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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:13 PM
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Ever seen this happen to a wheel?

When I test drove the car the guy said he just had to tires mounted and balanced. It shook during the drive and I asked him why if it was just balanced. He said that it was probably because of the different tread patterns of the front and rear tires.....not so fast buddy

When I jacked the car up and found the broken rear springs I found the shaking problem...Has anyone one seen this before?

Got the price lowered for both things

Im sure its possible during certain environmental encounters but I've never heard of "Liquid Metal" wheels and their quality is def in question.

Just got my replacement wheel so I thought I'd share
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:17 AM
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When I bought my car, the front and rear tires were different. It didn't cause shaking.
Broken rear springs are common but may not cause shaking. Usually shaking or vibration in the steering wheel comes from front steering/suspension parts or worn tires.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:07 AM
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Broken wheel from a pot hole probably, not original BMW wheel. Springs break all the time, had the back ones on my 04 done at 60,000kms (40,000 miles)
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:42 AM
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BMW did mention hitting pot holes with put flat spots in wheels quite easily. I'd have a shop look at the car and do a full inspection on it.

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:18 AM
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Broken rims are not that uncommon...pot hole or curb. Don't even think about repair...you can buy the correct wheel from a bone yard at a very economical price.

Springs break also. The combination of the two may suggest an extreem off road or violent use. Make sure and go over the car real well with it in mind that that it may have been doing something similar to rock climbing.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:17 AM
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hmmmm... does anybody bother to read the whole post before commenting?

Not a big deal i just think it's funny people comment on the wrong thing because they're uninformed.


I already bought the car and found:

-broken rear springs
-broken wheel
-moonroof cover off tracks
-heavily fogged headlights
--->Just got new gaskets for them


*I did however miss that the cd player was broken...just installed the factory AUX input in the heated seat button cluster

The particular wheel was hard to find and only available from one site online; highly doubt I wouldve been able to get one from a salvage yard since they are aftermarket.

Spring ride is ok and mostly noticeable when going over bumps and because ride height is lower in the rear.....

***These have gotta be more fogged than most right?
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:12 PM
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Weird question is it sticky? That is what are 370z drift car looked like when we removed tint that was on the headlights. If not they make dozens of headlamp restore kits.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:15 PM
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The headlight lens restore kits, for the most part, suck. You'll spend an hour sanding for about a 50% improvement, and then the lights will fog again really quickly after that. After doing it once, I'd rather just spend the $50 on a new lens, which takes 5 minutes to replace and which you know will last for another 7-8 years.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:42 PM
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I'm pretty sure most of the haze is on the inside. Was gonna rip them out and do but the cold weather headlight washer system held them on and I didn't have time to figure out how to to disconnect them, and with all the rain we've been getting I didn't want the car to be open in the front...I'll take them out tomorrow if I ca figure it out and see how much of the haze is external
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:05 PM
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Wow, never seen that with wheels before. I've been two rims on my 2003 325xi in the past (huge pot hole). To me that would just indicate inferior wheel material and/or manufacturing. Definitely don't put them on the track or anything else that would stress them beyond normal driving.
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