trumant Reader
6/7/20 5:05 p.m.

Starting a new thread for my 2002 M3 that I recently acquired. Some thoughts around the purchase and first pictures are in S52 Swapped E36

trumant Reader
6/7/20 5:18 p.m.

First the pictures

Also came with a set of square 18x9.5 APEX ARC-8 wheels shod with RE71Rs that have half a season of autox on them.

and a service manual, 3 liters of oil, fresh inspection and oil change and the last few years of service records.

Purchased it from a member of my local SCCA and BMWCCA chapters who used it for autox for a few seasons and a track night in America event at Pocono. He had recently decided to move on to 2019 Bullitt Mustang and run in CAM.

Not sure if I'll be taking it to any autox events but a track day or two isn't out of the question.

trumant Reader
6/7/20 5:20 p.m.

Car is thoughtfully modded with subframe reinforcements, new rear subframe bushings, adjustable Konis, Vorshlag camber plates up front and adjustable camber arms out back and a heavy front strut tower bar.

trumant Reader
6/7/20 5:28 p.m.

Day 2 of ownership and I took out for a 50 mile trip through some local winding roads. Pretty much the same trip I've taken quite a few times in my E36 so I really wanted to see how they compare.

First impressions are that the power delivery and braking are so much more linear and that the chassis itself is significantly stiffer. Sport mode throttle response takes getting used to and I'm not yet brave enough to disable DSC.

The car rotated nicely under power and the traction from the stock staggered setup with performance all seasons is eye opening. Definitely can feel the advantage of the wider rubber relative to my E36.

One downside to the trip is that on my way home I had some loss of power and surging from 3k RPM and up in third and fourth. I had let the gas tank get below a quarter tank and when I pulled over the fuel pump was whining loudly. The hilly route had apparently resulted in some fuel starvation. Once I got back on more level ground, I was able to baby it another mile to a gas station and get it filled up.

Once the tank was full no more issues with fueling thankfully. At 80k miles I suspect it still has the original fuel pump so first order of business will be a new fuel pump and fuel filter so I don't see any more repeats of the bad behavior.

trumant Reader
6/7/20 8:09 p.m.

Did some research on fuel pumps and wondering if anyone here has gone with the Radium Engineering adaptor that allows you to use a Walbro 255 pump? Roughly $200 for that option vs $415 or so for the OEM from FCP Euro.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/7/20 9:26 p.m.

If you go Walbro make sure you buy it from a reputable seller as there are many counterfeit ones. 

Nice car!

Sonic UltraDork
6/7/20 11:47 p.m.

I still miss my Z4M coupe, which is mechanically very similar, what a great car.  Good work buying from an enthusiast, that is good on these.  Have regular valve adjustments been done?  Hope so.  

I have a set of replica 19" staggard CSL wheels in my basement I would sell for a mid 3 figure price with new pressure sensors if you want some spares, and I'm local (berks county). 

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MTechnically (Forum Supporter) Reader
6/8/20 10:08 p.m.

Really does seem like you got quite a nice example. I don't think you can really go wrong or lose money as long as you don't count general maintenance.

This along with the E39 M5 and Z3M/Z4M aren't going anywhere, but up for the long term. 

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trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
6/28/20 10:38 p.m.

No more fuel pump shenanigans after another 50 or so miles of driving. Did get a very momentary low oil light a few days or so ago though and when I checked the level it looked to be down about 2/3 a quart from full.

Added some oil earlier today and took it out for a bit to some of may favorite back roads for a drive. Still not brave enough to see what it's like with traction control disabled but I'm getting more comfortable with the super snappy throttle response in Sport mode.

AxeHealey HalfDork
6/29/20 8:20 a.m.

Love these things and they are a ridiculous value right now. 

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trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/1/20 2:40 p.m.

After adding oil back in late June my low oil warning light is back. Car has seen maybe 10 days of driving since with most of it spirited, multi-hour backroad drives with high RPM engine load.

No visible oil leaks and no exhaust smoke noticeable. Any common failure points I should be looking for? One notable fact is that I don't know when the last valve adjustment was done so it could well be due.

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trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/1/20 3:10 p.m.

No oil in the coolant overflow and no signs of coolant in the oil. When I filled it back up it took about a quart. So figure it burned that much/that much disappeared in about 600 miles of driving.

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