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Forum: Cars - Private Party 05-20-2013, 10:19 PM
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Posted By 330blast
WTB: 330i sedan (manual) in SF Bay area

Hi all,

I am looking for a manual shift 330i (sedan).

Must be gray color interior. Exterior color is more flexible, could be silver, gray, blue, or black.

I would prefer no more than 2...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 05-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,077
Posted By 330blast
Why all the nice cars and deals are on east...

Why all the nice cars and deals are on east coast? GLWS!
Forum: Cars - Private Party 04-23-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By 330blast
Is the car gone?

Is the car gone?
Forum: Cars - Private Party 12-14-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By 330blast
2003 530i in San Jose, CA

Hi there,

I have a 2003 530i, Auto, PP, SP, Xenon. Production is 02/03.

Light blue (bluewater metallic) with gray interior. 83,6xx miles.

The car is well maintained (I have all the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-07-2009, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 352
Posted By 330blast
bump GMS. They are much closer than Edge (45min...

bump GMS. They are much closer than Edge (45min - 1 hour drive, doubt the owner will let you take the car so far), very professional and honest. I don't know their rate for PPI though.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-09-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By 330blast
Since he mentioned that no major repair has been...

Since he mentioned that no major repair has been done and just regular maintenance, that pretty much means BMW scheduled maintenance. So you are looking at inspection II in 5K miles, and probably...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2009, 11:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 371
Posted By 330blast
Need help for DIY in SF bay area

Hi there,

I am looking for help with DIY on my car.

First, I want to clairfy that I am very GREEN regarding to DIY, haven't even done an oil change myself. However, planning to own my e39 for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-10-2009, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By 330blast
What exactly is a tune-up?

Please forgive my ignorance.

I am wondering what steps/components are in a tune-up? I have seem most people talking about replacing spark plugs, maybe fuel filter, etc, is there any adjustment...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-08-2009, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,105
Posted By 330blast
1. 45,000 miles is fairly low for the control arm...

1. 45,000 miles is fairly low for the control arm bushing cracking, even though it's a very common problem. You should be ok to replace just the bushing and go another 50,000 mile or so before...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2009, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,268
Posted By 330blast
Make sure you key is turned to position 1 or 2,...

Make sure you key is turned to position 1 or 2, lights in your car should be on. Any OBDII code reader should work, yet the code may not be as comprehensive as the BMW GT-1 computer, but it should...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2009, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,083
Posted By 330blast
And stop going to those self claimed "import...

And stop going to those self claimed "import specialists".

DIY is definitely the first choice, but if you are as handicapped to car work as I am, find one from bimrs.org or a shop that has a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2009, 12:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,208
Posted By 330blast
autozone stopped doing free code reading at the...

autozone stopped doing free code reading at the beginning of the year. If the car looks and drives well enough, then go for the PPI, which will sure tells you what the CEL (or SES for BMW term:) is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-28-2009, 01:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,391
Posted By 330blast
I don't see you have much choice. Go to the...

I don't see you have much choice. Go to the dealer or a specialized shop with GT-1 computer (preferred). Have them read all the codes and diagnose. It will cost you some money, $100 - $150, but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-28-2009, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By 330blast
I had this issue recently, and it was the jammed...

I had this issue recently, and it was the jammed thermostat, and even though I saw it on/off/on, GT-1 scanning said the error code has been threw out 8 times, go figure.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-27-2009, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 874
Posted By 330blast
If different body style makes no difference or...

If different body style makes no difference or you prefer the e46, go for the 2005 one. $17K for a low mile 330i is indeed a very good deal.

Also considering the following factors:
1. The 2005...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-14-2009, 05:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By 330blast
Let's see, the $tealer is going to charge $1,000...

Let's see, the $tealer is going to charge $1,000 for the break and $600 for the control arm. Those shops on Bimrs.org put 30% discount because they are specialized BMW shops, that mean around...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2009, 02:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,340
Posted By 330blast
And yes, once you have the detail code, it's not...

And yes, once you have the detail code, it's not necessary to do the repair at the dealer. There are a lot of knowledgable helpers in this forum, that can help you DIY, save big bucks. So make...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2009, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,340
Posted By 330blast
I have read many times from Mike miller of...

I have read many times from Mike miller of Roundel manazine (the BMWCCA club magazine), most portable code scanners on the market don't communicate with modern BMWs, you need the $40,000 GT-1...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By 330blast
However, the list your mechanic provided was...

However, the list your mechanic provided was right on those common problems of e39, so it seems like he might know these cars pretty well. What are other recommendations that will bring the bill to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2009, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By 330blast
60K is inspection II. $450 for the listed...

60K is inspection II.

$450 for the listed task is very cheap, actually, too cheap to believe, especially in SF bay area. Just replacing the bushing could cost that much at a BMW specialized...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,719
Posted By 330blast
I just had the bushing replaced (OEM) yesterday,...

I just had the bushing replaced (OEM) yesterday, and I have put new tires on a couple weeks ago and alignment done at dealer afterwards. Now, based on previous posts I have searched, most people...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2009, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,978
Posted By 330blast
I guess DSP must have complicated things a lot,...

I guess DSP must have complicated things a lot, or maybe there is a new bug in the new system.

My installation was easy and fast (non-DSP) following this write-up. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 31,696
Posted By 330blast
What is road force balance?

Hi there,

I have read a number of threads mentioning "road force balance". Is this a special type of balancing machine comparing to those used by normal tire shops?

I notice a very minor...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By 330blast
Sounds like rear camber is too negative (more...

Sounds like rear camber is too negative (more inside wear). Here is a link to alignment 101 http://www.**************/alignment.htm

I know my 2003 can adjust rear camber, not sure about yours...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2009, 06:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,477
Posted By 330blast
I won't trust any chain store to properly align a...

I won't trust any chain store to properly align a BMW. They don't put weight on the car. And don't have the right tool/info about BMW.

I have taken it to Firestone, and the tech has no clue of...
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