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Forum: General BMW Questions Today, 04:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 929
Posted By alpinweiss
Yes, but is it reasonable to check all four tires...

Yes, but is it reasonable to check all four tires for nails? :dunno:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-27-2016, 09:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! Based on your...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

Based on your symptoms, I would start by checking your amplifier. It is located in the trunk, on the left side....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-26-2016, 04:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 199
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! If you have Xenon...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

If you have Xenon headlights, I would recommend exchanging the ballasts between the left and right headlights. Does the problem follow? If so, replace the bad component. ...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 09-24-2016, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By alpinweiss
Yes, the ZF 8-speed automatic has been a good...

Yes, the ZF 8-speed automatic has been a good transmission.

I would have more concern about the engine. The N47 engine (1.8 and 2.0 litre Diesels) has developed a reputation for having problems...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-23-2016, 04:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! The -40 reading...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

The -40 reading indicates either your outside temperature sensor is defective, or you have a broken wire(s) leading to the sensor. You probably have an open circuit. Yes,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-22-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By alpinweiss
If it were my car, I would just replace the FSU. ...

If it were my car, I would just replace the FSU. That is a fairly common problem. But I do not want to speak for you, or your financial situation. You may wish to make a complete diagnosis first. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-19-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By alpinweiss
Remote diagnosis is always difficult, but here...

Remote diagnosis is always difficult, but here are a couple of guesses.

1. Your blower is controlled by a device called a final stage unit (FSU). It is located in the evaporator case on the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-19-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By alpinweiss
I have both the Carly for BMW reader and the...

I have both the Carly for BMW reader and the Schwaben BMW scanner. Both work well for the E46; but neither of them is perfect. Both will read BMW-specific codes, which are often not available on a...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-19-2016, 03:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By alpinweiss
Replacing the brakes is one of my least favorite...

Replacing the brakes is one of my least favorite jobs. Therefore, I always replace the sensors. They are cheap, and they reduce the likelihood that I will have to repeat part of my brake job.
...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-16-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! I am sorry no one...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

I am sorry no one else replied to your post. It sounds like you have a lot of BMW technical knowledge, which is always needed here. :)

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-15-2016, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By alpinweiss
I prefer to bleed the cooling system in the...

I prefer to bleed the cooling system in the "nose-high" position. I raise the front of the car on ramps. I think this encourages air bubbles to move to the front of the cooling system and out of...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 09-14-2016, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By alpinweiss
I would contact the Sales Manager next. Explain...

I would contact the Sales Manager next. Explain the situation, and if your order can still be salvaged.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-14-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! I am sorry to hear about...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!
I am sorry to hear about your cooling system problems. Could you give us a bit more background? Did your engine overheat? If so, how hot did it get? The cooling system is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-14-2016, 04:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! If the car was...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

If the car was originally sold in the US, then a 2001 model should be a 325ci. If it is truly a 323ci, then it should be a 2000 model (E46), or earlier (E36).

Salvage...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-13-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By alpinweiss
You did not give a lot of details about your car,...

You did not give a lot of details about your car, but here is what I think you should have for a secondary air pump:
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-11-2016, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By alpinweiss
I wonder if this car was a part of the VANOS bolt...

I wonder if this car was a part of the VANOS bolt recall. If the VANOS bolts broke, this could be the result. :dunno:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-11-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By alpinweiss
And my sedan also does not have the wiring. But...

And my sedan also does not have the wiring. But I wonder if the wagon (Touring) models are different. It was a low volume selling model in the US, so it is possible that BMW did not produce a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-11-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By alpinweiss
The front fog lights have a relay. It should be...

The front fog lights have a relay. It should be located behind the dash, above the glove box.

It appears the rear fog lights do not have a relay. This is based on the wiring diagrams in the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-10-2016, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By alpinweiss
I enabled the rear fog lights on my E90 sedan by...

I enabled the rear fog lights on my E90 sedan by simply installing the European specification headlight switch. It was plug-and-play. The rear fog lights work, and I have the illuminated icon in my...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-09-2016, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By alpinweiss
An at-fault accident is a bummer. But if you a...

An at-fault accident is a bummer. But if you a facing a really large repair bill, it may be the best option. :(

Before filing an insurance claim, I recommend going to a top-line body shop. Have...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-08-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By alpinweiss
+1. Many states have a way to file a claim for...

+1. Many states have a way to file a claim for damage to a car from potholes, breaks in the road, etc. I am not sure if Colorado has this or not.

To the OP: If there is not a way to make a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2016, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By alpinweiss
Here is a diagram for a 2002 325i with M54...

Here is a diagram for a 2002 325i with M54 engine:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=ET37-USA-01-2002-E46-BMW-325i&diagId=18_0442

Here is a diagram for a 2004 330i with M54 engine:...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-04-2016, 06:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! The M3 is a lot of...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

The M3 is a lot of fun to drive, on nice days and open roads. But most people think an M3 is not a particularly good car for a daily driver, especially in a place that gets...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-03-2016, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By alpinweiss
Beautiful car! Canadian cars used to be a bit...

Beautiful car! Canadian cars used to be a bit more expensive than US cars; but I am not sure if that is still true.

I have sold cars on Autotrader, and I prefer it over CraigsList and others.
...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 09-03-2016, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,124
Posted By alpinweiss
I think part of the problem is overall BMW sales...

I think part of the problem is overall BMW sales are down right now, but X3 sales are up.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928863

Compact SUV's (any brand) are the hot sellers...
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