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  1. how low should i go with my 2003 E46 318ci coupe 
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    looking at lowering my 318ci its got 18" E90 wheels on it with factory fitted suspension at the moment. is there a certain level when its starts 2 alter the handling and smoothness of the car?
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    I opted for 40mm springs, the handling is alot better, and the ride is still almost as smooth! Looks wise for me I think Maybe 60mm would sit better on my 18s but i was worried it would ruin the ride.
     
     

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    In the words of Jeremy Clarkson "if a car has been lowered, don't buy it" (e30 Challenge).

    I have never driven a lowered car where the modifications hadn't ruined a perfectly good car, plus it will probably make it harder to sell as 90% of people don't like it.

    If you really feel you have to do it minimise the amount you lower it by and get some well known and recommended springs, you may need to do the shocks as well as lowering the car will mean they work diferentky than before.
     
     

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    Depends on what you want, lowing mine has without doubt improved the handling and the ride quality is pretty much the same, i'm not one for wanting a boring smooth floating drive, prefer to feel the car and the road, i guess it comes down to 2 things..... what you want from the car and how much you're prepared to pay
     
     

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