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Thread: Bmw e46 3-series 330 zhp reliabilty

  1. #11
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    Failures/Replaced Items:
    DISA Valve replaced (Under Warranty) along with DME Re-flash due to 4k RPM stumble. 14,151 miles
    DME Re-Flash (Sent to New Jersey) due to 4k RPM stuble. Under Warranty. 40,913 miles
    Replaced Steering Wheel due to Alcantara balling up. Under Warranty. 40,913 miles
    Steering Rack retrofit kit (Under Warranty). 46,518 miles
    New Sunroof cassette (Under Warranty). 46,518 miles

    Maintenance Items (Replaced prior to failure).
    Cooling system-Water pump (showed signs of leakage), thermostat, expansion tank, upper hose, Idler pulley (sounded bad), Alt Belt & AC Belt (both showed signs of significant wear). 70,293 miles.
    A/C tensioner/pulley replaced (really bad sound!). 79,826 miles.

    I also have brake pads & rotors which were changed, but I don't think it would necessarily apply here.

    Johnny
    2004 Imola Red over Black Leather. 6-MT, Navigation, Cold Weather Pkg (the wife loves them seat warmers!), 3.46 Diff, UUC Short-Shift Kit, Tranny Mounts, CDV Delete and iPod mount.

  2. #12
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    Thanks for that Johnny...great data....

    When we get more posts...I plan to cypher through and come up with a consolidated list.
    "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. #13
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    It was one of the other threads on here that got me to compile everything that was done on my car, dates, where, mileage etc. in an excel spreadsheet rather than a bunch of random receipts and papers in my filing cabinet.
    2004 Imola Red over Black Leather. 6-MT, Navigation, Cold Weather Pkg (the wife loves them seat warmers!), 3.46 Diff, UUC Short-Shift Kit, Tranny Mounts, CDV Delete and iPod mount.

  4. #14
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    '05 coupe (47.5K miles): PO hadn't driven it much in the last 3 months of ownership, 2nd day after I got it the battery warning light came on; checked and smelled an electrical burnt odor in the vicinity of the alternator; was still under CPO warranty, tried to make the 15 mile drive to the dealer, didn't make it; fried the battery, had to be towed, replaced both battery and alternator
    (50K miles) serpentine belt is showing cracks, replacing both belts next week

    '04 vert (9K miles): battery didn't sound right, put it on a trickle charger overnight, still not cranking quickly enough; replaced the battery, cranking sounded correct but immediately tripped the battery warning light, took it in for service and needed a new alternator

    Bruce
    14 GMC Sierra - mine
    16 X5 M-Sport - wife
    11 M3 - 1st son
    05 Tundra - 2nd son
    17 X1 M-Sport - daughter

    Former (mo/yr sold):
    15 335xi M-Sport (8/18)
    11 335is (8/17)
    11 X5 AW/blk (11/15)
    04 330xi blk/gray (7/15)
    06 ZHP SGM/blk (6/15)
    08 335xi blue/blk (4/15)
    04 ZHPci MB/blk (2/14)
    04 ZHPcic IR/Alc (10/13)
    01 540iT anthra/blk (7/13)
    04 ZHPci TIAG/blk (9/12)
    03 540i M-Sport (9/12)
    01 325ci (3/12)
    02 325iT 5MT (10/11)
    05 ZHPci (7/11)
    03 330cic (2/11)
    00 323ci (10/10)

  5. #15
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    Dane, revised my original post with more details. Hope it helps.


    Ebay headers | 3.38 diff | 2.5" cat-less exhaust | K&N intake | AA stage 1 software | UUC stage 1 light flywheel and clutch | UUC Evo 3 ssk | Driver Mod |

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHP-FTW View Post
    Dane, revised my original post with more details. Hope it helps.
    Thanks
    "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

  7. #17
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    86k Miles - Starter Died.

    Bout it, been good to me so far.

    P.S. I forgot the battery ended up dying on me last summer. Lasted 7 years though, the guy in the battery shop down the street couldnt believe it lasted that long.
    Last edited by Acyd; 03-08-2011 at 09:56 PM.

  8. #18
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    Thanks for the data Acyd. Again...this data will be compiled eventually into a historical failure document, based upon our discoveries.
    "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

  9. #19
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    1) Battery - ~38K miles
    2) Coolant Header Tank - ~39K miles
    3) Resistor - ~40K miles; turns out a resistor was causing the car not to "shut down" completely and caused the battery to drain
    4) HK Radio Head Unit - ~40K miles; known issue, would cause sound to surge in and out

    Just as an FYI, all replaced under CPO warranty. John
    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    ESS Stage 1 Twin Screw Supercharger, Sprint Booster, BMW Perf Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, Ground Control Coilovers, UCC Sway Bars, Apex EC-7 18x8.5 ET38
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection), BSW Stage 1 Speakers, Kicker Amp/Subwoofer
    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete, M3 Side Mirrors
    Note: Actual car no longer resembles signature picture

  10. #20
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    John...how old in years was the battery?
    "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

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