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  1. Seeking buying advice!

    General E46 Forum
    Hi all, first post here as a brand new poster (very exciting, i know). Been a fan of E46's for a while now and im finally looking to pull the trigger and pick one up. One particular car for sale at the moment caught my eye... A manual 325ci with just over 80k miles. The car is being sold rather...
  2. DIY Windshield Replacement

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    Hello Everyone! Hope you all are doing well. I am thinking of replacing my windshield on my 03 330xi, I go to the junkyard a lot for many parts. If I go and I find a good windshield, how hard would it be to take out of the junkyard car? And then take out my cracked windshield and put in the...
  3. My DSC/ABS/brake warning light solution

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Here is my solution to the DSC/ABS/brake warning light issue. It began with the DSC/ABS/brake warning lights suddenly turning on, along with the speedometer and mileage counter not working. And the ABS rattle in the brake pedal would come on at low speeds. After doing some online research...
  4. DIY P0171 & P0174 Code Diagnose/Fix - Smoke Test

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    I’ve got a 2005 325i with 112k miles that I bought earlier this summer. SES light came on recently and I plugged in my obd2 reader and found it threw the infamous P0171 and P0174 fault codes (system too lean banks 1 and 2). I have an obd2 scanner that gives freeze frame and live data, and...
  5. How to Replace Headlight Bulb

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    Guys, I have been searching for a DIY guide on how to replace the headlight bulbs on my 330ci. It seems that there's a couple of variations on the type of headlights on the e46. I want to replace both the low beam and high beam bulbs. I am pretty sure I have H7 bulbs.
  6. Bubble Balancers actually work to balance a wheel

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    I spent a couple hours on Sunday at the tire shop waiting for one of my tires to get patched due to a screw in the tread that started leaking air when I pulled it out. They did a good job with the repair, but didn't really balance the tire and so highway driving was pretty rough, especially...
  7. Double Vanos cleaning with Throttle body cleaner

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi guys, Just a really quick question, because I am unsure about cleaning my double Vanos while replacing the seals. (Car is a 2004 E46 330ci) Beisan recommends using brake cleaner, but I happen to have some throttle body cleaner around. Is there any chance to damage the Vanos using throttle...
  8. DIY Repair for long crack on windshied

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    I discovers a long crack on my windshield today! I know that there are DIY repair kits for chips available however I wanted to get some feedback from anyone who has had success using a DIY Product to do this kind of repair for a long crack and without drilling. Otherwise I suppose this is what...
  9. Boser Hood?

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    I've seen a few youtube videos of E46's with Boser Hoods, and went to look at their website, but can't find any. I'm definitely not skilled enough to do a DIY with my only hood. Is there any website I can order off of to get one, or lend any tips to make it a (somewhat) easier process incase I...
  10. Is your high milage E46 caked in oil?

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    Don't worry. Mine was as well when I first got it 5 years ago. Since then, I've replaced every oil seal imaginable and have a squeaky clean engine. Not only is it much more enjoyable to work on, it greatly helps with PM as leaks can be more easily detected. With very little time and $$, you too...
  11. The CORRECT way to bleed your clutch hydraulics

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    I've spent the last few days watching diy'ers on youtube and various other sources on how to "correctly" bleed the fluid from the clutch lines. Fortunately I just bought myself a pressure bleeder and a bunch of Super Dot 4 Pentosin brake fluid and will be experimenting with various methods on...
  12. E46 Retro-Quick Bi-Xenon Headlight Projector Install from TheREtrofitSource DIY

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    Here’s my DIY for installing TheRetrofitSouce E46 projectors. Unfortunately i did this a while ago so I’m doing this from somewhat faded memory. Skipping removing the headlights from the car, you can see my bulb DIY for that since I basically removed the headlights in that DIY. All you do is...
  13. 330ci convertible auto to manual swap questions.

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi, i decided to sign up and post this thread because i could not find the answers to my questions anywhere. I currently have a 2003 320i 5 spd manual. I've found a good deal on a 330ci convertible however it is an automatic. I've done my research on the threads and basically know how to it. As...
  14. Best e46 headlight mod? - Only $20!

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    Check for yourself ;) ;) ;) I had a lot of comments on social media about my headlights on my previous e46’s so this time around I decided to make a DIY video on my e46 M3. This method applies to all e46's. M's and non-M's. White E46 Halos on ebay: $15 1 can of Plastidip: $5...
  15. DIY ZHP Woodgrain Knob

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    The ZHP knob is a very common upgrade in our cars. I love the feel of it and looks much better than the OEM knob. The only issue is that it only comes in black leather. I have a car with tan interior and woodgrain trim so a black leather knob would very out of place as I have seen in others...
  16. Prefacelift LED Foglight Bar DIY

    Lighting Forum
    Like everyone else, I wanted to add LED and HID lights to my car to give the exterior a refresh. I am in the process of installing the Halos and HID projectors and bulbs with the Miromoto kit from The Retro Source. I love the look of the bar style and pre facelift look so I wanted to update my...
  17. So you want to replace your licence plate lenses eh?? DONT and heres why

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    I just received a new set of lenses from ECS Tuning for the licence plate lights and they DONT FIT!!!! I am planning to upgrade the lights to LEDs soon and I didn't want to reuse the old dirty lenses... ]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4314/35198375204_7a97c26ee6_k.jpg Here's the part # and a...
  18. Oil Change Help Please!!

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi everyone, I'll try to make this as concise as possible. Yesterday I was changing my oil (2005 325ci), and the oil plug broke. I did not realize it was broken until I went to but it back in. I didn't think much of it, and bought a new plug and put it in. Today I noticed some leaking and...
  19. Angel Eye Question (Has anybody ever done this?)

    Lighting Forum
    I've been juggling the decision for a long time now to either upgrade my low beams (to hid) or get a nice set of angel eyes. That being said, I have always leaned toward upgrading my low beams first. I like the cleaner look of the projector lens vs the halogen bowl housing in junction with...
  20. Oil Filter Housing - Weird Patch?

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    So I am not the original owner so I have no background on this car, but while removing the intake manifold to repair a coolant leak I found an odd "patch" on the back of the oil filter housing. I have attached pictures with a zoomed in view of the "patch". This area is just below where one of...
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