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  1. E46 General
    For all my e46 techs any opinions or responses would be greatly appreciated as im completely lost rn. Heres the back story. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this The winter months of canada - Recently ive noticed that my cars heat from inside the cabin has been blowing cold...
  2. Electronics
    hey guys, any tips or suggestions on extra interior ambient lighting. I feel a lack of orange glow in my life and I wish I had more. any suggestions are helpful. Thanks, Liam.
  3. Electronics
    so I found this plug while dismantling my centre console phone unit: it looks suspiciously like a normal USB cable. any idea what would happen if I wired a USB cable to it and plugged my phone into it? maybe I'd get some sort of phone connection? thanks
  4. E46 General
    hi everyone, i bought a 330CI, i need to replace the control arms for the front two wheels. went to a mechanic said itd cost bout $1300. is that a fair price? and is it possible to diy?
  5. E46 General
    Hello fellow BMW fanatics. Before starting I'd like to introduce myself, I'm currently studying mechatronics in Italy and some time ago one of my friends asked me to help him with his BMW, he's just got a uni degree in electrical engineering, that to say that we have a rough idea of what we are...
  6. DIY: Do It Yourself
    Here’s a detailed guide on how to refresh the soft touch rubber interior trim in the BMW E46 and other models with the same issue. These cars are all 15-23 years now so most of the soft touch rubber has started to deteriorate. It eventually gets sticky and small cuts then splits apart flaking...
  7. E46 General
    recently smacked up my rad and coming to put a new mishimoto on i can’t seem to find where to mount it anyway i can mount it if i can’t found the mounting point (manual transmission)
  8. Suspension, Brakes
    Hello, I apologize if this thread is found elsewhere. I spent a bit of time searching not only this site. If I have blatantly missed the thread, please simply link it below. Thank you. This is not a question regarding body panels/cosmetics. I am specifically concerned with the E46 M3 suspension...
  9. E46 General
    Hello sirs and maddams. I'm hoping you can help me!! I've been replacing my rear wheel bearings and cv axles. I got left axle on and tightened(no problem there) But I can't for the life of me get the right axle through the hub, or at least far enough to get the end bolt on properly. Does...
  10. E46 General
    After a long day of cuts, dirt, bruises, cramps in my legs, feet, back, hands and even a** (i'm 20 and I drink a lot of water >:( ) and only having hand tools, I finally got off both of the cats and here's what I found. The bank 2 cat was indeed clogged, I'll put a picture down below and my Bank...
  11. E46 General
    I know this is a time consuming job... but I got my magnaflow catalytic converter yesterday and Im a little tight money now so i can't really go out and get charged $500 for labor when I'd rather spend less than that on tools and do it myself. I have a jack and 2 jack stands... im not going to...
  12. E46 General
    When I replaced spark plugs last time, I noticed that two of the ignition coils have a funny-looking surface. At first I thought they were caked with greasy oil, but the uneven texture is the surface itself and is rock hard. It looks like the plastic has melted or been attacked by a chemical...
  13. DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hello E46 Fanatics 🙋‍♂️ Here is a DIY video tutorial about replacing glow plugs on a BMW M47N engine, 318D and 320D in European market. This 4 cylinder diesel engine can be found in 318D and 320D e46 models from 2001 to 2005 (European Market only if i'm not mistaking?) and also in X3's 2.0D up...
  14. DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hello everyone ! If you are interested, we posted a tutorial on how to restore your center console, famous for their shitty "soft touch" coatings ! English subtitles available :) There is plenty of ways to restore them, like plastidip for example, but we went with plastic primer and Matt black...
  15. E46 Convertible
    What part is broken so I can order that first? Thanks in advance to anyone who has the time to reply. Rehabbing my daughter's new 2001 E46 330ci vert has so many priorities that I haven't taken on the power top yet. But Spring is Coming....
  16. Australia
    Hey guys, I bought a valeo single mass kit off Amazon for my e46 320i A couple of weeks back. It came today and the box was torn to shreds. There was no padding used anywhere and all the bolts were rolling around in the box (amazingly I still have them all). Theres a small amount of damage in...
  17. E46 Introductions
    First off I’d like to say I’m glad to be joining this new community and hoping to grow and learn with all of you about cars and bmw knowledge in general but my question today is an e46 a good first car to get ? I have no car knowledge but I feel confident and able to do the basics and work my...
  18. E46 General
    Hi guys I want to retrofit the reverse tilt feature to my E46, Please note that I don't want the power-folding mirrors. Just the reverse tilt feature! Please guide me to anyone who knows how to do it. My car specs as follows, Manually adjustable seats, no memory, no power-adjustable...
  19. E46 General
    A light, white vapor starts coming from behind the engine on the exhaust manifold side everytime car gets to an operating temp. It's a 318i 4cyl so it cannot be vanos, doesn't have one. Cannot be vcg, had all the gaskets replaced around the head. Smells like burning plastic or rubber. It doesn't...
  20. E46 General
    A light, white vapor starts coming from behind the engine on the exhaust manifold side everytime car gets to a operating temp. It's a 318i 4cyl so it cannot be vanos, doesn't have one. Cannot be vcg, had all the gaskets replaced around the head. Smells like burning plastic or rubber. It doesn't...
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