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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 01-25-2013, 01:46 PM
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:48 PM
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 PM
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Looking to spice things up a little any ideas!?
To start it off, here are some lists of lists that I'm aware of for parts:
  1. O-rings to stock up on (1)
  2. Wiper blade inserts to stock up on (1)
  3. Bulbs to stock up on (1)
  4. Vacuum hoses to stock up on (1)
  5. Gaskets to stock up on (1)
  6. Cooling system parts that you will always need (1)
  7. Fuses to stock up on (1) (2)
  8. Belt-drive system parts to stock up on (1)
  9. Alternator rebuilding bearings & diodes to stock up on (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  10. Brake pads (1) & rotors (1)
  11. FSU/FSR (1)
  12. Parts suppliers (1)
Here is a starter list of lists for fluids to stock:
  1. Glovebox printout: BMW E39 fluid summary printout for your glovebox (1)
  2. Motor oil: BMW approved motor oils (pdf) & tribal motor oil recommendations (1) (2) (3) & gravity oil change DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & vacuum extraction DIY (1) (2) (3) & drill pump DIY (1)
  3. Gasoline: Engine fuel & octane (1) & "The Gasoline FAQ" & top-tier gas stations (1) & Techron additives (1) & how to clean your gas gauge sending unit (1) & mpg calculations (1) how large is the fuel tank and reserve in the E39 (1) & what gasoline to use (1) & how much gas should be left to cool the fuel pump (1) & how to siphon the fuel out of the tank (1) & what is the cost differential between 87 & 91 octane AKI (1)
  4. MTF: Manual transmission fluid (1) (2) & manual transmission fluid-change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
  5. ATF: Automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) & automatic transmission fluid & filter DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & torque values (1) & how to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1) & why ATF gushes out of the fill hole (1) & ZF 5HP19 facts (1)
  6. PSF: Power steering fluid (1) (2) & power steering fluid flush DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) & volumes (1)
  7. Coolant: Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1) & bleeding (1) (2) (3) or refilling DIYs (1)
  8. Brake & clutch fluid: Brake & clutch hydraulic fluid (1) & recommended E39 brake job "fluids" (1) & how brake bleeding DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
  9. A/C: Air conditioner refrigerant & PAG oil (1) & how to refill your A/C system (1) (2) (3) (4) & what to use to rid yourself of the BMW gym sock stink (1)
  10. Differential: Rear differential hypoid gear oil (1) & differential fluid change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
  11. Battery: What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery electrolyte (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change the battery (1) (2) (3)
  12. Windshield fluid: Windshield washer fluid (1)
  13. Intensive cleaner: Intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
  14. Windows: Window glass cleaner fluids & cloths for the inside window & windshield glass (1)
  15. Tire air: Recommended tire pressures (1) (2) (3) & the claimed benefits of nitrogen gas (1) (2)
  16. Wheels: Best product for cleaning wheels (1)
  17. Interior: Interior cockpit & dashboard cleaners (1)
  18. Carpets: Suggested carpet cleaners (1)
  19. Floormats: Suggested floor mat cleaning & shampooing (1)
  20. Headliner: Solvent for cleaning the headliner fabric (1)
  21. Vapor barriers: Sealant for door panel vapor barriers (1) & sizes for the adhesive (1)
  22. Engine cleaner: External engine degreaser, engine bay cleaning & engine compartment detailing (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  23. BMW list of lubricants, sealants, & thread lockers (pdf) (shrunk gif) (original-size jpg)

Likewise, here's a list of lists for tools to keep on hand (that you might not otherwise have):
  1. Basic tools for working on the E39 (1) (2) (3)
  2. Basic scanning tools for the E39, OBD (1), SRS (1)
  3. Precision measuring tools such as dial gauges & calipers (1)
  4. Advanced scanning tools for the E39 (1)
  5. Tools for a cooling system overhaul (1)
  6. Stocking the trunk BMW toolkit (1) (2)
  7. Emergency items in the trunk (1) (2) (3)
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:32 PM
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no shout outs for the sock mod?
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:25 PM
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no shout outs for the sock mod?
Good thinking. That is one free mod that is worth doing.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:50 PM
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Good thinking. That is one free mod that is worth doing.
Not that we condone shoplifting socks...
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:33 PM
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Not that we condone shoplifting socks...
LOL, that was pretty funny.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:38 PM
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:34 PM
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For those wondering about the BMW sock mod ...

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BMW M-sock mod (see video below):
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:12 AM
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Aha just make sure u dnt squeeze the tip.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:32 PM
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Rofl i would go with the ebai deal red calipers and interior are spicy though
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