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To track the work carried out on my recently acquired 2004 320d SE

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The end is nigh...

In amongst the work on the 330d Touring, I have recently acquired a cheeky little Skoda Fabia VRS with the idea of using it as my daily. As a result, the 320d will shortly be put up for sale. With that in mind, I will probably carry out an oil service and stick another 12 months MOT on it as its due in the next couple of months. Then its just a case of giving it a very good clean! Its been a good car and has certainly served its purpose, I just don't need a saloon car as my daily any more

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Joe

 

More BMWs than sense

No updates for ages. Since the last update I have acquired BMW number 4 - in my defence this one is purely to act as engine donor to my E30. Its an E36 328i Touring which has seen better days. Engine runs well though so thats all that matters. I still have the 320D... Its being used as my daily as so far I haven't gotten around to replacing it. I have my heart set on a Fabia VRS though so its only a matter of time before it gets replaced. My noisy engine hasn't re-emerged any t

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Decisions decisions

A lot has happened since my last update. I don't think I've done much to the car as such but work and home situations have changed so we have bought a 2002 330d Sport Touring (another baby on the way) I also left the company I worked with so said bye bye to my nice company car Audi. Currently the plan is for the wife to use the Touring as her daily (this car needs a whole new blog of its own!) and I will either use the 320d for commuting or sell it and get something else. In other ne

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Gearbox and Diff oil replaced

After finally sourcing a 14mm Draper drain plug key socket bit I found the time to do the oil refresh. The diff was very straight forward, I made sure that the fill plug came out first before draining and all went to plan. I thought the oil looked good as it poured out a kind of golden syrup colour. It wasn't until I opened the bottle of new oil that I realised that the new stuff is pretty much clear! So well worth doing. Gearbox needed the cover removing and the fuel filter cover part

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Oil Refresh

Today I finally got around to ordering some gearbox and diff oil. For anyone interested, I went with the following: 2 litres of Fuchs TITAN SINTOFLUID SAE 75W-80 Manual Transmission Fluid MTF 75W80 1 litre of Fuchs TITAN SINTOPOID SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil 75W90 All for just over £30 delivered via OpieOils on eBay (worked out cheaper via eBay even with club discounts etc) I just need to source a 14mm hex key now. In other news... I plugged the car into I

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Update

Its been a while since my last update. I'd like to say the car has been running flawlessly without a hitch, unfortunately if I did I would be lying. Since the suspension refresh the ride has certainly improved, I still have a slight dead spot in the steering which bugs me but for now I am living with it. The main issue I've had has been of the annoying intermittent variety, which only occurs when the car is warm (not cold or hot). It feels like a misfire and occurs around 2k, afte

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Shocking...

Rubbish blog title, couldn't think of anything else. The plan this weekend was to replace all four shock absorbers. I sourced some well priced Sachs OEM shocks and they arrived in time for fitting on Saturday. As expected, the rears went on with ease. One nut at the bottom, and one at the top (once you get through the boot liner). The fronts, in theory, are quite straight forward compared to other cars I've worked on. However, this is only in theory....in reality its a differen

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Refresh continues

So after a weekend of fun with the steering rack I spent yesterday afternoon dropping the rack for a second time to correctly centre the steering rack and steering wheel. After a couple of attempts I managed to get the steering wheel roughly in the right location. Once finished I rushed off to my mates garage to get my new Uniroyal Rain Sport 3's fitted. Today I took the car to another garage to get the wheel alignment sorted. The TC light is still on so I'm hoping that is going to reset i

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First work on the E46

I spent most of this weekend working on our recently acquired 2004 320d. Since owning the car I've noticed an issue with the handling and I think specifically the steering characteristics. The steering feels light and twitchy at speed and heavy and slow to centre at lower speeds. I've eyeballed the usual suspension and steering components and all appear OK. The tyres are ditchfinders but the wear looks even, regardless of that I have ordered new Uniroyal Rainsport3's and they are being deli

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