Bmw E46 328i
Engine- 2.8 M52TU Dual Vanos,K&N induction kit fitted in modified airbox and cold air now fed from front bumper vent,custom stainless exhaust built and fitted by tintsntweaks.co.uk, Remapped by customtuning.co.uk. 208.7 bhp and 230.2 Ibft on Rolling Rd
The remap was carried out by customtuning.co.uk these lads have been in the remapping business for years and really know there stuff, it all started when i won one of there promotional offers they had on a custom remap on good old ebay, now i am not new to tuning cars and to be honest this Bmw is the only car i have not went mad on, most have had big turbo's and standalone ecu's etc,and the Bmw apart from a couple of tweaks is standard. I traveled down to customtuning in West Yorkshire and was given a nice warm friendly welcome when i arrived, they then got quick to work and connected to car up to there laptop to read the ecu etc and explained throughout the process exactly what they were doing which i always enjoy, as i said i have had cars mapped before so i have a good idea of what goes on, but very few companys take the time to explain exactly what they are doing and customtuning really excel in this department, once the ecu had been read the mapping could begin, the Bm has always had a flat spot about 4k and after mapping the new map was checked and double checked before being written to the ecu, and the result is very very impressive the 4k flat spot is totally gone and the car pulls a lot faster and stronger throughout the whole rev range, so much so i had to check i was in 5th and not 4th on the motorway drive home as it so much more eager in every gear,very impressive, so if your reading this thinking about a remap its worth giving customtuning a call, they will map your car to suit your own driving style, friendly and professional what more could you ask. Update- The car made 208.7 Bhp and 230.2 Ibft on Rolling Road www.customtuning.co.uk
Gearbox- standard 5 speed manual.
Brakes- Grooved Disks mintex pads.
Suspension- Bmw sport shocks (shorter rods) and spax springs 40/30.
The car was already fitted with Bmw sports dampers, so i knew they were up to the job of working with lowered springs, my first choice was eibach, i have used these on 3 of my previous Bmw's without any fault, but after driving an Audi fitted with Spax progressive springs i decided to try them, i went for a 40mm drop and i am very impressed, i find them just as good as the eibach's i previously used, and the ride height is just what i wanted , they don't give a harsh ride and to be honest you would be hard pushed to know they were not standard until you get to some winding roads and they perform great.
Wheels- 18" Bmw M3 Style alloys in Graphite.
I decided to change the wheels to go with the look i was after and came across a set of 18" M3 style alloys which had a polished finish, i knew i wanted them a dark colour, so set about doing a refurb myself, the new wheels were rubbed down and all primed, i just needed to find the colour i wanted and i spotted a classic 205 gti in Graphite grey metallic, and that was the colour for me, i got some paint made up and set about painting them, and the colour came out great and really work well with the car.
Interior- Factory fitted half leather sports seats, acs carbon dash surround,Matt silver rings,Red needles,M logo to replace acs/dsc symbol(lights up and flashes etc same as acs/dsc symbol would) Custom made gear and handbrake gaiter in black suede double stitched in m colours, Dvd headunit, carbo fibre surround for front screen,rear headrest screens, S7 Dials.
Exterior- Full factory fitted Bmw M-tech 1 kit (front and rear replaced with M-tech sport) Rear lip spoiler, Carbon bonnet and boot badges,reverse camera in boot badge,Hamann black grills, shadowline black trim,shark fin with inbuilt tv/gps aerial (still poor picture quality), 8000k Angel eyes (alltronix.co.uk)
Gutted to say i lost the bm on some black ice on a right hand bend, and spun it a couple of times before hitting a ditch then travailing back wards into a tree, the pictures show some damage but there was more underneath, including a snapped rear arm.