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  1. Advice on spark plugs needed

    General E46 Forum
    Hello E46 fanatics, new member here with my E46 330ci lemon. So here I am having a difficulty to choose from spark plugs, In local shops sales people are pushing nkg plugs. But never listen to the shop staff they will always say good things about theirs stock. So far I have considered...
  2. Weird issue after spark plugs were replaced.

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi there, first post and unfortunately it's about an issue I'm having. I have had a bad idle for about a month to 2 months now. It was idling at about 600 rpm causing quite noticable shaking inside the car. I finally got tired of it and went and bought NGK Platinum Plugs (at $25 AUD EACH :S!!!)...
  3. rough first start after installing new coils & spark plugs

    General E46 Forum
    Completed the diy this morning (fairly simple for those who haven't done it). After putting everything back together, fired up the engine and it ran quite rough. Seemed to be missfiring. Turned the engine off, waited a few seconds, and turned it on again and it ran very smooth. It is normal for...
  4. Valve Cover Gasket Problem!!

    General E46 Forum
    Hey guys, so I'm a newbie here and pretty new to working on cars in general. Yesterday I replaced my VCG and spark plugs on my 2002 330ci after reading up and watching diy's. When I fired up the car for the first time after the install the engine idles very roughly and the rpm bounces, and a few...
  5. Oil change before or after vcv & vans

    General E46 Forum
    New to the forum also fresh hands on bmw's. I've been lurking around a while and tried doing a search on this, but didn't find much. This weekend I am doing vcg, spark plugs, vanos gasket as well as oil change. So my question is. Should I do the oil change before or after the other items listed...
  6. M3 Spark Plug Life?

    ///M3 Forum
    I got my M3 with 80k on it and according to the previous owner, the plugs have not been changed. What is the typical mileage when there's benefit to replacement? I've checked and found no posts on this subject but know that plugs on 'newer' cars are typically intended to not need replacement...
  7. Anyone Using NGK Iridium Plugs In an M3????

    ///M3 Forum
    I'm am M3 newbie who wants to make wise choices the 1st time whenever possible so I find Forums to be goldmine of experience! Mine is an '02 SMGd M3 with just over 80k miles. Not sure what others are getting in MPG etc but with this amount of miles on the car and not knowing when the plugs...
  8. Already had Inspection I & II, what's next?

    General E46 Forum
    I have a 2005 325CI with 112K on it, and I like to think I take care of if it. I do routine oil changes on it, and will be changing the plugs this weekend as I had a misfire error last week. But, my question is this: Are there any other suggested scheduled maintenance from the dealer? What else...
  9. Need help, car smoking and oil on spark plugs

    General E46 Forum
    Hey guys, yesterday I was driving home, I was on the highway and when I pulled to the first stop light my car just started to put out blue smoke. It had done this before when I turned on the car one morning but not this bad. It was smoking all the way home which was about 5 minutes. I checked...
  10. Huge rookie mistake.....Please help!!

    General E46 Forum
    I decided to change my vanos seals today and while in the process decided I would change my spark plugs......I have a very basic knowledge of cars (this will prove true in a minute) but I can read directions and am pretty mechanically's the problem: the vanos seals went fine I...
  11. My diff only took 1 liter of fluid?!

    General E46 Forum
    2000 323i 5speed 170,000km Today I did spark plugs (NGK) and Diff Fluid (Redline) and threw in a magnaflow resonator. Here is an album The Diff Fluid: I drained the fluid, only about 1 liter came out, there was no metal shavings, but the fluid was dark. It was still...
  12. '06 ZHP Rough Idle - Could it be overtorqued plugs?

    General E46 Forum
    Hi Guys - first post, so be gentle... My '06 300ci ZHP (58,000 miles) is idling rough AND lacks power at low RPM's. It almost feels like it is missing. I swapped out the plugs a couple of weeks back and applied anti-seize to the threads before I read that this should NOT be done, for fear of...
  13. Ignition coil screw broke

    General E46 Forum
    A while back when i was changing my valve cover gasket i torqued the screw for my 4th ignition coil too much and the head broke would you recommend that i get this out now that i need to change my spark plugs! i should have dealt with it then but just didn't feel like dealing...
  14. Engine misfires after PM spark plug change

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    I feel I have a real Car Talk puzzler here. Let me try and list out the whole story.... As a preventive maintenance I bought new plugs on for my 2004 325xi with 107K miles about 2 or 3 months ago. I finally got around to it this weekend and replace them yesterday. Everything went...
  15. What spark plugs are you using and how are they working out?

    Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
    What spark plugs are you using and how are they working out? Any recommendations for someone looking to install new spark plugs? Is there a suitable upgraded or better performing spark plug to go with? I have read that for BMW's, the best way to go is with factory ones, could this be true?
  16. E46 Xi spark plug removal?

    E46 Xi Forum
    Okay, I feel pretty stupid even posting this but here it goes. I consider myself a fairly competent DIYer. I've been doing my own work almost as long as I've been driving. All my previous experience however has been on domestic vehicles, this is my first BMW. I am working through the inspection...
  17. newbie here.."service engine soon" help!!

    General E46 Forum
    hello everyone, i'm a little new to this site so please bear with me. I own a 2003 grey green 325i with premium and sport package 5spd. I love the vehicle to death it handles like a dream; however i have a few maint. questions..I just recently had the inspection 1 service done by the dealer...
  18. Was going to change the spark plugs, and I got a little confused...

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    I've read the DIY's, and I have a brand new Bentley Manual and 6 spark plugs. I took off the engine cover and saw something completely different than than the DIY's and the manual... Looks nothing like the pics I've seen. How do I get at those sparks?