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  1. Hi all, after a few years, I have another E46. This time a facelift, 330ci Vert in Silver Grey. Pretty much rust free too! I’ve still got my M140i, this is just a bit of a daily, I fancied a vert for the summer I got a good amount of money off, and have since fitted new front discs and pads. Cleaned up the interior, boot space and rear lights plus got new badges on order. Needs a good exterior detail but I’ll do that soon. It needs a service, so I’ll do this, but it has one issue. It seems to be losing coolant, I’ve been topping it up, but today, it was steaming from around the tank and rad area. There seems to also be some oil leakage from the front centre of the engine too. Interestingly the temp needle almost never moves from centre, even when cold it’s in the centre within a minute of driving which seems odd. Now, I’m worried this is sounding like head gasket, but what are people’s thoughts. I don’t believe the water pump has ever been changed but, that shouldn’t cause it to be getting to hot right? Thanks
  2. Back in an E46 - Cooling problem?

    Hi all, thanks for the ideas. I replaced the rad, pump and the expansion tank. it was leaking from the pump so this was causing the issues. The oil leak seemed to be the rocker cover gasket so this is on the list to replace now too, I also changed the oil and filter.
  3. Pete's Topaz 330Ci Sport - Update Page 10 :)

    You won't regret it. 35i or 40i? I upgraded to an M140 and love it, same colour as yours
  4. Looking for another E46

    Hi Guys Been a long time since i have posted here, and a few years since i owned my last E46 but i am after another. I need something cheap, it's going to be a daily driver/work car. £2000/£2500 ish. Don't mind on engine but really would like a vert this time. Preferably auto but for the right car will go manual. Anyone got one, or know of one knocking about for sale? Thanks
  5. Ash's 325 E30 - Restoration

    As some of you may know my E46 suffered death by subframe corrosion. Well today I went to look at a new motor, it's not an E46 but I love it. Sent using Tapatalk
  6. Ash's 325 E30 - Restoration

    I spent two days working on this at the weekend and my love for it has really returned, I have that energy back now to get on with it and make some progress. So I sourced two brand new front callipers (at £100 each! ) Got these painted and then fitted with new pads too. A friend of my dad is able to get good discount on genuine BMW parts so I hoping he can get me two new front wings for a good price. I then removed the exhaust and put the wheels back on. The car then came down off its axle stands for the first time in about 18 months! I had a really good clear out of all my parts, sorted them all into boxes (and found a mouse nest in the boot!) then rolled the car outside, again for the first time in about 18 months. I gave the whole garage a good sort out and a clean up too. Seeing it out side again bought back my love for this car, even in pieces. I just cannot wait to get it running again. Now its fully rolling and mobile again I can get it down the road to a garage that is going to do the welding for me. hopefully in the next few weeks! Sorting the pile of parts!
  7. Ash's 325 E30 - Restoration

    So finally some progress! I've got the front suspension all re-built now, all connected and torqued up. I have installed the front brake discs and repainted caliper carriers. I have bought two new refurbished calipers for the front that i will fit Saturday with the new pads I've had sat for over a year now! At this point it will be ready to take the wheels and i can roll it out. I also fitted the steering pump and HT leads back onto the engine and then painted some areas within the wheel arch with underseal that needed it. More pictures to come next Saturday
  8. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Good progress! i like the wing, sets it off nicely
  9. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Progress is progress Joe... I've not touched mine properly for a good 6 weeks now Need to focus more this year! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Ash's 325 E30 - Restoration

    ohh that would be good. It's an excuse to come up and see the E30 too at some point
  11. Ash's 325 E30 - Restoration

    Well I've not updated this for a while.. but to be fair, I've not touched the car for a while! I have now arranged with a friend to have him do the welding. I just have to get the car rolling, which isn't that big a job. The whole front suspension is rebuilt now anyway and the rear i haven't started on. Whilst the car is at his place and on a ramp we are going to tackled the brake lines too. I do need to get a cheap set of steels for it though. Hopefully a bit more of a proper update soon!
  12. Ash's M140i

    It's finally here! Well okay, its been here a couple of weeks now but i am only just getting around to posting. After what felt like the longest 7 weeks ever. The car is amazing. That iconic 3 litre straight 6 is a magnificent engine, 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, 340bhp, 500nm. The ride is great for such a well handling car, firm but not bone crashing. I have added some gloss black performance grilles and some gloss black AutoID performance style mirrors.
  13. Ash's M140i

    Haha! I have my own one of those that needs some TLC!... Worth it 100%, with the manual it's great to drive all the time. It just 'wants to be driven' if that makes sense. it's really easy and comfortable to drive around town and then turns into a complete animal in sport when hooning it. The exhaust valves open, you get bangs and crackles, rev matching on downshifts. The only downside is the fuel, commuting through town gets me about 24mpg... long motorway run gets around 33.
  14. Ash's M140i

    M140i is the replacement for the M135i. Looks are all the same but has a new more powerful, more efficient engine.
  15. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Damn! Annoying about the bodyshop. You'd have thought they would have their act together by now!
  16. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Good news about the bodyshop, fingers crossed its sorted properly this time around Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    As some of you may know I've been looking for a new daily as it was becoming harder to give my E30 the attention and maintenance it deserves. After some thought I went into Vines Redhill and test drove the newly face-lifted 120d Auto. It didn't have the fun factor of the E30 but it did have 10x better comfort including a sensible ride height! After speccing one to my liking and negotiations with the sales guys I walked away a happy guy although with much lighter pockets! I did mange to the get them to throw in 5 Years/50,000 miles free servicing which they normally charge £500 for, a full tank of fuel, 8% discount and an extra £250 towards my deposit. It still worked out a little more than I wanted to pay per month but ill be saving money on fuel, servicing, Tax (Tax is free for 2 years and just £20 a year after that!) maintenance etc. I been told end of June to mid July for delivery. I've gone for the following: F21 120d M-Sport LCI in Alpine White 8-speed Automatic Coral Red Dakota Leather BMW Professional Media Driver Comfort & Interior Comfort Package's Adaptive LED Headlights Seat Heating I wont be doing too much modding as i don't want to void the warranty but i'll keep this updated. Just waiting for it to arrive now!
  18. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    Just had an email through, current status is 5055 - confirmed by production control. Build week: 37-09-16 expected week: 40-10-16 Around 5 weeks to go! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    Yep GT TDI is what I've got here! I had a MK4 1.6 as my second car and that wasn't so bad... This one however has done over 200k miles and has not been well looked after! Still it only owes me the cost of the four budget cheap and cheerful ditch finder tyres I've had to replace so, just over £100 for a run about.... I can't complain to much. But you're right, the 140 will feel even more special when it arrives! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    This has gone! Wen track to BMW on Tuesday so I'm using a MK4 Golf TDI as a run about until the new one arrives, 2 months or so to wait now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    They are good to drive, how did you find the manual box?
  22. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Things like that are a pain! something so small. At least its got no other advisories though! so close now.
  23. The best 330i Convertible around?

    14K!!! you would be mad to pay that...
  24. Joe's E30 325i Sport - new engine started!

    Awesome progress Joe! I hope this is the last of the issues
  25. Ash's New F21 LCI 120d

    No PCP, but I no longer needed a diesel and I really wanted something with more power! It does mean i'm paying a bit more than normal to cover the equity in my car but i got a 13% discount on a new 140i so all in all not too bad i don't think. Plus you only live once!, enjoy it while i'm young!