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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By John Davis
Use real.oem (just google that) to find the parts...

Use real.oem (just google that) to find the parts numbers, then use an online search tool called BMW PNPC to find vendors that sell them. You can find PNCP as a link at the bottom of any post by...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 174
Posted By John Davis
Standing up to address the room: "My name is...

Standing up to address the room: "My name is John, and I'm a Bimmerholic."

Everyone else: "Hello Johhnnnnn....."

Yeah, my 300 is running just fine, yet I've got a list of about a dozen...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-21-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By John Davis
Thanks, Chuck! A local body shop--okay. ...

Thanks, Chuck!

A local body shop--okay. Would it be a long wait, do you think?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-20-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By John Davis
Painting a headlight washer cover

I need to replace my left hand headlight washer cover--part number 61677069427

All the sites that offer it seem to offer it in only a primed version--you have to go get it painted somewhere else....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-14-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By John Davis
Don't worry about whether the engine overheated...

Don't worry about whether the engine overheated previously--if it did, it was destroyed, and there's a new engine in there now.

You should assume (unless there is strong evidence that it was...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By John Davis
And if you decide to buy the parts, use the BMW...

And if you decide to buy the parts, use the BMW part number price comparison program--see the link to it at the bottom of Silber's post? Just click that, download it, use it! (It's free)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By John Davis
You can buy new center console inserts for around...

You can buy new center console inserts for around $80. That might be easier than trying to melt them into looking good.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-08-2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By John Davis
Okay, will do! I'll do it now. Just in...

Okay, will do! I'll do it now.

Just in case the life of this car turns out to be unusually long, is there some number of miles after which I should do it again?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-08-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By John Davis
I googled "E46 fan clutch" and read several...

I googled "E46 fan clutch" and read several threads; I don't seem to have any symptoms of a failing fan clutch.

However, should I replace this on some regular schedule anyway? None of the threads...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 38,149
Posted By John Davis
Yes, they are round in the 3 series E46, anyway. ...

Yes, they are round in the 3 series E46, anyway. For the E46 they are replacing both that round airbag and the passenger side one.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,178
Posted By John Davis
I didn't do it myself (way beyond anything I...

I didn't do it myself (way beyond anything I could do); I had a shop do it. I bought the differential from a wrecking yard. There are lots of 3.46 differentials around, since automatic E46s use...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,178
Posted By John Davis
i upgraded mine to a 3.46; the best modification...

i upgraded mine to a 3.46; the best modification I ever made. Check out bokchoy's web page on differentials (google it); lots of information there.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-02-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By John Davis
Google "E46 center console parts"; you'll find...

Google "E46 center console parts"; you'll find vendors selling an array of replacement parts, some of them different from what's stock. You can search further from there, once you know what part...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By John Davis
Start with the E46 Wiki and search for "DISA,"...

Start with the E46 Wiki and search for "DISA," then read a couple of threads in this forum after searching for "DISA" here. It's a little black box that sits next to the top of your engine on the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 03:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By John Davis
I would add two more items: Replace the...

I would add two more items:

Replace the pulleys (when you do the belts), and install the German Auto Solutions rebuild kit for the DISA unit.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By John Davis
And check out the program in Silber's post: BMW...

And check out the program in Silber's post: BMW Part Number Price Comparison. It's free, and it's outstanding. Click that link and download it; it's very easy to use. I use it to get the best...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 828
Posted By John Davis
When you know the name of the company that made...

When you know the name of the company that made your water pump.

When you watch the tachometer more than the speedometer.

When you keep checking out Bimmerfest posts every few hours...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By John Davis
I went to a dealer to have my passenger side...

I went to a dealer to have my passenger side airbag replaced, and they had none in stock, but did have some driver's side airbags ready. This was before the driver's side recall was announced, but...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-25-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By John Davis
For whatever it's worth, I had good luck buying a...

For whatever it's worth, I had good luck buying a cooling system kit that included a Nissen radiator; it came from Bavarian Autosports. Never had any problems with them.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-24-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 894
Posted By John Davis
As I recall, the pin that comes with the GAS kit...

As I recall, the pin that comes with the GAS kit is designed better than the stock pin--it's designed so it CAN'T come out. Even if your pin seems okay now, it's worth replacing with the GAS version...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By John Davis
Bah, your car isn't worth the sum that someone...

Bah, your car isn't worth the sum that someone will pay for it--it's worth the sum it would take to get you to give it up! The normal laws of supply and demand don't apply when your investment is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-15-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Posted By John Davis
Check out the E46 Wiki (link at the top of the...

Check out the E46 Wiki (link at the top of the subforum page); you can use "search" to find VANOs in there. Whether or not this involves the VANOs, reading or skimming the entire Wiki is a good idea.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 223
Posted By John Davis
It depends on the brand. Since you already have...

It depends on the brand. Since you already have Konis, this thread might help a bit:
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By John Davis
This subforum has an E46 Wiki, a kind of online...

This subforum has an E46 Wiki, a kind of online encyclopedia about the E46, and it provides some information about the subframe issue. There's a link at the top of the subforum page, but here it is:...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,518
Posted By John Davis
I'll second this. ZHPs are damned nice, and they...

I'll second this. ZHPs are damned nice, and they have more prestige in the eyes of Bimmer aficionados than a sports package 330ci, along with a higher resale value. However, they also cost more to...
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