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Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP #5242590 10/17/19 05:11 PM
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Hello All:

I'm one of the older guys on this forum. I've always taken good care of all my stuff, cars included. I was working around in the garage and decided to take a few pictures my special ordered from the factory (no sunroof) 2003 BMW E46 330Ci ZSP. This car will go down in my lifetime as once of my all time favorites. Even though the car has been flawless since new, i spend a lot of time on it anyway.

Since owning it another pair of hands have not touched it in any way except for the CA emissions test every two years, my hand picked alignment guy, and for the air bag recall. I do everything; maintenance, mechanical, modification, detailing, etc., everything.

Our E46 has never once been driven in the rain or on a wet road. The only time it's outside is when it's being driven, and that's usually on high quality, low traffic, driving roads. Even so, I hand wash, yes hand wash, the undercarriage every year or two. Our E46 lives a good life!

Anyway, I was putzing around the garage and took some pictures of the undercarriage, just for the heck of it. Crazy thing is, the car looks like this all the time. I was kinda chuffed while looking at the pictures and thought I'd share them with you. Realize, this car has 91K miles on it. So it's been driven! And this is a 16 year old machine you're looking at!

Enjoy,

Scott

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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242601 10/17/19 05:26 PM
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Anybody can leave a car parked in a garage and keep it looking like that, but at 91000 miles - that is impressive!. thumbsup


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242606 10/17/19 05:32 PM
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Looks great, your ownership and californias weather has been really nice to the undercarriage. There is an ebay seller who does OE re wraps in Czech Republic if youre looking to refresh the suede on the steering wheel. Most guys recommend driving gloves to keep that new.


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242623 10/17/19 05:53 PM
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Looks great. I think this era 3 Series body style was the most attractive.

Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242631 10/17/19 05:59 PM
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Holy carp that's clean.


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242640 10/17/19 06:08 PM
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It looks like you just drove it out of the dealership showroom! Keeping them parked indoors and out of the sun makes a huge difference!


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242671 10/17/19 06:54 PM
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Really nice and clean thumbsup


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242673 10/17/19 06:56 PM
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WOW!! 16 years, 91,000 miles......very, very impressive! It looks like it just came out of the factory.

Well done SLO_Town!!

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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242682 10/17/19 07:03 PM
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That's a beautiful car.....but with the OCD treatment you give it....do you get an equivalent or more enjoyment out of it when you do drive it? Or does it turn into a mental exercise on what to fix or work or clean next....rather than flooring the pedal?

Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242689 10/17/19 07:12 PM
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That is clean. Living In CA has it's advantages!

Are the Wiper blades and Washer fluid original? When was the last time you used them?


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242693 10/17/19 07:15 PM
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Geez, that thing is beautiful! Nice job keeping the interior leather looking mint as well.


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242700 10/17/19 07:21 PM
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SLO_Town,

Very Nice! Always nice to see meticulous care/maintenance.


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242708 10/17/19 07:35 PM
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Try that in a snowy environment,
Cali = easypeasy


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242773 10/17/19 08:44 PM
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West Coast vehicle........looks immaculate. You showed yours, want to see mine grin


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Re: Undercarriage pics of my 2003 E46 330Ci ZSP [Re: SLO_Town] #5242784 10/17/19 08:57 PM
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In the northeast its either rust or a oil based spray like Krown. Either way it will not look like that.


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