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  1. Heavy steering and stalling in low RPM’s on m54

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, on my 2003 325i touring I have recently changed original power steering pump because of it’s broken driving shaft. I’ve replaced it with new aftermarket one and turned the wheel back and forth to get system rid of the air, however the steering still feels heavy once at idle and when...
  2. Thoughts on swapping N55B30

    E46 Xi Forum
    First post here - wanting to say hello and thanks to everybody for such an awesome site and community. As the title states, I'm looking to hear anybody's thoughts on the possibility/feasibility of swapping engines from my 325xi with a M54 with an N55 out of a 535i. A bit of backstory:my...
  3. 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...
  4. RHD E46 No compromise Turbo Build

    The Showroom
    How are we all doing? Welcome to the e46 RHD turbo build. For too long has there been a blanket of information about turbocharging a RHD model of these cars, and if you did you always missed out on something. Often it is the AC, or you cant fit a full 3" dump. Some even going as far as to cut...
  5. 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...
  6. M54 Clutch Noise

    General E46 Forum
    Currently dealing with an issue after a new Valeo Single Mass Flywheel Conversion clutch kit was installed in my 2002 330Ci. For additional information regarding the clutch kit, this is the part number and link Valeo 52401220. Before I go into the symptoms I want to preface that I'm fully aware...
  7. E46 2002 330CI spark, cranking, no start

    General E46 Forum
    Bought a 2002 330CI that started but didn't run. It was previously broken into from the trunk, and it only has one key. It had a known low oil pressure issue when I bought it. 1. Dropped the oil pan and sure enough the oil pump nut was backed off, I tack welded it back on. Checked one...
  8. E46 325 2001 Silver xi 140K 1-Owner 5sp-Man Princeton NJ

    Complete Cars - Private
    Exellent Mechanial Condition - One owner throughout. Color Titan Silver (354) Premium Package Sports Package Engine M54 All Wheel Drive 5 Speed Manual Montana Leather Seat Adjustment with 3 memory Glass Electrical Roof. 6 CD Changer ( not working ) Harmon Kardon Multifunction Leather Sports...
  9. e46 rattle / knock noise at 2000+ rpms

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, so I bought a wrecked 330ci m54 and I'm rebuilding it. I put it all together and after some time of driving it, I noticed a rattling noise after 2k rpms. It does it both in neutral and drive. It definitely isnt the lifters. It's coming from the rear of the engine itself (towards the...
  10. M54 to M52Tu swap Urgent

    E46 Engine Swaps
    Ight so im going to jump straight into it. Ive just purchased my new pride and joy, a very clean 325ci with only 140,000KM on the clock. Car cost me just under $2k but has a blown head gasket. I'm on a strict budget for this car. The old lady i bought it off only babied it and never went hard...
  11. M54 Vanos Problem

    General E46 Forum
    Hello guys, I'm a first time poster, but a lot of threads here helped me and my friends solve some problems on our BMWs, so I wanted to thank all who share their knowledge. Now, to my problem, I have the dreadful P0014 error code. When i bought my E46 320i FL (2.2l M54 engine, 2003) the vanos...
  12. Service life of M54 coil packs

    General E46 Forum
    Getting ready to install new plugs in my '05 325Ci. Should I be thinking about coil packs too? I bought the car 2 years ago this week, and it's been running smooth as silk until about a month ago, when I started sensing that there just might be a touch of a miss when I start it from cold. No...
  13. Vibration on idle when MAF connected

    General E46 Forum
    Hi, guys i have a wierd problem and need your help. My e46 with M54B22 and auto tranny vibrates on warm engine. When i disconnect MAF it stops vibrating. I've tried 2 working MAFs but no difference. And no IT'S NOT ENGINE MOUNtS. Also fuel trims are around negative 7-8. MAF shows 12-13 kg/h on...
  14. M54b30 Intake Cam in M52B28TU

    General E46 Forum
    Hello, Will the M54B30 intake camshaft fit on the M52B28TU intake side with the standard timing procedure? Do I have to turn the cam a little different than I would have to do with a standard cam? I know that this swap has been done but I couldn't find answers to my questions Thanks in Advance
  15. '01 330Ci running lean and misfiring, no power

    General E46 Forum
    I've not been on this forum much recently, but I picked up a neglected 2001 330Ci with a 5 speed swap and some other goodies (M3 rear end, Konis, headers, etc.) and it's having issues... Anyway, I've been reading a lot on here and it has helped some, but I getting some very bad performance from...
  16. 2001 e46 325i - Donor Car for swap

    Complete Cars - Private
    I have a damaged - Car year, make and model 2001 BMW E46 325i - Full vin number WBAAN37461ND47921 - Mileage 132,000 chassis ( engine was replaced 2 years ago with a drop out that had 80,000 on engine) - List of options/packages not sure on options - Length of ownership 2 years -...
  17. Coding after engine Swap

    Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
    Hi. Short story long, i have a friend that bought manual 2000(pre Facelift) 325 with a blown engine in which we have now transplanted the engine from an 02(facelift) Auto 330i. Before planning the swap i did some research and came to the conclusion that with the DME, EWS and key from the 330i...
  18. e46 325ti Lean Codes/Volumetric Efficiency 64%

    General E46 Forum
    Hi guys, I've just picked up a e46 325 Compact in the last month as a bit of a project. I've been wanting to learn how to work on cars and I also needed a bigger boot as my last car was an MX5. I got this car cheap and it came with a couple of faults which I've been working through. I've got...
  19. Help please: Is this engine an M54B25 or 30 ???

    Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
    Seller says its out of a Z4. I can't find a cross-reference for any of these numbers on the sticker above the flywheel:
  20. E46 Various Parts - Cooling, Lighting, Suspension, and Misc.

    Miscellaneous BMW and E46 Parts
    Everything came off of a 2002 330ci.. parts will fit most E46ers, I will provide part #s and you can check on if it fits your vehicle... I did preventive maintenance to my Ci, all the parts are still good and in working condition. Listing will correlate with the pictures shown below...