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Having had an E30 touring previously and the current requirement to transport a few kayaks, I decided to skip the E36 touring and went for an E46.

Topaz Blau 364 M

M43TUB19

Manual gearbox.

143k miles.

Cloth interior. Flock cloth anthracite E3AT.

Manual heater and aircon.

Ordered options:

0279 Light alloy wheel star spoke 45
0302 Alarm system
0321 Exterior parts in body colour
0386 Roof rails
0428 Warning triangle
0433 Interior strips
0441 Smokers package
0473 Armrest front
0520 Fog lights
0530 Air conditioning
0662 Radio: BMW Business CD
0818 Main battery switch
0850 Supplement tank filling
0863 Europa/Handlerverzeichnis
0880 Englisch/Betriebsanleitung/Serviceheft
0915 No outer skin protection
0925 versandschutzpaket

Standard Options
0832 Battery in luggage compartment
0853 Language version English

Production Date: 15 / 02 / 2001

Pre delivery check was done on 1st May 2001 at Motor Import Ltd. BMW House, JFK Drive, Naas Road.

From then on it was serviced at Maxwell Motors in Blackrock and Kearys in Silversprings.

The car is showing it's age cosmetically but is mechanically sound.

Passed the NCT 27th March this year and I bought it 2 weeks later.

Here is how the car looked on the day that I bought it.
 

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So, the first priority was to make sure the engine was running smoothly.

The M43 is known to be an excellent engine, manufactured at Steyr in Austria from 1991 to 2002, totalling over 1.2 million powerplants.

But, like all engines they need to be looked after and having done some research, it seems that the M43 can fail on the following..

PCV Valve
DISA Valve
Cooling system.

The last recorded service was at 128k so I decided to service it myself and pay attention to the 3 items mentioned above.

I did contact the two previous owners, enclosing self addressed envelopes and they were good enough to write back to me, enclosing some receipts and other service info. I had really been looking for a spare key as the car only came with one.

So, I carried out a mini service,

Engine Oil and Filter
Air Filter
Pollen Filter
Spark plugs
PCV valve and hoses

Pulled out the DISA valve to make sure it was working properly. Refitted with new O ring.

Checked all the radiator hoses, radiator, expansion tank and all cooling system plastic housings attached to the block front and rear.

Changed the valve cover profile gasket and fitted a new accelerator cable as the old one was quite rusty. I also changed the accelerator pedal as it was cracked at the pivot point.

Got the plastic cover that fits over the accelerator cable adjuster at the throttle body from a scrap dealer and fitted it.

All seems to be in order and the engine is running very well.
 

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Painted the valve cover with black high temperature paint ( as it was off to fit the profile gasket ) and fitted an under engine cover which I bought new online.
 

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As the seats were out I decided to fit a black leather interior, new piano black trim, new armrest, new gearshift gaiter, genuine M sport leather gear knob and a multi function steering wheel.

Also fitted genuine M sport sill kick plates.
 

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Changed the orange indicator clusters for genuine clear ones.
 

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That's it so far.

Plans are:

*Full suspension overhaul / upgrade.
*New braided brake hoses.
*New pads, discs and sensors.
*Change the alloys, on the lookout for 18in MV2's.
*Slight window tint all around ( except windscreen )
*Paint correction, dent / stone chip removal.
*Detail paintwork and treat with Zymol.
 
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Nice subtle upgrades. Makes me want to pick up a Touring to do something similar myself!

I ran an M43 engine for six years. Aside from keeping an eye on the cooling system, the oil filter housing gasket is another common weak spot when they get older.
 

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Lovely looking example and some nice upgrades you've done. I must admit, I prefer the orange corner lenses though!

Is it easy to retro-fit the multifunctional steering wheel? Any plans for the exterior aside from what you'd listed above?
 

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My feeling on the clear indicators is that if a particular model could have been spec'd with them from the factory, then they're fair game to be fitted.

And as the E46 falls into that category I was happy enough to fit them. Especially since they're OEM.

But I can see where folks can appreciate the orange set up. There are a few colours that suit them and to be fair Topaz Blau is probably one of them.

Not sure which model BMW was first to offer the clear corner option, I'm thinking it was the E36 but I really don't know.

Ahem, that's my excuse for fitting clears to my E34. :)

Exterior wise the priority is to sort the paintwork. I really like the way the car looks as it stands.

One of the reasons I went for the 01 model ( M43 , Classic insurance available next year with First Ireland being 2 of the others ) was the pre facelift look.

I can't stand the front bumper with the small round fog lights.

Really like the fogs on the car as it is so won't be going M sport front.

Touring cars are meant to be sort of chunky and practical looking and the car looks that way right now, especially with the roof rails and bars / kayak transport.

In terms of practicality of course, I'd love to fit a factory looking sat nav set up such as a Dynavin.

The MFSW was a doddle to fit but the car does not have Cruise Control so that's a fail.

The head unit does not support multi function through the steering wheel although it is wired.

So that's a fail too...
 

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Just a bit of an update.

After spending some time gathering up parts, the car was in the workshop this week.

The following work was carried out..

New Performance 3000 Coilovers fitted, resulting in a nice drop in height.

New Brembo Brake rotors and pads all around.

New Handbrake shoes.

New front suspension wishbones and associated bushings.

New Braided brake hoses all around.

New drop links and tie rod ends.

Fitted Style 68 M Doppelspeiche Alloys, 7.5 front, 8.5 rear.
 

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Most of the parts taken off the car were fairly nasty..

Both rear coil springs were rusted and broken.

Brake rotors were very rusty.

Brake pads had a bit of life left in them but since new rotors were being fitted, new pads were going on too.

Brake hoses were getting very perished looking.

Wishbone bushings were well past their sell by date.

Top mounts were rusted and cracked.

Tie rod ends were past it too.
 

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The list of jobs doesn't get much smaller though.

*Front bumper to be repainted.
*Paint and dent correction on the rest of the car.
*Window tint, very light all around.
*Gear shift linkage to be addressed.
*Angel eyes.
*Dynavin unit.
*Zymol.

So, plenty to be getting on with.
 

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Car is now garaged for the winter. The list of jobs will re commence in the Spring.

The E34 party will be in full swing for the winter.
 
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