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Old 04-24-2017, 04:08 PM   #21
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Needs to be facelift m-sport to really look the part. With MV1 or 2 wheels. You could do a facelift conversion ?
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Old 04-25-2017, 06:35 AM   #22
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You could do a facelift conversion ?
I did look at a few facelift models when I was shopping for this, but much prefer the pre-facelift. My brother is looking for an E46 so maybe he'll pick up a facelift.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:39 AM   #23
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Today some good stuff happened, and some bad stuff happened.



That's the good stuff. Took me about 30 mins. The infamous torx screw wasn't too hard to get out. But finding it was difficult. Previous owner obviously changed the hedgehog too, as it wasn't even screwed in.



There's the bad stuff. The fuel pressure regular hose (is that right?) just crumbled away in my hands. I've managed to stuff it back together but only temporarily. I'll get it replaced, but is there any harm driving it whilst it's not perfect?


Engine is running noisy lately. Lifters I can live with, but something else is sounding a bit out of place. Why does my car sound like a diesel engine? Im pretty sure it hasn't always sounded this way. Anyone with a keen ear able to tell me what's going on here...?



And is the DISA usually that loud?

I should point out that I only have three fault codes; P0604 (memory error), P0161 (O2 sensor), and P1619 (thermostat), which all seem fairly minor. No dash lights.

Maybe I'm just paranoid. If so, tell me to ****.


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Old 05-03-2017, 05:23 PM   #24
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I have the same engine as you. Mine is an '00 320i and my motor sounds exactly the same as yours! How many miles are on it? Mine has done 205,000kms and just developed the noise over time. I just put it down to the age of the motor.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:37 AM   #25
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I have the same engine as you. Mine is an '00 320i and my motor sounds exactly the same as yours! How many miles are on it? Mine has done 205,000kms and just developed the noise over time. I just put it down to the age of the motor.
That's good to know. Mine has just passed 111,200 miles. Runs smooth apart from intermittent issues at low revs.

I'm starting to live with the noise. But it's unusual that the lifters are suddenly noisy. They were dead quiet when I bought it two months ago. Starting to think I put a different oil in to the previous owner.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:14 PM   #26
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That's good to know. Mine has just passed 111,200 miles. Runs smooth apart from intermittent issues at low revs.

I'm starting to live with the noise. But it's unusual that the lifters are suddenly noisy. They were dead quiet when I bought it two months ago. Starting to think I put a different oil in to the previous owner.
I often think that's the case with mine too. I've seen people recommend mobil1 as the best option for these cars. In new Zealand it's $115 for 5 litres and can only be sourced online so I often go to different brands.

How is your oil consumption?
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:13 PM   #27
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Some cars drive just from oil change to onather change. Some add 1litre to each 1000km.
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:28 PM   #28
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I often think that's the case with mine too. I've seen people recommend mobil1 as the best option for these cars. In new Zealand it's $115 for 5 litres and can only be sourced online so I often go to different brands.



How is your oil consumption?


Well it's hard to say, as my oil sensor is broken, so my orange oil light is sometimes on sometimes off :-/ Occasional blue/white smoke though.

My dipstick drops halfway to the second notch after a very long drive. 200 miles or so. That's when the lifters get noisy. So I add more oil and the lifters go quiet again. But the more this cycle happens the less effective it is. I'm probably diluting the previously thicker oil with my thinner oil each time.

I've booked it in to an independent BMW specialist to see what they come back with.

Tempted to try Mobil 1 or a 0w40 oil and see what happens.

Gotta get to the bottom of this as it's making owning the car far less enjoyable. I'm sure you feel the same too!
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:29 AM   #29
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Another weekend of "fix something, break something."

Put Castrol Edge 0w40 into the car. Lifters are now near-silent. So that's a good thing.

Also tightened my sparks with a torque wrench. Car feels alive again.



Bought a headlight restoration kit to take some of the murkiness off my headlights. Absolute disaster. Ended up with them worse than before I started. Worked through all the grit levels and compound in exactly the right way. I don't think the RPMs on my drill were high enough. Bought a new set of lenses off eBay instead. Douchebag.



Checked my fuel pressure. 50psi on the nose for a good 30 minutes. So that rules out fuel pressure issues.

A **** load of white smoke on startup yesterday. And still a lot of engine hesitation on cold starts. Everything seems to be pointing to CCV.

I've booked the car in with BMS Surrey to take a look at it. I'm spending each weekend poking at things that I don't know enough about. Hopefully they can tell me what's up and then I can have a go at replacing whatever it is. Unless it's something I can't do.

And I'm wondering when I became such an old guy...



...I'm 32.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:54 AM   #30
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Had the coolant light come on this morning. Opened the tank to see it completely empty. Only filled it a couple of weeks ago. Have also been getting white smoke from exhaust lately, so am a little concerned. Absolutely zero mayo in the oil, and no immediate signs of a leak.

I did find P1619 recently, which is Map Cooling Thermostat Control Circuit Signal Low. Could this relate to a failure or leak at the O ring?

Car is also running a little rough again idle is bouncy for the first 5 minutes, juddering on acceleration, stalling occasionally at very low revs.

Visiting a local BMW specialist in a week's time (BMS Surrey www.bmssurrey.co.uk), so hopefully will get some clarity on what is causing these issues and if they're related to one another.

On the plus-side, fitted some new DJ Auto headlight lenses, which have really improved the appearance of the front-end. Also have more parts from the non-smokers package arriving this week. Such a little thing but makes a nice difference to the cabin.
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #31
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Non-smoker options added. That rear bin is not a straight swap, which I didn't realise. So I may need to Dremel something.





LED corner bulbs fitted. Look great behind the smoked corners.



And new headlight lenses, which I mentioned before. They're already mucky after one drive, but a vast improvement on the older, cloudier set.

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