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  1. Timing chain replacement cost?

    General E46 Forum
    Hello I own a 2004 318 Ci which has 96k on the clock. I am not having a good year with the car. It is starting to cost a lot of money in repairs. Recently there is a clicking sound in the engine. Its not easy to describe but imagine a plastic fan rotating in a housing, now imagine one of the...
  2. Buying my first e46 330xi

    General E46 Forum
    Okay so i just bought bought my first car and it happened to be a e46 bmw. Now the car seemed to run good and everything.. drove it on the highway and no problems. Not even a week later im driving home and white smoke is coming from the front of my car also from my exhaust as well. The...
  3. Airbag recall - light still on?

    General E46 Forum
    Looking at an 01 330i which was affected by the airbag recall, however the airbag light is still on. Seller says it might be a bad censor however it's suspicious that it was recalled but the light is still on. Also requires some force to get into second or third gear which seller also says is...
  4. 330i Suspension - bushing and shocks

    Suspension & Braking
    Hello! :hi: I recently installed new polyurethane bushings on my car and uncovered a different problem! :blah: Front shocks are completely shot. I will eventually be needing rear shocks but they are not as bad. Mechanic said that front shocks/struts are 1st priority. I received an estimate...
  5. Fair cost estimate?

    General E46 Forum
    Hi guys! So I had a leak in my system and not having much time on my hands, I took my 2000 323i to a local shop that specializes in BMWs. This shop told me that it will cost $813 to replace the radiator and tank, along with the broken sensor for it (with labor of course). Does that sound like a...
  6. 2003 330i ZHP

    General E46 Forum
    I'm looking at a 2003 330 ZHP in Portland. It is in pretty good condition with 137,000 miles. Black on black, Fully loaded with leather, Dynavin navigation, cold weather package, xenons. The seller was asking $12,000 but would go down to $10,500. It is in good mechanical condition but needs...
  7. Should I buy an M3?

    General E46 Forum
    First off, I wanted to say if anyone happens to remember the threads I had going about my trans going into limp mode, I got that taken care of:) turns out i needed a new MAF, and my TCM harness got soaked a lil bit from an engine oil leak. Fortunately, cleaning up everything and swapping the...
  8. Front end damage

    E90, E91, E92 & E93 - General Forum
    Hello, 2001 BMW z3 3.0 45000miles Recent accident, car still drivable but cannot open bonnet. Radiator pushed back, fan affected ++ cannot see Any idea for full repair costs? Insurance company write off? see picture Many thanks
  9. Need Help Buying a 2001 BMW 330 Top in Brazil

    General E46 Forum
    Hello folks, I`m interested in buying a pre-owned BMW 330 Top in Brazil. I`d really appreciate some input from members regarding some concerns I have once the cost for this 10 year old car and maintenance is very expensive in this country. I`ll be paying around US$ 30,000 for a 2001 BMW 330...
  10. Vanos: repair or replace

    General E46 Forum
    For those with a lot of 323 experience, I've got a bit of a dilemma. The shop where I've been taking my car since I bought it is recommending vanos seal replacement. I'm sitting at 151,000 miles. Their estimate is a bit over $500. I called another shop just to compare pricing for the job and...
  11. Clutch Installation Cost (EXPENSIVE!)

    General E46 Forum
    I recently purchased a UUC stage-2 lighted flywheel and organic clutch replacement for my BMW since it's about time to replace the vehicle's original unit. I called around to a local race prep shop here in Columbus, OH and was quoted at around $675 for labor and potential extra costs if...
  12. Oem Alarm program SoCal

    ///M3 Forum
    I just install oem alarm in my 2003 m3 convertible but i'm triyng to get the car programed for it and local BMW want to charge me 250 plus tax, i told them is to much but they wont chqrge less, i tried others an the same, any one have this job done for less in south california or any other shop...