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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 12-14-2008, 06:12 PM
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but the f$%^& hose that goes up to the fuel intake area (not the one going to the valve cover). .
Yea, me too. I fought with that one bunches....

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Or do a *real* hillbilly mod with some spray-foam-in-a-can.... :-)
I am soo doing that! Great idea....
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:11 PM
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Really??? I put mine in - the complete set w/ cold weather hoses (total of ~250 bucks!)......

The sep. itself, with the cold weather coat took me 10 minutes to put in, and that damn uppermost hose about 2 hours... You have to twist it to the left to be able to push it in and then right to lock it... OMG this almost broke me, I was about to give up...
Congrats on getting it all in. That stupid hose is where I gave up after about two hours too. Took two hours to get to the CCV and then another two hours trying to connect one lousy hose... No idea why those b@stards made that hose a twist lock fitting instead of a pinch fitting like all the others. They couldn't have made replacing the damn thing any harder if they tried. I would have kept going if I thought it was worth it but my car didn't come with the cold climate version and I haven't had any problems since I bought the car 9 years ago.


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Or do a *real* hillbilly mod with some spray-foam-in-a-can.... :-)
I am soo doing that! Great idea....
Smolck, I hope you're kidding. Anybody else I wouldn't even comment on but people take your advice seriously.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:36 AM
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Smolck, I hope you're kidding. Anybody else I wouldn't even comment on but people take your advice seriously.
Thanks but A. I think you are giving me way to much credit and B. I was totally kidding (and hoped that was obvious, I mean, who takes a can of spray foam to a BMW? )
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:05 AM
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Thanks but A. I think you are giving me way to much credit and B. I was totally kidding (and hoped that was obvious, I mean, who takes a can of spray foam to a BMW? )
The same guy that asks the dealer what they charge for a Magnetic Infandibulator replacement.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:15 AM
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The same guy that asks the dealer what they charge for a Magnetic Infandibulator replacement.
Haven't seen Sean in a while, wonder where he is?

That was a classic! Props to Kris for the best spoof yet...
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:35 PM
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Or do a *real* hillbilly mod with some spray-foam-in-a-can.... :-)
That's too easy and a chea way out.
If you were a true hillbilly.. you would catch a rabbit and use the rabbit skin to cover the oil separator.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:04 PM
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That's too easy and a chea way out.
If you were a true hillbilly.. you would catch a rabbit and use the rabbit skin to cover the oil separator.
And being a Tennessee boy, I guess you`d know better than most....

Which brings to mind the old "Hillbilly Vasectomy" joke:

Jethro goes down to the local clinic and sez: "Doc, you know I got seven young `uns, with number eight on the way.....I really need me one o` them vasectomies, only problem is, I ain`t got no money". After thinking for a few minutes, the doctor says "OK, Jethro....I`m gonna give you instructions for a low-cost vasectomy, but you have to follow the directions *exactly*. So Jethro goes home and reads the directions, which read : "Cut the top off a beer can, drop a lit M-80 into it, and count to ten". So he drops in the lit M-80, and begins counting out the numbers on the fingers of his right hand...."one, two, three, four,five" then, he holds the can between his legs, and continues counting on his left hand "six, seven, eight...."
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:22 PM
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Just wanted to say Thank You to Lbert for an outstanding DIY. Did this a couple of weeks ago and this DIY saved my a$$. Lbert, keep them coming, you have a gift.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:19 PM
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All right. I am still trying to find the best deals for all the parts....

11617501566 Oil Separator
11611432559 Oil Separator Hose to Valve Cover
11157532629 Oil Separator Oil Dip Stick hose
11617504535 Oil Separator Connecting Hose
11617504536 Return Pipe from Connecting Hose
13541435627 Air Intake Boot; Lower
11431740045 O-Ring Oil Dip Stick Tube to Oil Pan
11611716174 Throttle Housing Gasket

Cheapest I found was 175.xx my local bmw was 187xx
Share with me your best prices..
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:19 PM
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:58 PM
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All right. I am still trying to find the best deals for all the parts....

11617501566 Oil Separator
11611432559 Oil Separator Hose to Valve Cover
11157532629 Oil Separator Oil Dip Stick hose
11617504535 Oil Separator Connecting Hose
11617504536 Return Pipe from Connecting Hose
13541435627 Air Intake Boot; Lower
11431740045 O-Ring Oil Dip Stick Tube to Oil Pan
11611716174 Throttle Housing Gasket

Cheapest I found was 175.xx my local bmw was 187xx
Share with me your best prices..
Tichser had a special on this stuff running through year end. I am doing another one for my buddy tomorrow and he got it all for $122 shipped!
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:10 AM
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Tichser had a special on this stuff running through year end. I am doing another one for my buddy tomorrow and he got it all for $122 shipped!
can't find the special.
their best price is 158xx + shipping charge
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:37 PM
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If anyone needs a complete oil separator kit, I have one brand new, still wrapped. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:04 PM
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To the OP!..

Thank you so much. I just saw this and can't believe how I missed it for so long. I have been waiting for someone to come up with this pita Oil Speprator DIY and you finally did it. I have the feeling that I am going to do experience this DIY first hand one day I have the instructions now at least...
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If anyone needs a complete oil separator kit, I have one brand new, still wrapped. PM me if you are interested.
Have seen this in person, still in the packaging, someobody pick this up, nice and cheap!
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I just had this done at an indy shop. Cost me 5 Bens . They changed the PCV unit and the 5 hoses connected to it. I run it a month and see if oil consumption is less.
So it's been about a 2000 miles since my PCV replacement and oil change. On my way back from Vegas, the oil light came on yellow which indicates the oil level is low. I put in about half quart and the light goes away.

Apparently, my car is still burning oil after the PCV change. Any other ideas about why this is happening? My car (2002 model) now has 113K miles.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:35 AM
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So it's been about a 2000 miles since my PCV replacement and oil change. On my way back from Vegas, the oil light came on yellow which indicates the oil level is low. I put in about half quart and the light goes away.

Apparently, my car is still burning oil after the PCV change. Any other ideas about why this is happening? My car (2002 model) now has 113K miles.
BMW does says that that is completely normal. Up to 1qt per 1000 miles is "acceptable" according to BMW
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:40 AM
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To the OP!..

Thank you so much. I just saw this and can't believe how I missed it for so long. I have been waiting for someone to come up with this pita Oil Speprator DIY and you finally did it. I have the feeling that I am going to do experience this DIY first hand one day I have the instructions now at least...
Iskoos, you're welcome!
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So it's been about a 2000 miles since my PCV replacement and oil change. On my way back from Vegas, the oil light came on yellow which indicates the oil level is low. I put in about half quart and the light goes away.

Apparently, my car is still burning oil after the PCV change. Any other ideas about why this is happening? My car (2002 model) now has 113K miles.
I would not worry too much about it. I change oil change every 10-11k miles. Typically I would use about 1 to 2 quarts of refill oil between oil changes. Your 1/2 quart refill at 2000 miles is normal.
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I just finished replacing this seperator for the second dang time--125k miles on the car--never used oil at all
after the first change over I was using about 1 qt per 1k miles--figured the ccv from the dealership was bad
so I did the job again. For the first couple of weeks no oil being used--tail pipe nice and clean--then the car started using oil again to about the same tune as before. I pulled the hose going to the dipstick yesterday
and put a q tip swab up in there--it came out a little dirty --but not oily--I would figure there should be some oil in that hose--can't figure whats happening here--I notice on the side of the ccv valve there is a vacuum port thats covered with a rubber nipple--if I were to run a vacuum hose to that , would that help--if so would I run it to one of the vac ports on the back of the intake
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ahhh my car makes the loud vacuum release "hiss" sound about 3-5 seconds after shutdown.

It also makes an intake/vacuum leak hissing sound at idle and light accel, coming from under the intake manifold.

In fact, I went in there yesterday to replace the lower intake boot, thinking it might have a crack, (but it was 100% fine- replaced it anyway), while in there I saw oil on the engine, above the oil pan, sitting in the squares of the block barely visible with the intake tubes/box removed.

Therefore I am almost positive my CCV is bad. BUT Is there any other way to confirm its [non]operation before I buy parts and dig in again? I didnt see any oil higher up towards the intake manifold ... nor on the front of the engine nor other side. Would you pin >80% chance of this leak coming from the CCV with the symptoms I've mentioned? (speaking about my 02' 330i with 80k.)

Thank you for advice, and great DIY!

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:27 AM
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easyIsle,

See picture #2. You can see the hose coming from the CCV and the guide tube covered with oil. Looking underneath the car, follow the wet hose to view the CCV. See if that too is wet. If it is, then it is likely the source of the leak. Picture #9 shows the CCV leaking oil.

Good luck!
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:25 PM
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Still got the brand new oil separator kit for sale, if anyone is interested...
Do you still have it? If yes, would you sell it to a Yankee guy who had 3 relatives that was in the Union Army?? LOL! Oh, yeah, they were in the 11th Corps (an all-German corps) so that might help!!
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ahhh my car makes the loud vacuum release "hiss" sound about 3-5 seconds after shutdown.

It also makes an intake/vacuum leak hissing sound at idle and light accel, coming from under the intake manifold.

In fact, I went in there yesterday to replace the lower intake boot, thinking it might have a crack, (but it was 100% fine- replaced it anyway), while in there I saw oil on the engine, above the oil pan, sitting in the squares of the block barely visible with the intake tubes/box removed.

Therefore I am almost positive my CCV is bad. BUT Is there any other way to confirm its [non]operation before I buy parts and dig in again? I didnt see any oil higher up towards the intake manifold ... nor on the front of the engine nor other side. Would you pin >80% chance of this leak coming from the CCV with the symptoms I've mentioned? (speaking about my 02' 330i with 80k.)

Thank you for advice, and great DIY!

I bet you it's come from the oil filter housing gasket. I just did mine.
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