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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 01-20-2013, 08:38 AM
Nigel-Author Nigel-Author is offline
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For the record, this problem does tie in with me having all the BMW stereo replaced with a better one, including two Genesis amps in the boot, a sub woofer, four new speakers in doors and rear, and head unit. They also wired the Tomtom satnav power lead off the Alpine head unit rear so I don't have to plug it into the ciggy lighter.

Could it be that any of this is causing the issue?
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:02 AM
kmorgan_260 kmorgan_260 is offline
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Anything is possible but not likely that putting a new stereo and speakers would cause engine/tranny electrical problems. Did you have the fluid/filter change done?

94 318I (Daughter's car), 96 740IL(current project), 97 528I(DD), 07 335I(Son's car)
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:53 AM
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Am I correct to say from all the posts that the problem still exists, and everyone is scratching his head not knowing what the issue is, and that the only solution is to replace this and that? Do mechanics still exists when automobiles have become so complicated the only solution is trial and error by replacing electronic boxes or reinstall software?
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:09 AM
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Nigel: I just went through a weekend of the same kind of BS you are experiencing. I did some stereo work and did not disconnect the negative cable of my battery. I turned the car back on and had that stupid transmission fault code in addition to a plethora of other issues. I disconnected the negative cable for 20 minutes and put it back on - no more warning lights and everything worked.

I know this sounds simplistic and some experts will roll their eyes at this suggestion. Your mechanics have probably disconnected the negative cable fixing other things, but why not try it again? It will not cost you anything and its worth a shot.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:10 PM
padraic7 padraic7 is offline
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Having the same problem here but what happend to the car.
did you solve it
i have had serviced the transmission as it was a transmission issue
transmission guys said no fault there
engine guys said no fault here go to auto electrician
auto electrician stated its the maf
no its a new maf
ok its the DISA

thank god its not the flux capacitor

still no answer here

Last edited by padraic7; 05-27-2015 at 10:14 PM. Reason: spelling
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