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Old 09-05-2012, 11:32 AM   #11901
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Yeah.. why not?? haha
Well, considering there's all kinds of wiring to short out if water gets inside... I did it once to my accord and had to replace the distributor cap.

Did you have any issues?
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:53 AM   #11902
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #11903
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Did an oil change

I need to remember to not purchase my oil/ oil filter from the dealership

Also found my next project. While inspecting the engine to make sure everything was running smoothly I noticed a suction sound coming from the drivers side of the engine bay. I'm thinking a hose is cracked
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:52 PM   #11904
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #11905
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #11906
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Hello E46Fanatics. This is my first post and I need help. I am shopping for my first BMW and have found a 2000 328ci that is in excellent shape with under 50k miles. It's just what I would like to drive but reading some of your threads in regards to frame separation problems is scaring me. You love your cars...I love the car (and I don't even own one yet) but would it be better to buy another model (sacrilege?!)??? The class action suit warranty has apparently expired. What do you think? Many thanks in advance!
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:39 PM   #11907
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Hello E46Fanatics. This is my first post and I need help. I am shopping for my first BMW and have found a 2000 328ci that is in excellent shape with under 50k miles. It's just what I would like to drive but reading some of your threads in regards to frame separation problems is scaring me. You love your cars...I love the car (and I don't even own one yet) but would it be better to buy another model (sacrilege?!)??? The class action suit warranty has apparently expired. What do you think? Many thanks in advance!
Depends what the asking price is.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:42 PM   #11908
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Thanks Imola6. The price is $10,995 (bartered done from 11,995) comes with 6 month or 2500 mile warranty.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #11909
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #11910
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Do '01's and newer not have the problem or is the 330ci that much better?
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #11911
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Replace one rtab and limiter assy. I need the tool to do the other one. Don't ever try this without a tool. Getting the bushing out was easy. Putting it back in was a different story. I've been reading the threads on it recently,but didn't get the tool anyway. What an idiot.

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:41 PM   #11912
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Replace one rtab and limiter assy. I need the tool to do the other one. Don't ever try this without a tool. Getting the bushing out was easy. Putting it back in was a different story. I've been reading the threads on it recently,but didn't get the tool anyway. What an idiot.

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:47 PM   #11913
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Well, considering there's all kinds of wiring to short out if water gets inside... I did it once to my accord and had to replace the distributor cap.

Did you have any issues?
Just use some plastic bags, and cover the electrical components
Find a coin-op carwash that has low pressure with the trigger out, and full pressure when trigger is pushed. And pay close attention when you are at full pressure, as to not exacerbate any dried out vacuum hoses, and to avoid electrics.

No distributor cap to worry about here.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #11914
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Just use some plastic bags, and cover the electrical components
Find a coin-op carwash that has low pressure with the trigger out, and full pressure when trigger is pushed. And pay close attention when you are at full pressure, as to not exacerbate any dried out vacuum hoses, and to avoid electrics.

No distributor cap to worry about here.
...or just be safe and use degreaser and a garden hose + bags + foil. Follow up with engine dressing. You can do it right in your driveway and even get to choose when you start the car next.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:32 PM   #11915
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Do '01's and newer not have the problem or is the 330ci that much better?
Both, kind of..

01+ the design changed on all E46 coupe/sedans, so it is less likely the subframe will tear. 330 is also the better car, just ensure the maintenance has been done.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:04 AM   #11916
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Thanks Imola6. The price is $10,995 (bartered done from 11,995) comes with 6 month or 2500 mile warranty.
Meh.

I'd look for a 330.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:27 AM   #11917
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Filled her up with 14.9 gallons of 91 octane goodness.

Only cost $4.20 a gallon
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:44 AM   #11918
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Filled her up with 14.9 gallons of 91 octane goodness.

Only cost $4.20 a gallon
I wish we had those prices...
It costs me $80 to fill up with 91
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:02 AM   #11919
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I wish we had those prices...
It costs me $80 to fill up with 91
Only cost me $60ish to fill up on 93.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:16 AM   #11920
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It costs me $80 to fill up with 91
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