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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-12-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
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: 1,043
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: 1,043
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...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,043
Posted By Variocam
Yeah, we also have an E90, and have had zero...

Yeah, we also have an E90, and have had zero issues with the electronic oil level indicator. Maybe I'd feel differently about them if we had.

I'm curious how the M235i will fare once complete...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,043
Posted By Variocam
The electronic dipstick is of zero concern to me...

The electronic dipstick is of zero concern to me - it works just as well as the metal stick. But I totally agree that needing to spend $125 at the dealer to register a new battery is beyond insane. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-27-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,043
Posted By Variocam
Interesting review of the new M235i

The first couple of paragraphs of this preliminary test of the new M235i should resonate with a lot of people here - they talk about how so many owners of E36's and E46's despise what later versions...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-18-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By Variocam
Very good advice as usual from Fast Bob. Just a...

Very good advice as usual from Fast Bob. Just a couple of questions. What's your goal? Is the car strictly a street car, or do you have any plans to track it? I agree that a square set-up is the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 982
Posted By Variocam
The interior of our E90 has held up MUCH better...

The interior of our E90 has held up MUCH better than our E46's. And the transmission at 105K miles on the E90 is shifting perfectly, while the one on the E46 started slipping at around that mileage,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 982
Posted By Variocam
The only disadvantage to driving in Sport mode is...

The only disadvantage to driving in Sport mode is that the gas mileage will suffer some. But if that isn't a big consideration, there's no other downside I can think of. I drive so little (maybe...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Posted By Variocam
The does look strange. Odd for them to walk out...

The does look strange. Odd for them to walk out like that.

Mine were also torn - it didn't take a whole lot of effort to tear them completely off. And yet, my car didn't have any of the symptoms...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 982
Posted By Variocam
We have one of each (we have an '07 328i that I...

We have one of each (we have an '07 328i that I did a European delivery on), and I can say they are both great cars in their own way. The E46 has a bit more tactile feedback, but our E90 is a Sport...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Posted By Variocam
I just replaced mine with Meyle's - very easy...

I just replaced mine with Meyle's - very easy job, because the old ones were so cracked that they were very easy to remove. But the strange thing is that the car wasn't giving any of the symptoms...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
Yeah, the moral of this is that the INSTANT one...

Yeah, the moral of this is that the INSTANT one of the windows starts making any noise or seems to be requiring more effort than usual for the motor to move, STOP. Help it up by hand, then leave it...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
So you can't hear the motor AND you have to keep...

So you can't hear the motor AND you have to keep your windows up with tape? Have you checked the fuses? It sounds like somebody held down the switches when the windows stopped working (probably...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By Variocam
Yes, there are ways to test the cluster. I had a...

Yes, there are ways to test the cluster. I had a mechanic test mine when it stopped working. If the test confirms that the cluster itself is bad, as opposed to a lack of a signal getting to the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
When you tap the switch (very briefly! - don't...

When you tap the switch (very briefly! - don't hold it down, or you may burn it out if the problem is something else in the mechanism like the regulator), do you hear the motor running? You say...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
I think Fast Bob is referring to an E46 M3, and...

I think Fast Bob is referring to an E46 M3, and he's right - the parts are a lot more expensive. And, not to be overlooked, so is insurance. The E46 M3 is more radically different from a non-M E46...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-01-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
Regarding your front windows and sunroof - what's...

Regarding your front windows and sunroof - what's wrong with them? Motor? Regulators (in the case of the window)? Fixing the windows isn't what I would call fun, but it's not a terribly difficult...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-28-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By Variocam
I've got a really off-the-wall thought for you. ...

I've got a really off-the-wall thought for you. About ten years ago, when I was looking for an "interesting" performance oriented car, I was leaning heavily toward an E36 M3, and I still really like...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-19-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 973
Posted By Variocam
Practically ALL modern engines use some sort of...

Practically ALL modern engines use some sort of variable valve timing, and hemispherical combustion chamber design is very common as well. There is absolutely no logical explanation why for the same...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-19-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 973
Posted By Variocam
I need to put on my flame-resistant suit here,...

I need to put on my flame-resistant suit here, but I'm going to offer a moderately dissenting opinion. If you live in an area where you can drive your car hard (which traffic-smothered Austin most...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-17-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By Variocam
Whatever you choose, kudos for moving in the...

Whatever you choose, kudos for moving in the right direction as far as wheel diameter. This trend toward larger and larger diameter wheels is just ludicrous. Nothing but downside.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-02-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 782
Posted By Variocam
No clatter whatsoever here, although I'm sure...

No clatter whatsoever here, although I'm sure that doesn't mean they're not in need of replacement. It will, however, stay way down on my priority list for the foreseeable future. Many other much...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-02-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 916
Posted By Variocam
Yeah, the huge wheel craze had a legitimate start...

Yeah, the huge wheel craze had a legitimate start - with exotic, mega-horsepower cars like Ferrari's and high-end Porsches and Corvettes in need of bigger brakes, which couldn't fit under "normal"...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-01-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 782
Posted By Variocam
Thanks, but when you say the pools are "coming...

Thanks, but when you say the pools are "coming from a stud", what exactly do you mean? Do you mean the rubber grommets that go around the bolts aren't sealing properly, and the oil seeps through?
...
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