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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
Agreed: we've overdone it when it comes to...

Agreed: we've overdone it when it comes to sending kids to college. A lot of college students really don't belong there, usually for reasons of interest and inclination, not lack of cognitive...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
Yeah, they won't outlaw pre-computerized cars,...

Yeah, they won't outlaw pre-computerized cars, they'll just kill us with a thousand paper cuts: a fee here, a tax incentive there, legal pressure on indy shops not to do this or that, prohibitively...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By John Davis
At 168,000 miles I'd either replace the DISA unit...

At 168,000 miles I'd either replace the DISA unit (part: around $200) or better yet, repair it with the German Auto Solutions DISA repair kit (around $90 and it's actually an improvement. There are...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-24-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
I like this way of putting it. The plutocracy...

I like this way of putting it. The plutocracy doesn't want its victims to be aware of just how much they are maneuvering people into spending.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-24-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By John Davis
Doing it yourself is best, but if that's not...

Doing it yourself is best, but if that's not possible right now, then at very least go to an independent shop that specializes in BMWs, or at least in German cars generally. Get two or three...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-23-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By John Davis
I think he tried to delete the clutch delay valve...

I think he tried to delete the clutch delay valve and accidentally deleted his post instead.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-23-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
That's a much better article than the Jalopnik...

That's a much better article than the Jalopnik piece. I'm surprised there isn't more reporting on this. I predict news stories about lawsuits concerning this in the not too distant future. I hope...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-23-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
Yeah, automation worries the hell out of me. ...

Yeah, automation worries the hell out of me. We're not remotely ready for dealing with the spectacular levels of unemployment that are coming.



Seriously? This is worse than I thought. We're...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-23-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
I think you're right; a lot of things are moving...

I think you're right; a lot of things are moving in that direction. My students increasingly find themselves induced or herded into leasing an e-textbook (that way there's no market in used copies),...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-23-2015, 06:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 971
Posted By John Davis
Another reason to hang onto your E46

Apparently some car makers want to making modifying or working on your own car a copyright violation, and hence illegal under the Digital Millenium Act. This would apply to newer cars that have a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-22-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By John Davis
The Wiki Bob is talking about will tell you all...

The Wiki Bob is talking about will tell you all about VANOs and the DISA unit, and many, many other things. It's a kind of encyclopedia for the E46. You can find it as a sticky thread at the top of...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-22-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 586
Posted By John Davis
Hi Gary, Thanks for your response. Let me...

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your response. Let me see if I can pin down my question a bit better. Here it is: I plan to replace my entire cooling system every 75,000 miles just to be safe. It sounds...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-21-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By John Davis
Not to turn this into an E46 self-congratulation...

Not to turn this into an E46 self-congratulation thread, but over the last couple of years I've noticed more than one post from people who got rid of their E46 and now wish they still had it.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-21-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By John Davis
You mention the mid-2000s; there was a changover...

You mention the mid-2000s; there was a changover around 2006 from the E46 to the E90/92. The last of the E46s came out in 2006; I think the earliest E90s came out in 2005, or 2006--not sure which. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-21-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By John Davis
Check out the E46 Wiki, and search it for mention...

Check out the E46 Wiki, and search it for mention of "subframe tearing" (or some similar phrase). The E46s from some year (I think it's 2002 but don't hold me to that) are less prone to this problem...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-20-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 828
Posted By John Davis
For what it's worth, my experiment with 93 octane...

For what it's worth, my experiment with 93 octane fuel wasn't a very careful test, so it's slender evidence for either side of this debate. Ideally I would have had new spark plugs, but that won't...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-18-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 586
Posted By John Davis
That thread was incredibly thorough and...

That thread was incredibly thorough and completely over my head, but I gathered that there's no consensus on these things. In that case, I'll just stick with the original cap.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-18-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 828
Posted By John Davis
RESULTS OF MY EXPERIMENT: It didn't make any...

RESULTS OF MY EXPERIMENT:

It didn't make any noticeable difference.

I added 3.5 gallons of 100 octane gas to 13 gallons of 91 octane to get the equivalent of 93 octane gas. I'll have to try...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-18-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 586
Posted By John Davis
German Auto Solutions (the same company that...

German Auto Solutions (the same company that makes a DISA repair kit) offers a coolant cap that lowers the cooling system pressure to 1.2; they claim this greatly reduces the chance of overheating. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-17-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By John Davis
Part of the problem is that you need an honest...

Part of the problem is that you need an honest mechanic you can trust. Some of those shops seem to be inventing work for themselves, which is not unusual. Some of what you're running into may be...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-16-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 586
Posted By John Davis
Bavarian Autosports has a complete kit, with...

Bavarian Autosports has a complete kit, with parts by reputable makers, for only $339 ($400 with shipping included):
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-16-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By John Davis
These things are a blast to drive, far more so...

These things are a blast to drive, far more so than ordinary cars, and the maintenance really isn't bad if you get one that's in decent condition to begin with and you can work on it yourself. I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-16-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By John Davis
At the top of the index page for this forum (the...

At the top of the index page for this forum (the E46 forum specifically) there's a thread for the E46 Wiki; that contains a lot of information that will help.

You should also take a look at the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-15-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 552
Posted By John Davis
Come on, just because he's 17 doesn't mean he...

Come on, just because he's 17 doesn't mean he needs transportation advice. He just had a question about a particular car, and we've answered it.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-13-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 552
Posted By John Davis
Wait until you can afford several thousand...

Wait until you can afford several thousand dollars, then buy an E46 in better condition. This one sounds like it will sour you on the entire breed; they're actually pretty reliable if properly cared...
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