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  1. Oil-Pan Gasket Swap on 330 XI (need advice)

    General E46 Forum
    Hey! Hope everyone is doing okay with COVID-19 outbreak. Anyway, I bought my 330xi about 1 month ago. I have been doing various repairs such as: -CCV system -Spark plugs -Air ducts from intake box to manifold -Rust work The car was leaking from somewhere and I thought it was the oil pan...
  2. 2000 328i sport with subframe tearing - options to sell?

    General E46 Forum
    At 170k I've finally been afflicted with the dreaded subframe tearing. Boooo. Pics below in link: Has anyone had luck selling E46's in this condition? I was planning to sell it anyway before this happened, due to a move & job change. The car is in immaculate...
  3. Repaired subframe crack causing alignment issues?

    General E46 Forum
    As most e46's my car had a cracked subframe. It was only cracked on the rear driver's side (1/4 mounting points) and the crack wasn't too big. It was repaired. Probably not the best job ever (see photo). The subframe was then installed with new poly bushes. I got an alignment and the car...
  4. Subframe "epoxy" Reinforcement DIY

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hello Fanatics, I had this idea researching subframe reinforcement, while my 325i auto is lower risk of cracks, I wanted to do something about it. Plates are off the table as 1: I don't have the money to pay a shop to do it and 2. I would be terrified of dropping the subframe in my garage, and...
  5. Can anyone link me to good subframe threads?

    General E46 Forum
    I know there is a search function, but literally with any forum i can never find anything useful by using the search bar. I know there are good thread out there, just cannot seem to find them. I need something on welding techniques, or any in depth info on subframe repair. I really...
  6. Subframe issues

    General E46 Forum
    Quick question. Is the rear subframe on the convertible the same as that on the coupé? My vert subframe is quite rusty and I can replace it easily with a coupé part. TIA
  7. WTB Turner Solid Subframe Bushings

    Suspension and Braking
    If anyone has unused ones that they want to get rid of, I'm redoing my car with Vincebar and skinz this week...otherwise, I'll just order them new in the next day! :hi:
  8. E46 AFE power Exhaust / sub frame cracking?

    General E46 Forum
    Hey guys, im new to the forums and had a few questions and wanted to share my experiences. I just had the exhaust installed and it sounds amazing but at highway speed it does drone just a little. Its only when im on the gas i dont know if that means it drones or if thats just loud. The cat-back...
  9. 328i 1999 Touring E46 Diff question

    E46 Touring
    Hey everyone! i have tried searching all over the world wide web without succes :facepalm: as the title state i want to replace my old diff with a higher gear, i'm driving with the stock 2.93 want to upgrade to 3.23. both the 323Ci M52 runs with 3.23 and 316 M43 runs with 3.23. what i know...
  10. Mandatory Maintenance for you E46 M3 - VANOS, Rod Bearing, and more

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hey everyone. Of course you know there are some big maintenance items for the E46 like the subframe reinforcement, rod bearing, and VANOS but there are a few others as well. I wanted to put together a list of issues here so it's kind of a one-stop for all things maintenance. I've done pretty...
  11. Mango Subframe Info Write-up including Risk Point Assessment System

    General E46 Forum
    This write-up aims to help new or existing BMW E46 owners assess the level of risk of total failure of their E46 subframe mounting area. As you may know, the BMW E46 subframe design is too narrow for the job and size and weight of the car. The repeated loading and unloading of the drivetrain...
  12. Any E46 Koch Tools for Differential Bushings *cheap deposit*

    E46 BMW Tools for sale or rent
    These are two different tools that have the ability to remove and install all three differential bushings on your E46. They may be rented separately or together depending on availability. Deposit for single tool is $100/ Rental fee of $30 Deposit for both tools $200/ Rental fee of $50 I ship...
  13. E46 Rear Subframe Question

    Suspension & Braking
    I know this is a hot topic and I've read several threads about this issue. My car is an '02 330ci with 60k miles on it and was driven by an 80 year old guy, my hopes are the body/subframe connections are in great condition. Should I: 1) sell the car while it's still in perfect condition or...
  14. Subframe floor repair Los Angeles help!

    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...
  15. FS: REDDISH Subframe Reinforcement

    Suspension and Braking
    For sale is the highely regarded subframe reinforcement kit from reddish. The kit covers more surface area, has thicker plates, and has a superior design than the TMS version. Purchased the kit with the intention of keeping my car longterm and therefore giving it the best qaulity parts...
  16. E46 M3 Rear Subframe Crack Recall in 2015?????

    General E46 Forum
    I heard a rear clunk when shifting gears and low an behold my rear subframe is cracked. I havent gotten any quotes yet however, my question is will Bmw handle this repair? I know it was a recall till 2009 but I have heard stories about bmw fixing it because they were "Nice" which i find hard to...
  17. Where can I lift my car? My first DIY...scared

    General E46 Forum
    I got a bunch of tools and I'm attempting my first DIY which is replacing my front brake discs. I already have a guide to do it but I only have one jack. Where do I lift it?? I couldn't find a forum on here with such information. Could I just lift the from the side ones if I go one disk at a...
  18. 2002 BMW 330i vs 2000 BMW 328i

    General E46 Forum
    I have been looking at these two cars and the 328i was a one owner that was taken care of maticulously and has 0 problems what so ever and has 120,000 miles. The 330i is a 3 owner car with 155,000 miles, looks to be in pretty good condition with nothing major wrong with it just a few body dings...
  19. Swapping engine and tran DIY anywhere?

    General E46 Forum
    Hey guys, I'm going to be swapping engine and transmission into my e46 328i. People on here have told me the easiest way to go about it is to drop the subframe. I have a few Qs: Do I need to do anything to the back subframe, or are the engine and tranny just attached to the front subframe...
  20. AKG Motorsports Subframe Bushing Set (New) sold

    Suspension and Braking
    AKG Motorsports Subframe Bushing Set. I decided to go a different path with my car and have no use for these. If I were to return them I will spend $ to ship back to AKG and b/c I opened the packaging I can get a credit but would rather have $$$. New from AKG these are $250 + about $20 in...