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      12-01-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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Loyalty to Bavaria, from e30 to e90 M3

I’d like to introduce myself to the forum and start a journal to document the journey of my Space Grey E90 M3. Being no stranger to Bavarian automobiles, and even more familiar with the Motorsports division from BMW, it was only natural that I had found myself in yet another M3.

I started my love for BMWs at a young age, in which I was exposed to the E30 M3. This same 1988 Alpine White M3 eventually became my own, and is still in my hands to this day. Here are some photos for you enjoy, the car that started it all:







As I progressed with life, the E30 M3 was not cutting it for my every day needs. Though it was a fun car to drive on weekends on back roads, it’s not the most practical car to be driven daily. Add it’s age and rareness, I didn’t want to rack up any extra miles on the car. The hunt then began for the daily driver, and I didn’t know where else to look besides from BMW since that’s all I’ve known all my life.

The e90 M3 had everything I wanted in a daily driver. That V8 roar is intoxicating, and the DCT transmission is buttery smooth. I found an 09 e90 M3 at a great price, with everything I wanted from DCT, to iDrive and had the LCI taillamps with the aggressive booty. After I test-drove it, I knew right away that we were meant to be.

Upon delivery of the e90 M3, I had already ordered parts from EAS: Macht Schnell Stage 2, Painted Reflectors, Matte Black Grills, and AngeliBrights. Within the first week of owning the new (to me) M3, this car was no longer stock. This is just the beginning of the sickness we all have, the mod bug. The car has already seen it’s first autocross in the rain in Sonoma, and it will be seeing Buttonwillow Race track in a couple of weeks!







Hope you enjoyed the journey so far, many more updates to come! Also, many thanks to Tom @ EAS for accommodating my many questions and providing the best customer service I’ve ever experienced!

UPDATE 12/30/12 (See Post #23):





UPDATE 3/11/13 (See Post #35):

I paid EAS a visit over the weekend for some power/cosmetic mods! I picked up an Akra slip-on, Macht Schnell test pipes, and matte black side gills. All I have to say is WOW! The sound of the Akra is amazing, not to mention the added power from the test pipes.. And on the E90, the black gills are a must have, they look way cleaner than the chrome OEM gills against the black honeycomb. For installation and customer service, EAS really hooked it up. They did a very good job of aligning the Akra tips, checking the test pipe clamps for leaks, and doing clean and quick install of the side gills. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I drove all the way back to the bay area last night and there is literally NO DRONE with this setup at cruising speeds (passengers could sleep, I could hear my music, its all good!). Cold start is a little bit loud and bassy and drones, but I'm ok with it. Once the cycle is over, the idle is barely noticeably louder than stock. Once I put the windows down and step on it, I can immediately hear the difference in tone. Also, I can feel the extra power in every gear and across the entire RPM range. Now on to some pics and quick vid. Thanks again EAS!










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      12-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Very nice,love that E30,E90 looks awesome in SG !
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      12-01-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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Unbeatable combo. Both your cars are so clean! I have an E30 and E9x in my garage as well (Sparkling Graphite and AW), although my E30 is just a regular vert. Can't wait to get that thing back on the road!

Would love to see pics of them together!
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nice journal and congrats! i love your e30, im hoping to get one soon for myself...
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Iíd like to introduce myself to the forum and start a journal to document the journey of my Space Grey E90 M3. Being no stranger to Bavarian automobiles, and even more familiar with the Motorsports division from BMW, it was only natural that I had found myself in yet another M3.

I started my love for BMWs at a young age, in which I was exposed to the E30 M3. This same 1988 Alpine White M3 eventually became my own, and is still in my hands to this day. Here are some photos for you enjoy, the car that started it all:







As I progressed with life, the E30 M3 was not cutting it for my every day needs. Though it was a fun car to drive on weekends on back roads, itís not the most practical car to be driven daily. Add itís age and rareness, I didnít want to rack up any extra miles on the car. The hunt then began for the daily driver, and I didnít know where else to look besides from BMW since thatís all Iíve known all my life.

The e90 M3 had everything I wanted in a daily driver. That V8 roar is intoxicating, and the DCT transmission is buttery smooth. I found an 09 e90 M3 at a great price, with everything I wanted from DCT, to iDrive and had the LCI taillamps with the aggressive booty. After I test-drove it, I knew right away that we were meant to be.

Upon delivery of the e90 M3, I had already ordered parts from EAS: Macht Schnell Stage 2, Painted Reflectors, Matte Black Grills, and AngeliBrights. Within the first week of owning the new (to me) M3, this car was no longer stock. This is just the beginning of the sickness we all have, the mod bug. The car has already seen itís first autocross in the rain in Sonoma, and it will be seeing Buttonwillow Race track in a couple of weeks!







Hope you enjoyed the journey so far, many more updates to come! Also, many thanks to Tom @ EAS for accommodating my many questions and providing the best customer service Iíve ever experienced!
That front plate is killing me. Get rid of that crap, regardless of the $50 ticket (sometimes you can go 10 years without a front plate ticket in California)

Everything else looks good.
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I agree that it does not look great. Mine looks exactly like the one above.

I got pulled over a few years ago in my old E90 by a motorcycle cop in my city for no front plate. When he told me why I was being pulled over I told him that I did have a plate. The cop was looking for the plate in the normal spot and did not notice it to the side. In the end I did not get a ticket but would have if the plate was not there.

Our counrty is BROKE so they will try and get your money somehow. If you have the extra cash and time to waste then I say to keep it off. I would rather put my cash to better use.

This was my story a few years back for being pulled over with out a front plate.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=434256

OP, keep your plate it is not worth the hassle. Congrats on the new purchase and welcome to the forum!

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That front plate is killing me. Get rid of that crap, regardless of the $50 ticket (sometimes you can go 10 years without a front plate ticket in California)

Everything else looks good.
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I agree that it does not look great. Mine looks exactly like the one above.

I got pulled over a few years ago in my old E90 by a motorcycle cop in my city for no front plate. When he told me why I was being pulled over I told him that I did have a plate. The cop was looking for the plate in the normal spot and did not notice it to the side. In the end I did not get a ticket but would have if the plate was not there.

Our counrty is BROKE so they will try and get your money somehow. If you have the extra cash and time to waste then I say to keep it off. I would rather put my cash to better use.

This was my story a few years back for being pulled over with out a front plate.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=434256

OP, keep your plate it is not worth the hassle. Congrats on the new purchase and welcome to the forum!
I've been pulled over for no front plate...never in 12 years. But I have gotten 1 fix it ticket for no plates after being pulled over for speeding.
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I’d like to introduce myself to the forum and start a journal to document the journey of my Space Grey E90 M3. Being no stranger to Bavarian automobiles, and even more familiar with the Motorsports division from BMW, it was only natural that I had found myself in yet another M3.

I started my love for BMWs at a young age, in which I was exposed to the E30 M3. This same 1988 Alpine White M3 eventually became my own, and is still in my hands to this day. Here are some photos for you enjoy, the car that started it all:







As I progressed with life, the E30 M3 was not cutting it for my every day needs. Though it was a fun car to drive on weekends on back roads, it’s not the most practical car to be driven daily. Add it’s age and rareness, I didn’t want to rack up any extra miles on the car. The hunt then began for the daily driver, and I didn’t know where else to look besides from BMW since that’s all I’ve known all my life.

The e90 M3 had everything I wanted in a daily driver. That V8 roar is intoxicating, and the DCT transmission is buttery smooth. I found an 09 e90 M3 at a great price, with everything I wanted from DCT, to iDrive and had the LCI taillamps with the aggressive booty. After I test-drove it, I knew right away that we were meant to be.

Upon delivery of the e90 M3, I had already ordered parts from EAS: Macht Schnell Stage 2, Painted Reflectors, Matte Black Grills, and AngeliBrights. Within the first week of owning the new (to me) M3, this car was no longer stock. This is just the beginning of the sickness we all have, the mod bug. The car has already seen it’s first autocross in the rain in Sonoma, and it will be seeing Buttonwillow Race track in a couple of weeks!







Hope you enjoyed the journey so far, many more updates to come! Also, many thanks to Tom @ EAS for accommodating my many questions and providing the best customer service I’ve ever experienced!
That front plate is killing me. Get rid of that crap, regardless of the $50 ticket (sometimes you can go 10 years without a front plate ticket in California)

Everything else looks good.
Just to talk shit, why you had to quote all that pix?
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Two very complimentary cars! Congrats on picking up the new E90!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the E90.

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Sweet looking e30 M3, what a classic! Congrats on the new M3.
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your E30 looks gorgeous and so does your new E90...congrats

cant wait to see all of the mods that your going to put on this new beast!
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man do I still love that E30 M3. Congrats on your new ride
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That front plate is killing me. Get rid of that crap, regardless of the $50 ticket (sometimes you can go 10 years without a front plate ticket in California)

Everything else looks good.
Thanks for the comment. I'll keep it for now, but I have a towhook that I'll be using for the track. I bought the car and it was missing the tow hook cover anyways.

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Two very complimentary cars! Congrats on picking up the new E90!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the E90.

Which CF Airbox do you have on your S14?
Thanks! I have the 2.3L cf airbox with 15cm intake runners. The car is running a custom Alpha-N tune. The box is from a member on s14.net named Markus
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I love reading stories like yours, congrats on the new car. That E30 is mint
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Finally an update!



Here is a pic of me testing out my newest mods on the track at Buttonwillow on 12/16/12. I am lowered on B&G springs.

The wheel/tire specs are:
Volk TE37 18x9.5 / 18x10.5 +22 with 275/35/18 square Hankook R-S3s

This is the only decent picture of my new setup but stay tuned!
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