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Blog of an unloved 320td being transformed...

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Temperamental tantrums...

So, it's been back what, a week or so? Alarm problem was solved by unplugging the bonnet sensor, and removed as it was falling apart. Happy days... For a week! Rewind back to 11th June, my sis took the motor up to Newcastle, the ASC light made an appearance so I got a call, ok'd her to carry on driving there and back. When she got back I checked the tyres and there was 1x mismatch on the rear and also the tread depths were different.  I drove it around on the 15th before I took it in f

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Last thing on my mind...

... was another big bill!   So the motor went in to Motor Tech in Seven Kings. Hadn't used or heard of them before however the mechanic I usually use and my usual tyre shop recommended them. So the car was booked in for a crank pulley.  The day came to drop the car off, so I dropped it and asked the guys to give me a shout once work on the car was completed. Once I got home I got a call from the garage, stating the waterpump needed doing as well as the tensioner, as well as other

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And with a squeak and a whine...

So further to this thread: ...I took the car to an old friends garage and this is what he found...     ...So, pile on yet anther bill . £480 quote for Pulley renewal, thermostats and labour all in, not too bad...total spend almost £2k now though!!! So frustrated right now... :/ .      

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Hydro-What-You-Call-It engine mounts...

28/04/16: Thursday the 28th the motor was booked in with my, who can only be described as perfectionist, car mechanic Mariusz at K1 Tyres in Ilford. I use him for all the work on my E39, some on my W202 (I use Wayne Gates for the w202) and for my sisters old car, the Pug 306. Also, for all my old bmws. He knows his stuff, and most importantly, if a job is going to be too big, he will tell me and not just crack on and bodge the job. I rang and went to Highams Park Motor Co the Tuesday b

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Deep into Major work...

On the 13/4/16 the motor was left with Cooks Ferry Engineering for the Oil Cooler and Breather System to be replaced:   - Oil Cooler (Oil/Coolant exchanger) - Breather system all changed Had the above don by Cooks Ferry Engineering, Pat is very knowledgeable, and refreshingly honest! Total cost was £492, which I see and reasonable considering the labour involved. Parts were all genuine BMW. They put a chemical in the coolant to clean out the oil in the pipes, and the next da

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Pictures and First week or two of Ownership

31/03/2016 S we started off a pretty clean car but I needed to wash it myself, better job and also better cleaning kit. Prepped with a 1/2cap of Autoglym shampoo in a cold bucket of water just poured over the car and rinsed off to get rid of loose dirt and I find dirt comes off faster doing this. Then washed with standard mixture of 2x caps full of AG Shampoo in a cold bucket of water, and washed via 2 bucket method. Car was then dried with an AG Terry towel, given several coats of AG Super R

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Hello! Intro...Coming over from BF-UK...

Hey all, name is Harry and was originally a member of BF-UK however found it really quiet. A work colleague told me about E46 Zone, so i've joined! I've had a fair few BMWs myself, however have had my current steed, a trusty w202 C250TD Sport for over 2 years which is a miracle for me as I usually swap cars every 4-6 months! Anyway, we bought my sister a 320td as her Pug 306 was dying (and now isn't, long story). We did initially look for a 316ti/318ti but found them either riddled wit

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