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      11-14-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Project M35i (Creating your own BMW!)

I live in Egypt.. I had purchased a 2009 BMW 316i Coupe brand new from the local BMW Dealership for those of you that arent aware of the 316i it is a 1.6 Liter Engine producing 126 HP which doesn't really feel like a BMW !

In Egypt we have very high customs and taxes on cars. For instance a new M3 which is very unique here would set you back 2,300,000 LE which is equivalent to $460,000 ! which is insane !

My 316i Coupe cost me 350,000 LE which is $70,000. Car was nicely equipped.. Had idrive, 6 speed manual transmission, leather seats, sunroof, and 16" wheels.

The car looked beautiful but felt like I was driving a civic ! so I decided to spice up things a bit.

Phase 1
February 2010
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I ordered OEM M3 Parts such as Front & Rear Bumpers, Hood, Fenders, Mirrors, Front Brackets, Air Ducts and 19 inch M3 Wheels.. Brand New Shipped from BMW Germany.. with all required part for installation.. Had to manually widen the rear fenders at the body shop

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June 2010
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Ordered 2 complete M3 interiors. From Racers with Track M3s.. One Fox Red and one individual saddle brown..

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November 2010
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Finally after a long long long search and help from online junk yards I found a mint 2010 BMW 335i DCT convertible with a broken convertible top that was written off from the insurance company and sold to a junk yard.. and a rear accident 2009 M3 Manual.. I decided to go with the 335i has more luxury features and with minor tuning will reach 500-600 HP..

The car is now getting its new system installed... Engine, Transmission, Suspension, Complete center console with new i-drive, Brakes etc...

I thought this was an interesting transformation to share...

Will keep you updated with photos..

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So how many cars are you making in total? I see 3.. yours, the m3, the 335, but what is your overall goal ?
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      11-14-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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      11-14-2010, 03:03 PM   #5
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holly crap that is is a project. congrats to you
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      11-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
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well i definitely give you points for your efforts but holy crap 70k for a 316 and 400+ for an M3?!? How much does a Lambo cost?

I had an e36 316 as my first car when i lived in scotland, bought it for 900 pounds. My favourite part of the car was the manual wind up sunroof
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i dont get it...
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      11-14-2010, 03:35 PM   #8
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i dont get it...
OP cannot afford an m3 or 335i, so he is doing an m3 body convert and a 335i engine convert.
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please more info are you running the v8?
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OP cannot afford an m3 or 335i, so he is doing an m3 body convert and a 335i engine convert.
Sadly yes I cant afford an M3 in Egypt... As I said its $460,000 and a 335i is $280,000... So I built my perfect car for $100,000.. it would have cost the exact same if I had put an M3 Engine...
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well i definitely give you points for your efforts but holy crap 70k for a 316 and 400+ for an M3?!? How much does a Lambo cost?

I had an e36 316 as my first car when i lived in scotland, bought it for 900 pounds. My favourite part of the car was the manual wind up sunroof
A Gallardo here is around $580,000 !
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Man you went for it! Cool build, car looks much better. I can't believe the cost of rides there, holy s**t.
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please more info are you running the v8?
No.. I chose the V6 335i Engine because its lighter and after tuning it will be much faster than the M3...

I ordered the following for it...

Bastuck Quad Exhaust System
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Juice Box 3 Tune Kit
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Well, this is f.cking epic..
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i wonder how this will affect the OP's warranty?
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Fabulous. Can't even imagine the complexity.
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Don't forget the M3 suspension, that's what really makes the m3 a monster.
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i wonder how this will affect the OP's warranty?
i don't think he's concerned about that lol
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Ack! A V6 you say?
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OP cannot afford an m3 or 335i, so he is doing an m3 body convert and a 335i engine convert.
but how will that not cost the close to that amount with a lot of labor...
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but how will that not cost the close to that amount with a lot of labor...
Labour here is nothing !!

Engine, Transmission, Brakes, Suspension install was $600 !!
ECU, all cables, pumps and AC charge was $500
All Body work including paint job, black roof and widening the rear fenders was $600 !
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Don't forget the M3 suspension, that's what really makes the m3 a monster.
M3 Suspension is amazing but not for Egypt... that actually one of the reasons why I picked the 335i.. Our roads are rough... Lots of bumps and holes.. My brother has an E46 M3 complains all the time from the stiff suspension...
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