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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Today, 04:10 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Zeichen311
I looked up my invoice from 2018 when I had my...

I looked up my invoice from 2018 when I had my chassis reinforced. Expect 15-20 hours of labor for the disassembly, welding, bushing, and reassembly work, plus a few hours for the new differential....
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-07-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By Zeichen311
May 15th was the last day to reserve a delivery...

May 15th was the last day to reserve a delivery date, which could be no later than September of this year. The decision was unrelated to the pandemic, although travel restrictions from the US to...
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-07-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Zeichen311
The big honkin' nameplate on the nose wasn't...

The big honkin' nameplate on the nose wasn't enough of a clue? :dunno:

(Don't mind me...I'm just bitter that Autoputzer beat me to the cookies.) :D
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-07-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By Zeichen311
Tell me about it...I was gearing up for #2 later...

Tell me about it...I was gearing up for #2 later this year or early next, nor was that to be my last. :cry:
You'll find plenty of stories and trip reports over in the European Delivery sub-forum, if...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 366
Posted By Zeichen311
The least expensive and simplest option,...

The least expensive and simplest option, honestly, is to just get used to the fact that the 330i's drivetrain is a completely different beast from your old Corolla (per your flywheel thread). It...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-29-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By Zeichen311
Genuine BMW brake fluid - Reasonably priced and...

Genuine BMW brake fluid - Reasonably priced and actually quite a good product.
Pentosin DOT 4 LV - My personal favorite for many years now.
ATE SL.6 - Also meets the low-viscosity requirement....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-28-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By Zeichen311
Yes, there were differences throughout the...

Yes, there were differences throughout the production run and they were significant. Read the E46 Wiki section entitled What was the steering retrofit?...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-24-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By Zeichen311
The self-adjustment feature is part of the...

The self-adjustment feature is part of the pressure plate, not the hydraulic system. The CDV does not affect it nor vice versa.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-24-2020, 07:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By Zeichen311
No, that's not how it works. The restriction in...

No, that's not how it works. The restriction in the CDV does not reduce pressure, it reduces flow rate, and that only in one direction (for the most part). By restricting fluid travel from the slave...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By Zeichen311
No, unless you swap the rear also. As noted, the...

No, unless you swap the rear also. As noted, the final-drive gear ratios are different.

(And even though it's possible, you don't want to swap both. The manuals have taller gearing so your...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,478
Posted By Zeichen311
Yes, you do. It just hasn't failed yet. ;)

Yes, you do. It just hasn't failed yet. ;)
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By Zeichen311
:rofl: :thumbup: The first, natural reaction...

:rofl: :thumbup:

The first, natural reaction of the non-gearhead is to freak out and curse the dealer to the moon and back, when they see that laundry list. It's the dealer's job to point out...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By Zeichen311
The recall repair addresses the other end of the...

The recall repair addresses the other end of the cable, at the junction box/fuse panel. However, as you note, broken things often work perfectly well until we touch them, so I wouldn't rule it out...
Forum: General BMW Questions 06-22-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By Zeichen311
"Bidirectional"? Doesn't matter: Flip tires on...

"Bidirectional"? Doesn't matter: Flip tires on wheels; swap wheels left to right; done.

:dunno:

Bigger problem: Many modern high-performance tires are asymmetric--constructed with different...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-22-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By Zeichen311
BMW issued a recall back in 2013 for a battery...

BMW issued a recall back in 2013 for a battery cable connector defect that could cause the entire vehicle to lose power. Has that repair been completed on your car?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-21-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By Zeichen311
CAN bus: Controller Area Network bus. One of the...

CAN bus: Controller Area Network bus. One of the internal digital networks in the car that connects modules that have a need to share information with one another (e.g., the instrument cluster...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-21-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 389
Posted By Zeichen311
That's bonkers. Conventional package shippers are...

That's bonkers. Conventional package shippers are the wrong service for an engine. Crate it up or strap it to a pallet and look into "LTL freight." (LTL = less than load, as in truckload.) Virginia...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-20-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,478
Posted By Zeichen311
You are very wrong. :) Some of those hose...

You are very wrong. :)

Some of those hose clamps are located in positions where they are well-nigh impossible to reach unless you drop the subframe or have a flexible-shaft nut driver and some...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-19-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By Zeichen311
The error message tells you that you are using...

The error message tells you that you are using the incorrect coding data file for your CIC module. You are trying to code for index/version 08h (CIC.C08) but your module (A_CIC) is index 07h.

You...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-18-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By Zeichen311
Wow...you headed straight for the deep end of the...

Wow...you headed straight for the deep end of the pool, didn't you? :eeps:

You're in for a metric ton of custom fabrication and problem-solving. Physically getting the engine mounted is just the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-18-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By Zeichen311
:rofl: That's priceless.

:rofl:
That's priceless.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-18-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By Zeichen311
No, I didn't; those were among the LCI changes,...

No, I didn't; those were among the LCI changes, as you observed. LCI production began in 2008 with MY2009 cars. The items I listed were still included at that time; it wasn't until 2010 that BMW NA...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-17-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By Zeichen311
Yep, I'd say time has proven it so. On the other...

Yep, I'd say time has proven it so. On the other hand, affected cars are ten years old at most (2010+), which may be too young to be certain.

I had the same worry as you when I bought mine so I...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-17-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 964
Posted By Zeichen311
MY2010-ish and earlier cars have the insulation...

MY2010-ish and earlier cars have the insulation pad; mid-2010 and later do not. It was eliminated by BMW NA, along with a raft of other extras, as a cost-cutting measure to stay competitive in a flat...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-17-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By Zeichen311
...and after all that, I noticed I forgot you...

...and after all that, I noticed I forgot you said "Gran Coupe". The hatchback should make everything easier. :thumbup:
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