2002 330 Ci
Almost there..... I didn't want to take the loom out of the injector loom cover, but I'll have too. Wires won't reach. >:/
Ouch. That sucks. Nothing ever goes as expected working on cars. I planned on having mine do its first start today. No.... not today. Drove around trying to find elbows, fittings and 1 inch diameter hose for the stupid icv connection I need to make.Went to change DSC sensors and crossthreaded one inside the master cylinder screwing it in at the wrong angle. That's the master cylinder and ABS pump out, right before the weekend too. And had to order INPA to electronically bleed the ABS pump. However good opportunity to assess for new seals and gaskets and clean the area.
Go to discount tire. It's a national chain. I've been going to them for all my tires for over a decade. Their prices can't be beat. For my e46 I paid 400 bucks installed with warranty. 245/40/17 rears and 225/45/17 fronts.So I guess I'm keeping my E46 for awhile longer.
I wrote a list of all mods / replacements / upgrades I would like to do. The list came to be $5,000. That's double the tax value of the car.
Anyway I'm not going to do all $5,000. But I might do $1500 to keep it good while I keep it for awhile longer. Truth is that the depreciation on my replacement car will be at least that probably in 1 to 2 years, so it's not a bad investment if I'm ok with keeping my E46 for awhile longer, even if I don't recoup it on my own car in resale value.
To make me feel good about keeping it for a bit longer, I want to do a few upgrades and repairs to make me happier with keeping this car for awhile longer. I do still think my E46 is the most beautiful of all 3 models.
Stuff I am going to do:
Upgrade to M-Tech II front bumper. I've wanted this aesthetic mod since I got the car. I just ordered it for under $200 and can also get it painted for $200. That's cheaper than repainting my M-Tech I front bumper which is starting to need it.
New tires. All 4 of my tires are nearly bald, but especially the front. I didn't notice. They're just a couple years old, so although these tires are inexpensive, they wear fast because I don't drive much. But more so because it's uneven wear due to bad control arm, but the rears are at the point of needing replacement too. Still enough traction but it has to be done. I might wait until after my journey cross country soon. There is still probably enough tread left for one more trip.
That said maybe I won't wait - I know the dealer near me has a good price on mounting and they don't scratch my rims - although I am suspicious they break something every time they take it. They keep my car for 3-4 hours and when I get it back something goes wrong the next day. First time it was all 4 window regulators. Next time it was my AC blower. During warranty work replacing my air bags, they broke my wood trim. No, they did not pay me for the damage they caused but they offered to let me "file a complaint". Their quote for replacing the motor mounts? $675. No thanks. They might not even be bad, maybe the DISA valve is causing the occasional rough idle. $250 for a diagnostic. That's why I don't take my car to get worked on at the dealer. Of course I did not pay then for that. At least they informed me my tires need replaced due to low tread as a courtesy.
AC blower is working intermittently. I knew about it last year but it was winter. Now it's nearly summer and it went out - on a 73 degree day, luckily. And now it's back again, but can't have this happen. It's surely the blower resister. There is no whining sound, so I don't think it's the motor. I read that when the blower motor is going out then there's a whining sound. I already have the blower resister, just need to find the time (and energy) to do it.
I bought new roundels to replace the wearing ones.
I finally bought the DISA repair kit and splurged on the $75 one from GAS instead of the $30 ebay one. It's on the way.
I want to superglue the broken washer nozzle. The plastic broke on one side. I could replace it, but I really don't need it, and if I superglue the plastic together it may fix it permanently.
I really want to tear off all the sagging headliner and pillars and replace with a black fabric. I figured joann fabrics has something and I already have the spray adhesive, this is a cheap but somewhat time consuming mod.
I should really do the DM5 module repair. Yes he's still doing it last time I checked recently.
Does anyone know any software that can code for the parking light delete in the US? I saw how to build a box with a bunch of wiring but don't have time for that. Would rather press a button on a mobile app to do it. Don't want to deal with installing the computer software.
If I did everything? Well not everything here really needs done, but if I were really keeping for several more years I could spend the 5k, here's what I would do:
1000 - front and rear suspension refresh
500 - upgrade springs and shocks
150 - convert to heated seats
100 - add backup camera
350 - motor mounts (don't know if need but if so)
400 - repaint rear bumper (will need eventually, it's ok now though)
400 - replace / repaint fenders
500 - vanos seals
500 - fix several miscellaneous minor annoyances like broken wood trim etc
500 - possible other repairs
= 4000 to 4500 if I did it all myself. Including what I'm already doing it would be around 5500+. But I almost certainly won't do all this. If I did, the car would be show-worthy. Heck, it's nearly show worthy now minus the new bumper that's coming and the headliner which I'm probably going to fix. Looks really nice for nearly 150k miles.
But I'm getting the upgrade itch. I'm trying to stave it off. I do love my car though and I've maintained it well.
View attachment 927893 View attachment 927894
Ok you got me, those pictures were from 2014. But I've only put on about 20k miles in the last (7 years??!! time flies) and it's been garage kept, so it still looks about the same. Wheels have actually been replaced (with same ones after shop ruined originals), no curb rash.
I've found the best way is to compress the upper perch with the spring (if you can safely) to get enough compression to be able to disassemble the strut.They are fairly easy. The front ones.... well, those are like trying to shove a square block into a round hole.
Yes. I had a tool where you slide the whole assembly in. But it was no where as easy as i pictured it would be. All I could imagine was it flying all apart and taking half my face with it.I've found the best way is to compress the upper perch with the spring (if you can safely) to get enough compression to be able to disassemble the strut.
Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk