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Old 10-02-2016, 01:14 PM   #61
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:31 PM   #62
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:42 PM   #63
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Sooo...

Today the 'low coolant' light came up on the dash, I was close to home so limped home and opened the bonnet...
One on the bolts holding the radiator on had disappeared , causing the radiator to 'drop' back , and the expansion tank was rubbing on a belt pulley... And had pierced a hole in the tank!

Luckily my new expansion tank arrived YESTERDAY ! So I have followed mango's guide, and made the repair myself ! (slightly proud)
Anyway , Iv got some decent coolant for now, and done all the correct procedures, and she's back in action
Iv also fixed the radiator back to its correct position, and used a cable tie as a security measure in case the problem reoccurs.


I think it might have been karmas way of telling me to change the expansion tank.

I also gave a good wash , and clean the alloys to perfection

Big thanks to mango for posting his thread , you deserve some credit buddy! And also everyone else who has given me advice and a push in the right direction.

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Notice how red the new level stick is compared to the old one. However, you are overfull. When you finish rebleeding the system tomorrow morning when it is cold, the top ball of the red float should be level with the expansion tank threads, not above it. This assumes it is 20 degC outside, so in practise may be a few mm lower than this with the current UK temperatures.
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Old 10-02-2016, 02:06 PM   #64
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Nice m3! Did you have it resprayed? I am on the lookout for a front splitter but Iv seen them for 900! Maybe keep an eye on the forums but looks like quite a rare part :/

I had toe and camber corrected at the weekend and the steering wheel wasn't straight , I am getting the wheels balanced this week so that should make a difference; when it gets over 90mph I can feel it juddering a bit .
The garage said everything seems normal with cooling and oil but am getting it in for a proper look over this week also
Thanks. My M3 came with it painted the same as my body colour so i'm not sure if it was ordered like that or if it was sprayed after the original owner bought it. Either way I'm happy it is the same colour, looks better in my opinion.
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:18 AM   #65
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:19 AM   #66
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:23 AM   #67
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Old 04-14-2017, 04:34 AM   #68
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Just a little history on ACS mirrors. I have a set on my car. They're pretty rare. I've never seen another car with ACS mirrors in person. The real deal are made of metal not FRP. When you get them from the factory they're painted in primer and the mirror is not mounted. You have to get them painted, pluck the motors/harnesses from the BMW factory mirrors, transfer them into the ACS housing and snap the mirror glass in place. I paid $700 for mine in 05 through a local BMW dealer, soooo ACS is not cheap! But is nice!!

Nice car btw - ACS keeps the car clean.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:56 AM   #69
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Boarum,
I'm not sure if anyone answered the original question, but AC Schnitzer was (at least a few years ago) a part of the Kohl BMW dealership in Koln, Germany. They shared the building, but ACS had their own R&D section, sales, and vehicle sales sections alongside the regular BMW folks. ACS parts are available through BMW dealers, and their parts carry the BMW numbering format.

Best thing I could recommend is to stop in the dealership if you're ever on the continent. It's located just south of the city center, and ACS has the feel of an automotive museum--nice place. I travelled up there back in the early '00s, and picked up several parts for my car. ACS has the best deck spoiler I've seen--not too flashy, and fits well. You can get most parts you'd want, and the dealer could paint OEM colors before you install.

I'm not exactly sure how ACS markets their 'complete build' cars differently than regular BMWs, but if you run the VIN through Kohl BMW, they may be able to give you some details of its history. Either way, like others have stated, ACS parts are rare--more so in the states--and their quality is very good. You did ok.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:33 AM   #70
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I have just purchased a beautiful Bmw 330i with a lot of AC Schnitzer parts fitted and I wondered if this is how the car started its life?
No, it didn't come from the factory with any AC Schnitzer parts.

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Old 04-17-2017, 09:35 AM   #71
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These arnt standard springs are they?
No, they are not.
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