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GuitarmanTT 04-22-2011 04:01 PM

I'm going to be trolling around the Vert forum for a week or so.
Hello Convertible forum!

I'm crazy about my BMW, I put 20,000 in the last 6 months, and its never broken on me. Probably from my intense attention to detail on every part of the car. Part are replaced with even the slightest sign of failing, or if they are past there recommended mileage. (I would rather replace a 80 dollar water pump early then have plastic chunks up in the motor)

I have some friends that admire my BMW so much they decided to buy 2001 Vert and it needs allot of work but the price for the car was right. Its a 330cic manual in red w/sport package and not at all modded. The convertible top looks new, works perfectly and the diff bushing, RTABs, tensioner, and idler where thrown in and installed to sweeten the deal. Also the body is perfect on it.

Its pretty much 4k under what a nice one is worth, But needs around $1500 in work done on it. Hopefully when we are done and if they wanted to sell it they can get above $10k for it.

Here is what we have ahead of us.

Passenger compartment (we just finished up)

Dice IPOD controller
Leather treatment (we were going to replace the seats but Lexol cleaner and conditioner cleaned them up )
Removed and cleaned the dash, center console seats, carpet, and door panels. (I think a soda exploded in the cab everything was sticky even the mirror sliders on the visors)
50 assorted clips and small covers / parts.


Valve cover gasket
Disa valve rebuild
Secondary air system valve
Top o2 sensors
4 engine cover clips :)


Vert compartment cover needs the sliders replaced
Trunk lid grip
Fog light cover/fins
Front skid plate/splash shield
Brakes checked


Water pump with metal impeller (have you seen the high flow sport pumps.. SICK!)
Expansion tank (has someone made a metal one yet?)
All pulleys / belts
Have the radiator checked and cleaned
New upper and lower hoses
Flush / replace all fluids
Oil filter gasket
Check valve tolerances
Check the CATs ( I have a camera scope COOL HA! )
Paint touch up, clay bar, and wax

I was very surprised because I started looking at what needed to be done and
though, dear god this is going to be 4 grand, But it seems all of these part are under $100 each and many are under $50.

For the amount of overlooked maintenance and neglect over the past few years the engine is very quite (except the DISA valve) and doesn't hesitate. Its throwing a p0411 secondary air system code but the fan still works.

Sense i'm doing all this if anyone needs any DIY's i'll be glad to take some pics and do some write ups on these parts. I know most of this stuff already has a DIY on it.

I know these cars are very reliable when the maintenance is done correctly on them. There are some old people in the local club with 250k+ miles on there e46s and they still look and run very well.

Any other ideas of things to do while i have it apart would be appreciated. I really want this car to run well past 200k for them and look good while doing it it has 130k on it now and sadly had been neglected.

Hahaha Long post.........

mach.schnell 04-22-2011 10:52 PM

Clean out the drain holes under the top's mounting plates in the storage compartment.


(ask me how I know)

It's unclear in your list as to what was done and what needs to be done. I advocate Royal Purple for the transmission and Amsoil for the differential. (Of course you checked the differential and rear subframe bushings and looked for the infamous subframe cracks in the body.)

BavLar 04-23-2011 11:50 AM

I'm surprised that CAB's weren't listed. Mine were shot prior to 50k miles. Now they are shot again at 79K, but I think my weak struts are contributing to earlier failure. It's surely not due to my spirited driving habits :eeps:. I'll be replacing both shortly.

You're doing your friends a huge favor. Hopefully they are in the garage with you and learning everything as you go. Nice work.

GuitarmanTT 04-23-2011 02:46 PM

We are doing the some Maintenance and all engine stuff today and tomorrow, then we just wait for the last of the parts to come it. The amazing thing is that parts were under 1000

CABs indeed, thanks i'll do! and Actually the owner of the car is coming over today to learn how to change her oil, replace a belt and fill the cooling system. I was a mechanic while going to school and if this were any other make of car i don't i wouldn't do all this stuff for such little money. The e46 is really fun to work on.

mach.schnell 04-23-2011 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by GuitarmanTT (Post 13079770)
The e46 is really fun to work on.

(Said prior to the CCV replacement.:excited:)

steve330 04-24-2011 03:12 AM


Originally Posted by mach.schnell (Post 13078442)
Clean out the drain holes under the top's mounting plates in the storage compartment.


(ask me how I know)

OK Mac, I'll bite...how do you know?

mach.schnell 04-24-2011 12:35 PM

Well in the non-King's English that's sort of rhetorical, but it took me most of Palm Sunday to follow the very hidden DIY - that has one remove the top from it's mounting brackets in the compartment and lift/push/maneuveur it out of the way to see the drain holes.

One friggin :censor::ben::censor::ben: maple tree seed (the propeller kind) politely settled horizontally over the hole where it gathered dirt as a ticking time bomb to block the drain.

The first symptoms of which were 2 inches of water in the spare tire well (after finding the mouse fur damp). Then at the next rain, there was the wonderful slosh/slush sound as 3 inches of water in the passenger's gear well of the top gushed to the other gear well as I took a curve. That is one unnerving sound.

I shall be posting pics and notes at the end of the DIY sometime later this week. But... for me it's now pretty much drain the oil - flush out the compartment drains.

steve330 04-24-2011 08:38 PM

^^^I'll look forward to that DIY, maybe you should start a DIY thread in the 'vert section where all 'vert-related DIYs could be posted. :idea:

mach.schnell 04-25-2011 01:20 AM

I requested the link to be a sticky, but I guess Tim is busy. In any case it will bump up to the top when I add my stuff.

steve330 04-25-2011 05:15 AM

^^^Will keep an eye out.

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