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I’ve take a step back from mine for a few months. Luckily mine isn’t a daily driver but everything was adding up quickly so I put a pause on mine for now. We have the same color and mine is peeling bad on the roof and top of the bumper. I’ll get it re-painted eventually. I have a lot of the same issues as yours that I’m going to slowly start back fixing.

I thought about selling mine but I love it too much.
 

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Some weekend progress:
  • Replaced driver's door handle carrier.
  • Replaced driver's door window regulator.
The door handle carrier replacement was actually incredibly easy with the regulator out of the way, and probably would have been easy even with it in. Very straightforward, and now the driver's door opens from the outside again.

The window regulator replacement was tougher, but straightforward also. It helped to keep the upper and lower track bolts loose until the two glass-to-regulator bolts were secure.

Some pics. Dirty glass:

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Clean glass:

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Dirty door handle interface:

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Clean (though it doesn't look it) door handle interface:

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Kinda wish I had ordered new grommets, but they came off OK and I doused them in 303 to restore them a bit:

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Installed new handle carrier:

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Fixed door handle. I put a dab of grease at the front pivot point and lubed up the carrier mechanism:

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As for the regulator, I greased up the tracks and zip-tied both "shuttles" to the cable to hopefully reinforce the assembly and keep the cable from popping out:

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Nice to have a functional door handle and 4 fully functional windows again...
 

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Oil change Saturday. Dropped the belly shroud just to have a routine look around and... Steering rack leaking. Left boot torn, fluid dripping out. Wonderful. Guess Rack Doctor will be seeing my credit card soon... :mad:
 

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Changed the trans oil today. Put about 1-3/4 quarts of this in:

Liquid Bottle Cosmetics Fluid Solution


I think it was time, given that this was all that came out when I removed the drain plug:

Tableware Food Fluid Liquid Ingredient


Barely a splash in the pan. I wonder if a change had been attempted at some point in the past but they couldn't get the fill plug off after they drained it?

Regardless, the gears and synchros are swimming in the Good Stuff™ now. Not optimistic but maybe this will help my shift detent pin issue??
 

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Not great! The holes have stretched a little bit and honestly, the mats are pretty much done at this point. Fading, the black backing has been disintegrating for some time, etc. I really need those WeatherTechs...

Sorry for the lack of activity. I've been pretty focused on the 240Z for the past few months, and we're actually in southern France right now on vacation... The E46 will get more attention when we get back.
 

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Not great! The holes have stretched a little bit and honestly, the mats are pretty much done at this point. Fading, the black backing has been disintegrating for some time, etc. I really need those WeatherTechs...

Sorry for the lack of activity. I've been pretty focused on the 240Z for the past few months, and we're actually in southern France right now on vacation... The E46 will get more attention when we get back.
Got it. I just picked up a 435i and the velcro on the bottom of the floor mats have come off. Debating if I should just get new mats or get the clips you used
 

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