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    Have mine for 4 years now and 56k miles later....

    Have mine for 4 years now and 56k miles later. The car is 16 years old. It needs a new paint job on the hood which the clear coat seems to oxidized above the area of the actual engine.
  2. Got mine in same color and Nov 2004 production...

    Got mine in same color and Nov 2004 production date but mine is a coupe. It was a project initially to refresh suspension and a few replacement items in hood but 56k miles later as my take anywhere...
  3. Multimeter suggestion and replacing a fuse for ignition cranking

    What multimeter do you suggest for our BMW cars? I read up online that the Innova 3320 is great for car at only $30. I have engine cranking issues where some times(each week) the second crank is...
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    Put some touch up paint on 2 of my 135 wheels.

    Put some touch up paint on 2 of my 135 wheels.
  5. Thread: Dilemma

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    Sure. Either car, due to age, will require...

    Sure. Either car, due to age, will require maintenance to keep them running long term. I keep both if I could.
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    Still need to do my paint job. It's beginning to...

    Still need to do my paint job. It's beginning to stand out and I want to go on road trip soon. This being my 2nd e46, it suffers the pain wear in the same spot on the hood . The war looks like an...
  7. Battery suggestion Duralast H7-DLG or H7-AGM?

    I have the Autozone Duralast H7-DLG regular battery. They lasted a good acceptable 3 years each time. in this desert city I live in. The AGM version cost about $40 more, for slightly more crank...
  8. I had a fellow who installs windshield all day go...

    I had a fellow who installs windshield all day go for a freeway ride with me this week, while he hears the wind noise(s) type I'm referring to. He said the sound is just the air flow(hissing,...
  9. Thanks John and fredo. I will refer to your item...

    Thanks John and fredo. I will refer to your item suggestions when I talk to the windshield shop again.
  10. leaking in Wind noise after replacing windshield

    I got a "reputable" local glass shop to replace the specified windshield(using Pilkington) and the OEM cowl for my ZHP Coupe. The windshield is supposed to be better than the Asian made glasss, I'm...
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    Cost to repaint the hood only?

    I have Sparkling Graphic Metallic color A22; a 2005 model. The hood has oxidized at the top(24 inch x 18 inch) and it shows(not crazy pealed) when looking from the front. What should a good paint job...
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    No. It's a staggered OEM setup (225/40-18 F and...

    No. It's a staggered OEM setup (225/40-18 F and 255/35-18 R) with Michelin PSS, (both tire and wheel ) left to\right only.
  13. I needed to update this thread. It's actually the...

    I needed to update this thread. It's actually the leaky wheel that needed replacing. I got a replacement wheel in late 2018 from someone parting out their ZHP for like $75. It was way cheaper than...
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    Well Isaac, I hope your car brought you enjoyment...

    Well Isaac, I hope your car brought you enjoyment and learned on how to maintaining these E46. I bought the same car as yours 5 months earlier with 20k more miles for the same price. I noted all the...
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    I've used Michelin Pilot SS within last 15+ years...

    I've used Michelin Pilot SS within last 15+ years on E46 with slight negative camber per OEM spec. 32\33F and 34\35R always give me a good balance for traction and tread life since I'm usually the...
  16. Problem solved at no cost. Since there was only...

    Problem solved at no cost. Since there was only one broken wire, I peeled the plastic insulation slightly off the green wire. Then meshed the two broken wires together and after slightly twisting the...
  17. Passenger side non-working Xenon headlight has broken wires

    I had the Xenon control unit moved to the passenger side(with bulb) from driver's side last year. I think this movement is unrelated to my current problem because the bulb was working fine for the...
  18. What's the proper sequence to downshift a manual BMW car?

    Hi Guys:

    I'm learning to downshift on my BMW E46 SMG and manual. I've been watching some youtube videos and reading message boards for BMW, they are not consistent in advice. Whether I'm going...
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    On the Micheline PSS\PS4, on both fronts and rear...

    On the Micheline PSS\PS4, on both fronts and rear tires, the inner inbound thread cracked like the picture shown on all 4 tires around same tire. I got like 33k miles on all 4 tires. The front tire's...
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    Thanks guys. I will go to my indy BMW for the...

    Thanks guys. I will go to my indy BMW for the alignment within a few months; on all 4 wheels if needed.
  21. It looked almost exactly like my car, with 90k...

    It looked almost exactly like my car, with 90k less miles when I bought it and I have Sparkling Graphite Metallic instead. This car will go pass 300k miles easily, worth the money spent and daily...
  22. I replace a set(both side) of bushing for the...

    I replace a set(both side) of bushing for the control arms. I was shown the one driver's side bushing located nearest the middle of the car has worn. Just as I expected. My steering wheel behaves...
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    Cost of front tires alignment?

    The inner side of both front tires were worned way below the wear bar, and I was told I needed to get a new alignment just for the front tires as there is too much negative camber. I've just replaced...
  24. Do front bushings need to be replaced in pairs for both sides or one side?

    My driver's side bushing sounds like it needs to be replaced. When I go over a speed bump(mound), the driver side tends to make a thunk metallic sound, that wasn't there before. The front passenger...
  25. The car got fixed in late Feb; three months...

    The car got fixed in late Feb; three months after the accident. The opposing insurance adjuster is a BMW fan so he helped saved my car instead of salvaging it. Plus it helped to use a tier 1...
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