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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 10-07-2013, 09:59 AM
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Throwing in the towel

Well, I appreciate the helpful tips I received here in my very short stay but I can't justify throwing any more money at my car.

I have a 2000 323 wagon. It's a beautiful car, great interior, great body but I have gone from code to code and still cant get it right.

As its stands now, I have put in a new CCV, new plugs, new coils, new icv, and new MAF.

I went from misfire codes to this weekend putting in about 9 hours strait on it to get the idle "better" but still not reliable only to clear the misfires and get idle control codes.

I ordered a new DISA (I can hear the old one hissing) and being an idiot I ordered the wrong one so my "new" DISA being from ebay cannot be returned or exchanged. I ordered a Vanos from Dr. Vanos but as I took everything apart I just reached my breaking point.

My family needs a new suburban size vehicle (ours has almost 300k) on it and even though its reliable as hell we are moving to the snow and I want to get a 4x4 version.

That being said, I don't know what the rules are on this forum but I have a whole lot of "new" parts that have next to zero miles on them I will be looking to unload (hell, the Vanos and DISA never even came out of the wrapping). I wanted to offer them here first before I ebay them simply because I have respect for the help offered to me here and you guys are all better men then me by putting up with the endless code war you fight with these cars.

My everyday driver now will be a pre OBD car that requires me to rebuild a carb from time to to time and that's it. Ive always been a classic guy (have many pics of my builds) and I should have stayed home on this one.

Thanks again and let me know if anyone is interested in the parts.....or, the car for that matter LOL.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:30 AM
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Good for you for moving on. E46 ownership will always be part hobby at this point, so if you just need reliable transport (gas and go type vehicle) then this is the wrong car.

I once reached a point like that with a rear wheel bearing. I put it on a time-out (I have another car) and got back to it when me tempers subsided.

It's a rewarding experience, but you do have to give that "bit more", and you need to stay ahead of it. Which may be part of any vehicle ownership.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:34 AM
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I'm in Bakersfield. And yeah, I agree with you. I am in transition from working to a medial retirement from the state so for now, any work (i.e. money) spent on a car needs to pay off by me driving it so hobbying will have to wait. I really do like the car and I enjoyed the idea of having a nice BMW to take the wife out in but maybe ill be back down the road when my personal and fiscal matters are a bit more in order.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:42 AM
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Sorry about your experience, that sucks. I have an 84 Benz 300D that I have the same problem, chasing problems, money pit. That's how I ended up w my Bimmer.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:57 AM
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Sorry to hear this....

Y'know, you may not have been far from getting it all sorted. The fact that you got rid of the misfire codes is good, right? ICV code may be relatively simple to resolve. Is that the only code you have now?

As for endless code war, that's definitely not the norm. These cars have a lot of sensors, true, and usually that's helpful in pinpointing the problem. Forums tend to attract the horror stories of people who've picked up a car that's been neglected or just hitting the right point of needing a lot of work to get the next 80-100k miles. My ownership from 20k to 85k miles has been largely trouble free. I've still done some major maintenance to the car (as well as mods), but not expecting to touch those things again for another 80-100k miles and things like the CCV and cooling system parts go on any car - it's just a matter of mileage. The vanos seals issue is a BMW turd for sure, but fix it when you have to do the VC gasket and you'll probably never have to touch that again. Leaky valve covers happen on any car between 80-120k miles.

Did you get the ICV from eBay as well? That could be your problem right there. ebay isn't usually good for the more involved pieces. You can probably sell the DISA in the classified section on here or e46fanatics. The rest of the stuff too if you're really throwing in the towel. What about getting a mechanic to advise you or help with some of it? Hell, just ask another e46er out on the road if he's any good under the hood and you may get free(beer) help.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:05 PM
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I appreciate that Ahull, I really do and you were the main person to step up and give me advice. I do believe its close to being resolved but family situations and pretty much a MAJOR move is dictating my decisions at this point. I will just try and recoup some money and use it towards what I NEED for now and maybe come back to what I want in the future when things have calmed down. Thanks again and I will check out the classifieds section as to not muddy up this forum.

Thanks again.

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:45 PM
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Will the Vanos and DISA work on a 2000 328?
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:10 PM
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I appreciate that Ahull, I really do and you were the main person to step up and give me advice. I do believe its close to being resolved but family situations and pretty much a MAJOR move is dictating my decisions at this point. I will just try and recoup some money and use it towards what I NEED for now and maybe come back to what I want in the future when things have calmed down. Thanks again and I will check out the classifieds section as to not muddy up this forum.

Thanks again.

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I hear ya. Best of luck.
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DIY E46 Merit Badges: Sunroof resurrection, CCV, OFHG, VCG w/ VANOS seals, DISA, Cooling Refresh I, steering giubo, window regs, Magnetic Infandibulator (see wiki)
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:28 PM
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Brucifer, I am not entirely sure but I believe so. You can probably research it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:20 PM
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I appreciate that Ahull, I really do and you were the main person to step up and give me advice. I do believe its close to being resolved but family situations and pretty much a MAJOR move is dictating my decisions at this point. I will just try and recoup some money and use it towards what I NEED for now and maybe come back to what I want in the future when things have calmed down. Thanks again and I will check out the classifieds section as to not muddy up this forum.

Thanks again.

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Wow, this is really getting serious!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:34 PM
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Serious?
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:53 PM
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Meaning, you aren't just venting!
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:36 PM
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No Daves, this is the real deal. I am done. Time to start unloading.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:50 AM
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Boy, I bought a Bimmer to avoid this kind of thing, well good luck Scouts.

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Old 10-08-2013, 01:59 PM
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Brucifer, I am not entirely sure but I believe so. You can probably research it.
Just need part numbers/links so I know where to start.
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