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Old 02-09-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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My first BMW - 2000 BMW 330ci 5sp Automatic

After doing the introduction post, I thought it be time to start my car's thread on this forum. This is my first BMW, even though my friends have owned them for years. One has a E38 735il & the other a E46 330ci too.

Without further ado, here she !

[IMG]IMG_6247 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

I'm the third owner of the car and picked it up in December of 2016. Everything is going well so far, had someone checkover the car before I bought and all we could see wrong was a small leak from the gasket.

A little bit about the car. I bought it with 110,000kms in December, and now it's on 111,600kms (69,345 miles). Came with a full service history and two sets of keys. Owner was selling because he bought an Aston Martin. In November of 2016, it dump it's coolant on a road trip because the expansion tank sprung a leak. Good thing for me is that it was overhauled and replaced, along with coolant and then pressure tested so I know that's one less thing I will need
According to a VIN search, it has the Luxury pack (sunroof, automatic air conditioning, rain sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror) and is finished in Metallic Fern Green with beige leather interior. Also has BMW MK2 Navigation

I'm a firm believer in preventive maintenance, so I'll be replacing the fuel pump in the coming weeks and then having the automatic transmission fluid changed at a shop soon. DIY regular oil changes as per the Haynes book I picked up

Plans for the car:
-Bosch Aerotwin wiper upgrade
-Less dusty brake pads

and that's it. I'm happy with how the car drives, very good for 17 years old.

[IMG]IMG_6226 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_6224 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_6225 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 02-09-2017, 04:32 PM   #2
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Maintenance Done

-Fuel pump replaced (11/02/17)
-Oil + oil filter flush (11/02/17)
-Auto trans fluid replaced (16/02/17)
-Handbrake adjusted (16/02/17)
-Brake light + rear indicator globes replaced (06/03/17)
-Fuel pump replaced (again) (12/03/17)
-Rear boot struts (12/03/17)

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:09 AM   #3
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Got some more photos today. What do you guys think?

[IMG]IMG_6789 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:15 AM   #4
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Did a Repco haul today, time for my first DIY!! oil change & fuel pump replacement.

[IMG]IMG_6798 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

The oil was nice and black when it came out. The PO said it had been sitting for around 2 months, driven around the block once a week only to keep the battery charged. So it was probably pretty sludgy. I'm heading on a 600km+ round trip in just over a week with my girlfriend, so I wanted the oil & fuel pump changed. It's going into the shop this coming week to have the automatic transmission fluid and filter changed, as well as a general inspection.

[IMG]IMG_6797 by Christian Ford, on Flickr[/IMG]

Up on it's ramp!

This was the first time I'd been under the car, so I was glad to see no rust or worn bushings

On another note, saw this nice 330ci convertible today. Can anyone I.D these rims for me?

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Old 02-14-2017, 09:27 AM   #5
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Those are Alpina wheels.

But nice car overall. Fern/Oxford Green is nice especially with the tan interior.
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:49 PM   #6
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Safe to say this is one of the better purchases I'm made in my life.

Heading down to Busselton this weekend, around 220km outside of Perth and 2.5hrs. It was 40c degrees that day, so I was worried about the cooling system working over time. Luckily the previous owner had the expansion tank replaced and a full cooling system pressure test done in July 2016.

The Fern Green really pops in the sunlight, absolutely love it!!

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Shot of my two favourite things, girlfriend & BMW

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Old 02-26-2017, 03:59 AM   #7
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Alpina or replica of Alpina. Moustly Alpinas has steem cup under center cover. There is not.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:31 AM   #8
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Some shots taken today around the Beach

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Old 03-12-2017, 07:55 AM   #9
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Changed the fuel pump today (again). I originally did this for preventative maintenance, but thought why should I pay an extra $60 for an OEM Siemens VDO one when an aftermarket one should be fine?

After I replaced it, all was good. But the fuel gauge didn't work. Upon closer inspection through these very forums, I found it being a common problem when you replace the pump with an aftermarket one. So, I bought a Siemens VDO OEM pump from FCP Euro.

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In the end, it cost me an extra $80 because I have a two week old aftermarket fuel pump at home doing nothing. I guess it's always good to have a spare, right? or donate to a fellow member in need

I also replaced my rear boot struts as they were squeaking and heavy, and it was annoying me

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Next on the list you may ask? New power steering pump reservoir seal, spark plug replacement, windscreen cowl and E46 cooling system overhaul + water pump (minus new radiator) courtesy of FCP Euro's excellent range
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