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Forum: BMW 3 Series Forum (E46)

Discussion forum for the BMW 3 Series.
Model years: 1999 - 2003
Chassis code: E46

  1. 318i se cooling system

    i have a 318i se its a year 2000. after 20 mins of driving the temp suddenly goes up and the red warning light comes on after less than 30 seconds...

    Started by driftedwolf‎, 01-28-2011 04:43 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 391
    01-29-2011, 07:01 AM Go to last post
  2. tranny flush

    Just bought a 2000 BMW 328i,with automatic,and am considering a tranny fliush. Vehicle has 150K,and shifts fine, but can see from posts here that I...

    Started by bpde328i‎, 01-04-2011 02:30 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,391
    01-28-2011, 05:29 PM Go to last post
  3. 3 snow setup options at this point

    ========================================================= Michael G. vH 1999 528it 1994 325i (sold)

    Started by michaelgvh‎, 01-27-2011 08:19 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    01-28-2011, 02:48 PM Go to last post
  4. 2002 BMW325i Expansion Tank Hoses not connected

    Help! New owner 1st time BMW.Driving vehicles on interstate and I noticed cold air blowing out of heater.Temp gage was on the RED.Pulled over when I...

    Started by S Kent‎, 01-26-2011 07:29 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 795
    01-26-2011, 11:05 PM Go to last post
  5. Warranty question - repost from Lounge

    Sometimes the Lounge isn't all that reliable on car talk, so I am posting the same message to - gasp - different forums. Bless me Charlie, for I am...

    Started by otto99‎, 01-25-2011 05:16 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 385
    01-26-2011, 03:10 PM Go to last post
  6. Whistle from belts

    Hi, Had a mysterious whistle that I thought was a inlet leak. Turned out it was the idler pulley. It was almost frozen, I'm amazed the thing...

    Started by BD‎, 01-09-2011 08:48 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 227
    01-20-2011, 09:25 PM Go to last post
  7. Simple speaker upgrade question

    I am thinking of beginning a small stereo upgrade by first replacing the rear speakers. Most commercially available rear speakers (such as those from...

    Started by TCACEK‎, 01-20-2011 11:48 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 295
    01-20-2011, 01:42 PM Go to last post
  8. Fuse 54 removal

    When changing the fuel filter, I am under the impression that some mechanics do not remove fuse 54 and also disconnect the battery. Is this...

    Started by jayb‎, 01-17-2011 07:58 AM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 1,232
    01-20-2011, 12:27 PM Go to last post
  9. Misfires with Fuel Cutoff & Clank Noise_COLD Start

    My 325ci is clanking (very tractorlike) & throwing misfire codes for all 6 cylinders only on COLD start situations (temperature has been 24 degF...

    Started by Dave8993‎, 01-14-2011 04:23 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-19-2011, 07:09 PM Go to last post
  10. Black plastic heat shield?

    Hello all, In an attempt to stop my leaky windshield washer reservoir I installed a new pump. Seems to be working. My question is where does the...

    Started by ODavePlz‎, 01-16-2011 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    01-17-2011, 02:17 PM Go to last post
  11. license to steal--BMW

    Just purchased a lower windshield cover/cowl for my 328i. The first BMW dealer I went to wanted $85. I went to another dealer today while on a...

    Started by jayb‎, 01-13-2011 06:49 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 610
    01-16-2011, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  12. Hey guys - another potential E46 buyer here

    I've been an E36 and an E39 owner for a while now and like to work on the car myself when possible. I was curious how much you can DIY on this car...

    Started by michaelgvh‎, 01-12-2011 10:13 AM
    • Replies: 12
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    01-14-2011, 09:16 PM Go to last post
  13. Looking for IPOD kid - 2002 325ci

    Greetings all, I've been reading through the archives to see what is mostly used and I can't really seem to find a solid answer. Seems like...

    Started by ddark1‎, 01-13-2011 09:15 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    01-13-2011, 09:15 PM Go to last post
  14. Considering buying 2003 330ic

    Greetings, I am considering the purchase of a 330ic with 130,000 on it. It is "fully loaded" as the owner describes it. I am pretty "old...

    Started by Sunny5‎, 01-06-2011 12:06 AM
    • Replies: 13
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    01-10-2011, 08:46 PM Go to last post
  15. Headlamp Unit - Retro or retro fit ???

    Bought a 2004 325Xi. Did not know the xenons were retro fit with aftermarket headlamp units (elliptical). Lights work ok and install was quality but...

    Started by TCACEK‎, 01-09-2011 03:53 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 289
    01-10-2011, 03:12 PM Go to last post
  16. Brake Vacuum Reservoir Leak

    Since things are quiet here, maybe someone can help me diagnose a vacuum reservoir leak in my brake system. I have a 2002 330 (convertible), with...

    Started by oc330cic‎, 01-02-2011 04:24 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,673
    01-09-2011, 09:33 PM Go to last post
  17. Sleuths Needed!!!

    Help Needed Please/UPDATE Fellows, I'm still getting the E3 and E4 codes. The light on the dash goes on and off intermittently, with no particular...

    Started by redgold‎, 01-06-2011 10:51 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 528
    01-08-2011, 12:58 AM Go to last post
  18. Save The Ring .org

    I just saw a request on youtube from Sabine Schmitz for help. Seems there is some dangerous commercialization going on at the Nurburgring and there...

    Started by nickmascio‎, 01-05-2011 01:14 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 707
    01-06-2011, 07:41 PM Go to last post
  19. 2000 BMW 323i headlight lens

    Hi, does anyone have instructions/tips on changing the headlight lens on a 2000 323i? Thanks

    Started by leftback18‎, 01-05-2011 03:36 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    01-05-2011, 06:28 PM Go to last post
  20. heater not functioning on AUTO properly

    Has anyone had this problem, and maybe a easy DYI fix (?). The heater on my 2000 328i is not delivering heat when in the AUTO position, it is...

    Started by jayb‎, 01-04-2011 02:04 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    01-05-2011, 04:58 PM Go to last post
  21. Walmart Moble 1 0w30 instead of 0w40

    Just visited my local Walmart and saw mobil 1 0W30 oil in 5 quart container at $25. At $5 a quart that is about $3 less than what I was paying for...

    Started by jayb‎, 12-16-2010 07:04 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,467
    01-05-2011, 04:04 AM Go to last post
  22. zf5hp19 parts

    I have a bmw 2001 325ci with a m54 engine 5spd auto steptronic .Does anyone know where I can purchase parts locally I m looking for the "d" drum im...

    Started by mrhappyface‎, 12-23-2010 07:19 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    01-04-2011, 01:23 PM Go to last post
  23. brake fluid bleeding.

    Normally I have the brake fluid replaced on schedule-every 2 years. I slipped up and it is closer to 3 years when I had it replaced earlier this...

    Started by jayb‎, 12-30-2010 09:49 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 303
    01-04-2011, 03:06 AM Go to last post
  24. Any hints about how to change side markers?

    I purchased some clear corners and side markers recently. The corners were a snap. No rocket science involved there. But I'm about to either...

    Started by James‎, 12-19-2010 08:22 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 221
    01-01-2011, 02:12 AM Go to last post
  25. Just bled my brakes...

    and bragging about it here because no one else I know would actually care. Hopefully, some of you fellow bimmer motorheads do. Hey, this forum is...

    Started by oc330cic‎, 12-05-2010 10:00 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 311
    12-29-2010, 10:19 AM Go to last post
  26. Hey, they got real helpful pictures now!

    At real.oem! Hadn't been there in a while to see the new pics which help on drill down. See Here Hope the url works

    Started by Stinger9‎, 12-20-2010 01:17 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 163
    12-27-2010, 04:49 PM Go to last post
  27. auto tranny rumble update

    I previosly post that I had a rumble (not rattle) coming from auto tranny when at stop and in drive. No rumble in neurtral. Had car into dealer...

    Started by TCACEK‎, 12-23-2010 01:16 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 171
    12-23-2010, 01:16 PM Go to last post
  28. Auto Tranny rumble at stop

    I have a rumble (with slight shaking) when stopped and the auto tranny is in drive. It is obviously the tranny since the rumble goes smooth when in...

    Started by TCACEK‎, 12-01-2010 02:37 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 446
    12-23-2010, 11:40 AM Go to last post
  29. Headlamp housing retrofit ????

    Bought an 04 325Xi that has been fitted with 3rd party xenon headlamps. I am thinking of either installing OEM xenon housings or the non-xenons that...

    Started by TCACEK‎, 12-22-2010 10:39 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 196
    12-22-2010, 11:09 PM Go to last post
  30. Water Pump Questions

    Since I was just working on my water pump, a couple of questions occurred to me. How does one hold the water pump shaft stationary while torquing...

    Started by oc330cic‎, 12-20-2010 01:40 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 390
    12-22-2010, 11:37 AM Go to last post
  31. How often do you get an Alignment ?

    I almost never get an alignment on my BMW's. But I do have the wheels balances every year. How often do you get alignment and balancing as part of...

    Started by jayb‎, 11-27-2010 08:10 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 843
    12-18-2010, 11:59 PM Go to last post
  32. Broken Belt Tensioner

    Several years ago, at about 80K miles, when I first replaced the drive belts in my 2002 330cic, I broke off a bolt that passes through the automatic...

    Started by oc330cic‎, 12-15-2010 05:58 AM
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 2,429
    12-18-2010, 07:27 PM Go to last post
  33. battery failure--

    Just imagine you getting dressed for an evening business Christmas party, driving 100 miles, the party ends just before midnight--and the battery...

    Started by jayb‎, 12-15-2010 08:27 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 620
    12-18-2010, 12:20 AM Go to last post
  34. Cooling sysrem has me puzzled

    I decided to do some preventive maintenance in late summer on my y2k 323ci w/ 120k mi. I changed the radiator, expansion tank, thermostat, hoses, and...

    Started by 1st bimmer‎, 12-15-2010 04:37 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 356
    12-17-2010, 11:54 PM Go to last post
  35. VANOS issue - Codes P0011, P0012 & P0015

    My 2003 325Ci idles a bit rough in the morning on cold start upů only for about 30seconds then stabalizes. After that the car will run perfectly for...

    Started by e30_unt_e34‎, 12-07-2010 02:36 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 30,210
    12-14-2010, 11:20 AM Go to last post
  36. Strange problem starting this A.M.

    Had the car out last night. Got gas. Parked it in the garage. This morning when I got it, I turned the key to start it. She turned over and over...

    Started by JKidd‎, 11-30-2010 11:07 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 324
    12-13-2010, 04:24 PM Go to last post
  37. O2 Sensors

    2002 330i 63k miles Time to fix the O2 sensor issue fellows, and I need your help!!! If you recall, I had to replace the valve cover gasket a...

    Started by 01MPWR‎, 12-08-2010 01:20 AM
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 1,887
    12-09-2010, 06:57 PM Go to last post
  38. Automatic Transmission Flush

    You fellows got so much enjoyment from that guy who did a brake flush, I thought I should write too!! (; Did a tranny flush on my wife's 01 330i...

    Started by 01MPWR‎, 12-06-2010 09:59 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 433
    12-08-2010, 07:28 PM Go to last post
  39. Sunshade repair

    The sunshade in my e46 sedan will not close anymore. Iwent to slide it this evening and found a little plastic half moon in the track and the thing...

    Started by ohdaveplease‎, 10-16-2010 06:44 PM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,355
    12-06-2010, 08:01 PM Go to last post
  40. Need an alignment shop in Fairfield County, CT

    My y2k 323ci is pulling to the right so I would like to get it aligned but I don't want to go to the Stealer. Anyone know of a reliable shop in...

    Started by dorfman‎, 11-27-2010 08:05 AM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 495
    12-04-2010, 11:39 PM Go to last post

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