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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-19-2009, 06:55 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 14,605
Posted By Tipper21
Retired Air Force Colonel (Pilot and Aero...

Retired Air Force Colonel (Pilot and Aero Engineer)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2009, 05:09 AM
Replies: 366
Views: 16,142
Posted By Tipper21
I'll probably set a record here---71

I'll probably set a record here---71
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-16-2008, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,169
Posted By Tipper21
Trans failure

'01 330 convert. Reverse gear failure at 53,000 miles.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-01-2008, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By Tipper21
Left Rear Suspension Creak

Anyone out there have any experience with bushings going bad in the rear? I get a creaking noise from the left rear that is most noticable when coming to a stop just as you release the brakes. It...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-10-2008, 06:26 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 234,412
Posted By Tipper21
reverse problem

No fluid change--the whole trans was replaced (to the tune of $4000). Had the typical "C" ring break-out from the gear cluster. Fought with BMW for four months and the end result was they just blew...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-10-2008, 09:14 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 234,412
Posted By Tipper21
Trans replacement

At 53,000 miles had to replace the automatic on my '01 330Ci convert. No reverse!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2008, 03:32 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,892
Posted By Tipper21
I used to routinely get to about 180 mph or so on...

I used to routinely get to about 180 mph or so on this straight stretch of government road at which point I'd always go airborne. Oops, forgot to mention, I wasn't driving my E46 but one of Uncle...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-09-2008, 04:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,636
Posted By Tipper21
The conversion from L/100Km to MPG is no big...

The conversion from L/100Km to MPG is no big deal. Just divide 235 by L/100Km and you'll get MPG. The reverse works as well--divide 235 by MPG and you have L/100Km.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-08-2008, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,095
Posted By Tipper21
BMW cross bars with Thule Cascade box.

I'll be picking up my new '08 X3 in a day or so and would like to use my Thule Cascade roof box on it. The BMW base support system cross bars seem pretty thick compared to the Honda CR-V roof rack I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-18-2007, 04:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,666
Posted By Tipper21
Auto Trans Problems

Yep, I'm one of those that has had the automatic reverse gear failure. My '01 330Ci convert lost it at about 53,000 miles. Had one of the local dealers replace it (rebuilt unit) and it's been fine...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-04-2007, 05:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,807
Posted By Tipper21
Alternator Replacement

Lost mine at 55,000 miles on my '01 330Ci convert. Had similar indications with the lights etc. Cost me $600 (I also had the shop replace the belts at the same time). This came after a $4000...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-30-2007, 05:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 333
Posted By Tipper21
Water Logged 330 Convert

My '01 330 convert got caught in a huge thunderstorm the other day--yes, with the top down. Ran out and raised the top but now I have a bit of a problem. The lights on the heating and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-22-2007, 06:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,862
Posted By Tipper21
Auto Trans Failure

I'm another one who has had the reverse failure problem. My 2001 330Ci convert had 53,000 on the clock when I lost reverse with no warning. The repair was $4048 at one of the local BMW dealers and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-07-2007, 01:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By Tipper21
Reverse loss

I had the same problem as Virtual Karen with my 2001 330Ci convert. Lost reverse at about 53,000 miles. Had to replace the trans at a local dealership ($4048). Had a number of exchanges with BMWNA...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-19-2006, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By Tipper21
The Nightmare Page

The worst nightmare is the fact that there are so many of them.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-06-2006, 01:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,616
Posted By Tipper21
Tires

I'll be looking for a set soon for my 330Ci convert with the sport package (225s front, 245s rear). I've run Michelins on several cars for years but they sure cost a bunch for the convert. Has...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-22-2006, 06:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 939
Posted By Tipper21
2001 330Cic Trans

I lost mine at 53,000 miles. Same symptoms as yours--no reverse. I had a few interesting discussions with BMWNA but in the end they just blew me off. I admit the car was two years out of warranty,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-11-2005, 07:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By Tipper21
Vibration

My 635Csi was extremely sensitive to wheel balance. One time I picked up some asphalt from a road repair and the vibration from the out-of-balance situation almost vibrated the front end off the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2005, 01:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By Tipper21
Start problem

For what its worth, I had a similar problem with a '97 Mercedes C280. Turned out to be a leaking diaphram in the fuel pressure regulator. New regulator for $68 and it was fine for as long as I had...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2005, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,902
Posted By Tipper21
Using the key to set the seat position.

I recently got an '01 330Cic and also had to get help from the dealer. Here's how he explained it to me. The two master keys will set the seats to whatever setting the seats were at (either a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2005, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,283
Posted By Tipper21
Brake Flush

I strongly endorse the pressure bleed technique. I use a simple device that I picked up at some auto parts store a number of years ago. It consists of a plastic container that holds about a half...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-15-2005, 07:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By Tipper21
330Cic coolant change

OK guys, what's the secret here. The dealer rep told me changing the coolant was easy to do myself--just drain the radiator. After I removed the plastic belly pan, I removed the blue plastic screw...
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