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Thread: Bmw e46 3-series 330 zhp reliabilty

  1. #101
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfr View Post
    Is this thread alive? in any case, I have a quite painful addition:
    DME replaced at 76,500 miles
    I need to go check to see when mine was replaced. I think it was 80-85k.
    "Cam"

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    1998 Nassau Blue/Grey C5 Corvette 6spd Sold
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  2. #102
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avetiso View Post
    Holy...LCAs fail that fast?
    I think this depends a lot on what brand you get.

    LCA = Lower Control Arm.
    "Flame suit NOT REQUIRED!!!"
    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

  3. #103
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    Born Oct 2003

    2004 BMW 330i
    six speed
    Sedan

    Failure:

    Disa Value-83K
    Lower intake boot-83k
    Thermostat-89k
    On my second driver side regulator
    Now my rear one's are going out
    Bushings-75k
    Rear shocks-85k

    Now the car has 115k on it, and i am a student so i commute with it. Still drives like the first day i bought it with 70k on it a little over two years ago now.

  4. #104
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    ***No mechanical failures from day 1 (06/04) until 12/07
    Side mirror motor failure at 41K miles on 12/07 (covered under warranty)
    Steering wheel replace with leather due to failed alcantara at 43K miles on 03/08 (covered under warranty)
    Vanos replacement at 44K miles on 04/08 (covered under warranty)
    Replaced lower control arm bushings at 61K miles on 12/09, $388 at dealership
    Subframe inspection at 68K miles on 07/10 (covered under recall, no problem found)
    Tail light repair at 82K miles on 01/12 (covered under recall)
    Alternator failure at 84K miles on 03/12, $600 at dealership
    Fuel pump failure at 87K miles on 7/12, $813 at dealership
    Replaced thrust arm bushings and did alignment at 90K miles on 11/12, $450 at indy service center
    *** 2012 was a sh*tty year with my e46 with all kinds of problems ***
    Takata airbag recall at 107K miles on 06/15 (covered under recall)
    Trunk lid wiring harness failure at 107K miles on 06/15, $110 at dealership
    2004 330i E46 with ZHP performance package and cold weather package

  5. #105
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpark View Post
    ***No mechanical failures from day 1 (06/04) until 12/07
    Side mirror motor failure at 41K miles on 12/07 (covered under warranty)
    Steering wheel replace with leather due to failed alcantara at 43K miles on 03/08 (covered under warranty)
    Vanos replacement at 44K miles on 04/08 (covered under warranty)
    Replaced lower control arm bushings at 61K miles on 12/09, $388 at dealership
    Subframe inspection at 68K miles on 07/10 (covered under recall, no problem found)
    Tail light repair at 82K miles on 01/12 (covered under recall)
    Alternator failure at 84K miles on 03/12, $600 at dealership
    Fuel pump failure at 87K miles on 7/12, $813 at dealership
    Replaced thrust arm bushings and did alignment at 90K miles on 11/12, $450 at indy service center
    *** 2012 was a sh*tty year with my e46 with all kinds of problems ***
    Takata airbag recall at 107K miles on 06/15 (covered under recall)
    Trunk lid wiring harness failure at 107K miles on 06/15, $110 at dealership
    Replaced Xenon bowls both sides with remanufactured bowls at 121K miles on 2/19/17 ($270 for parts, labor was me)
    2004 330i E46 with ZHP performance package and cold weather package

  6. #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpark View Post
    ***No mechanical failures from day 1 (06/04) until 12/07
    Side mirror motor failure at 41K miles on 12/07 (covered under warranty)
    Steering wheel replace with leather due to failed alcantara at 43K miles on 03/08 (covered under warranty)
    Vanos replacement at 44K miles on 04/08 (covered under warranty)
    Replaced lower control arm bushings at 61K miles on 12/09, $388 at dealership
    Subframe inspection at 68K miles on 07/10 (covered under recall, no problem found)
    Tail light repair at 82K miles on 01/12 (covered under recall)
    Alternator failure at 84K miles on 03/12, $600 at dealership
    Fuel pump failure at 87K miles on 7/12, $813 at dealership
    Replaced thrust arm bushings and did alignment at 90K miles on 11/12, $450 at indy service center
    *** 2012 was a sh*tty year with my e46 with all kinds of problems ***
    Takata airbag recall at 107K miles on 06/15 (covered under recall)
    Trunk lid wiring harness failure at 107K miles on 06/15, $110 at dealership
    Replaced Xenon bowls both sides with remanufactured bowls at 121K miles on 2/19/17 ($270 for parts, labor was me)
    Complete PM of cooling system (expansion tank, thermostat, radiator, water pump+pulley plus 2 tensioner pulleys) at 121K miles on 2/24 for $1100
    2004 330i E46 with ZHP performance package and cold weather package

  7. #107
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    Wow those prices the dealer charges are crazy! DIY as much as you can.
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    VIS XTS CF Hood - CF Lip/Console/Diffuser - OE CSL Trunk - BWS 500S 9k/11k

  8. #108
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOLFN8TR View Post
    Wow those prices the dealer charges are crazy! DIY as much as you can.
    Lack of time and patience. I did my own ZKW bowl replacement and bluetooth install and there were times I wanted to throw a hammer at something.

    I don't mind doing little stuff here and there, but at this point in my life if it means putting my car up on jackstands etc., I'll just write a check instead
    2004 330i E46 with ZHP performance package and cold weather package

  9. #109
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  10. #110
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    Autozone.com
    2005 ZHP Coupe
    1. 66,000 miles--Starter and Battery
    2. 71,000 Miles--Drivers door lock actuator

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