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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 12:49 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By FredoinSF
Looking at a used '04 325i

See post number 3. Canít state much better than that.


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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 12:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 250
Posted By FredoinSF
Looking at a used '04 325i

The 07-11 328i with n52 are ok. Just regular old water pumps and gaskets... not a bad option actually because newer tech and nice to drive.

The 12-15 328i have timing chain issues reported.
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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By FredoinSF
Oh boy, Pandora's box cracked wide open... ...

Oh boy, Pandora's box cracked wide open...

History lesson:

Pre 1997 models, auto trans fluid change interval was 15k or 30k, can't remember which because I had all stick shift BMW's back then...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,911
Posted By FredoinSF
You should try the CCC in my 07 650i. Everything...

You should try the CCC in my 07 650i. Everything still works, but functionality is limited and it feels old.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 11:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By FredoinSF
Congrats. Should be a great car. The n in...

Congrats. Should be a great car.

The n in F3n is the body style (sedan, wagon, convertible, etc...)
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 112
Posted By FredoinSF
That engine is pretty strong. Only near...

That engine is pretty strong. Only near guaranteed problems are going to be water pump and the OFHG VCG combo. It probably has its second water pump by now and the gaskets are either new or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 250
Posted By FredoinSF
Given you live in San Francisco, a couple of...

Given you live in San Francisco, a couple of things:
1. it will likely be a SULEV.
2. Auto trans is probably not a bad choice if you have a hellish commute

Now about that 325i. It does not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-23-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By FredoinSF
Any of the 25i would work I believe. 325i, 525i...

Any of the 25i would work I believe. 325i, 525i should drop right in.
Not sure if x cars (326xi, x3 25i) would also qualify.

I would stray too far from what you have especially if money is...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 02-23-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By FredoinSF
I tend to agree that most will not go through the...

I tend to agree that most will not go through the effort, but it is so worth it and makes a big difference as the car ages. I sold my winter wheels and tires for the X5 to someone who had a 2012...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-23-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By FredoinSF
Agree. Not planning on ever selling mine. We...

Agree. Not planning on ever selling mine. We have a 4 series convertible and I donít like it nearly as much as the old E46 convertible. Donít get me wrong, itís a nice car, but the E46 feels...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 02-23-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By FredoinSF
Had the nappa leather dash in my 2012 X5 which I...

Had the nappa leather dash in my 2012 X5 which I just sold. Looked new. I treated it with leatherique 1x to 2x a year. Itís just like everything else, if you care for it it will last.


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Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 02-22-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By FredoinSF
+1 on Akebono pads if not too late. I prefer BMW...

+1 on Akebono pads if not too late. I prefer BMW rotors because Iíve bought too many reputable branded ones that rusted horribly even in non snow driven cars in CA or started vibrating prematurely,...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 02-22-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,660
Posted By FredoinSF
I've had 5 BMW's in a row - made a change & LOVE it !

Just finished second bike ride of the season on local wine country back roads and forgot about the darn things coming up on you a$$ quietly and how coupled with poor share the road behavior itís only...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-22-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,665
Posted By FredoinSF
That is oil temp and it takes quite a while to...

That is oil temp and it takes quite a while to get up there. Itís calibrated differently than a coolant temp. Nothing abnormal.


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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 02-22-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By FredoinSF
Oil filter at the bottom so itís. a V8. +1 on...

Oil filter at the bottom so itís. a V8. +1 on valley pan. There is a wheel hole at the front of engine.


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Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 02-21-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,346
Posted By FredoinSF
As someone who has 27 years is the auto collision...

As someone who has 27 years is the auto collision industry and has seen all sorts of horrors as a result, Iím curious to know whether the drink in your other hand was a Manhattan or just a beer.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-21-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,331
Posted By FredoinSF
Still anxiously waiting for OP to get back to us...

Still anxiously waiting for OP to get back to us with his choices and results.

Seriously.



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Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 02-21-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By FredoinSF
Looks like a fantastic build. I may be a...

Looks like a fantastic build. I may be a little biased but Mediterranean blue is gorgeous IMO.
Any reason you didnít go for the nappa leather on the dash?


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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-20-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 137
Posted By FredoinSF
What warning do you get?

What warning do you get?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-18-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By FredoinSF
Extended View ô Custom BMW Blind Spot Mirrors

As Iíve said, I see the merit in your offering. Iíve driven in Europe since the beginning(my first time behind the wheel was a Simca 1301 special at 11 years old then a Citroen CX) and I like the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-18-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,134
Posted By FredoinSF
Inexpensive old BMW for teen son, best bet?

Agree with all thatís been said. Particularly about the wrenching. You live in an area of the country where labor rate is the highest so not surprised about the $2k quote. That being said E46s are...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-18-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By FredoinSF
Actually not a bad deal. Hope you do well. I...

Actually not a bad deal. Hope you do well.
I have bought mirrors from EU on eBay and they were in the $50 -60 range IIRC. Bought them for my E70 first because that car had blind spots (yes, I...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-18-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By FredoinSF
Did your 330e come with a set of manuals? If...

Did your 330e come with a set of manuals? If yes, look into the maintenance and service one. If not maybe newtis has the info as well.

I wouldn't trust the dealer's answer...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 02-18-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By FredoinSF
No audio could be fried amp. See if you can see...

No audio could be fried amp. See if you can see evidence of water intrusion in the area. Not sure if there is a testing procedure but I can't imagine a used one would be that expensive.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-18-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 822
Posted By FredoinSF
Maybe they gave us a nasty grille as a...

Maybe they gave us a nasty grille as a distraction to the lack of manual transmission in what is supposed to be a car that is all about driving pleasure.

This is how the BMW product meeting went:...
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