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Old 03-24-2013, 12:31 PM   #17321
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Sold it. May be in the market for a 330i ZHP.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:41 PM   #17322
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Only ccfl, not LEDs
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:10 PM   #17323
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I have CCFL, no issues. :hater:
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #17324
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This looked a lot better before it got coolant sprayed all over it yesterday morning. Now the challenge is to keep it up and improve it.

Belonged to the car lot owner's wife. She only put 5k on it in 3 years. Had it detailed every two or three months whether it needed it or not. Cleanest 11 year old car I've ever seen.

To bad they didn't pay as much attention to the "real" stuff. At 115k, I think the estimates they got from the stealer last April when they got the oil changed (about a thousand miles ago) scared them. Needs a vc gasket, cabs, and of course the cooling system. I ordered all that stuff yesterday.

My first BMW, and at 60, probably my last...
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #17325
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This is complete ****ing BS. It's March for Christ sakes!!!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #17326
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I have CCFL, no issues. :hater:
Yea, but you keep an extra E46 in your stable just in case.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:20 PM   #17327
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"You very likely ruined your car. Just cause you have "cold air" doesn't mean you properly fixed it. You might want to get it professionally serviced so you don't blow your $1,500 compressor. Professionally servicing your system also ensures the proper lubricant is added (proper amount as well)"

Whats Mango. Wow, ruined the entire car?! I had a tech check it out before i added the refrigerant. The compressor is solid. The system i used was equipped with lube however, the one gray area yet is whether or not the level is sufficient. That's the one thing i do need to have checked. Thanks for the advise.

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #17328
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"You very likely ruined your car. Just cause you have "cold air" doesn't mean you properly fixed it. You might want to get it professionally serviced so you don't blow your $1,500 compressor. Professionally servicing your system also ensures the proper lubricant is added (proper amount as well)"

Whats Mango. Wow, ruined the entire car?! I had a tech check it out before i added the refrigerant. The compressor is solid. The system i used was equipped with lube however, the one gray area yet is whether or not the level is sufficient. That's the one thing i do need to have checked. Thanks for the advise.
That's not quite how that works. Why would you have a tech "check" your ac only to go to the store, buy a can of DIY refrigerant and DIY?

What exactly did you have him "check"? A proper A/C service includes complete evacuation of the system under vacuum (that alone takes 30 minutes) and a proper charge to volume spec on both high/low sides as well.

By simply "adding" freon, you simply don't know what you just did.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:47 PM   #17329
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On the way to washing my car this beautiful tiag m3 drives on opposite lane and I quickly turned around and followed it for a while that was the first time that I've seen oem 19's in person and there so sexy
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:26 PM   #17330
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I replaced both trunk shocks and the windshield wiper motor cover.

Next week; the oil filter housing gasket, motor mounts, and clutch.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #17331
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And if he doesn't get an alignment soon with the steering wheel off a little bit, he will get codes for the steering angle position sensor which will cause the DSC, Brake and ABS light to come on. So get that taken care of ASAP!
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yeah i think he knows
I got ot exactly in the right spot so I don't need it.

J/K I'll go see Bjorn sometime this week. I have sway bar end links coming as we speak.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:40 PM   #17332
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Mango, he checked that there were no leaks and that the compressor wasnt shot. The "check" was just that a check. With 137k miles and it being an 04, im not paying techs for much these days. Only paying for major engine items that I cannot perform. You're sounding like a BMW or Firestone tech right about now. It is a simple DIY. Why not take advantage of that?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #17333
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Let her rest today. Weather is crappy, rain turning to snow tonight. Spent the day building a workbench and some shelves in the garage.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #17334
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Mango, he checked that there were no leaks and that the compressor wasnt shot. The "check" was just that a check. With 137k miles and it being an 04, im not paying techs for much these days. Only paying for major engine items that I cannot perform. You're sounding like a BMW or Firestone tech right about now. It is a simple DIY. Why not take advantage of that?
It's not a simple DIY. Your ability to go to an auto parts store and screw on a fitting and pull a trigger does not mean you did the job right. This has been discussed several times before and it is consensus to never DIY when it comes to A/C unless you have the proper training and/or equipment. The alternative is to take it to a qualified shop w/ the right equipment. You can also land yourself in jail or prison if you vent refrigerant into the air. Some barnyard guys will chime in and say "But I've done this before it's no problem" but that doesn't make it right.

I'm all for DIY, but the A/C is one system I don't d*ck around with. Same w/ alignment and tire balancing. Everything else nobody touches my car. Nobody
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #17335
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I got ot exactly in the right spot so I don't need it.

J/K I'll go see Bjorn sometime this week. I have sway bar end links coming as we speak.
Awesome. Make sure you sit in the driver's seat and hold the steering wheel perfectly straight as the alignment is performed.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:08 PM   #17336
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Driver's side front window regulator installed successfully! No airbag warnings. Victory!!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:05 PM   #17337
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This deserves to be seen. A mate on Instagram plasti dipped his e46 he bought for $100.. This is it weeks later. Amazing. Attachment 496987
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:38 PM   #17338
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #17339
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Changed the oil, then had the tires balanced. Now to clean out the ICV/or get a new one if my damn red oil light flicker doesn't go away. After that, gonna try to locate the leak for my windshield washer fluid. Replaced the pump on top already. Anybody know if it could leak from the connector thing in the bottom that is horizontal? Haven't really had a chance to look at it, and if it does need replacing, is it a pump like the one that is vertical?
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #17340
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