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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-07-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,733
Posted By 1972ford
Q&A from BMW

Forgive me if this has already been posted, but this is a very detailed Q&A that the dealer sent me. It answers a lot of questions that people have been asking in this thread and others, and some...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-07-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,733
Posted By 1972ford
... yeah ...about that. Update from my local...

... yeah ...about that. Update from my local dealer is that they ran out of parts and don't know when they'll have more. So I went from being proactive and making an appointment as soon as I could...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-05-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,733
Posted By 1972ford
I'm having mine replaced next Wednesday, I can...

I'm having mine replaced next Wednesday, I can try to get a detailed pic if the service guys are willing.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-28-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 145,174
Posted By 1972ford
You could go the catch-can method, it's been done...

You could go the catch-can method, it's been done many times. A little regular maintenance (emptying) is required but it eliminates the CCV-related issues. I know there are some good write-ups on it....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-28-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By 1972ford
I had a 2001 325xi wagon with a full-sized spare...

I had a 2001 325xi wagon with a full-sized spare but don't remember anything between it and the underside of my rear floor. There was a plastic thing that screwed in to the spare tire well to fasten...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-23-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 264
Posted By 1972ford
I say, it's pretty easy to take out so why not...

I say, it's pretty easy to take out so why not try it? Go for a drive, come home, remove it, then drive the same route again. It may not have a big effect, and in fact may increase body roll more...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-22-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 11,733
Posted By 1972ford
I just called my "local" dealer and they do have...

I just called my "local" dealer and they do have the parts in stock. Also verified that my VIN was part of the recall, I guess not all '01 - '04 E46 are affected.

Anyway I am just confirming for...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-22-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 20,186
Posted By 1972ford
It should have a build date on the driver's door....

It should have a build date on the driver's door. Also you can type in the last 7 of the VIN to realoem.com.

Perhaps they had a 328xi in 2001 in Canada? Definitely need to look for those front...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-21-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By 1972ford
hahaha, my wagon can do that! On snow........

hahaha, my wagon can do that! On snow........
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-17-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 831
Posted By 1972ford
Much like the place I bought my '03 wagon...

Much like the place I bought my '03 wagon recently; you pay a premium over a private sale, but they seek out cars with very clean histories and they fix every little thing before the sale. On their...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-17-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 831
Posted By 1972ford
20 grand?! That's aggressive. Nice car, though.

20 grand?! That's aggressive. Nice car, though.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-16-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 512
Posted By 1972ford
Good find, and for that kind of money you can...

Good find, and for that kind of money you can keep it for 5 years and sell it for probably over 5k. That sure beats losing 5k in the first hour by signing the ownership papers and driving it off the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-16-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By 1972ford
"Take the number of cars in the field (A) times...

"Take the number of cars in the field (A) times the rate of failure (B) multiplied by the average out-of-court settlement (C). A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-16-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 512
Posted By 1972ford
Congrats. Get some pics up!

Congrats. Get some pics up!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-16-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 568
Posted By 1972ford
If you like to do some of your own work, and were...

If you like to do some of your own work, and were willing to follow Bob's advice and do a little research, you would quickly learn that things like the water pumps on these cars are actually very...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-14-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 203
Posted By 1972ford
Interesting. I always assumed that with a heavier...

Interesting. I always assumed that with a heavier shift knob, it makes shifts a little easier because it's not going out of the gear that causes friction so much as going in. So with a little weight,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-14-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 568
Posted By 1972ford
I second this. Asking a question on a forum is...

I second this. Asking a question on a forum is asking a favor of people you don't know; the least you can do is a little research to come to the table well-informed. And there are some questions...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-09-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By 1972ford
The fact that its salvage title was supposedly...

The fact that its salvage title was supposedly from when it was only a year old, that's not good as someone pointed out above. There could be plenty of hidden issues that are lurking beneath the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-06-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Posted By 1972ford
Think about it this way. If you start from a dead...

Think about it this way. If you start from a dead stop and put the car in drive (not sport mode) then press the throttle to exactly 25%, you will accelerate slowly and the car will shift at whatever...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-01-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 434
Posted By 1972ford
My wagon is AWD and I get about 24.5 mixed...

My wagon is AWD and I get about 24.5 mixed driving, more around-town than highway though. I also have a roof rack for 2 bikes. In the winter I have a rooftop box and snow tires, and between those...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-01-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By 1972ford
I actually JUST bought one of those, and then...

I actually JUST bought one of those, and then learned about the little screw-in things.

I like the apparent simplicity of the speedbleeder things, and I don't think I'd opt for stainless when the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-01-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By 1972ford
Brake Bleeding - Anyone used these?

http://www.speedbleeder.com/

Has anyone used these? I was pointed to them from a Jalopnik (oppositelock) forum post and some people swear by them. It seems like a brilliant product, for $7 /wheel...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-29-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By 1972ford
I replaced the battery on my *only* remote key...

I replaced the battery on my *only* remote key for my last E46, probably 3 times in 5 years. I had mixed results, and found that one particular battery worked for much longer than another. (I'd have...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-25-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By 1972ford
For 95% of my needs, my generic OBDII cheap...

For 95% of my needs, my generic OBDII cheap reader has been fine. I am intrigued by the bluetooth-to-phone-or-tablet type, although I have no experience with them. That would be the direction I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-25-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By 1972ford
Do a quick search on OBDII code readers, and pick...

Do a quick search on OBDII code readers, and pick up a cheap one so you can scan the car yourself, then post the codes here (or google them). You can learn an amazing amount (and save an amazing...
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