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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-17-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By Germane Riposte
OP, I think you'll be happy with your choice of...

OP, I think you'll be happy with your choice of the ESCO 10498 stands. I've had them for a few years. Nice, sturdy stands. Didn't really see the need for the adapter to fit in the BMW rectangular...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-30-2016, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By Germane Riposte
OP, in some aspects you may find wrenching on an...

OP, in some aspects you may find wrenching on an E46 preferable to your VWs. You'll definitely be doing some, but parts are reasonable and there's a wealth of DIY info to be had.

Did the 2.0 TSI...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-05-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By Germane Riposte
Like Fast Bob suggested, it you can't DIY, find a...

Like Fast Bob suggested, it you can't DIY, find a reputable local indy that specializes in BMWs. Many shops will install customer provided parts, too.

$440 estimate to replace FCABs? Yikes. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-23-2016, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By Germane Riposte
I assume you're looking to add a factory fog...

I assume you're looking to add a factory fog light setup to a car that didn't originally have fog lights, if that's the case you won't need to reprogram the LKM. Unfortunately, there's quite a bit...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-14-2016, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By Germane Riposte
Yeah, they're not cheap - the prices seemed to...

Yeah, they're not cheap - the prices seemed to jump a few years ago. If you're dealing with the standard loose fabric issue (do a search), you may eventually have to just fork over the $$$. Some...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-10-2016, 05:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By Germane Riposte
OP, the E46 thermostat is electronically...

OP, the E46 thermostat is electronically controlled, so you can't easily put in a "colder" thermostat like you can with an older vehicle. The only way around this is to get a different or modified...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-22-2016, 04:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Germane Riposte
I lowered the engine cross member when I did my...

I lowered the engine cross member when I did my clutch a year ago. Before lowering the cross member, you have to first remove the reinforcement plate if you didn't already. Take one cross member...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-13-2016, 04:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By Germane Riposte
I just replaced my car's VANOS exhaust solenoid. ...

I just replaced my car's VANOS exhaust solenoid. It is tight in there, but I didn't have too much problem getting it out. I disconnected the wire bundles from the solenoid and the adjacent exhaust...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-31-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By Germane Riposte
Will the glass pop open using the lower button on...

Will the glass pop open using the lower button on the key fob? Assuming your wagon is programmed to do that; the button could also be programmed to pop the entire tailgate.

If the glass pops open...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-21-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 343
Posted By Germane Riposte
The driveshaft heat shield is held onto the body...

The driveshaft heat shield is held onto the body with screws; it's item #4 here on Realoem:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=AM33-USA-12-1998-E46-BMW-323i&diagId=51_3274

I wouldn't...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-14-2015, 03:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By Germane Riposte
It was offered on non-M cars from the factory, so...

It was offered on non-M cars from the factory, so it's definitely not like putting an M badge on your trunk.

Great knob, M emblem or not - nice, heavy feel.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-07-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,087
Posted By Germane Riposte
The E46 is known for failing window regulators. ...

The E46 is known for failing window regulators. It's not that expensive of a part, and there are several DIYs in the wiki. There are many other things to worry about that are more expensive and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-15-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By Germane Riposte
Hard to believe it's been twenty years since...

Hard to believe it's been twenty years since "Tommy Boy" came out. I doubt these particular Callahan brake parts were made in Sandusky OH.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-04-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Germane Riposte
Excellent advice by SilberVogel. On my car I...

Excellent advice by SilberVogel. On my car I disassembled everything for the CCV/oil separator, then within a month or two I was back in there to do the OFHG. Replacing leaky oil separator lines is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-03-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,278
Posted By Germane Riposte
Not too bad, it was one of the first DIYs I did...

Not too bad, it was one of the first DIYs I did on my car. Check out the Wiki. I assume the job on an M52 in an E39 528i isn't too different from an M54 in an E46 325i.

Crazy to charge $1K to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-02-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
Posted By Germane Riposte
If you're planning on hanging on to your BMW for...

If you're planning on hanging on to your BMW for a while and don't care about resale (like me), the fast depreciation is a good thing. If you're a decent DIY type and buy a model like the E46 that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-02-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Germane Riposte
That will depend on what scanner is used. A...

That will depend on what scanner is used. A generic OBDII scanner (like you'd borrow from a parts store) probably won't find everything. I'm using Bavarian Technic on a laptop, so I just checked...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-31-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Germane Riposte
OP, an intake camshaft sensor can go...

OP, an intake camshaft sensor can go intermittently bad and not throw a check engine light, or a code that a generic OBDII scanner could pick up.

My wagon did the same thing as your car. Randomly...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-28-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Germane Riposte
I usually just hit up my local WalMart - they...

I usually just hit up my local WalMart - they carry M1 0W40 in 5qt jugs for about $25. I like that it's both LL-01 and VW 502 rated so I can use it on both of our German cars.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-21-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By Germane Riposte
I'm guessing in the cargo area, behind the access...

I'm guessing in the cargo area, behind the access panel on the left hand side.

Check RealOEM to find out for sure, because it looks like there are scads of different built-in phone configurations.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-18-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By Germane Riposte
It's easy to check prices using SilberVogel's...

It's easy to check prices using SilberVogel's cool price checking app, provided you have the BMW P/N in hand. Do a search on his name; his sig has a link.

I usually just buy Mann filters from...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-13-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By Germane Riposte
Do some reading in the Wiki, and more research to...

Do some reading in the Wiki, and more research to get familiar with the usual suspects. This has been discussed a lot. Assuming your valve cover gasket isn't leaking, on the driver's side of the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,102
Posted By Germane Riposte
I swear my wheels with stock brake pads installed...

I swear my wheels with stock brake pads installed are like Homer Simpson's beard. I wash them, and not five minutes later they're dirty again.

I know I'm a BMW owner because I just replaced all...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-23-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By Germane Riposte
It's mounted down on the driver's side wheel...

It's mounted down on the driver's side wheel well, IIRC. You can trace back from the heater water line going to the firewall. If the heat's not on, the valve's closed and the line going to the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-08-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Germane Riposte
Nice looking car! I had a similar situation five...

Nice looking car! I had a similar situation five years ago when I bought my 325i wagon. I sold my beloved '86 CRX-Si, which handled like a go kart and I'd owned since new. Still miss it, but I do...
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