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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-15-2009, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,399
Posted By desertrat
Post deleted. Use the link posted by dakarm...

Post deleted. Use the link posted by dakarm above, it's better than what I had written.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-15-2009, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 891
Posted By desertrat
Thanks for the reply Kris. I'll try to find some...

Thanks for the reply Kris. I'll try to find some subjective evidence that points one way or the other and if I do I'll post it.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-15-2009, 08:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 891
Posted By desertrat
Kris I love your posts and you have given me some...

Kris I love your posts and you have given me some good advice, and you are correct 99% of the time. But I think you have this wrong. The MPG gauge is a real MPG gauge, it uses fuel flow to the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-14-2009, 07:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,569
Posted By desertrat
Update-a year and 15K miles later and my 28 cent...

Update-a year and 15K miles later and my 28 cent O-ring is still working great. Now I think I need a new coolant level sensor, mine is starting to alarm for no reason at all (coolant level normal)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-07-2009, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By desertrat
The block drain plug is on the exhaust side of...

The block drain plug is on the exhaust side of the engine by cylinder number 2, it has a hex head (can't remember the size). You need to remove the bottom cover and get to it from underneath, it's a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-06-2009, 07:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 968
Posted By desertrat
I have been using Red Line MTL (straight) for...

I have been using Red Line MTL (straight) for about 15K miles. No problems and not to stiff when cold, about like the OEM fluid in that respect. Any fluid that's thick enough to protect the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2009, 08:38 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,739
Posted By desertrat
Change oil and filter at the same time, always. ...

Change oil and filter at the same time, always. I change mine every 7500 miles or 6 months whichever comes first.

IMHO BMW's recommended 15K mile change interval was a decision reached by...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2009, 08:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 986
Posted By desertrat
I have been using Red Line MTF and Gear Lube in...

I have been using Red Line MTF and Gear Lube in the trany and diff for 15K miles now, no problems with either. Trany shifts nice and smooth even when it's cold out.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-29-2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 546
Posted By desertrat
I think all cruise controls will turn on and off...

I think all cruise controls will turn on and off when going down a hill where the car wants to coast faster than the speed that the cruise control is set for and then slow down again. But why it...
Forum: General BMW 04-24-2009, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By desertrat
A hammer will last forever if you replace the...

A hammer will last forever if you replace the head and the handle occasionally.
Forum: General BMW 04-24-2009, 07:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,558
Posted By desertrat
+1

+1
Forum: General BMW 04-23-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,335
Posted By desertrat
I would go by a couple of good body shops and get...

I would go by a couple of good body shops and get estimates, depending on the laws in Canada you may only need one. If the business or their insurance company refuse to pay you can claim it on you...
Forum: General BMW 04-23-2009, 10:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,799
Posted By desertrat
Yes, the part of your eyes that see the color red...

Yes, the part of your eyes that see the color red have no low light capabilities so red is a good color for preserving night vision on ships and aircraft, no light is even better. But I seriously...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-24-2009, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By desertrat
Easy to install but you might want to take the...

Easy to install but you might want to take the parking/turn signal light assembly out first, one screw on the top. Then you can make sure the plastic prongs for the trim piece go in their holes...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-20-2009, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By desertrat
Rear window antennas are not nearly as good as...

Rear window antennas are not nearly as good as external antennas for either AM or FM. Mine is a little better when I am driving away from the station because the rest of the car doesn't block the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-15-2009, 07:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,237
Posted By desertrat
I had the same problem. This may not be kosher...

I had the same problem. This may not be kosher but I pulled the radiator with the lower hose still attached, laid it flat on the driveway and pulled the hose off. This has the added advantage of...
Forum: General BMW 03-15-2009, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,730
Posted By desertrat
You can also call or email BMW North America if...

You can also call or email BMW North America if your car is under the CPO program they will have a record of it. If it isn't, and you were told by the dealer it would be, they need to know.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-11-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,178
Posted By desertrat
I agree Tangent, I've watched this thing (the mpg...

I agree Tangent, I've watched this thing (the mpg gage) pretty closely and there is no way a vacuum gage would act like that. It uses fuel flow to the injectors and miles traveled and does the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-11-2009, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 994
Posted By desertrat
Driver's side toward the front between the oil...

Driver's side toward the front between the oil filter housing and the air cleaner. Use automatic transmission fluid not power steering fluid.

Yes it's the one outlined in Steve's photo.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-11-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By desertrat
I replaced the O-ring last summer and it actually...

I replaced the O-ring last summer and it actually "fixed" it for a month or two, now it's just like it was before. I keep a rag in the place where the battery isn't (right side just in front of the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-09-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By desertrat
I suspect if the spare tire were moved to the...

I suspect if the spare tire were moved to the winning car the results would remain the same, but as Bob said every little bit helps.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-05-2009, 08:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,471
Posted By desertrat
I have lost 3 to 4 MPG this winter. The only...

I have lost 3 to 4 MPG this winter. The only difference is ethanol, none last year, 10% this year (required by the state).
Forum: General BMW 02-04-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,359
Posted By desertrat
I did get a loaner once, it was an old Dodge of...

I did get a loaner once, it was an old Dodge of some kind that looked and drove like a piece of crap. It didn't leave me stranded but I didn't dare take it to far either. This was the dealer where...
Forum: General BMW 02-01-2009, 12:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,294
Posted By desertrat
I have needed their (BMW NA) help with the dealer...

I have needed their (BMW NA) help with the dealer where I bought my car two times. The first time about 2 years ago I would give them an A; the second time was last month and I would give them an F....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-01-2009, 08:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,569
Posted By desertrat
Mine started leaking after I replaced the lower...

Mine started leaking after I replaced the lower hose. It wasn't the new hose it was the little green O ring around the sensor, it was to loose. You can't buy the O ring without the sensor. I went...
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