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Old 01-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #15041
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #15042
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Picked up car from shop today.

I have a 2004 330ci. 135k miles. Originally took it in to have the flex disc replaced. I couldn't get the heat shield off to do it myself. Good thing too- it turned out to not be the flex disc at all. It was the rear drive shaft center mount/support.

Also, while my car was there I was informed that my front lower control arm bushings went bad. Which surprised the crap out of me because I had them replaced about two years ago - just before I upgraded to 20" rims - coincidence that they are now shot?? I think not. I attribute the fact that my replacement bushings went bad so quickly to the 20s.

Now something useful - I initially thought I needed a valve cover gasket and almost did it myself. However while in the shop they checked it out and turned out to be the actual valve cover plastic. There were cracks around the coil holes which were causing vacuum leaks and oil leaks. You can remove the whole thing and examine yours. Also, there are rubber gasket pieces that sit under the coil holes - they essentially rot or turn to a plastic-like material. If that occurs I recommend replacing the top. It's about a $230 part.

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #15043
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Ordered my P46's. Spent an hour on the phone with ECS tuning over the second wrong part they sent me. They have horrible service and this is the last time I will order from them. Except for the $11 that they will not refund me and only give me store credit on.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #15044
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Ordered my P46's. Spent an hour on the phone with ECS tuning over the second wrong part they sent me. They have horrible service and this is the last time I will order from them. Except for the $11 that they will not refund me and only give me store credit on.
The problem is that it is only 11 dollars. Seems common on Angel eyes, leds, grilles. I feel your pain but if you look at it from their end, they will always put the smaller orders on the backburner, especially customer service wise. It is the same thing with khoalty (at least ecs has a phone number). Doesn't make it right, but that seems to be peoples experiences. My .02
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:39 PM   #15045
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The problem is that it is only 11 dollars. Seems common on Angel eyes, leds, grilles. I feel your pain but if you look at it from their end, they will always put the smaller orders on the backburner, especially customer service wise. It is the same thing with khoalty (at least ecs has a phone number). Doesn't make it right, but that seems to be peoples experiences. My .02
Well the $11 dollars is what they owed me from the old part, I paid $102 for the camshaft sensor and they said that I needed another (which was cheaper) hence the wrong part. Stupid sales reps don't take their time. I'd rather do it right than rush.. You feel? They wouldn't refund me the $11 so they just store credited it. Those sensors get so pricey.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #15046
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #15047
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Well the $11 dollars is what they owed me from the old part, I paid $102 for the camshaft sensor and they said that I needed another (which was cheaper) hence the wrong part. Stupid sales reps don't take their time. I'd rather do it right than rush.. You feel? They wouldn't refund me the $11 so they just store credited it. Those sensors get so pricey.
Ecstuning has gone downhill, last good thing I got was a CAI for a jetta mk5(in terms of the order, delivery time, communication) 3 years ago just saying .

I misinterpreted your post. sorry. But that refund policy is terrible but refund policy is something that all stores have the power to set unfortunately. Thats the risk you take when you order from Ecstuning and now everyone on the forum knows that. So thank you.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:58 PM   #15048
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Ecstuning has gone downhill, last good thing I got was a CAI for a jetta mk5(in terms of the order, delivery time, communication) 3 years ago just saying .

I misinterpreted your post. sorry. But that refund policy is terrible but refund policy is something that all stores have the power to set unfortunately. Thats the risk you take when you order from Ecstuning and now everyone on the forum knows that. So thank you.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #15050
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Replaced my starter and it was a major pita. Hopefully this fixes my problem. Thanks newtuner for your awesome DIY writeup.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #15051
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #15052
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My old ones were quite yellow/matte.

Next up: New DSC-wheel sensors, unless the old ones are just dirty. Need to troubleshoot as soon as the snow's gone!

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:29 AM   #15054
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^ Where'd you get the lenses? Just curious because it has a lot of writing on the corner.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:18 AM   #15056
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^ Where'd you get the lenses? Just curious because it has a lot of writing on the corner.
Those new lenses look twice as blurry/stained as my "old" lenses. you sure those are new, OP??
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #15057
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:41 AM   #15058
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Hit em with an orbital buffer and some cutting compound, then a finishing polish. Then seal them with some synthetic sealant. They'll look better than new.
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But he said they're new. Oh well
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #15060
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