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Forum: General E46 Forum 06-30-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 677
Posted By blarf
Well.. ...

Well..

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/ot-penetrating-oil-196347/
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-30-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By blarf
And here's the letter: ...

And here's the letter:

http://i.imgur.com/z8miWaMl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ooi6ytGl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Ezbbgwl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/IgmYU78l.jpg
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-30-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By blarf
TradeMotion hacked

Just got a letter from Tischer, but this would impact all of the forum sponsors who use TM.

Any idea why they were storing full credit card numbers? IIRC in order to maintain PCI compliance...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-28-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By blarf
I'd say more than slight, but that's just me. If...

I'd say more than slight, but that's just me. If you don't drive like a jackass, and actually pay attention to the effort required to get the shifter in gear I'd just use stock mounts. FWIW highway...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-27-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,431
Posted By blarf
This is not true. Late build (6/2000+) 323 and...

This is not true. Late build (6/2000+) 323 and 328s got the dual stage airbags.
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-12-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By blarf
Pics of the E46?

Pics of the E46?
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-08-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,212
Posted By blarf
The problem I've found is that the parts are...

The problem I've found is that the parts are often a little bit more expensive, and there are a lot more of them.
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-07-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,212
Posted By blarf
I updated it to include registration for 2012. ...

I updated it to include registration for 2012. Records indicate:

Cost to date: $27,913.79
Current mileage: 155,898 (+38,796 miles)
$0.56 / mile
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-07-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,212
Posted By blarf
If you're gonna run it into the ground, then yeah...

If you're gonna run it into the ground, then yeah it's cheap. But even if you don't "beat on it like an idiot" things wear out. When I filled up my car for the first time, I got > 32mpg (PO drove...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-07-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,212
Posted By blarf
Nah, these are $5k cars that were $30,000+ when...

Nah, these are $5k cars that were $30,000+ when new. You're not paying for maintenance on a $5,000 car, you're paying for maintenance on a $30,000 car. OP has set aside $1,000 for maintenance,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-06-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,212
Posted By blarf
For reference, I do most of the work myself and...

For reference, I do most of the work myself and use OE or OEM parts almost exclusively. Over five years I spent about $9k the first year ($6k for the car) and I've spent about $3-$4,000/yr after...
Forum: Suspension & Braking 06-01-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By blarf
I just went through this today. The Turner...

I just went through this today. The Turner alignment tool is just the thing. Pop off the right hand boot, and shove it in there and turn the wheel to the left. It will now stop in the middle.
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-01-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 598
Posted By blarf
And how much for the valve cover itself? That's...

And how much for the valve cover itself? That's about $385.57 you conveniently forgot. And, yes, spark plugs list at $23.83 a pop from BMW vs about $9 everywhere else.

Yeah, OP is getting quoted...
Forum: The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum 05-08-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By blarf
Street only, I don't track the car, so the Advan...

Street only, I don't track the car, so the Advan A048 is out. Price isn't a huge concern, well under $200 a corner would be nice -- both the Falkens and the Bridgestones were about $70/ea. Dry...
Forum: The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum 05-08-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By blarf
15" tires?

I've got Style 53s (6.5x15) on my 323, and am not looking to go to bigger rims just yet. As the old tires were getting worn, and weren't wearing down evenly I replaced the six trailing arm bushings,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-23-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
Probably in an attempt to gain more power. The...

Probably in an attempt to gain more power. The 3.0L intake manifold has longer runners.
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-23-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
Under most driving conditions the throttle cable...

Under most driving conditions the throttle cable acts on the pots which in turn provide input to the MDK (and whatever the acronym is for the "idle" motor). It's why when the throttle butterfly is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-23-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
Pull the DISA valve and check the part number. ...

Pull the DISA valve and check the part number. There are likely three potential versions: M52TU, M54 3.0L, M54 (2.2L, 2.5L).
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-23-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
If you're dying to see it, read the first link I...

If you're dying to see it, read the first link I posted. Or, you know, don't. It's all explained pretty clearly, and easy enough to verify. The M52 design is totally different with one main...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-22-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
Removing the throttle body shouldn't cause any...

Removing the throttle body shouldn't cause any problems with the computer (although stranger things have happened). The BMW documentation recommends clearing any stored throttle adaptations if...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-22-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
Do you even know what drive by wire means? ...

Do you even know what drive by wire means?

Thought not.

The cable only acts on the one throttle butterfly directly as a backup. When functioning normally the throttle valves are controlled...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-22-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E46-Sedan/USA/32...

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E46-Sedan/USA/323i-M52/jul2000/browse/fuel_preparation_system/throttle_housing_assy/

That's an M52TU throttle body. There are two versions: yellow label (what...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-22-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,421
Posted By blarf
It's definitely drive by wire. The cable serves...

It's definitely drive by wire. The cable serves as an input for the potentiometer which the DME uses to determine how far to open the throttle butterflies. In one of the failure modes, the throttle...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-16-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 441
Posted By blarf
6,100 posts and that's the best you could come up...

6,100 posts and that's the best you could come up with?

So, yeah. Sure. The caliper could be seized, but that's easy enough to check. Does the piston move smoothly by hand? If not, the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-14-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 33,463
Posted By blarf
Anco Transform. Cheap ($8/ea from Rock Auto)....

Anco Transform. Cheap ($8/ea from Rock Auto). Work well. Last at least a year. For a sedan T20UB + T21UB. For a coupe T19UB + T24UB.
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