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  1. 03’ 325i & 03’ 325xi Engine Swap

    E46 Engine Swaps
    I’ll start by saying I’m a newbie to the BMW realm, (I Hope realm wasn’t too dark lol) and I purchased a 03’ 325i M54 engine about half a year ago. After an oil change and minor vehicle maintenance hence my inexperience with German cars. Story short, the gasket blew and it smoked like a train. I...
  2. Does your m54 car smells like burnt oil all the time?

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, I was just curious if anyone can relate to burnt oil smell from engine bay. I am experiencing this in my 2003 325i m54. There are no visible oil leaks on the engine. Smell is quite significant and sometimes goes into cabin. It probably has something to do with oil consumption which is...
  3. Help needed - Engine rattle - 325i touring

    E46 Touring
    Hey guys so I just joined the e46 crew with my 325 touring. The car has lots of history and everything that’s needed doing has been done, cooling system, vanos rebuild and disa valve upgrade etc, drove it home for 2 hours it purred fine, next day took it to bmw to book a recall on it which is 5...
  4. By accident added oil while engine was running

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, I am feeling pretty guilty as I recently added 1 quart/litre of engine oil to my m54 while the engine was running. I know it is probably stupid thing to do, I was in a hurry and did not realize it. The car is 2003 325i Touring. Right now I feel pretty bad about it and I would like to ask...
  5. Headers

    General E46 Forum
    Best headers for 325i?
  6. Help!!! I need to get my car inspected!!

    General E46 Forum
    Hi! I own an e46 325i 2001 with basically stock internals minus a cold air intake. I'm in NYS and have had a lot of trouble getting my car inspected. This is my first car and I've had it for about 10 months now. I've done some work to it (vacuum lines, power steering res replacement, head...
  7. E46 making a noise and Shuddering when braking at speed

    General E46 Forum
    E46 325i executive auto. Just to start off I'm fairly sure I've got a bad front end wheel bearing. Makes a sort of grinding noise when driving that goes away when turning right (and only whilst turning right). :( The issue i'm trying to diagnose is that the steering shudders when applying the...
  8. Pre road trip question. Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC

    General E46 Forum
    Hi everyone, Next month I will be moving from Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC and will be driving my 2005 325i for the 700ish mile / 11 hour trip. I was hoping to get some advice on any general preparations I should do for the car. I plan to get an oil change in the next week or so. In the last two...
  9. Still overheating

    General E46 Forum
    I have a 2003 325i. I have replaced the overflow tank due to it bursting, the water pipe hose, the radiator, the water pump, water pump pully, fan clutch and fan blade. Somehow my system is still getting hot despite my being sure that each new part would solve the problem... what next...
  10. E46 325 2003 BMW 325i 5 Speed For Sale

    Complete Cars - Private
    2003 BMW 325i with the 5 speed manual transmission Production Date: 11/2002 Sapphire black on Tan Has cold weather package so both front seats are electric with seat warmers Odometer - 202,XXX VIN: Shoot me a PM and I'll send it to you. Title is clean, vehicle is registered, car will be...
  11. Snapped Timing Cover Bolt (70mm) After Replacing Head Gasket

    General E46 Forum
    Hey folks, I'm new here. I've been doing a top-end rebuild on my 2003 325i--valve job, seals, head gasket, and the other goodies while I'm in there. Things were going great today as I started the timing procedure. Had to go back a couple of steps when I realized I forgot to insert two of the...
  12. Struggling finding these rims. Please Help.

    Tire & Wheel Forum
    Thought these might of been the 2011 m3 wheels but the m3 wheels are 19 x 9's in the front and 19 x 10's in the rear which i have never heard of that setup being ran on a e46 sedan before. Also thought maybe the arc 8's? But im not sure. Hopefully somebody has a better idea than me.
  13. 2002 325i temporary overheat source

    General E46 Forum
    Hi there, Was driving home from work a few days ago and got stuck in some standstill traffic. Was not really paying much attention, until I looked up and noticed my temp guage was lit up (yes, I didn't notice until the light was on). I immediately turned off my car but didn't have a place to...
  14. E46 Coupe FS: complete sunroof assembly

    REDUCED... see next post. FS: Complete sunroof assembly, working fine when removed during SpecE46 race car build. Came out of a pre-facelift coupe, almost certainly fits facelift coupes. ...might also fit sedans?? $99 picked up... Winston-Salem NC. Packing and shipping from 27012 additional.
  15. '01 325i M/T Idle Surge/dip/bounce

    General E46 Forum
    Ok, I'm at a complete loss here. '01 325i m/t. Idle is bouncing coming to a stop (shift to N or clutch in). Drops down to about 500 or slightly under bounces back up to 900-1k and just continuously bounces the whole time unless I feather the gas a little and settle it at 700 myself. Sometimes it...
  16. 01 325 no start

    General E46 Forum
    well after years of never being surprised i am now i have a 01 325i in the shop throwing codes p1636, p1503, p1507 basicly the car will only start if the iac valve is unplugged yep u read that right it will only fire up with the iac unlpugged i have replaced the iac the throttle body the disa...
  17. 2001 BMW 325i AUX cable

    Mobile Electronics Forum
    What are my options for an AUX cable? I've heard of people getting stereos out of 2002+ models and I can get a 2004 stereo for $42 at a local junkyard. Or is there kits I can use on the 2001 stereo?
  18. E46 as a first car?

    General E46 Forum
    Hi all, i am currently 15 years old and can get my learners in 8 months, i have always dreamed of owning a E46 before i was 16. Now before people tell me they are high maintenance i do understand but i also have a lot of experience with them as i have done multiple repairs on my parents 325i and...
  19. '02 325i making a new noise. YouTube vid included.

    General E46 Forum
    Hey all I think the "help a noob" tag is the most fitting for this one First time poster though have used the site a handful of times already. I had a quick search through the forums to try and find an answer to my question though there are a lot of posts about new weird noises so it was like...