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De Sisti

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    BMW 320d Touring
  1. I had copper brake pipes installed on my 320d Touring six years ago.The local indy charged £220. Edit: Yes, the fuel tank had to be dropped in order for the work to be carried out.
  2. I find the 320d SE engine (M47TUD20)110 kW (148 hp) at 4,000 plenty powerful for me.
  3. Yes, what you see in the picture (to the left of the hole) is what I refer to as a plug. Even after heavy rain I have yet to feel even the faintest hint of moisture where the spare wheel sits.
  4. I think it the plug is thought into the design of the car, just in case the spare wheel compartment fills with water, it offers an outlet for it to go. In over four years I have not noticed the disadvantages you speak of (noise/rust/dirt/water ingress**). It has always felt dry when I have carried out a "touch test"* after a heavy downpour. They prised it with the edge of a screwdriver. It is easily put back in place if necessary. * Rub hands and fingers around spare wheel compartment for sighs of dampness. ** Water ingress would take path of least resistance (by aid of gravity) and just flow back out again.
  5. A few years ago, upon carrying out an Inspection II on my Touring, the local bmw indy informed me that there was 1/2 inch of water sloshing around the spare wheel. They said to get to the source of the problem they'd have to strip the internal lining in the cabin to start their trace. An easier and cheaper option for me (they suggested) was to just remove the plug in the spare wheel compartment (which they did for me).
  6. I've since learned that Milton's Steralising Fluid (you know, the one used on babies bottles) is good for cleaning out the windscreen washer bottle.
  7. Cleaned much of the mold out of the windscreen washer resevoir and replaced washer fluid (after windscreen washers became blocked).
  8. I had the expansion tank of my 2003 (117,000) E46 Touring changed (after reading a few scare stories about them failing. Garage said there was nothing wrong with it. There is a heated debate going on about the subject on E46 fanataics. Here's a taster: 01-12-2019, 04:52 PM #19 OnTheFence Registered User Join Date: Jan 2012 Location: NY Posts: 1,815 My Ride: 2001 330i (and 530i) View My Garage My e39 it's on the original expansion tank at 170k miles. Replace my E46 expansion tank at a 100k miles.. and it was perfect brand new looking.. waste of time and money Cooling system paranoid ...a lot of Internet forum hype craziness. If it ain't broke don't fix it and if you bust a pipe .pull over and get towed. big deal __________________ 0714,0171: It was the MAF. NOT intake boots. NOT vacuum lines. NOT Fuel pump Last edited by OnTheFence; 01-12-2019 at 04:52 PM. 01-13-2019, 11:08 AM #20 Ettinger Registered User Join Date: Dec 2018 Location: & Posts: 300 My Ride: 4 doors, 3 pedals View My Garage Quote: Originally Posted by OnTheFence My e39 it's on the original expansion tank at 170k miles. Replace my E46 expansion tank at a 100k miles.. and it was perfect brand new looking.. waste of time and money Cooling system paranoid ...a lot of Internet forum hype craziness. If it ain't broke don't fix it and if you bust a pipe .pull over and get towed. big deal
  9. New expansion tank and boost pipe (for an E46 52 reg).
  10. I had a basic oil service a last month (on the advice of the main mechanic at a local indy dealer). The previous two years I opted for an Inspection II. (My car is a 320d SE Touring, with 116,000 miles on the clock. It has a full service history, having previously being owned by my sister from new; Mar 2003 - Aug 2012, followed by me; Aug 2012 to the present day).
  11. That link has been hijacked. It has nothing to do with thule bike racks.
  12. Gave my leather seats a clean and (autoglym leather balm) treatment. It'll look a lot better after a few more treatments.
  13. My car was built in Dec 2002, but sold in Feb 2003.
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