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Old 07-05-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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My 323i Resurection Thread

So I introduced my self later today, but hi, I'm Dave. I recently became the owner of a 1999 BMW 323i. I like the car but it was riddled with problems. Here's a pic of how the car sits now-


I already fixed a loose turn signal socket on the passenger side, and replaced a fuse to GE my cigarette lighter working again.
Tonight I decided to try to find where my power steering fluid has been leaking and fix it if possible, and also check the bushings on my drivers side front wheel (it's been vibrating and knocking).

So first my wheel, after jacking the car up, I grabbed the tire at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions and tested for movement. Not much there. The I switched to the 3 and 9 o'clock positions and tried, i couldn't believe how much it moved! It felt like the wheel was loose on the hub. I crawled under the car and was able to move the control arm up and down at the center bushing-


Looks like I'll be needing a new set of bushings ASAP, any recommendations?

Next, I pulled off the motor splash guard so I could find my power steering leak.
This is what I found-

my pump was completely dry, as were the lines running to and from. But I did notice fluid on my radiator expansion tank.

So then I pulled off my air box to check the lines coming off my resevour.

No discernible leaks here either? Well, I decided to put some ATF in the system to find the leak. When I started it up, fluid started pouring out!

Turns out the bottom line coming from the front of the car (some kind of line cooler??) was disconnected.

I pulled the line off and nothing appeared to be broken, so I reconnected it, checking that the line was on tight. I'll watch it for the next couple days to make sure it doesn't come loose again, if it does, I'll probably just replace that line.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:41 PM   #2
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I also tried diagnose why my back up lights weren't working. I checked the fuse, it was good. So I pulled the bulbs and they are also good. So I'm pretty sure it the back up light switch off the transmission. I'll heck it here in the next couple days, when I get a chance to crawl under it again.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Did you get the car really really cheap or where you looking for a project car? Its going to need alot of TLC.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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Great to have a new 323 member. Welcome, Now bend over.


I hope you have an manual 5 speed.
Prepare for rear subframe crack inspection + reinforcement welding + new diff and subframe bushings
Complete cooling overhaul
Complete front suspension overhaul: control arms, bushings, tie rods, sway bars...
Possibly new battery, alternator, and fuel pump needed
VCG and vanos seals needed for sure
Clean the MAF, Idle Control Valve, and check for cracks on the air boot
Too much...
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:26 PM   #5
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I also tried diagnose why my back up lights weren't working. I checked the fuse, it was good. So I pulled the bulbs and they are also good. So I'm pretty sure it the back up light switch off the transmission. I'll heck it here in the next couple days, when I get a chance to crawl under it again.
Before you crawl under again, check the electrical connectors in the rear lamp housings. My 2000 E46 had a bad ground in one of the connects and caused a lot of issues. The electrical connectors unplug from the lamp housings from inside the trunk.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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Welcome to the board! It's nice to see someone taking the time to figure out what's wrong and not just replacing parts. Keep going the way you are going, and congrats on the new ride Looks like someone did replace the lines on under the p/s reservoir, perhaps they just didn't get the bottom hose on good.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:01 AM   #7
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Welcome to the board! It's nice to see someone taking the time to figure out what's wrong and not just replacing parts. Keep going the way you are going, and congrats on the new ride Looks like someone did replace the lines on under the p/s reservoir, perhaps they just didn't get the bottom hose on good.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm hoping that's all it was. The shop I got it from told me they had just resealed both the engine and transmission about 500 miles ago, and they seem to be holding up, I haven't found any other leaks yet.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:07 AM   #8
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Great to have a new 323 member. Welcome, Now bend over.


I hope you have an manual 5 speed.
Prepare for rear subframe crack inspection + reinforcement welding + new diff and subframe bushings
Complete cooling overhaul
Complete front suspension overhaul: control arms, bushings, tie rods, sway bars...
Possibly new battery, alternator, and fuel pump needed
VCG and vanos seals needed for sure
Clean the MAF, Idle Control Valve, and check for cracks on the air boot
Too much...
I do have a manual.
The diff I am a bit worked about, as I can hear a knock when I shift into and out of reverse.
Most of the suspension will eventually be replaced anyways, I plan on lowering it here hopefully sometimes with year, any good shock/spring combo's anyone can recommend for a 1.5" - 2" drop).
Battery looks pretty new, as does the alternator. They may have been replaced already.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:33 AM   #9
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Check the rear differential bushing, it can cause a knock from that area. Also, good work on getting a manual.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #10
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Check the rear differential bushing, it can cause a knock from that area. Also, good work on getting a manual.
Will do. I also though it might be the yoke on the driveshaft.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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Dave, see sig. Do it all. Particularly, do the cooling system refresh(which is really a complete replacement) one overheating episode on these engines, even for a minute, and your engine is toast. Your power steering lines at three areas can be trimmed and reclamp using brand new universal screw-type clamps. The reservoir is good to replace as it contains a filter. All this info is in my sig.

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Did you get the car really really cheap or where you looking for a project car? Its going to need alot of TLC.
look at the cars in the background
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #13
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:17 AM   #14
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Dave, see sig. Do it all. Particularly, do the cooling system refresh(which is really a complete replacement) one overheating episode on these engines, even for a minute, and your engine is toast. Your power steering lines at three areas can be trimmed and reclamp using brand new universal screw-type clamps. The reservoir is good to replace as it contains a filter. All this info is in my sig.

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Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:26 PM   #15
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I have another question guys, my car will not lock or unlock using the button in the middle console. (My hazards don't work either). I don't have the original key for the car. All I have is some old replacement key that I doubt was ever programed, it looks like this-


The key itself will open the trunk and start the car. Door lock on the drivers door is broken, but I'll be fixing that this afternoon. Now I've wondered if it was the console button itself that was broken or my GM5. But according to BMWGM5.com-

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The GM5 is used to control a variety of different functions. Here is a list of functions this module controls:
By the way, this is also the list of things that won't work when the GM5 module is removed. The car will run and drive just fine except for the items listed below.
Power window control (up and down control of windows)
Remote entry (locking and unlocking via key fob and central locking button)
Trunk release (via key fob, handle button and interior trunk release button)
Vehicle alarm (siren, tilt & sonar sensors and clown nose light)
Windshield wiper and washer (both front and rear if equipped)
Interior lights
The trunk opens with the handle button, and the trunk light works. Also, my windshield wipers work, but the washer doesn't.
My interior (dome) light and power windows on the drivers side also do not work.
What do you guys think?
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #16
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I have another question guys, my car will not lock or unlock using the button in the middle console. (My hazards don't work either). I don't have the original key for the car. All I have is some old replacement key that I doubt was ever programed, it looks like this-


The key itself will open the trunk and start the car. Door lock on the drivers door is broken, but I'll be fixing that this afternoon. Now I've wondered if it was the console button itself that was broken or my GM5. But according to BMWGM5.com-



The trunk opens with the handle button, and the trunk light works. Also, my windshield wipers work, but the washer doesn't.
My interior (dome) light and power windows on the drivers side also do not work.
What do you guys think?
I thought e46 keys looked like this...Tha's a weird looking key.

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...eb-sYsJ&zoom=1
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:44 PM   #17
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I thought e46 keys looked like this...Tha's a weird looking key.

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...eb-sYsJ&zoom=1
They are supposed to look like that. Previous owner didn't give two shits about this car apparently, lol.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #18
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So do you guys think it the console button, or the GM5 that's causing the locks not to work?
Btw, I forgot to mention, I can manually lock them by hand and unlock them by opening the door from inside the car.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:28 PM   #19
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Hey man your car sounds exactly like mine! Haha. I too was surprised at how much movement my wheel had at the 12 and 6 positions as well... but then again my control arms have 142k miles on them. Also I can guarantee that your diff issue is the rear carrier bushing... mine is missing a chunk of the bushing so it clunks in reverse and when slowing down sometimes. I was lucky as my cooling system was replaced at 85k miles so I have a few more before I need to do an overhaul. Good luck with the car... mine is coming along slowly but when it's done will drive like a proper BMW should!

Oh as for the key... it's correct. During the production cycle starting in 9/1999 they changed a few of the things on the E46's including the key design. Take apart your center console and make sure all of the connections are plugged in. It seems weird that both the drivers side windows and the hazard light and unlock button doesn't work. It's very simple to take the console apart to check.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #20
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll check out the connections in the center console. As far as my control arm and bushings, I'm sure they are going bad by now, car has about 118K on it, but i'm pretty sure now that its my tie rod on the drivers side that's out, the wheel moves when I grab at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions, not so much at 12 and 6.
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