I think I'm gonna pass on the e46's DIY and just pay someone so I don't screw something up or have the car fall on top of me. On Friday, I'm getting a shop to do the following:
Replace the water pump for $460 ($100 part plus $360 labor) - Preventative
Belts and coolant will be another $60
Differential drain and fill $90
Replace the leaky $12 oil filter housing gasket for $260
Determine the noisy power steering and probably replace that for a yet to be determined price.
So probably about $1,300 for $300 in parts
Ok. A little change of plans.
I found a guy on Craigslist whose ad says that he used to be a Master Technician at a BMW dealership. He's going back to college for an engineering degree and does mobile mechanic work.
He said that he's replaced a thousand oil filter housing brakets. He told me that he wouldn't worry about the water pump yet, but to change out the expansion tank. With its plastic construction there is a 100% chance that it'll develop leaks. He also said that since the car will be jacked up, he can replace the bushings in 20 minutes and it'll feel like a new car afterwards.
His prices including parts and labor are $200 for the leak, $60 to change the belts, $175 to swap the tank, $75 to change the diff fluid, and $125 for the new bushings. He'll need to see what's up with the power steering.
This will be in my driveway on Sunday and I'm gonna watch what he's doing so I can learn a thing or two.
And thanks for the heads up on the tensionors. I'll get those done too.
My car has 98k miles on it - not 54. This guy said that BMWs have very strong waterpumps that will last well past 100,000 miles so we'll see.
Our 4-runner went 198,000 miles until we sold it and didn't need one. It went through 3 air conditioners, a drive shaft, 10 sets of brakepads, but never a waterpump.
I agree with you Scott.
I guess I am also a cynic when it comes to people working on my cars and Craigslist as a Master Mechanic? I am not sure, but I can only hope for brentster that he thinks this is a good deal. There is so much information on how to do the jobs correctly here I rather buy the parts and if I require tools buy them too because next time I will have the experience and the tools to do the job and know it was done correctly. If brentster reads a bit more I am sure he will find posts about updating the cooling system here beyond just the expansion tank. Matter of fact you can find vendors selling kits to this advice like ECS who has the water pump, tank, belts and the thermostat in the aluminum housing, and new bleeder screw (brass or otherwise).
This is how I found out about the tensioners, because of someones elses post on changing the belts. When I hit 60000 miles I will overhaul the cooling system and while I have the belts off I'll change the tensioners as well because most of the work to gain access is already done.
I hope it all work out.
Man I am so sorry guys for wrecking this thread. I was the 3rd post on here and I said that this was for my wife's 2004 330. Then, two posts later I mentioned again that it was an e46. I have an e90.
I appreciate everyones's advice. I should have just put all this non DIY elsewhere - or not at all.
No apology necessary. But...is the mechanic working on your e90 or your wife's e46? If it's your wife's e46 -- water pump. :thumbup:
Yes. It's the e46. Thanks to you guys, I called him and said to swap out the pump. He just swung by the dealer, and with his 10% discount, bought an OEM for $115. He's going to install it for $30. $145 as opposed to the indy shop for $460.
Hello, I am a novice DIYer but relatively handy and have a father in law who is very helpful. I am curious as to the routine maintenance I need to complete in the near future. 2004 330Ci, 54000miles, only driven after snow melts (april thru oct) about 7000miles per year. I've changed the oil yearly up to this point, and plan to change the brake fluid, manual tranny fluid, possibly fuel filter, and some cooling components. Do I need to change the whole cooling system or just a few parts that are more prone to failure? Any other thought on what else I need to do? The car runs great at this point and would like to keep it that way for another 10+ years.