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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 06-29-2014, 08:21 AM
CoupeGal CoupeGal is offline
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Gas cap lock just plain flaky

Ok one more question:
it does occur to me since i am bringing it in - possibly - (my door handle stopped working) -
my gas cap has to be opened manually about half the time. The locking system is just plain "flaky".

Sometimes locking and unlocking once or twice will undo the "flakiness" and release it, but lately if it won't open i just go to manual release (inside the trunk, of course.)

I was told this was a $250-300 repair. Sound about right? Would you do it? Can it be done cheaper? On your own? Any other guesses? I might sell it one day though not in immediate plans.

many thanks,
Coupe Gal
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:10 AM
cvx5832 cvx5832 is offline
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If you're having the dealership look at it that sounds about right. They'll just throw parts at it. If you DIY you'll discover it may just be getting stuck and can be remedied with a drop of penetrating oil. Even if it is broken, less than 50 bucks and a few minutes of your time. Here's an example.

Most E46 repairs are easy and cheap. Do your research first before heading out to the dealership. These cars are old now and it would be really expensive (fiscally irresponsible; just plain silly) to get it repaired by a shop every time, whether or not you can afford it.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:29 AM
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Fascinating. You're right, i shouldn't have to pay a dealer for repairs. Their markups are huge. Slightly off topic but when my battery died, dealer wanted $350. AAA: came to my house, best battery they had, said it was better than the BMW batter cuz they didn't want lawsuits, complaints, etc...i think less than $150, maybe like $112 - $140? or somewhere in that range.
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