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    The $6,000 335i project

    Yes, that's correct. I paid $6,000 for my 335i. My dad and I had been looking for a project car for the last year or so, but didn't really know what we wanted or what we were capable of fixing. We wanted something that we could buy fairly cheaply, have some fun with for a while, and sell to make a profit when we were done. We never buy cars locally, so we had been looking on eBay, craigslist, etc. all around the country and never found the car that seemed "just right,"...until we found this. There's a body shop about 5 miles from my house that we've done business with before, and I had noticed this 335i out behind the shop for a few months. One day I decided I would stop in and ask about it, and when I did I realized there was a for sale sign on it. I talked to the owner of the shop and he told me he had just put the sign on it, not even an hour before and I was the first person who had stopped by. I came to find out that it's a clean title, one owner 2007 335i with 125k miles and Dinan stage 2 software. I was blown away at how clean the car was both inside and out. It literally looked like it had been wrecked on the way home from a detail shop. It was owned by an older asian man who had rear ended someone after canceling his full-coverage. He wasn't happy with the quote he received so he decided to sell the car as-is and buy an f30. I came back the next day with cash, and thus began my $6,000 335i project. Right off the bat I knew it would need a headlight, hood, fender, bumper, and radiator. After taking everything apart I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was missing very few odds and ends, and I would need less "miscellaneous" parts than I was anticipating. A few clicks online and all the parts were on the way. It took a little bit to get started because of my dad's work and my school, but over the next few weeks we began to make some progress. With each new step I became more and more excited to get it finished, and about a week ago, I couldn't stand it any longer so I worked through a good bit of the night with a few friends and got it done. All in all, I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! It's truly an amazing car and I can't help but smile every time I look at the pictures of the process. I also contacted the owner of the car and found out that the HPFP recall has been done, both wastegate actuators are new, one turbo was replaced at 80k miles, injectors and coils are new, along with a few other little bits. I've never owned an n54 before but so far the car is rock solid and runs like a champ!

    Here's the pics of our progress:
    When I first stopped in to ask about her
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    The next day when we got her home
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    The damage
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    Changing the radiator was a huge pain
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    Just had to take her out for a drive, couldn't help myself
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    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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    Finally starting to come together!
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    Find of the day: $150 OEM bi-xenon headlight!
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    Got back from paint!
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    The best feeling it the world. She's done!
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    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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    Wow great story, find and car. Love the color. Can't wait to see more.


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    That's awesome. So you'll be selling it for a profit? How much do you figure you'll get for it?
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    Added by me: OEM Alarm, OEM heated seats, OEM aux kit, OEM Bluetooth, intravee, M3 strut brace, BMW Performance Intake, Nappa leather arm rest, updated LCM (triple blink, euro hazards, trifecta lighting, 3 stage brakes), temp gauge

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    How she looks today

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    Very first drive after completion

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    Thanks for reading
    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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    Thanks! It was a blast working on it and I figure I'll keep it for a while. I haven't posted it for sale or made any talk of it and I've already been offered $13k for it, so I'll probably keep it until the summer or so and sell it to my buddy who offered to buy it. The torque is unbelievable, it's pretty addicting
    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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    Well done, man ! How much did you spend on parts and paint ? Please PM if you prefer. Sounds like you covered the labor with some help (dad and friends).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    Well done, man ! How much did you spend on parts and paint ? Please PM if you prefer. Sounds like you covered the labor with some help (dad and friends).
    PM'd!
    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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    Nice work! That's a great turn around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornung418 View Post
    Nice work! That's a great turn around.

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    Thank you sir! I remember reading your thread a while back. Props to you as well!
    2003 330i ZHP 6mt | vf Engineering Supercharger | Aquamist HFS-3 | Custom 2.5" Single Exhaust | ST Coilovers | Umnitza BBS LM reps - 18x9/18x8 | Depo Projectors | Eagle Eye LED Tails | Khoalty Clear Corners & Side Markers | PowerFlex FCABs | Cooling System Overhaul | Beisan Vanos Seals | Dynavin D99 | Llumar metallic 15% tint |

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