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Here's my introduction thread. It was getting a little verbose and was turning into more than an introduction.




So I'm just going to track all of my maintenance and modifications here from now on.

Now this car wasn't dead when I got it so resuscitation might be a little strong. It's more like keeping a 200k car still going.

So if you want to follow along and provide your insights you're in the right place!
 

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My top two current issues is an occasional rough idle and the front suspension. I'll get to the suspension later as it's not horrible, yet.

I pulled the MAP, it's looks clean and nice.

I pulled the FISA. It was replaced about 50k miles ago with a BMW part. As expected it also looks new and good.

I'm not sure why there's a kink in the hose going to the ICV. I tried to move things around and it's not better. I'll go in and pull the ICV and see if I can make a difference.

It's definitely throwing lean codes so I assume there's a leak somewhere. Several of the hoses were replaced by the PO (I have the work orders) but I'm sure not all were. I'm especially suspicious of the ones on the back of the intake manifold.
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I placed an order with ECS Tuning, and it finally shipped. I placed it on Sunday and they didn't ship until Thursday. So my adventures will need to wait.

In the meantime I placed an order for new spark plugs and valve cover gaskets (Felpro) from Amazon and they will be here tomorrow. Amazon makes us so spoiled on fulfillment...

I'm also getting a slapping noise in the VANOS area. It's like every second or so. I've very interested in seeing if there's anything apparent when I pull the cover.

 

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Very beautiful car! Looking at it makes me want to change my m-tech 2 front bumper and go back to factory standard.
I'm not used to seeing gray headlight masks ... usually a rarity in our area, usually they are black ... I think black caps are prettier, but this is just my idea.
 

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Cool, I love threads like this!

If you are still trying to hunt down the source of your vacuum leak, I'd recommend doing a smoke test on the intake to help pinpoint where the leak(s) are. You can get smoke tester machines on amazon, or DIY make your own. There are a few threads on the board that show how to make one.
 

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Cool, I love threads like this!

If you are still trying to hunt down the source of your vacuum leak, I'd recommend doing a smoke test on the intake to help pinpoint where the leak(s) are. You can get smoke tester machines on amazon, or DIY make your own. There are a few threads on the board that show how to make one.
I wouldn't be surprised if there's a smoke machine in the house. My wife gets a little crazy at Halloween...
 

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I pulled the MAP, it's looks clean and nice.

I pulled the FISA. It was replaced about 50k miles ago with a BMW part. As expected it also looks new and good.
Sorry to nitpick, but thought you might appreciate the slight corrections. The MAP is actually referred to as a MAF, mass airflow sensor, and the FISA is referred to as a DISA, don’t ask me what that means, I believe it’s a German acronym, could be wrong there though.

I’d be interested to know when the silver headlight bezels vs black bezels were used. Is it a 330 vs 325 thing?
 

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Sorry to nitpick, but thought you might appreciate the slight corrections. The MAP is actually referred to as a MAF, mass airflow sensor, and the FISA is referred to as a DISA, don’t ask me what that means, I believe it’s a German acronym, could be wrong there though.

I’d be interested to know when the silver headlight bezels vs black bezels were used. Is it a 330 vs 325 thing?
No, it's ok. I keep getting those acronyms wrong. I should be corrected. I'll get them right at some point.

DISA: DIfferenzierte Sauganlage

Which almost sounds dirty, but then again most things in German do.
 

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I've heard that you can see the front wheel move when braking indicating worn suspension bushings. Not the best light out today but what do you think?
 

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