that's just the point.

The E30/36/46 are simply better driving cars. Worlds more feel, worlds more raw than the current speed appliances. The E46, while not quite as in touch as a 30 or 36, is still pretty damn entertaining in that department, as well as significantly farther along in terms of interior and overall looks in most people's opinions.

Hence, prices continuing to rise on them, every day it seems.

If simply speed was your ultimate goal, no one would trade a 335is on an E46 M3.


Rob1N1...I wouldn't call it "mythical". The E36 is still a better driving car...doesn't have a legendary engine in it. But for an autox/track toy, spending $8k to get into an E36 is hardly a bad idea. Anything more focused (S2k, Miata, BRZ) makes an E46 feel like a Caddy on the track by comparison...keep that in mind.

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Old 10-07-2015, 09:26 AM   #46
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I don't think anyone claimed they were. In fact, that's just the point.

The E30/36/46 are simply better driving cars. Worlds more feel, worlds more raw than the current speed appliances. The E46, while not quite as in touch as a 30 or 36, is still pretty damn entertaining in that department, as well as significantly farther along in terms of interior and overall looks in most people's opinions.

Hence, prices continuing to rise on them, every day it seems.

If simply speed was your ultimate goal, no one would trade a 335is on an E46 M3.


Rob1N1...I wouldn't call it "mythical". The E36 is still a better driving car...doesn't have a legendary engine in it. But for an autox/track toy, spending $8k to get into an E36 is hardly a bad idea. Anything more focused (S2k, Miata, BRZ) makes an E46 feel like a Caddy on the track by comparison...keep that in mind.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:48 AM   #47
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I have this strange urge to sell my 335is and buy a not-mint E46 M3 off Craigslist as strictly a track car... what is wrong with me?





Ok I need to stop browsing Craigslist while I'm waiting for stuff at work
Depends on how far you want to go in my mind.

If you just want to do it for fun, then an E36 M3 is a better choice, heck even an E46 330i would be a good choice given all the SpecE46 stuff you can get for it.

Neither car has an exotic engine but that means less that can go wrong with it and cheaper replacement parts as well. The E36 M3 has alot of good stuff bone stock, the brakes are pretty good, the transmission is stout. LSD stock and the engine can make a good amount of power with the simple bolt-ons/tuning that's already been proven.

The E46 M3 would be my choice if I had more budget though... but you're paying almost twice as much for buying one vs an equal condition E36 M3, and it will require more money to maintain as well as consumables being a bit more expensive. It adds up...
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^^^+1 to all of that...
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I have this strange urge to sell my 335is and buy a not-mint E46 M3 off Craigslist as strictly a track car... what is wrong with me?
DOOO EEEETTTTT!!! Ok I'm a bit biased as I just picked mine up. I can tell you I absolutely love the car and constantly find excuses to go and drive it. My girlfriend just purchased a VW Jetta and gets mad bc I always want to drive when we go out. "Why don't you want to ride in my new car?" Uhhh....because M?
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The E46 M3 is certainly starting to be priced like a mythical car. They're wayyyy overpriced in CA.

Ultimately, if you want a track rat do as everybody else has said and get an E36 M3. Fast with consumables that are far cheaper than the E46 M3 (which is odd because they weight within a couple hundred pounds of each other). If you want a nice car, you already have it. Your 335is is a nicer DD than an E46 M3. It just is.

The E36 is the unloved stepchild of the past several generations, at least in terms of OMG enthusiast valuations. E30s are ridiculous, E46 M3s are getting there as well. An E36 M3 can be found fully track prepped for under $10k. You'll spend twice that on a decent E46 M. The E46 330s are ok and can be had cheap, but they aren't as bulletproof as the E36 and finicky things go wrong (I had two of them). And they have less power and are (slightly) heavier than the E36.

Or...you know...drop $3k and get a decent Miata. You will have the distinct pleasure of earning every pass you make.
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