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Old 01-18-2016, 09:37 AM   #1
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Spannerhead's 2002 Orient Blue 330i/5

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Hi all. Picked this up two Saturdays ago:













It's a March 2002 build and has ~135K on the odo. Paint and leather in excellent condition and absolutely no curb rash on the wheels. Someone took care of it.

It appears to have been a special-order car, since it has no sunroof (love it) and has the H/K stereo and heated seats without the rear seat pass-through or headlight washers. The original owner had perfect taste, IMO. There's not a thing I would change about it.

Replaced the (cracked) windshield and CTABs last week; it drives wonderfully with the exception of the shifter bushings, which are shot (I've gotten 5th when going for 3rd on more than one occasion ).

To do list:

- Pop out the baseball-sized pushed-in area of the bumper on the passenger-side and replace the fender liner in that area.
- Remove the front plate holder and install the appropriate bumper trim.
- Detail the exterior, including Forever Black on the moldings.
- Really clean out the interior. I've Aerospace 303'd the plastic, but the carpets need a good cleaning (I think car was previously owned by a smoker).
- Leatherique the seats.
- Replace the crumbly front cowl plastic piece.
- Replace the cabin air filter.
- Shifter bushings.
- CDV delete if it hasn't already been done.
- Trans and diff fluid change.
- Secure the driver side kidney grille, which is loose.
- Figure out a way to get my iPod to communicate with the factory headunit.

I think that's it for now.

I love driving it. It's faster than my old E34 540i/6 and much more nimble. It has that BMW effortlessness that I've missed.

Cheers!

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Old 01-18-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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The car looks great! It seems like it's in good hands, I'm glad to see more enthusiasts buying e46's and taking proper car of them . You can buy an OEM aux cable connection that plugs in the back of the radio, it's around 30$ on ecstuning. You'd also need a ground loop insulator if you want to charge the device at the same time it's playing. I have this set-up and while it's not ideal since it's not integrated with the skip buttons and so on it works well ,sound quality is great. Down the line I might buy a soundplicty module from
Bavsound ( for full integration and bluetooth) but for now this does the job. Good luck, and keep us posted!
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:45 PM   #3
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Thanks! Here's what I posted on my website about it:

http://www.spannerhead.com/2016/01/1...-330i-5-speed/

tl;dr: This one's a keeper.

Appreciate the input about the iPod. I don't really need to charge it or use the skip buttons; just need some way to get the sound in besides an awful FM tuner. I think I'll get the aux cable.

* * * * * *

Here are some pics from the CTAB replacement adventure last Friday:

After much banging and whatnot, the 3-arm puller (with a little penetrating oil) ended up being the winner:



Nice bare control arm end:



Also discovered the source of my clunking noise. The nut for the passenger side's inner ball joint was loose, creating a gap here:



Put some mild pressure on the bottom of the ball joint with the jack:



Undid the ground strap for better access, and tightened the 21mm nut:



Done and done. Car drives so well now. I love it.

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Old 01-21-2016, 11:25 AM   #4
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Car looks nice!! A keeper no doubt. In for more progress pics
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:39 PM   #5
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Jealous. Nice pick up.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

Ordered a couple things yesterday: A license panel filler strip (I removed the nasty front plate holder) and a jack pad, since one was missing. A little at a time.

Minor progress today trying to pop out the dent in the bumper:



Bumper off. Quite easy:



Using wife's hair dryer on the inside of the bumper:



After one pass:



Two passes:



Reinstalled:



Will try to address the scuffs on the bottom of the bumper at some point but there's probably not much I can do about that. I'm pleased with the bumper outcome though. I still need to source a front fender liner for the passenger side.

Gratuitous side view:



The E46's best viewpoint, IMO. And I still love my car's color.

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Old 01-24-2016, 11:35 PM   #7
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good pick, man! i really want a manual transmission e46 though
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:12 AM   #8
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I like BMW with Mtech1.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:47 AM   #9
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Congrats Matt glad to see you back in a BMW. Enjoy!
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:11 PM   #10
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good pick, man! i really want a manual transmission e46 though
Thanks! I wouldn't have it any other way.

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I love my M-Tech 1 bumpers. They make the car look so "tucked in." Perfect.

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Thanks Pat! Loving it so far.

* * * * * *

Progress last week:

Replaced jack pad. I appreciate the fact that the E46 has jack pads. I never wonder if the jack is in the right spot, or if I'm going to banana up the rocker panel.



Decided to tackle my P0191 and P0192 (secondary air system) codes last night. Did some research and discovered that in many cases, there's just a break in a rubber line somewhere. So I dug in.

Pulled off the valve cover and made an interesting observation. One of these things is not like the other...



Heh. Car runs perfect though.

Had to remove the firewall top plate to be able to reach around the back of the intake manifold:



Sure enough, #4 was cracked and busted:



This is the end I pulled off #5:



Found a length of tubing to replace it with, worked in onto the nipple, buttoned everything up and it runs flawlessly. No more codes!

Also added my bumper filler piece. Looks like my side pieces have shrunk so I'll have to replace them as well:



Next up:

- Adjust parking brake
- Shampoo carpets and floor mats
- Lube windows and tracks with Dri-Lube
- Replace shifter bushings

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Old 01-31-2016, 04:06 PM   #11
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:25 PM   #12
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Beautiful car, my old 330i sedan was that color and I miss it bad.

Also you answered my question in regards to these being available with no sunroof.

If you ever want to sell it, please let me know. (I know it won't be anytime soon, since you are soo in love with it)
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:41 PM   #13
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Thanks man! Yes, I'm thrilled by the lack of a sunroof. I figure it saves me a good 20 lbs, stiffens the unibody and lowers the CG a bit. Win-win-win.

It drives absolutely, 100% perfectly. I'm still quite smitten by it and will likely be, well, forever. But I'll let you know!

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Old 02-04-2016, 10:15 AM   #14
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Did some preventative maintenance last night. All 4 of my windows work fine and I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible. I really should pull off the door panels and lube up the tracks, but I did the next best thing. I cleaned all 4 windows thoroughly, rolled them all down and sprayed some of this in all the seals and tracks:



They seemed much happier on the way up. Hopefully this will help me avoid the dreaded *crack* as the window pulls away from the seal when lowered after a while. We'll see, but I feel better about it.

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Old 02-14-2016, 05:21 PM   #15
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Adjusted the parking brake today using Pelican's helpful DIY.

Jacked the rear of the car up. Pried up the parking brake boot and slackened the cables using the adjusting screws:



As far as the adjustment cylinders on the parking brakes themselves, I really had to remove the discs to see what the heck I was supposed be adjusting:



As a bonus, it gave me another opportunity to take stuff apart and put it back together, which I enjoy. The driver's side disc was somewhat stuck to the hub, but a little PB Blaster and a few taps to the back of the disc with a mallet (buffered by a block of wood) and it popped off easily enough. I applied some grease to the hub-to-brake mating surfaces so hopefully they'll come off more easily in the future.

I'm fairly sure I would not have been able to find the adjustment wheel without having removed the disc. There was a lot of removing and reinstalling the disc until I had the adjustment technique down pat and could do it until the discs no longer turned. Backed the adjusters off ten clicks, reinstalled the calipers and wheels, cycled the parking brake, pulled the handle up two clicks, tightened the cables, verified everything was nominal, lowered the car, test drive, perfect.

Onward!
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Great looking car! We have the same interior color. I think the best mod I done to mine to remove the clutch delay valve. Night and day difference.
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:20 PM   #17
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Thanks! I need to do that in the near future. Maybe when I replace my shifter bushings, since I'll be under there anyway...
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:37 PM   #18
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Some minor tinkering this weekend. My washer fluid has a slow leak now so I'm going to have to track that down.

Phoebe found a new use for the drug bin yesterday evening:



She hung out in there for a good bit and kept me company. I lifted her out and put a couple of shop towels to give her a cushion but she had "moved on" by then.

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Old 02-25-2016, 08:41 AM   #19
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Still trying to track down my P0491/P0492 codes. Replaced all the rubber lines associated with the SAP over the weekend, and I verified operation of the SAP valve and the SAP itself.

Pursuant to this conversation:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post16903473

I was told that the pre-cat O2 sensors might be "lazy" and thus not monitoring the SAP system properly on cold startup. I ordered Bosch direct-fit sensors (#13477) from RockAuto:



and installed them last night:



Very easy job. This tool (rented from Autozone) was the winner:



The socket would not fit over the sensor and clear the wire.

Cleared the codes and so far no SES light. Will let you all know how it goes.

Also got some goodies to maybe install this weekend if I'm feeling up to it:



Shifter bushing kit from Pelican!

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Old 02-28-2016, 08:19 PM   #20
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Gave the E46 its first real bath today (I had taken it to the coin-op once before now, but today it got a two-bucket hand wash). Shampooed the floor mats also using my jug of Aerospace 303 fabric cleaner, conditioned the weatherstripping and gave the interior a good wipe-down.

Gratuitous pics:









In other news, my washer fluid tank has sprung a leak now... Have to track that down.
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