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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By alpinweiss
Before replacing the fuel sending units, dump a...

Before replacing the fuel sending units, dump a bottle of fuel system cleaner (Chevron Techron or similar) into your fuel tank. There is probably only a 50% chance this will solve your problem, but...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-29-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By alpinweiss
My car (2011 328i) has the Harman Kardon system,...

My car (2011 328i) has the Harman Kardon system, and the amplifier has a very small cooling fan. But my fan is almost silent, so I wonder if your fan is getting noisy. :dunno:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By alpinweiss
The "real fix" is to replace the seat track...

The "real fix" is to replace the seat track mechanism. This is not cheap, nor particularly easy. The part that probably needs to be replaced is #1 in the diagram linked below:
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By alpinweiss
Yes, the rubber mount on the rear shock is...

Yes, the rubber mount on the rear shock is completely worn out. There would definitely be some noise associated with that.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By alpinweiss
How is the refrigerant (R134a) level in your car?...

How is the refrigerant (R134a) level in your car?

And welcome to Bimmerfest!

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-28-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By alpinweiss
If this is a SULEV vehicle, it has the M56 engine...

If this is a SULEV vehicle, it has the M56 engine and the sealed (non-repairable) fuel system. If this correct, it is a vehicle that I would not buy at any price. :(

The M56 engine was offered...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By alpinweiss
I would also have the rear subframe area checked...

I would also have the rear subframe area checked for damage on ANY E46.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-26-2015, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By alpinweiss
The N47 motor was also used in the 520d; but it...

The N47 motor was also used in the 520d; but it is my understanding that the timeline on production was different than the 320d. So I am not sure what is considered a "safe" engine for the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-26-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! Beware of the N47...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

Beware of the N47 engine! This is the 2.0 litre Diesel engine that powers most 320d models in the year range that you are considering. The engine has a rear-mounted timing...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By alpinweiss
If the tires are original, and have 25k miles on...

If the tires are original, and have 25k miles on them, I would replace all four.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By alpinweiss
I would choose the RWD version. I prefer the way...

I would choose the RWD version. I prefer the way it drives and handles. BUT, I live in the desert southwest.

If I lived in NW Indiana, I would probably choose the AWD version. I understand that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By alpinweiss
When I did a factory tour at the BMW München...

When I did a factory tour at the BMW München plant a number of years ago, they specifically mentioned the sheetmetal was different between the cars with the fold-down rear seats, and the cars without...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By alpinweiss
Although it is possible to have wiring problems...

Although it is possible to have wiring problems in your boot lid, I think a more likely problem is your electronic handle assembly has internal corrosion. In the diagram linked below, item #10 may...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-14-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,141
Posted By alpinweiss
I also went with the Bridgestone DriveGuard...

I also went with the Bridgestone DriveGuard tires. I think of them as runflat tires for people who hate runflat tires. They ride better and make less noise than most other runflat tires. So far, I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By alpinweiss
This is becoming a problem for a lot of BMW...

This is becoming a problem for a lot of BMW models. The cars equipped with manual transmissions are commanding a price premium. And most of them sell quickly. But most of the used car pricing...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By alpinweiss
I would not buy anything with an SMG...

I would not buy anything with an SMG transmission. There is a high probability of very expensive repairs, as this transmission ages. :yikes:

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-09-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By alpinweiss
In terms of being collectible, I think a 330 ZHP...

In terms of being collectible, I think a 330 ZHP with the 6-speed manual transmission will be more valuable than an equivalent car with an automatic. In terms of a coupe vs. sedan, the coupe may be...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 745
Posted By alpinweiss
If the bolts were torqued to over 200 ft.-lbs., I...

If the bolts were torqued to over 200 ft.-lbs., I would vote for replacing them all. As explained by DSXMachina above, it is a bit difficult to establish what was the torque before you turned the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,219
Posted By alpinweiss
Edent: thank you for posting. I hope others can...

Edent: thank you for posting. I hope others can learn from your bad experience. :thumbdwn:

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-07-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By alpinweiss
Very nice looking! Ideas for further...

Very nice looking!

Ideas for further improvement? I would add chrome (or stainless steel) exhaust tips, and tail lights with amber rear turn signals.

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-06-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By alpinweiss
And indeed, you may be able to leave the standing...

And indeed, you may be able to leave the standing lights illuminated well beyond that time period. But I do not think there is a failsafe to protect the battery on this vehicle. So when the battery...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-06-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest Jbergman! I do not...

Welcome to Bimmerfest Jbergman!

I do not want to dampen your enthusiasm; but will this car be an all-season all-weather daily driver? If so, I wonder if a 330i with ZHP is the best choice for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-05-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By alpinweiss
The standing light (aka parking light) only...

The standing light (aka parking light) only illuminates a single light in the front and a single light in the rear. A number of years ago, I was told that it should be good for about 8 hours of...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-05-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By alpinweiss
I would avoid the N47 Diesel engine, if it were...

I would avoid the N47 Diesel engine, if it were my car. There are numerous reports of timing chain failures in this engine. BMW claims to have solved the timing chain problems in cars built after...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-05-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By alpinweiss
Wow, fabulous! Was it also a 328i, or did it...

Wow, fabulous! Was it also a 328i, or did it have a different engine? Or did it not have a model designation on the trunk?

I noticed there is another BMW behind it; perhaps a Z3?

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