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Old 03-21-2017, 12:36 AM   #1
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2001 325ci 5-speed [maintenance thread]

I was thinking to create this threat since I bought the car in Feb. It is a German built 325ci w/ 156k miles, bone stock +17" wheels, HID`s and Harman/Kardon audio

I am picky w/ maintenance and do all by myself saving $$ as possible, will update with jobs done, pictures and details as it comes by.

Parts replaced (brand):
2016 by previous owner
-MAF sensor (SIEMENS 5WK9 608)
-fuel pump (VEMO)
-fuel level sensor/sending unit (Genuine)
-fuel filter w/ pressure regulator (Koolman)
-spark plugs (NGK)
-air filter (MANN)
-all rotors + pads and 2 sensors (Fremax-Jurid F/ Zimmerman-Textar R/ Genuine)
-crankcase vent valve/oil separator + hoses + DISA valve (unknown/aftermarket)
-6x ignition coils (ENA)

Feb 2017 to now
-interior & carpet hygienization
-cleaned throttle body, ICV and MAF
-manual transmission fluid (Genuine)
-differential fluid + bolts w/ washers (Genuine)
-fuel injectors cleaned on ultrasonic machine + upper and lower o-rings + micro filters (VDP/Bosch)
-vanos seals repair kit (i6motorworks)
-valve cover gasket (Victor Reinz)
-both intake/exhaust cam sensors (Genuine)
-oil filter housing gasket (Genuine)
-vanos oil line w/ washers (Rein)
-idler and tensioner pulleys + both serpentine belts + hydraulic tensioner (Mayle/Contitech/INA)
-cabin air filter (Meyle)
-power steering reservoir o-ring (Genuine)
-clutch delay valve delete
-cooling system overhaul:
metal water pump (GEBA)
thermostat (BEHR)
expansion tank + cap + mounting bracket (Genuine)
lower hose on exp tank (Rein)
coolant level sensor (Genuine)
BMW coolant w/ distilled water
pack w/ 20 o-rings for all cooling system hoses/sensors (Ebay kit)
radiator blue plastic bolt w/ o-ring (Genuine)
engine block drain bolt w/ washer (Genuine)
-fixed left fog light and external temp sensor wiring
-fixed front seat forward/backward adjustment lever
-cleaned and sealed left trunk tail light
-wrapped indicators, bumper reflectors and taillights w/ light smoked film
-transmission shifter seal (Elring)
-transmission rear seal/flange (Febi)
-guibo + new locking nuts (Meyle/Genuine)
-drive-shaft center support bearing CSB + glue (Febi/Genuine)
-shifter refresher kit (Genuine + ECS Tuning upgrade)
-4x Hankook Ventus Concept 2 225/45R17 all-season tires
-Becker Performance stainless catback
-window regulator passenger side (Dorman)
-fuel filter + regulator line (Mahle)

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To do:
-rear crank seal + clutch kit + pilot bearing + single mass flywheel ($oon)
-ECU tune
-under-body rust treatment










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Old 03-21-2017, 12:06 PM   #2
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Nice. I recommend you do aluminum/silver ZHP cube trim for the interior and get clear corners/indicators/tails for a nice clean look
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:05 PM   #3
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Nice. I recommend you do aluminum/silver ZHP cube trim for the interior and get clear corners/indicators/tails for a nice clean look
Thanks, I will leave interior as stock as I like how it looks, also the orange indicators, the things I plan to do aesthetically is new light smoked tail lights (my left side looks terrible) and medium or dark window tint on the sides/rear.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:24 PM   #4
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Injectors cleaned w/ new o-rings and filters, I felt a good improvement on car's performance and throttle response.

Two of my old micro filters were damaged and open, probably parts of the filter went to the injectors.. and for people who like using these injectors cleaners on the tank here is my advise: these products are great to clean the fuel tank/pump/lines/filter... but guess where all the junk stops at..? yes, check below..

Transmission and differential fluids also replaced. I don't know why most car manufactures claim these to be life-time, my transm fluid was kind OK (might had been replaced before) but the diff looked like a black goop..

Here is some pics of what was done so far:







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Old 03-25-2017, 03:30 PM   #5
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Still missing some parts, they should arrive soon

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Old 04-02-2017, 11:50 PM   #6
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So I did the vanos teflon/viton o-rings repair along with the valve gasket, my old o-rings were pretty bad being not flexible and the pistons were moving freely; After the repair I noticed a slight better response but nothing spectacular.

There was also sludge forming on the top of the intake cam plastic cover and above on the valve cover itself (this was a real pain to clean) I guess this happened due oil separator failure w/ previous owner. But it looks great for 160k miles









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Old 04-04-2017, 07:08 PM   #7
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Here is the remaining parts that I need to replace;


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Old 04-10-2017, 12:16 AM   #8
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Done this weekend:
Both cam sensors / housing gasket + vanos oil line / belts + pulleys + tensioner / cabin air filter / cleaned battery / power steering reservoir o-ring.

About my last post, FCP Euro is indeed sending genuine sensors for half a price. I have compared with my old ones and they are identical, the BMW logo was removed but the rubber cover doesn`t lie haha.










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Old 04-11-2017, 07:31 AM   #9
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I'd check to make sure your CCV isn't leaking any oil before you replace the pan gasket. I'd also check to make sure you vanos oil line isn't leaking either.

I probably wouldn't have replaced the sensors if they weren't throwing a code... but that's just me.

Looks like you've got a really nice car. Happy to see other doing all this type of work!
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:59 PM   #10
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I'd check to make sure your CCV isn't leaking any oil before you replace the pan gasket. I'd also check to make sure you vanos oil line isn't leaking either.

I probably wouldn't have replaced the sensors if they weren't throwing a code... but that's just me.

Looks like you've got a really nice car. Happy to see other doing all this type of work!
Thanks, CCV should be good as the previous owner replaced it completely 5 months ago but I will check.. the leak/sweat is more present on the passenger side. Vanos oil line has already been replaced.

Sure thing on these cam sensors, as I said above this was exactly my thinking process.. but online research tricked me hoping for a quick/easy fix... it is why we should never replace a part without a proper diagnostics.

Removed the clutch delay valve yesterday, I highly recommend this 20min job it if you drive a manual... car feels completely different and sharp @launches

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FYI your title says "maintenance threat" instead of "maintenance thread"
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:41 AM   #12
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FYI your title says "maintenance threat" instead of "maintenance thread"
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Sounds like mine I replaced the fuel pump and it's great


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Old 04-16-2017, 12:11 AM   #14
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Replaced expansion tank w/ cap and sensor, mounting bracket + its hose (this was leaking), water pump and thermostat; plus main hoses received a good clean + new o-rings then finished with 50/50 BMW coolant-distilled water. Thermostat was almost leaking by the gasket, a fine sandpaper didn't cleared the imperfections completely so I ended using some RTV to make sure. The expansion tank had the famous crack on the side, it was not leaking there but it revels itself when pressed..

Level sensor was definitely bad/broken inside, all colored in red lol. Had the "add coolant" light turning on-off intermittently when cold/heater on which is solved now.

Was also good to see that the oil filter housing/pan is clean as I left when installed the new gasket.

















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Thanks I have this listed to check.

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Here is some updates;
-Proper oil change, was surprised to see that Mobil1 is not approved by BMW anymore
-Fixed driver seat that was not moving forward/backwards (broken plastic pin)
-Fixed left fog light and temperature sensor wiring (plastic cover was broken /wiring damaged)

Parts here to do next:
-Shifter repair kit, its very loose sideways
-Transmission shifter and rear seals + guibo

This will be fun due actual exhaust status... I might need to replace this whole thing anyway..










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You said aftermarket unknown disa valve. Have you checked it's operation? Everything else looks good, looks like you're covering everything. Amazing for me to see rust like that on the trans and dif.


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You said aftermarket unknown disa valve. Have you checked it's operation? Everything else looks good, looks like you're covering everything. Amazing for me to see rust like that on the trans and dif.
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Yes, removed DISA and checked operation using a snap-on scan tool (self-test) and it is ok, o-ring ok. I didn't really check if it is OEM or not just assumed due poor looking plastic.. will take it out again to confirm.

Unfortunately 90% of cars here in Michigan look like that underneath.. as far as I saw it doesn't go deep, stays like dirty/superficial, will need extra care tough. I am surprised with the suspension for its rust, feels very solid without vibrations, has new control arms/bushings and no leaks on the OEM struts + all wheel bearings are in good shape, only problems I noticed is some rear bushings and a tiny crack on the famous E46 points.. as it is just one and really small I rather not mess with it right now.

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-smoked indicators, reflectors and tail lights
-cleaned and sealed the left small one that goes in the trunk, it was open dirty w/ most of the chrome gone
-removed the metal shield and took a better look in the oil pan, its not leaking as I thought seems to be a minor leak on the rear crank seal..

Next job will be transmission seals/guibo and shift repair, I still trying to figure out a $imple way to remove this exhaust, I thought the bolt was free but apparently it is welded on the manifold piece..













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