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Old 08-12-2016, 02:01 PM   #21
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3 years isn't long enough. stock regulator lasts 5-7 years typically. Your previous owner couldve replaced it prior

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Old 08-12-2016, 02:04 PM   #22
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I once had my E46's driver's side regulator fail causing the window to fall down into the door.

That's one way to receive a happy meal.

Happened when I first bought the car and drove it home for the first time. In addition to the low coolant light coming on. That was a fun day.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:52 PM   #23
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On a more serious note...For a couple months the car was having rough shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. I probably should've had it looked at, but I decided not to because I just graduated from college and plan to buy a new car in the next year or so. I also only do city driving, no highway.
I guess there is no way of know what's wrong until I get it looked at. I just have trouble thinking about spending another $4k on a car that is worth less than that now.

Any thoughts on what could be wrong?

Initially I was thinking it was as simple as a transmission fluid flush and filter change. Now I'm not sure.
+2 on topping fluid. Might as well drop the pan and refill whatever comes out while you're in there. Don't do 4k for an auto if it has failed. See it as an opportunity to do a manual swap. $1,500 if you get parts quick, $900 if you look for the deals.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:01 PM   #24
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Does anybody else hear their fuel pump running outside their car?
I used to hear it late at night. Finally got a dog and there have been no further shenanigans.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:03 PM   #25
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Is it possible to have a car for such a long time, but also you've never touched a window regulator or the FSR?
147k have touched neither.

And of course the wrathful gods of complacency will cause both to fail tomorrow.
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:17 PM   #26
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147k have touched neither.

And of course the wrathful gods of complacency will cause both to fail tomorrow.
Exactly why I was scared to ask...

170k..16 years olds. =D
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:34 PM   #27
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haha i thought you were onto that info?

why do i have to replace my hard brake lines? can i replace the rear lines all the way from the caliper to the DSC without dropping the gas tank and rear subframe?

am i too lazy to do anything?

the answer to the last one is yes.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:34 PM   #28
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haha i thought you were onto that info?

why do i have to replace my hard brake lines? can i replace the rear lines all the way from the caliper to the DSC without dropping the gas tank and rear subframe?

am i too lazy to do anything?

the answer to the last one is yes.
lol I'm about to drop that picture that I shared with you into this thread
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:02 PM   #29
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+2 on topping fluid. Might as well drop the pan and refill whatever comes out while you're in there. Don't do 4k for an auto if it has failed. See it as an opportunity to do a manual swap. $1,500 if you get parts quick, $900 if you look for the deals.
I'm going to look into it. My father insists that there will be problems with longevity if I do the swap and it's not worth the time and work. I love my car and I have an extra vehicle so it's worth it to me. I think the most important thing is finding someone to code the car once the physical work is done, but that's a ways down the road.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:03 PM   #30
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Is there a Bluetooth/aux or something I can put in my e46 with Nav that's just plug and play. I don't want to have to cut through plastic because I want to leave my car looking as oem as possible. Willing to spend around $100 if that's what it takes
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:31 PM   #31
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Do I have a car with the most robust fuel system from the production line? Fuel Filter was original and pump still is and both were at 175K when I replaced the filter.

And yes, JFOJ, I do have a new VDO pump that I got off of Amazon to replace it when/if it fails.

Also my cooling system was original factory until I got a hold of the car.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:56 PM   #32
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I changed my coils and check engine light is still on.
I changed my coils and still get a misfire.
I changed my coils and car still wont start.
I changed my coils and car still overheats.
I changed my coils and my tires still flat.
I changed my coils and my radio still sounds bad.
I changed my coils and my window still wont go up.


(I'm amazed at how many posts I read where people change the coils first thing everytime something goes wrong with their car...and then are surprised when it didn't fix anything.)
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:03 AM   #33
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Thread: Questions you thought were too dumb to ask

^ isn't this a supportive thread where no question is wrong? Don't hate just because you know better regarding automotive repair. :p

Trying to think of one myself, but I'm normally not afraid to ask questions, dumb or not.

At Silverdog: ROTFL jfoj and his fuel pumps.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:18 AM   #34
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One more: Should I attempt a manual swap without a lift? The extent of my DIYs is having done a full suspension replacement to OFHG and VANOs. And should I wait for my automatic to fail?
I dont think a lift is that necessary. but its going to make any job easier.

ive got the manual tranny out of my brothers E36 laying around. probably a job for next spring. until then I will abuse my auto
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:27 AM   #35
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I changed my coils and check engine light is still on.
I changed my coils and still get a misfire.
I changed my coils and car still wont start.
I changed my coils and car still overheats.
I changed my coils and my tires still flat.
I changed my coils and my radio still sounds bad.
I changed my coils and my window still wont go up.

(I'm amazed at how many posts I read where people change the coils first thing everytime something goes wrong with their car...and then are surprised when it didn't fix anything.)
That and cleaning the MAF.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:41 AM   #36
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I'm going to look into it. My father insists that there will be problems with longevity if I do the swap and it's not worth the time and work. I love my car and I have an extra vehicle so it's worth it to me. I think the most important thing is finding someone to code the car once the physical work is done, but that's a ways down the road.
To hell with longevity! Sticks are more fun!

As far as coding goes, you wouldn't think a manual transmission is computer controlled, but what do I know? These cars seem to have a "module" for every button and interior panel.

Yo, but seriously, manuals are orders of magnitude cheaper and simpler to work on. I don't think longevity is an issue. ... Unless you're just really bad at driving stick...

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Old 08-13-2016, 02:12 AM   #37
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Anyone know of a good weather sealant that's paint safe? I moved my coup tail light (PN:63216933019) covering from my OEM (15 years old) to my DEPO tail lights. I just read a pretty intense thread about the importance of these. My old ones don't align with the body well and I'm not sure if new ones will fit. I figure off brand is why it isn't fitting properly. It's off by less than half an inch...
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:29 AM   #38
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I was just driving my car and everything was fine. Then I get to work put the E brake on and kept it idle while I ran in to do something no more than 5 mins. So I go back to my car put the E brake down and start driving. It felt like there was a twisting near my rear axel. Then I put it in reverse and it was gone and I was able to drive again. Now my question is, can that be the E brake not disengaging or can that be something worse?
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:23 AM   #39
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^ isn't this a supportive thread where no question is wrong? Don't hate just because you know better regarding automotive repair. :p

Trying to think of one myself, but I'm normally not afraid to ask questions, dumb or not.

At Silverdog: ROTFL jfoj and his fuel pumps.
Crap...youre right....my post wasn't really in the spirit of the thread...I glanced at the title and then posted......

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Old 08-13-2016, 08:51 AM   #40
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I once had my E46's driver's side regulator fail causing the window to fall down into the door.



That's one way to receive a happy meal.



Happened when I first bought the car and drove it home for the first time. In addition to the low coolant light coming on. That was a fun day.


The driver's window regulator on my car failed the day before I took ownership, the guy dropped his price $100 for that. Unfortunately I was already aware of regulators being a weak spot and didn't ask for greater concession on price. Replacing a window regulator seemed like a proper way to begin BMW ownership.


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