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Old 08-23-2019, 10:57 AM
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Just to start with Good evening, not been on for a while due to driving an A3?

Now I'm back to E46 320d se touring 51 plate (2002), shell sitting on 224k with full service history most being bmw, apparently engine and turbo was replaced at 197k due to eating a swirl flap? But really is a great car had it a month so far and no major problems, all cars have minors mines is the usual lol,

intermittent amber oil light, n/s mirror not dipping in reverse and reverse sensor not working, eats the back tyres tho?

1st E46 and estate car I've owned and loving it so far, off this weekend so going to try and figure out the mirror and sensor problem,

as usual any help and advice is always appreciated thanks
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:38 PM
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:31 AM
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The intermittent amber oil light typically means the oil level sensor in the oil pan is going bad. That is, if the oil level is fine according to the dipstick. Itís made by Hella, a German company. Itís fairly easy to replace when doing an oil change. Itís held in place with 3 bolts.

The interior self adjusting rear view has a tendency to leak fluid and stop working. You may be able to replace it with the standard mirror as long as the metal mount glued to the windshield/windscreen is the same. The standard mirror merely twists off, a 90 degree twist if memory serves me.

What do you mean by the reverse sensor not working? Is the transmission a manual or an automatic?

BMWs rear suspension design tends to wear the inner tread of the rear tires. Itís due to the camber. Why this design? Better handling. What tires are on the touring now?

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