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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Today, 08:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 95
Posted By alpinweiss
Isn't "older BMW that needs nothing" an...

Isn't "older BMW that needs nothing" an oxymoron? :rofl:

To the OP:
125,000 miles is reasonable for a well-maintained BMW. But there are some potential pitfalls.
1. How can you determine it...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By alpinweiss
Wouldn't removing the catalytic converters be...

Wouldn't removing the catalytic converters be considered tampering? This would seem to void the repair cap waiver. I think you could end up spending thousands of dollars to get the car to pass the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 12:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By alpinweiss
I think you made a wise choice. This car sounds...

I think you made a wise choice. This car sounds like real trouble.

The right car will come along; keep looking. :)

:drive:
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By alpinweiss
You may wish to take it to an upholstery shop. ...

You may wish to take it to an upholstery shop. They may be cheaper than you expect, and the results will be professional. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By alpinweiss
Although the discussion about the car being...

Although the discussion about the car being abused is important, I view this as a secondary problem. Right now, the main problem is the car will not pass an emissions test. Therefore, it may not be...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By alpinweiss
I noticed the CarFax said the car should be worth...

I noticed the CarFax said the car should be worth $880 above retail book value. :dunno:
After three accidents and airbag deployment? I wonder if they read their own reports.

A quick research...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 10:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By alpinweiss
I do not know the true story behind this car, so...

I do not know the true story behind this car, so I propose the following fictional account:

The dealer now selling the car is an independent, and bought the car at a dealers' auction. Auctions...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By alpinweiss
The engine is designated M54 B30. :drive:

The engine is designated M54 B30.

:drive:
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-26-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By alpinweiss
I would run, run, run away from this car. ...

I would run, run, run away from this car.

IMO, if it was a simple fix to get the car to pass an emissions test, the dealer would have already done it.

If the after-market catalytic converters...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By alpinweiss
IIRC, the fold down rear seats were standard on...

IIRC, the fold down rear seats were standard on all of the E46 coupes.

On the E46 sedans, the fold down seats were available as a stand-alone option, or as a part of the Cold Weather Package. On...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-25-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 458
Posted By alpinweiss
I prefer AutoTrader. It has wide distribution,...

I prefer AutoTrader. It has wide distribution, and it seems to attract a higher quality buyer.

The last vehicle I sold there (non-BMW) drew five full-price offers, and a couple of lowball...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-21-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By alpinweiss
There are a lot of good lubricants available for...

There are a lot of good lubricants available for differentials. I prefer Redline lubricants for my BMW's: www.redlineoil.com. It is available through some auto parts stores, and it is available...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-20-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By alpinweiss
BMW recommends replacing the brake fluid every...

BMW recommends replacing the brake fluid every two years, regardless of how many kilometers per year you drive. So, if more than two years has elapsed, or if you are unsure, I would recommend...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-13-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By alpinweiss
This is correct. I just remedied a similar...

This is correct. I just remedied a similar problem on my E46. The air from the passenger-side vent was a few degrees warmer than the air from the driver-side vent. I found the refrigerant level to...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 07-13-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By alpinweiss
If you are simply wanting to change color, you...

If you are simply wanting to change color, you could change the rear turn signals to amber (instead of red). Replacing your taillights with the European versions should accomplish this. It does not...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-12-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By alpinweiss
The E46 body style had a window regulator failure...

The E46 body style had a window regulator failure rate of about 99%. (Well, not really, but it was a high failure rate.)

Although there is an occasional report of a window regulator failure on...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 07-09-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By alpinweiss
Deleting the moonroof gives you almost 2 inches...

Deleting the moonroof gives you almost 2 inches additional interior headroom. It is better for tall people.

Deleting the moonroof decreases the possibilities of air and water leaks, squeaks and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 467
Posted By alpinweiss
The thickness of the rotors is not important to...

The thickness of the rotors is not important to me. I ALWAYS replace the pads and rotors together. I want all new friction surfaces, to restore factory braking efficiency (or as close to it as...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-06-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By alpinweiss
My question too. There are many fine merchants...

My question too. There are many fine merchants in our sponsors section. Why not look at some of their websites?

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-06-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 219
Posted By alpinweiss
Actually, this is common in a lot of business...

Actually, this is common in a lot of business chains; supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, etc. They have a first string "opening team" that gets the business going with its best...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-04-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By alpinweiss
IMO, since you fixed nothing, the original...

IMO, since you fixed nothing, the original problem is still there. If it were my car, I would stop using the sunroof. Next time it may get stuck open in a pouring rain. :(

:drive:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-01-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 236
Posted By alpinweiss
It could be a leaking head gasket, a warped head,...

It could be a leaking head gasket, a warped head, or even a cracked engine block. Was the engine overheated? Unfortunately, the future of your engine does not look very good.

Welcome to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-30-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By alpinweiss
To build upon floydarogers post: BMW offered...

To build upon floydarogers post:

BMW offered a "rough road suspension" as an option on the E46 in some markets (but not USA). The rough road suspension raises the E46 about 20mm over a similar...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-29-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By alpinweiss
Yes, all you have to do is determine how much oil...

Yes, all you have to do is determine how much oil to add to your N52 engine. Just open the hood, remove the dipstick, and..........oh wait a minute. :dunno:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-29-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By alpinweiss
I would hope so. If you can drive THROUGH...

I would hope so. If you can drive THROUGH Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands, you should be eligible for SOMETHING. :rofl: :rofl:

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