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Forum: General E46 Forum 05-23-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By NCLee
Yup, everything turned smoothly. I replaced the...

Yup, everything turned smoothly. I replaced the broken tensioner with a duralast mechanical tensioner. It should last at least as long as the hydraulic did!
I only attached with a bolt on the top...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-21-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By NCLee
Good idea. I think everything was turning...

Good idea. I think everything was turning smoothly down there, but I'll check it again after work.
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-21-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By NCLee
Hydraulic tensioner base plate broke in half!

I replaced 2004 330xi's mechanical tensioner in late 2012, and it's been doing fine until a couple days ago. I started the car after it had been sitting for a week, and there was a loud squealing. I...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 05-21-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By NCLee
To clarify: the shop didn't say the knock was the...

To clarify: the shop didn't say the knock was the bushings - they said the wobble was the bushings. But I know I have bad bushings, and I know I have a knock like that.


Sent from BimmerApp...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 05-21-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By NCLee
I've got more or less the same thing going on in...

I've got more or less the same thing going on in my car. And some big vibration in the wheel even after replacing the CV boot and axle. My shop told me it was the control arm bushings. I got under...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-04-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 164,396
Posted By NCLee
Good luck, guys. EDWAGON, since you have an xi,...

Good luck, guys. EDWAGON, since you have an xi, I'd recommend you read my post on this job: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpost.php?p=14855487&postcount=276
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 04-12-2013, 07:41 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 164,396
Posted By NCLee
I'll bet you forgot to connect something to your...

I'll bet you forgot to connect something to your alternator.
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 03-25-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,591
Posted By NCLee
What are you going for? Racing? Performance?...

What are you going for? Racing? Performance? Looks? OEM (or close enough) replacement? A good deal?
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 03-25-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,591
Posted By NCLee
Careful when you shop: some places will charge...

Careful when you shop: some places will charge you a bunch of extra shipping because of the weight of the rotors. As I recall, Autohausaz will ship them free if you're above the minimum order for...
Forum: General Off-Topic 03-21-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,929
Posted By NCLee
Delicious.

Delicious.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-21-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,803
Posted By NCLee
Sounds good. Thanks!

Sounds good. Thanks!
Forum: General Off-Topic 03-21-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,929
Posted By NCLee
At first glance, that looked like something...

At first glance, that looked like something Griffin would post. Then I realized it's just a meat taco.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-21-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,073
Posted By NCLee
It does work in reverse if you stick the physical...

It does work in reverse if you stick the physical key in the door and hold it in the "lock" position. All of the windows will roll up for you.

There's a fun E46 Easter Eggs thread you may enjoy:...
Forum: General Off-Topic 03-21-2013, 10:10 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,929
Posted By NCLee
Bagel Bites, but not by much. Be nice, 217.

Bagel Bites, but not by much. Be nice, 217.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-21-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,803
Posted By NCLee
I'm going to keep an eye on this. My '04 330xi...

I'm going to keep an eye on this. My '04 330xi just hit 121,212 miles this morning. I've replace the VCG, OFHG, VANOS tube, and the oil separator drain tube. The oil pan gasket figures to be next in...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 03-18-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By NCLee
I think $6-7k is about right. If you're not in a...

I think $6-7k is about right. If you're not in a hurry, maybe you should wait for a 330xi - the price won't be that much different, and it's more fun.

Whatever you do, make sure you prepare for...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-17-2013, 01:23 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 181,196
Posted By NCLee
Thanks for the writeup! I just finished this...

Thanks for the writeup!

I just finished this on my 2004 330xi. It appears the xi may be a little different: the fill plug is a 17mm hex bolt, instead of a T45, and it's on the side next to the...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 03-13-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,483
Posted By NCLee
Fascinating description of the differences in the...

Fascinating description of the differences in the systems.

One of my local dealers had a special event for the new X3 a couple years ago. They had a high end Lexus SUV, a Cadillac, and something...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 03-13-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,894
Posted By NCLee
No matter what I seem to do, my average always...

No matter what I seem to do, my average always ends up at 21 mpg. I can usually get in the high 20s or even low 30s if I'm on the highway at reasonable speeds in the summertime. But of course most of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-12-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 657,753
Posted By NCLee
:thumbup:WOW! Thank you so much, 330ciandr6. I've...

:thumbup:WOW! Thank you so much, 330ciandr6. I've had an oil leak for a year, and THEN I found your post. I replaced the valve cover gasket, the oil filter housing gasket, and the VANOS line. STILL...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-12-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2,074
Views: 311,400
Posted By NCLee
Mango, I just went through refreshing my entire...

Mango, I just went through refreshing my entire cooling system. I bought the "E46 COOL AUTO" kit form Bavarian Autosport, but it was missing a couple key elements - notably the Expansion Tank...
Forum: Bavarian Soundwerks' Mobile Electronics Forum 03-05-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Posted By NCLee
Importjunkie, I think you're going to have to...

Importjunkie, I think you're going to have to replace parts. The cheapest would be buying a partially functional replacement head unit, taking it apart, and replacing your screen. It will be far, far...
Forum: Bavarian Soundwerks' Mobile Electronics Forum 03-04-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Posted By NCLee
Agreed that it doesn't look like temperature....

Agreed that it doesn't look like temperature. Mine tends to lose vertical lines when it's really cold, but it comes back. That sort of looks like an electronics failure.
Forum: General Off-Topic 02-09-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 605
Posted By NCLee
Try Clear. You've got to buy the hotspot, but...

Try Clear. You've got to buy the hotspot, but it's $30 for unlimited data, pre-paid, and you can cancel whenever. You just need to check the coverage, because it's limited in some places. I bought...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 02-07-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Posted By NCLee
I can't tell you guys how glad I am you posted...

I can't tell you guys how glad I am you posted this. :clap: I just started getting some vibration reminiscent of the time I needed my axle replaced, but earlier in the progression. I'm pretty sure...
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