September 3, 2017

My BMW 340I XDrive 2017

Hey guys,

I’ve figured i’d be original and do something nobody ever did before (not) and start another F30 build topic / page; not only to show and share what I did to my car but also to keep track of what’s and when’s.  I wish I did the same with my old E90 since it ended up being an epic build and I ended up losing track of whats and whens; but this new one will be just as epic, I hope.  At the time of these words, I didn’t even sign for my purchase yet but already had lots of parts on order for it.

But the acquisition process was also something else so I think I will start from there….  So here’s my car’s story…

 

August 11th 2017

First official visit at the dealer with the firm intention to purchase.  It was friday afternoon so I had that very casual look.  So casual that it took 15 minutes easy before anybody dared to ask me if anybody answered me yet.  But that was totally fine.  I hate having pressure when I’m looking at something specific and prefer to concentrate of my feelings while in the car instead of wasting half of my attention on what the seller’s trying to say.  I knew the car inside/out before I decided to go there.  My choice was already made on the model to every single option.  I thought that the lucky dude or gal that will invest some of its time to come and see me will get an easy one.  But those SA with the nice offices right next to the showroom had better things to discuss amongst themselves then caring for an obviously poor looking wannabe customer.  I see a young guy (+/- 30) running back and forth, sweating from doing back and forth from the copier machine.  He stopped for a second and asked me if anybody answered me yet.  I said no and he stuck with me until I left.  We went for a test drive and then we sat in his office to discuss.  I wanted a ’17 340 in xdrive 6MT with both M performance packs.  Nothing else and nothing too fancy; ideally in Mineral Grey with Red coral leather.  And we found one similar at another dealership, but I had no say in color combos.  It was black on black.  Exactly what I have right now, but I was fine with it.  The 0.9% promotion on 2017’s + the $3500 manufacturer rebate were enough for me to pull the trigger.  But without me having to say a single word, he added another $1500 on top of the manuf. rebate.  So I signed.  Deliverable on the next week.

 

August 14th 2017

On the monday morning, I get a phone call I didn’t want to get.  The other dealer sold the car I signed for during the weekend.  He wanted to look at other options for me.  The only 6MT that were available were either white / silver, the two only colors I didn’t want and all of them got the brown interior and the Premium package, which, guess what, was also the only interior color I didn’t want.   There was a nice blue one but it was fully equipped with a price tag of 80k CAD.  That was too much for me.   So I asked my SA if he had time for me that afternoon; I hate dealing on the phone.  He took a couple hours with me to check every single 340 available without success.  And just as I was about to give up, he made a last / desperation move.  “I’ll tell you one thing before I let you go.  We’ll go for another test drive, and you’re gonna give her shit the way you never gave shit to a car before and after that, if you tell me you’re gonna miss your manual transmission, then I will have tried everything I could.   And we did just that.  It was a crazy, almost scary experience (for my record, not for my life).  Then we got back inside and found one almost exactly like I’ve configured mine on the site.  Mineral Grey with the 18”; also managed to get another 2k rebate on top of the already negotiated 5k AND he threw in the 18” with Michelin Pilot Super Sport for free.  So he got me.  But I’m super proud of my whooping $7500 rebate.  They f*cked up, but they rewarded me for sticking with them I suppose.

 

August 21st 2017

That tease sent me a picture; it’s in prep now!   Delivery on the 23rd.

Also received all my carbon fiber goodies today…

August 23rd 2017

Today is the day.  Cant be any more happy.  But forgot one little detail….  Break in period….

In the next week, the following will be installed / done to the car :

  • BMS Billet intake
  • Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers
  • Carbon Fiber Diffuser
  • Carbon Fiber Trunk lip
  • Carbon Fiber Roof spoiler
  • Carbon Fiber Shark fin
  • Carbon Fiber Dual slat grilles
  • Carbon Fiber Splitters
  • Quartz coating
  • 3M clear bra
  • Windows tint
  • Satellite tracking device

More info / pictures to come!   I will post a new update once what I have on hand is done / installed 😉

 

August 28th 2017

Today I installed most of my CF; here are a couple before / after pics.

  • Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers

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  • Carbon Fiber Diffuser

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  • Carbon Fiber Trunk lip

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  • Carbon Fiber Roof spoiler

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  • Carbon Fiber Dual slat grilles

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  • Carbon Fiber Splitters

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August 31st 2017

Today I installed my BMS Billet Intake.  Install was a breeze.  I took my sweet a$$ time and triple checked everything.  20 minutes from the hood opening to the hood closing.  I’d gladly provide sound clips, but still being in the break in period, those will have to wait.  Almost 1200 clicks on 2000 done.

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September 1st 2017

Today was I day I was waiting for; windows tint and clear bra day.  Every car I drove was pretty dark in the back so this week has been weird for me since it was so bright in there.  Also, I have to cross a bridge both ways every day so I was kinda nervous driving around with a naked bumper paint.  Also went for a full debadge when I got back home.  Really happy with the results.

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Sorry for the After pics of the intake and tint / debadge; its rainy here for the last couple of days so its gonna have to wait.

 

September 4th 2017

Since my CF guy sent me a quad tips diffuser instead of the dual; (and since he’s from China, forget about sending it back) i’ve decided to go quad exhaust. Not to achieve that M3 look; but i’ve figured it would look better then having just 2 tips coming out of a quad diffuser. And since I wanted to swap for the M Performance Carbon Fiber Tips, I’ve decided to go all in and do both at the same time. So i’ve ordered 4 of these bad boys and will go to the shop ASAP.

 

September 13th 2017

Last weekend, I applied my Silverwax Nano1 Ceramic coating to the car.  It comes in a cute little box with the ceramic coating, a surface prep bottle (which smells a lot like ISO), one microfiber, one big suede cloth and 3 little ones.  The process was very straight forward.  I made a judgement call and decided to coat the wheels as well  (damn you M-brakes dust) and I’m very impressed so far.  I’ll let a picture explains everything for itself.  For $70 CDN a box; with which you can coat two cars (or twice yours; thats 4 years!), so $35 a coating, I am SOLD.  Please note that the car travelled 400 clicks easy since the last wash and I still cant wash it for 4 more days.  Cant wait to put some bling on top of it