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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-12-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,292
Posted By vandyboy
I bought the Meyle HDs because my mechanic friend...

I bought the Meyle HDs because my mechanic friend said they were as good if not better than OEM and they came with new bolts. 20K miles later and no problems.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-03-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,129
Posted By vandyboy
My wife has a Cayman, so I've satisfied my...

My wife has a Cayman, so I've satisfied my lifelong Porsche lust. As for me, I have always wanted a Land Rover Defender, which you can now order "new" from various rebuild shops. I love the BMW...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-19-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By vandyboy
I did a project for one year that gave me a five...

I did a project for one year that gave me a five day 94 mile round trip commute. I was driving an E30 with 130k on it, and my poor car, which started off in excellent mechanical condition, almost...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-19-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,384
Posted By vandyboy
This list is fine if you are an...

This list is fine if you are an obsessive/compulsive. By the way, you left out O2 sensors.

My car is a 2001 with 120K. I have the repair history for the car, and it still uses the original...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-24-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By vandyboy
Yes, listen to the second poster and go to...

Yes, listen to the second poster and go to Advance or Autozone and get your battery and alternator checked. Eliminate that problem before you start throwing parts at the brake system. With the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-24-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 822
Posted By vandyboy
I've had the HD Meyle control arm bushings on my...

I've had the HD Meyle control arm bushings on my car for 1.5 years and they are great. Try using the search feature to see opinions on Meyle vs. OEM CAs.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-17-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By vandyboy
I suspect the aftermarket radio is not connected...

I suspect the aftermarket radio is not connected to an antenna or antenna amplifier was bypassed (it could be shot.) BTW -there are two different kinds of antenna amps. When you buy a stock head...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By vandyboy
That is regular maintenance done by yourself or...

That is regular maintenance done by yourself or at a reasonably priced indy garage. The dealer will magically turn that $2000.00 maintenance cost into $4000.00.

For instance, at or near 100k...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-10-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By vandyboy
Although most people on this forum prefer the...

Although most people on this forum prefer the 330i over the 325i, I have been very happy with my '01 325i's power and gas mileage. I definitely encourage you to take the car to BMW of Nashville or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-10-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 617
Posted By vandyboy
I had a MB C230k with the supercharger, and that...

I had a MB C230k with the supercharger, and that car was pretty fun to drive, even if it was a 4cyl. It had great pickup and got good gas mileage, too. I would definitely look for a SC over a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-31-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 783
Posted By vandyboy
The only French oil that I know of is Motul,...

The only French oil that I know of is Motul, which is supposed to be very good oil. I sometimes use an indy garage in Nashville that has been working on BMWs since the 1970s. They now use Pennzoil...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 984
Posted By vandyboy
I love my E46 and find it a better daily driver...

I love my E46 and find it a better daily driver than my E30. It was old and I had to do a lot of wear part replacement in the ten years I owned it - front end, WP, thermo, timing belts, drive belts,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-29-2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 984
Posted By vandyboy
Spending two grand a year means you've spent...

Spending two grand a year means you've spent $166.66 a month. I used to spend more on drinks each week than that! Try to find another car that is 1/2 as much fun to drive as your E46 for that kind...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-04-2013, 04:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 168
Posted By vandyboy
Anyone around Nashville with PA Soft?

I had considered buying my own version to try to fix cluster issues and change some locking things, but I don't know jack crap about it and would rather pay someone experienced with it to help me. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-31-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By vandyboy
Definitely google wet sanding because I would...

Definitely google wet sanding because I would hate to give you any info that could cause you a problem. I know it is a fine grit sanding process that evens out paint jobs. Fast Bob could confirm...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-31-2013, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By vandyboy
Just replaced my thermostat in early summer. The...

Just replaced my thermostat in early summer. The old one stayed at 12:00 and this one does, too.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-31-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By vandyboy
Good buy - I like the car. Concerning the...

Good buy - I like the car.

Concerning the problems with his paint job, what you do guys think about wet sanding? If he has paint but the clearcoat is gone, I know wet sanding can eliminate the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-29-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 407
Posted By vandyboy
Pressure testing doesn't hurt anything - it tests...

Pressure testing doesn't hurt anything - it tests all potential leaking spots, including hoses, thermostat, water pump, expansion tank and radiator.

With 99k on your odometer, it is a good idea,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-28-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 407
Posted By vandyboy
Good advice on getting it pressure tested. I bet...

Good advice on getting it pressure tested. I bet your coolant loss is from a crack in the expansion tank and you will need to replace it. Very common issue.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-28-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By vandyboy
Don't worry about the cats at this point. I have...

Don't worry about the cats at this point. I have gotten the same code, and it triggers the CEL (once it triggered the SES) for a few days, then it goes off again. I may have a bad connection to a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 732
Posted By vandyboy
We had a C-class with the Kompressor engine. The...

We had a C-class with the Kompressor engine. The car was fairly nimble, had lots of torque and got just a bit better gas mileage than my 325i. We bought it certified with 31K and kept it 10 years. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,988
Posted By vandyboy
I run all season tires, and I am pretty sure I am...

I run all season tires, and I am pretty sure I am about to buy Michelin Pilot Exaltos. Someone on Amazon has them for $99.00 plus $10.43 per tire shipping. I also considered and would be happy with...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-24-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By vandyboy
If you have coolant leaking onto the belts, that...

If you have coolant leaking onto the belts, that makes me suspect your water pump. But, check your bleed screw and your expansion tank first, since they are the easiest to access.

Sounds like...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-23-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By vandyboy
I think the best 3 series for you depends upon...

I think the best 3 series for you depends upon what you seek in a car. All of the e46 models handle much better than most cars - even the base 325i. If you are looking for blistering performance,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-23-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By vandyboy
A local garage with a good alignment/suspension...

A local garage with a good alignment/suspension man drove my car and put it on a rack yesterday. No tire wiggling at the 3-9 and 12-6 positions (front left tire has been causing steering wheel...
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