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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Today, 07:37 AM
Replies: 0
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Posted By John Davis
Injection and induction service

Two days ago my mechanic did an oil change together with an injection and induction service--a sort of deep cleaning for the engine that goes beyond what a bottle of Techron can do.

Beforehand, I...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-20-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,030
Posted By John Davis
I missed this a few weeks ago and saw it just...

I missed this a few weeks ago and saw it just now. Question for you: apart from the danger of putting on too much oil, is there any harm in using a K&N CAI on a BMW that has fuel injection and MAF...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-19-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 308
Posted By John Davis
My two cents' worth, in case you're considering...

My two cents' worth, in case you're considering doing this: don't bother buying a warranty for a used BMW (I don't mean don't buy a used BMW that's still under dealer warranty--go ahead, if you can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-18-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By John Davis
It's not too hard to find good independent...

It's not too hard to find good independent mechanics who specialize in BMWs; just look up the yelp rating for those in your area. Indy mechanics are usually cheaper than dealership mechanics. My...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-13-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 342
Posted By John Davis
For whatever it's worth, I ordered the black...

For whatever it's worth, I ordered the black leather boot on that page; when I got it, I sent it back. It didn't look as good in person as it did in the picture, and the quality didn't seem that...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 08-13-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By John Davis
Well, I will -never- give up a BMW just to please...

Well, I will -never- give up a BMW just to please others.

I noticed something similar in the opposite way: when I had a Jetta, people constantly tailgated me when I drove in the left hand...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 08-12-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By John Davis
For me the funny thing is that I didn't know...

For me the funny thing is that I didn't know there -was- any anti-BMW sentiment out there until I bought a (used) BMW, and found that some people began to express hostility towards me on account of...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-09-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 457
Posted By John Davis
I think I want an E30 now.

I think I want an E30 now.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-08-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Davis
Me neither. I think the OP wins this year's...

Me neither. I think the OP wins this year's award for Most Discussion Generated by an Incomplete Sentence. (The prize is a choice of any nouns and verbs he needs to finish it.)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-08-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Davis
Why not buy a used ZHP in good condition? They...

Why not buy a used ZHP in good condition? They aren't too hard to find, and some of them still look new. They aren't as reliable as Hondas, but E46s aren't bad when it comes to reliability, if you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By John Davis
That link is terrifically helpful--thanks! I'll...

That link is terrifically helpful--thanks! I'll show it to my mechanic and see if he can do this for me, or knows who can.

This may be one of the best modifications I've yet seen.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By John Davis
This sounds interesting and important. I know...

This sounds interesting and important. I know the temp gauge isn't particularly accurate, but I didn't realize it's possible to reprogram it to make it reflect temperature more precisely.

Does...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-06-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Davis
And the moral of this story is: don't drive a...

And the moral of this story is: don't drive a bimmer for the first time for three miles or more unless you're prepared for the consequences!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-06-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Davis
Well, if it's testimonial time, here's my story. ...

Well, if it's testimonial time, here's my story. (Now standing up: "Hello everyone, I'm John and I'm a BMW addict." Others: "Hi John...." )

So I was replacing my 12 year old VW Jetta--my third...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-06-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 256
Posted By John Davis
There's a sticky thread in this forum about how...

There's a sticky thread in this forum about how long automatic transmissions have lasted, together with a poll. That may give you some sense of how long they can go. My girlfriend's automatic...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-05-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Davis
I think the sentence that begins, "He tried...

I think the sentence that begins, "He tried bringing..." is missing a clause. I can only guess at what your friend said.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-05-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 882
Posted By John Davis
About the proliferation of water pumpts, etc., in...

About the proliferation of water pumpts, etc., in the new M4: I often hear from indy mechanics that the E90 and other generations after the E46 is/are prone to a lot more mechanical problems. Sounds...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By John Davis
You may already have done this, but you can get...

You may already have done this, but you can get an approximate market value by searching auto trader for similar vehicles, and also consulting the used car appraisal site at edmunds.com:
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-03-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By John Davis
I can't speak to the snow driving issue, but I...

I can't speak to the snow driving issue, but I can say that my 330ci, which had 73,000 miles on it when I bought it two years ago, is now ten years old with 103,000 miles and has required two...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-02-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By John Davis
It's worth a try! So I just pull off the bottom...

It's worth a try! So I just pull off the bottom half of the housing around the steering wheel to get at it? Is there any trick to pulling that off?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-02-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By John Davis
Thanks, gentlemen. It turns out the battery...

Thanks, gentlemen.

It turns out the battery has a full charge, so I suppose the ignition and the starter are the next places to look. I'll find out at my mechanic on Monday...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-02-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By John Davis
My 330ci won't start--need advice

When I put the key in the ignition, the AC, radio, and lights all come on, so there seems to be battery power, but the starter doesn't turn over at all--dead silence. The lights that come on are the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-29-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By John Davis
They are about $2.50 a piece (not including...

They are about $2.50 a piece (not including shipping) at Turner Motorsports and many other places, and even I can put on on, so you can too.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By John Davis
I am considering getting a second car (for a...

I am considering getting a second car (for a variety of reasons), but not a beater. Maybe a used Porche 911 or Cayman. You can pick them up for less than $25,000 now.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-27-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 510
Posted By John Davis
Deadfish is right--get a PPI no matter what. ...

Deadfish is right--get a PPI no matter what. They aren't always expensive; mine was $100.
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