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Old 07-22-2013, 11:41 PM   #41
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Broken cooling system has a good possibility of destroying your engine. Not replacing these parts might just leave you stranded.
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Broken cooling system has a good possibility of destroying your engine. Not replacing these parts might just leave you stranded.
There's a pretty good possibility that I gave this thread 5 stars and succeeded in rustling your jimmies tonight.
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I've decided to send all my cooling parts back and just fill it with Evans waterless coolant.

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I've been told Gummi Pfledge is no longer sold. Is it gone, or is it just in a new name?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:10 AM   #45
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #46
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Thanks. While your list is great, it has nothing to do with reliability.

I don't make these threads for nothing.

This thread has an extremely specific purpose.

The parts listed are critical and likely to prevent a vehicle from starting or maintaining explosions within the cylinders (you know that thing an engine does when it runs) to keep the piles of meat in the interior (driver/passengers) moving to their intended destination.



Oh that's not my engine. I just pulled that pic randomly off the internet. I'd be embarrassed if that was my engine.

This is my engine:

Yep, horrible defect in the right rear engine compartment. I'm so disappointed in you Mango, I don't even know where to begin. Fortunately, it's not mission critical, so it's only a minor points deduction!

It has to do with my favorite fluid and if I saw this at a meet, I'd go ahead and fix it for you for free...only take me about 10 secs. What do I see, you think?
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Yep, horrible defect in the right rear engine compartment. I'm so disappointed in you Mango, I don't even know where to begin. Fortunately, it's not mission critical, so it's only a minor points deduction!

It has to do with my favorite fluid and if I saw this at a meet, I'd go ahead and fix it for you for free...only take me about 10 secs. What do I see, you think?
Orienting from this picture, The only fluid in the right rear of the engine is the brake fluid.
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Whoot...my favorite fluid! Can I come and visit you...I'm out of it right now!

Patton...that was a hint!
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Whoot...my favorite fluid! Can I come and visit you...I'm out of it right now!

Patton...that was a hint!
Sure!! I'll give you all the fluid of mine that...you...need...?
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Whoot...my favorite fluid! Can I come and visit you...I'm out of it right now!

Patton...that was a hint!
Of course you can! I have shear gallons of it!
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So, you guys notice Mango's defect?

There's a separation between the drug bin rubber gasket and the one that runs the width of the engine compartment in back. It's only a minor points deduction...didn't want to play the guessing game again and have Mango get all worried!
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So you want full reliability, huh? Reliability Super Suite (Part#s included!)

That's just the way that piece is shaped. I assure you it's perfectly placed. It's the same on the other side. Probably slightly shrunken


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It might be perfectly placed, and I'll admit mine seems like it's a little shorter than it should be too, but mine are linked together. How can you drive your car like that? -10 MPs!

dmax tip: you can use superglue to tack them together. I had to do that with a new gasket strip I got because I lost my other and the new one had a little kink in it. Also, I've found that if you pull out to each side you can get maybe an extra 1/2" or so...
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #56
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You want full reliability for your E46? Follow these tips. I realize some may think these are excessive but hey. You're the one who wants maximum reliability, right? Of course, nothing is absolute. But follow these tips to greatly improve your odds of reliability.

Of course you should follow all the other information in my thread for great performance, efficiency, and cooling.

Some of the information overlaps my other links, but if you want to concentrate on reliability, listen up!

Electrical and Ignition


This is by far the most important part of the list!

Battery, BMW part# 61218381749



If your battery is five years old or older, or you don't know - replace it. This will cost between $90 and $200. Try Autozone, Walmart, Costco, etc. Make sure the battery you purchase comes w/ a vent tube kit.

Voltage regulator, BMW part #s 12317559183 Square plug voltage regulator or 12317515319 Round/oval plug voltage regulator



You may suddenly get a battery light while driving down the road one day. It may flicker or stay on. Either way, your voltage regulator is toast. Expect to pay between $40 for a Bosch VR or $120 for a Valeo VR. You can also get a new alternator (remanufactured) which will have a rebuilt VR from alternatorpros.com. Those will run around $130. If you have a Valeo alternator, it makes sense to just replace the entire alternator. You will have to look with your eyes to see which voltage regulator you need.

Final Stage Resistor, part number 64116920365



Expect to pay about $55

Starter, manufacturer (Bosch) reman part number 70306010103
You can also try alternatorpros.com for a reman starter.



Expect to pay about $120

Key, part number 66126955748 (from 9/99)



Bring your registration and driver's license to the local BMW dealer. Order a new key. They've been known to fail and all the new parts in the world won't mean anything with a busted key. Plus a new one looks so nice. Expect to pay around $160-200.

Ignition coil spark plug boots, for Bosch coils part number 12131740477 or for Bremi coils: part number 12139067831




Ignition switch, part number 61326901961



These can sometimes go bad on BMWs. Intermittent electrical errors when you turn the key. Expect to pay about $67

Crankshaft Position Sensor, part number 12141709616



Expect to pay about $100

Camshaft Position Sensor (Intake), part number 12147539165



Expect to pay about $100

Camshaft Position Sensor (Exhaust), part number 12147518628



Expect to pay about $100

Fuel

Fuel pump, part number 16146766942



Expect to pay about $130

Fuel pump sealing ring, part number 16111184084



Expect to pay about $17

Fuel pump relay, part number 61368373700



Expect to pay about $10

Critical Vacuum


Crankcase vent system (complete)



You can buy them separately or as a kit. Your call. Make sure you buy ALL Genuine BMW. Do not skimp on this. Expect to pay $150.

Crankcase vent valve 11617501566

Vent pipe (attaches to valve cover) 11611432559

Vent pipe #2 (attaches to top of CCV valve) 11617504535

Vent pipe #3 (attaches to bottom of ccv and dipstick tube) 11157532649

Vacuum hose 11727545323 (attaches to side of ccv)

Vent pipe #4 11617504536

Manual cars/Clutch Hydraulics
Clutch line, part number 21526774267



Expect to pay about $50

Clutch master cylinder, part number 21526773670


Expect to pay about $50-100

Clutch slave cylinder, part number 21526785966



Expect to pay about $50-100

Grand total manual cars: $1,096-$1,306 (depending on where you shop)
Grand total automatic cars: $956-$1,156 (depending on where you shop)

Bonus:

DME compartment. Remove cover, clean/vacuum/condition seal w/ gummipflege. Inspect for any leaves, dirt, or debris or anything weird with the wires. Never know what previous owner junked up the wires doing teenager angel eye wiring! Make sure any splices or cuts are properly joined/repaired, well protected, and insulated.



General wiring Inspect all wiring harnesses and plugs for damage or exposure. Re-wrap any exposed wiring harnesses with new loom if the loom has broken off or disintegrated. Remove all sensors and clean with electrical contact cleaner then apply dielectric grease to the pins/contacts.



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Great write up Mango, these parts are definitely a must for our e46's. I've been looking around and can't seem to find the final stage resistor for under $60, everywhere i look its close to $100 and my dealer wants $190 before taxes so anyone know were I can get a quality one for under $60?
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Great write up Mango, these parts are definitely a must for our e46's. I've been looking around and can't seem to find the final stage resistor for under $60, everywhere i look its close to $100 and my dealer wants $190 before taxes so anyone know were I can get a quality one for under $60?
go to bmaparts.com and enter in 64116920365 and it's $60 from "OE SUPPLIER"

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For some reason I always forget to check bma when I look for parts, its not like I haven't ordered from them before I mean that's where I bought my fuel pump.

Checked out BMA Auto and there it was, sweet deal. Thanks Mango.

And now I have to save that website to my favorites.
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