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Thread: KendrickC's Australian 325i Individual Thread

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    KendrickC's Australian 325i Individual Thread

    Not a ZHP I know... but one day it'll have an S54, M3 rear end, and a manual gearbox (most likely will be done in a reverse order).

    VIN: FX62381. Munich built sedan. Completed on the 17th April 2003. I am the fourth owner of the vehicle. Originally purchased by a chap in Brisbane, then by a chap on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, then by this poor example of owner bloke in the next neighbourhood over from me, and finally myself.

    Options list:
    - EU2 Exhaust Emissons Standard
    - RHD
    - Automatic
    - Sport Suspension Settings (S226A)
    - M-Sport Steering Wheel
    - Factory model number delete
    - M-Sport 2
    - Climate Comfort laminated glass
    - Climate Comfort windscreen
    - Sunroof

    The important Individual stuff:
    - Colour - Estoril Blue Metallic
    - Upholstery - Seat side sections, headrests, arm rests (rear), and door trim inserts are Alcantara. Rear seat is suede. Rest of car is Montana Black
    - Original steering wheel was bi-colour (top/bottom beige, left/right black) with beige stitching.

    Maintenance List (Either OE or OEM parts unless otherwise stated):
    - Sparks, valve cover gasket, new tyres (Achilles ATR Sport 2)
    - Ignition Coil #2 replaced
    - Oil filter housing gasket
    - Mechanical Fan replaced with manual transmission electric fan
    - Cooling System Overhaul (Motul Inugel Ultra coolant)
    - MAF replaced
    - Brake Overhaul
    - DISA Rebuilt
    - Pulleys and belts overhauled
    - Driver regulator
    - Front suspension overhauled (bar struts/springs)
    - Intake boots replaced
    - CCV overhaul
    - Transmission serviced
    - VANOS rebuilt (Beisan)
    - Oil pressure switch replaced
    - Intake camshaft position sensor replaced
    - Oil level sensor replaced
    - M3 engine mounts and oil pan gasket replaced
    - Rebuilt rear calipers (new seals and new bleeder valves)
    - Fuel pump replaced

    Modification List:
    - Umnitza Orion V4 angel eyes
    - Eagle Eyes LED tailights (dead/sold)
    - OEM M3 strut brace (sold)
    - ECS Tuning CF strut brace (sold)
    - Eonon GM5150
    - Ultra-Gauge (WOLFN8TR's thread convinced me!)
    - Brushed aluminium/aluminum sedan interior trim
    - Projector retrofit (Morimoto Mini H1 with 5500k bulbs)
    - Turner Motorsport 27mm front sway bar
    - ECS Tuning Billet aluminium dipstick, oil filter cap, and WP pulley
    - ECS Tuning magnetic drain plug
    - Stud conversion (ECS/Mishimoto)
    - Remus muffler
    - M3 steering wheel w/ Tri-Stitch
    - BMW Performance handbrake handle
    - BMW Performance CF strut brace
    - Muteki 20mm open ended lug nuts
    - BMW Performance intake
    - Catch can (Radium Engineering)
    - Genuine BMW Style 403 F: 19"x8" R: 19"x8.5" -> back to Mishimoto lug nuts

    Future Plans:
    - Coilovers (Hakon/Ground Control)
    - Enkei RPF1 18"x8.5 ET40 square or APEX ARC-8 18x8 ET40 (See above for current)
    - Big Brake Kit (Wilwood AERO6 or if I can afford it... AP Racing Monoblocs)
    - Manual Swap (looking for an S5D-320Z ideally, but open to others!)
    - M3 rear end inc. LSD
    - Subframe reinforcement (Vince Bar + Plates if they're still in production when I get around to it
    - S54B32
    Last edited by KendrickC; 12-29-2016 at 02:45 AM.

    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    As she stood originally:
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    What a lovely ///M badge. It was removed pretty quickly.

    Small interior pic:



    First drive with a mate of mine. Friendly neighbourhood Holden Commodore SV6. More common than dirt here
    Last edited by KendrickC; 10-06-2016 at 05:51 PM.

    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    Earliest picture in modification/maintenance history that I could find. Didn't really know how to take photos back then so apologies for poor white balancing/exposure etc.

    Electric fan conversion pics:


    Angel eyes and what not:


    Provo plates and angel eyes. What a combo. I quite like the amber bulbs in the clear corners.


    Gotta be that obnoxious guy.


    Original muffler with aftermarket tips (PO's stuff)


    CF rear diffuser. Note extremely poor fitment. This was fixed later on by a lot of silicone adhesive, time, and frustration/swearing


    Better shot of the angel eyes


    Eagle Eyes LED tails. They looked pretty good from the outside, but when they're on, it just doesn't match facelift sedans since you have the inner trunk lights always on. Not to mention the messed up shape (not symmetrical)

    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    Brakes, pulleys, belts, oil, sedan interior trim:





    Managed to convince a mate of mine to pick one up! He was about to sell it this month... but saw a reflection of his car when driving and he remembered why he's hooked :P I'm almost infectious.


    Eonon GM5150 insatlled:


    ECS Tuning CF strut brace:


    New shoes for a while (Style 32's in E46 factory 18" fitment). Didn't like the ride on them so got rid of them.


    Ultra-Gauge!


    Projector Retrofit (bonus pos plastic Christmas tree):


    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    ECS Tuning goodies:





    CF splitters. Average fitment. I got them for $50 AUD, and I'm using them as protection for the bumper from scrapes so...


    M3 6MT steering wheel + BMW Performance handbrake handle + boot:


    Brings us to this:



    Sorry for this crap image quality here:


    Brakes being rebuilt and resprayed to silver. This was a fun, and surprisingly easy job.

    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    I don't think you have an idea of how jealous I am that you have Estoril Blue... it is my all-time favorite color, and it isn't/wasn't offered on any of the cars I'm interested in!

    Absolutely gorgeous.
    BP
    2005 330i ZHP / 6MT
    Imolarot / Naturbraun



    It's not the car you drive, it's how you drive it.

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    It's a very pretty colour indeed. I'm not going to lie though... There's an Imola Red M-Sport 330Ci down the street from me that I've been eyeing for a long time. But then I saw an Estoril M3 on the road and I went back to loving my car again.

    You'll own one one day! If not, maybe one day you'll need a respray or something. I love the BBK behind your BBS's btw. Looks great. The BMW Perf from the 1 series? Or a Brembo/Stoptech kit?

    '03 325i 6MT Individual - Estoril Blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by KendrickC View Post
    You'll own one one day! If not, maybe one day you'll need a respray or something. I love the BBK behind your BBS's btw. Looks great. The BMW Perf from the 1 series? Or a Brembo/Stoptech kit?
    It is unlikely I'll ever own an Estoril car. The ZHP isn't worth dropping 6-8 grand on a respray on... not until I'm loaded. I'd rather put that money toward my dream car, an F80 M3 with the Competition package.

    The brakes in that pic are the yellow BMW Performance calipers for the 1/3 series of the E82/E9x era. I don't have those calipers anymore - I have Wilwood Forged Superlite calipers now, all around. The BMW Perf kit was only for the front, and the rears were stock calipers, so it didn't quite look right from the side.

    IMG_20150905_190537455 by botond.pal, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    an F80 M3 with the Competition package.
    Sakhir orange with silverstone leather?


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    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    Sakhir orange with silverstone leather?


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    i think yas marina blue... which is the only color choice in my opinion.
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