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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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Old 05-27-2017, 03:34 PM   #32
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Finally got a professional opinion on why my car's so terrified of accelerating smoothly.

I was expecting it to be an air leak, but a smoke test showed nothing whatsoever.

The moment the mechanic took the car out for a drive, he knew straight away it was the clutch/flywheel. So I'll get those replaced soon. Not exactly essential works, but it's bound to get worse.

The cause of my daily coolant dump was a dead water pump. Also had a nasty squeal from the tensioner pulley, so had that changed too.

Relieved to know that my engine is in great shape for its age. But slightly intimidated by the clutch/flywheel, as I know I probably can't DIY it.

Or can I?

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Old 06-12-2017, 11:16 AM   #34
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Caught sight of my reverse lights in a window reflection the other day and was surprised at how yellow they looked! Switched them out for some LEDs, which look awesome. Also replaced my exhaust tips for new ones. They're slightly too big, so I'm going to use some exhaust wrap to build up the diameter of the pipes.

I'm halfway through sanding my new Style 44 wheels. Should be in a position next month to get new tyres and have them fitted. Put together a quick mockup below.



Subtle difference. Also considering tinting the rear windows. What do you guys think? After seeing this, I think I'd prefer to keep it tint-free. After all, I am trying to stay pretty stock.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:39 AM   #35
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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.

Any issues with the LED corner bulbs and hyperlinking etc?
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Any issues with the LED corner bulbs and hyperlinking etc?


No issues, man. Error-free and nice and bright. More of a red/orange hue than standard bulbs.
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:10 AM   #37
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Caught sight of my reverse lights in a window reflection the other day and was surprised at how yellow they looked! Switched them out for some LEDs, which look awesome. Also replaced my exhaust tips for new ones. They're slightly too big, so I'm going to use some exhaust wrap to build up the diameter of the pipes.

I'm halfway through sanding my new Style 44 wheels. Should be in a position next month to get new tyres and have them fitted. Put together a quick mockup below.



Subtle difference. Also considering tinting the rear windows. What do you guys think? After seeing this, I think I'd prefer to keep it tint-free. After all, I am trying to stay pretty stock.


I've been debating tinting my windows but can't find myself to do it. What do you think I should do?


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Old 06-13-2017, 05:13 AM   #38
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I've been debating tinting my windows but can't find myself to do it. What do you think I should do?

Nice car. It's a tough decision. I think yours looks great without. Your roof is dark, so dark windows may be quite a heavy contrast against the silver paint.

Unless you do a light smoke tint all round?
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Nice car. It's a tough decision. I think yours looks great without. Your roof is dark, so dark windows may be quite a heavy contrast against the silver paint.

Unless you do a light smoke tint all round?


Thank you! It's my first BMW. I've been really careful as to what I do and who I have work on it (01 330ci 81k) I love the way it looks stock. Great idea on the light smoke finish all around ***9996;***65039;


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Old 06-15-2017, 04:40 AM   #40
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My noisy lifters came back with a vengeance. Louder than ever.

I know, I know, I should just ignore it and drive the car. But it's pretty embarrassing, and I can hear it even with the windows up and music cranked.

I had temporarily solved it by switching from 5w30 to 0w40 (Castrol). Now that it's back, I found that the only way to really quieten it down was to "overfill" with oil when the dipstick was at its max mark. But this makes me uncomfortable. This also makes me think that oil isn't getting all the way to the back of the top end (lifter tap is coming from the back of the engine). This lead me to read that it could be a side effect of a bad chain tensioner. Anyone have any experience/knowledge on this?

I was just about ready to look into fitting new lifters, all 24 of them. But then I added a can of Wynn's hydraulic lifter treatment to the oil, and hey presto, the car is the quietest I've ever heard it.

Seems a little foolhardy getting so obsessed over a noise that doesn't really do much harm, but in the time that I do own this car, it would be great to say I enjoy it 100%.
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