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Nimraynn

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  1. Well it's been a good 4 years and I've done a good 100k miles in it, but it's time for me to call it quits on the E46.

    Last year it had a new alternator, wheel bearing, suspension arms and a few other bits and pieces.. then it started to leak coolant which we've worked out is a severely bowed radiator as well as a thermostat which has eaten itself. The leak has been slow so I've just been topping it up when it needed (every couple weeks the coolant light would come on) but I ran out of coolant so it's just been distilled water for a few months. I do wonder how much coolant is still left in it :lol: On top of that, the suspension is making all kinds of bad noises, as are the brakes. I keep snapping drop links. The list goes on and on and on.

    The paintwork is also shocking in places. The front bumper is peeling on both corners and is stonechipped so much it looks like I've sat behind a gritter for a year. It looks like the edges of the rear bumper are starting to peel as well. Some smart person also drove into the side of it in a car park, left a nasty scrape down the drivers door, then drove off without a trace. :mad:

    It was great for a few years, never skipped a beat so I kept putting money into modifying it... then when I finally got to a decent point, it started falling apart. My girlfriend thinks she's at fault because it was fine before I met her... then the attention changed from car to female and it threw a hissy fit :lol:

    I'm done with pumping money into it, so I'm moving onto something else. I know a few people are going to groan because it's a Vauxhall, but I've always been a Vauxhall man form the start. Picked up a 56 plate Vauxhall Signum just over a week ago. Wanted something more practical, but also something a little bit rare. It's essentially fat Astra based on the Vectra with a few unusual quirks. Main thing is I picked a 2.8 Turbo with an apparently very rare manual gear box B) It's the same lump in the Vectra VXR, albeit detuned to 230bhp. A remap will supposedly get 285bhp out of it though B)

    Undecided what exactly I'm doing with the E46 at the moment. I'm beginning to strip bits off it ready to stick up for sale (I'll renew my subscription when I'm ready) but I'm undecided whether to just return it to standard & flog it with issues, or just break it.

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  2. Hi guys,

    Yes, that lovely subject again. Drop links.

    I've got HSD Dualtech coilovers fitted on my coupe and I've been told to use the standard E46 drop links. For the second time now, I've managed to rip one of the ball joints out when going over a large bump. It makes me wonder if there is more travel in the suspension than the drop links allow for as they're quite long. I'm wondering if there is something, maybe an inch, shorter than the E46 drop links that I could fit? I've had bad experience with adjustables in the past, and I know the Hyundai Coupe ones that people use on cheapo coilovers are going to be way too short for the HSDs. If I need to, i'll just fit E46 ones again, but now I'm on my second set, I'd like to fit something more suitable if such a thing exists.

    Thanks.


  3. I may do if I have a chance over the weekend :) I was hoping to find one on eBay or the likes. Don't mind second hand, just need the clips to be in tact. Someone elsewhere suggested "sill trim" which did return one result, but the clips are mullered. I can't find anything by any other name I can come up with. No idea what to call it :lol:


  4. Hi guys,

    Crap example pic as I couldn't find a better one :lol: What would you call the plastic bit that runs along the bottom of the car, inside the car? The grey plastic bit that if you remove it, you get carpet and cables? See the red arrows in the attached pic

    My passenger side one is a bit broken after I've had it off a few too many times to run audio cables and now won't clip down properly. Need a new one but I can't think of what its called so I don't know what I'm searching for online :lol:

     

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  5. I'm on 149k and I'm beginning to get suspicious of my clutch, but it's overall OK still. I get the odd time here and there where it seems to stall way too easily and sometimes where it just doesn't do what it should, so I suspect it's beginning to go, but thats not bad mileage in my opinion. Hopefully I won't own it long enough to find out, although by my mileage and commitments, I probably will :(


  6. Sweet, I'll let you know if I see anything.

    Can I make a request? Please don't sell out to VerticalScope. Not that I expect you to, but I remember when Astra Owners Network used to be like this for fixing problems. Since they got taken over, this would've taken months to repair after much argument between users and admins :)


  7. They're not too hard to remove, although I think I've snapped a clip or two because I've had them out so many times :lol: Just above where the stereo sits, there are two screws. Undo these and then the vents should unclip and fold up onto the top of the dash. You may need to get some trim removal tools in there to release the clips as they can be pretty stubborn. I've just had it out so many times as you have to remove it to take the Andrive in and out

    I dread the day I fit a new loom for steering wheel controls :lol: I've got controls, but I've not wired them up. I just fitted the steering wheel anyway because it was nicer than the one I had already.


  8. I've just posted in the above thread and got a screen saying "Something went wrong". When I went back to re-do my post, I noticed it had actually submitted my post, but twice! I'd only clicked the button once. Looks like the OP had the same problem as he's got duplicate posts too


  9. Spotted a silver E46 coupe on the M20 London bound this morning (and have done in the past going coastbound in the evenings)

    Lowered on black dished wheels (LM's maybe?), CS splitters and a CSL boot lid attachment in black (maybe carbon fibre?)

    Looks good, anyone here? :)


  10. Looks good. I've already got a 5 channel amp powering JBL 6.5 fronts, JBL 6.5 rears and a JBL 12 sub. That's why I needed at least three pre outs.

    I managed to get it fitted in the end. It easy mostly the RCA cables bending the wrong way. Managed to get some top down access by removing the vents again.

    My climate panel also stopped blowing after I moved it but oddly checking the fuses (which were both ok) fixed it.

    Before. Nice looking but horrendous performing Andrive

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    And now my nice new simple Kenwood that just works.

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    Sent from my SM-G928F using Tapatalk


  11. Only if you're happy to wait as long as it takes Royal Fail to deliver it :) I'll need it for Wednesday at the very latest, preferably as soon as possible, so I've been opting for the next day delivery option. £7.99 from Car Audio Direct, or £11.97 from Dynamic Sounds. Rather not pay £20 in delivery for the sake of saving about £4 in parts.

    Otherwise, Dynamic Sounds have been good to me in the past. Had their boss hand deliver a headunit and amp to me once because he happened to be passing my house on his way home from work. Just a shame they didn't have the headunit I wanted :(


  12. Thanks but I've just added that to my basket and Dynamic Sounds want nearly £12 postage. That's more than the items cost combined as they don't sell the headunit I'm after.

    I'll stick to CarAudioDirect for those as the postage offset makes it more expensive :(


  13. OEM wiring is all in place. I'm only the second owner and bought it off a mates brother. He kept it standard so I'm the only one to ever play with anything.

    Will have another look through the fitting kits and get it ordered today :)

    Sent from my SM-G928F using Tapatalk


  14. Hi all,

    I currently run an Andrive AN46-3 unit, but its always been grief. The advertised "instant boot" function has never worked. ever. The built-in apps are terrible and don't work properly. If I want to use another media player, I have to open up the in-built media player first, otherwise I either get no audio at all, or it's very basic audio that doesn't seem to recognise the pre-outs. The wifi doesn't work unless you disconnect the power completely, but then it'll only work for 5 days before failing again... the list of problems is almost endless.

    It does eventually sort of work enough for me to have put up with it for over a year, but seeing as I can't find my iPod cable for it and the likelihood that the iPod app is crap like the other media player apps, I'm seriously considering changing to a not-so-fancy branded unit that will do everything I want it to and do it well.

    I don't have a huge budget, lets say £100 but the cheaper the better, which I know isn't always a good thing, but moneys tight at the moment.

    The big problem I'm finding is getting something with 3 pre-outs and an iPod connection. I have a JBL GTO-5355 amp running all my speakers and a sub totalling 3 pairs of RCA cables running from the headunit to the amp, so one or two pairs of pre-outs isn't enough. I'd like to avoid using splitter cables to dupe the signal.

    So I've found this which looks like it should do the job:

    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/kenwood-kdc-461u

    What are peoples thoughts of this unit? Its pretty basic, but it has 3x pre-outs and iPod compatibility.

    If I were to purchase this unit, would I be right in saying I'll need these? Mine is a 2000 reg with the round-pin plug and I don't have steering wheel controls (well, not wired up anyway)

    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ct20bm01-wiring-harness-adapter-for-bmw-1990

    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ct24bm01-facia-plate-for-bmw-3-series-e46-1999

    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/ct27aa67-aerial-antenna-iso-to-din-adaptor

    Is that the correct aerial cable for the big round plug with the single pin in the middle?

    Cheers,

    Mike

     


  15. I tried to watch the first one and it was so cringeworthy that I had to stop after about 30 minutes.

    I tried again a few days later and managed to watch the whole episode and really didn't get on with it.

    I may give the other episodes a chance as I've heard mixed reviews, but Chris Evans was way too shouty and trying way too hard to be Clarkson. I'm not gonna go out of my way to watch it, but if I have nothing better to do, I might give it another go.

    I'd have given it more of a chance if they changed it up a bit. They had a golden opportunity to make it theirs, but instead they decided to try to replicate what Clarkson, Hammond & May had produced. The problem there was it was a formula that only really worked with Clarkson, Hammond and May. Throw some randoms into it and it doesn't work.

    We'll see what happens, I'm not sure I expect much to happen of Top Gear.

    Extra Gear on the other hand. Again, I've only watched the first one as due to not enjoying Top Gear, I lost interest in following the schedule... but I watched Extra Gear and I actualy enjoyed that. I thought it was a much better show. A change from the norm and much better presenting. This was more what I was expecting of Top Gear.

    I do find it funny though that Chris Evans bigged it up massively, saying it was a success after one episode, then continued to say it was doing really well despite numbers rapidly dropping. Now he's realised it's not actually doing well, he's quit. Does make me laugh.

    We'll see what Clarkson, Hammond and May have to offer in response, but I expect it'll be a different feel to old Top Gear. Which is a good thing in my books and what CE and co should've done.


  16. Went and tried it anyway. No is the answer. Well, not properly anyway.

    It picks it up as a USB hard drive, so it can read it, but it's a pain to find your files. The main iPod interface says no.

    So if anyone has a spare cable, that'd be really awesome. Otherwise, this piece of s**t is going in the bin.

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