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Old 10-25-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Just bought a 330i with minor problems.

Been a member here forever because I was initially going to buy a e46 but ended up getting a good deal on a e90. I recently graduated college and my priorities changed so I ended up selling my e90 and bought a 02 330i. It was well taken care of but it has a few blemishes that really bothered me but for the price I got it for I really cant complain.

- Passenger window wont roll up, I found the DIY thread on here and it seems very helpful. Does the Ebay regulator work fine? I am skeptical because it is only $10.

- My biggest worry is that there are very, very minor rust spots. Around my grill there is a very small spot with little dots. The other spot is where the back bumper is attached. The paint there is bubbling a little bit (the size about your pinky nail). Since I live in Canada, the snow is a major problem and I dont want these spots to get worse. Are there and prevention tips? Anything I can do? etc.

- Also, when i roll back with my clutch, something squeaks for a split second and then stops. It sounds like its coming from my breaks or something like that but I dont see how this is possible if Im not even breaking.


The shift knob has some wear and tear so I will order a ZHP knob. I will also order clear corners and side markers for now.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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congrats! how many kms? oh and pics

I have some nasty squeaks coming from my ebrake on mine.

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:45 PM   #3
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I would NOT get the Ebay regulator go OEM and get your regulator from your nearest dealer or find a vendor online ECS has some for good prices

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...dow_Regulator/
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:51 PM   #4
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Been a member here forever because I was initially going to buy a e46 but ended up getting a good deal on a e90. I recently graduated college and my priorities changed so I ended up selling my e90 and bought a 02 330i. It was well taken care of but it has a few blemishes that really bothered me but for the price I got it for I really cant complain.

Good switch. E90 is not DIY friendly, and it sounds like you priorities perfer this.

- Passenger window wont roll up, I found the DIY thread on here and it seems very helpful. Does the Ebay regulator work fine? I am skeptical because it is only $10.

No, OE sucks and will break again but ebay will do it more frequent.

- My biggest worry is that there are very, very minor rust spots. Around my grill there is a very small spot with little dots. The other spot is where the back bumper is attached. The paint there is bubbling a little bit (the size about your pinky nail). Since I live in Canada, the snow is a major problem and I dont want these spots to get worse. Are there and prevention tips? Anything I can do? etc.

Around grill is probably rock chips gone back. Nothing to do really but fix it and that's a pricey option. So, wait for it to get worse and spend money on fixing it all together and not in seperate trips (to help keep cost down).

- Also, when i roll back with my clutch, something squeaks for a split second and then stops. It sounds like its coming from my breaks or something like that but I dont see how this is possible if Im not even breaking.

Ebrake, maybe if on. The E46 is known to squeak from the ebrake when you go to sit in it while it's off and parked, something to do with loading the suspension. If no ebrake on, then might be a sticky ebrake or brake caliper or something else, who knows.

The shift knob has some wear and tear so I will order a ZHP knob. I will also order clear corners and side markers for now.

Winner.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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Thanks boys.

I got the car for $6400 Canadian with 170,000km. Came with M68's (One of, if not my favourite OEM wheel for any car). The interior is mint, besides the knob which bothers me a bit. Leather is in very good shape considering the car has 170,000km on it. I can post pictures tomorrow, but I'm sure everyone has seen a titanium silver e46 before I wish it had the M steering wheel, looks so much better but whatever.


I'll buy some parts, slowly but surely. might just buy 10mm spacers, springs, and do the clear corners/sidemarkers. Also, after doing some searching around, why are Kholaty products so much cheaper? By reading some posts around here, they seem to hold up pretty good so I'll give them a shot.


One more thing, I have chrome window trim. I cant find black ones, any DIY? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:23 PM   #6
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M3 steering wheel swaps out perfectly with the newer sport steering wheels (not 99-00 E46 and those that share the same round style airbag).

Chrome window trim: DIY some Shadowline (ebay, etc to purchase) or go OE for big bucks ($300 a side or so? Not sure, but not cheap).

Only ever bought the LED license plate lights from Kholaty. They worked well, no hiccups in that minor transaction. Cheap is cheap though....
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:28 PM   #7
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My ziptie mod has been holding up for a year. Both front windows have this done, if done properly it'll last.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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I am very concerned that you have graduated from college and still spell "brakes" as "breaks". This breaks my heart and I despair for the educational system that has managed to put the brakes on your learning.

That bit of business aside, I hope you find the answers to your problems.

P.S. Please don't take offense. I am bored.

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:37 PM   #9
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Funny, i had an e90 too...didn't care for it too much...just found the build quality isn't the same as 02-05 models.....
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:43 PM   #10
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I am very concerned that you have graduated from college and still spell "brakes" as "breaks". This breaks my heart and I despair for the educational system that has managed to put the brakes on your learning.

That bit of business aside, I hope you find the answers to your problems.

P.S. Please don't take offense. I am bored.
Whoops, good call. English is my third language, cut me some slack
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:43 PM   #11
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^ Word. The ladies E90 kicks on a CEL every time it thinks about idling for a few minutes...dealer says nothing is stored in computer. Cupholder is crap. Trim finish peels. Clearcoat on bumpers was peeling. A few sqeaks from different corners. All happening under 50K miles...sad as my 100K mile E46 looked younger.
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Whoops, good call. English is my third language, cut me some slack
In that case, as English is not your first language, I congratulate you on how very well you use it. In fact, better than most of us.

My apologies

Consider your slack cut.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:47 PM   #13
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Whoops, good call. English is my third language, cut me some slack
Reading into your sentence structure and delivery, I suspect: Russian is native (1st) and you also know French (2nd) along with English (3rd).

Do I win something?
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Reading into your sentence structure and delivery, I suspect: Russian is native (1st) and you also know French (2nd) along with English (3rd).

Do I win something?
You will definitely win my admiration if you are correct. Although the French is a reasonable assumption as he is in Canada.

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:53 PM   #15
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Constantine, your the man. I appreciate your concern. Much love.

Jmanscotch, Your close, kind of. I was born and raised in Germany but am of Serbian decent.
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Dang....close. I'll buy a cookie for myself tomorrow in appreciation.

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Although the French is a reasonable assumption as he is in Canada.
My methods have been compromised, I fear.

Sig notes, "SRBIJA" which I translated as Siberian. Noting the current location as Canada inspired French, but also that one had moved to said location as it would seem current, thus leaving SRBIJA as country of origin. Lastly, we're here speaking da english, ya!

Willkommen, BTW!
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:03 PM   #17
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I wish I was from Siberia. I liked your strategic approach.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:05 PM   #18
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whats this nonsense about

Current bulb type? Does this matter?

http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46/light...er-lights.html
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:12 PM   #19
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I think that is due to there being multiple connection types, one or two connections if I recall correct. So, yes, it should be of concern. Not sure if it is based on model year or any obvious clues.

A DIY on how to install the new corners, also useful for removing to confirm bulb type: https://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...php?howto_id=7
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whats this nonsense about

Current bulb type? Does this matter?

http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46/light...er-lights.html
Don't know anything about bulbs, but here is what I have heard about Khoalty: They are fine if no problem arises. They are very unhelpful if a problem does arise with the product.
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