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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By Variocam
I ended up cutting it off with a dremel,...

I ended up cutting it off with a dremel, following the tips I got from another forum. If anyone runs into this problem and needs some help, feel free to IM me.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 720
Posted By Variocam
That's just it - the ones from the factory don't...

That's just it - the ones from the factory don't last very long, which to me indicates they don't have any kind of protectant, at least not one that does much good. The fact that my restored lenses...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 720
Posted By Variocam
Not true. I did mine years ago, and they still...

Not true. I did mine years ago, and they still look like the day I did the restoration, even though the car sits outside in blistering central Texas. All you have to do is hit them with the final...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By Variocam
Removing power steering hose from reservoir to cooling loop

I'm trying to replace the left-most of the two hoses that go into the bottom of the power steering reservoir. Its other end goes into the side of the radiator, I assume into a cooling loop of some...
Forum: Tools and Miscellaneous 03-02-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 375
Posted By Variocam
E46 TCC (Transmission Control Solenoid) for GM trans

I replaced the TCC in my 04 325i (GM transmission) recently with a brand new one, because I learned that it can sometimes fix a slipping transmission symptom. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, so...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-09-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By Variocam
The idea that negative camber causes inner tire...

The idea that negative camber causes inner tire wear is largely a misconception. The vast majority of tire wear happens in corners, where negative camber actually helps flatten out the tire's...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-08-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By Variocam
While these transmissions can and do make it over...

While these transmissions can and do make it over 200,000 miles, the problem you're describing is unfortunately becoming more and more common. It can be caused by several things - low fluid, a bad...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Yes, using additives has crossed my mind, and if...

Yes, using additives has crossed my mind, and if I was planning to keep the car, I might try it just to put off rebuilding or replacing the transmission. But since I'd like to sell the car,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Thanks for asking a question that hasn't been...

Thanks for asking a question that hasn't been covered already. I don't know if the shop that performed the diagnostic did a line pressure test - I'll call them tomorrow. I understand that low line...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Crowz, Nope. I not only followed the fill...

Crowz,

Nope. I not only followed the fill procedure exactly, but when it started slipping (a full YEAR AND A HALF after the fluid change - nobody who makes suggestions like yours ever notices...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Actually, with our daughter off at college, we...

Actually, with our daughter off at college, we have a surplus of cars (including three BMW's), so my plan has been to sell the E46, as much as I like the car. The cost of a transmission rebuild...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Starless, You are so right. There is so...

Starless,

You are so right. There is so much mythology floating around about transmission slip caused by low fluid, the "wrong" type of fluid, this or that solenoid having gone bad, not changing...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-02-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
MoparJim, I fear you may be right, but the...

MoparJim,

I fear you may be right, but the one thing that gives me a glimmer of hope is that when I did the trans fluid change back in 2011, at 98K, the fluid was extremely clean - virtually no...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-01-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Starless, Thanks; I will ask the shop to...

Starless,

Thanks; I will ask the shop to tell me the codes that came up. I'll let you know what they find.

marcozandrini,

Every time I post anywhere about my transmission issues, someone...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Well, no such luck. I replaced the TCC, and it's...

Well, no such luck. I replaced the TCC, and it's behaving exactly like before - no better, no worse. Waste of time and money.

I've learned the hard way that automatic transmission problems can't...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By Variocam
Managed to wrestle the tabs off, and was able to...

Managed to wrestle the tabs off, and was able to remove the large plastic piece, and got the cover off. Now to install the new one...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By Variocam
Question about center armrest re-covering

I've removed my center armrest in preparation for attempting to re-cover it with a new cover I bought online, and I have a question about something that I haven't found in any of the videos or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
After a little more research, I learned that my...

After a little more research, I learned that my symptoms are very consistent with a bad TCC, so I ordered a new one today. Crossing my fingers that this fixes it.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-14-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 912
Posted By Variocam
Slipping transmission - any options?

For going on two years now, my 04 325i (137K miles now)'s automatic transmission slips on cold mornings until it warms up. After that, it shifts perfectly. And other than that, it drives great. It...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-28-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By Variocam
It sounds like your battery is having a problem...

It sounds like your battery is having a problem maintaining a charge. I have a similar problem with our 03 X5 - relatively new battery that tests fine, no parasitic current drain, but yesterday, I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-27-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 141
Posted By Variocam
Transmission/starter twofer?

Our 04 352i's automatic transmission has been slipping, and a mechanic I know can get me a very good deal on a used one with a lifetime guarantee, so I've been planning to replace it soon. Now, the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-13-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 570
Posted By Variocam
I normally don't put a whole lot of stock in...

I normally don't put a whole lot of stock in anecdotal information about an aftermarket product, but in the case of the Victor Reinz valve cover gasket, my experience echoes that of many others. I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Variocam
One piece of unsolicited advice - avoid the...

One piece of unsolicited advice - avoid the temptation to by huge-diameter wheels. All they do is add weight to the part of the car where it does the most harm, negatively impacting acceleration,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,442
Posted By Variocam
I agree that replacing the metal dip stick with...

I agree that replacing the metal dip stick with an electronic one isn't a positive - makes you wonder why BMW spent the money and time to develop it - but I don't see it as a big negative, either. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,442
Posted By Variocam
I hear you - I've got one headed to college this...

I hear you - I've got one headed to college this Fall myself, so no new BMW's in my plans either anytime soon. The wording of the review of the M235i just caught my eye, in that BMW's target...
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