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Old 06-17-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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E46 Touring>E36 M3>E46 Sedan...

My wife informed me that she liked "my" '97 M3 more than "her" '04 325i and she was "inheriting" the E36. I said that was okay as long as I could get a touring and do an M3 swap.
Bought this Sport/Premium/Xenon/Hk 2003 with 220k for cheap.

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Fixed/replaced a bunch of Little stuff; washer pump, fuel door catch, turn signal bulbs, CCV. Tan interior is in good shape but needs scrubbed. TireRack has Continental DW's en route.

CCV replacement stopped the idle and low power/rpm smoke but car still smokes horribly after a full throttle blast. Too much blow-by at WOT pressurizing crankcase and pushing oil back through CCV? I'll have to do a compression/leak down test. It would be nice to be able to drive the car until I source a wrecked M3.

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Old 06-19-2017, 03:12 PM   #2
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Compression was OK, 155-175psi, cold & dry. Leakdown 6-10%, again, cold & dry.

Yesterday, seeing reasonable numbers I drove it a couple miles down to the store, no smoke. Coming home, up hill all the way (800' elevation gain) it started to smoke again but not nearly as bad as before CCV replacement.
Today, drove it 40 miles on the freeway with little to no smoke except after long periods of significant throttle/load.

At this point I'm quite sure the previous owner continued to drive it with the bad CCV and the remaining smoke is coming from oil in the exhaust burning off. When I got home after shutting the car off there was a "boiling" sound coming from the tailpipe.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:45 PM   #3
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Wow, tan interior on a titan silver car... I didn't know they made those. Is it possible someone swapped out a nice black or gray interior?
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:59 PM   #4
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Possibly, I don't know the cars history at all. If someone did a swap they did it all...
My favorite E46 interior is the Saddle brown with Black. I'll probably swap out the worn tan bits with black eventually.

Currently replacing intake cam sensor and pulling exhaust to pour oil out of it. The seam of the muffler has oil (stains) seeping out of it!
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:11 PM   #5
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Holy blow by Batman!
On a positive note, at least you know it won't be rusted out!
If I were to give my Touring a first name, I'd probably name it "Alan".
Mostly because I like puns.

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Old 06-21-2017, 11:11 PM   #6
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my touring is nice and all but it doesnt hold a candle to my e36m. lets not get carried away here :p

your wife is a smart lady.

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Old 06-22-2017, 12:31 AM   #7
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Yep, wife is smart.

Some of the smoke was coming off the exhaust manifold so I replaced valve cover gasket today.

For the first couple of years the E46 sedan had the ZF automatic and we called it the rental -an appliance to get from A to B. I swapped in a manual and it was much better but the rental name stuck.

Me: "your throttle pedal is broken"
Wife "what do you mean?"
Me "step on the gas and nothing happens! Bwahahaa"
Wife "your key is broken"
Me. "Huh?"
Wife "no button to push, no memory seat/mirrors :p"

This M54/auto Touring is painfully slow. Hopefully the S54 conversion will liven it up enough that I'll want to keep it. The touring is big enough that the kids/dogs will fit for ride to grandpa/grandpas house, which is way better than un hitching the Dodge dually.

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Old 06-22-2017, 12:40 AM   #8
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Coming from someone who swaps M54B30 motors with 6spd boxes into tourings I can honestly say the S54 is going to liven her up and then some!
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:42 PM   #9
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Removed exhaust, nothing poured out of tail pipe. Stood exhaust, muffler up, in corner of garage overnight and in the morning there was a small puddle of oil in the drip pan.
Re-installed exhaust and when to grocery store, which turned into a 60 mile run up Angeles Crest good news is the car is running clean with no extra dash lights.
Black Plasti-dip on wheels was peeling so I cleaned it all off. New hubcap roundels on the way.
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