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10 minutes ago, Hawk said:

I approve. Your whole car is looking great just now. Wheel Fitment and ride height is spot on. 

Cheers buddy, your car is looking very pampered recently. Really like your recent work on it 👍

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After fitting my sub in the boot I finally got round to removing the ski hatch to allow some air flow into the cabin as the E46 boot is pretty much sealed. I did some research and found a diy on the Internet, basically you need to drill through the spot welds with an 8mm drill bit and then punch it out from the back with a hammer. Whilst doing this I broke 3 drill bits!

The carpet covering the rear of the seat needed cutting out and folding back into the hatch itself. So this is the view from the front.

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I was going to leave it open but I didn't think it looked very pleasing on the eye. So I cut some 12mm mdf to fit the front and another piece to fit the rounded shape at the rear, my idea was to screw these pieces together from the back, then carpet the mdf and fit a 3" port hole through the wood for the air to flow through. 

Hear are some progress pics

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The front panel carpeted and the port hole trial fit. I know the hole isn't central but that is for a reason and will become clear once it's fitted.

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This is the rear panel carpeted with a smaller hole cut for the rear of the port to fit into. 

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View from the rear

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And a view from the boot, everything is hidden nicely. 

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And the finished install, looks quite good for a little budget build. I can push the armrest up to hide it or when the little ones are in the car. The sound from the sub can now be heard how it should be instead of just feeling it and hearing rattling. I also just need to get some covers for the screws on the rear panel.

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I have also fitted a quick release wiring plug for the sub/amp so it can easily be removed when I need the full capacity of the boot. 

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Not posted on this thread for a while now. I've not done anything with the car apart from putting on the MV2's for the winter. I also started new job in September and Ive been using the car daily since then. I've raised the suspension a little as it was too low for daily driving, but I do really enjoy driving the E46 on a daily basis. I've stopped searching for the central locking relays and just ordered another gm5 module from BM Spares. So I'm hoping I can get this coded to my car and get it all working again. At the minute I'm averaging 29.9mpg and 360 miles out of a full tank. Mostly A roads commuting to work and a few trips to the kids weekend activities.

 

Could be a long shot, but anyone in Leicestershire/Midlands area who could code my module?

 

Thanks for looking!

 

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Last week I visited my local BMW indy specialist who fitted the used gm5 module for me and got the central locking working. Having done that he couldn't program the module to my chassis so I still don't have central locking from the remote, only via the key in the door. He did however give me 2 numbers to contact who he said would be able to program the module for me and get the remote function working. As he couldn't program the module they didn't charge me either. The first was quarry motors in Sheffield and the second was a place called Keep your car safe in the West Midlands. The latter do quite a lot of programming and coding etc, they do a lot of headlight conversions, mods etc. So I am going to visit them as they are closer to home, plus they are open both Saturday and Sunday. 

 

In others news whilst I was at the Indy my battery died, the guy jumped it so I could return home and I ordered a Bosch S3 battery from Euro car parts with 30% off, not bad for £76 collected. She fires up nicely now and no more sluggish turning over. 

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Had a break through tonight regarding the faulty central locking. I sent my original gm5 module to another guy at car module repairs as he said he could help with my star12 module. He did say they very rarely become faulty, not like the modules in the earlier e46's. Anyway he had done a bench test and gave me a call today to say he can't find a fault with it. He said it could be a faulty amplifier receiver located in the near side C pillar and to test that with a multimeter. But first try re-syncing the keys with the car and see if the locks bounce up and down (easy diy), therefore the amplifier would be receiving the signal and working correctly. Tonight I did just that and now I have remote central locking, remote boot release and an alarm that arm's now! 

 

I cant believe I've had this problem for over a year and a simply key re-sync has sorted it. I never thought about doing it because my symptoms pointed to a faulty module. :rolleyes:

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Yeah I felt like a 5 year old on Christmas Day once it was all working again. Big relief! If anyone is organising to attend a show this year then I wouldn't be up for it. You got your csl's on yet?

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I've not had any issues with the bumper clips. But I think the previous owner trimmed them anyway for better clearance. Not sure how much clearance you have on the saloon compared with the coupe though. 

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Hi, not updated this for a while so thought I would get round to doing so. First off the car has been faultless to drive and I've been enjoying it as daily for almost a year now. The car passed its mot in June without any advisories, I then had a letter from BMW to have the drivers airbag recall done. This has now been carried out a few weeks back and a full health check aswell. The steering wheel looks new now and I'm very happy with it. I have also carried out a full Oil and Filter change using Castrol edge Oil, I purchased 4 litres of it from Asda for £24! This was a price error but they let me have it for £24 as it was priced on the shelf. It scanned at £32! Happy days! 

 

The rear faded parcel shelf was something I wanted to spray since I purchased the car and I'm glad to say I've finally got the job done, I removed it from the car to spray with matte black paint and it is totally transformed it. It looks brand new now so really happy with it. The other reason I wanted to remove it was to be able to clean the rear window properly as there was crap stuck right out the reach of general cleaning at the bottom of the window. 

 

Apart from keeping it clean and tidy I'm undecided on changing the wheels, I keep scanning google and instagram but I really don't know what would look "different". I really like the csl reps but my mind is getting bored. 

 

Thanks for looking 😉

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Just done the spark plugs this weekend. Took a before and after on the rear shelf refurb. Looks so much better. 

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And one from camping a few weeks back. 

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19 hours ago, gaz-777 said:

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Can't see the photos Gaz.

 

Danny.

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Just now, gaz-777 said:

Fixed it, I normally copy and paste the URL from Photobucket but didn't work this time round. 

You gonna pay for the 3rd party hosting feature?  They only want £399.99 / year.

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Just now, gaz-777 said:

Ha, I know it's a joke. Wouldn't mind a reasonable price but that's ridiculous!

They did send me an offer of 6 months half price :lol: i'm still laughing.

I can't see many people at all paying that price.

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Even half price makes me laugh! 

While the photos seem to be working, here are a couple of before and after in the car. I still hadn't fitted the centre rear head rest in the after photo. 

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