The 3 series BMW hold a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts in the world. For some reasons, they seem to have that special something that just gets under your skin, a feeling like you’re being just a little bit sporty or classy every time you take one for a drive. This reputation was quickly earned way back in early 1974 when E21 series was first launched. Featuring a class-leading shark-face design, a light-weight chassis and strong power plant, it was a package that really rewarded the driver who was willing to put the effort in back then.
It should come as no surprise then that they have built up massive phenomena and crowd of followers around the globe over the years. You can easily spot BMW fans straight away when you meet them, talk to them, reading their list of previous rides, and so on. Couple weeks ago, for the countless time we’ve been friend with Hendi Wibawa. A man that known previously with his build on Kia Sephia now incising his taste on this BMW E46 sedan. Hendi’s previous bavarian ride was an E90 series, the fifth-gen successor of 3 series BMW that sat pretty on bronze TE37 wheels before he decided to put on the market for some reasons. But at the time when this article will online, we’ve heard sad news from him said that this car has been sold due to another E46 interest. We are eager to watch his move on different E46. But let’s discuss his “past” lady here.
Last year in 2015 he found a good shape of last E46 generation that powered by N46 2.0 engine. To date the car has made 114 hp at the rear wheels, pretty decent power for his daily we guess. The purpose of this car was to build a good daily commuter with tastefully modified on some vital sectors that enhance its look and exclusivity. Some of car enthusiasts that we know lately are easily throwing tons of money spent to increased their social status, grabbing people’s attention, act likes a walking prophet which proclaiming that they worth to be followed. Excessive flares, an ear-destructor sound system, super wide wheels that make your car looks like road yacht, are the most common scenes that we’ve seen till now every day in our timeline. Personally said, we cannot blame your fantasy to follow what you dreams of in terms of car modification. There are tremendous countries with heavy mods and good looking cars that many people around the world eager to follow their builds, US’s car scene is a good example. Those “stance” trends with excessive drops and wide wheels are truly amazing in their scene. But what we’d like to show here in LadyOnWheels is much easier but sometimes tricky too.
We personally don’t know how to appreciate our Indonesian car market since back then. There are lots of car manufacturers are downgrading their product as price wise reasons. So we’ve lost lots of optional items which is ridiculously good or functional, but due to downgrading, we found none then. Hendi Wibawa and couple other enthusiasts out there are hunting down all necessary parts that should be in the car thoroughly. That is the part that we said previously is a tricky one. You need to be patient on what you looking for, being a single-hearted person to receive a fact that those “missing” parts are damn expensive. Seriously, this kind of enthusiast is not for faint-hearted person. It’s just not as easy as you can order your chromey seamless tank for your air suspension, or revealing your exhaustion from your easy effort.
Let’s talk about the exterior of this car. Basically the E46 was developed as a replacement for the BMW E36 chassis. The styling of the E46 was seen as an evolution of the extremely successful previous generation 3-series. Maybe some people will think that this car was just an ordinary neat or presentable car, but Hendi put lots of efforts to accomplish his mission in rebuilding the beauty this Orient Blue lady. Hendi replaced the old worn headlamp with brand new OEM E46 330i projector headlamp, to adorn the exterior he added the JDM version of M-sport front and rear bumper, followed by the OEM E46 M-sport side skirt and ducktail, he also got a nice pair of OEM E46 retractable side mirrors. It’s all just the matter of taste.
It was then on to the wheels, and there is no debating on this one. An uber rare set of BBS RG 152 forged that some people known as one of the BBS WTCC set measured at 18×8.5 all around with +20 front and +16 rear. Luckily, Hendi has a great friend from Auto Distro garage which known as a heaven for rare wheels and car items lately to source this set for him. To be honest, all BMW series will always looks match, even need BBS wheels – full stop. Being used to a somewhat more modern car, Hendi knew something had to be done to the suspension, which at the time of purchase the suspension felt a bit tired. He installed a quality set of KW Coilover to increased his driving pleasure with this lady. The subsequent lowering effect also worked wonders for the looks of the car, giving it a far more aggressive stance.
Here is the cockpit review of his E46. When many people spent too much money on cheapy carbon fiber body kits, half-cabin sound system, and other “cool” stuff. Hendi preferred to add his quality taste on sourcing the Recaro Sportster CS which originally made by Recaro for Mini Cooper John Cooper Works. For those who unfamiliar with this seat, please do not try to google it and asking how much is it worth. This seat is definitely a top notch choice for timeless gentlemen. Another rare thing that he successfully sourced is the OEM E46 original center console which still equipped with a complete phone set.
Naturally, we wish Hendi the best of luck with his upcoming new project and would like to say thank to him for allowing us to shoot his lovely ride.