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Old 12-30-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hey E46ers. I just purchased this 2002 BMW 330xi with manual transmission on 12/27/13. It has @ 158k on the clock, but it runs great with lots of power, with a lot of BMW service history paper work. It is mostly bone stock which is a plus. I am a mechanic so I hope that I can handle most of the repairs myself. I only took one pic of the car cause I couldn't wait to drive it. Haven't seen these rims before. If you know what they are from I need to get one more for a full size spare. Well here's a pic.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Nice, Check the stickys around here to see what the common issues are. Cooling system, suspension, etc. Check to make sure the parts have been replaced to ensure reliability of your new car.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve. I have been doing a lot of research on this model since I got it. Metal water pump and aluminum thermostat housing and new overflow on my watch list as we speak. I have to get under the car and see how bad the right side control arm is too. The hazard / door lock buttons don't work so I may have to order that as well as the windshield washer pump. Good idea on the stickys. I guess I have a lot of reading to do.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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My windshield washer pump and door lock and hazard buttons didn't work either. A new washer pump was the solution for that and I removed the center console to find that my hazard/lock switch was unplugged. I'd replace both of the front control arm bushings at the same time. Meyle HD are a good alternative to OEM that seem to last a bit longer. Also, be sure to check that the ball joints dont have any play when doing the bushings.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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Oooh so the plug could have fell out for the hazard button. That may have just saved me $25. Gonna check that after work tomorrow. I will have to remember to take pictures. In the washer bottle I have 2 pumps. I was wondering if I could switch em so that I could at least wash my windshield. I need some of that Florida temp up here.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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Figured out haw to create my garage space on here today and also changed the hazard / door lock button and washer pump a few days ago. Waiting for the drivers side washer nozzle to be delivered cause it is cracked and sprays fluid on the motor as well as the windshield.
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