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Thanks Rich, it's just one of those jobs that I've never got round to doing. But I'm glad it's done now. I also had a good clean up whilst the rear seats were out too. 

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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. 

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On 27/05/2018 at 22:27, gaz-777 said:

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

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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... 🤔🤗

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Hi Tony, yeah things are good thanks. How about yourself? Are you driving anything new yet? I’ve just ordered everything for a coolant change including, water pump, thermostat and coolant temp sensor. The radiator still looks very good and all the hoses etc. I recently had the car on display at trax for a 20 year E46 anniversary celebration. So that was good to show her off again. Coming up to 4 years of ownership, where has the time gone? :)

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Here’s a couple of pictures from Trax at Donnington Park. The car was on a display celebrating 20 years of the E46, it was a great show and the weather was awesome 😎

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And a Fuel Pump picture, first one I’ve ever taken!

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27 minutes ago, evokid said:

Looking good mate, whats the offsets on the wheels and tyre sizes? Still debating on CSL's or Cades Tyrus! :D

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! 

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On 7/10/2018 at 07:10, gaz-777 said:

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! 

Which reps did you go for? I'm Struggling between Cades / Atomic CSL's from BMautosprt / Would love the VMR VB3's but pricey! :unsure:

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56 minutes ago, Ger89 said:

Car looks great B)

Cheers bud :D

 

13 minutes ago, evokid said:

Which reps did you go for? I'm Struggling between Cades / Atomic CSL's from BMautosprt / Would love the VMR VB3's but pricey! :unsure:

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. 

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So I have been losing coolant for a couple of months now but it was something I wanted to address with the car approaching 90k miles anyway. It turns out that the leaks were coming from the thermostat housing and the failed O ring on the coolant temp sensor. Additional to that the bearings in the water pump shaft were making quite a racket. So I ordered 1 x Meyle water pump, 1 x wahler thermostat, 1 x genuine bmw coolant temp sensor (they don’t sell just the O ring on its own), 2 x new dayco aux belts, 5L Comma G48 coolant and 5L of de-ironised water for a 50/50 mix ratio. 

Yesterday I went ahead to change all the above and followed this diy I found on the web  https://www.rmeuropean.com/bmw-e46-cooling-system-overhaul.aspx

This was very helpful and includes all the part numbers for doing the whole system. 

The job was a success and the engine now sounds so much better without that noisy water pump. They were the original parts and had done well for 13 years of use. Next job will be the cam cover gasket as it has a very slight leak on the exhaust manifold side of the engine. 

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Continuing on from the coolant change, I recently ordered a new Hella Radiator and new Hella expansion tank from euro car parts. Fitting was relatively easy and straight forward. The radiator comes with a short and a long drain plug, the longer one was installed and caused a leak. So I swapped it out for the shorter one and that sorted the leak out. After running the engine up to temperature I had another leak coming from the top hose where it connects to the expansion tank, but the cause of that was that it wasn’t properly connected. After that was clipped on properly all was good. I haven’t had any other leak after a week of driving it now and should be good for another 13 years! 

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Gotta do mine too! Are the Hella rad n Tank good? I’m going for the same from ECP. I made mistake of looking under rad and thought nut on bottom left was loose! Didn’t realise that’s drain! Went to tighten and now it leaks from there!! Oops! Blonde moment!! 🙄🤬

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The Hella products seem to be good quality and a perfect oem replacement. Better than cheaper ones on eBay etc. I actually destroyed the drain plug on my original radiator as the main plug just twists and then you pull it out, but I kept unscrewing it with my ratchet and broke it. The drain screw in the middle of it does screw out but not the main plug. Luckily I wasn’t using the old drain plug in the new rad. I did install my original coolant level sensor and kept the new one for spares. 

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On 9/17/2018 at 09:36, gaz-777 said:

Continuing on from the coolant change, I recently ordered a new Hella Radiator and new Hella expansion tank from euro car parts. Fitting was relatively easy and straight forward. The radiator comes with a short and a long drain plug, the longer one was installed and caused a leak. So I swapped it out for the shorter one and that sorted the leak out. After running the engine up to temperature I had another leak coming from the top hose where it connects to the expansion tank, but the cause of that was that it wasn’t properly connected. After that was clipped on properly all was good. I haven’t had any other leak after a week of driving it now and should be good for another 13 years! 

Wish i digested this properly when read... just made same mistake as you, left the longer Drain plug in which is for Auto transmissions! So had leak! Now put the short plug in and et voila Fixed! Lesson learnt. But as you say cant fault the Hella Rad and Exp Tank

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This looks great and sits just nicely.

Hella are the OE manufacturer used by BMW for radiators and expansion tanks on E46's. I've had some from Eurocarparts with the BMW logo and parts numbers on. 

One of the drain plugs is for an auto and the other for manuals. This is due to the oil cooler for the auto box attaching to it.

It's good to get all of this out of the way as they will all fail.

Kirkynut 

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Cheers Kirkynut! Yes the Hella parts are one of the best I’ve seen. Straight replacement with no problems, I didn’t realise at first that the radiator came equipped for both manual and auto. I just assumed the one I ordered for my reg was for a manual. But hey now I know! 

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4 hours ago, stevehallone said:

This thread was the first one I found and this car was the deciding factor to my buying of an e46

Ha, funny you say that, because this is the first car I really liked on this forum and I ended up buying it! I suppose it was just meant to be :D

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On 10/7/2018 at 07:10, gaz-777 said:

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! 

About to order a set off CMwheels myself, did you order longer wheel bolts for the front with the 5mm spacer, or do the standard bolts have enough thread left to secure the alloys?

Also where did you source centre caps? Do standard 68mm BMW ones fit?

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