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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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this is awesome. When you do your Water Pump can you post the DIY for that one too.
Thats the one I need. The other DIY for the water pump in the wiki still seem a bit too complicated for me.

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I'll do my best . If you have an automatic, you'll have an additional step - the manual transmission cars don't have the mechanical fan that you have to remove.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:04 PM
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Thanks, the beer comes after you fix the car. No wonder I never get it right.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:39 PM
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Thanks, the beer comes after you fix the car. No wonder I never get it right.
Ahahahaha! Good one.
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:37 PM
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I bought 6 spark plugs from local auto parts store, but I was given the wrong one I suppose NGK Iridium IX BKR6EIX - 6418.

Looks like need NGK Laser Platinum Premium BKR6EQUP-3199 instead as per Kris.
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Old 06-30-2007, 02:19 PM
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I bought 6 spark plugs from local auto parts store, but I was given the wrong one I suppose NGK Iridium IX BKR6EIX - 6418.

Looks like need NGK Laser Platinum Premium BKR6EQUP-3199 instead as per Kris.
I've heard the Iridium IXs work as well. Can't confirm 100% though. The BKR6EQUP is the OEM plug - that p/n was on the ones I pulled out. I went to the auto parts store with that p/n in hand.
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Old 06-30-2007, 02:49 PM
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I will just exchange anyway, just to be sure.
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I will just exchange anyway, just to be sure.
KrisL's tip of the day: don't even tell the dealer or auto parts store your make/model. Just come in equipped with the part number .

When I needed a new oil drain plug, the guy at autozone couldn't find anything in his computer for my car... but he found an M12x1.5 that worked out great for me (that's the bolt spec which was listed @ www.realoem.com/bmw).
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KrisL's tip of the day: don't even tell the dealer or auto parts store your make/model. Just come in equipped with the part number .
So I ended up returning those iridium ix plugs and got bosch platinum for the same price 6.99. The guy told these should be fine. I hope I made the right call this time..
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:58 PM
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Hmm well the bosch +4 and stuff plugs I use if a vehicle has flooding problems and such since they will keep from fowling pretty good. But the idle quality sucks compared to about everything else Ive seen. Plus they dont seem to do as well in the other areas like highway cruising speeds either.

Id either go with the factory plug or the iridiums.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:29 PM
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Hmm well the bosch +4 and stuff plugs I use if a vehicle has flooding problems and such since they will keep from fowling pretty good. But the idle quality sucks compared to about everything else Ive seen. Plus they dont seem to do as well in the other areas like highway cruising speeds either.

Id either go with the factory plug or the iridiums.
I will see how they perform in the next 2 weeks. If not better and be worse, just another swap away.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:21 PM
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You may like them, Ive read a ton of people say they love them. Im just not one of them

Let us know if they do ok though.
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nice write up kris. question on the spark plug socket. Is there any specific size or are they all standard size?
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nice write up kris. question on the spark plug socket. Is there any specific size or are they all standard size?
They're all the same size. One spark plug socket fits all .
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How often do the spark plugs need to be changed?
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Excellent and very informative post!
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How often do the spark plugs need to be changed?
I think every 60k miles seems to be a good idea.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:37 AM
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So I ended up returning those iridium ix plugs and got bosch platinum for the same price 6.99. The guy told these should be fine. I hope I made the right call this time..
I just replaced with the platinum 4's this weekend and they seem to be doing fine. Autozone didn't have the NGK's.

My mileage seems a little bit better and the car might be a little more responsive to throttle movements. I was just over 60k and the old plugs were pretty dirty.
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Hi Kris,
quick question....on the coil tube where the spark plus is in, how do you take out the spark plug? I spent quite a few minutes to figure out but i just couldn't. Please hep...thanks!

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Hi Kris,
quick question....on the coil tube where the spark plus is in, how do you take out the spark plug? I spent quite a few minutes to figure out but i just couldn't. Please hep...thanks!

Attached is the picture you've taken...
You mean how you remove the coil pack? The spark plug is not in the coil in the picture you attached.

You just pull the coil pack up hard to remove it. You'll hear a nice "pop" as it pops off of the spark plug.

You then put your 6" socket extension with the spark plug socket on the end of it down in the hole to unscrew and remove the spark plug from the block.
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Better than taping extensions to your ratchet or socket, consider the locking extensions. I taped my extensions while doing the spark plugs on my 993 (a MAJOR job) and one of them came loose and twisted off INSIDE the head. Once I got the socket out of there, I also had lots of chunks of rolled up duct tape inside the head to vacuum out. It was no fun. $10 for the Craftsman locking extensions and I've never had to worry about that again.

Anyway, my 330i has around 62k on her, so I guess it's time to do plugs soon, just for the hell of it. When should I do belts and water pump?
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Anyway, my 330i has around 62k on her, so I guess it's time to do plugs soon, just for the hell of it. When should I do belts and water pump?


See the links in the first post about all of that. I did all of that @ 60k as well...
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Ok, anyone in the DC area around to help me with the water pump and belts? The rest I can handle without adult supervision.
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Step 6: Prepare your spark plug socket and your 6" extension. Spark plug sockets typically have a rubber washer in them to help "grab" the sparkplug. I read a handy tip that helped out here - wrap electrical tape around the socket and extension to keep them from coming apart when pulling the spark plug out:




Great idea on this tool modification!!
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:52 AM
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Just finished the spark plugs, ps fluid flush and MAF cleaning. What a cinch! I did not have to remove my airbox to get the MAF sensor out. It was very easy to remove as is. My plugs looked pretty old and had "BMW NGK" stamped on them, so I believe there were original. I think the best way to pull the coils off is with a shop rag. My latex gloves didn't get much grip on them. Those things sure look expensive if you snap one off.
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