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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 09-01-2011, 02:46 PM
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My first cars a '99 328i (manual) any tips or tricks ?

My step father bought me a 1999 328i, manual. We've been driving around and his been teaching me a lot. I have gathered some skills with the 5-speed.
Im grateful I got a bimmer as my first. (I'm 16) and Im sure Ill be growing up with BMW engines.
My step father knows a lot and he'll be teaching me more. He's the one the referred me to the website

Im hoping you guys can help me with any tips or tricks?

Thank you so much,
David.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:42 PM
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READ the E46 Wiki....

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:00 PM
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Buy yourself a Bentley repair manual and some basic tools; 3/8 and 1/2 drive socket sets, combination wrenches, etc. and start working on your car. The things you learn as you go along will save you some big bucks down the road. Knowledge and experience will be very valuable even if you don't do your own repairs.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:05 PM
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Dont money shift.

I would know.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:12 AM
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best stepdad ever?

keep practicing how to drive your car. enjoy it for what it is.

congrats and welcome
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:57 AM
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Do not try to find bolt on horsepower parts just to go faster. Its not happening.

As muji said. Enjoy it for what it is. Take preventive measures to ensure it runs well and it will certainly be a worthwhile car

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:45 PM
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Good for you! Does your Stepdad drive a BMW as well? I bought a '99 328is 5spd for my 16yo also. He is now 18 and has the car at college. I drive an '03 325i zsp and we autocross together whenever we get the chance. There are instructors available at all events, safety is a primary concern and you will have the opportunity to toss the car around in a controlled environment. As previously stated, the WIKI on this site can keep you on top of most all the maintenance issues you will encounter with your car. Keep good maintenance records, and especially if you are inclined, Get a Bentley manual and go to work on it. That's a great car you have, enjoy it!
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:56 AM
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Thanks to everyone for ur help ! )

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Old 09-09-2011, 12:04 PM
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Just thought about this at a stop light and remembered your thread.

When at a stop light, don't hold the clutch pedal down and the car in gear waiting for the light to turn green.
Its putting about 2000lbs on the throwout bearing iirc

Oh and don't text and drive like I am doing.

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Just thought about this at a stop light and remembered your thread.

When at a stop light, don't hold the clutch pedal down and the car in gear waiting for the light to turn green.
Its putting about 2000lbs on the throwout bearing iirc

Oh and don't text and drive like I am doing.

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eh, I've never heard of a throwout bearing going out BEFORE a clutch on the E46.... and new clutch kits include new throwout bearings.

So it's not a big deal.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:25 PM
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Please done txt and drive. Or use your phone at all, unless on Bluetooth. My girls roommate had to go pick up this dumba$$ girl he is seeing because she totaled her car and another guys because she was doing the very same thing. Now the other guy is royally screwed, cause he was driving without a license. Even though he was the one who got hit.

I don't advocate driving without a license, but I feel bad for the guy. If it wasn't for her idiotic a$$, he probably would have made it home safe and sound. No issues. Now, who knows...
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:26 PM
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eh, I've never heard of a throwout bearing going out BEFORE a clutch on the E46.... and new clutch kits include new throwout bearings.

So it's not a big deal.
Well, let me be the first to tell you that it occurred (with my E36).

I agree that it's not a big deal though.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:33 PM
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It is worth saying though

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Old 09-10-2011, 10:51 AM
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READ the E46 Wiki....

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As with any manual, your clutch catch point is your ultimate first step, learn it without applying the gas while still being able to move your car in first gear. Learn the more advanced heal n toe or rev matching techniques as you get more comfortable with your seat time. Go to auto-x and trackdays to learn how awesome your BMW is. Enjoy the drive!
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:13 AM
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i bought myself a manual 2000 bmw 323i (at 17) what i did was get underneath it,read online watch youtube videos and learned everything i could about it. if you are interested in cars do the same. do as many repairs on ur own ull learn to love the work. have fun with it play round
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