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  1. Catastrophic front diff failure

    General E46 Forum
    So I was going about 70Mph around a bend on the freeway a few weeks ago, and I felt something "let loose" in the driveline. I held the throttle as neutral as possible for the next 10 miles until my exit, and as I slowed down on the ramp, at perhaps 5-10Mph something "siezed" and the car stopped...
  2. Subframe floor repair Los Angeles help!

    California
    Hey guys, It's was only a matter of time before I'd have to post this. I too have fallen victim and my subframe floor failed. :thumbdwn: so I look to you guys for help. Has anyone in the SoCal area paid to have their car repaired at a local shop? If so, which shop? How much did it run you...
  3. Check engine light + inconsistent idle + delayed gas response= failed fuel pump?

    General E46 Forum
    2004 325xi 122K Bought it @ 116 - as far as I know the fuel pump has never been replaced. I replaced the fuel filter about 2K miles ago. Car was driving perfectly last Wednesday. Left it in the garage since then and this morning I went to start it the troubles began. Check engine light is...
  4. Xenon light issues.... Please help.

    Lighting Forum
    The basic story: initially when a bought my E46 2003 330i the left hand light would flicker and then fail every once and a while. Then i started happening to the right light (neither of which would fail at the same time). When the light failed I could turn the lights off and on and they would...
  5. Clear

    Car Care & Detailing
    Howdy, I would like to restore the pain on my 2002 318i if possible, however the paint on the bonnet/hood is looking really poor. Is this clear coat failure or is it something that could be polished/buffed out with love and sweat? The car was purchased a little while ago, and lives outside...
  6. What the hell is this?!

    General E46 Forum
    i have no idea what this is and i think this might be why my lights are constantly fogging up. http://i.imgur.com/X0X4OYx.jpg also i need new seals for a the rear coupe window. anybody know where i can buy these? http://i.imgur.com/cdRujlC.jpg http://i.imgur.com/UTiLZf2.jpg
  7. How long does contaminated brake fluid take to cause failure?

    General E46 Forum
    Recently one of my front calipers seized. Upon draining the brake system i discovered that the brake fluid seems to be contaminated as it has an obvious red tint (possibly transmission fluid). The brakes have not been serviced since two years ago. Is it possible that it would take two years...
  8. HELP!! SMG problems - won't pass inspection!

    ///M3 Forum
    Hi everyone, One day leaving work about a month the car wouldn't even turn on. Had to get it towed to find out that it is a transmission problem but not entirely sure. Independently-owned BMW specialist repair shop had to replace the pump to get the running again ($3,500 job). After getting it...
  9. Car won't start sometimes?

    ///M3 Forum
    When I go to start my car, I'll turn the key and it'll just crank over without firing, then I just turn the key back off and turn it back to the start position and it fires right up? Anyone had this issue before? It only does it sometimes, completely random...
  10. tranny failure after 100k from fluid change ??

    General E46 Forum
    Hello my fellow e46r's got a question. Now I have seen many threads of transmission failure when changing out the fluids after 100k . I am currently at 117k and was told about 6 months or so ago ky tranny had good fluid in it. The question here is should I ? I don't want failure , current money...
  11. Xenon front headlight failure - intermittent, both lights

    Lighting Forum
    I have a 2000 328ci with 130k on it with OEM Xenon headlights. Over the last two years, I have been experiencing intermittent outages while driving. Sometimes the left side, sometimes the right. Never any flickering as I have seen in other threads. I can turn the lights off while driving and...
  12. SMG Pump Failure? (Video Content) - Fixed, Salmon Relay replaced

    ///M3 Forum
    Car was parked in neutral the night before with e-brake pulled up. Car wouldn't fire up in the morning, got the code read and found "SMG pump error", reset the code, car would start but wouldn't engage and the SMG light is on.... I've read most, if not all threads about SMG pump failure here...
  13. Cat failure due to CCV breather failure

    E46 Xi Forum
    Hello, looking for some general input here. 2002 330xi had small leak (CCV breather) and was smokng a bit. Dealer replaced failing system and all was well. 2 weeks later was driving down the road and engine lost all power, blinking check engine and a look in the rear view showed that I was...
  14. M3 Drive Shaft Problems.

    ///M3 Forum
    I searched the forms looking for topics relating to the problems I have been having, I even posted a question a while back relating to it with no solutions offered. SO, I am posting this to document my issues and solutions I have found. I will Update and Post more pictures as I work out the...
  15. Possible Power Steering Pump Failure?

    General E46 Forum
    Driving in town and about to make a left hand turn at a signal light. I notice a tiny rumble/vibration when turning the wheel then it goes away. I pass my destination (stupid POS Magellan) and turn into a residential to make a "u" turn and go back. All of a sudden, the car start vibrating...
  16. Simple transmission question

    General E46 Forum
    I recently purchased a 2001 325ci with 165000 km or roughly 100000 miles. Ive read a few posts on this, but I'm still not sure. I know that the transmission oil has been changed once, but I don't know when it was changed. Ive read that once the oil has turned into some kind of sludge that its...
  17. Do I have a broken spring? Please read :)

    General E46 Forum
    First off, let me start off by saying that I know how our e46s have spring failures typical on the rear springs... Long story short, i was on a trip with my dad, started driving off, after about 10 miles from leaving house i heard a glass breaking sound like i dropped a jar or something, i look...
  18. Camshaft position sensor exhaust error code: Failure on sensor or?

    ///M3 Forum
    Hi. Please I would like some quick answers. My motorlamp just came on, we read it and it said: " 0A: camshaft position sensor error code, wrong signal to crankshaft " or something like that. Car runs fine, no limp mode. Is this a sign of the sensor itself beeing bad or something else like a...
  19. Utter Transmission Failure.

    General E46 Forum
    Well it's official. Transmission is shot. Between the time I got on here to post about my sloshy driving, till the time I got all the parts in for a tranny fluid change the transmission died. Was going up a parking garage when the transmission made a nice clunk sound and got stuck in 5th with...
  20. Rims? Will they Fit or Not?? Helppp!!

    General E46 Forum
    Hi I have a 2001 BMW 330Ci, and I am looking to get some new rims on it, but I am so clueless when it comes to the world of rims. I have the stock sport package 17" M style wheels on it right now, and my tires are Bridgestone Potenza 225 45R17 91W in the front and in the back I have Bridgestone...
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