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Forum: Suspension and Braking 04-10-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By mcopenha
rear shock mounts

i've got a pair of rear shock mounts from turner motorsport up on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/291428596646?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-09-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1,536
Views: 77,211
Posted By mcopenha
was this car driven by a panda?

was this car driven by a panda?
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-01-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By mcopenha
gotta have the car running, and ideally, make...

gotta have the car running, and ideally, make sure the fluid temp is around 90 - 100 deg F (use one of those infrared temp meters on the pan). Wear a good pair of gloves and pump some fluid in there.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-26-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,274
Posted By mcopenha
I've definitely experienced my share of pain with...

I've definitely experienced my share of pain with P0171, P0174 codes. Only way I was able to get rid of them completely was to remove the intake and replace
- all of the vacuum hoses (SAP and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-23-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,613
Posted By mcopenha
mjpgolf1, i'm laughing b/c you're the only voice...

mjpgolf1, i'm laughing b/c you're the only voice of reason here with your opinions on finances and car maintenance, but I don't think these kids will get it. You're wasting your time.

i attached...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-12-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,125
Posted By mcopenha
LOL great summary. Basically, everything...

LOL great summary. Basically, everything surrounding the block and cylinder head is prone to failure.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-27-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,205
Posted By mcopenha
I've put 80K miles on mine and I'm in it for...

I've put 80K miles on mine and I'm in it for about 18K total (8K for the car and 10K for maintenance). All of the labor was done myself, so I can't imagine owning this POS without being able to turn...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-20-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,290
Posted By mcopenha
i've got 180K miles on mine (A5S390R). I've been...

i've got 180K miles on mine (A5S390R). I've been religious about changing the fluid+filter every 40K miles with redline d4. I had some issues early on when i bought the car with 100K miles (car...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By mcopenha
i've done the drain/refill several times on my...

i've done the drain/refill several times on my xi. A couple notes:

- you'll need about 7 - 8 quarts to refill the transmission after draining it (GM A5S 390R). I used redline d4 and you save a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-04-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 723
Posted By mcopenha
:confused: what "check valve" are we talking...

:confused:

what "check valve" are we talking about then?
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-04-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 723
Posted By mcopenha
the pump comes on and shuts off, so it's not the...

the pump comes on and shuts off, so it's not the relay...

did you also check the vacuum coming to the check valve (should be in the neighborhood of 15psi) to make sure it opens? See diagnostic...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-07-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,738
Posted By mcopenha
I had a graf pump fail at approx 30 - 40K. would...

I had a graf pump fail at approx 30 - 40K. would not use one ever again.
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-04-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By mcopenha
that's jfoj. I'm definitely no stranger to your...

that's jfoj. I'm definitely no stranger to your sig links; good reading. But, your 20 questions made me recall something that may be involved: my brake booster is hissing and is almost certainly...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-04-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By mcopenha
p0491, p0492 woes

2001 325xi, 185K miles.

Codes came on several months ago. SAP fan was bad, and the check valve was completely gunked up. Replaced both. Also checked vacuum to check valve (measured ~15 psi on...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-09-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 608
Posted By mcopenha
A couple thoughts from having done this DIY a few...

A couple thoughts from having done this DIY a few times:

- GKN axles. Good choice. Some people claim they purchased oem axles from cheaper sources, but buying GKN is a sure bet they'll last 60 -...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-09-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,302
Posted By mcopenha
It has nothing to do with using an "inferior"...

It has nothing to do with using an "inferior" fuel. Forget regular/midgrade/premium designations. Engines are designed with a certain compression ratio that fit with a certain octane level. The...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-29-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 111,913
Posted By mcopenha
your battery sounds very weak. Even if it's...

your battery sounds very weak. Even if it's cranking, it may not be enough to start the car. Had a similar problem recently: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1030425&highlight=. Car...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-28-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,236
Posted By mcopenha
Yeah, these are difficult codes to get rid of. ...

Yeah, these are difficult codes to get rid of. You've done the following, which are all possible contributors, so that's good:

-fuel pump
-checked DISA and replaced o-ring , it was still...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-27-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 6,251
Posted By mcopenha
2001 325xi, 172K miles, auto 2013 wasn't...

2001 325xi, 172K miles, auto

2013 wasn't toooo bad at $1500, which included new set of tires. I've got my entire history attached if anyone cares.

156800 New water pump, water pump pulley,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-27-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 781
Posted By mcopenha
Well, this is embarrassing, but it turned out to...

Well, this is embarrassing, but it turned out to be a bad battery. The car was cranking, but apparently not fast/hard enough. I charged the thing for a few hours and was barely able to get the car...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-27-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 781
Posted By mcopenha
thanks for the responses fellas. Today I'm...

thanks for the responses fellas.

Today I'm just going to start with the basics: recharge my battery to make sure I'm getting the best cranking I can, and taking out the sparkplugs to let...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-26-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 781
Posted By mcopenha
e46 xi No start: spark and fuel seem ok, no codes

2001 325xi, 172K miles, auto transmission.

Here's what I know, and roughly in the order things happened:

- started car after 3 days of sitting, but ran really rough
- immediately shut engine...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 12-18-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,433
Posted By mcopenha
How many miles have you gotten out of these? ...

How many miles have you gotten out of these?

My personal experience with any aftermarket axle is that they're a false economy: they are usually good for maybe a couple years or 20 - 30K miles.
...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-10-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 11,353
Posted By mcopenha
when I was little my Dad sold his wrecked 1970...

when I was little my Dad sold his wrecked 1970 BMW 2002. I never told him that I used to go out into the garage and fill the engine with water. Some guy eventually bought it and towed it away. I...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-21-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 48,430
Posted By mcopenha
my problem is that the transmission (A5S 390R) in...

my problem is that the transmission (A5S 390R) in my 325xi is slow to engage first gear sometimes when the weather is very cold.

OP suggests that this symptom occurs on AWD cars like mine and...
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