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  2. Velvet Blue - E46 330CI Clubsport

    Realised it's been a little while I posted an update! Been loving life with the alcantara wheel. Makes SO much difference. Highly recommend. Recently passed her MOT which was nice - only advisory was for some corroded rear springs, which I was aware of. Gonna order some repalcement AC Schnitzers and have them ready, most likely to replace in March '18 or Summer '18, depending on how bad they get. Got a small service and dropped my K&N Air Filter in. Feeeeeel the horsepower gainzzzz. Brakes and tyres all have plenty of life left, which is nice! Been debating a brake pad upgrade when these ones go.. any suggestions? Also bought some Osram Cool Blue Intenses - should be fitting them tomorrow And that's about it I think? Just general maintenance. Need to get my sagging door seals sorted and my driver's seat bolster touched up but really just been trying to enjoy the car. Any suggestions on what next?
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  4. RTX Alternator-Eurocarparts AVOID at all costs!

    Hi R11ch, I appreciate your feedback I've always been a OEM parts only person in the past but the cost pressures of repairing the nearly now antique 6pot (some 16years old) led to some foolish cost cutting decisions recently I'm afraid, due to family arrival I think this may well be the last year I run this car which will be sad with 225k on the clock she still purrs like a tiger🐯 and pulls like a monster. 😜 I've now given up on ECP they clearly don't give a toss so I'll put it down as an expensive lesson learnt- pay cheap....pay twice. I won't be making the same mistake anytime soon. Take care and thanks everybody for the contributions good to know the zone is alive and well! 👍
  5. 320d not starting

    Number 4 injector was leeking all sorted and running now
  6. Hey There

    Nasty bit of rust there Triggerfish. Was lucky with my coupe. Stripped the full car down to find only a couple small spots. Treated and fully underseal the entire car. Should see it last several more years.
  7. Recall letter

    Had both mine replaced last year.
  8. Gave up using eurocarparts about 3 years ago, most of the parts they supply have gone down hill and just seems to be getting cheaper and cheaper quality. Stick with Oem Bmw for everything now other than my brakes which are aftermarket but its all fit and forget and is guaranteed to out last my ownership. Hope you get your situation sorted.
  9. BMW E46 3.0CS - project.

    x 2 on this, would love to see some of the earlier pics. Car looks stunning in that last picture, would love to see more! Btw apologies if it's been covered off but what exhaust / tips are those? They look very similar to mine!
  10. Recall letter

    Yes got one last week
  11. Recall letter

    Anyone else had a recall letter from BMW ? Drivers airbag
  12. Hey There

    This is what treated me with my rear arches, including their state before I started probing around...
  13. RTX Alternator-Eurocarparts AVOID at all costs!

    Hi Momo and Bob, thanks for your posts the ongoing saga with ECP continues despite them promising to ring me back on two occasions nobody's bothered to call, truly unbelievable how bad their customer service is. Must of spent thousands with them over the years but they lost my custom now. The replacement Alternator fitted was Bosch so far so good wish I had invested in it in the first instance. My garage also said RTX are to be avoided and had nightmare stories to share about ECP as well so will be giving GSF car parts a go from now on they can't be any worse.
  14. Hey There

    yeh,i can see ,my side skirts have a little rust showing..but im not taking them off..im keeping it till it dies or fails mot and becomes too expensive to keep..they are great cars,,but thtas all they are "cars" they come and go..ive got no real sentimentality towards them after they are gone..although i might look back in 10 years and say..god that 330d was good..
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  16. BMW E46 330i TOURING ESTATE SALOON BREAKING FOR SPARES PARTS Face Lift model in Silver This is an Air Condition version. Air conditioning pump and rad still available Only Rear leather black seats remain in car. Headlights and tail lights available in good condition. Already removed and sold is, •Engine with gear box •Air box, inlet boot and MAF sensor •Front leather seats in black. •Front door cards. •Front driver door widow motor •Front passenger window panel •rear passenger door quarter window panel •front calliper and carriers •front section of prop shaft •driver side lower suspension arm •crome window trims (lower ones only) • rear spoiler stop light and trim •rear top spolier •parcel shelf •front kidney grills •Alloys Everything else remains available for sale. Message for parts you require. 07712204468 I can post and i accept payment through paypal or parts can be collected for cash.
  17. BMW E46 330i TOURING ESTATE SALOON BREAKING FOR SPARES PARTS Face Lift model in Silver This is an Air Condition version. Air conditioning pump and rad still available Only Rear leather black seats remain in car. Headlights and tail lights available in good condition. Already removed and sold is, •Engine with gear box •Air box, inlet boot and MAF sensor •Front leather seats in black. •Front door cards. •Front driver door widow motor •Front passenger window panel •rear passenger door quarter window panel •front calliper and carriers •front section of prop shaft •driver side lower suspension arm •crome window trims (lower ones only) • rear spoiler stop light and trim •rear top spolier •parcel shelf •front kidney grills •Alloys Everything else remains available for sale. Message for parts you require. 07712204468 I can post and i accept payment through paypal or parts can be collected for cash.
  18. General photography chat

    Photobucket have messed up a load of forums and I'm a little annoyed with them!
  19. Kirkynut's own E46

    I replaced the front brake pads the other week in preparation for the trip to Centre Parcs we did last week in my E46. So this was at 87k or just over I think. I've got front pads on the bench for the Mrs 325i E46 too but need the time and for her to let me have it to change them. Mine didn't need doing quite yet as there was a bit more meat on them than I thought from looking through the caliper recently but I prefer to replace them early after bad experiences of the friction material coming off the backing plate when pads have still had a reasonable amount left on them. I think that age is a reason for this often but as I didn't own the car when they were fitted I don't know how old they are or what quality they are. I've put Pagid on as I've been using them for a while now without issue. Kirkynut
  20. Help with 325ci auto water leak

    Can anyone tell me where i could get the "O" ring that goes between the expansion tank and mount at the bottom?
  21. Hey There

    Rust is a nightmare and its not just age related. I've seen 2000 plates in better condition than a 04 plates looks to be luck of the draw i have to be honest here i thought my coupe was rust free. but when you start peeling back the plastic coverings you will find some nasty surprises and once the rot has set in i don't care what anyone says only way to deal with it is to cut it out. and do you really want to be spending thousands on a 10 year plus car? Mechanically wise i can't fault my ownership of the E46 but I found some nasty rust that is no longer my problem lol As much as i loved My e46 the cold hard truth is the oldest e46 is coming up to 18 years old and the newest being about 11 years old. No doubt you will find a good one if you play the waiting game. Under sill covers front wing. are a good place to check. Hello E90 335i coupe
  22. Hey There

    It's not just the arches that rust - it's underneath too so unless you get the car up on a ramp, you wont see it. I've just had to have a plate welded into mine to get it through its MOT. VERY disappointing in a BMW.. From the sounds of it the E90 onwards isn't anywhere near as bad.
  23. I bought my Bosch from ECP - had no issues whatsoever. I think the issue is more buying poor quality parts along with ECP's notoriously shoddy customer service. When my original Alternator went I bought a rmf'd one from AutoElectro here in Bradford. It worked fine, but failed on the 13th month (so outside the warranty). No good will gesture, no nothing from AutoElectro. It was out of warranty, tough bananas! Stumped up and bought the Bosch from ECP and gave them my knackered one - no issues since.
  24. Hey There

    Ahh a few bits of missing skin from your fingers never hurt anyone haha. That's my thinking, I don't really like the look of the newer 3 series. I think I've seen about 2 good ones so far. Both black m sport tourings with the alcantara interior. Perfect e46 to me. Just gotta play the waiting game
  25. Sure sounds like you have had one hell of a bad experience there, apologies to hear. Your correct about ECP though, they are absolutely useless. Having said that, when my alternator went a few months back, I was considering the RTX because it was new, but ended up going for a reconditioned Bosch, I think it was 120amp or something like that and it was from ECP, touch wood it been alright since.
  26. Hey There

    It's easy to get at, but one of the screws is an exercise in contortion to access! You only need to remove one or two pieces of trim to access them though. The sort of E9* you'll get for E46 money is likely to be a whole lot worse, I'd guess. You'll find a good one if you're patient
  27. Hey There

    Is the blower resistor easy to get to? Or is it a case of ripping the whole cat apart? Rust isn't too much of a problem unless it needs some serious welding as I'm currently doing an apprenticeship in spraying. So would be able to easily sort things like arches. Glad to hear they are pretty solid mechanically then, just gonna need my handy rust detector when I go. @DaveNE Are they really that bad? What would you recommend instead?
  28. LED front indicator bulbs?

    You can also disable bulb checking with PA Soft/NCS Expert (which is what I did when someone gave me LED bulbs)
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