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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-22-2016, 05:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
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, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
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, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
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, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
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, 04:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
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, 06:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 916
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
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, 04:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,035
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, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,035
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, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 976
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, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 451
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, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 451
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, 07:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
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, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
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, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
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, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
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, 05:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 999
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, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
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, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
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...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-01-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 843
Posted By Germane Riposte
Funny story on the hoarding parts topic. Back in...

Funny story on the hoarding parts topic. Back in the spring I went on a cleaning binge and threw out a bunch of old parts that I figured I'd never need, and weren't worth trying to sell. Among this...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-28-2015, 04:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By Germane Riposte
OP, a couple other options that will give you a...

OP, a couple other options that will give you a simple aux-in for older head units are Blitzsafe and Quidzel. They use the CD changer port in the trunk, or either the location where it connects on...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-26-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By Germane Riposte
If the cooling coil is damaged, there isn't much...

If the cooling coil is damaged, there isn't much you can do besides replace it. Fortunately, it's not too expensive, maybe $50-60. You really won't be able to tell what's bad until you do some...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-26-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By Germane Riposte
You can try re-seating the connector, but it...

You can try re-seating the connector, but it sounds like it or either the mating lip on the cooler line end is gooned up. Working on the power steering lines isn't too hard; there are several...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-07-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 549
Posted By Germane Riposte
It may not even be the windshield washer tank...

It may not even be the windshield washer tank itself that's leaking, but the pump that mounts in it, or its strainer. Cheap parts and an easy first DIY. My car's pump started leaking and it would...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-22-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By Germane Riposte
As kyfdx mentioned, worn shifter linkage bushings...

As kyfdx mentioned, worn shifter linkage bushings can cause a lot of ills. Those undoubtedly could use a refresh, especially the selector rod joint.

Also do a search on "sticky fifth gear...
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