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Old 10-11-2012, 12:13 PM   #101
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #102
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Easy as taking a whiz. Having said that I would like to know what the hell induced them to interfere with the coordination between a man and his foot. A rhythm that is as old as time itself. Bloody ridiculous thing to do. I reckon they did it because they know the clutch diaphragms are crap so they put this piece of sh*t in the hydraulics to increase the life expectancy.

Thanks for the link, so does removing the clutch delay valve put more wear on the clutch or related parts?

Whats the noticeable difference after doing this?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #103
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Originally Posted by ZHPinthe103 View Post
Thanks for the link, so does removing the clutch delay valve put more wear on the clutch or related parts?

Whats the noticeable difference after doing this?
It is designed to help smooth out engagement... With it removed, I felt a more instantaneous clutch "grab"

also, I don't believe it causes any more wear, just make sure you drive it correctly, that's all.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #104
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Got a 2001 330i which I love and adore. 85 000 Km (= about 53 700 Miles) on it, so not bad!
When in idle, if I depress the clutch, there's a distinct rattling/vibration just an inch or so from the floor.
When starting from a standstill, I really need to work the clutch, otherwise the car tends to stall or jump, as if it's not quite catching the power - I can't really "blast off" but have to ease off the clutch until I get some speed. This only applies to first gear though.
I sometimes get RPMs oscillating up and down, especially when in reverse, sometimes in idle.

Have tried to figure out what's causing this for a year, recently my shop had a new idea: Replacing the DMF + Clutch. It's a bit costly, so I just want to make sure that this is the most likely cause? Thanks in advance folks!
Did you ever figure out what this was? To me sounds like the rattling could be the throwout bearing or the DMF, but more likely if it's a lounder clunky sound it's the DMF. The one on my old e30 had this same noise, but wasn't worth the $600 or so to replace it. Curious if you resolved the issue.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:31 PM   #105
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I am at 111,000 miles on my factory clutch on my ZHP. I cant chirp second, but I assume that's more to do with the wider rear tires, and the Michelin Super Sports than the clutch. I'm the third owner, so I cant speak for all the miles, but the car did roll up 80k in the first 3 years of its life(I have the full service history, lucky me), so I'm assuming that it was mostly highway miles. I feel that the clutch engagement is high compared to my e36 and e30, but my buddy with a 325i feels its right on par with his e46 at ~80k. I do get a very grabby engagement in first when the clutch is cold, but its fine in second, and it goes away once things warm up. I did have the clutch slip badly on me once, but it was after I had to slowly back up a very steep driveway where I was forced to slip the clutch the whole way up. It has held up just fine through 2 track weekends though. I did get some smells the first few times out, but that was mostly due to me using the clutch while braking, for which my instructor yelled at me quite a bit. Ok, maybe not actually yelling, but he did tell me to never to it again on a track. I assume I should be expecting a clutch replacement within the next 10k-30k miles.

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:16 AM   #106
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:45 AM   #107
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A factory clutch should last a minimum of 200k miles shorter than that and you simply cant drive
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:05 AM   #108
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got 215k on my current E46 clutch. No signs of any problems. My last E30 had about 260k when I sold it and the clutch worked perfectly.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:53 AM   #109
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Mine had about 170k kms. You could feel it acting weird just as you released your foot from the pedal and want to creep forward but car would struggle to creep.

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #110
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I just purchased a 325iT and it has 111k miles on original clutch. I'm assuming it would need replacing sometime soon or at least in the coming few years.

Is a LW flywheel going to be foolish on the car? Stiffer PP or clutch would that be good or bad? I don't want a race clutch but every other car I've ever owned has always ended up with a lightweight flywheel and either stiffer PP or clutch (or all three).

I'd like to get at least a list and start to purchase a few of the main parts so I'm prepared when it's time. (bearings, PP, ??flywheel??, flex disc, etc.)
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #111
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My clutch will chatter in 1st sometimes. Only about 65k miles, previous woman driver.

The only time I felt the same chatter in a vehicle, I was in the back of a taxi in Rome, Italy
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #112
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Mine is slipping pretty bad now with around 95K. Started off that if I accelerated hard when taking off or trying to pass on the highway, the RPMS would jump up but it just wouldn't catch for a minute. Ordered a new UUC lightweight flywheel/clutch, can't wait to get it installed.
Did you finally win it boss because mine is doing the same thing..... do i really have to change the flywheel or new clutch kit will sort the problem out
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:56 PM   #113
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There's only one thing that wears the clutch out. Its called the DRIVER.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:41 PM   #114
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E46 clutch is a life time part.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #115
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My OEM clutch went out at 135K. when i removed the Trans the throwout bearing fell apart in my hand.

symptoms include: when accelerating the RPM will run up with no change in speed
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #116
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E46 clutch is a life time part.
so are many of their fluids (ie transmission). They dont last a lifetime...at all.

Replaced my clutch at around 135, on a 6-speed non-m (the most expensive one out of the entire line up of e46 cars) went UUC and I LOVE it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #117
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Clicked over 190k this afternoon on ther original clutch. Chatters a little but still real solid.

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #118
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I have 155 on my original clutch and it's doing great!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:31 PM   #119
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I'm at almost 112k on what I suspect is the original clutch. No signs of it failing so far, though it is a little bit juttery on takeoff which indicates the flywheel has some hotspots.

I'm tempted to get it resurfaced if possible, there are actually some shops out there that have the expertise and special tools to resurface dual-mass flywheels. I wonder if I could do a core charge from them... hmmm...

Well, when the time comes I'll figure it out.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #120
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