^That man above me owns an E46 before and he loves it so much.......just not finding a lot of time to drive it, sadly. But chances are you'll still be able to spot it since he sold it to his close friend, who is also here.As for now, he owns an E92 and F82 recently, and in the process of turning them into the *ahem* ultimate driving machines
Anyways welcome to the community! That's a really, really nice starter car that you have there, and you're also one of the very few who dares to go above the half of the initial 20k budget
With a car like this, you're basically ready to roll and start your petrolhead adventures. And wew another American! There are quite a lot of us who either hail from the land of the free or based somewhere in the US of A, both in this forum and the old ones
, so you're not alone
I myself isn't an American nor based in USA, but I've visited the freeland thrice last year. And I absolutely love it, I even brought back some cars to Japan!
Speaking about the car, the E46 is a nice base for just about everything. It's particularly a trackday hero, and in the USA at least you can see some of them running around in trackdays, time attack races or autocross events. On its home turf in the European soil, there are even more
of them lining up in paddocks and pitlanes. I'm not sure how popular it is in grassroots drifting, but there are definitely some of them being used, at least back in Europe. And if you're into the show-off and pride route, you can always convert it into the E46 GTR lookalike or lower it with a dash of camber for that internet approval points
Talking about the E46 GTR, as I've said (or implied), the E46 is a widely potent base for a racecar. In touring car racing, allthough it was the regular E46 instead of the M ones being used to race, BMW raked a lot of national and european touring car trophies with the platform. As for GT racing, the tale of the E46 GTR absolutely needs no
introduction, although its GT racing achievements is overshadowed by the fact that it is also the icon of the Need For Speed series. Personally I'm a bit annoyed by the fact that the E46 was hailed as a videogame monument rather than an endurance racing dominator with multiple american and european titles to its name but oh well. If you're into the drifting scene, you'll know that the E46 is Kristaps Bluss's weapon of choice before switching to the HGK Eurofighter E92.
Right, I'm sorry for veering too far from the discussion. Back to your E46, looking at your budget at the moment, I'd say the best thing you can do for now is a bit of weight reduction, handling improvement and a slight bump on power. Get lighter seats, get a proper steering wheel, get a proper suspension, do an ECU and cam tune, and get a new exhaust plus muffler, and if you could you might want to add a front lip for better aero flow and better look. You'll feel the difference quickly, trust me
Also what's your plan for the E46? A quick daily runner? Trackable daily? Stance master? Either way, I'm looking forward to your journey