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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 09-28-2012, 06:44 AM
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Maintenance coming up, suggestions appreciated!

02 325xi 116k Never had the fuel filter changed to my knowledge, the transmission fluid might have been 30-50k ago, or not at all.
I plan on doing the following within the next week:
- Plugs http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...71003x6e46.htm
- Valve Cover Gasket (BMW P# 11-12-0-030-496)
- Transmission fluid (I was recommended this https://www.amsoil.com/StoreFront/atf.aspx?zo=1173195)
- Fuel filter 13-32-7-512-019-M93
- Oil filter (would like suggestions)
- Trans Filter (^)
- Need new springs, possibly struts as well. Looking at these: http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/cata...UPrc46_pg1.htm other suggestions would be appreciated.
Also which High Temperature RTV sealant would you all recommend?

Any problems with any of this? And how long of a day do you think I have ahead of myself if I go about doing it all myself. This would be my first "major" DIY. I've changed plugs, oil before, but never on a BMW. Your help is appreciated.

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Old 09-30-2012, 11:27 AM
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Also wondering whether or not installing Bi Xenons myself would be too difficult. I've seen the tutorials and what not, but I'm still not sure.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:31 PM
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Use any Permatex high temp that says Sensor Free.

Whole list should take a jam packed day. Depends upon your speed.
Allow enough time for more than a day. Divide the jobs into parts.

Any name brand oil filter will do just fine. Mahle, Fram, Bosch.

Lots of trouble for Xenons retrofitted. Think twice and don't get cheap Chinese that won't fit.

Have you considered a new fuel pump?

What is the condition/age of your CCV?

DISA work OK?

Vanos in good shape?

Do the trans filter if you'll do the fluid.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:11 PM
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DISA, Vanos.
Had to look those up, gonna be honest. But in digression: I haven't the fogiest idea on either of those.

@CCV Judging by these symptoms:
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The symptoms are that the car, when started in the cold winter days, is very rough in idle on start-up and in fact can take two or more attempts to start, after the first attempts stalling.

Even when started - for a period of maybe 5 minutes whilst the engine is getting to optimal temperature... the car can be extremely rough in low revs up to 2.5k.
Mine is fine.

But @DISA and Vanos how would I go about checking?
p.s. trans filter added.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:17 PM
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02 325xi 116k Never had the fuel filter changed to my knowledge, the transmission fluid might have been 30-50k ago, or not at all.
I plan on doing the following within the next week:
- Plugs http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...71003x6e46.htm
- Valve Cover Gasket (BMW P# 11-12-0-030-496)
- Transmission fluid (I was recommended this https://www.amsoil.com/StoreFront/atf.aspx?zo=1173195)
- Fuel filter 13-32-7-512-019-M93
- Oil filter (would like suggestions)
- Trans Filter (^)
Also which High Temperature RTV sealant would you all recommend?

Any problems with any of this? And how long of a day do you think I have ahead of myself if I go about doing it all myself. This would be my first "major" DIY. I've changed plugs, oil before, but never on a BMW. Your help is appreciated.
Missing the diff fluid maybe?

Otherwise, good luck!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:29 PM
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Missing the diff fluid maybe?

Otherwise, good luck!
Good idea, forgot about that.

Should I have any issues using this for my transmission fluid? http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...9407807e46.htm

Still needing suggestions for transmission fluid, oil filter, and transmission filter(s).
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:48 PM
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