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Forum: General E46 Forum 07-09-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
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: 1,533
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: 144
Views: 23,802
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: 790
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: 5,249
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: 444
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: 444
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: 444
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: 950
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: 9,718
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: 29
Views: 33,394
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...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 10-24-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By mcopenha
A neat trick I've never tried is to remove the...

A neat trick I've never tried is to remove the cap on the brake reservoir, wrap a piece of plastic wrap around the opening, and then screw the cap back on. It's supposed to minimize the amount of...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 10-21-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By mcopenha
Do you know what brand of front axles were used...

Do you know what brand of front axles were used during the replacement?

I've had experiences with cheaper axles (A1 Cardone, FCP) and they're just not worth it. Now, I'm surprised that you...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 10-04-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,532
Posted By mcopenha
whoa, i hope to make that mileage someday. I...

whoa, i hope to make that mileage someday. I agree that you can spend a lot of time working on one of these. Took me 2 years to really make mine reliable. I recorded all of my maintenance:...
Forum: General BMW Model Discussion 09-27-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By mcopenha
what's wrong with this engine? i consistently...

what's wrong with this engine? i consistently see e39/m62's with very high 200 - 300K mileage for sale.
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 09-26-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By mcopenha
i agree, sounds fine. I would check to make sure...

i agree, sounds fine. I would check to make sure he doesn't rip your lower ball joint boot in the process of replacing the cv boot, unless it's already ripped. Honestly, the job can be done without...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 09-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,419
Posted By mcopenha
Drop the subframe? Not necessary. And do...

Drop the subframe? Not necessary.

And do not attempt the wheel bearings yourself. If you have to ask about the components you mentioned, the wheel bearings are too much to tackle. If they're...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-20-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 8,651
Posted By mcopenha
your comments crack me up Hogan, especially the 2...

your comments crack me up Hogan, especially the 2 gallons of milk joke. Thanks for injecting a little levity in a forum riddled with douchebaggery.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-16-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By mcopenha
I've been impressed with what I've seen of this...

I've been impressed with what I've seen of this shop as well.
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 08-07-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,616
Posted By mcopenha
i experienced something similar and it turned out...

i experienced something similar and it turned out to be horribly degraded lower ball joints. The entire control arm was vibrating when turning.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-06-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 886
Posted By mcopenha
soldier on, brother! Don't mind the dumbass...

soldier on, brother! Don't mind the dumbass trolls on here looking to get a reaction out of someone.
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-31-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By mcopenha
new camshaft position sensors. What a difference...

This has been gone over ad nauseam, but I just wanted to remind people that these sensors (intake and exhaust camshaft sensors) seem to fail slowly over time, not just all at once.

I was...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-30-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,465
Posted By mcopenha
The wheel bearings on xi's does indeed only go in...

The wheel bearings on xi's does indeed only go in one way, and it sounds to me like the shop installed it backwards. I doubt there's anything wrong with the sensor, and it certainly doesn't have to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-19-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 18,242
Posted By mcopenha
Depends on the year. I started keeping a...

Depends on the year. I started keeping a spreadsheet of my expenses (attached). Not surprisingly, first couple of years of ownership were higher -- $2000+/year wasn't uncommon. But this year so...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-07-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 482
Posted By mcopenha
Not sure that simply disconnecting the...

Not sure that simply disconnecting the transmission from the EGS rules out that the EGS itself may be bad. Did they try to install a new EGS to see if that made a difference?

I'm trying to read...
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