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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 06-01-2015, 06:56 AM
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Hoarding Old Parts

I was straightening the garage yesterday and came across some parts:

MAF - Replaced when it went bad

Tail Lights - Replaced when was getting fault symbols

Fuel pump - Replaced as a preventive measure

Expansion tank - In good shape, left over from cooling system replacement


Does anyone else hold on to their old parts thinking that they will come in handy one day? I can't see ever using any of them again, but I get all twitchy if I think about throwing them out.

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:28 AM
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You ought to see my pile of Mopar parts (nearly 40-year collection). It's one of the big reasons I am holding off tearing my GTS down for restoration. I'm not quite ready to get work done on it and the parts take up less space still attached to the car...
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:52 AM
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Do you have any radiator hose clamp 02 bmw 325I just need one. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:44 AM
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Funny story on the hoarding parts topic. Back in the spring I went on a cleaning binge and threw out a bunch of old parts that I figured I'd never need, and weren't worth trying to sell. Among this junk were fog light blank-off plates, which I didn't need since I had installed the fog light kit five years ago.

Well, during the annual State "safety" inspection last week, the inspector notices both fogs were out! Basically, if you have a light, it has to work. At the time I figured it was a bum relay. I thought, "Gee, they're going to fail me; it sure would have been nice to just pop in those blank-off plates I threw away until I can get around to fixing it..." Fortunately, the shop just temporarily pulled the connectors & bulbs, called it "removed" on the State form, and gave me my sticker. Didn't even hit me up for extra labor, which is why I like the place.

Turned out to be a loose jumper behind the fuse panel. I blame the bumpy-*ss roads in my wife's Pennsylvania home town, which we recently visited.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:57 AM
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I was straightening the garage yesterday and came across some parts:

MAF - Replaced when it went bad

Tail Lights - Replaced when was getting fault symbols

Fuel pump - Replaced as a preventive measure

Expansion tank - In good shape, left over from cooling system replacement


Does anyone else hold on to their old parts thinking that they will come in handy one day? I can't see ever using any of them again, but I get all twitchy if I think about throwing them out.

LOL!! I've got a box (two actually) sitting in my shed of every part that has come off my car or my son's. I guess its there to remind us of all the new stuff we have put on the cars! Sure as hell not going to use any of them again. And I don't even consider myself a hoarder!
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:59 AM
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I have two sets of headlights, 3 sets of rear tail lights, 2 sets of corner lights, 2 sets of side markers, a throttle body , MAF , fuel rail and a disa. All parts works perfectly fine. I'd sell them if I could.. but no one seems to ever need them
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:35 PM
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I just threw away a serpentine belt off my Bronco. Sold the truck ten years ago. May be time to clean the storage shelves in the garage.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:59 PM
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I still have first gen Miata parts and we sold that car in 2007.
I'm sure I still have misc E30 parts / tools lurking around and I have not had one of those since 2004 or 2005. I saw the SI reset tool just a couple of weeks ago, brought back memories.
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I have a bunch of E46 parts here at my office. I replace stuff during my lunch & store them in a cabinet. You finally got me motivated to get rid of my center console, sun glass holder, headlight covers, cup holders, eBay Alcantara shift & parking brake boot, instrument cluster, side marker turn signals, but I am hanging on to my hood roundel. I'll never use these again and need to think about getting rid of some other parts out of the garage. I still have a set of valve cover gaskets for a Delorean that I sold almost 20 years ago. What's wrong with me?
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Nothing...
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All I have is my 2.93 differential and a set of used brake pads. I am feeling inadequate and behind the curve.
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All I have is my 2.93 differential and a set of used brake pads. I am feeling inadequate and behind the curve.
Yeah, but you live where land is expensive. It's much cheaper around here (in addition to my modest little house - 1450 sq ft - I have a 14x48 covered area plus 21x7, 2-car garage, and a very large covered patio all on a 10,000+ sq ft city lot...).
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All I have is my 2.93 differential and a set of used brake pads. I am feeling inadequate and behind the curve.
That reminded me that I have a (one) set of used e-brake shoes.

Who the hell holds on to crap like that?






I still have them.....
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Well, I still have e21 parts, (1978 320i), couple of motors, a few heads, bearings, cranks, a 5spd tranny out of a 1981 with correct driveshaft and short nosed 4:11 posi rear end out of a 1600. Anybody know of anyone who might want this "stuff"?
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