Evening all, thought I'd say hello as I've just bought my 1st BMW after 21 years of car ownership.
I decided that my Impreza, Gti, hot hatch, XR, RS, GTE days are behind me and it was time to turn from a boy to a man and buy a BMW. I've always had a nice 2nd car on the drive as I use an Astra estate for work (tv aerial and satellite installer). I've been to the Nurburgring a few times and plan to go again next year plus enjoy attending events like Ten of the Best, Trax etc. I like my cars to be mint, well maintained and clean.
Today I purchased a 2001 E46 330d M Sport Saloon. When I say purchased, I feel like I stole it!
138k on the clock
Mot til Feb, Tax til December
Black Leather + carbon interior
M Sport steering wheel, gear knob, sill plates
Nearly new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres all round
FSH including some BMW history, every mot, 4 keys
A couple of negative points are the propshaft donuts need replacing (clunk from rear when changing gear), 1 pulley is squeeking a little and needs investigating, tiny rust spot on drivers side rear arch near the sill and the ashtray/glasses cubby hole are scuffed and need replacing (if anyone has one let me know!). I'm also finding it hard to get into reverse? common problem?
I paid £2300 for it, and I think thats a bargain. Heres some pics, I'll post up some more tomorrow when I've given it a full detailing (weather permitting)
Future plans for it will be to pick your brains about mods and remap, possible suspension upgrades, fit a short shifter and the usual maintenance. If anyone can recommend pre-map mods, what to buy and where plus a recommended mapper please let me know. I've heard R-Tech in Hinkley, Leicestershire are good and I have a friend who's looking to get his Mondeo TDCI mapped too so we'd like to get em both done together.
Catch up with you all later