Awesome. Thank you for the feed back. My bmw is a manual. Do you believe I should get it replaced. It feels like the transmission clunks sometimes when put into gears. Any ideasI can't recall where the "oldest E46" threads are, but there's more than one out there, and some of these cars have upwards of 400,000 or (in a very few cases) 500,000 miles. For whatever it's worth, I've never had a problem finding replacement parts, either from BMW, an after market maker, or a parts yard, with only one exception: there seems not to be any after market manufacturers who make good quality parts for the E46 automatic transmission, so rebuilding one may not last as long as you'd like. There's plenty of used automatic transmissions out there, but not many much below 100,000 miles.
I'll defer to more knowledgeable bimmerfesters about what the clunking means--I have no idea--but I'm glad you have a manual. With that, you should be in good shape for a long time.
That would be fantastic. Thank you so much.I'll defer to more knowledgeable bimmerfesters about what the clunking means--I have no idea--but I'm glad you have a manual. With that, you should be in good shape for a long time.
Since you seem to be interested in preventive and routine maintenance with an eye to making this car last, I can send you a copy of my maintenance schedule if that would help. I'm into longevity myself.
Manual transmissions are rarely a problem in these cars (barring a careless/abusive former owner, of course). First thing to do (also the least expensive) would be to change the trans fluid. Mixing a quart of Redline ATF with a quart of Redline MTL will usually give good results, and might smooth things out a bit for you. Good luck ! :thumbup: