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02Anders

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  1. Hi guys, I honestly haven't been particularly active on this forum. Not near as active as I had anticipated anyway. Guess I've just been too busy with the upkeep of my classic BMW's. Currently I've just brought my hillclimb/sprint 2002 back to a bare shell and she will now receive a full resto with fresh paint and all... Anyway, as for my 330Ci Sport, the past 18 months of ownership have really been very uneventful - that's of course a good thing! The E46 just gets on with the job and seems to never set a foot wrong. I had the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit installed, and I'm really quite impressed with the result. Not really a harder ride than the stock Sport suspension, but somehow it manages to be more composed when pushing on a bit on undulating back roads. Also treated her to a set of four new Conti Sport tyres recently - I prefer them over the Pirelli's that were on her when I bought her... However, I've decided the time has come to sell. For some reason - despite having more than 50 posts - it seems that I can't start a thread in Cars for sale area, so I guess this will have to do for now... I will no doubt miss her! But I currently have all of nine cars on the drive, and that's really waaaay too many. So at least two will have to be sold - maybe even three... The thing is, I've decided to focus my attention on bringing my '81 BMW M535i back to its former glory. It's going to cost both time and £££'s, but it'll be worth it. Once done, I'm going to do something a little controversial, and actually attempt to drive the M535i as my daily! It'll be a bit of an experiment, trying to use a classic car as a daily, but if any daily can put up with this treatment, I'm sure a M30-engined E12 is as good a choice as any. So long story short... If you're interested in a very clean, original and unmolested E46 330Ci Sport, mine is now up for grabs! I sincerely hope she will go to a good home that will continue to treat her as well as I and the three previous owners clearly have. The very first post in this thread has more information about the specs of the car. Since buying her 18 months ago, I've added about 10k miles so mileage is now approx. 66,000 miles and still with full service history. I'll be looking for £ 4,950 which will include a fresh MOT (she's already booked in for one...) If you're interested, you can email me on: ab (a) viaretro dot com
  2. Looks very clean!! Sometimes I actually think I might prefer the saloon over the coupé. Especially when as tidy as this one looks...
  3. Not a lot of people know this about Santa either... http://www.viaretro.co.uk/2017/12/does-santa-drive-a-classic/
  4. So if that's the case, then enlighten me. Let's have your argument as to why my two statements are not factually correct. Simply stating that I am wrong is quite frankly not going to cut it...
  5. Fair and square mate. Luckily we all have varying taste - just imagine how boring it would be if we all liked the same things...
  6. I guess it's a matter of opinion then, as I would arguably say the same about your reply...
  7. HaHaHa... I must have been so focused on those very cool center pieces to the leather seats in @daboy E46, that I totally missed looking at the rest of the interior...!! But there you go - Light Beige leather with Black Carbon Cube trim must have been a factory option then. It actually works much better together than I had expected. But still, having seen it now - I think I'll do as both @Ruesta and @Benji83 suggest, and stick with my Myrtle Wood trim. Heh... not to your liking, I take it...? The funny thing is, in the US they tend to really love their tan interiors! Even combined with white paintwork, which I honestly find a rather mis-matched combo. But here in Europe, a beige interior is often quite an acquired taste. Personally though I tend to like them as long as it's combined with a dark exterior colour such as black, dark blue, dark green or perhaps a deep burgundy of sorts. Each to his own...
  8. Back from the days when I was heavily into trackways with my E36, I seem to vaguely recall people doing this to get a more direct and positive response from the clutch...
  9. Well that's what you get for buying cheap coil-overs! A coil-over suspension is always going to lead to a harsher ride quality than a stock set-up. But if you buy a high quality branded product, then it really shouldn't be unbearable. With the cheap-as-chips product you have bought, I struggle to see how you could expect anything but the given result...?? You're sadly unlikely to ever achieve a decent result, but your best bet is probably to set it at it's highest setting with the softest damping possible. It's down to physics - the harder and lower you set the suspension, the less weight-transfer you will get - i.e. weight transferred to rear wheels during acceleration, the outside set of wheels during cornering and the front wheels during braking. This inevitably will lead to less traction, unless it's a high quality product which has been finely tuned & tested to your specific car. In realworld terms, a coil-over set-up is really only of any use on smooth racetracks - certainly not on British pot-holed roads.
  10. So the facts are: 1) it was a BMW. 2) it was not a E46. 3) it had twin exhausts with one barrel either side. There are a few options to choose from, but maybe a '78 - '82 BMW 323i E21...??
  11. Definitely silver grey with black hoses. Looks stealth...
  12. My thoughts exactly Ruesta. Well, mostly because I'm just not too sure that the beige leather and the black cube will compliment each other particularly well. Though I would still love to see an example of beige with cube if anyone has that combo...
  13. Okay, so from the centre of the wheel badge to the arch is 360mm on the front and 345mm on the rear. Not sure if the rear measurement is of any use to you, as arches may be different from coupe to touring.
  14. Definitely been lowered! Here's my stock Sport suspension... If need be, I could try measuring the distance from tyre to wheel arch for you. Is yours on coilovers?
  15. Arrrrggghhhhhhh..... Don't do this to me! I had just settled into having the Myrtle Wood. I was content. And then you go a throw a curb-ball like that, thoroughly knocking me on my arse... Hmmmmm... think I need to give this some thought. If the rest of my interior had been any other colour than Light Beige, then I would have definitely taken you up on that offer ASAP!! Just looking at the trim options on their own, I much prefer the Black Carbon Cube over the Myrtle Wood. But I'm just not too sure how the Cube trim will look combined with the Light Beige Leather, and even more so combined with the beige dashboard and doorcards?? Was the combo of Light Beige and Black Carbon Cube even an option from the factory?? Does anyone by any chance have any pics of a Light Beige E46 interior with the Cube trim?
  16. Cheers mate! - appreciate it... The beige leather makes the interior a very pleasant and inviting place to be. Not as teutonic as BMW's typical black interiors often end up being. Though I wasn't too sure about the Myrtle wood trim at first. But then again, I'm not sure any of the other trim options would have really suited the Light Beige Leather as well. I usually quite like the Black Cube trim on a E46, but it really goes best with a black or grey interior - heh.. or if the first owner was brave enough to tick the box for a Red interior! At least I vastly prefer the Myrtle Wood over the very light Birch Wood trim. So all in all I guess the Myrtle Wood trim will stay. Now I'm just waiting for Sytner's to text me that my latest purchase of new parts has arrived for me to pick up...
  17. Whooooaar... your Escort was a GL...?? Nice! Yeah, I've been lucky to own some fairly nice BMW's through the years. Also had an ultra rare '82 BMW 323i Edition S with factory two-tone paint, factory Recaro's, LSD, small fat BBS alloys and all. Wish I hadn't sold that either... But most of all I think I regret never finishing the project '65 BMW 1800Ti - that would have been such a cool car to own now! Still, I'm just happy that I still own my very first car - the Verona Red BMW 2002 from '73. I guess not many people manage to hold on to their first one. And still - after 25 years of ownership - every single time I get behind the steering wheel, it still feels like a very special occasion!
  18. Looking very smart indeed...
  19. Mmmmm... thoroughly enjoying the warm and fuzzy feeling of people agreeing with my decision...
  20. HaHaHa... I admire your devotion to the brand!! So you will happily sacrifice the look you want the most, just to ensure strangers won't get a bad impression of BMW. WAUW... But glad you agree with de-badging my 330Ci. Not too sure about your other suggestions though - I'm just too much of a OEM-junkie. My mates often joke that I have Bavarian Blue Blood running through my veins, so there's just no way the BMW roundels on any of my BMW's will ever be without the beautiful Bavarian Blue. Pressed plates?? Hmmm... maybe. But it's just something which I link very much to a old classic car. However, I obviously have to agree with you on the need for some new exhaust tips! The ones currently on the car are a disgrace.
  21. Thx mate! It's funny how many people seem to not like green cars?? I guess I'm the odd one out, as I've always been quite fond of the majority of green shades on well... the majority of interesting cars. This is my second Oxford Green BMW, having owned a late E34 Touring in the same colour a fair few years ago. The 2002 in the background is actually the very first car I ever bought! This coming October she will have been mine for a whooping 25 years... She's a very stock and original July '73 car in Verona Red. Besides that I also own a '72 Agave Green 2002 which has been breathed upon - heh... just a bit. She gets driven in anger on Historic Hillclimbs & Sprints. There are pics of both 02's here in my intro on the forum: Anyway, I should soon have some fairly interesting updates for this thread, as I've just purchased a complete Bilstein B12 Pro Kit, and also a few new OEM parts to help me shine up the interior a bit...
  22. Cheers mate! I did think they looked more like 18's, but wasn't sure. Thing is, while 19's might look good, they do nothing at all for the ride - not comfort, but not even for handling either. So I want to stick to 18's on my 330Ci. Currently I've got the OEM MV1's on her, and I honestly really like them! But they do need a refurb, so I'm considering whether I want to do that, or go for either CSL-style 18's or BBS LM 18's. Time will tell...
  23. You sure have gone through a fair few SMG shifters!! Loving your half cloth seats. I never really have understood all-leather seats in a proper performance car - you end up sliding on the leather when cornering hard. Cloth is much better. Yours look awesome...
  24. Looks great! Sorry if I've missed it earlier in your thread, but what size are your CSL-style alloys?
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