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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The round airbag in my three-spoke steering wheel...

The round airbag in my three-spoke steering wheel is being recalled. The letter arrived late last week.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-05-2015, 05:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Cue Jacques Cousteau: "My crew and I began to...

Cue Jacques Cousteau: "My crew and I began to lose hope that we would ever lay eyes upon the elusive drain...but then, emerging from the pitch darkness of the transmission tunnel, there it was. The...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-03-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Welcome, Lady Penelope! In addition to the...

Welcome, Lady Penelope!

In addition to the cooling system and pulleys the others have suggested, I'm going to recommend that you replace all of the hoses and the fluid reservoir for the power...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-01-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 507
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A few thoughts: 1. What brand of belt did...

A few thoughts:

1. What brand of belt did you install? Continental/Contitech is original equipment.

2. Before you install the new belt, tug on all of the pulleys, including the ones for the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-01-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I don't know the date of the wiring change, but...

I don't know the date of the wiring change, but if you browse the mirror parts listings at Penske Parts (http://www.penskeparts.com/index.aspx) or RealOEM (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select), be...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-30-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Rarely, if at all. The pulleys that need...

Rarely, if at all. The pulleys that need preventative replacement are the ones made of plastic: the main drive belt tensioner pulley, the A/C tensioner pulley, and the idler pulley all have bearings...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-28-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By G. P. Burdell
BMW switched to the ribbon-type wiring and...

BMW switched to the ribbon-type wiring and connectors at some point during production. The videos you viewed may have shown cars that were manufactured before the switch took place.

IIRC, the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-11-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Are there any recall campaign numbers printed on...

Are there any recall campaign numbers printed on your invoice?

Last year's recall, campaign number 14V-428, was for all E46 3-series and was for the passenger airbag.

This year's recall, just...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-11-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The death in April of a 22-year-old woman in...

The death in April of a 22-year-old woman in Lafayette, Louisiana, could be the seventh known fatality attributable to a Takata airbag inflator.

Lafayette mother files lawsuit against Honda,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-07-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Posted By G. P. Burdell
If you can't find the passkey card Marco...

If you can't find the passkey card Marco mentioned, then you can also dig into the trunk and locate the passkey on the Bluetooth module. It's also referred to as the TCU, or Telematics Control Unit....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-06-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By G. P. Burdell
My old CD changer had a fuse in a slot on the...

My old CD changer had a fuse in a slot on the back of the unit.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 807
Posted By G. P. Burdell
My car's engine burns more oil when I get stuck...

My car's engine burns more oil when I get stuck in traffic, and it burns less oil on road trips. If your daily commute includes stop-and-go traffic, then a weekend cruise might have been enough of a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-01-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. In order to see the bottom face of the TCU,...

Yes. In order to see the bottom face of the TCU, you'll need to remove the fasteners that hold the unit to its mounting bracket.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-01-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Look at all faces of the TCU. The passkey...

Look at all faces of the TCU. The passkey sticker can sometimes be found on the bottom side of the unit.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-31-2015, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Agreed. My car's original fan clutch was...

Agreed.

My car's original fan clutch was toast after about six years of daily service. In warm weather and stop-and-go traffic, I could no longer hear the fan's characteristic whooshing sound...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I was just reading NHTSA's May 28 letter...

I was just reading NHTSA's May 28 letter (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM479511/RCAK-15V318-9796.pdf) describing the expanded recall. There's a clue in the Problem...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-14-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
According to a contractor who worked with Takata...

According to a contractor who worked with Takata in the early 2000s, Takata refused to give up using its inadequate, helium-based method of testing airbag inflators for leaks.



Toyota and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-13-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,243
Posted By G. P. Burdell
"Dealer maintained" may also mean oil changes at...

"Dealer maintained" may also mean oil changes at mileage intervals that our membership would consider to be way too long. Your friend should consider collecting a used oil sample from the engine and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 149
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I have no idea, but one way to find out is to use...

I have no idea, but one way to find out is to use RealOEM (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select) or Penske Parts (http://www.penskeparts.com/) to look up the part numbers for the E36 brake parts,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 35,004
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Sorry to hear about the scratch. We don't...

Sorry to hear about the scratch.

We don't allow the dealer to wash our cars, either, and we've succeeded in preventing our cars from being washed by doing three things:

First, before leaving...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-10-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes, it was black when it left the factory. It...

Yes, it was black when it left the factory. It snaps into the bumper cover; you may find it easier to work with if you remove the bumper cover from the car.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-09-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You can learn more about the recall, and how the...

You can learn more about the recall, and how the airbag is replaced, by browsing the documents on NHTSA's Web site. The TSB for the airbag replacement is posted there:
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-27-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The problem of cracked wire insulation inside...

The problem of cracked wire insulation inside your adaptive headlights isn't new; others have posted about the same problem. While it's possible to buy replacement wiring for other bi-xenon...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Good deal. Also, the ZKW burnt bowl problem is...

Good deal. Also, the ZKW burnt bowl problem is confined to sedan and wagon headlights, so as you observed, you won't have to worry about it.

The Retrofit Source (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By G. P. Burdell
My apologies for answering your question with a...

My apologies for answering your question with a question. Does your 325Ci have the adaptive xenon headlights? In other words, do the lights swivel from side to side as you turn the steering wheel?
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