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Hello everyone! I'm Omar, posting from Chicago, IL, and I've been a long time BMW fanatic. I've frequented bimmerforums.com since around 2003 and am a member of ZHP Mafia. I've had all sorts of bimmers from several E36 M3s (both 1995 Coupe 5spds), an E85 2003 Z4 Roadster 5spd, E38 2001 M Sport, a pair of E46 330i ZHP Sedan 6spds (a 2003 and a 2004) I even had an E31 1991 850i V12 with the rare 6-Speed. I've had a long list of BMWs and I loved them all differently. I learned to do any maintenance and repairs that I currently know how to perform on these wonderful cars and I'm pretty sure I'll always own at least one. I recently let go of a 2004 330i ZHP 6spd.

That being my background, I've also always admired Porsche and dreamed of one day being able to get behind the wheel of one. Closest I've ever been was a 928 S4 that my father had in Guards Red. I don't recall the year, and I couldn't drive it because I was 13. Well, finally I was able to get my very own Porsche. I picked up a 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera 6-speed in Ocean Blue with 113k on the clock back in December 2014. She's mechanically sound and rides like a dream. The 996 is pretty vicious. I love it and I don't know why it took me so long to get one.

Here are some pics from the day I got her.
 
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The paint was rough and faded on her, and the wheels were bad also. She's been driven her whole life, sitting at around 113k, and was showing her age. The front bumper was very damaged underneath and the sideskirts as well.





To top it off, I had a mishap in the car myself. I drove it in February (like a dummy) and got stuck in a 3" deep hole of ice. It took many hours with a hard steel shovel to break enough ice around the wheels to dig her out. Anyway, I cracked the front bumper a little more that day and I decided to take her in to a body shop. They repaired the bumper and sideskirts, and we went for a full paint job on the car. I had the front bumper license plate holes filled in, and will use a tow-hook license plate bracket solution, the rear bumper guards were removed, and engine lid emblems were removed. I also added clear sidemarkers and the calipers were painted to red from their original black color. Currently, the headlights have bulb burn marks, so I will need to replace them at some point, and I would like to add a taco wing at some point if I can find one. She looks like a new car now though





Tires were bald, worn to the wear markers, and the rims were curb rashed pretty badly, so I went with a budget solution from Tire Rack for now. Sumitomo HTR Z III rubber on Sport Edition Cup 4 wheels. Nothing fancy, but new, clean, and shiny. This is her current status.




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Wheels are 18x8 ET54 and 18x10 ET58 tires are 225/40 and 265/35. Pretty much true to factory spec. Cost for the wheels, tires, mounted and balanced, shipped to my door was a little less than $1,400 ... but it looks like the price went up slightly now by about $200.

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I didn't want to get into a super expensive wheel and tire setup right this moment because I just spent money on the paint and there are other things to do (IMS, RMS, AOS, Clutch Kit, Front wheel bearings) all sitting in my garage. The tires were bald and the rims were beat so they needed to go first and foremost. I didn't feel safe riding around in those tires. The wheel bearings are next priority. They're shot.

I read in many places that the Sumi HTR Z IIIs are very popular budget tires for our cars and the price was right on tirerack, around $500 for the set. The wheels were also inexpensive and look like the turbo twists, with a more modern/sharp look to them. So I wasn't dramatically changing the way my car looks, or the fitment. They're not very lightweight, but I could do worse I suppose.

My old wheels are for sale
 

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Saw you on RL. Welcome chitown brutha.

Former and current BMW owner here too.(2002tii, e30 m3, e46 touring, R100)
 
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Hello everyone! I'm Omar, posting from Chicago, IL, and I've been a long time BMW fanatic. I've frequented bimmerforums.com since around 2003 and am a member of ZHP Mafia. I've had all sorts of bimmers from several E36 M3s (both 1995 Coupe 5spds), an E85 2003 Z4 Roadster 5spd, E38 2001 M Sport, a pair of E46 330i ZHP Sedan 6spds (a 2003 and a 2004) I even had an E31 1991 850i V12 with the rare 6-Speed. I've had a long list of BMWs and I loved them all differently. I learned to do any maintenance and repairs that I currently know how to perform on these wonderful cars and I'm pretty sure I'll always own at least one. I recently let go of a 2004 330i ZHP 6spd.

That being my background, I've also always admired Porsche and dreamed of one day being able to get behind the wheel of one. Closest I've ever been was a 928 S4 that my father had in Guards Red. I don't recall the year, and I couldn't drive it because I was 13. Well, finally I was able to get my very own Porsche. I picked up a 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera 6-speed in Ocean Blue with 113k on the clock back in December 2014. She's mechanically sound and rides like a dream. The 996 is pretty vicious. I love it and I don't know why it took me so long to get one.

Here are some pics from the day I got her.
Omar, welcome to the club! You are doing it right! I love stories like these and to see the results. Paint looks great, wheels look fantastic and you are on top of the maintenance items. Your car looks fantastic now and you should have many more years of fun driving and looking great!
 
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Thanks for the comments. Feels good to be behind the wheel of a Porsche for once. Need to do right by her.
 
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QUOTE=Enemy;4391668]Thanks for the comments. Feels good to be behind the wheel of a Porsche for once. Need to do right by her. [/QUOTE]
 
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Welcome aboard, car looks great and nice to hear you're restoring and fixing 113k of driving and harsh treatment.
 
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Thanks!

I've never been afraid of mileage really. Most of my cars have been driven over 100k. Anything that was gonna break by then has been replaced, and at this point I come in and do some major service and forget about it for a while.
 
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I've never been afraid of mileage really. Most of my cars have been driven over 100k. Anything that was gonna break by then has been replaced, and at this point I come in and do some major service and forget about it for a while.
Same thoughts an logic here really, my C4S had 106k on it when I bought her last October. Some history paperwork wise most brakes and rotors but no history from the owner on how he looked after it etc. Shortly after buying I had the check engine light which ended up being the coils and plug 600 but otherwise not much else has needed doing other than device and wear n tear. Like you I figured if something will break it would happen long before 106k miles and used the higher mileage to negotiate a better price. My first time in a porsche too, great feeling ain't it. Enjoy your car and share any experiences and most of all pics, we're voyeurs here
 
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I once picked up a 1995 BMW M3 with 205k on the odometer. I drove it around for a year and that car never asked for a single repair
 
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Welcome Omar, car looks great! Naperville, here..
 
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Thanks gentlemen

Looking to work on the wheel bearings this weekend
 

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