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  1. Hello everyone, me again 👋🏻 Last Saturday I was casually driving when one of the (two?) engine lights came on, I pulled up to my house and pulled the code P0174, I did some research and checked the obvious parts, I couldn't find any leaks or problems that a non mechanic like me could find.... Anyway, I cleared the code and everything was fine all week, no codes or engine lights, until now... I've just arrived home to fine 3 codes, P0174, P0160 and P0161. I've read threads suggesting what it could be but I find it strange that nothing happened all week until now, the weather is quite warm if that could be the problem, but I'm going on a holiday at the end of next week, probably consisting of around 1000-1300 miles. Is this something I should get sorted asap? Or can I be safe to drive until I get back, and get it sorted then? Thanks in advance! J
  2. Hi 02Anders, This is an interesting read, I hope my reply isn't pointless, but i'm surprised to hear you've had bad experiences with drilled and/or grooved, I have just purchased and had my second set of drilled and grooved + pads fitted, FYI I purchased (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302334450548?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) for the front, and likewise for the rear, I have always had really good results from MTEC, and I personally think its quite a reasonable price given the pads come with the discs. The only reason I replaced was because I'm planning a long road trip, plus I think the front was due anyway. It will be interesting to see what others say. J
  3. Hi All, Thanks greatly for all the help, I had a mechanic go over it and he told me it was the Centre Propshaft Mounting. Just as an FYI, if anyone else has this issue I purchased -http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E46-3-Series-Centre-Propshaft-Mounting-Bearing-MEYLE-26127501257/272705460075?_trksid=p2054502.c100227.m3827&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908103841%26meid%3D42a96bf9ead44e50a8357f9e6e5d29e4%26pid%3D100227%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D272705456311. I have had good results from Meyle in the past, and ofcorse, you get 2 year warranty so its a win win if it works :). J
  4. Hi BmwAK, I recently started a post about a clunking noise, I didn't have the same symptoms as you but this may help, I had a mechanic take a look at it and mine was the Centre Propshaft Mounting. You can get various prices from eBay but I purchased Meyle as I've had good results from them in the past. This is what I purchased - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E46-3-Series-Centre-Propshaft-Mounting-Bearing-MEYLE-26127501257/272705460075?_trksid=p2054502.c100227.m3827&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908103841%26meid%3D42a96bf9ead44e50a8357f9e6e5d29e4%26pid%3D100227%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D272705456311 J
  5. Thanks Momo, I'll have a look this weekend, see if I notice anything out of the ordinary. I will get it booked into my local garage, its been like it for 3-4 months now and nothing has changed in terms of performance, or handling etc, I'm just slightly worried as I have a long trip planned. Thanks for your help again J
  6. Thanks for the replies guys, I had the car in the garage some time ago and mentioned it to them, they said it was more than likely the rear shock mounts, but with me having very little mechanical knowledge I didn't know to mention the above back then, I am off for on a holiday soon that will probably comprise of a 1000mile round trip so I'm a bit worried whether this could cause a few issues. Is there any way of me testing (DIY?) to see if it could be something related to the propshaft, diff or subframe before I can get it into the garage? Many thanks again, J
  7. Hi Everyone, I have a noise coming from the rear of the car, it only happens when I put my foot down from being stationary, or when I am going around 5mph and put my foot down, its a clunking/crunching noise, I can feel it when it does make the noise and it only lasts seconds until I reach 20-30mph, if I drive off slowly it won't occur. Some people have told me its the diff, or something to do with the diff, but surely wouldn't the diff make a noise if I am driving around 40mph and then I put my foot down? I am just wondering what peoples thoughts are, and if anyone has any similar noises, I can't find anything on youtube and the only thing that I can think of is the shock mounts. My car is a 330ci Auto. Many Thanks in advance
  8. Thanks everyone for the replies!! With regards to the service manual, how do you know if its been done? If they recommend x&y miles per change, that conflicts with the lifetime warranty or fluid which I've also heard is 100,000 miles, so I highly doubt many people would have had theirs changed as a lot of people wouldn't know about this, like me I guess :). I think my gut instinct is saying do an oil & filter change because, on paper, there really is no harm that can be done providing the flush is not done, for all I know the previous buyer could have done an oil & filter change 80,000 miles ago or so on... This leads me to my next questions, obviously everything is underneath the car, so everything would be very dirty, but seeing as BMW called it their lifetime fluid, if it has or hasn't been changed would there be any obvious signs, I imagine if it has been changed I would notice the drain plug to be somewhat worn, but if it was done by a careful mechanic(s) then there may not be a sign of a change, or if it definitely hasn't been changed it would still be, and feel "sealed for life". Thanks
  9. Thanks for the reply I have read on multiple threads that if you do a flush and its the first time its been done at high mileage you might as well write off the transmission as it stirs up all the gunk and stuff that is holding the parts into place, however I have also read that doing just the oil and filter change can cause harm because it makes everything move more free (which should be a good thing). It seems to be a grey area, and that's the reason why I sought out advice from the specialists, so whats the greater opinion... 3 specialists or loads of people on the forums?
  10. Hi everyone, First post on here, I'm seeking multiple opinions.. I have a 2003 BMW 330ci Auto with 185k on the clock, I have a full service history and tons of invoices, none of which specify a transmission fluid change though! I have been reading loads and loads of posts regarding this but I'm still not sure whether I should change the fluid or not, I've spoken to 3 different "BMW Specialists" who all tell me not to change the fluid and to leave it because its lifetime, however reading peoples comments and posts they seem to disregard what mechanics say, I was also under the impression that inspection II changed the transmission fluid and the last inspection II on mine was 60,000 miles ago, but again because there is no proof in the paperwork I'm non the wiser! So I'm not sure if mine has actually had a fluid or filter change, I'm not sure if I should because of the so called problems it could cause, there's no little cog, the car drives smoothly but I intend to keep it for some time and I'm not a mechanic but I'm more than happy to delve into the car and do some work on it after studying. Apologies in advance if this is the 1000th time this has been posted, and thanks in advance for any comments
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