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30-09-2019, 10:58 AM,
#1
E90 M3
4 Door E90 M3 Sedan.

I traded the Jetta, wanted a change, something along the lines of dont modify what you can buy... and i was already dropping mehd cash into the jetta . A "good" deal came my way and thought "meh, midlife crisis is due anyway"... this is a lucky packet of a car and the more i dig into it the more shit i find, so from a project its turning to a restoration.

Its a 2008 high mileage (180K) M3 E90 Sedan 6MT, only 379 of these specific models were produced for "world" other than the US of A.

I will say one thing... this is by far the most fun car i have ever owned and really puts a massive smile on your face. Its heavy AF on fuel (13L/100km) but its worth it.

Things done:
- Throttle actuators replaced
- New oil + Filter
- Plugs
- Rod bearings replaced
- Catless exhaust mod
- Engine Mountings replaced
- Gearbox mountings replaced

Things to do:

- Timing chains and guides
- diff and gearbox fluid replace
- New brake fluid
- Prop universal joint replacement
- new bonnet shocks


"Mods" to do:
- rear spacers 12mm
- Gloss black roof

Pics of the carnage:

Rod bearings... lucky the crank was still fine :eek:
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Happy i replaced them.

Had the car clayed, decon, polished and waxed.
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Came out ok, it needs a full 2 stge polish.

Also got a lip fitted.
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Went on the BMW Tunnel Run.

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Was supporting Brad and Brandon from Profit on race day at Killarney.
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Also went about and put on a new exhaust:

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I'm running catless with only the one box at the end of each pipe.

WIll upload a video and some pics sometime, but it's loud loud... also feels a bit faster at the top but hard to really say.
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30-09-2019, 11:02 AM,
#2
RE: E90 M3
Jees, you're a brave man!

This is a bucket list car for me, my wallet just needs to catch up a bit.

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30-09-2019, 11:05 AM,
#3
RE: E90 M3
Pic of my previous Jetta... [Image: zTtpe5k.jpg]

Yes i am brave... and stupid lol.. but its an awesome car that i can save... its not hopeless, but damn that M3 Tax is a real thing. BlueCry
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30-09-2019, 11:18 AM,
#4
RE: E90 M3
aaahhhh ive checked out this car outside Nuri...what an upgrade...congrats

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30-09-2019, 11:51 AM,
#5
RE: E90 M3
Congrats!! M3 tax ... at least you see the benefits and reap the rewards Thumbs

.... still searching for the perfect replacement BlueCry
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30-09-2019, 02:21 PM,
#6
RE: E90 M3
The car is looking good Bud!

Now that the car is run in, the sound up top must be awesome man! Will wait for the sound clips Bravo

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(Daily) 2012 Corolla 1.3 professional
(Weekend) 2008 E92 M3 coupe - Manual, S65, EDC, Alpine white
(Hers) 2014 X3 xdrive20d, Mineral white, auto

Previous:
2009 E82 135i coupe - 2009 E90 320i - 1998 E36 318is
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30-09-2019, 04:13 PM,
#7
RE: E90 M3
Im in love with that front spoiler man. Its fresh

Current:
2011 BMW E90 330d M-Sport - 230kw - 700Nm
2012 Peugeot 208 Active 1.2
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30-09-2019, 04:31 PM,
#8
RE: E90 M3
Looking very good.

I have the exact car. Also 4 door and 2008.

Which exhaust bits did you take off. Mine is also catless and straight piped. Its properly loud, but a bit raspy on cold start. Thinking of putting in some resonators to tone it down a bit. Would appreciate pics of what you took out.
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30-09-2019, 05:10 PM,
#9
RE: E90 M3
Welcome to the numb nuts club smile bounce

Glad to see another one of these on the forum, nice updates so far and looking forward to the future updates.

2011 E90 M3 M-DCT, Akrapovic Exhaust, more to come... Build thread here
2011 F25 X3 35i M-Sport, JB Stage 1, ex-Downpipe Build thread here
2007 E87 130i M-Sport: Alpine Upgrade, BMWP Intake, BMWP Exhaust Build thread here
2007 Corsa C Ute 2l 16v Tebbo Bluebiggrin : Build thread here
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01-10-2019, 08:04 AM,
#10
RE: E90 M3
saw and heard the car this morning...lovely...you buying the VR6 too?

CURRENT: BMW E36 M3 Coupe PROJECT...plan.. 18" EwingEquips & TURBO
CURRENT: BMW 330i individual..Arizona Sun on 19's
CURRENT: DATSUN PB210 aka BIN aka "Z" Coupe 2L on EwingEmotions
CURRENT: AUDI A5 on 20" Concavos
CURRENT: Rothmans VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
CURRENT: Repsol VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
EX: BMW 330i, BMW 330i, Range Rover 4.6 HSE Vogue, FORD XR6 & RS Turbo, OPEL Monza 200iCD16V, Toyota GLi Exec, VTEC, ALFA Giulietta & GT Junior stepnose, a few mingers
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02-10-2019, 04:03 PM,
#11
RE: E90 M3
yurre stalker lol... yeah Wink
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02-10-2019, 04:16 PM,
#12
RE: E90 M3
be careful...i also know you had a few of them...might be chatting to you soon about VR mods.

CURRENT: BMW E36 M3 Coupe PROJECT...plan.. 18" EwingEquips & TURBO
CURRENT: BMW 330i individual..Arizona Sun on 19's
CURRENT: DATSUN PB210 aka BIN aka "Z" Coupe 2L on EwingEmotions
CURRENT: AUDI A5 on 20" Concavos
CURRENT: Rothmans VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
CURRENT: Repsol VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
EX: BMW 330i, BMW 330i, Range Rover 4.6 HSE Vogue, FORD XR6 & RS Turbo, OPEL Monza 200iCD16V, Toyota GLi Exec, VTEC, ALFA Giulietta & GT Junior stepnose, a few mingers
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03-10-2019, 01:28 PM,
#13
RE: E90 M3
The plan is VRT... i first need to get the car roadworthy lol..

Yeah stop by or send a PM with your number and i we can do lunch Thumbsup2
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03-10-2019, 01:33 PM,
#14
RE: E90 M3
oh did you really buy it =) ...ive checked that car out a few times ...your car sounds good

CURRENT: BMW E36 M3 Coupe PROJECT...plan.. 18" EwingEquips & TURBO
CURRENT: BMW 330i individual..Arizona Sun on 19's
CURRENT: DATSUN PB210 aka BIN aka "Z" Coupe 2L on EwingEmotions
CURRENT: AUDI A5 on 20" Concavos
CURRENT: Rothmans VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
CURRENT: Repsol VFR400 NC30 PROJECT
EX: BMW 330i, BMW 330i, Range Rover 4.6 HSE Vogue, FORD XR6 & RS Turbo, OPEL Monza 200iCD16V, Toyota GLi Exec, VTEC, ALFA Giulietta & GT Junior stepnose, a few mingers
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03-10-2019, 02:15 PM,
#15
RE: E90 M3
Looks great Andre.
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07-10-2019, 11:48 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-10-2019, 11:49 AM by yakuza racer.)
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RE: E90 M3
Thanks Supey Thumb

Attended a breakfast run...
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Squad goals lol
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16-10-2019, 09:14 AM,
#17
RE: E90 M3
Had the car on the dyno:

279.9kw
378.8nM

Run took 9.3 seconds ... sure if he did another pull it would have been more.

Annnnnnyways...

Gearbox and diff fluid change booked in for end of this month..

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16-10-2019, 10:11 AM,
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RE: E90 M3
(16-10-2019, 09:14 AM)yakuza racer Wrote: Had the car on the dyno:

279.9kw
378.8nM

Run took 9.3 seconds ... sure if he did another pull it would have been more.

Annnnnnyways...

Gearbox and diff fluid change booked in for end of this month..

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What have you done to the car to get 279 kws I've seen M3 dyno at 200wkws

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16-10-2019, 10:15 AM, (This post was last modified: 16-10-2019, 10:45 AM by KPM_330.)
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RE: E90 M3
(16-10-2019, 10:11 AM)Luke 130i Wrote:
(16-10-2019, 09:14 AM)yakuza racer Wrote: SNIP
What have you done to the car to get 279 kws I've seen M3 dyno at 200wkws

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@Luke 130i, this dyno was at the coast, Cape Town (sea-level).. In Jhb, the car (any naturally aspirated car for that matter) will suffer from power loss due to altitude (Above sea-level).

When quoting threads, try to remove the pics. Impacts loading time and uses more data, unnecessarily.

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16-10-2019, 10:22 AM,
#20
E90 M3
I see big difference at sea level with NA cars and noted thanks for the advice

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