The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

The E46 325ti Appreciation Thread

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Mark-insert old BMW

16,311 posts

176 months

Sunday 23rd June
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Or you could buy a regular bumper and fit it for towing duties?

s m

23,413 posts

206 months

Sunday 23rd June
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Mark-insert old BMW said:
Or you could buy a regular bumper and fit it for towing duties?
I was thinking exactly the same as that Mark…..

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Sunday 23rd June
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Does the group think people buy 325ti looking for a cheap car? A blank canvas ?

I'm wondering whether I'd find more buyers if I take out some of the valuable bits like the Kenwood Android Auto Apple Carplay headunit and maybe swap the Style 42 for a less desirable set of Style 35 on older tyres. Maybe £200 off for the radio (it's worth that much to me) and looking at used prices another £200 off for the wheel swap. Then drop the price to £2599? Any thoughts?

ferrisbueller

29,595 posts

230 months

Sunday 23rd June
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I think the mileage will be (wrongly) putting people off. Your location is also tricky for many.

The head unit looks a bit off, TBH. It will add value for certain buyers though. If you can part out bits on it such that your overall return is higher, and can be bothered with the extra effort, it may be worth it.

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Sunday 23rd June
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Thanks, I'll perhaps try swapping out the Kenwood (I have a lesser double din Sony that can go in). Sadly I don't still have the original shocks and springs as a B12 Prokit is just shy of £1000 alone, before drop links, arms, bushings and fitting. All in the suspension is worth not far short of £2k fitted...

If anyone actually comes and drives the car (I've offered Sutton, South London as well as Dorset) they will be amazed. It's a better drive than my 996, better than my mk7.5 Fiesta ST, miles ahead of my Mk5 Golf GTI and not far short of my 968 Sport or 987 Cayman.

At this age, 150k miles is 7k miles per year. Unless other cars have been garaged all their lives in dehumidified garages, I'd personally be more worried about one that has not been used regularly.

Edited by jonindorset on Sunday 23 June 16:48


Edited by jonindorset on Sunday 23 June 16:53

Mark-insert old BMW

16,311 posts

176 months

Sunday 23rd June
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jonindorset said:
Does the group think people buy 325ti looking for a cheap car? A blank canvas ?

I'm wondering whether I'd find more buyers if I take out some of the valuable bits like the Kenwood Android Auto Apple Carplay headunit and maybe swap the Style 42 for a less desirable set of Style 35 on older tyres. Maybe £200 off for the radio (it's worth that much to me) and looking at used prices another £200 off for the wheel swap. Then drop the price to £2599? Any thoughts?
I think it's cheap at £2995

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Sunday 23rd June
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Thanks Mark, so do I and frankly I've been rather baffled that it's not already sold. If you read the advert I think it should be clear that this car hasn't wanted for anything or been run on a shoestring. I look at the other cars on sale and I can see it would take £3-4k to bring them up to this condition.

RSTurboPaul

10,885 posts

261 months

Sunday 23rd June
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A good condition car that is slightly modified always seems to take longer to sell. Many are scared of 'modifications' and it is not priced cheaply enough for the drift boiz to pick it up.

Wider economic worries might also have people holding back on purchases generally.

I would leave it priced as it is unless you are in urgent need of the cash. You could perhaps add a 'walk round' video to show 'real life' condition and to illustrate it firing up with no warning lights etc.

buccal

533 posts

195 months

Sunday 23rd June
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jonindorset said:
Thanks, I'll perhaps try swapping out the Kenwood (I have a lesser double din Sony that can go in). Sadly I don't still have the original shocks and springs as a B12 Prokit is just shy of £1000 alone, before drop links, arms, bushings and fitting. All in the suspension is worth not far short of £2k fitted...

If anyone actually comes and drives the car (I've offered Sutton, South London as well as Dorset) they will be amazed. It's a better drive than my 996, better than my mk7.5 Fiesta ST, miles ahead of my Mk5 Golf GTI and not far short of my 968 Sport or 987 Cayman.

At this age, 150k miles is 7k miles per year. Unless other cars have been garaged all their lives in dehumidified garages, I'd personally be more worried about one that has not been used regularly.

Edited by jonindorset on Sunday 23 June 16:48


Edited by jonindorset on Sunday 23 June 16:53
High praise indeed!

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Sunday 23rd June
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I can add that it's a much better and more well resolved car than the 1997 E36 328i Sport Coupe that I bought in the year 2000 too ! God that makes me sound old

Max M4X WW

4,829 posts

185 months

Sunday 23rd June
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I'd be tempted to come and have a look, but I really have to shift to another car first, so I wouldn't want to waste your time.

To be honest, the head unit was putting me off, as it looks a bit of a mess, even though I assumed you probably have the standard head unit anyway!

Swapping the suspension and wheels seems like a lot of effort, really, and I suspect it is the mileage and "SE" spec putting people off. My previous ti was an SE on 138k, so this doesn't bother me.

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Sunday 23rd June
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I don't have the original headunit and suspect it would be pretty useless now anyway. The eagle eyed will have seen that this is a shark fin car, denoting that it was originally fitted with £2500 professional Satnav, analogue TV, 6 disc Alpine cd charger etc. I've removed about 20kg of DVD Satnav players, CD changer, TV tuner etc from the boot! I have the original bill of sale with this on the spec sheet.

Mr Tidy

23,160 posts

130 months

Sunday 23rd June
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The mileage wouldn't put me off - M54s are pretty much bomb-proof!

I wouldn't be bothered about the SE spec either because all the 325tis had the M-Sport suspension and seats regardless of whether they were SE or Sport models.

It just seems to be a difficult time to sell anything that is slightly niche, but it just needs the right person to see it so good luck. thumbup

Max M4X WW

4,829 posts

185 months

Sunday 23rd June
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jonindorset said:
I don't have the original headunit and suspect it would be pretty useless now anyway. The eagle eyed will have seen that this is a shark fin car, denoting that it was originally fitted with £2500 professional Satnav, analogue TV, 6 disc Alpine cd charger etc. I've removed about 20kg of DVD Satnav players, CD changer, TV tuner etc from the boot! I have the original bill of sale with this on the spec sheet.
Weirdly my previous one was also a Nav car, so I too removed it all as it was a lot of weight in a track car! I guess some other simpler aftermarket headunit would do.

Hippea

1,989 posts

72 months

Monday 24th June
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If I was you I’d leave it as it is, don’t go taking things off it. Although like others have said the stereo doesn’t look right, the surround is not flush?

The mileage will be putting the casual buyer off but the person who wants one and gets it will come along eventually.

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Monday 24th June
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Thanks for all the tips guys, I'll work on mounting the headunit more neatly, do a walk around video, maybe a longer YouTube video and find somewhere to store the car, using it occasionally to keep the fluids moving and discs clean.

jonindorset

1,057 posts

247 months

Thursday 27th June
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I've mounted the headunit a little more tidily and uploaded a video walk around.

Can you see it here: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/82687184...

FNG

4,212 posts

227 months

Friday 5th July
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s m said:
Mark-insert old BMW said:
Or you could buy a regular bumper and fit it for towing duties?
I was thinking exactly the same as that Mark…..
Sorry guys I don't get time to post much. Thanks for the suggestions.

I'd agree, just that I wanted the towbar as much to put a decent stable bike carrier on the back, as to occasionally tow. So it would likely be used a fair bit.

Not keen to run a SE bumper all the time (and for that matter when the bar wasn't in use I'd want to remove the swan neck) so perhaps this one's a non starter.


FNG

4,212 posts

227 months

Friday 5th July
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Got an issue I hope someone might know the answer to.

The other day I removed the airbox, MAF and upper inlet duct so I could remove and clean the DISA valve.

Happily now I've cleaned it, it's transformed the car and it finally feels like it's got most of its ponies, whereas before it was really flat and didn't really pull.

All good.

But since doing that, I can't blip the throttle on downshifts while braking. Throttle response is fine the rest of the time, and it pulls far better than before as said, but the throttle is dead whenever the brake switch is actuated.

Any ideas, anyone?

I've got a new lower duct which I'm replacing this weekend (and clean the ICV while there) so can check if anything's disconnected, but I'm sure it all went back together correctly and as I rev match on every downshift I'm sure it was ok before I took it apart the other day...

FNG

4,212 posts

227 months

Saturday 6th July
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And the answer was, the maf plug wasn’t seated fully home.

Sadly, once it’s plugged in properly the car is back to running crap again. I’ve now cleaned the ICV and replaced the lower intake boot and if anything it’s worse than before.

Reinforces the disappointment I felt when I got the car and it felt stodgy and flat, and nothing like 190bhp. On unplugging the maf it’s miles better - and that’s running a safe (overly rich) map.

So I’ve got a serious air leak problem to sort, and possibly a fked maf.