Was 531bhp 8L S3 thats going to break the 600+ bhp Club then break something else. My S3 Twists Drive shafts for fun.
Adjustable FPR from 1-5 bar, 2 sets of 20v turbo cams, Unused ARP 3/8 2000 rod bolts, relentless 200 cell cat pipe, Std AGU Crankshaft. Ported & Reconditioned Cylinder head service.
I'm glad you'll be sticking around mate, as ill need your brain when I'm doing my build but your m3 looks gorgeous! Always loved it as I wanted one in candy red!! You should DMS the fecker and it'll fly! 8-) are you going to put bumble in the classifieds at all?
With a lil summat summat....
Good luck welly
never really got a chance to meet you properly, just that once @ kk Bristol and boy did your car shift
Get your ass upto the BMW meet @ ace there's some cracking lads up there with some mind blowing beemers
ive met up with them a good few times, after the friday meet they head down to the new road For some hardcore drifting
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S3 fuel rail 3bar fpr £10
Now what is going to happen to Bumble? please don't put it on Ebay
52 plate S3 / Ming Blue / 60K / Celtic Tuning Re-Map, Allegedly 278 Bhp-256 lb/ft (not proven/no chance)
m3cutters.co.uk is worth visiting, I spent some itme on there to get a feel of the +ve and -ve of the M3.
I will still be coming on here, no other forum has the wealth of members that I actually like.
Besides, my knowledge of the 1.8T isn't just going to up and disappear and I do like helping people where I can.
Agreed, I won't get anything near back what I have put into Bumble, but thats just how these things are. I didn't do it to get money back, I did it to make something impressive. The problem is that if I keep it, then I will just plough more and more money into it. I was pricing up cams and valves etc and then I realised that I just didn't want to spend another 2 grand or thereabouts on it, having only just rebuilt the engine. As long as I own Bumble I will keep doing it, and it's got to stop somewhere. Things changed for me with buying a house - the expendable cash just isn't there like it was.
With regards to the Vanos, yes they are weak, but the Vanos unit has just been replaced - bonus. Also, tyre prices do suck as the backs are not the stock 255 width, on the BBS rims they are 275 which is going to sting. Also has a new clutch last year.
It is just a completely different driving experience to the S3, everything is big and heavy, clunky and mechanical and I like that a lot. Its an involved experience driving it, you push the heavy clutch down and you know you are moving something.
I'm sure I will plough money it, why the hell not? It's just nice to start a new project, a new challenge, something I don't know inside out.
Bill, not long I have no doubt... will be strange dynoing the back wheels though.... :S.
I'll still be at Bills a lot, because I've gotten quite fond of him and Tuffty over the years... And I have other 1.8Ts on the go as well being buggered about with.
I will miss Bumble - I love that car.
I don't know what she's worth either, it's more of a what someone is willing to pay scenario which does sort of make Ebay ideal, as much as I don't like the idea.
DVLA Has a W13 MWM Plate.
In a round about way it says W BMW M
Welly's BMW M3.
Congrats on the car mate.
Brining it to ADI?
Bm looks awesome dude!
my mate works for BMW he said I should tell you to check underneath the car at the rear something about the axle or something where the suspension goes (can't remember to be exact sorry) he said it starts to crack its a common fault in these model of bmw.
BMW know about it and fix it on warranty but don't tell any one about it.
It involves a whole new rear floor pan plus some extras. If it is starting to crack you can get it fix under warranty if its still covered.
Sounds like I'm just been an arse but just looking out for you mate as it would be pretty crappy for this to happen then find out it could of been fixed for free when the warranty runs out.
Know fault since the E36s.
It happened to mine.
BMW don't really replace it under a warranty. They should but they don't.
Couple of mates have had the same issue and they went to BMW and got turned away.
They even went there with evidence, reports and other information to see if they will change their mind but they never did and refused.
One mate got his done via a nice letter from his mother, who is the PA or something to the director of BMW UK.
Its common on the E46 coupes but I don't think the M3s suffer from it that much as they normally have the extra plates welded in from factory.
My mate currently has a E46 318ci in with that issue. The guy who owned the car before the current customer hide the fault. covered the cracks in filler, duck tape and paint.
Its now go to a point the where the complete rear floor pan has to come out.
If you get it early enough you can get away with welding the cracks, welding the strengthening plates in.
Here's mine when we did it.
Rear Sub Frame pictures by Axios - Photobucket
Pain in the ass for the owners will FSH and this happens and BMW said no or they supply the parts but you have to pay labour.
A stupid issue that's been happening since 1990.
It's not an Audi only show.
End of an era this but am glad your happy with your new car etc.
I would think that Bumble needs to go to another active forum member as they will know its true value etc.
Nice to see your gonna be sticking around the forum though
Audi S3 8L BAM 225 2002 - Ming Blue : Silver Heated Leather, Armrest, RNS-E & Bose, Alloy Mirrors, Gunmetal 18" RSTT`s, Sunroof, Cruise, AutoDim Mirror & usual S3 extras.
Mods : Revo Stg 2 & Select+, FMIC, 3" DP & 200 Cell Cat, 007P (New Piston), Jetex Filter & 80mm TIP & Heatshield, LED Sides & Fogs, Gen VW Aero Wipers, Full Powerflex Kit, Lowered on AP Shocks & Springs, 15mm Front & 20mm Rear Spacers, N249 Delete & Catch Can, AP TVR 4Pot Brakes & DS2500`s, Sachs DMF & Carbon/Kevlar Clutch
I have many mates with E46 M3's, and from what I've heard, almost all have cracked floorpans at the back, and it's pretty much impossible to spot. certainly not visable from above, and not really visable from underneath until it's all unbolted.
Broken Rear springs and RTAB's are also hugely common. Running costs of an E46 M3 compared to an S3 will be enormous!
You can see it on the inside if its far enough gone but generally you can't.
Same with the out side.
Get it up on the ramp and look around where the sub frame mounts the body with a light and you can see it.
But again, it all depends on how far gone it it.
The organisers extended it to include other VAG group vehicles. I think sneaking an M3 in and pretending it's a prototype Golf, may catch their attention
E46 M3 Floor Crack - Redish Motorsport Ltd - BMW Specialists of Bristol
They'll do a check FOC and we'll see what's what.
My mate took his E36 M3 there for some work too. He's (slowly) building a race car. Check this:
M3 NBG MKII
8L S3 - 305bhp - 338lbft
0-60 in 4.8 1/4m in 13.2
Yeah. Known him for years.
Use to work with him, in a round about way.
Check his facebook page for more pics of some of his builds mate.
Right then folks, some photos from after the first ceremonial wash:
Now need to wash and prep Bumble for ADI on Sunday. Need to whip the front bumper off and trim the IC pipework to make the bumper fit properly!
Just been reading up on the 'M Clunk' on the bim bim. Makes me laugh that there is a well known transmission clunk caused by the slip diff.
Fixed one clunk - move on to another.
You don't know me, but Scott kindly mentioned you may be interested in getting a thorough and knowledgeable inspection of your floor (to check for cracks).
I'm James (owner of Redish Motorsport), and as Scott mentioned, well, friends with Scott
Here's a video I put together to help people check their own floors (if they can't travel to Bristol):
And here's the video of the car Scott was mentioning earlier. It's an M3 which has heavy cracking which a previous owner seems to have 'covered up':
BMW E46 M3 heavily cracked subframe - floor split - total failure - Part 1 - YouTube
Feel free to call or email anytime and I'll happily take a look at your M3 - free of charge.
All whilst you wait and with you able to view the car with me in the workshop too.
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