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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-21-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 20,983
Posted By Sputnik85
In the image, you've dismantled the "runner...

In the image, you've dismantled the "runner control valve" for the air intake, right? Have any of you ever had the little flap break off? My mechanic says that mine is rattling around and needs...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-15-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 229,003
Posted By Sputnik85
I wanted to comment on the poll results... Adding...

I wanted to comment on the poll results... Adding the numbers up, users who had to repair/replace their auto transmission at fewer than 200k miles was only around 20% (1 in 5)! That is a great...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-15-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
Thanks for the tips! I got off my a$$ and...

Thanks for the tips! I got off my a$$ and replaced the battery. The E46 Wiki appears to be a goldmine, which will take the better part of a year to read (at my pace).

Does anybody here own an...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-13-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
Thanks everyone for your comments! It's been...

Thanks everyone for your comments! It's been awhile since I've been here, so I figured I'd give an update:

I bought a 2004 325i auto, silver with black leather. I paid a little more than I had...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-14-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
Ha it does seem like the owner is a "motivated"...

Ha it does seem like the owner is a "motivated" seller. Regardless, the nice thing about the E46 325 is that there are so many of them. I have a handful that I am going to look at today, so if I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-14-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
Thanks again for the solid posts. I think the car...

Thanks again for the solid posts. I think the car search will include:


1. full inspection by independent party (PPI)
2. Ask owner/seller to produce as much maintenance history (receipts, etc)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-13-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
It is my first BMW. Thank you for the direct...

It is my first BMW. Thank you for the direct response. I did budget to do a PPI on any car that I seriously consider. Should I target a specific mileage, or look more carefully at the service record...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-13-2012, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By Sputnik85
325i Trivia - Name My Price

Okay, I'm in the market for a 2001-2003 325i or 325ci. The name of the game is to spend as little up front as possible, without getting taken to the cleaners in repair bills. So, I found a clean...
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