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Old 04-07-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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The official "I'm going to jynx myself" thread....

E46's are 10 years old now.... all I hear about is everyones issues...

Well, i'm not superstitious so this thread is for all those "knock on wood" issues that haven't happened yet

I've had the car for 3.5 years, bought at 40k miles, she is coming up to 100k soon

- no control arm issues
- no suspension problems (dropped on h&r sports for 2 years, 40k miles)
- no door molding falling
- no disa issues
- no VCG issues
- no rear subframe issues
- no sunroof problems
- clutch is original and still perfect
- OEM xenons still work completely fine
- windows still work 100%, no regulator problems


the biggest issue i have had was my intake boot...

this isn't a "rub it in your face" thread, rather... proof that bmw's do make excellent cars
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:29 AM   #2
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Dude, start that "Special" savings account now
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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Haha Wish I could say the same although mine is the same time frame and miles. 3 regulators, 2 boots (Xi hell) and a xenon. Otherwise it is all good. I've done things though, like change out the VCG, vanos seals, and expansion tank so I wouldn't have to later.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:35 AM   #4
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watch my car not start tonight when i get out of work

bud how've you been?

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Haha Wish I could say the same although mine is the same time frame and miles. 3 regulators, 2 boots (Xi hell) and a xenon. Otherwise it is all good. I've done things though, like change out the VCG, vanos seals, and expansion tank so I wouldn't have to later.
Thats not too bad

i do plan on chaning out the VCG as well... however i haven't had any issues with it yet

Also no expansion tank issues
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
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I'm basically in the same boat as you, just not as many miles. Bought it almost 2 years ago and I now have 75k on it. When I first got it I replaced the entire cooling system so I won't have to worry later. My biggest problem I've had with it? OEM battery died This has been the best, most reliable car I've ever owned.





I know I'm gonna have a million problems in the next month with it now that I am posting this
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russo, have you done inspection II?

there's a lot fo things that wait in silence, then BAM, you're SOL.

seriously take a look at your coolant system, and the front end rubber... engine mounts, CABs, endlinks, tie rods, etc..
it wont be long..

at 90,xxx miles i did my coolant system overhaul and VCG.. the inner rings of the VCG are brittle, and you wont know till you open it up. my VCG itself was fine and not leaking, at the time the CCV was fine.. once one things goes, its a domino effect..
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On a scale from 0 to 24...wait, 3 to 24, where 6 is the lowest and 12 is the highest, how freaking high re you right now?

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
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check for holes above the power steering fluid cap on the hood insulation, If you got holes , then you need engine mounts.

At a stop, put the stick into first. Put your hands on the shift knob, and gun it. If the shifter moves around and has play, you need transmission mounts.

control arms are prob shot, but you wont be able to tell unless you got new ones up there.

suspension and clutch can last easy last 130k miles or more.


Great time to buy some idle pulleys and tensioner pulleys, just did my friends yesterday due to cold start noises. 60$ cheap.

other than that carry a single coil pack around with you. Major engine problem were always associated with coil pack/ or boot.
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russo, have you done inspection II?

there's a lot fo things that wait in silence, then BAM, you're SOL.

seriously take a look at your coolant system, and the front end rubber... engine mounts, CABs, endlinks, tie rods, etc..
it wont be long..
i did inspection II in my driveway 2 years ago lol

engine mounts are good, tie rods and end links i'll need to take a look at


front end rubber?

CABs are perfect, they were replaced (as well as the CAs) at 49.5k because my mechanic at bmw is the shiznit
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sounds like youve done some pretty good preventative mait.

by front end rubber, i meant any front end bushings, mounts, etc.. anything that needs replaced or is a replaceable item.

to be honest, i thought my engine mounts were good too, but when i changed them i discovered that the drivers side one was leaking, and both were about 3-4mm shorter than the new ones.
those, plus new transm. mounts.. so much change.
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Bold move buddy... bold move. I dare not insult the car Gods with this absurdity.
This is like calling a hooker, having her come over, and tell her to make a sandwich. Her pimp will fucck you.
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watch my car not start tonight when i get out of work

bud how've you been?


Pretty much taking care of the list you posted All's well for the moment.
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that sucks haha

good to hear all is well, congrats on knowing how to quote someone
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LOL!! It's only been what, 3 years?
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Car hit 100k last week, so i figured i would put it on the lift and check for some things.... AJ, thanks for the advice with the front rubber and everything else...

CA and CAB's are perfect
Tie rods perfect
End links perfect, etc...

I'll be doing VCG, spark plus, and coils.... coolant flush, fuel filter, and replace my shift lever with BMW Performance and replacing all the worn plastic clips and what not

Power steering hose on the bottom side of the car has a very small leak, will fix that, my buddy has a power steering flush machine, so no syphoning out for me

brakes look great as well... after 50k, i love engine braking!

last thing to cross my fingers for is when i take my valve cover off.. i'm sure all will be well
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check for holes above the power steering fluid cap on the hood insulation, If you got holes , then you need engine mounts.

At a stop, put the stick into first. Put your hands on the shift knob, and gun it. If the shifter moves around and has play, you need transmission mounts.

control arms are prob shot, but you wont be able to tell unless you got new ones up there.

suspension and clutch can last easy last 130k miles or more.


Great time to buy some idle pulleys and tensioner pulleys, just did my friends yesterday due to cold start noises. 60$ cheap.

other than that carry a single coil pack around with you. Major engine problem were always associated with coil pack/ or boot.
jesus didn't even see this post, lol

thanks for the advice bud, i'll do a recheck on the engine and tranny mounts... my shift has play, but because its loose as fack... gonna tighten that all up however

as far as control arms... i examined them pretty well last night, is there anything hard to look for? there was no bending or anything like that, and the bushings looked brand new.. not even a hairline crack in them... very shocked after 50k miles
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