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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 11-25-2012, 01:38 PM
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Thanks. The detailer who said he'd charge $100 says he'll make them like new. My mechanic (who has an older 7-series) vouches for him. So I plan to get that done the next time I take the car in for a service...should be in a couple of months.

I only wish I could find a way to improve seat comfort...the seats have gotten incredibly hard and uncomfortable...maybe I didn't notice it before because I was younger, but now I dread going on long drives...really messes up my lower back.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:28 PM
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my parents say the same thing however it does seem like a rough ride
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:12 PM
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:59 AM
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Front wheel bearing set.
Should still install it before wheel fall off.
FCKNFCKNFCKN...
Me who's installing bearings often in factory succeeded to damage that new bearing while installing... will need another one and those are 70 each.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:24 PM
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:27 AM
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:54 AM
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ECS Stage 1 refresh kit, DISA valve rebuild, Besian system Vanos kit, ECS Streetline coilovers, Tie rod ends. CCV rebuild kit.

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:44 AM
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BMW E46 3-Series 8 Piece Pro Front Suspension Rebuild Kit Meyle HD
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Should be in today!

Prior to that was the Fuel Pump & Filter which cleared my SES.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:55 AM
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The fun stuff - Just picked up a set of Goodyear Eagle GT 225/40R18. Have Koni yellows with Eibach Pro-Plus Kit on order.

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:58 AM
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:14 AM
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Will get couple more bit later when i get more money...
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:16 PM
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Oil filter housing gasket. Vanos hose.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:43 PM
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:49 PM
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The very last thing I bought was the BMW Performance strut bar and intake, and that was a long time ago. Haven't wasted any money on it in a while....
Starting to realize that maybe I should've invested all that cash somewhere else...
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:49 PM
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:42 PM
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:33 PM
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:43 PM
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:27 AM
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VF supercharger - installed
UUC flywheel -waiting to be installed
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Stop Tech BBK - Installed
Coil over kit-waiting for install still
Still a work in progress.........

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:12 PM
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BBK installed on Sunday. Just picked up this today for 300, mid pipes will be here on Thurs for another 50... I guess I did OK with this purchase????
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:22 PM
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Battery failed. No complaints though because it was the original one and I knew I was on borrowed time. 11 years for a battery is a record for me.

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:47 PM
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This one apparently comes from a 2004 and has 97,000 miles on it. I had a missed shift Saturday at Thunderhill that caused a brief over-rev. That caused the oil pump pulley bolt to loosen and this eventually failed during the next session on track. The car ran for a short period at track speeds with no oil pressure, so the shop figures the motor is toast.

While the new engine is out of the car we'll be tack welding that pulley bolt like they do in the S54 so it won't come loose again, and install an oil pan baffle. We'll also fix the transmission (SIB #23 01 04 (063)) because the engineering deficiency described in the SIB caused the missed shift. We'll also be replacing the motor mounts and transmission mounts with M3 and Rogue parts, respectively, and probably replace the clutch and release bearing. Plus whatever else the shop finds once they start tearing into things.

FWIW we looked at replacing my motor with a ZHP motor but they want $1,000 more for it over the regular 330 motor and I don't think it's worth the price premium. And I'll just buy an M3 if I want an S54-powered E46 coupe.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:46 PM
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Gutted the high beam bowls and replaced them with Morimoto Mini H1's with 6000K bulbs, 35W ballasts.
The cutoff is, well, off, and the headlights are going back into the oven. Will be corrected and then needs to be coded.

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