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Old 12-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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Hi from Sacramento

Just bought my first BMW, and like working on things myself so headed straight here. Had never driven a 3 series until about a month ago when I was hit by a drunk driver and totaled my VW Jetta. Drove a 2002 330i w/ Sport Package and was hooked. Just picked up a clean '03 330i today, and drove it home 1.5 hours. LOVE IT. Anyway, appreciate any tips people might have for this noob!
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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Just one pic so far. I'll be taking it out for a photo session after the holidays at some point. The one in my sig is from my iphone. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:09 PM   #6
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Thanks, yeah i'm loving it so far. Like I said in my first post, it's my first BMW, but I think I might be hooked now... Drives soooo nice. I've noticed a tiny bit of wobble in the front end (I can only hear it, can't really feel it), but only notice it as slow speeds. I'm already thinking about mods, but I want to keep it pretty close to stock. Most mods will be inside the cabin (bluetooth, speaker change, lighting). From what I understand I should probably address mechanics first though, since it's got 100k on it and i was unable to obtain service records. Seems very well taken care of though...
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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I'm finding out about the over 100k mileage problems on this car one piece at a time. Problems so far: GM5 Door lock problem, Windshield washer tank leaks and empty's out over night, teeny tiny wobble in the front end, but doesn't affect the steering, and one of the tail lights flickering from the recall problem on the E46. Hopefully there aren't more pressing problems that made this dude want to sell me the car. Urgh.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #8
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Make sure to replace your entire cooling system and FCAB's and RTAB's. that's always a good start. I have the gm5 problem too. I haven't had time to get it fixed.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Make sure to replace your entire cooling system and FCAB's and RTAB's. that's always a good start. I have the gm5 problem too. I haven't had time to get it fixed.
Yeah I'll be doing all of those things a little at a time. What's a rtab though??? Haha
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #10
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:59 AM   #11
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^ Rear Trailing Arm Bushing.
Thanks, i'm not good with acronyms.... haha. And thanks for the welcome.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #13
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Thanks for the welcome! Will definitely post some pics once I Ge the chance to take some. It's been raining like hell here so haven't had any photo ops yet.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:05 PM   #14
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #15
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Thanks! Happy to be here! Learning tons of stuff...
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #16
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Just did the DISA valve rebuild. Dang, that thing was falling apart! Was just a matter of time before that pin fell off in my motor.... This was my first DIY, next up is spark plugs and VANOS. VANOS scares the **** outta me.... Haha
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #18
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Very nice! Hope to see you around at a meet sometime
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