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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 08-14-2008, 05:01 AM
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Red face P1397 Code - CamShaft Sensor

Hey Guys... 2000 328i Service Engine Light came on... Just replaced the AC Compressor, and the Code reads P1397. Took the BMW and they said it was the CamShaft Sensor. Does anyone know where I could get one cheaper than $150? And... where is this thing located at?

I tried to get some more info, but the Dealership wouldn't tell me where it was located, or even give me any invoices. Isn't that a bit weird??

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:16 AM
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BMWPartsOnly.com has excellent prices and super service. Try them.

The CPS is a DIY if you are fairly handy working on your car. On the straight six engine, it is in front, so easy to get to. It is the camshaft position sensor, so look around where the camshafts are. Really, when I did this myself (on a 528) I just ordered the part and then looked for something that looked the same. I had to remove the engine hoist bracket first, IIRC, and maybe a hose or two, but it wasn't a big deal.

It may take several engine start cycles before the SEL goes out.

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Old 08-14-2008, 08:19 AM
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I thought about doing it myself, but when doing some research, they mentioned something about the timing and framing which I don't want to mess up...
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:51 PM
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Hi it's an easy change ,if you look in the forum under Wiki he tells you how ,great wealth of info
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:35 PM
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The one on the front is the intake cam position sensor; the exhaust cam position sensor is behind the air filter box, right?
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