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Old 04-21-2014, 03:22 PM   #41
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Get the lower pressure cap to help avoid the plastic surge tank from exploding.
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Great car and amazing color combos!
But you'll never get an S54 in it ;D
Hey, a boy can dream right?

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smart move. i picked up an E39 a few years ago. I got the car on Monday and made an appointment on Tuesday for a cooling system overhaul on Friday. The ET crapped out on Thursday night
Ouch! I bought this car at a dealer that was 4 hours away... imagine my freight driving home..


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Probably for the best. I also replaced my oil filter housing gasket when I overhauled my cooling system. I was halfway there and it was leaking so why not. I did both of these the first month I bought my car for the same reason as you... Ticking time bomb IMO.

Enjoy!
I just looked up the oil filter housing part, crap that's expensive! 300+. I'm sure that can wait, what do you think?
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:31 PM   #42
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How's this
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...le-e46expankit

I just looked up the oil filter housing part, crap that's expensive! 300+. I'm sure that can wait, what do you think?
to me that is a classic buy-used part. there should be many examples in good condition available and they are generally around $100.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2002-BMW-325...f465aa&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-323i...64f4fa&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-M54-M52T...15c372&vxp=mtr


edit* it appears you may only need the gasket, which is quite cheap.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-BMW-E34-...eb57e5&vxp=mtr
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:28 PM   #43
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https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...le-e46expankit



Hey, a boy can dream right?



Ouch! I bought this car at a dealer that was 4 hours away... imagine my freight driving home..




I just looked up the oil filter housing part, crap that's expensive! 300+. I'm sure that can wait, what do you think?
Gasket is like 8 bucks. Don't need the housing. Just a LOT of patience
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:37 PM   #44
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Could you tell us of the benefits you've experienced so far of the wagon's utility ? Like have you gone fishing yet ? (before/after)
Benifits I've experienced

1. not having to put my daughter in the backseat with the luggage which she had to do with the GTO. Trunk would only hold mine and my GFs luggage so her bag sat in the back seat next to her.

2. Also, I drive fast than most traffic. The wagon seems to stay off the cops radar much better than the GTO.

3. I got about 10% off my auto insurance just because it was a wagon.

4. This is kind of specific to my state, but there is "zero" love for wagons in Texas so although it was tough finding one local, I was easily able to negotiate it down for 3k less than comparable examples in Chicago, California and Pennsylvania. I could tell the salesman couldn't wait to get rid of it.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #45
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I meant the lower pressure, pressure cap.
I have also noticed the "Lack of Radar signal" with my wagon also. We have a 2 mile down grade that I regularly travel and it has a posted speed with a radar YOUR speed under it. I can only rarely get it to read on my wagon... Go figure!

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Old 04-21-2014, 04:59 PM   #46
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Benifits I've experienced

1. not having to put my daughter in the backseat with the luggage which she had to do with the GTO. Trunk would only hold mine and my GFs luggage so her bag sat in the back seat next to her.

2. Also, I drive fast than most traffic. The wagon seems to stay off the cops radar much better than the GTO.

3. I got about 10% off my auto insurance just because it was a wagon.

4. This is kind of specific to my state, but there is "zero" love for wagons in Texas so although it was tough finding one local, I was easily able to negotiate it down for 3k less than comparable examples in Chicago, California and Pennsylvania. I could tell the salesman couldn't wait to get rid of it.
You found an xi wagon in Texas? Crazy. I'm also in Texas and would kill for a wagon.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:59 PM   #47
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You found an xi wagon in Texas? Crazy. I'm also in Texas and would kill for a wagon.
Ha! yes but it is just a 2wd, and I also had to settle on an automatic.

Over the year I was shopping I only found two 5 speeds local but both were in very poor condition. I find the auto is mostly annoying because it disqualifies my car from supercharging. Which it really needs. These cars (imo) should be around 230 to 270hp to take full advantage of the steering and suspension.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #48
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The wagon hunt was tough. I'm in Greenville, SC and had to travel to Raleigh, NC for mine.

There is also a "hate" for wagons in my area. Only a handful go nuts for them. Even my kids are like "ill dad, why did you get a station wagon?!"

I told them next time they use the word "station" in front of "wagon", they can forget about eating.

I've yet to see another wagon in Japan Rot/Electric Red. Any ideas for wheels? At first I wanted black bbs wheels, but I kind of my stock BMW style 73 wheels.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:51 PM   #49
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The wagon hunt was tough. I'm in Greenville, SC and had to travel to Raleigh, NC for mine.

There is also a "hate" for wagons in my area. Only a handful go nuts for them. Even my kids are like "ill dad, why did you get a station wagon?!"

I told them next time they use the word "station" in front of "wagon", they can forget about eating.

I've yet to see another wagon in Japan Rot/Electric Red. Any ideas for wheels? At first I wanted black bbs wheels, but I kind of my stock BMW style 73 wheels.
Yeah I know the hate. Some people love them though. And it's a sport wagon or a touring I tell them!

For wheels, visit the showroom to get some ideas.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:04 PM   #50
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I just looked up the oil filter housing part, crap that's expensive! 300+. I'm sure that can wait, what do you think?
No no. Just the gasket. I think it was like $5 from bmaparts. It's extra work, but, a lot easier with the radiator, intake, etc out of the way.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:05 PM   #51
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Ha! yes but it is just a 2wd, and I also had to settle on an automatic.
You didn't settle for, you upgraded to.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:19 PM   #52
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You didn't settle for, you upgraded to.
I hope you mean the RWD because the auto is the worst thing you can ever have.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:38 PM   #53
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because the auto is the worst thing you can ever have.
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Only by driving an e46 hooked up to a manual can you really enjoy this car to the max. I feel it every time I get into mine, and look back to over ten years ago when I made the decision. I think what a large mistake an auto would have been for me.

Kinda took a lot of courage to write a $40K check for a car that I thought might be hard to sell with a manual.


MMG is the best!

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Old 04-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #54
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Only by driving an e46 hooked up to a manual can you really enjoy this car to the max. I feel it every time I get into mine, and look back to over ten years ago when I made the decision. I think what a large mistake an auto would have been for me.

Kinda took a lot of courage to write a $40K check for a car that I thought might be hard to sell with a manual.


MMG is the best!
Agreed.. the auto is "serviceable" but the weakest part of the car. It really makes me ponder a ATM to MT swap but then that would take money out of my Porsche fund. Compromises are a bitch
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:45 PM   #55
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I was just looking at the curb weight for these cars and the automatic adds 75lbs to the car. As if all the parasitic loss from the torque converter wasn't bad enough, you're lugging around 75 extra lbs of fat. Holy chit.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:52 PM   #56
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I've always loved wagons. Very nice car!
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:57 PM   #57
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I was just looking at the curb weight for these cars and the automatic adds 75lbs to the car. As if all the parasitic loss from the torque converter wasn't bad enough, you're lugging around 75 extra lbs of fat. Holy chit.
Also, over the standard RWD sedan, the AWD adds about 200 lbs and the wagon part add about another 200. So an automatic one is 500 lbs heavier than a 325i!
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #58
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Manual 3472lbs

Auto 3549lbs
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:02 PM   #59
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Also, over the standard RWD sedan, the AWD adds about 200 lbs and the wagon part add about another 200. So an automatic one is 500 lbs heavier than a 325i!
AWD is 200lb heavier?? That seems like way too much. Are you sure? I don't have a AWD but 200lbs is a lot of metal. I could see 75~100 tops. The sections don't seem big enough to account for a fraction of that weight plus fluid. I could be wrong but that seems really high.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:08 PM   #60
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AWD is 200lb heavier?? That seems like way too much. Are you sure? I don't have a AWD but 200lbs is a lot of metal. I could see 75~100 tops. The sections don't seem big enough to account for a fraction of that weight plus fluid. I could be wrong but that seems really high.
Apparently it adds 220 lbs. It's definitely a lot.
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