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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-15-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By SWC
I enjoy mostly stock E46's.

I enjoy mostly stock E46's.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-15-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By SWC
6.9 qts - ??

6.9 qts - ??
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-26-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 805
Posted By SWC
I tried the 3M restoration kit a while back and...

I tried the 3M restoration kit a while back and was very pleased with the results - for about 6 months. Now it's back and I'm going to replace the lenses. I have ZKW which are more expensive - but...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 613
Posted By SWC
Meyle makes an excellent upgrade to the OEM. Max...

Meyle makes an excellent upgrade to the OEM. Max at oembimmerparts.com can help out.


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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-04-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By SWC
Had mine done a few months back - go with Scott...

Had mine done a few months back - go with Scott at www.radar-mirror.com. $100 or so - mail him yours, he replaces the glass and it's better than new. If you buy another BMW mirror - it will most...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-02-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By SWC
I'm very limited when it comes to mechanical...

I'm very limited when it comes to mechanical skills - but with the numerous DIY's on this site I was able to do my VCG and spark plugs for under $100 - all OEM parts. I also did the Fuel Filter -...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By SWC
Only routine maintenance on my 04 330i - 68k...

Only routine maintenance on my 04 330i - 68k through current 93k. Keep in mind there's plenty of "routine" maintenance that's needed. I paid $12k for mine 3 years ago with 68k -
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By SWC
I found mine on craigslist for $50

I found mine on craigslist for $50
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By SWC
I'm up in the air on whether to refresh the...

I'm up in the air on whether to refresh the cooling system now (92k) or wait until next spring. This summer I've done: VCG, spark plugs, fuel filter, power steering fluid and 2 new tires. I'm...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-05-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 855
Posted By SWC
I've had very good luck with the Conti xtreme...

I've had very good luck with the Conti xtreme contact DWS --
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-09-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By SWC
My local dealer's price was $7 per quart - last...

My local dealer's price was $7 per quart - last oil service. Check it out if you have one close.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-08-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 548
Posted By SWC
On sale at oembimmerparts.com - $48.50 with...

On sale at oembimmerparts.com - $48.50 with regulator. http://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW_Fuel_Filter_W_Regulator_OEM_p/13327512019e46.htm
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 548
Posted By SWC
I was experiencing a very similar issue with...

I was experiencing a very similar issue with "sputtering" but mostly when accelerating. I replaced the fuel filter and it is completely gone --- worth a shot at your mileage if it hasn't been done....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-26-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 743
Posted By SWC
I have a hard enough time keeping up on...

I have a hard enough time keeping up on "preventative Maintenance" -- I once thought about an M steering wheel and then my control arms needed replacing.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-26-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
I just called my local BMW dealership just to see...

I just called my local BMW dealership just to see how much money I actually saved with the DIY -

VCG -$350 (I paid $34) oem
Plugs -$350 (I paid $47) ngk
Fuel Filter $250 (I paid $49) oem
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-26-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
Thanks -- I'll look at the DIY more seriously now...

Thanks -- I'll look at the DIY more seriously now - the cooling system refresh is $299 at oembimmerparts - so now's a good time to do it!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-25-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
No issues with bleeding the coolant or breaking...

No issues with bleeding the coolant or breaking any plastic pieces?? How long did the cooling refresh take?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-25-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
No _ I didn't do either of those -- but the...

No _ I didn't do either of those -- but the steering feels much smoother. I'll wait until my next oil change and tackle -- thanks for the info!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-25-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
Quick side note -- my control arms, bushings and...

Quick side note -- my control arms, bushings and links were replaced in 2013. 2014 - VCG, plugs, power steering fluid, fuel filter, cabin filter, engine air filter. Cooling system and ATF and one...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-25-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By SWC
DIY Success - thanks to the forum

This past month I ordered from Max at oembimmerparts - NGK plugs, VCG, Fuel Filter - and decided to DIY instead of going to my indy.

For the most part I followed ChrisL's DIY -...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-04-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 778
Posted By SWC
There are some nice E46 M3 examples out there --...

There are some nice E46 M3 examples out there -- the problem is finding a 6-speed manual with low miles. Of course, the nice ones are $20k +. I've been looking for a while - not ready to pull the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By SWC
Thanks for the advice!! Appears the VCG...

Thanks for the advice!! Appears the VCG replacement and new spark plugs was a success.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-30-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By SWC
Valve Cover Sealant--- please advise

MY VCG will be here today - but I'm a bit confused on the type of sealant to use or not to use?? I obviously searched this out and it only made it more confusing.
Can someone with experience please...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By SWC
Spark plug DIY - tip for newbs

Long story short - I decided to replace my spark plugs and I don't have great mechanical skills - but I boosted up my confidence by watching DIY videos etc. I went out and bought the tools, torque...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 979
Posted By SWC
17" wheels look so much better --- check out some...

17" wheels look so much better --- check out some pics online.
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