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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 02:48 PM
Replies: 54
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Posted By Fast Bob
You may have gotten lucky on this one. (Let`s...

You may have gotten lucky on this one. (Let`s hope !) A compression/leakdown test will give a better diagnostic look at your engine.
Good luck ! :thumbup:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 98
Posted By Fast Bob
Welcome aboard :thumbup: Once in a while,...

Welcome aboard :thumbup:

Once in a while, you get lucky, and it`s something as simple as a dirty/corroded ground wire. This is always a good place to start, make sure all grounds are clean and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-05-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By Fast Bob
Bimmerfest has a "Stereo & Electronics...

Bimmerfest has a "Stereo & Electronics Forum"....look there....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-05-2019, 12:12 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,011
Posted By Fast Bob
Don`t know where you get your info from, but this...

Don`t know where you get your info from, but this is absolutely not true. Overheating is a worst-case scenario, and has killed more BMW engines than any other cause. The temp gauges are heavily...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-04-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 152
Posted By Fast Bob
Try a bottle of Techron Injector Cleaner, it...

Try a bottle of Techron Injector Cleaner, it can`t hurt. How many miles are on the car ?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-04-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 37
M3
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Posted By Fast Bob
Just remember that BMW is often very reluctant to...

Just remember that BMW is often very reluctant to give out any info on a car unless you are the legal owner....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-03-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 37
M3
Views: 985
Posted By Fast Bob
BMWs:Great cars, with personality problems ! :eek:

BMWs:Great cars, with personality problems ! :eek:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-02-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 37
M3
Views: 985
Posted By Fast Bob
For that all-important PPI, be sure to deal with...

For that all-important PPI, be sure to deal with a shop that works on BMWs every day....I cannot emphasize that strongly enough, especially for an M3. There are just too many things that will be...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-02-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 508
Posted By Fast Bob
The Bentley Manual is THE Gold Standard of all...

The Bentley Manual is THE Gold Standard of all repair manuals. Has all wiring schematics, electrical info, torque values, etc. Sometimes you can find them (used) on eBay for a reduced price.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-30-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 117
Posted By Fast Bob
By "hatchback", I`m assuming this reference is...

By "hatchback", I`m assuming this reference is for the E46 Compact. Bimmerfest is a US-based forum, the Compact was never sold in this country.
Sorry....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-29-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,011
Posted By Fast Bob
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: This proves the "Natural...

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: This proves the "Natural Selection" theory....:thumbup:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-21-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,108
Posted By Fast Bob
If your technique is polished enough, you...

If your technique is polished enough, you shouldn`t even need the clutch for those downshifts ! :thumbup:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-19-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,011
Posted By Fast Bob
What "other people" might these be, and what is...

What "other people" might these be, and what is their experience with BMWs ?
You come to our forum looking for the best advice, and you`re GETTING it ! :thumbup:
Before you invest another dime in...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-19-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,011
Posted By Fast Bob
Unfortunately, overheating is by far the...

Unfortunately, overheating is by far the "worst-case-scenario" for a BMW. It is often fatal to these engines, they DO NOT tolerate overheating, not even a little bit. There is a ton of anecdotal...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-18-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 186
Posted By Fast Bob
As Fredo has suggested, the most gentle and least...

As Fredo has suggested, the most gentle and least invasive approach would be to perform a "D & R" (Drain & Refill), the initial drain will get out maybe 60% or so of the old fluid, let the new juice...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-18-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 186
Posted By Fast Bob
The "By The Book" A-hole who drank the BMW...

The "By The Book" A-hole who drank the BMW KoolAid about the "Lifetime Fluids" nonsense :tsk:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-18-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By Fast Bob
Learn what a "Caps Lock Key" is, and how to use...

Learn what a "Caps Lock Key" is, and how to use it ! :thumbup:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-17-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 635
Posted By Fast Bob
There`s a good possibility that this is a...

There`s a good possibility that this is a neglected vehicle that was given minimal care during it`s life. I would keep looking. "Patience is a virtue hard to come by" is an old saying which comes to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-15-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By Fast Bob
They`d think you were there to wash the cars.......

They`d think you were there to wash the cars.... :D
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-15-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By Fast Bob
Agreed ! Your present clutch is either the wrong...

Agreed ! Your present clutch is either the wrong unit, or was installed incorrectly !
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-15-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 84
Posted By Fast Bob
Get yourself a Bentley`s Service Manual, it has...

Get yourself a Bentley`s Service Manual, it has diagrams & schematics, as well as all other info you might need.
Forum: Wheels and Tires 11-13-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By Fast Bob
Potential buyers will want/need to know more...

Potential buyers will want/need to know more specific info, such as wheel diameter, rim width, offset, and hub bore diameter. There is no "One Size Fits All" application, even among other BMW wheels.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Fast Bob
Have you checked the steering giubo (aka/flex...

Have you checked the steering giubo (aka/flex joint) ?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By Fast Bob
After many repairs, it can take 4 or 5 drive...

After many repairs, it can take 4 or 5 drive cycles of 15 or so miles before the codes go away for good. After changing the CVV, I had a stubborn sumbitch that took about 200+ miles to adios....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By Fast Bob
Welcome back ! :thumbup: While there are 1 or...

Welcome back ! :thumbup:
While there are 1 or 2 16" wheels that will fit OK, to be on the safe side, 17s are best. My first E46 winter tires were Dunlop Wintersports M3s, size 225/45/17. Worked...
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