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      05-04-2017, 12:43 AM   #1
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Intro - New to the world of ///M(3)

Hey Team!

Picked up my first M car last week and thought I would jump on to the forum for some helpful advice and to catch up with a few like minded M'ers. Previous vehicles to this included things like WRX, EVO, 350Z, MPS, Senator, Golf R, as well as a CBR600RR and a Ducati 848. Most recently I off loaded my 10 month old Focus RS in order to snap up the current ride (yes I'm a bit of a car slut!).

The new ride won't be a stranger to these forums as it was previously owned by a member, and I have been in his ear for the last 2 years waiting for him to decide to upgrade. It is a Jerez Black E90 DCT M3, currently running the titanium Akrapovic exhaust, Afe pro intake & filter, Eibach pro kit, ESS tune to engine & DCT, plus some carbon fibre goodies.

So far I'm loving it, and learning all the little ///M nuances. To date I've replace the reversing globes with LED ones, replace the tint due to some scratches, and it is booked in for a full paint correction and protection...will be magnificent after that (just need to get some new plates on it). Oh, and then of course there is the whole RB issue....and yes I understand that forums are akin to googling medical symptoms, but I think I will probably bite the bullet on that in the next 12 months (currently 55k on the clock)

Looking forward to meeting some of you

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      05-04-2017, 01:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the M3 community Alex, you'll definitely find some good information and great members willing to help on this forum.
Whats the Akra exhaust system like? I'm thinking about getting an exhaust soon. I'm looking for something that is easy to live with when cruising (no drone) and obviously sounds great under acceleration.
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Welcome indeed! Perhaps we'll see more of this car now than we did when Ed owned it! He never could get up early!!!
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Welcome aboard and congrats on a great choice. Ed treated that car like his baby.
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Agreed. Ed is an enthusiast for sure, and staying in the ///M family I believe. We will forgive him for going forced induction....
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Welcome! You got bored of the new Focus RS so quickly? Mind to share you thoughts about Focus RS vs E9x M3?
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      05-04-2017, 07:07 PM   #7
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Oofftt! That RS looked so good! I'd be interested to hear how you think the RS stacks up against the e9x M3...
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      05-04-2017, 11:11 PM   #8
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Hey Team!

Picked up my first M car last week and thought I would jump on to the forum for some helpful advice and to catch up with a few like minded M'ers. Previous vehicles to this included things like WRX, EVO, 350Z, MPS, Senator, Golf R, as well as a CBR600RR and a Ducati 848. Most recently I off loaded my 10 month old Focus RS in order to snap up the current ride (yes I'm a bit of a car slut!).

The new ride won't be a stranger to these forums as it was previously owned by a member, and I have been in his ear for the last 2 years waiting for him to decide to upgrade. It is a Jerez Black E90 DCT M3, currently running the titanium Akrapovic exhaust, Afe pro intake & filter, Eibach pro kit, ESS tune to engine & DCT, plus some carbon fibre goodies.

So far I'm loving it, and learning all the little ///M nuances. To date I've replace the reversing globes with LED ones, replace the tint due to some scratches, and it is booked in for a full paint correction and protection...will be magnificent after that (just need to get some new plates on it). Oh, and then of course there is the whole RB issue....and yes I understand that forums are akin to googling medical symptoms, but I think I will probably bite the bullet on that in the next 12 months (currently 55k on the clock)

Looking forward to meeting some of you

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Welcome - nice current ride. Interesting and varied past garage too!!
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      05-05-2017, 10:14 PM   #10
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Nice pick up but be very careful because what happens from here is you start looking to move on to the P car, NSX, Huracan, and then like most of us to the Veyron and Chiron
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Hey Team!

Picked up my first M car last week and thought I would jump on to the forum for some helpful advice and to catch up with a few like minded M'ers. Previous vehicles to this included things like WRX, EVO, 350Z, MPS, Senator, Golf R, as well as a CBR600RR and a Ducati 848. Most recently I off loaded my 10 month old Focus RS in order to snap up the current ride (yes I'm a bit of a car slut!).

The new ride won't be a stranger to these forums as it was previously owned by a member, and I have been in his ear for the last 2 years waiting for him to decide to upgrade. It is a Jerez Black E90 DCT M3, currently running the titanium Akrapovic exhaust, Afe pro intake & filter, Eibach pro kit, ESS tune to engine & DCT, plus some carbon fibre goodies.

So far I'm loving it, and learning all the little ///M nuances. To date I've replace the reversing globes with LED ones, replace the tint due to some scratches, and it is booked in for a full paint correction and protection...will be magnificent after that (just need to get some new plates on it). Oh, and then of course there is the whole RB issue....and yes I understand that forums are akin to googling medical symptoms, but I think I will probably bite the bullet on that in the next 12 months (currently 55k on the clock)

Looking forward to meeting some of you

Welcome!

The tint scratches are common in E90s apparently due to the double seal arrangement in the door. I have moleskin strips to stick on to try to avoid dirt scratching my tint when I get it replaced.

As for bearings, just get oil analysis done and watch the levels every 5,000
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      05-08-2017, 09:52 AM   #12
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I too have some brand new moleskins that I no longer need so if anyone is looking for some...
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Welcome to the M3 community Alex, you'll definitely find some good information and great members willing to help on this forum.
Whats the Akra exhaust system like? I'm thinking about getting an exhaust soon. I'm looking for something that is easy to live with when cruising (no drone) and obviously sounds great under acceleration.
Thanks mate. The Akra exhaust suits my needs, loud when WOT and nice and quiet when cruising. No drone so to speak, just that gorgeous V8 hum.

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Welcome indeed! Perhaps we'll see more of this car now than we did when Ed owned it! He never could get up early!!!
Yer I don't mind getting up early...looking forward to catching up with a few of you. Was on the RAMP003 cruise last weekend but there were so many people I didn't get a chance to hunt down the numerous M3 owners that were present.

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Oofftt! That RS looked so good! I'd be interested to hear how you think the RS stacks up against the e9x M3...
RS and M3 are like chalk and cheese. There aren't many cars on the market that can go around corners like the RS, however it is a car that requires the driver to always be "on"...not really a cruising car. The M3 on the other hand is completely bipolar - love it. Also the RS is still a Ford and it shows...that combined with the ever growing cracked block issues made for anxious ownership.

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Welcome!

The tint scratches are common in E90s apparently due to the double seal arrangement in the door. I have moleskin strips to stick on to try to avoid dirt scratching my tint when I get it replaced.

As for bearings, just get oil analysis done and watch the levels every 5,000
Tint has been replaced and will keep the seals squeaky clean to avoid this again. Will be doing oil analysis regularly but for peace of mind I have resigned to changing the bearings out soonish (with 12 months).
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Thanks mate. The Akra exhaust suits my needs, loud when WOT and nice and quiet when cruising. No drone so to speak, just that gorgeous V8 hum.



Yer I don't mind getting up early...looking forward to catching up with a few of you. Was on the RAMP003 cruise last weekend but there were so many people I didn't get a chance to hunt down the numerous M3 owners that were present.





RS and M3 are like chalk and cheese. There aren't many cars on the market that can go around corners like the RS, however it is a car that requires the driver to always be "on"...not really a cruising car. The M3 on the other hand is completely bipolar - love it. Also the RS is still a Ford and it shows...that combined with the ever growing cracked block issues made for anxious ownership.



Tint has been replaced and will keep the seals squeaky clean to avoid this again. Will be doing oil analysis regularly but for peace of mind I have resigned to changing the bearings out soonish (with 12 months).
Hey Alex... You have a blog right? I remember reading it and thinking finally I'd found someone who changes cars as much as I do 😃
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      06-06-2017, 06:01 AM   #15
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Hey Alex... You have a blog right? I remember reading it and thinking finally I'd found someone who changes cars as much as I do 😃
Nah mate I don't...but probably should! LOL

I usually have a build thread in the respective forum that relates to whatever car I own at the time. Been looking at maybe getting some vlogging gear and fire up a few vids...we'll see.

Good to have another car slut in the midst!
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Well I was hoping to get a bit of a longer run before being officially inducted into BMW ownership but Sunday arvo the dreaded check engine light has come on and the car doesn't feel quite right. Considering the sporadic throttle response I'm hedging bets that one of the throttle actuators has crapped it's dacks!

Anyway, I have conicidentally been doing the phone around to have the rod bearings replaced, so it looks like we'll be doing it all in one swoop.

After speaking to Josh at Galvsport, the car is now booked in mid next week for RB and TA overhaul.

Considering the transfer cost is due this week as well, it looks like I'll be on bread and water for a month! hahaha

Oh well, at least there should be some anxious free driving after those two things are sorted.

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Ouch! It'll feel like a new car again after the work is done .....!!
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good choice Josh has done plenty of both those jobs on E9X M3 in the last couple of years
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After nearly 3 weeks in the shop, the M is finally due to come home early next week. Spoke to Josh (Galvsport) this morning and the over-riding comment was - "you're lucky you brought it in for rod bearings when you did!" Yikes, thank god for my OCD anxiety. Pictures to follow soon. For those interested - 55k's on the clock and relatively religious servicing by all accounts of the previous owner (although that will be stepped up from now on plus oil sampling). Just waiting for the throttle bodies to be patched up, one last check, and I'll be back in the hotseat. Am having serious M withdrawals.

On another note - What The Actual F@ck PhotoBucket?!?!?! No warning before switching off 3rd party hosting! Grrrr All photos on all my build threads are cactus!!

Who do people use to host pics for 3rd party use these days?
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For those of you playing at home, here are the pics of the bearings......yep, terrifying!





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