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Old 12-04-2013, 01:32 AM   #23801
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Washed, clay-barred, waxed it. Made the outside black parts, black again. Leather treated the interior. Feels like a new car.
Showed the wife what the finish feels like before and after the clay bar. "like a babies bottom"...exactly.
"Now go take a shower", she says.."I'm gonna clay bar your ass"...I had no idea.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:57 AM   #23802
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I might've missed the memo, but doesn't the original BMW water pump have plastic impellers?


This is the BMW stamped part that I took out of mine today















The replacement is a Graf waterpump, which also has a metal impeller, and feels MUCH cheaper
They haven't used plastic in a while. They used metal for a little while (I guess the early E46s got metal), and then switched to composite.

FWIW plastic isn't necessarily bad. E46 M3 water pump has a plastic impeller and those rarely fail (I've heard of like 2 total)
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:07 AM   #23803
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I'm waiting for my bomba de aqua to deliver.

Parts reliability on these cars is boolshiet.
68k on an OE waterpump? smh..
Got bout 90k out of mine. Then it exploded. Was easy to replace though so whatever.


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Old 12-04-2013, 06:00 AM   #23804
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Got the Kenu Airframe! Best phone mount for our cars in my opinion. I absolutely hated the windshield mounts due to vibrations while driving. Also for those concerned with condensation from going into your phone when mounted on the vent, you can always close the air circulating through that vent via scrolls

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Old 12-04-2013, 06:35 AM   #23805
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Got the Kenu Airframe! Best phone mount for our cars in my opinion. I absolutely hated the windshield mounts due to vibrations while driving. Also for those concerned with condensation from going into your phone when mounted on the vent, you can always close the air circulating through that vent via scrolls

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Thanks, I was looking for one. And I have amazon prime.


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Old 12-04-2013, 09:04 AM   #23806
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Got the Kenu Airframe! Best phone mount for our cars in my opinion. I absolutely hated the windshield mounts due to vibrations while driving. Also for those concerned with condensation from going into your phone when mounted on the vent, you can always close the air circulating through that vent via scrolls

http://www.amazon.com/AIRFRAME-Porta...=kenu+airframe
Hmm, this looks easier than putting it in the cupholder, or the cubby below the HVAC mine slips out of there in turns

Thanks for the link. OT, noticed I'm about 1/4 quart low after 2500 miles on this oil change. I think I'm doing good so I picked up an extra quart of German Castrol. I think doing the oil pan gasket over my break will help.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #23807
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I help replace the starter on my e46 coupe. What a pain in the @$$!!!!!!

Luckily I have a neighbor who use to be a BMW Technician. Paid him to do the job, while I helped. However, I saved a lot of money and the satisfaction of doing it myself or should I say helped. Learned a lot! Had to be very careful not to distroy any of the old vacuum lines!
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #23808
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #23809
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They haven't used plastic in a while. They used metal for a little while (I guess the early E46s got metal), and then switched to composite.

FWIW plastic isn't necessarily bad. E46 M3 water pump has a plastic impeller and those rarely fail (I've heard of like 2 total)
I agree, the plastic composite was never a concern for me. The metal impeller OE pump pictured there felt of very high quality though.

My new Graf on the other hand, feels like a tack-welded, tin-can-POS.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:38 AM   #23810
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I agree, the plastic composite was never a concern for me. The metal impeller OE pump pictured there felt of very high quality though.

My new Graf on the other hand, feels like a tack-welded, tin-can-POS.
The one I got from the dealer had a beautiful impeller. I think it was composite. Hopefully the Graf one lasts.


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Old 12-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #23811
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I agree, the plastic composite was never a concern for me. The metal impeller OE pump pictured there felt of very high quality though.

My new Graf on the other hand, feels like a tack-welded, tin-can-POS.
One word - EMP Stewart

http://www.amazon.com/EMP-Stewart-Hi...N%3DB006KEV2HU

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Old 12-04-2013, 12:03 PM   #23812
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one word: no

they're crap.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:08 PM   #23813
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One word - EMP Stewart

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Mach

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Lol @ "high flow"
Stock flow is more than enough to cool these cars


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Old 12-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #23814
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #23815
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Replaced failed factory starter with remanufactured starter for less than $200.

'04 330Ci Vert failed to start Monday morning in downtown PHX on my way to training. Had to have a tow truck tow the car to a local shop since I was away from my tools (2 hours away from home) and had no time to work on it.

Shop calls back with a $850 repair bill to replace the starter. I nearly flipped at that price! Fair or not a starter is not the most complicated thing to replace.

Pulled the car out of the shop and paid my tow fees ($55). Had my brother in-law pull me to a flat parking lot adjacent to the building I am staying at for the week. Drive half way home to meet up with family bringing down my tools.

Return to the car and spend two hours pulling the starter. Had to lower transmission crossmember for more space to get to the starter bolts (Female Socket E-12 Torx).

Once the starter was out found out I had ordered the wrong one online from AutoZone. There are two starters available for this engine: the larger Bosch Starter or the smaller Denso Starter. I have the Denso. Wrapped it up Monday/Tuesday morning at 0100.

Left the car in the flat lot overnight; paid $20 for 2-day parking pass.

Went to training the next day. Got out and hit AutoZone for an exchange & got my hands on the Denso starter. Back to the car and put the new starter on in about 2 hours.

Fired her back up and SUCCESS!!!

Total cost for me; $205

Take that $850 repair bill!

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Old 12-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #23816
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Replaced failed factory starter with remanufactured starter for less than $200.

'04 330Ci Vert failed to start Monday morning in downtown PHX on my way to training. Had to have a tow truck tow the car to a local shop since I was away from my tools (2 hours away from home) and had no time to work on it.

Shop calls back with a $850 repair bill to replace the starter. I nearly flipped at that price! Fair or not a starter is not the most complicated thing to replace.

Pulled the car out of the shop and paid my tow fees ($55). Had my brother in-law pull me to a flat parking lot adjacent to the building I am staying at for the week. Drive half way home to meet up with family bringing down my tools.

Return to the car and spend two hours pulling the starter. Had to lower transmission crossmember for more space to get to the starter bolts (Female Socket E-12 Torx).

Once the starter was out figured I had like the wrong one online from AutoZone. There are two starters available for this engine: the larger Bosch Starter or the smaller Denso Starter. I have the Denso. Wrapped it up Monday/Tuesday morning at 0100.

Left the car in the flat lot overnight; paid $20 for 2-day parking pass.

Went to training the next day. Got out and hit AutoZone for an exchange got my hands on the Denso starter. Back to the car and put the new starter on in about 2 hours.

Fired her back up and SUCCESS!!!

Total cost for me; $205

Take that $850 repair bill!

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:36 PM   #23817
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If it didn't cost $200, that's certainly what I would've purchased.

Graf pump seems to have great reviews, and no real issues, even though the physical design leaves much to be desired.

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #23818
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Had my snow tires (Dunlop Graspic DS-3's 235/45R17) on my OEM 7" wide wheels. They fit fine and handle great also. Picked up the Tires from my buddy who just sold his e36 m3 for only $200 and they have plenty of tread on them probably at least 75% I'd say. May also be driving down to PA with the same friend to purchase an '01 M3 from a fanatic this weekend. I told him if he gets it he definitely has to let me drive it. In the near future I will also be doing my CCV job. Took the oil dipstick out my m54 I just sold from my wrecked car so I'll be sure to clean that out and have it ready for when I tackle this project. Thinking about removing the intake manifold to make it easier. The gasket isn't really that expensive and it'll add a couple hours worth of work but if it makes the job easier I'm in. Also could replace the starter with the one from my old car that has less than 10k on it just for piece of mind if I've got the intake manifold removed. Anyone have any input on if the cold weather CCV job is worth removing the intake manifold for?
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #23819
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The Stewart seems to have a high failure rate. There's a thread about it. Basically, it's not worth paying $250 for. The OEM pump for $60 is perfect. You can replace it multiple times and still come out ahead.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #23820
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