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Old 01-05-2017, 09:56 AM   #38921
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Replacing "everything" (everything in my link here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=960780) preeeeeeeeeetty much guarantees you won't break down. Of course, not everyone can afford to do everything all at once. But if you prioritize, you will be off to a good start. If you have an E46, you're proooobably going to want to do the expansion tank and fuel pump right off the bat. No questions asked. See my site here for more info: http://www.e46mango.com/2014/10/hi-t...6fanatics.html

If you want full reliability, you can do either of two things: You can buy a brand new car or take a used car like a BMW E46 and make it brand new. At least restoring an E46 costs a fraction of a new car--including the cost of the car itself! Either way, there's no free lunches. Reliable transportation will cost you.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:56 AM   #38922
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Replacing "everything" (everything in my link here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=960780) preeeeeeeeeetty much guarantees you won't break down. Of course, not everyone can afford to do everything all at once. But if you prioritize, you will be off to a good start. If you have an E46, you're proooobably going to want to do the expansion tank and fuel pump right off the bat. No questions asked. See my site here for more info: http://www.e46mango.com/2014/10/hi-t...6fanatics.html

If you want full reliability, you can do either of two things: You can buy a brand new car or take a used car like a BMW E46 and make it brand new. At least restoring an E46 costs a fraction of a new car--including the cost of the car itself! Either way, there's no free lunches. Reliable transportation will cost you.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:07 PM   #38923
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Took me 6 hours, but did brakes, discs and shoe adjustment for the first time, so great!
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:13 PM   #38924
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A blanket statement like he said doesn't embody the spirit of this site. This site is here to prove that anyone can do repairs and maintenance themselves with a little bit of guidance. If you are hell bent that you can't, and you can't afford to pay someone, perhaps this is not the car for you.

It is a used car, it will possibly break down. But if you buy one that has a maintenance history, it may cost a little more, but chances are good it will treat you better. I've had 3 of these cars, now, and the first 2 came from some more questionable sources, but all have treated me well and never let me sit, even on 1,000 plus mile road trips.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:28 PM   #38925
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I don't know what happened to him, but sometimes **** just happens.
There's a number of things that can be replaced but if you replaced everything that could potentially break, you'd be in the thousands. And if you can afford that, great. If I could, I'd replace all wear items too. I think this just hit me a certain way because I can't afford all PM. I do my best but I'm sure something will catch me by surprise and the same could have happened to this user
It can be expensive to maintain a BMW, no doubt. But they are fun to drive so do the best you can and enjoy the ride.

I'm lucky in that I also have an old Toyota that I use when the 325xi is out of service.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:50 PM   #38926
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I don't know what happened to him, but sometimes **** just happens.
There's a number of things that can be replaced but if you replaced everything that could potentially break, you'd be in the thousands. And if you can afford that, great. If I could, I'd replace all wear items too. I think this just hit me a certain way because I can't afford all PM. I do my best but I'm sure something will catch me by surprise and the same could have happened to this user
It's a throttle body position sensor issure
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:06 PM   #38927
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Replaced wipers today, wow what a difference a stupid thing like this makes.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:11 PM   #38928
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Replaced wipers today, wow what a difference a stupid thing like this makes.


In the same category as new windshield cowls, new roundels, and hood latches that retreat into the grille all the way. Sometimes it's the little things.


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Old 01-07-2017, 03:06 PM   #38929
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Finally got around to installing my Bavsound Stage One speaker kit that I ordered after Thanksgiving. Not too bad of an install, but it was freakin' cold so that made it more challenging. Highly recommend this upgrade if you still have stock speakers and don't want to go fully custom. Cranked up a Van Halen greatest hits CD and heard cymbals from Alex that I'd never noticed before. Well worth the upgrade.

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Old 01-07-2017, 03:39 PM   #38930
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Highly recommend this upgrade if you still have stock speakers and don't want to go fully custom. Cranked up a Van Halen greatest hits CD and heard cymbals from Alex that I'd never noticed before. Well worth the upgrade.

Thanks for the mini review. I was considering this upgrade but I think I can probably get pretty nice speakers for half the price.

As for my E46, I just did the Beisan Systems VANOS seal repair, removed the clutch delay valve, and flushed the brake/clutch fluid.


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Old 01-07-2017, 06:15 PM   #38931
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Thanks for the mini review. I was considering this upgrade but I think I can probably get pretty nice speakers for half the price.

As for my E46, I just did the Beisan Systems VANOS seal repair, removed the clutch delay valve, and flushed the brake/clutch fluid.


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My research kept leading me back to them due to ease of installation and ohm matching to factory amp.

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Old 01-08-2017, 05:51 AM   #38932
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Installed my other camber plate at Archbid's today. Amazing the difference it makes to have each wheel at the same settings! Wobble has lessened back to the way it was before I installed one camber plate, but it is not gone. I also sanded all the mounting surfaces: hub, both sides of the rotor, and my wheels. So now I'm at tires, rims, rim refinishing, tie rods, FCAB's, CA's, hub sanding, end links, and still have a wobble. I'm fighting everything I have to not just impulsively buy a rack...not much left I can blame.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:31 AM   #38933
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Installed my other camber plate at Archbid's today. Amazing the difference it makes to have each wheel at the same settings! Wobble has lessened back to the way it was before I installed one camber plate, but it is not gone. I also sanded all the mounting surfaces: hub, both sides of the rotor, and my wheels. So now I'm at tires, rims, rim refinishing, tie rods, FCAB's, CA's, hub sanding, end links, and still have a wobble. I'm fighting everything I have to not just impulsively buy a rack...not much left I can blame.
Have you replaced the steering guibo?
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:27 AM   #38934
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Performed a cooling system overhaul yesterday including radiator along with pulleys, tensioners and belts. The old thermostat had started soft failing over the last couple weeks, made the time to change everything out.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:57 PM   #38935
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Replaced the Window Washer Pump and Air Filter. It's baby steps until I really start to mod the girl out.
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:55 AM   #38936
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Had the state inspection done yesterday. Today installing new corner lights and painting the headlight trim black. Possible car wash
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:29 AM   #38937
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Clean and Recharge K&N air filter, air mass clean ,add distilled water with windshield washer solvent,check oil level water level


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Old 01-12-2017, 09:03 AM   #38938
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Dropped the subframe, removed oil pan, checked oil pump nut, painted and installed BB V1 Headers(the buggers didn't line up with the existing pipes, so had to cut and clamp them), changed to M3 motor mounts, deleted SAP, changed TS, ET and found out my WP pulley is stuck to the pump and I had no replacement pulley in case I broke it, so that will be next summer. Coolant flush, replaced broken pedal, and interior reading light panel. All in all, some work in the summer and then it will be good to become my DD.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:02 AM   #38939
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Dropped the subframe, removed oil pan, checked oil pump nut, painted and installed BB V1 Headers(the buggers didn't line up with the existing pipes, so had to cut and clamp them), changed to M3 motor mounts, deleted SAP, changed TS, ET and found out my WP pulley is stuck to the pump and I had no replacement pulley in case I broke it, so that will be next summer. Coolant flush, replaced broken pedal, and interior reading light panel. All in all, some work in the summer and then it will be good to become my DD.
Yeah, they stick. When you decide to replace the pump you should replace the pulley as well even if you don't break it upon removal. They've been known to shatter and get brittle with age like everything else.

Not to mention if you haven't done all the other pulleys they should be replaced too. Really cheap items that are known to fail catastrophically.

Also putting anti-seize between the water pump and pulley helps next time you may need to remove the pulley.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:17 AM   #38940
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Yeah, they stick. When you decide to replace the pump you should replace the pulley as well even if you don't break it upon removal. They've been known to shatter and get brittle with age like everything else.

Not to mention if you haven't done all the other pulleys they should be replaced too. Really cheap items that are known to fail catastrophically.

Also putting anti-seize between the water pump and pulley helps next time you may need to remove the pulley.
Haha, I was planning exactly this. My current one is already chipped, and I was thinking about getting an aluminium set of pulleys but I don't know if it's worth it. Thoughts?
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