The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

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s m

17,830 posts

148 months

Tuesday 9th July
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FredClogs said:
s m said:
FredClogs said:
Sold my 325ti last week, immediate and massive sellers regret, especially as it went to the first viewer and I had 3 other people leaving their numbers, should have asked more... I have no idea what I'm going to replace it with even with an extra grand or so I've got aside.

Tsk...
130 coupe or hatch?
I'm not sure, the coupe maybe, but I don't think the hatch is a nice looking car from any angle.

I had a hankering for a convertible but the weather's changed again. I'm thinking of a scabby Alfa Brera or maybe an E36 convertible.
There you go then, a 130 convertible - seems ideal and they’re just as cheap as the coupé

ferrisbueller

23,403 posts

172 months

Tuesday 9th July
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The Brera is an absolute bloater.

Mr Tidy

9,154 posts

72 months

Tuesday 9th July
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s m said:
FredClogs said:
s m said:
FredClogs said:
Sold my 325ti last week, immediate and massive sellers regret, especially as it went to the first viewer and I had 3 other people leaving their numbers, should have asked more... I have no idea what I'm going to replace it with even with an extra grand or so I've got aside.

Tsk...
130 coupe or hatch?
I'm not sure, the coupe maybe, but I don't think the hatch is a nice looking car from any angle.

I had a hankering for a convertible but the weather's changed again. I'm thinking of a scabby Alfa Brera or maybe an E36 convertible.
There you go then, a 130 convertible - seems ideal and they’re just as cheap as the coupé
Well it will have to be a 125i for a Coupe or Convertible, because for some reason BMW decided to restrict the 3 litre N52 in them to 218 bhp! rolleyes

Still the good news is firms like Evolve can offer a map that'll round up most of those lost horses! (The 130i has 265 bhp).

gregs656

3,802 posts

126 months

Wednesday 10th July
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I miss mine a lot. I miss driving generally but the 325Ti is such a decent drive, luckily they didn't sell them here so at least I am not reminded of it too often!


Mr Tidy

9,154 posts

72 months

Wednesday 10th July
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I still miss mine too, and was/still am sorely tempted by that facelift 05 plate on AutoTrader - such a shame it has the Alcantara seats though.

But I think I'll persevere with my E90 330i - why oh why didn't BMW make a 330ti? frown

eezeh

1,715 posts

40 months

Thursday 11th July
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Mr Tidy said:
I still miss mine too, and was/still am sorely tempted by that facelift 05 plate on AutoTrader - such a shame it has the Alcantara seats though.

But I think I'll persevere with my E90 330i - why oh why didn't BMW make a 330ti? frown
3.0 drops straight in wink

Mr Tidy

9,154 posts

72 months

Thursday 11th July
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eezeh said:
3.0 drops straight in wink
I know, but an engine swap is way beyond my spannering ability! rolleyes

gregs656

3,802 posts

126 months

Thursday 11th July
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Mr Tidy said:
I still miss mine too, and was/still am sorely tempted by that facelift 05 plate on AutoTrader - such a shame it has the Alcantara seats though.

But I think I'll persevere with my E90 330i - why oh why didn't BMW make a 330ti? frown
Perfect spec for me that '05 one.

Lose the spoiler and it's a stunner.

CDALY

1 posts

2 months

Friday 12th July
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gregs656 said:
Perfect spec for me that '05 one.

Lose the spoiler and it's a stunner.
Hi Gregs656,

I was checking out that car too, one thing that stands out from the pictures to me is the rest of the car is shiny, bright red, except the rear bumper, spoiler and boot. That whole section looks dull/faded... What do you think?


s m

17,830 posts

148 months

Friday 12th July
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gregs656 said:
Mr Tidy said:
I still miss mine too, and was/still am sorely tempted by that facelift 05 plate on AutoTrader - such a shame it has the Alcantara seats though.

But I think I'll persevere with my E90 330i - why oh why didn't BMW make a 330ti? frown
Perfect spec for me that '05 one.

Lose the spoiler and it's a stunner.
That spoiler looks a bit like the one off a Mk4 Gsi Astra



I was having a fun drive in the other morning behind a Gsi on the brilliant local power station road and thought of that red ti on Autotrader!



As for the 330ti s, there are a few round here - go very well and one of the local breakers was turning them out

JNIOW

7 posts

40 months

Sunday 14th July
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Just purchased a 2001 model to convert to a semi-daily / work advert / track car. Already has budget coilovers, and rear silencer delete. Just purchased a set of 7J wheels with 225/45/16 AD08R's on. Plan's include interior strip out, Porterfield brake pads and fluid change, Sparco seats, new intake filter upgrade, possible remap, and maybe 1/2 or full cage. May upload images if I can work out how to wink

Any tips / suggestions gratefully received.

Edited by JNIOW on Sunday 14th July 21:43

JNIOW

7 posts

40 months

Monday 15th July
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Has anyone fitted full harness belts to a 325ti ? Building a semi-daily / track car and pulled existing driver seat out over the weekend, and existing inner seat belt mount is on seat frame, outer belt mount is fine to attach to existing bolt location. Will be changing seat to more suitable track day seat, and these seat mounts won't have mounting point for inner lap belt. Any help / advice appreciated.

Krikkit

16,003 posts

126 months

Tuesday 30th July
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I suspect you'll need at least a half-cage to get a decent harness bar. You could make one with a bar running between the strut tops at the rear, but you'd have to double-check the angles are OK.

Slightly OT, but are there any thoughts on fitting a slightly lower final drive? I like the close ratio 5-speed, but it seems mad to be so highly geared.

JakeT

2,551 posts

65 months

Tuesday 30th July
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I'm surprised that you think it's high geared, since these have short gearing already. You'd need a medium case diff, an auto diff will be shorter, which should help you out.

Krikkit

16,003 posts

126 months

Tuesday 30th July
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Sorry, I got myself backwards there - at the moment I'm using 5th pottering around at 30mph, and 3 changes before 60mph.

Maybe I should leave it be.

eezeh

1,715 posts

40 months

Tuesday 30th July
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schroth make harnesses that utilise the rear seat belt attach points and the lap belt points.
called the schroth quick fit

s m

17,830 posts

148 months

Tuesday 30th July
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Krikkit said:
Sorry, I got myself backwards there - at the moment I'm using 5th pottering around at 30mph, and 3 changes before 60mph.

Maybe I should leave it be.
You should only need two changes to hit 60 unless short shifting
2nd tops out about 55

eezeh

1,715 posts

40 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Fuel gauge seems slow, very slow. Will not move on journeys but when i come back to it the next day the level has significantly dropped.
any ideas?

Krikkit

16,003 posts

126 months

Wednesday 31st July
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eezeh said:
Fuel gauge seems slow, very slow. Will not move on journeys but when i come back to it the next day the level has significantly dropped.
any ideas?
Assuming the needle drops when the dash is off is guess a sticky sender.

Sardonicus

16,311 posts

166 months

Wednesday 31st July
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Someone as probably ham-fisted fuel pump replacement in the past and damaged the fuel gauge float sweeping arm mechanism frown wouldnt be the 1st time I have seen this happen