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  1. 3 points
    Connar92

    Just another 330 build thread.

    Owned the car a while now and used the forum for various things in the past and after reading a build thread of someone i know I decided to come on here and make one of my own. I get asked over and over why keep the cabriolet and not just sell it and buy a coupe m3...? The anwser is im not really sure on that one myself... Owned it such a long time now that its gained sentimental value and I doubt id part with it for all the tea in china. Got the car around 2013 with 13500 miles on the clock and slowly made it my mission to use it! I believe when the picture was taken the bumper had been taken for paint due to looking scruffy from stone chips etc. The car aside from the mv2s going gumetal grey stayed more or less stock till around june 2017. The E30 IS build took more of my time and money getting where i wanted it to be.... However thats a different story and unfortunately been sold! First on the list was an Eibach B12 kit (pro springs and b8 dampers) id also ordered eibach anti roll bars at the time howerver was informed that they were on back order and unfortunately wouldn’t be available until mid to late October. Wasn’t ideal but decided on holding out for them. Car wouldn’t be going anywhere far and what was the rush? After fitting those i also decided on a set of new Michelin pilot sport 4’s and a full geo on the car. Initial thoughts on the car were night and day. Car sat a touch higher than i wanted it too and ride was certainly firmer than i wanted but the drive of it was a more engaging experience than before. Nose still dived down on tight bends. What did I expect its a fat drop top? But the car gave better feedback. Made it more driver focused than before. Id also stumbled across another thread on people looking for a short shift on the factory 6 speed boxes around the same sort of time. Trawling through thread after thread of people recommending the 545i shift lever however common responses were that they arnt compatible with a 6 speed box for whatever reason. Finally after feeling like id gone full circle on it i found that ECS in America had kindly left a part number on their website for a factory short shift kit. “Apparently” the same as the bmw performance range. (Part N/O - 25 11 7 528 881). So the following say called the local stealer and got a price of £56 for the lever. Along with ordering a ZHP knob and a new shifter bush and clip I thought ive got to have it. (Short shift is the curved one on the left) Needless to say the car hadn’t been used much since the suspension or short shift due to winter coming along and me being a bit of a snow flake. The car gets hidden away and garaged during the bad weather. Im not a fan of the underside getting wet! The added with the fact ive another car to use the 330 sat on trickle charge unless the occasional dry day came along where i could pull it out and blow the cob webs away. By this time September had come and gone and unfortunately still hadn’t received the eibach anti roll bars. According to eibach uk the bars needed to be made by eibach Germany and were going to be made in coming weeks. However this wasn’t quite the case and 3 month backlog i was supposed to have ended up being a 7 month wait. Fortunately for the decent chaps at eibach uk due to the wait they sorted me out with a set of the steel camber arms at a REALLY good price, i decided that due to it being the only other product they sold aside from the adjustible topmounts. (which I didn’t want on the car as i wanted to retain comfort and somewhat of the factory ride) I had to have them. Also no doubt like most owners on here spent a fair while deciding on an exhaust from various YouTube videos that i wanted fitting to the car. I originally found another genuine BMW performance item the stainless backbox i had it for a while sat in its original packaging in the garage for months debating to cut the original system to fix the box. (Same method bmw used to fit them) or then deciding on having a 3/4 system custom made with the bmw box. I then started weighing it up cost wise to a full Eisenmann system from CA and decided that in the 46 m54 world imo the Eisenmann system was the one to have. Deciding on a sport centre and sport rear being a vert I didn’t want it too obnoxious with the roof off. Placing an order (whilst sat down) when being told the cost, thinking.... “its the best you can get for the car”. Plus making it an early Christmas gift to myself.... Initial thoughts on the system were poor. In the month wait for the system id sold my bmw performance box and majorly regretted selling it. Welds were awful and the fit was abysmal. A glove to a foot summed it up reasonably well and certainly not what I expected from what was supposed to be the top of the tree of brands for systems. Weeks past and after various emails and pictures sent to them I received another system. Better fitting by miles however still not what id expect for the money. Knowing what i know now id have had another system custom made. However the noise. Purely stunning. Exactly what i was after and if I hadn’t have fitted the exhaust personally i wouldnt have cared. The note after around 500 miles ish changed slightly after bedding in but only became better and better. (Excuse the rusty subframe.) Shortly after resolving the exhaust issues the eibach bars and camber arms arrived at my front door. Excited was an understatement. I guess the lead time building up to it had made me desperate to fit them. The earliest dry February day i got the bars fitted for a B-road blast. Thoughts..... without a doubt one of the best items ive bought on the car. The nose dive has gone the car feels planted and unbelievably nimble considering the extra weight and the obvious no roof. I owned a pre facelift 330 manual coupe which was on HSDs and a few other bits shortly after selling the e30 and without a doubt the drop top after the eibach mods is a more focused car and better to drive. Like the suspension when assembled i fitted new top mounts, hardware and strengthening plates the anti roll bars also had new drop links and bushed fitting at the same time. Pictures below were taken on the same evening of the bars being fitted by this time the car on the eibachs suspension had fully settled. Front drop over stock suspension on the front was exactly -20mm and rear was the same as standard. The ride had also softened up and became exactly what i wanted from the kit. Picture below doesn’t show the camber arms. I for whatever reason took pictures before fitting those. Next on the lost was a set of CSL alloys. The obvious choice for a 46 in my eyes. Overplayed or the perfect factory wheel? I went for the latter and decided on the highest quality and closest copy to the original wheels. Looked at a set of apex arc-8s and decided they were too track orientated for what i was after and after speaking to bm autosport picked the best quality ones they offered a staggered set of atomic csls in hyper silver. 8.5j et38 fronts and 9.5j et45. Wanted the highest rear offset available in order to have a car full of passengers if i needed to. I they decided on another set of pilot sport 4s 225/35/19s and 235/35/19s. Originally I picked the 255/30s for the rear but Michelins come up very wide and after having them fitted they were huge. Almost a 265/275 tyre. The 235 is only mildly pulled onto the wheel and after giving the car an extra -0.5 rear camber can confirm it can run 4 people without any noises whatsoever. Onto the best mod on the car period....... The quaife..... i looked into various LSDs. Rebuilding a 288 case LSD from an early e36 328 sport and having it built into my casing, buying a Drexler clutch slipper and a wavetrack or a quaife helical. Again after many hours of weighing up what would be best for the car I swayed more towards the helical type LSD. The little to no maintenance being one of the big reasons and the fact that the quaife is one of the more forgiving units out there. Doesn’t lock in and out aggressively and wont try to kill me if i get it wrong. Again just wanting to sharpen the car up not make it full on “motorsport”. Plus knowing who Birds were and the products they produced with the same quaife l units fitted to m235is and various other bmws etc I thought it had to be the best product available. (Fingers and toes were crossed that I wasn’t going to have any issues like the eisenmann and that “forum talk” actually held its weight this time). I called up James at Birds and placed the order. I also cannot stress enough that if anyone is looking at building one of these units buy new bearings. My original diff and car at this point had only covered 27k and the bearings were/ are still in great shape however removing them to refit to the new unit was near on impossible. I didn’t have the luxury of some of the specialst tools that Birds have available to remove them. Aside from that the unit itself building into the case was fairly straightforward and came with a step by step how to guide. Id also stumbled across another thread stating that a Z4 rear finned diff cover woukd fit being as the diff casing was the same unit used on the 46s.... So once again i was on the phone to the stealers to put one on order. Cant see a LSD however the finned cover was the only small nod to the diff being slightly different. Thoughts.... grip is just exceptional now. DSC doesnt even flicker. Car is more planted and almost feels like its being pulled around corners. Can honestly say if youve a spare £1200 buring a hole in your pocket buy one. Night and day difference. Lastly on the list as far as “mods” would go literally in the last few days ive swapped out my calipers due to becomingly increasingly annoyed with the small amout of surface corrosion and them letting the car down. Ive fitted original OE calipers back to the car powdercoated black with new Hel black (OE finish) braided brake lines with stainless fittings. Also swapped out discs and pads at the same time as they didn’t look their best. Whilst fitting the new braided lines i also ordered up a braided black clutch line and fitted that with a CDV delete. (Not sure if their is much of a difference as of yet but ive only driven about 10 miles since fitting and bleeding them. Aside from your generic servicing and my want to want to swap out parts the car hasn’t needed anything aside from an intake boot, due to age. Ive also as preventative maintenance (same time as brakes) swapped out the original waterpump for a new BMW one with belts something ive put off and off but with a recent trip across Europe planned I decided that was an absolute must. Inside the car is your usual looking interior. Ive fitted a new relocation panel along with a new handbrake surround and removed the stock bmw business CD player and fitted a Dynavin N7 unit to pull the interior up to date. Wanted an oem looking unit that didn’t require any fettling to fit. (Love and hate the wallnut dash! Was original so left it in) If youve made it this far without falling asleep ill be sure to add more to the thread at some point...... Future plans hopefully involve having redish motorsport carrying out a minor underside restoration and reinforcement process. Having the underside painted titan silver to match the car and subframes etc being re powder coated black etc. Quite like to get my hands on a BMW performance 330 airbox however i dont think ive ever seen one for sale in the uk. (If you have one you want to sell let me know!).... Or any e46 BMWP part for that matter!
  2. 2 points
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    I like it, it’s heavier, shorter and more slender than the old one, which I don’t think was a club-sport/zhp. Feels like a quality product in the hand. Got the matching handbrake handle on order from latvia or some other weird place that begins with L. The carbon cube dash and door trims are going silver with a nice gloss coating! Should freshen the black hole up nicely! Problem is now I’m really noticing how sloppy the rest of the linkage is so I’m eyeing up the E60 shift conversion. Got it for £49 from bmwdirect on ebay.
  3. 2 points
    evokid

    330Ci Project Topaz...

    Well the CSL Discs arrived! OMG I likey.... Will be building them up on Hubs next week.
  4. 2 points
    Aspire_Dan

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Stunning - CSL reps are my favourite wheels on the E46's (slightly biased as I have some myself). Ride height looks perfect!
  5. 2 points
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    I also painted the wheel hubs silver, I had done them black a couple of years ago but had now rusted up.
  6. 2 points
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    New wheels are on!
  7. 1 point
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Cheers bud I purchased my reps from Chris at CM Wheels, it’s the second set I’ve had off him and can’t fault them. Quality wheels at a good price. He does the atomic but there isn’t much difference and are more expensive. The VMR’s are nice but again pricey.
  8. 1 point
    evokid

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Which reps did you go for? I'm Struggling between Cades / Atomic CSL's from BMautosprt / Would love the VMR VB3's but pricey!
  9. 1 point
    Ger89

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Car looks great
  10. 1 point
    R11CH

    Brake warning lights

    Careful removing the front sensors, the retaining bolts like to snap. Both mine snapped and half hour with a drill and tap set to fix it.
  11. 1 point
    PoohBore

    Brake warning lights

    Great, thank you for that Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    couldn’t resist the urge to splurge and got hold of a bmw performance gear knob! gaiter courtesy of Mrs Incredirog and some OEM alcantara I had knocking about.
  13. 1 point
    martauto

    330Ci Project Topaz...

    Really gooooooooooooood choice of car there mate. I have the sport and would not swop it for the world !!!! I had an SE before which was really special but the sport has won the day .lol. They are such great cars to drive and if kept up with, are very reliable. I have a set of MV 2`s but bought a set of BBS reps for my son`s wedding last year. (great excuse) I have had a few injuries over the past year so both cars need some love but they can stand up to a year or so. Cheers mate, summer only lol. The Baur in the background will be my car of choice very soon. 316 auto ??? who would want that ???? lol.
  14. 1 point
    martauto

    330Ci Project Topaz...

    Really gooooooooooooood choice of car there mate. I have the sport and would not swop it for the world !!!! I had an SE before which was really special but the sport has won the day .lol. Some fool behind me did not stop for the ambulance but I walked away and the SE died. They are such great cars to drive and if kept up with, are very reliable. I have a set of MV 2`s but bought a set of BBS reps for my son`s wedding last year. (great excuse) I have had a few injuries over the past year so both cars need some love but they can stand up to a year or so.
  15. 1 point
    CoupEdin

    Black 330Ci - Super Deluxe 'sleeper'

    Thought I'd start a build thread to share what I'm doing and keep me motivated. The base car is a Sapphire black 2002 330CI Sport, Hellbeige front electric/heated leather, Auto gearbox, Xenons, Power Mirrors, Rain Sensor, HK, FCA, TV and Nav. I became only the third owner last year, with 74,000 on the clock and a complete BMW FSH. Having owned the same model back in 2003, a 325Ci in silver, manual, cloth interior with literally no extras, I've now got a great opportunity to create my perfect E46. Which means; it looks completely standard on the outside, has a supercharger under the bonnet, slightly firmer at each corner, slightly quicker steering, better brakes and with every comfort and extra inside a great cabin. I don't want it louder or lower. And I don't want to use anything other than OE for anything you can see or touch. Now, I know I could buy an M3, but that just becomes an arms race, my brother's had several, and they're just a bit too 'shouty' for me.
  16. 1 point
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Thanks mate, the current specs are 8.5j x 19” et38 (et33 with a 5mm spacer) with 225/35/19 rubber on the front. Then on the rear they are 9.5j x 19” et40 with 245/35/19 rubber. I’m still trying to find a better looking wheel than the CSL’s for it!
  17. 1 point
    evokid

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Looking good mate, whats the offsets on the wheels and tyre sizes? Still debating on CSL's or Cades Tyrus!
  18. 1 point
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    And a Fuel Pump picture, first one I’ve ever taken!
  19. 1 point
    Pioneer44

    328ci EML + Traction control light.

    Hi, The friend with the code reader called earlier today and we plugged it in. There are no codes stored ! However, the problem seems to have gone away ! The car starts and runs as it should without issue so I`m a little confused as to what`s happening. Having read several similar cases on the forums I thought it might be a failing battery and fitted a known good one. Also checked the charging system via the onboard computer which shows 14.1 volts with several electrical items running on the car. Maybe the throttle (and TPS) had become slightly stuck after nearly 2 years of being unused and the ECU "imagined" there was a problem and illuminated the EML. ASC and instigated limp mode. So I guess I`ll just run the car and see what happens. After owning 5 3 series over the last 20 odd years this is the first time I`ve ever experienced a problem and maybe the moral of the story is to use the car and not leave it for nearly 2 years - maybe it was just sulking through lack of use ! Interestingly I also have a 1993 318is Coupe (owned for 14 years) but been stored in a friends garage for the last 6 years and that starts/runs perfectly when it`s started once a year or so ! David.
  20. 1 point
    She's been sold It was a really nice decade with this car but was time for an upgrade!
  21. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    hope they work don’t fancy taking them back to ECP looking like this, it’s bad enough when they’re hidden behind a wheel!
  22. 1 point
    evokid

    330Ci Project Topaz...

    Next Installment, got these bad boys, with New Brake hoses and CSL Discs....
  23. 1 point
    evokid

    Centre Console Hydro dip Carbon

    Well Decided to get my Centre console Hydro Dipped, Wanted the CSL Look without the CSL Price!!
  24. 1 point
    BN101

    18k miles per year a lot?

    Rather have them than missing trim and load of glue in the place where it was😁plus it fits nicely with the aluminium panels.As for the car I bonded to it pretty quick. Im certain it will be my ride for the next 3/4 years and then I'd hope to get a 330 with proper spec so no more nasty ebay badges😁Will upload some more pictues of sides and rear and hopefully in August it will get painted.
  25. 1 point
    R11CH

    Rich's Supercharged 325Ci MSport.

    Brakes all finally finished, car back on its wheels and a good clean. Next up will be the M52 manifolds and downpipes attached to a custom center section to improve exhaust flow and fit a innovate wideband with dual bosch sensors. Vanos overhaul as its never been done along with another new cam cover gasket set. CCV valve which i will use custom pipework as apposed to the brittle plastic pipe. Remove and clean intake manifold and replace any vacuum pipes etc. Delete idle control valve and fit new injectors. Fit the supercharger and Aem water methanol kit and go get it mapped 😁 that's the plan and i can't wait.
  26. 1 point
    lozevans

    OEM rear seat 12v socket

    They pop up regularly on eBay mate Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    thought I’d sneak one last mod in before the window of opportunity slams shut. I generally hate taking it to a garage so the antisocial nature of this is perfect for me. also I’m not trying to squeeze the maximum out of it just a nice little bump! pretty sure it’s going to bring the driveway clutch and flywheel replacement forward a bit though!
  28. 1 point
    R11CH

    Rich's Supercharged 325Ci MSport.

    Just waiting on rear pads now. Only been 2 months since i started this 😂
  29. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    Neither was the bill at the end!
  30. 1 point
    Rebel

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Hey Garry - How's things? Not been on the here for a while but I like to look in on the old girl from time to time. Looking awesome man. Here, have one of my rare but prestigious thumbs up👍 If you ever think of selling... 🤔🤗
  31. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    Realised it wasn’t sitting correctly, checked, double checked and worked out the troubled OSF strut wasn’t seated in its collar correctly. Applied some ghetto engineering and removed the pinch bolt and took it round the block. A satisfying clunk later and all four corners are sitting correctly! Pinch bolt reinstalled and torqued all without jacking the car! bit of in car World Cup action while waiting for the school to kick out
  32. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    finally got there! The shakedown revealed a rattle which I traced to the NSF, doubting my strut assembly skills I feared the worst but having watched a YouTube of an idiot shearing his megane top mount I erred on the side of caution and performed the hammer tyre test. This led me to the fuel filter (which is giant on the M57) contacting the strut wall. A bit of bending and tightening of the bracket and all is well. First impressions, the brakes look nice but really don’t perform or feel any different save for fixing a slight vibration when performing long gradual brake from speed. The H&R cup kit feels fantastic I can’t compare it to new OEM as the suspension has always needed doing in my owner ship. Ride height is basically the same as the sport setup. The father in law has a leased 520d msport and it feels a lot more like that now. It’s a bit wayward but the four wheel alignment on Saturday should fix that! If I was doing it again I would probably take the car out of daily service for the duration of the job. Paint the calipers off car. Generally spend more time cleaning bits and pieces you don’t get to see. In my opinion unless the pinch bolts come straight out first time the quickest way is to cut them in the middle and drill out through the centre up to no10 bit and then use an easy out. I found this preserved the thread and if I’d had the tools to do it first time round I’d have saved hours and not “had” to drive the car in an “unsafe” state. So to summarise as I won’t be updating now for a while (turns out I will!). If you’ve got old suspension get it all replaced and your car will feel like new! Brakes, if they ain’t broke don’t waste the money fixing them!
  33. 1 point
    incredirog

    Black 330d Sport Touring

    I didn’t do it in one day! rear half finished.
  34. 1 point
    robolots

    Introduce yourself

    Just bought a 330D as it was too good to turn down with low miles for one of these 138K and loads of history. Usual arches (rear) that going to sort out first and then got a list that includes wheels/stereo/possible front seat swap (although the current ones have no drivers bolster wear) and possible remap. From Folkestone, Kent Pics to follow and any stereo ideas, please pm me
  35. 1 point
    Thatblueclubsport

    Clubsport Vs M-Sport?

    My M5 came from Munich Legends and obviously this one is from hexagon classics, I don’t think I’ll have to much trouble when/if I come to sell it. And tbh at the moment I can’t see why I’d ever sell it! Once it starts approaching 40k i’ll Take it to Spain keep it garaged in a nice climate with no salt on the roads, enjoy it when I’m out there and keep the miles down. I’ll let you all know how it goes next week. 👍
  36. 1 point
    momo

    Clubsport Vs M-Sport?

    That makes perfect sense. If you do drive and enjoy it for a few years I can't see you losing much if anything in the value tbh. Like you said, it's still going to be low mileage. I'd seek out http://www.munichlegends.co.uk/ when you come to sell - they like rare/low mileage cars and always sell at a premium. Might mean you get an extra £1k or 2 come sale time compared to a normal private sale? I'd go so far as to ask them to do a valuation when you get it so it's on their books for now. You never know - they may have a client who's looking for that exact car and is willing to pay a premium in 12-24months.
  37. 1 point
    2clubsp

    Clubsport Vs M-Sport?

    Buy it. Enjoy it. End of.
  38. 1 point
    Thatblueclubsport

    Clubsport Vs M-Sport?

    TBH mate if i was looking for a LT investment id buy something with a brick at each corner that’s gonna pay me rent The cars getting used, simples. The whole point of bumping this post was to see if people’s reactions to the price has changed since 2014. If it was still a 12 year old car today and they were asking 20k I wouldn’t be interested. Things have changed since then though, there are far fewer good e46 manuals out there with reasonably low miles and also back then you could definitely pick up a low mileage e46 M3 coupe for the same money or less. Today you can’t. I hate new cars, and I really don’t want a project. I’ve got 2 E30s, a mrs, kids, & dog, I really really don’t want anything else that requires constant attention and ££££s per year on Servicing. However I do want an older car, with a manual box that’s in mint condition, and I also don’t want a car that’s going to depreciate fast. look at it this way, what new sports coupes can you get for £17k? Maybe a really low spec Mazda mx5? Hyundai coupe? And if you bought one of them new and just put them in the garage they would depreciate fast, no? Even if you did hardly any miles. The BMW wins on so many levels. I think the car will depreciate a bit over the next few years but only in line with mileage, when e46 get to 25years old and a low mileage sport gets £20k a club sport will get a bit extra as they always have. Anyway I’m picking it up Monday all going well, I might start a new thread called “Buying a new 16year old car” and keep a log of what goes wrong or not, hopefully, at least everyone knows where the weak spots are and what to look out for but my last e46 was really good even at high miles. Don’t see why being dry stored all this time will be much of an issue.
  39. 1 point
    R11CH

    Rich's Supercharged 325Ci MSport.

    So my pads and discs finally turned up after a 3 week wait! Thanks Demon Tweeks. Brembo extra high carbon discs, Ferodo Ds2500 pads, New brake lines, New oem calipers (painted) Shot blasted and painted carriers, Refurbished knuckles and brake guards, New bearings and hubs. Should keep me going or stopping for a bit, now just the rear to do.
  40. 1 point
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

  41. 1 point
    incredirog

    Andy's Imola 330Ci

    just looking at that makes me nervous, I’d never be able to park next to a kerb again!
  42. 1 point
    gaz-777

    Gaz's Graphite Grey 330ci

    Just a little update, i sold my silver CSL wheels back in October and recently purchased some more but in hyper silver this time. I’ve also gone for a rear offset of et40 as I now use the car daily. I want to do a coolant change this year and Install a tablet into a double dash din. Couple of pics of the new wheels.
  43. 1 point
    FilthyBadger

    320d intermittent loss of boost

    Hi Gerg I too once had an intermittent turbo boost issue. Its really annoying isn't it! It took me years to find! I was of the mentality of "fix it once it broke" as i couldn't for the life of me find it. It never broken, but i'm pleased to say i found it & fixed it! I also straight away got it plugged in at a garage, and they said looked like actuator issue, mines the electronic one. The PC did come up with faults for the actuator, but once cleared, ran and retested no fault codes. Even though the fault kept occurring. From my years of looking (on & off because I'm lazy as) here's my advice in fault finding this issue. I recommend doing it in the same order (easiest/ cheapest first); Note; remove the plastic engine cover and leave it off until the problem(s) found. 1.) unplug the MAF sensor and take the car for a spin if the fault stop occurring, plug it back in and see if it comes back, if it does, unplug again and see if it stops again. This will prove if its the MAF. (Don't worry about the engine light, it goes off once plugged back in, left for a while and engine re-started.) 2.) unplug the fuel temp sensor, again drive without it and see if this cure's the issue. (this will leave a fault code on the ECU, which can be cleared, but don't worry about it.) 3.) Unplug the 4mm vacuum tube to the EGR, insert a 4mm bolt (or golf tee) in the open end of the tube and cable tie the tube tight around the bolt to stop it falling off. Take the car for a spin and see if the issue stops. 4.) Buy a can of electrical contractor spray (about £3/£4), pop the bonnet with the car running and start spraying every air hose to try find if any are slightly spilt. The engine RPM will drop or the engine will shudder when your spray any spilt hose(s). Replace where required. Check your service book for something like "breather filter" it will be penned in if BMW have done it in the past. 5.) replace all the 4mm vacuum tubes. Its not that expensive (about £20 off ebay) and see if the problem stops. I noticed a performance increase once swapped! You will have to take the inlet manifold off, so you might as well service the air filter and give the EGR a clean. If you haven't changed the crank case ventilation filter for the voxtec one you need too! Do this while changing the air filter. If it is a vortex crank case breather filter, don't bother changing it their a fit and forget item. 6.) Jack the car up and remove the inter-cooler (its really not that hard and can be done in 30 mins), once removed put the inter-cooler on a dry floor with the inlet/ outlet ducts pointing up. Now fill the inter-cooler with water to see if there's any leaks. If it leaks swap for a new one (about £100 for Andrew pages etc.) If the cooler turns out to be o.k. let it dry out first before re-fitting, it might not cause an issue, but better safe than sorry! 7.) Buy a new MAP sensor and replace it on the inlet manifold. There about £50 from BMW. really easy to change. Again see if the problem stops. You cant unplug this sensor and take the car for a spin because it goes into limb mode (mine does anyway, worth trying before buying a new one). 8.) Buy a new diesel priming pump. This is the pump under the middle of the car, roughly behind the hand brake. There about £120 and easy enough to fit yourself. This pump might be whats called "soft failing". 9.) Buy a new vacuum pressure converter. this is located under the inlet manifold, and is the unit all the 4mm tubes for the EGR runs to. Or try fixing it yourself, this video shows you how to do it; (note i never had to do this because i found my fault, so i can't recommend the DIY fix) I believe there about £120 for a new one. 10.) Start worrying as you may need to start looking at a new turbo, high pressure fuel pump, or injectors etc. That's all i know i'm afraid, mine turned out to be the inter-cooler. But i have done all the tests above excluding steps 9. I did step 10 a lot! One thing i need to ask, have you had your swirl flaps blanked off? if you haven't, that would be the first job i did, that along with replacing the crank case breather filter! Once the inlet manifold's off (which isn't a hard job at all) its an easy DIY job to do. Might be worth re-placing the inlet manifold rubber gaskets while your there. Let me know how you get on. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask? regards FILTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    bachu

    330D SALOON IN ESTORIL BLUE MANUAL

    LOl you nutta
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    rasa

    330D SALOON IN ESTORIL BLUE MANUAL

    ive got some hens teeth and and unicorns horn if youd like some of them ha ha
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    Ashley1995

    iPad Air Smart Covers

    I have two brand new Apple iPad Air smart covers, one white one blue. Brand new never opened. These are the magnetic type that cover the front of the device. They are £30 from Apple so £25 each to forum members, Can post for a little extra (couple of quid) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    dazza

    Style 121 wheels

    What tyres you think I would need to make them fit as I'm lowered on eibach pro kit? Definitely love the look of them!!!!