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Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-10-2008, 07:41 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 131,869
Posted By jbstevens66
Thanks for the great write up. The list of tools...

Thanks for the great write up. The list of tools needed is appreciated as I don't have the torx bits. That alone will save an extra trip to the parts store.
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-23-2008, 10:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,868
Posted By jbstevens66
Starting in 1975, here's the Hall of Shame. I...

Starting in 1975, here's the Hall of Shame. I didn't think I had gone through this many, but 8 of the 13 were sub-$1000 cars. Besides the Tercel and Echo, all of them were driven until only the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-24-2008, 09:54 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,307
Posted By jbstevens66
Hey Mike: I haven't read all the responses...

Hey Mike:

I haven't read all the responses to your post but looked through them last night. Seems like a few have decided to monkey-pile on you about this and I'd say ignore them. Everyone's...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-24-2008, 09:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,518
Posted By jbstevens66
another for the waffle weave microfiber

+ again on the microfiber waffle weave. Drag the towel across the surface to do dried and you'll cut back on minor surface scratches. It does soak up better once it gets damp.

If you're feeling...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-23-2008, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 707
Posted By jbstevens66
I tried but...

I tried to get to the block drain plug on my 325xi a few weeks ago. I've done what some of the others have and settled for draining the radiator and overflow tank. I plan on doing it again in about...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-20-2008, 07:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,339
Posted By jbstevens66
Here's one from an American in the minority.

Here's one from an American in the minority. I'm looking forward to the day we see a BMW in the US. I think the others have done a pretty good job of explaining the negative views we tend to have...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-19-2008, 09:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,600
Posted By jbstevens66
Nope, you're not the only one

...and now I have a problem.

I thought I wanted the overrated euro mesh-style rims. After looking at the picts you posted, I much prefer the underrated traditional spoked rims.

I think I'm not...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-19-2008, 07:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By jbstevens66
When I was a kid (and dinosaurs roamed the earth)...

When I was a kid (and dinosaurs roamed the earth) rear wheel drive was all we had and we were fine. I'll repeat what others have said; get a set of snow tires and keep the stability control on.
...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-19-2008, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,452
Posted By jbstevens66
I have a 325xi and that is what I've been using...

I have a 325xi and that is what I've been using as the center jackpoint. I'd recommend taking the plastic panels off the bottom of the car. You'll then be able to get a look at what it is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-18-2008, 09:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,618
Posted By jbstevens66
Typically, 23-25 mpg city and 28-30 mpg freeway. ...

Typically, 23-25 mpg city and 28-30 mpg freeway. I did a 200 mile trip a couple of weeks ago, set the cruise at 60 mph, and got an honest 36 mpg - late evening and not much traffic.

2003 325xi
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-18-2008, 08:17 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,829
Posted By jbstevens66
Here you go. I'm just curious how everyone...

Here you go.

I'm just curious how everyone got their vehicle. Namely:

1. Whether it was used or new Used

a. If used, what model, how many miles did it have and when did you get it. 2003...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-17-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,243
Posted By jbstevens66
You've got a 330xi, so your car is all wheel...

You've got a 330xi, so your car is all wheel drive and does have a front differential. I'm assuming you know this. This is more in response to paraklas' post.

Regardless, the transfer case is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-16-2008, 09:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,244
Posted By jbstevens66
If misery loves company, you should be doing ok...

If misery loves company, you should be doing ok about now. It is aggravating to me as I've always gone out of my way to not bump the neighboring car - even if it's a total sh!tbox. Basic respect...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-16-2008, 09:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,353
Posted By jbstevens66
Painful to see the picts as it looks like you...

Painful to see the picts as it looks like you took great care of it. The main thing is that you're still around to enjoy driving a Bimmer in the future. Nonetheless, it still blows that this...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-16-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,045
Posted By jbstevens66
As others have said, Mobil 0W-40 meets the LL-01...

As others have said, Mobil 0W-40 meets the LL-01 standard and is fine to use. I decided to purchase oil from the BMW dealer - which was the same price as the Mobil anyway. If you're worried, I'd...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-16-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,243
Posted By jbstevens66
I recently changed the transfer case oil in my...

I recently changed the transfer case oil in my 2003 325xi. I have 49,000 miles on the car and the transfer case fluid looked well used. I read as many threads as possible - on many different forums...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-08-2008, 04:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,665
Posted By jbstevens66
I recently changed the oil on my 2003 325xi. The...

I recently changed the oil on my 2003 325xi. The owners manual says something like 7.8 quarts (I'm too lazy to walk oujt ot my car and check) but I used 7-quarts to the bring it to the top mark on...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-28-2008, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By jbstevens66
start by looking through the inspection 1 and 2 items

I'd recommend starting by working your way through the items listed in BMW Inspection 1 and 2 (http://www.bimmerzone.com/inspection.htm).

Once you're familiar with this I suggest you spend at...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-28-2008, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,778
Posted By jbstevens66
I haven't tried to purchase it from my local BMW...

I haven't tried to purchase it from my local BMW dealer. I'm not certain if they stock it here in the U.S. I did see the fluid on a U.S. commercial website and it was BMW branded. I live in a...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-27-2008, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,778
Posted By jbstevens66
325xi manual transmission and transfer case lubricant

I've been researching the recommended fluids for the differentials, transfer box, and manual transmission for my 325xi. When I saw BMW Gearbox Oil (MTF LT-2) going for over $100 per 5-liters, I...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-27-2008, 07:32 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 28,525
Posted By jbstevens66
I'm a fairly new member and was glad to see a...

I'm a fairly new member and was glad to see a topic to which I could make a contribution, maybe even contributions.

I made my most stupid, not to mention most dangerous, diy mistake about 30 years...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-11-2008, 07:56 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 51,487
Posted By jbstevens66
Neither of the following are critical to me, but...

Neither of the following are critical to me, but since you ask...

1. The cupholder/armrest unit. Did they just give up and let the kid from the mailroom design it?

2. The stupid smile I can't...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-01-2008, 09:14 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,540
Posted By jbstevens66
Now that you mention it, I was too lazy to...

Now that you mention it, I was too lazy to convert to liters per 100km.

City = 23 mpg = 10.2 l/100km
Highway = 28 mpg = 8.4 l/100km

2003 325xi
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-01-2008, 08:51 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,540
Posted By jbstevens66
23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway driving normally. ...

23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway driving normally. I'm in the city, so most of my fun involves freeway ramps during off peak hours. Otherwise, I go with the flow and try to keep it safe but I don't...
Forum: Car Care & Detailing 04-08-2008, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By jbstevens66
looking forward to some before and after picts

Congrats on the Flex. I've got a cheapo buffer right now, which makes waxing a lot easier, but have been thinking about an upgrade. The Flex is in the running along with a PC. The flex seems like...
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