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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Today, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By alpinweiss
At 112k miles, you are getting close to the...

At 112k miles, you are getting close to the mileage where the fuel pump normally fails. IMO, about 120k is the median mileage for fuel pump failure on the E46; some pumps will go more, others will...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 06:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest, and I am sorry about your...

Welcome to Bimmerfest, and I am sorry about your problems.

The first question I have for you is if the mechanic is a BMW specialist. In other words, does he have a code reader for BMW trouble...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 08-27-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By alpinweiss
Remember the headlights are shaped very...

Remember the headlights are shaped very differently on the F25 LCI, as opposed to the pre-LCI. The LCI headlights extend all the way in to the kidney grilles.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-25-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By alpinweiss
Wow, I have never heard of having relays stolen...

Wow, I have never heard of having relays stolen before. I am sorry for your misfortune. Perhaps this diagram will help somewhat.
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-24-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By alpinweiss
The timing chain (and tensioner) is a known...

The timing chain (and tensioner) is a known problem on the N47 engine (2.0 litre Diesel). BMW has now issued a recall on these engines, for the timing chain and related components. I am not sure if...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 08-23-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,690
Posted By alpinweiss
The Buick Verano rides on the rather pedestrian...

The Buick Verano rides on the rather pedestrian chassis from the Chevrolet Cruze. Despite that, the Verano is a very nice upgrade from its roots. I have had Buick rental cars on a couple of recent...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-16-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By alpinweiss
I would tend to agree with your mechanic's...

I would tend to agree with your mechanic's advice. I think you would be better off to start with another car that has a good engine. It sounds as if your car was badly overheated, and the engine is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-14-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By alpinweiss
An automotive stethoscope would be similar to the...

An automotive stethoscope would be similar to the one used by doctors. But it will have a metallic probe to put against your engine components, so you can listen for the offending noise.
Here are...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-13-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By alpinweiss
You can buy a stethoscope for automotive use. ...

You can buy a stethoscope for automotive use. This may help pinpoint your noise.

Although it is possible to have timing chain issues on the N51/N52 series engines, it is not a common problem. ...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-11-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! I am sorry about the...

Welcome to Bimmerfest! I am sorry about the misfortune that brings you here.

I am going to assume you have the N47 engine (2.0 litre Diesel), based on your symptoms. The timing chain is a known...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-09-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By alpinweiss
I think you can find a nice coupé for $10,000. ...

I think you can find a nice coupé for $10,000. But at this price point, you should really be considering a nice E46 coupé. They are stylish, fairly available, and mostly friendly to the DIY'er.
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-04-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By alpinweiss
Fabulous photos! Both your car, and the scenery...

Fabulous photos! Both your car, and the scenery behind it, are really nice looking.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! As stated above, the...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

As stated above, the Bentley manual is the best repair manual for your BMW. IMO, nothing else even comes close. Bentley is available through ECS Tuning, Amazon, and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-01-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By alpinweiss
Before replacing the fuel sending units, dump a...

Before replacing the fuel sending units, dump a bottle of fuel system cleaner (Chevron Techron or similar) into your fuel tank. There is probably only a 50% chance this will solve your problem, but...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-29-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By alpinweiss
My car (2011 328i) has the Harman Kardon system,...

My car (2011 328i) has the Harman Kardon system, and the amplifier has a very small cooling fan. But my fan is almost silent, so I wonder if your fan is getting noisy. :dunno:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By alpinweiss
The "real fix" is to replace the seat track...

The "real fix" is to replace the seat track mechanism. This is not cheap, nor particularly easy. The part that probably needs to be replaced is #1 in the diagram linked below:
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By alpinweiss
Yes, the rubber mount on the rear shock is...

Yes, the rubber mount on the rear shock is completely worn out. There would definitely be some noise associated with that.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By alpinweiss
How is the refrigerant (R134a) level in your car?...

How is the refrigerant (R134a) level in your car?

And welcome to Bimmerfest!

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By alpinweiss
If this is a SULEV vehicle, it has the M56 engine...

If this is a SULEV vehicle, it has the M56 engine and the sealed (non-repairable) fuel system. If this correct, it is a vehicle that I would not buy at any price. :(

The M56 engine was offered...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,524
Posted By alpinweiss
I would also have the rear subframe area checked...

I would also have the rear subframe area checked for damage on ANY E46.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-26-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By alpinweiss
The N47 motor was also used in the 520d; but it...

The N47 motor was also used in the 520d; but it is my understanding that the timeline on production was different than the 320d. So I am not sure what is considered a "safe" engine for the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-26-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! Beware of the N47...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

Beware of the N47 engine! This is the 2.0 litre Diesel engine that powers most 320d models in the year range that you are considering. The engine has a rear-mounted timing...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 429
Posted By alpinweiss
If the tires are original, and have 25k miles on...

If the tires are original, and have 25k miles on them, I would replace all four.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By alpinweiss
I would choose the RWD version. I prefer the way...

I would choose the RWD version. I prefer the way it drives and handles. BUT, I live in the desert southwest.

If I lived in NW Indiana, I would probably choose the AWD version. I understand that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By alpinweiss
When I did a factory tour at the BMW München...

When I did a factory tour at the BMW München plant a number of years ago, they specifically mentioned the sheetmetal was different between the cars with the fold-down rear seats, and the cars without...
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