2003 BMW M3
Silver Grey (BMW Code #A08) | South Brunswick, NJ | 0 Followers
~8 years in the works. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions :)
In the past 8 years now I put my blood sweat and tears into this car, and I do everything myself (up to the most recent changes where some pros were needed). She stands at 126,000 on the clock today. It's never seen a dealership (other than the airbag recall) and only touched by one shop after 6 years of ownership and 9 months of discussing some ideas. I address every and all details I've come across in that car (with still an open list) on my own. Any mod was welcomed with fixes and maintenance. Since i'd be exposing areas of the vehicle for a mod, may as well do the maint and preventative maint. The list, actions, and use of jack stands go on I tell you.
She's not perfect yet by any means and I do have many plans...but she was an ugly duckling that really needed a home. I'm telling you, this car may have been destined for parting and never being in the hands of the right person. Well, it turned out I was the right person. Perhaps I've failed to listen to the old BMW enthusiast adage that says â€œthe key to owning an E46 is not restoration, but preservationâ€...but I can say I've proven to be able to give this car a second chance. Was it cheap...No, by no means. Was it easy...nope. Am I dedicated and love what I do...yup. Therefore it has been a joy to own and work on.
(DISCLAIMER - This is just about me and my view of my car)
Folks always ask why I don't identify myself or my car with the term "Build". For ME, it has nothing to do with being "built, not bought", has nothing to do with "wraps, bags, and rims", and has nothing to do with "being 'completely' built". I am not in the service industry, therefore, it's not one of my establishment's "builds" in a portfolio. I don't flip cars for profit (more power to those who do) and I definitely don't try to do anything no one else has to just check a box. As a person who has a love for this...the term disconnects me from my passion in regards to everything I've done to this car, for me. With that said, it's an extension of me, it's a passion of mine, it's something my blood, sweat, cuts, bruises, and wallet have participated in. It's...My Car...and it's really just that simple.
Winter 2018 To-Do list (mods & maint):
Hamman Brake duct/fog light inserts
AC Schnitzer â€œStyleâ€ Carbon Fiber Front Bumper Splitter/Spoiler
Status Gruppe Rear â€œCSLâ€ Carbon Fiber Diffuser
OEM Blackout Front Kidney Grills
Blackout Fender Gills
Smoked corner parking lights (Depo w/Silvervision bulbs) â€“ Smoked fender side markers (Depo w/Silvervision bulbs) â€“ Also have OEM Ambers including OEM rear Amber LED tail lights
Body color painted front bumper reflectors
Nokya H7 3000k color high beam bulbs
JDM Tuning 6000k HID Bi-Xenon bulbs
Fog lights (Interchangeable) â€“ JDM Tuning HID retrofit (w/6000k and 3000k bulbs) â€“ Nokya 3000k â€œ9006â€ non-HID bulbs
Body color painted M3 Style rear spoiler
Bimmian â€œMiniâ€ E46 convertible tuner antenna
Umnitza Orion V2 Predator Halo Rings
"M3" etched Morimoto projector lenses and Morimoto XBT Demon Eyes w/Bluetooth controller â€“ projector bowls painted in Satin Black
LED license plate bulbs