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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2
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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: 231
Views: 30,762
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: 231
Views: 30,762
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: 209
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: 178
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: 742
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: 192
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: 192
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: 341
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: 231
Views: 30,762
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: 231
Views: 30,762
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: 1,217
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: 141
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: 231
Views: 30,762
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: 233
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: 286
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: 731
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: 731
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: 731
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?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 731
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Here are the visual cues that indicate a ZKW...

Here are the visual cues that indicate a ZKW headlight.

1. ZKW logo in the inner bottom corner of the clear headlight lens. This indicator is not always reliable because the AL and ZKW lenses can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You might want to take a second look at the wires...

You might want to take a second look at the wires between the body and the trunk lid. There is often hidden damage to the insulation that isn't visible until you remove the wires or cut the rubber...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By G. P. Burdell
For help locating an independent BMW specialist,...

For help locating an independent BMW specialist, visit BIMRS (http://www.bimrs.org/) or ask local BMW CCA (http://www.bmwcca.org/) members for recommendations.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's on the driver's side. One of the best...

It's on the driver's side.

One of the best tools you'll buy for your car is the Bentley Publishers repair manual. It contains hundreds of pages of wiring diagrams that will help you identify the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Does the instrument cluster correctly display the...

Does the instrument cluster correctly display the outside temperature, and does your driver's side fog light work?

EDIT: And do you hear two distinct tones (a high tone and a low tone) when you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-09-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is...

A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is great for loosening those hard-to-reach hose clamps.

I used a pair of scissors (the kind with blunt tips) to cut off most of the old lower boot....
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