The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

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s m

17,151 posts

141 months

Monday 7th January
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eezeh said:
Looking to buy a single style 97m alloy if anyone has a spare? to replace one someone has welded in the past, can collect if not too far from hampshire
7.5 or 8.5 eezeh ?

eezeh

1,654 posts

33 months

Tuesday 8th January
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s m said:
7.5 or 8.5 eezeh ?
I believe its an 8.5

Dale79

24 posts

5 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Mr Tidy said:
There was a 53 plate facelift Sport on AutoTrader a week or so ago for less than £2K, but it's gone now (maybe just as well)!

I hesitated slightly because it was more than I got for my Imola pre-facelift in February, but had done more miles. My only concern with the ebay one would be the tow-bar!

Style 32s are also reckoned to be pretty light, so long as they are genuine E46 ones in 8J front and 8.5J rear 18" sizes (they were fitted to other BMWs in different sizes).

I've got 1 front one (it's a long story)! But I think they look great!

I wonder if the seller would part with the tow bar seperately idea I could be in the market for one possibly, I do a lot mountain bike riding which takes me across much of the UK & currently run a saris bones 2 bike rack for transporting both mine & my sons bikes, this fits hand to glove on my 120i but not sure yet on my 325ti I tried a dummy run with very minimal movement which was a positive i guess, does anyone else have a recommended bike rack without the official bmw being mentioned? I understand with that one I will need to cut my bumper which I'm very reluctant to do on my facelift 325ti as you can all probably understand! Any help or advice greatly appreciated.

eezeh

1,654 posts

33 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Have you considered a roof mounted bike rack? Compact roof racks pop up on ebay occasionally

Dale79

24 posts

5 months

Tuesday 8th January
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eezeh said:
Have you considered a roof mounted bike rack? Compact roof racks pop up on ebay occasionally
I have but the kits seem few & far between & start around £250 for the set up minus the bike mount, I'm not too keen on the roof mounted option tbh but it is probably the way to go I guess
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Dale79

24 posts

5 months

Saturday 12th January
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Quick update on the bike transportation issue, I have decided after much deliberation that the roof mounted option is the most safest & easiest option after all, I got the bars, mounting kit & rack just a fraction over £200 Will update once I've installed it all, I have an mot due at the end of Feb & the only issue I can tell present atm is my rear wiper has decided to give up the ghost, I will get to work on that shortly also.

Max M4X WW

4,044 posts

120 months

Saturday 12th January
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Spent a bit of time on mine this morning, raising the suspension slightly in the hope it goes on the MOT ramp easier next weekend.



Also relocated the climate (this was a nav car) and fitted a BMW radio blank:



Lastly the 325ti with its matching Twizy and Titanium Silver E39:


s m

17,151 posts

141 months

Saturday 12th January
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eezeh said:
I believe its an 8.5
Did you get hold of one eezeh?
I’ve got a spare rear but miles away from you ( Welsh Border )

eezeh

1,654 posts

33 months

Saturday 12th January
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s m said:
eezeh said:
I believe its an 8.5
Did you get hold of one eezeh?
I’ve got a spare rear but miles away from you ( Welsh Border )
unfortunately not, seem to be few and between.

s m

17,151 posts

141 months

Saturday 12th January
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eezeh said:
s m said:
eezeh said:
I believe its an 8.5
Did you get hold of one eezeh?
I’ve got a spare rear but miles away from you ( Welsh Border )
unfortunately not, seem to be few and between.
There’s a set w/o tyres in Barnet ( appreciate you’re only after one though )

330ti

59 posts

13 months

Sunday 13th January
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mwggriffiths said:
Hi all,

I could do with some assistance in valuing my 330ti as it will be for sale come April, as the opportunity to buy my realistic dream car (E46 M3) has come up and I can't justify keeping them both. So what do you think my Compact car would be worth?

330Ti’s seem particularly hard to value as they don’t come up all that often and tend to hang around a bit waiting for the right buyer when they do come up.

This car has been my daily for nearly 2 years, and it’s been the best, most dependable and most enjoyable daily I’ve had, and has wanted for nothing in that time (as you can see from spec below).

Spec:
2002 325ti Sport Compact (genuine, with all the bumpers etc)
154k (plenty more come sale time)
Fresh 12 month MOT come April
Will need an Inspection service before April, this will be done prior to sale.

Exterior:
A very good 3 metre car, once you get to within 1 metre you start to notice issues
Titanium Silver
Glass Sunroof
Split in the front bumper which has been repaired but is ugly - could do with painting properly.
Signs of a respray in the past
Passenger A Post laquer peel
Facelift tail lights

Interior:
Black leather, fair-to-good condition for the age / mileage.
Standard bar upgraded BMW CD53 Stereo with Aux-In and USB charge ports in the glovebox.

Suspension & Brakes:
In past two years its had:
Refurbished 330i calipers, new Brembo discs and pads front and rear (inc trailing arms at the back so the handbrake works properly).
New TRW front lower control arms.
New BMW OEM Z4M offset front lower control arm bushes (increased castor for greater straight line stability and turn-in feel).
Refurbished 330i trailing arms inc wheel bearings, both rear ball joints and powerflex black series rear trailing arm bushes, painted with POR 15.
Rear subframe painted with POR 15, billet aluminium subframe bushes (to prevent boot floor cracking), new Lemforder diff bushes (x3).

Wheels & Tyres:
Comes on 4x Style 97 Sport Compact rear wheels (8.5J) and 245/40 R17 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3s
If the price was right I could also include a set of 4 Style 97 front wheels (7.5J) and 225/45 R17 Goodyear Ultragrip Performance Gen1 winter tyres.

Engine & Driveline:
In March 2018 at 137k I swapped the original 2.5 litre M54 for a 3.0 out of a 330i Saloon Automatic (had 122k on removal, so the engine has 15k less than the shell).
Rebuild VANOS, with besian systems bits
Upgraded DISA valve with metal screw replacing the failure-prone pin and clip
New oil filter housing, sump and rocker cover gaskets (no leaks!)
Completely new coolant system (water pump, radiator hoses & thermostat in 2017, radiator and expansion tank in 2018)
Serviced every 6k miles since 2017
M20 Single Mass flywheel conversion with new clutch (done with the engine swap)
5 Speed Manual
545i short shifter and new bushes
Clubsport gearknob

The biggest issue with the car: Oil consumption is ~1 litre per 1000 miles, however that’s actually not bad for these things!

A few photos on my instagram (@mwggriffiths), but I'll obviously take a proper detailed set when I'm actually ready to sell.

Cheers
Matt
Hard to value a non standard car. Mine is very very similar spec but almost mint with under 100k miles on it. I use it for track day duties and they work well with 3.0 engine, and so much better on road too. Best bit about them is they are worth next to nothing so if it all goes tits up it’s not the end of the world. If anyone’s looking for one yours with the upgrades should be well worth a look.

helix402

4,255 posts

120 months

Thursday 17th January
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I’ve put a pair of Bilstein B6 rear dampers on EBay if anyone’s interested.

MrF193

86 posts

30 months

Saturday 19th January
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I’ve recently picked up an 03 facelift 325ti sport and loving it! However, I’ve noticed the steering is really quite heavy when the car is either stationary or at low speeds when doing parking manoeuvres. Is this normal for these cars or do I have a problem? Steering is completely fine once on the move.

eezeh

1,654 posts

33 months

Sunday 20th January
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MrF193 said:
I’ve recently picked up an 03 facelift 325ti sport and loving it! However, I’ve noticed the steering is really quite heavy when the car is either stationary or at low speeds when doing parking manoeuvres. Is this normal for these cars or do I have a problem? Steering is completely fine once on the move.
Mine isn't really heavy as you've described but there is a good weight to it, checked the PAS fluid level?

Sardonicus

15,756 posts

159 months

Sunday 20th January
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Try a fluid change wink no flushing compounds etc frown just fresh PAS fluid and no usually not heavy

Mr Tidy

7,393 posts

65 months

Monday 21st January
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Sardonicus said:
Try a fluid change wink no flushing compounds etc frown just fresh PAS fluid and no usually not heavy
I wish I had read that sooner - my 325ti always seemed heavy, but I don't have it any more. frown

Still it's replacement (an early E91 325i with HPAS) has lovely steering weighting and feel!

Dale79

24 posts

5 months

Saturday 26th January
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Hi guys little update on my latest one, roof rack now installed with double bike rack & definitely was the best route to take regarding my main past time so that's problem solved that end, I'm now getting the car ready for it's mot that's due next month, so far replaced both number plates for a refresh as they were both very poor conditioned, im now in the process of fixing the rear wiper motor, cog needs replacing so is all stripped down out of the car with delete bung currently fitted, I actually prefer the look without! Is it essential to have the wiper fitted & working for an mot or will it be advised/failed nowadays minus the wiper?

Edited by Dale79 on Saturday 26th January 18:27

330ti

59 posts

13 months

Saturday 26th January
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Rear wiper not tested for MOT .

Mr Tidy

7,393 posts

65 months

Sunday 27th January
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Lucky it isn't required for the MOT - mine never worked! laugh

IIRC using the rear washer tends to drown the wiper motor.

W211

3,858 posts

207 months

Sunday 27th January
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There's one in the classifieds here:

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Any thoughts on this one chaps? Seems good value but has some rust on the front wheel arches...

Thoughts?