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Old 14th May 2018, 14:45   #151
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The E46 is turning out amazing Karan. The paintjob is absolutely spot-on. Atleast one of the best you can get in India.
To add to the overall sportiness, go for some Carbon Fibre trims in the interior and exterior as well. Would absolutely look killer.
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Great choice of color there! Looking forward to the end result - a classic in the making!
Hey, thanks for the motivating words

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Incredible job man, Karan!
Thanks Dhruv !

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I am also planning to repaint my E34 - and you being a few steps ahead is turning out to be a god send. COuld you please share some more details of what parts you removed from the body - and what you think will need to be replaced. For example, the chrome window trim on my car dont look like they'll come off without breaking the clips.
Happy to hear that you own a E34

As E34 is a relatively older car im sure the points mentioned by you relating to trims is a concern, however in my case it wasn't an issue as the car isn't that old & most trims can be snap fitted back (in progress).

In your case i believe you should discuss it out with your paint-shop & if they are confident then go ahead, otherwise be mentally prepared to break it off and order a new one online (Though this is a pricey option).
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Also - are you painting the inside of the boot/underside of the bonnet etc?
Yes, but without the engine bay as the original colour was silver and the new one is a shade of silver too.

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Finally how much did this paint job cost you - feel free to share on PM!
About INR 1L.

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The car looks amazing! and I am impressed by the attention to detail - so many projects I have seen don't bother removing the black trim/ the door handles etc and just spray everything uniform colour destroying the cars lines.
Thanks again !

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The E46 is turning out amazing Karan. The paintjob is absolutely spot-on. Atleast one of the best you can get in India.
To add to the overall sportiness, go for some Carbon Fibre trims in the interior and exterior as well. Would absolutely look killer.
Thanks for the appreciation.

The interiors are going to be black, still trying to work out the options.

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Old 25th May 2018, 16:12   #153
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Update on the interiors;

All the plastics have been painted black (matte);

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1527244843.557769.jpg

A closer look;

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1527244859.743221.jpg

The door pads also were painted black but aren't pictured here as they had gone for upholstery work
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Default My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) Project Car - Build Thread! Update: KW Coilovers, Stop...

She's home

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She's home
Boy oh boy! Your car is one lucky chap to have you as a owner, your car's journey has been amazing. Can't wait to see the pictures. I am sure it will be easy for bhpians to identify you.
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Boy oh boy! Your car is one lucky chap to have you as a owner, your car's journey has been amazing.
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Sure, will post some more pictures shortly
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Managed to click a few quick pictures at my office Parking;

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1527697642.913462.jpg
My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1527697603.706479.jpg
My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1527697717.973719.jpg

Needs a proper photoshoot now

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Lovely Karan! The E46 looks lovely, really! You bet it needs a better photoshoot. No shortage of good photographers on our forum
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Holy smokes, I got an orgasm just looking at the beautiful design, it just looks so complete, no unnecessary creases/sills/design element, pure understated class.

May I request for interior pictures Karan? I prefer these interiors to modern ones, for example I prefer the classic Fortuner's interior over the current one.
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Lovely Karan! The E46 looks lovely, really!
Thanks v12 !

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You bet it needs a better photoshoot. No shortage of good photographers on our forum
Lets hope those photographers on the forum notice this post of yours and contact me, im game

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Holy smokes, I got an orgasm just looking at the beautiful design, it just looks so complete, no unnecessary creases/sills/design element, pure understated class.


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May I request for interior pictures Karan? I prefer these interiors to modern ones, for example I prefer the classic Fortuner's interior over the current one.
Yes, the interior is left understated as well. Yet to click pictures of it but the seats are a combination of micro suede fabric (Black - same fabric for headliner) & PU Leather (Black). Trims are wrapped from earlier wood to now Brushed Titanium Metallic. And off course black plastic panels (which were earlier light grey) complete the all black interior treatment.
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Default re: My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14

Finally we get to see the car that's been WIP for a long time. To me THIS thread is the benchmark for all modifications. I just love the way you went about building this car - right from an upgraded engine, the suspension, brakes, wheels the interiors and last, but not the least, the paint. Hats off man!

Now for the dyno run and a video review
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Finally we get to see the car that's been WIP for a long time. To me THIS thread is the benchmark for all modifications.
Hi, thanks for the special compliments, truly appreciate it


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I just love the way you went about building this car - right from an upgraded engine, the suspension, brakes, wheels the interiors and last, but not the least, the paint. Hats off man!


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Video (Project E46 Part VI) already filmed some bits, Dyno ? Good idea !
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The e46 was a part of today's German Car Sunday City Drive / Meet;

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1528040176.031165.jpg

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1528040203.554057.jpg

Its 1st trip on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link;

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My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1528040289.960752.jpg

The line up;

My 2001 BMW 328i (E46) build thread! Update: New video + Magnaflow Exhaust upgrade on page 14-imageuploadedbyteambhp1528040300.964617.jpg

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Update on the interiors;

All the plastics have been painted black (matte);

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A closer look;

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The door pads also were painted black but aren't pictured here as they had gone for upholstery work
All black interiors look dope. I wasnt aware once could simply get them painted. Does that last long ??
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Does that last long ??
It should, as its NOT a plasti-dip job (as Plastidip isn't as durable as paint and once it starts getting nicked and scuffed, it won't look so good)

Lets hope for the best though
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