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Old 11-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #13621
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Replaced the valve cover gaskets. Doubt it was ever done before. After being there for almost 98K miles, they put up a fight. Water pump and belts next.

Is rubber supposed to cut your fingers?
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #13622
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Mine is cracking too. No clunks yet... but I know it's only a matter of time. Where you getting the tools from?
Mine clunks when in manual mode and it does a 2-1 or 3-1 shift.

I ordered them from Bav auto since they're one of few places that have both tools. Although I just got an email that the front bushing tool is on back order and a week out I bought the two tools in conjunction with another fanatic. They'll probably be up for rent after we're done There are already 2 or 3 locals asking for it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #13623
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Mine clunks when in manual mode and it does a 2-1 or 3-1 shift.

I ordered them from Bav auto since they're one of few places that have both tools. Although I just got an email that the front bushing tool is on back order and a week out I bought the two tools in conjunction with another fanatic. They'll probably be up for rent after we're done There are already 2 or 3 locals asking for it.
So BavAuto rents them and you just bought BOTh tools an will soon rent them? whats gonna be your rental fee (deposit and rental??) thanks!!!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:24 PM   #13624
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I just ordered me this:

Amazon.com Wagner Steamer

Went on sale $78! Used to be over $100. I'm going to steam every square inch of my car every month. (except the exterior paintwork of course!)



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I love those. Does a really good job cleaning around in the engine bay.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #13625
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Sold my so-called daily driver beater mazda.
I drove 1000 miles in 6 months in mazda and racked up 6k miles on my e46.
So it defeated the purpose of being a beater.

Now I have the sole e46 as beater/daily/weekend car whatever you call it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #13626
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Sold my so-called daily driver beater mazda.
I drove 1000 miles in 6 months in mazda and racked up 6k miles on my e46.
So it defeated the purpose of being a beater.

Now I have the sole e46 as beater/daily/weekend car whatever you call it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:48 PM   #13627
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I think you may want to start over.
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Thats a loaded question, I guess mostly it depends on what your insurance company is doing (if anything) and what your current financial status is...

If they want to total it, I would let it go.

If they want to fix it, let a professional shop (with good history) repair it, but then you still might want to move on. If/when the incident hits carfax/auto-check the value will be lowered on the car because it now has a "stain" on its history.

If for some reason you don't have full coverage, or don't want to claim it, then it depends on if your handy or not. If you are, you could probably fix it yourself excluding paint work.

Best of luck!

PS: If the same thing were to happen to my e46, I would probably........ buy another e46, I just love this car, perfect size, great power to weight ratio, etc, etc, etc...
Thanks for the advise, I only had liability for the car. The car was only 6k when I bought so I saw it as expendable.

I have the cash to buy another one, but if the damage was less than 3k worth of repairs I was going to fix it and continue driving it until it dies.

Any ideas on what to do with it if I buy a new one?

...and I agree, I absolutely love the car. I started looking for other cars and decided if I bought another it would be an e46.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:55 PM   #13628
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So BavAuto rents them and you just bought BOTh tools an will soon rent them? whats gonna be your rental fee (deposit and rental??) thanks!!!!
BavAuto only sells them.

Not sure yet, I'll have to talk to my friend and we'll set something up. I'll PM you when they become available. It might be a while...there are 3 cars that need diff bushings lol

And yes, both tools. The tools for the front smaller bushings and the tool for the larger rear one.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #13629
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Any ideas on what to do with it if I buy a new one?
Part it out.
Sell me your engine.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:07 PM   #13630
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Part it out.
Sell me your engine.
Hmm, how much are you offering for the engine?

It has 114k miles on it
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #13631
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Sweet ride. Hope you're using 91/93 octane in that!
Actually yes. The mustang only gets about 17 mpg on 87, but about 20 on premium.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:17 PM   #13632
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Thanks for the advise, I only had liability for the car. The car was only 6k when I bought so I saw it as expendable.

I have the cash to buy another one, but if the damage was less than 3k worth of repairs I was going to fix it and continue driving it until it dies.

Any ideas on what to do with it if I buy a new one?

...and I agree, I absolutely love the car. I started looking for other cars and decided if I bought another it would be an e46.
If you have the ability to, part it, it's worth more in parts than in one piece, the only problem with this is storage, tools needed for disassembly and time. Lots of time is involved in parting, posting CL ads, eBay, etc, it gets very time consuming. Not to mention meeting people or shipping, then there are eBay fees, paypal fee's, shipping fee's, it all adds up... You might be better off finding a local junk-yard (best to find one that specializes in Euro's), email them some pictures of the car and see what they will offer. I would bet they would come by and pick it up from you...

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:22 PM   #13633
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:27 PM   #13634
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Replaced my OFHG and Vanos oil line last Saturday!! Hopefully within the next few weeks I will be replacing my front control arm bushings.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:35 PM   #13635
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If you have the ability to, part it, it's worth more in parts than in one piece, the only problem with this is storage, tools needed for disassembly and time. Lots of time is involved in parting, posting CL ads, eBay, etc, it gets very time consuming. Not to mention meeting people or shipping, then there are eBay fees, paypal fee's, shipping fee's, it all adds up... You might be better off finding a local junk-yard (best to find one that specializes in Euro's), email them some pictures of the car and see what they will offer. I would bet they would come by and pick it up from you...

Best of luck!
I can store it in the backyard, but don't have all the tools to get the engine out. I know people who have all the tools though.

I'll try calling a junkyard, but I heard they don't offer much and in many cases don't offer anything.

Anyone know if the transmissions transferable between sedans and coupes?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:44 PM   #13636
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I can store it in the backyard, but don't have all the tools to get the engine out. I know people who have all the tools though.

I'll try calling a junkyard, but I heard they don't offer much and in many cases don't offer anything.

Anyone know if the transmissions transferable between sedans and coupes?
Is yours a manual?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #13637
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:50 PM   #13638
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I can store it in the backyard, but don't have all the tools to get the engine out. I know people who have all the tools though.

I'll try calling a junkyard, but I heard they don't offer much and in many cases don't offer anything.

Anyone know if the transmissions transferable between sedans and coupes?

I will help pull the engine, when/if It comes down to that.

As for the trans, it should fit in either sedan, or coupe.

Check realoem.com
For your model, and the other e46 you're looking at, and compare part numbers for compatibility.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #13639
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Cool

I'll figure out what I'm going to do when I get a couple days off
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:52 AM   #13640
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Yes, transmissions are the same across the models.

Most junkyards aren't going to give you a lot. They typically buy cars at auction, and may even have a set fee they give for anybody bringing a car into them. You can call around, but you'll likely be disappointed.
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