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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. 5w-30 vs 5w-40 E46

    General E46 Forum
    I know this is going to be a highly opinionated topic but which oil weight do you guys use/recommend? 5w-30 or 5w-40? My indy recommended moving to 5w-40 as he said it helps with oil consumption on these cars and also that the slightly heavier weight will help reduce wear, keep oil in the...
  3. Mysterious Oil Issue

    General E46 Forum
    I recently purchased a 2005 330i (my first car) and am aware a few issues with it (such as a coolant leak, of course) as I took my mechanic with me and had him hook his scanner up to the car to check everything out. Now, neither the seller nor my mechanic mentioned anything regarding the...
  4. Any E46 ECS Tuning Oil Catch Can

    Engine & Performance
    Lightly used ECS Tuning oil catch can (8oz version). Picture: I ran this setup from April through November and only had to empty the catch can a couple of times during the...
  5. best way to clean crap from intake(diesel)

    General E46 Forum
    Hi I am planning to do big overhaul replace all vacuum lines, o rings, swirl flaps blanks, boost hoses. What would be the best way to clean all the oily/carbon crap from the intake? The other day I cleaned the EGR and it was pretty nasty, so I imagine the intake is gonna look similar. Its 320d...
  6. Gaskets / Oil Leaks

    General E46 Forum
    Hey All I've just got a 2004 e46 and I've been told I should get gaskets replaced to stop oil leaks. I know about the rocker cover gaskets - is there a thread or a list of things I should definitely get replaced please?
  7. Oil Drain Plug Stripped

    General E46 Forum
    Tried to get my oil changed the other day on 05 M3. The drain plugged is stripped, however, and we didn't proceed with the change as we didn't know if the bolt would securely fit back in. I called dealer who said that the whole pan would have to be replaced which is over 2k.... Anybody have...
  8. 2004 325xi Touring Leaking Oil, Burning Oil, and has a Misfiring Cylinder

    E46 Touring
    I apologize for this being so long, so there's a summary near the end, as I tend to add too many details. So I bought a beautiful 2004 325xi Sport Wagon last November, and shortly after my purchase I would notice a slight to moderately bad burning oil smell coming through the AC vents with the...
  9. Engine oil for M54B30 in the blazing Middle East?

    General E46 Forum
    Hi, Time to change my oil and need some advice. Last oil I have used was the Liqui Moly Molygen 5W40. Should I stick to that? Or should I go for Red Line 15w15? I currently have a couple of leaks: Main seal and valve cover (again for the third time 14 months).
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  11. Magnetic Oil Drain plug

    ///M3 Forum
    Anyone know if the following will fit ok to replace my oil drain plug? The size looks the same as OEM.
  12. Castrol Edge 0w40, 13$/gal at Amazon

    General E46 Forum
    As title says, Castrol 0w40 at Amazon for insane price. Was just reduced. Probably good to stock up a bit as long as it's at esp. low price. Cheers
  13. CCV symptoms

    General E46 Forum
    Hello e46 family! I know the ccv is a wery well known topic but i couldnt just find detailed information about how to spot a failling CCV system. In my case a have a pretty bad oil consumption in my E46 320i, M54B22. I have it for only around a month and i made around 1.6k miles with it since i...
  14. Engine oil disappears-not that easy

    General E46 Forum
    Hi, I'll try to keep it short. I bought a 325Ci, then replaced the engine after half a year to a 30i, 130000 miles on the clock. Not immediately, but it started smoking heavily when I staerted the engine, then only little smoke. Later it was smoking whenever she wanted, eating even 1 liter of...
  15. 318i Oil Consumption

    General E46 Forum
    Hi everyone, Currently having a problem with my 2003 318i, which I've only had for about 2 months. After driving about 1700kms, I generally get a yellow oil light warning and need to top it up by a litre. I am always using 5w-40 LL-01 spec oil for oil change and top ups. To try and fix this...
  16. 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...
  17. Overfilled Oil, Car Won't Start

    General E46 Forum
    Hey folks, hoping to get some insights here before I shell out for underground towing. My e46 has been having issues with oil burning. I recently had the pan gasket replaced, car was checked and all plugs/seals were fine, no leaks anywhere. Mechanic gave me some oil to top up in case it...
  18. My 2001 325Ci says to change oil at 20k miles. What say you all?

    General E46 Forum
    When I change the oil in my 2001 325Ci, I reset the oil change interval, which starts at around 15k miles. My commute is mostly highway, 65 miles each way. This apparently stretches the interval out, so it doesn't expire until about 20k miles. I've been ignoring the computer and changing the oil...
  19. oil drain plug to torque or not to torque

    General E46 Forum
    First of all I apologize for even asking this but I probably spent nearly an hour looking through the oil change posts on the forum. I want to do the best possible job and there is clearly a risk of over-tightening the bolt. Some people say "don't use a torque wrench" other people say to use...
  20. Drain/Flush Power steering reservoir?

    General E46 Forum
    So I am a 19 year old female who doesn't know what she's doing & I wanted to take matters into my own hands when my car told me that my oil level was at its minimum. I had the right oil. I lifted my hood & looked around a little bit, saw "oil only" ignoring the CHF11S because like I said, I...