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Old 10-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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E46 Convertible general questions

Just bought car (2002 330CI convert) for a "fun car". Had 2 previous 5 series sedans, so somewhat familiar with Bimmers. But have 2 questions:
1) when closing doors, get a tinny clank instead of the solid "thunk" normally expected. Is this because of the frameless windows or the auto up-down action of the windows? Or to I have a problem?
2) car has Climate control. Every time I start up, rear widow defogger comes on. Any way to disable auto-on and make it manual? Dont want defogger coming on when top is down.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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1. The window could be loose. Search, easy fix.
1. The window could be out of adjustment. Search, more complicated fix.
1. The door lock could have fallen apart internally. Search, easy fix.
2. Why do you care? I don't.
2. Do you think German engineers would have thought to disable the rear defroster when the top is not closed? Try it.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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My doors don't feel as substantial as a closed car, they never have. I think it's because there's a lot less weatherstripping to absorb the impact of closing.

And i think my defroster can be switched on even if the top is down.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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You should be able to just hit the defrost button and turn it off. Also, push the fan speed button down until off.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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I could use help please, replaced both Main Cylinders and lines 23 & 24

Works like a charm, besides not going back down all the way, Note the sensor with the sliding arm floppeds freely on the
slider, thus it does not stay in position, is the arm on the sensor geared, as on this one the arm moves very freely,
what puches the system to the end for in the up position or down position, and on top of it all why is the nut a locking nut
to the plastic arm?

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Old 11-05-2013, 03:54 AM   #6
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vert doors don't sound like tin top doors on most cars, ive had 5 different verts from different marks and none of the doors have had that nice expensive sound when closing the door, on the rear demister problem could it be that its coded to the key like the seats and mirrors are........just a thought
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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I could use help please, replaced both Main Cylinders and lines 23 & 24

Works like a charm, besides not going back down all the way, Note the sensor with the sliding arm floppeds freely on the
slider, thus it does not stay in position, is the arm on the sensor geared, as on this one the arm moves very freely,
what puches the system to the end for in the up position or down position, and on top of it all why is the nut a locking nut
to the plastic arm?

Thank you for any help
If you start a new thread and take photos of the problem I'll help you out. Lets no clutter this thread, and I don't understand your issue... sounds like you reassembled something incorrectly.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:33 PM   #8
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vert doors don't sound like tin top doors on most cars, ive had 5 different verts from different marks and none of the doors have had that nice expensive sound when closing the door
The doors on my 1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet snapped shut like fine Karmann cabinetry, even with the top down! What a little German gem that car was....
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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Thank you for the kind reply

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...75&hg=54&fg=10


13 Sensor 1 04/2001 54347059587

Can any one tell me please if this sensor has tension on it and or is geared?

Thank you kindly

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #10
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1) when closing doors, get a tinny clank instead of the solid "thunk" normally expected.
I have this. Only notice it when windows and top are down.
I can get rid of it by holding the top of the door together (near the back) with my hand as I close door. I think maybe slightly loose window, or, perhaps inner door liner a little loose. One day I'll dig further into it
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #11
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Thank you for the kind reply

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...75&hg=54&fg=10


13 Sensor 1 04/2001 54347059587

Can any one tell me please if this sensor has tension on it and or is geared?

Thank you kindly

Jens
Externally the sensors (the same sensor is used near the bow and main cylinders) are driven by a "latch", internally they are magnets from what I've read and rarely fail.

There is a repair kit for the bow tension sensor, with a different mounting procedure... so maybe it fails. Sorry you're probably on your own from here.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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"tinny sound" was what my e90 doors sounded like; my e46 sounds like when I shut the tailgate on my 200K p/u!
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:43 PM   #13
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hi,
happy new year everyone!!
im thinking of buying an E46 320ci 2002 convertible,
i have two questions though,
- all of e46 convertibles (320,323,325,330) wear the "M" uniform?
if not which models do ?between what years ?
also,between the 318ci m sport convertible 2003 and the 320ci m sport convertible 2003 which one should i choose ?
my mechanic told me that the 318 4 cyllinder series has oil problems in a big ratio , is that true ? what do you think ?
what about fuel consumption ? is there a big difference ?

this is my first post,
thank you guys,
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:47 PM   #14
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Hello h2knet

There was an M3 E46 convertible from 2001 to 2006. Other models could be ordered with "M-Sport" equipment, but not all of them.

I don't know about oil issues, but the straight-six is usually preferred over a four-cylinder BMW.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:11 PM   #15
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hi !!

thanks for your reply ,

are there any changes in the engine between a 2002 320ci conv. and a 2003 one ?

the car im trying to buy is listed as 2002 - it has around 70000 miles,its in a very good condition outside inside but my main concern is that after 11 years
fuel consumption is not at the best ,

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Old 01-05-2014, 12:25 AM   #16
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^ a 2002 vs a 2003 should be pretty much the same
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:55 AM   #17
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thanks cityjohn,

all of the info are taken care of,

its been more than 4 years i want to buy this car,

i really hope to choose a problem free car ( as much as possible)

also thinkin of spending an additional 1000 euro by the end of summer,

happy new year 2014
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:57 AM   #18
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Just bought car (2002 330CI convert) for a "fun car". Had 2 previous 5 series sedans, so somewhat familiar with Bimmers. But have 2 questions:
1) when closing doors, get a tinny clank instead of the solid "thunk" normally expected. Is this because of the frameless windows or the auto up-down action of the windows? Or to I have a problem?
2) car has Climate control. Every time I start up, rear widow defogger comes on. Any way to disable auto-on and make it manual? Dont want defogger coming on when top is down.
2. You can decode this feature off with proper hardware.
Find some BMW-specialist in your area.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:50 AM   #19
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Door rattle: Check Your Mirrors

This is an old thread, but posting in the hope of helping someone just now studying it (as I have been doing...)

Check that your door mirrors are tight. They were both loose on my car, and that was the noise. Can be tightened without disassembling door (search). Use blue loctite.

Slowly going through my '01 M3 vert project car, fixing things as I go. Doors sound like they're full of tin cans. Looked up this thread before pulling door cards. Found floppy mirrors.

BTW, when I do get inside the doors (prob to check muddy sounding HK speakers), I will tighten and adjust everything, and then install "dynamat" material on inner door skin. I have found that this stuff really helps door noise on several other german cars. Lowes roofing starter strip is basically same stuff (as dynamat et al) and cheap.

Hope this helps


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Just bought car (2002 330CI convert) for a "fun car". Had 2 previous 5 series sedans, so somewhat familiar with Bimmers. But have 2 questions:
1) when closing doors, get a tinny clank instead of the solid "thunk" normally expected. Is this because of the frameless windows or the auto up-down action of the windows? Or to I have a problem?
2) car has Climate control. Every time I start up, rear widow defogger comes on. Any way to disable auto-on and make it manual? Dont want defogger coming on when top is down.
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