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Old 07-11-2013, 05:25 AM   #21
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So, I'm so disappointed in you, Mango. Of all people, from you I wouldn't expect it.

Who sees the defect under Mango's hood? Hint: something associated with my favorite fluid.

But, Mango, I am impressed you noticed the stopper holding the radiator!
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #22
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So, I'm so disappointed in you, Mango. Of all people, from you I wouldn't expect it.

Who sees the defect under Mango's hood? Hint: something associated with my favorite fluid.

But, Mango, I am impressed you noticed the stopper holding the radiator!
There's only one defect under the hood in that picture (which has since been corrected BTW) which I've asked the forum to find but nobody did - so I told them.

And it has nothing to do with fluid. What do you see?
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:23 AM   #23
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There's only one defect under the hood in that picture (which has since been corrected BTW) which I've asked the forum to find but nobody did - so I told them.

And it has nothing to do with fluid. What do you see?
How did you get the metal around the engine lift point so clean?

Mine is kinda cloudy looking with some like white stuff on it that bugs me all the time.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:41 AM   #24
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Just constant cleaning. The #1 way to keep a car clean is to keep it clean. Thankfully the PO babied the car as half as well as I do so it just needs upkeep.

see this post here:

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Old 07-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #25
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My key was $260 and the dealership and they said they couldn't budge on the price....
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #26
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Awesome list Mango, definitely motivates me to clean my engine bay better. After this summer I'll be done with school for a while so it'll give me a chance to catch up on all the small stuff that's been bothering me. I've done a majority of the stuff on this list, just need to check my wiring, change coils, and do the CCV.

Next up is suspension though.
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Awesome list Mango, definitely motivates me to clean my engine bay better. After this summer I'll be done with school for a while so it'll give me a chance to catch up on all the small stuff that's been bothering me. I've done a majority of the stuff on this list, just need to check my wiring, change coils, and do the CCV.

Next up is suspension though.
Yep! Thanks. The only reason why I mention CCV is because it CAN prevent your car from starting and running. a busted pipe/hose can create a large enough vacuum leak to kill the engine once the it begins to idle after startup. I encountered an E46 once that kept dying at startup because of a busted CCV pipe. very large vacuum leak
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Mango, you have a clean car, but it would be funny to see you look at the insides of a fighter jet. If there are any crew chiefs on this forum, they will understand where im coming from.
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Mango, you have a clean car, but it would be funny to see you look at the insides of a fighter jet. If there are any crew chiefs on this forum, they will understand where im coming from.
I don't get it. And I've seen them at our local base here in Ventura. My friend brought me into one of the hangars. And Schlag96 flies B-2 Spirit Bombers. He said he's giving me a ride one day (on the bomber)
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Your posts are epic ... Another bookmark on the way (you sig links work too though).

Thanks, and nice engine compartment, looks like a new car.

Oh, and dealer in Portland quoted me 166 for a key and 160 for a new cylinder
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:12 PM   #31
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I just wanna drive Mango's car to feel what a hyper-meticulously maintained E46 feels like.... And just to meet Mango. You think beacons of golden light emanate from around him?
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Your posts are epic ... Another bookmark on the way (you sig links work too though).

Thanks, and nice engine compartment, looks like a new car.

Oh, and dealer in Portland quoted me 166 for a key and 160 for a new cylinder
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I just wanna drive Mango's car to feel what a hyper-meticulously maintained E46 feels like.... And just to meet Mango. You think beacons of golden light emanate from around him?
I hope it would be blue light...

It's really really nice. Completely solid and secure at high speed. Car just squats down in high speed corners with complete confidence. Shrugs off bumps mid-corner like DMAX shrugs off mods for his car. Engine is nice as well. brakes very nicely too. no noises. need to find more excuses to drive it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #33
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Just constant cleaning. The #1 way to keep a car clean is to keep it clean. Thankfully the PO babied the car as half as well as I do so it just needs upkeep.

see this post here:

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You're car is squeaky clean!
Any advice on cleaning the engine bay with high pressured water?
What are some parts/electronics that I should avoid splashing on and how?
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Any advice on cleaning the engine bay with high pressured water?
What are some parts/electronics that I should avoid splashing on and how?
THanks. I usually avoid direct high-pressure spray of the DME box and alternator (only so I don't strip away any insulation off the windings or promote corrosion anywhere). I also try to avoid spraying any electrical connectors or hot metal exhaust parts too long or too directly. Basically though water can go anywhere. i'm not that concerned about it. BMW waterproofs everything really really well. The engine bay is made to be bombarded in inclement weather.
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Mango, how many times are you going to buy your car? what hasn't been replaced? I'm not hating BTW, it's really nice, probably what mine looked like when it left Munich.
with all the fires around Socal lately you might want to get a Nomex (tm) car cover... protect your baby!
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anything that hasn't been replaced is in good condition but is in line to be replaced. i already have a list. basically stuff thats very difficult/time-consuming to get to. Stage 3 of my suspension thread requiring removal of the rear end (or part of it) or very expensive special tools. I bought some tools yesterday to take care some of it. excited.

I think oil changes w/ filter 7.5k, other fluids and filters every 30k. light rebuilds 60-70k with emphasis on wear/tear or cooling items, 80-130k emphasis on electrical items, 100k light suspension items (stage 1 and 2 of my list) and 130k-200k heavy suspension items (stage 3 of my list)
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Maybe i'll do a super list.

I'll call it...

The List+
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