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Old 03-17-2003, 07:56 PM
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Okay guys, remind me of the problem areas on '99 E46s

I have a friend who is seriously considering a '99 328i 5-spd. He called me to ask for some advice and what to look for and I honestly could not remember what all were the problem areas for this car. I could recall the brake-induced-vibration issues but that was it.

What else do I need to tell him to look out for?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:01 PM
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Um, that was IT.

All E46es up to MY 2001 were plagued with a faulty radiator thermostat. If that car is serviced regularly that should have been replaced. There's also a problem with the crankcase ventilation hose. Also the normal stuff, window regulator, clunky rearend, but none of these affect drivability.

Lastly some have reported problems with VANOS unit but those are far and few in between. Email me the VIN and I can look up if any specific TIS should have been performed, and you can compare that to the list of work actually done.
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:03 PM
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"Bench racing" about track times driven by professionals are like a bunch of nerds arguing which Princess Leia is hotter, the slave Leia or the no-bra jail-bait Leia. No matter how compelling your argument is, the plain and simple fact is, none of you will EVER get to hit that.
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:26 PM
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Um, that was IT.

All E46es up to MY 2001 were plagued with a faulty radiator thermostat. If that car is serviced regularly that should have been replaced. There's also a problem with the crankcase ventilation hose. Also the normal stuff, window regulator, clunky rearend, but none of these affect drivability.

Lastly some have reported problems with VANOS unit but those are far and few in between. Email me the VIN and I can look up if any specific TIS should have been performed, and you can compare that to the list of work actually done.
No, remember the electronic throttle malfunction? The part-electronic throttle would go haywire, car would lose power and have to be towed. I have got to think that all of these issues have been addressed by now, though.

Cam/crank sensors.

CD players swallowing CDs.
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:01 PM
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:05 PM
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:21 PM
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No, remember the electronic throttle malfunction? The part-electronic throttle would go haywire, car would lose power and have to be towed. I have got to think that all of these issues have been addressed by now, though.

Cam/crank sensors.

CD players swallowing CDs.
Yep, I remember that. I think the mechanical/electronic throttle was known as the "MDK", and they did seem to fail fairly oftne in the 323/28 days.
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Re: Okay guys, remind me of the problem areas on '99 E46s

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I have a friend who is seriously considering a '99 328i 5-spd. He called me to ask for some advice and what to look for and I honestly could not remember what all were the problem areas for this car. I could recall the brake-induced-vibration issues but that was it.

What else do I need to tell him to look out for?

Thanks in advance.




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Old 03-17-2003, 11:47 PM
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Oh, and tell him to avoid any jet black E36 M3/2 5 speed that may have originated in California.


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Old 03-18-2003, 07:49 AM
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*Front end bushings if it's over 50,000 miles

*Output flange- if you hear a clunk in the rear

*small case of sunroof tracks causing problems

*window regulators

It may sound troublesome but mine just hit 75,000 miles and I've experienced most of the issues listed here and I still wouldn't drive anything else.
Everything was done under warranty except for the front end bushings ($300.00)
It still makes me smile everytime I see my car in the parking lot at work or sitting in the driveway !

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Old 03-18-2003, 03:28 PM
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On my '99 328i the only issues I have encountered were the front end TSB, window regulators and rear shock mounts. Now that the warrantee has expired I'm sure all the other sh!t will start happening. For the most part it's been a great car.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:33 PM
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never had CD player problems or window regulator problems.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:43 PM
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OK, my turn

Control arms and bushings x 3

Windows regulators x 2

Door Seals x 1

Thermostat x 1

Sunroof ( moonroof )
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Old 03-19-2003, 10:17 AM
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Yeah, it was T-BONED before it was replaced by something with a touch more HP...Like a CB E46 M3.
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Old 03-19-2003, 10:23 AM
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There's also a problem with the crankcase ventilation hose.
Do tell... I have a special interest in this since I had to reroute it as part of my Supercharger install. The stock "hose" (really an inflexible plastic flextube) is a piece of crap, and has given me no end of grief during the install process, now repeated as a result of my oil filter housing problems.
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:07 PM
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Just wrong..

I changed all of the above except the Vanos because really I can't afford the damn thing.
1- Control Arms Front and Back
2- Front Bushings
3- Window Regulator
4- Sunroof clips 3 times ( I gave up)
5- Thermostat & CVR were recalls (Thank God)

and I still have vibration in the steering wheel. I am sick and tired of dropping money with no results

It does look sweet though, specially the first 15 seconds when you turn your headlights at night
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:14 PM
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Sheesh, with those problems I have to ask, is it really worth it?
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:26 PM
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To tell you the truth, I don't even know anymore. It's like if it's not under warranty, you have to think twice. Some stuff is easy to change, but the question is, was that the problem or was it something else?
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:30 PM
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To tell you the truth, I don't even know anymore.




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Old 03-19-2003, 04:36 PM
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Me when I feel there is a problem =
Me when I discover there is a problem=
Me when I bust my @$$ to save the $$=
Me when I just finish fixing the problem =
Me when I feel the problem is slightly still there=
Me when I find out that I just wasted all the hard work =
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:43 PM
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Me when I feel there is a problem =
Me when I discover there is a problem=
Me when I bust my @$$ to save the $$=
Me when I just finish fixing the problem =
Me when I feel the problem is slightly still there=
Me when I find out that I just wasted all the hard work =
So basically, this can sum up you and your vehicle...
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Old 09-26-2003, 03:23 AM
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...and furthermore:
1. a.c problems galore
2. window/door leaks
3. brake rotor shimmy
4. and of course window regulators.
 

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