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The journey so far...

This is a log of work that's been done since purchasing her... Thermostat (waterpump, tensioners and viscous coupling checked, all seem recent, no play and very little wear). Cleaned and gummi pfledge'd all door and window seals, as well as boot, and bonnet seals. Removed, cleaned and resealed rear light clusters. New gaskets fitted too. Retrofitted boot opening switch near bonnet release handle (not the first time thankfully, did this on my sister's previous e46 too).

silestanix

silestanix

 

Title story...

So the title of this blog has a story behind it. Since 2003 my mum has owned an E39 525i SE. In addition to only 2 garages trusted to working on it, I have also worked on it since I was young and hence my E46 is a familiar face due to having the same beautiful M54B25 engine, gearbox and many mechanicals. Her car has done many miles and with only common faults to repair for example ABS pump, cooling system refresh at around 100k, it has been a truly brilliant car to my mum. Pic of th

silestanix

silestanix

 

First 4 weeks...

Where to begin lol. Had a Mercedes W202 C250TD for almost 5 years but had to sell her due to the sodding London ULEZ (f*ck you Sadick khan lol). Thus was sold to the owner of the Mercedes-Benz independent I used for all the work on it, so she'd still in good hands... And with the money and effort I put into her, thank god lol.    Then I had a heavily mapped Audi A3 which was reliable, deceptively fast,  but so boring to drive... Sold that in May this year.    Next was a Golf

silestanix

silestanix

 

How to Read Out BMW DME ISN Code?

CGDI BMW and BMW AT200 is a perfect match for reading BMW DME ISN code incl. MSV90 MSD85 MSD87 MSD85.2 MSD87.2, B48, N20, N55, N46, MSV80, MSD80 etc. Reading BMW DME ISN code plays an important part in BMW all keys lost key programming. If you want to do all key lost for BMW 3 Series 5 Series 7 Series X5 X6 GT535 Six-cylinder engine, must need ISN code to program the keys. And here are some youtube video guide on how to use CGDI AT200 to read BMW DME ISN code MSD85 ISN Code:

Chasen

Chasen

 

BMW Instrument Cluster Dashboard Language Change Guide

The language is stored in the Coding Plug. This is located in chocolate-brown harness connector on the back of the instrument cluster. After 2/89 this is a separate plug on the back of the cluster.When the cluster is first powered up the language is normally German by default.   To change the language: 1.Ignition switch in the OFF position. 2.Press and HOLD the right instrument cluster button. 3.Turn the ignition switch to the on position. 4.Wait about 10 seconds

Chasen

Chasen

 

e46 convertible rear lights

Hello again guys. I have a 2003 pre facelift  e46 convertible 325 ci. I have bought some genuine led rear light from a local breakers yard with  the intention of improving the look of the rear of my car. I also cut the wiring plugs from the donor car thinking that maybe it would be a simple  job to patch them on to my vehicle. I have now done some research and realised that the process is not as simple as i first thought. My understanding now is that i need to buy some adaptor cables to wire the

neil holden

neil holden

 

1st week of 2018

While fitting the coilovers it was noted that my front discs and pads needed replacing. On Tuesday I booked the car in with my mate Grant for new discs and pads and New wear sensors. It was also discovered that the n/s/f caliper was seized so it needed to be replaced.  On Wednesday I took Team Car to see a chap called Matty Allen in York for a remap. We didn't have a rolling road but Matty reckons the car will be pushing out 185-200bhp and 380+nm. Whatever the figure is I'm really happy wit

jaminpetre

jaminpetre

 

After Coilovers

Nothing is straightforward with cars. Im not going to go into details but the coilovers installation took over a week because of a seized bolt that had it head stripped of it. Once that was sorted we discovered that the drop links were too long and the rims were fouling the front springs. I ordered some adjustable drop links but the bars were too long so had to order another shorter set. A set of 5mm sorted the rims and springs out.  The car now sits pretty low and there is a tiny bit of sc

jaminpetre

jaminpetre

 

Before Coilovers

Around the same time as I bought my new wheels id noticed that the o/s/r wasnt handling right. Over rough ground it was really choppy and it seemed to take longer to settle over bumps. Diagnosis was a leaky rear shocker. I figured that I'd just do all 4 corners with new top mounts all round as to my mind the suspension had never been changed. I decided to go for a set of JOM coilovers for no other reason than they are cheap. The coilovers arrived sometime at the start of October but it would be

jaminpetre

jaminpetre

 

New Wheels

Cast your mind back to September 2017. I don' know what you were doing but I was busy looking at tyre prices. Team Car needed new rubber all round and I was looking at a bill of about 200. When browsing eBay I came across an auction for a set of staggered 18inch MV1's with tyres that were pretty much new. Offer made and offer accepted. I had to drive to Macclesfield to collect the wheels so it worked out a bit more than 200 when you factor in diesel but it was worth it. Wheels were in reasonable

jaminpetre

jaminpetre

 

A Brief History of Team Car

I owned the car for 3 years but it's been in the family since new as it was my Dad's car. Team Car is a 2002 320d Touring SE. When I bought her she was totally standard, rolling on 16inch BMW 5 spoke alloys. The car was well looked after by my Dad. Never missed a service and if something needed doing it was done.  The car is called Team Car as I'm a massive cyclist and the car is my own personal HQ when I got to races. It will easily fit my bike completely assembled as well as a turbo train

jaminpetre

jaminpetre

 

YH BMW FEM key programmer tested to be 100% safe and fast

Want to know how Yanhua BMW FEM key pr perform? Here is the report from Yanhua’s engineer. After their more than 400 times testing, it’s sure that YH key pro is safe and fast. Yanhua BMW FEM auto key programmer is tested ok to read out 18 versions and more versions are testing... Yanhua engineer 100% confirm that they tried to read data for 400 times without any data loss. Therefore it's 100% safe and fast to use YH BMW FEM key programmer to read data.   YH BMW FEM key programmer

EOBD

EOBD

 

Reset BMW E46 airbags via Creator C110 code scanner

Hand-held Creator C110 OBDⅡcode scanner is designed to troubleshot BMW vehicle from 2000 to 2012, including read DTCs, clear DTCs, display live data and clear adaptation. The new updated V3.8 software adds the active test function for BMW MINI models. Here is the example of resetting 3-serie E46 airbags/SRS light with C110. Step-by-step instructions: Well install Creator C110 OBD2 software Plug the code scanner with vehicle via OBD socket Select DIAGNOSE function form main menu

Dave1987

Dave1987

 

INPA or Rheingold?

Between INPA and ISTA/D (Rheingold), which one is better and which one should be used for bmw E/F series diagnosis/coding/programming? Here are professional tips by experienced users. INPA and ISTA/D (Rheingold), which one better? ISTA/D (aka Rheingold) is the current dealership diagnostic software for all Exx and Fxx cars. ISTA/D is the replacement for older dealership DIS diagnostic software. Likewise, ISTA/P is the replacement for older delaership SSS Progman programming software. I

Dave1987

Dave1987

 

New to BMW

Firstly hello! As the title suggests I'm new to BMW so please bare with me as I may be asking a lot of newb questions, all comments and help is much appreciated!  So I've just purchased myself a lovely Estoril blue Clubsport 330Ci. I'm keen to get a few things sorted so would love some input! If you've any ideas on how to sort these issues, please do come forward; - Drivers door makes more of a clunk than passenger - Left hand wing mirror doesn't fold up - 3 LED's o

Leonrox557

Leonrox557

 

Images of the damage caused

I have taken pictures following the aftermath of the accident. From the feedback provided by my local repairer and bmw specialist they've told me that I will require the following parts to be replaced:  1) Bonnet  2) Drivers headlight  3) Front Panel 4) Windscreen washer bottle  5) Front bumper  6 Drivers side wing Thankfully there was no structural damage to the car which means that it is a bolt on repair. The car is drivable and the performance of the car has

H20E46

H20E46

 

Work carried out

I took ownership of my first BMW 2 months ago - it's a e46 318ci Msport in sapphire black met (lower engine size for instance purposes & age 😩😂) - I was offered it at good price and couldn't say no. bought of a chap who owned the car for the best part of 4 years and maintained the car with no expenses spared (main factor as to why I bought it) - had 107,000 miles when I purchased it & now just hit 109,000. Come with all previous mots and service history mainly from BMW themselves

H20E46

H20E46

 

New wheels

So went to Paris end of last week and before I went I managed to get my wheels changed.    I went for Riva DTMS 8j fronts 8.5j rears paid £420 supplied and fitted & balanced with my tyres swapped over.    I replaced all the wheel bolts too with brad new ones,  and also put new centre caps on. Today I  just added brand new Msport badges on them too   for some reason I can't get my links from photo bucket to upload images when I paste the links it won't show photo

Quinny320d

Quinny320d

 

Quinny320d

Hi all   Recently bought myself  a 320d Msport Coupe in Silver  96,000 miles   cars in good knick paid £4,200 for it. Not taken to many pictures as yet but I will do once I get in full flow with this blog. I had a very good comprehensive build on my last car which was a 2004 Ep3 Civic Type R that was 253bhp and I spent a lot on that car but got £4,750 and I was happy to be honest with the price.  here it is sadly missed but fancied diesel and always loved

Quinny320d

Quinny320d

 

The new beamer boy

Hello guys. New here . looking forward to picking up some tips and tricks from the more experienced owners out there. Im now a month into owning e46 330cd convertible 2005.                

Hemmi

Hemmi

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