The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

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JakeT

2,257 posts

58 months

Sunday 9th December 2018
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Afraid not. I am in Belgium next weekend. Shame, as I always miss the BMW PHSS.

MrT8064

104 posts

119 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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I've now done 4500 miles in my compact, since buying it in the summer. I have to admit that it's taken quite a while to bond with, but now I absolutely love driving it. The way it can be thrown around corners is quite incredible – especially coming from an E30, where things get slippery quite easily.

A couple of weeks ago I put a set of 16 inch winter tyres/wheels on it, which have made a good difference to comfort and traction. I don't think i'll go back to 18 inchers, as the ride was extremely hard on anything less than perfect roads – though the 16s do look very boring.

I am now thinking about cheap-ish suspension upgrades. Does anyone have recommendations for shocks/springs or coilovers? And will any E46 set up be suitable, or does it have to be compact specific?



eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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MrT8064 said:
I've now done 4500 miles in my compact, since buying it in the summer. I have to admit that it's taken quite a while to bond with, but now I absolutely love driving it. The way it can be thrown around corners is quite incredible – especially coming from an E30, where things get slippery quite easily.

A couple of weeks ago I put a set of 16 inch winter tyres/wheels on it, which have made a good difference to comfort and traction. I don't think i'll go back to 18 inchers, as the ride was extremely hard on anything less than perfect roads – though the 16s do look very boring.

I am now thinking about cheap-ish suspension upgrades. Does anyone have recommendations for shocks/springs or coilovers? And will any E46 set up be suitable, or does it have to be compact specific?
You may be able to find a second hand set of bilsetins online, they are quite popular with owners.
Just clocked over 20k miles since February eek

BlamelessShark4

5 posts

42 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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Hi all. Great thread this. Recently picked up my 325ti SE as a budget replacement for my 130i. Surprisingly similar cars, although the 130i is obviously more capable and a bit more fun to drive. That said, the 16 inch wheels and non run flats are refreshingly comfortable on harsh surfaces and the engine is actually a bit more smooth. Bought this one with 180k miles. Amazingly its only had 1 owner from new (apart from me) and still has full bmw service history!

Am I right in thinking all 325ti share the same suspension?


Edited by BlamelessShark4 on Saturday 15th December 19:32

Izzy325ti

1 posts

2 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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Iv owned my 325ti for 6 years now, to be honest it wasn't my intention to buy one, but I'm glad I did. Really delivers the fun factor that most bmw drivers desire. If it's not what your looking for have a look any way! 🤙🏼
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daniel-5zjw7

420 posts

39 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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Eezeh - good going on the mileage!! I'm over 15k now in a little over a year.

Suspension wise yes all have 'sports' suspension as standard, but are likely mostly on the original stuff which is going to be past it as mine was.

Koni sport kit is a good upgrade consisting of fixed rate koni shocks coupled with H&R progressive springs and is something like £400 new, by the time you buy quality standard dampers and springs you won't be far off the koni kit price so its decent value and certainly transforms the car over tired originals. The only negative is that is does lower the ride height somewhat, I much prefer how it sits but know some people like to retain original ride height.

Wheels - 17s like the sports came with are a good compromise, there really is no need for 18s. Bear in mind some E90 17's fit very nicely with OE 17" sport tyre sizes with the additional benefit of a slightly wider front wheel and lower offset which I've found has given the car much more bite at the front end whilst remaining very balanced.

eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Saturday 15th December 2018
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daniel-5zjw7 said:
Eezeh - good going on the mileage!! I'm over 15k now in a little over a year.
It was never my intention to rack up so many miles, it was supposed to be half that.. I guess thats just how things play out.
Im set to do 26k next year but I don't think I want to put that many on the poor thing, its not cheap to fuel even though I average near 40mpg.
I suppose the sensible thing would be to trade it in for a diesel but I don't think I could part with it and I can't afford to insure 2 cars just yet. confused

Feel a bit bad about taking it to the SS tomorrow, haven't had a chance to wash it and in its current state its hanging.

Izzy325ti said:
Iv owned my 325ti for 6 years now, to be honest it wasn't my intention to buy one, but I'm glad I did. Really delivers the fun factor that most bmw drivers desire. If it's not what your looking for have a look any way! ????
The black on black looks nice! Must be a nightmare to keep clean though.



Edited by eezeh on Saturday 15th December 23:21

eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Sunday 16th December 2018
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There is a really cool looking individual compact for sale on the 'bay at the moment smokin

MrF193

86 posts

30 months

Sunday 16th December 2018
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If anyone’s looking to a sell a facelift sport manual with leather, please let me know! Only one for sale right now is a bit overpriced at £3500 on gumtree

Mr Tidy

7,381 posts

65 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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BlamelessShark4 said:
! Am I right in thinking all 325ti share the same suspension?


Edited by BlamelessShark4 on Saturday 15th December 19:32
Yes, all 325tis had the M-Sport suspension and seats.

But the SE had "square" 16" wheels rather than the staggered 17" wheels of the Sport.

Max M4X WW

4,044 posts

120 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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eezeh said:
There is a really cool looking individual compact for sale on the 'bay at the moment smokin
Messing Metallic?

BlamelessShark4

5 posts

42 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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Mr Tidy said:
Yes, all 325tis had the M-Sport suspension and seats.

But the SE had "square" 16" wheels rather than the staggered 17" wheels of the Sport.
Thanks. Having owned both a sport and an SE I rather like my current one with 16s. Not as sharp in the corners and tends to "scrub" a little more but it rides really nicely and tyres are cheaper as well. Wonder why they staggered them... Even with 205 sections, traction hasn't been an issue at all.

Had more traction issues with my 130i on 245 rears, but then again that had loads more low rpm torque.

Edited by BlamelessShark4 on Tuesday 18th December 03:23

BlamelessShark4

5 posts

42 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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MrF193 said:
If anyone’s looking to a sell a facelift sport manual with leather, please let me know! Only one for sale right now is a bit overpriced at £3500 on gumtree
Too bad. I just sold my facelift 6 speed sport with black leather. Strange market though. Couple of cars have been sat online at high prices for months. £3xxx does seem overpriced unless its a low milage or a mint example. I sold mine for £1750 for a quick sale and must have priced it too cheap as I had about 7 buyers lined up in 3 days!

JakeT

2,257 posts

58 months

Tuesday 18th December 2018
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My coupe model has Koni shock absorbers and some springs I don't know the name of on. Rides very well even though it's really quite low, and still handles very well. smile

eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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@Helix & anyone else with experience..

Going to be changing a caliper and whilst im at it doing the CDV delete (unless anyone recommends otherwise).
Ref: flushing the fluid and bleeding the brakes, a lot of conflicting info online, am I right in saying that I manually bleed brakes / clutch in following order
Rear Left, Rear Right, Clutch, Front Left, Front Right.?
Following on from the brake flush and bleed I use the single person INPA procedure to flush the ABS/DSC module?
(Activate procedure, release bleed nipple, follow procedure, close nipple)

Is this correct?

JakeT

2,257 posts

58 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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Honestly, if you're just bleeding the brakes I've just let one gravity bleed for 10 minutes and then closed the bleeder. Pedal was just as good as before on the car. I think I've changed about 15 calipers on E46s. Friends and I have a few of them. I think I can do it in 15 mins wheels up to wheels down again.

I haven't really used INPA to do the DSC unit either. I know you should really. I know the Bentley manual states to use that order, but I just use a pressure bleeder and do the fronts and then the rears. I find they work so much better than pumping the pedal. As for the clutch, I believe you can do the same too, as it works off of the same reservoir as the brakes. There's a standard bleeder to crack open under the car. smile


eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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JakeT said:
Honestly, if you're just bleeding the brakes I've just let one gravity bleed for 10 minutes and then closed the bleeder. Pedal was just as good as before on the car. I think I've changed about 15 calipers on E46s. Friends and I have a few of them. I think I can do it in 15 mins wheels up to wheels down again.

I haven't really used INPA to do the DSC unit either. I know you should really. I know the Bentley manual states to use that order, but I just use a pressure bleeder and do the fronts and then the rears. I find they work so much better than pumping the pedal. As for the clutch, I believe you can do the same too, as it works off of the same reservoir as the brakes. There's a standard bleeder to crack open under the car. smile
Cheers, I am considering doing a track day or two next year at some point so just figured now would be the most convenient time to change the fluid.

helix402

4,253 posts

120 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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eezeh said:
@Helix & anyone else with experience..

Going to be changing a caliper and whilst im at it doing the CDV delete (unless anyone recommends otherwise).
Ref: flushing the fluid and bleeding the brakes, a lot of conflicting info online, am I right in saying that I manually bleed brakes / clutch in following order
Rear Left, Rear Right, Clutch, Front Left, Front Right.?
Following on from the brake flush and bleed I use the single person INPA procedure to flush the ABS/DSC module?
(Activate procedure, release bleed nipple, follow procedure, close nipple)

Is this correct?
Pretty much. The idea is to start with the caliper furthest from the master cylinder and end up at the caliper closest. I’d normally do all the brakes then the clutch separately.

eezeh

1,653 posts

33 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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helix402 said:
Pretty much. The idea is to start with the caliper furthest from the master cylinder and end up at the caliper closest. I’d normally do all the brakes then the clutch separately.
Great, thanks, I am correct about the inpa process too? Do that once everything else has been done?

helix402

4,253 posts

120 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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Never used Inpa for brake bleeding, just DIS and ISTA, but the procedure sounds pretty much the same.

Bleed as normal, then bleed with the laptop hooked up as you describe. DIS and ISTA guide you through the process.