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Old 02-08-2010, 08:18 AM   #19861
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yay. sigh. i needs me an e46. I need a car newer than 91 ahahah. everything I've owned has been made in 91 or older
Check this out, a few of us have been drooling over it. Good buy for the $$$

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=732627
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:25 AM   #19862
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #19863
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Yeah nice car, but I think buying stock cars is more fun/reliable.

Unless it's a RAV4. Both door froze today, then when opened wouldn't close again. Figured it out, it's due to a poor design of the latching mechanism on all the old RAVs. Sprayed the hell out of everything with teflon spray, hopefully will be good for the next few cold weeks.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:12 AM   #19864
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Good point! Have you looked into the 335
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:12 AM   #19865
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My lock froze this morning on the M3 (I dont have the key fob) I had to run my key under warm water to unlock my car today. And some how I developed an exhaust leak overnight, I drove the car on Friday night....didn't drive at all on Saturday, started it up Sunday afternoon to go to a super bowl party and it felt and sounded like I had an exhaust system installed overnight. I'm going to throw it on the lift at lunch or after work today and see where its coming from. It feels like it its right under the front seats.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #19866
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My lock froze this morning on the M3 (I dont have the key fob) I had to run my key under warm water to unlock my car today. And some how I developed an exhaust leak overnight, I drove the car on Friday night....didn't drive at all on Saturday, started it up Sunday afternoon to go to a super bowl party and it felt and sounded like I had an exhaust system installed overnight. I'm going to throw it on the lift at lunch or after work today and see where its coming from. It feels like it its right under the front seats.
Funny you should mention that. I'm making a new vibration sound from my exhaust around 2800rpms at half throttle.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:18 AM   #19867
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That sounds just like mine, when I was at speed driving to work this morning it wasn't noticable. Only starting up the car, pulling away from stop lights and signs.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:21 AM   #19868
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I'm hoping it goes away when it warms up. It's also funny hearing the sunroof and doors crack from the ice breaking when I pull in/out of driveways. I feel bad leaving her out in the snow this weekend and this is payback.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:23 AM   #19869
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I'm hoping it goes away when it warms up. It's also funny hearing the sunroof and doors crack from the ice breaking when I pull in/out of driveways. I feel bad leaving her out in the snow this weekend and this is payback.
I don't think mine will fix itself...
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:25 AM   #19870
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Cozilla, what time did you ask for?
I asked to be in the same hour with Snik but he put me right before which is fine. I see you are before me.

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I have a Silver/Gray M Vert with hard top. I've seen your car at a meet before and its soooo

I'll be at the Feb meet... I would love to get in a small photo session soon if anyone is having one (even though my car is stock).
Good **** I guess I will see you there then.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:25 AM   #19871
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I always keep mine locked in the garage, but even with the cold it was a rough start this morning. Took a few seconds to even out the idle. I can't wait for this stuff to be done. Potentially moving to Austin in the Fall, back to a climate with slightly less winter.

Did your exhaust leak noise go away once the car warmed up? Could be at one of the flanges where it heats up enough to expand once you are driving.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:31 AM   #19872
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I havent really driven it far enough to tell yet, if I don't see anything wrong when I put it on the lift, then I will go for a drive tonight and find out.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:35 AM   #19873
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My sounded like it was coming from the roof, either the sunroof inards or the motion sensor box.

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I asked to be in the same hour with Snik but he put me right before which is fine. I see you are before me.
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Ok, I see he updated the list. Have you tried getting that sound deadening material out yet? I think I'm gonna give it a shot tonight. I'm hoping that it's so cold that it makes it brittle and just comes out with ease.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:42 AM   #19874
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My sounded like it was coming from the roof, either the sunroof inards or the motion sensor box.



Ok, I see he updated the list. Have you tried getting that sound deadening material out yet? I think I'm gonna give it a shot tonight. I'm hoping that it's so cold that it makes it brittle and just comes out with ease.
I know you've heard it before.. but you'll have to do the dry ice.

335... cant afford .
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:47 AM   #19875
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I know you've heard it before.. but you'll have to do the dry ice.

335... cant afford .
Dry ice, for the fenders?

The 335's are almost nearing the price of a E46 M3, I saw one for like $25-6 the other day.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:54 AM   #19876
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If your valves are making noises at you when the engine is warm but not cold (the opposite of the normal case), the first thing to try is going from a 5w-30 to a 5w-40. If you look, the 5w-30 royal purple is quite thick when cold (thicker than other 5w oils), which I think might be why you only get the valve ticking when warm. Another reason to shy away from 5w-30 is any oil that is SM (the latest API rating) and 5w-30 is a good for the environment, bad for your car, oil (though they are changes which many say don't matter for cars with roller cams)

Check the manual, but IIRC the 1998 manual for a 540 said 5w-40. The Amsoil 5w-40 is BMW LL04.
I think you've got it wrong. I never used 5w-30. 'm running 10w-30 now. This is what the 5w40 states, Don't pay the blue arrow any attention. I would think the 10-30 would be thicker regardless
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Dry ice, for the fenders?

The 335's are almost nearing the price of a E46 M3, I saw one for like $25-6 the other day.
thought you were speaking of interior sound deadening for some reason. oops.. so you're speaking of the sprayed in fender liner stuff?

25-26.. I'm not looking hard enough. I'll wait til the perfect one lands in front of me.
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Ok, I see he updated the list. Have you tried getting that sound deadening material out yet? I think I'm gonna give it a shot tonight. I'm hoping that it's so cold that it makes it brittle and just comes out with ease.
I havent yet let me know how that goes.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:33 AM   #19879
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I think you've got it wrong. I never used 5w-30. 'm running 10w-30 now. This is what the 5w40 states, Don't pay the blue arrow any attention. I would think the 10-30 would be thicker regardless

I could have sworn you said you were running 5w-30 royal purple. IMHO, 10w-30 is too thick when cold for that car in the winter (given that BMW specifies 5w year round). Go to a 5w-40. I know Mr. M Car uses 5w-40 amsoil euro in the 540i and he knows his stuff. It might very well quiet down the tapping.

10w-30 is not thicker regardless btw, it's thicker than 5w-40 when cold and thinner than 5w-40 when hot.
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I could have sworn you said you were running 5w-30 royal purple. IMHO, 10w-30 is too thick when cold for that car in the winter (given that BMW specifies 5w year round). Go to a 5w-40. I know Mr. M Car uses 5w-40 amsoil euro in the 540i and he knows his stuff. It might very well quiet down the tapping.

10w-30 is not thicker regardless btw, it's thicker than 5w-40 when cold and thinner than 5w-40 when hot.
Ok...i'll give 5w-40 a try. I really hate the fact that I have to switch from using Royal Purple, When i've signed up to be sponsored by them this year. I stopped using Castrol back in 2001-2002 because I lost my engine in my boosted ford escort due to engine problems internally with only 82,000miles. (It was an oil related problem)
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