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Old 05-17-2013, 08:03 AM   #101
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Check your Syphon pump on the left side. If it comes off of the sending unit, it will not syphon fuel from the left side of the tank to the right. Symptom will be that you run out of gas at 1/4.

Very easy to check under left side of rear seat.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:04 AM   #102
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Bmw's are relatively cheap to maintain but costly to repair... If that makes sense lol
More like... BMW's are costly to maintain and expensive to repair.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #103
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Check your Syphon pump on the left side. If it comes off of the sending unit, it will not syphon fuel from the left side of the tank to the right. Symptom will be that you run out of gas at 1/4.

Very easy to check under left side of rear seat.
Siphon pumps rarely fail or become disconnected, the problem is the return fuel pressure and volume drops due to a soft failing fuel pump, then you fail to have an adequate siphon to transfer fuel from the left to right side of the fuel tank.

2nd link in my signature has all the info anyone needs.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #104
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Siphon pumps rarely fail or become disconnected, the problem is the return fuel pressure and volume drops due to a soft failing fuel pump, then you fail to have an adequate siphon to transfer fuel from the left to right side of the fuel tank.

2nd link in my signature has all the info anyone needs.
Yes, they do come off! I have had one come off and got stranded because of it.

You don't know what you are talking about! You make up comments and then change you comments!

It is suspect in his case because the car is new to him!

Read my signature below and you will find the answer!

Stop making comments about others post and just make your comments to the OP.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:53 AM   #105
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #106
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Sludge on oil cap is nothing. This is the coldest part of the valve cover because it has the plastic divider under it.

It is perfectly fine. This is not indicative of sludge in the valve train or engine.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:47 AM   #107
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Yes, they do come off! I have had one come off and got stranded because of it.

You don't know what you are talking about! You make up comments and then change you comments!

It is suspect in his case because the car is new to him!

Read my signature below and you will find the answer!

Stop making comments about others post and just make your comments to the OP.
Here you go again, not sure where to start with someone like you!!

You obviously have a superiority complex and that there is only one way in your world. I am assuming you are rather young, and if not, you need to grow up. You always have to be the one that is "right" all the time or at least at the end of the day. Maybe your really have an inferiority complex?

If you would have read my comment clearly, I stated that the siphon pumps rarely fail or that hoses do not come off often, this is not a high volume failure, there are other problems that will impact tank to tank fuel transfer and low fuel pressure and volume are the primary causes.

Maybe the siphon hose fell off on your car, but this does not happen often.

What I try to do is add valve, correct unclear or missing information when I see something that does not add up as these are public forums and you never know when someone may run across a comment and take it for 100%.

Lets see, I do not know what I am talking about. I will let the rest of the forum members decide this for themselves.

I make up comments then change them. Well unlike you, I do make mistakes, I make mistakes all the time, when I do, I go out of my way to correct my mistakes and set the record straight. I do not have to be the one that is "right", I just want to present correct, factual and accurate information.

I put a lot of information in my signature as these posts have quite a bit of useful information on VERY common issues that impact all E46 owners. I have another life and I am on MANY forums and I do not have time to hand hold and answer every single tiny detail. This is my way of providing a good amount of information to forum members in a very short period of time.

As for you to decide where I or anyone else can comment on a public forum, not sure this is your call. If you can talk someone into becoming a moderator and deleting my posts, more power to you.

Just so you are aware, since your made you childish comment above that I have quoted above, I have already received several PM's about your statement and general attitude.

Anyway, my comment was not a direct attack at you, like you seemed to think, it was a clarification and expansion of your post. Whether or not this was part of the original thread or not, as I mentioned, I do my best to add value and provide accurate information.

I can see since you made this comment here, you have also been busy attacking me elsewhere on the forum.

I hope you are successful on getting your anger out and maybe with any luck you will get me banned from this forum!

I certainly hope you can have a good weekend.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #108
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Sludge on oil cap is nothing. This is the coldest part of the valve cover because it has the plastic divider under it.

It is perfectly fine. This is not indicative of sludge in the valve train or engine.
Sludge or goo in the oil fill or under the oil cap can be an issue. Depending on the situation it needs to at least be managed and in cold weather can lead to some fairly catastrophic consequences.

Clearly outlined in the 3rd link below in my signature!
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #109
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Sludge or goo in the oil fill or under the oil cap can be an issue. Depending on the situation it needs to at least be managed and in cold weather can lead to some fairly catastrophic consequences.

Clearly outlined in the 3rd link below in my signature!
Yes, you know nothing about BMWs!

And I don't care what you think!


Really, what issue is that if there is sludge under the cap. Again, you are making things up just to contradict me. So tell us what that might be. What is it?
I'm waiting......... Right. There is nothing!

Again, you want to make things up and hear yourself talk.


You will get sludge build up at the cap. It does not indicate anything.
You dismiss it and don't understand so you always have to diss everyone else.
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #110
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:12 AM   #111
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:34 AM   #112
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i don't know how many forum threads I've read on "how reliable are BMW's?".

here's the be-all & end-all to those Q's. Buy a Honda Civic, ...be a drone, own it for 38.7 years, & slit your wrists. (I oughta know...1991 Honda Civic DX 4-dr winter beater owner here. Has 8 k-jillion miles. Total annual maintenance cost: $10/year...that's TEN dollars per year...in maintenance/upkeep, excluding gas. Don't even know what's under the hood...?.....2 monkeys on a hamster wheel?......who cares,...I drive thru a oil-change place every 3 years to change oil).
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:07 AM   #113
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Same thing here... 1993 Hyundai Excel hatchback. Paid $250 in Phoenix 5 years ago. $500 repairs to get it running properly, $800 SH to get it here, no repairs since then... 25k, always starts no matter the weather, it's for sale now, and I'm asking $2500 to pay for half the 325xi
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:05 AM   #114
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So 3.5 months hence... I just got the tags and papers for the car. the dealer was a total jurk, and now I get to tinker with her a bit. I think I'm gonna order the complete cooling system kit... No China parts, sillycone hoses...

http://store.bimmerworld.com/e36-3-s...kit-p1167.aspx

should I use OEM Coolant? Or WW stuff, "replaces all colors"?

and rear shocks

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...ock%20Absorber
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:23 AM   #115
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Re: BMW's... Unreliable/Pricey To Fix???

Don't press the dsc button while you are on the gas on ice...

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:23 AM   #116
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Yeah, winter is around the corner, 29f in Lake Placid 2 nites ago... an hour away
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #117
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Same thing here... 1993 Hyundai Excel hatchback. Paid $250 in Phoenix 5 years ago. $500 repairs to get it running properly, $800 SH to get it here, no repairs since then... 25k, always starts no matter the weather, it's for sale now, and I'm asking $2500 to pay for half the 325xi
Same here, I just bought a 1992 Mercedes with 125K, all it needs is an air filter and a window regulator.
My 328i had the same mileage when I bought and spent $1000 in parts first 3 months.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:14 AM   #118
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[QUOTE=CORVAIRWILD;15691982]So 3.5 months hence... I just got the tags and papers for the car. the dealer was a total jurk, and now I get to tinker with her a bit. I think I'm gonna order the complete cooling system kit... No China parts, sillycone hoses...

should I use OEM Coolant? Or WW stuff, "replaces all colors"?

Use OEM, it doesn't cost much more then the other stuff and it'll last for a long time.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:28 AM   #119
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should I use OEM Coolant? Or WW stuff, "replaces all colors"?
The VW stuff is OAT (Organic Acid Technology), different from the BMW stuff. I went with OE. It is convenient and not that expensive in the big picture (I ordered lots of parts form getbmwparts.com and had free shipping). An aftermarket solution is Zerex (G-05--or is it G-48?--someone out there will know). Where I live, though, it is harder to find than hen's teeth. I could order online, but shipping gets expensive. If your "local" dealer isn't too far, it may be the most convenient option (I drive by mine 2x/wk).
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